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    Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 6:21 AM [General]

    Elijah at Horeb

     9Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, A)" class="xref">(A)the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

     10He said, "B)" class="xref">(B)I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, C)" class="xref">(C)torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword And D)" class="xref">(D)I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."

     11So He said, "E)" class="xref">(E)Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD " And behold, the LORD was passing by! And F)" class="xref">(F)a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

     12After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire G)" class="xref">(G)a sound of a gentle blowing.

     13When Elijah heard it, H)" class="xref">(H)he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave And behold, I)" class="xref">(I)a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

    Can we receive the gift of hearing God ? I know Saint Paul did on the road to Damascus . Elijah did . I think it's and experience for all of God's children .God speaks to all of us every day are we listening ?

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    Christmas Approaching ...

    Monday, December 20, 2010, 9:52 PM [General]

    Saw my primary care doctor today . Now I have an appointment for a mammogram and ultra sound for breast and axilla . I am not going to worry about this . Jesus came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly . That is it ....

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    We All Have Gifts

    Sunday, December 19, 2010, 5:29 PM [General]

    Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    This prayer was written by St. Bonaventure.

     

    We beg the all-merciful Father through thee, his only-begotten Son made man for our sake, crucified and glorified for us, to send upon us from his treasure-house the Spirit of sevenfold grace, who rested upon thee in all his fullness:

    the spirit of wisdom, enabling us to relish the fruit of the tree of life, which is indeed thyself;

    the gift of understanding: to enlighten our perceptions;

    the gift of prudence, enabling us to follow in thy footsteps;

    the gift of strength: to withstand our adversary’s onslaught;

    the gift of knowledge: to distinguish good from evil by the light of thy holy teaching;

    the gift of piety: to clothe ourselves with charity and mercy;

    the gift of fear: to withdraw from all ill-doing and live quietly in awe of thy eternal majesty.

    These are the things for which petition. Grant them for the honor of thy holy name, to which, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, thanksgiving, renown, and lordship for ever and ever. Amen.

     

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    Lets go back through our lives and see if we have had some

    Sunday, December 19, 2010, 7:11 AM [General]

    At some moments we experience complete unity within us and
    around us. This may happen when we stand on a mountaintop
    and are captivated by the view. It may happen when we
    witness the birth of a child or the death of a friend. It
    may happen when we have an intimate conversation or a family
    meal. It may happen in church during a service or in a
    quiet room during prayer. But whenever and however it
    happens we say to ourselves: "This is it ... everything
    fits ... all I ever hoped for is here."

    This is the experience that Peter, James, and John had on
    the top of Mount Tabor when they saw the aspect of Jesus'
    face change and his clothing become sparkling white. They
    wanted that moment to last forever (see Luke 9:28-36).
    This is the experience of the fullness of time. These
    moments are given to us so that we can remember them when
    God seems far away and everything appears empty and useless.
    These experiences are true moments of grace.

    The above from Henri Nouwen reminded me of some mountaintop experiences I have had  . After Mass one day I went to my room and knelt at the foot of my bed  praying to the God of Abraham . Isaac and Jacob . Our priest had suggested we do that if we wanted to  have an encounter with the divine . It's easy all one needs is faith enough to try it .

    Another time I was at a worship service and felt much like a child would . At least that  is how I see it today .There was this feeling or was it a feeling that my Father in heaven touched my hair ever so softly . A few people close by experienced the same thing . How precious that moment was .

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    Another Day ?

    Saturday, December 18, 2010, 11:27 AM [General]

    So you say another day for growth ?  I believe that . What will you do to communicate better with your spouse ?  I think you need to sit still and commune with the Creator first .that made you . And you say ," My work is my prayer . You know we read the same Bible . I know that you know what it says about prayer . I suggest you do it .

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    O Dearest Infant

    Friday, December 17, 2010, 7:58 PM [General]

    O Dearest Infant! Tell me, what hast Thou come on earth to do? Tell me, whom art Thou seeking? Yes, I already know. Thou has come to die for me, in order to save me from hell. Thou hast come to seek me, the lost sheep, so that, instead of fleeing from Thee any more, I may rest in Thy loving arms.
    Ah my Jesus, my treasure, my life, my love and my all! Whom will I love, if not Thee? Where can I find a father, a friend, a spouse more loving and lovable than Thou art?

    I love Thee, my dear God; I love Thee, my only good. I regret the many years when I have not loved Thee, but rather spurned and offended Thee. Forgive me, O my beloved Redeemer; for I am sorry that I have thus treated Thee, and I regret it with all my heart. Pardon me, and give me the grace never more to withdraw from Thee, but constantly to love Thee in all the years that still lie before me in this life. My love, I give myself entirely to Thee; accept me, and do not reject me as I deserve. 
    O Mary, thou art my advocate. By thy prayers thou dost obtain whatever thou wilt from thy Son. Pray Him then to forgive me, and to grant me holy perseverance until death. Amen.

    I want to cling to you always dear Lord Jesus .

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    Saint Ignatius of Loyola

    Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:32 PM [General]

    The First Principle and Foundation

    The goal of our life is to live with God forever.
    God who loves us, gave us life.
    Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into
    us without limit.

    All the things in this world are gifts of God,
    presented to us so that we can know God more easily
    and make a return of love more readily.

    As a result, we appreciate and use all of these gifts of God
    insofar as they help us develop as loving persons.
    But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
    they displace God
    and so hinder our growth toward our goal.
    In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
    before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
    and are not bound by some obligation.
    We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
    wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or short one.
    For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
    a deeper response to our life in God.

    Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
    I want and I choose what better
    leads to the deepening of God's life in me.

    St. Ignatius, from the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises

    I do believe . Ignatius your servant dear Lord has helped me in so many ways . Sitting in front of an open Bible years ago I read ,  I cried . I had no where to go but to you dear Lord . It's been thirty -three years and I do need you dear Lord . I want to believe and I want to say what Ignatius said years ago ."What new life is this that we are now. beginning ."(Autob.#21)                                                

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    Virgin Mary !

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:01 PM [General]

    More than any other human being, the Blessed Virgin Mary exemplifies for single Catholics this call to submit our intellect and will wholly, entirely, and without compromise, to God. She believed without seeing, and said yes with a supreme act of faith. The Catechism continues:

    "The Virgin Mary most perfectly embodies the obedience of faith. By faith Mary welcomes the tidings and promise brought by the angel Gabriel, believing that 'with God nothing will be impossible' and so giving her assent: 'Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.' Elizabeth greeted her: 'Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.' It is for this faith that all generations have called Mary blessed" (section 148).(EWTN)

    Mary was open to the Spirit of the living God . I pray that I be open to that Spirit .

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    Compassion and

    Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:38 PM [General]

    Compassion Not Always From Emotions When Jesus speaks of compassion, he is not necessarily referring to feelings and emotions. Compassion can also be the result of an act of our will to do something because it is the right thing to do. We can do something compassionate even when it is difficult, even when we have no tender feelings.

    We are not naturally drawn to help those we dislike or fear. We must push ourselves to help. We may think that pushing ourselves is not as good as being moved by good feelings. The truth is that our greatest acts of charity and service come from our determination to do what the Lord would want us to do. Loving someone who does not love us requires more from us than loving someone who loves us back. It is the same with forgiveness.

    Can you remember a time when you had to battle feelings and emotions which were pulling you away from doing a good act and you went ahead and did it anyway? I suspect there have been more than a few such occasions. That, dear friends, is why God gives us grace to do the things that we could not do with our own strength. (Author Unknown)
     

    I think it is easy enough to be compassionate to siblings and friends . We know all about them and  we ignore their foibles most times and pray for them when we know they are not on the right journey. Now there are some people that we are are less incline to have compassion for . I remember one landlord a friend of mine had . I decided to pray for this man who was more than an irritant . I did see a lawyer and everything was resolved . I felt pretty good at the way it all went .

    Without God's grace I wouldn't be able to talk to some who have hurt my family. Compassion for them comes from a life of prayer and sacrifice . It's a decision.

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    Feast of Our Lady Soon

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 9:49 AM [General]

    August Queen of Heaven,
    sovereign queen of Angels,
    you who at the beginning
    received from God
    the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan,
    we beseech you humbly,
    send your holy legions so that,
    on your orders and by your power,
    they will track down demons,
    fight them everywhere,
    curb their audacity and plunge them into the abyss.

    Who can be compared to God?
    Oh good and tender Mother,
    you will always be our love and our hope.

    Oh divine Mother,
    send the Holy Angels and Archangels to defend me
    and to keep the cruel enemy far from me.

    Holy Angels and Archangels defend us,
    protect us.

    Amen.

    (C. Catholic Door Ministry )

    When I was growing up we were poor in more ways than one could see . I didn't really know Jesus as my Lord and Savior .I knew there ws a God . That was because I had a conscience . It wasn't all tarnished back then . We did pray as a family. That  in retrospect was okay . Mind you when I was little the prayers seemed  long and tiring . It had to be done on our knees . Maybe that is why I have sore knees today . LOL

    I did pray the rosary . I did go to church most days . I would kneel at the altar and pray . I read recently that our journey regardless of what it is when it is done with Jesus  we are free within . A priest once told  the people in the pew to relax and to follow what the church teaches . The church does not teach error . Individual priests may be wrong at times . Lets not forget they come from the same families we grew up in . They are not perfect . That bothers me less and less these days . Praise God and all his saints . And I give thanks to the Mother of Jesus who is also my Mother in heaven for her  response to the Holy one . 

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