https://youtu.be/QsXOP7aQeqQ The featured song today is sung by Francesca Battistelli, whose voice I love, as I do so many of her songs. It is sung from the viewpoint of the mother of Jesus, Mary. There is one line in particular that resonates with me as a human being who God has loved into being: "The … Continue reading God-bearers
All sorts of good things can happen when we pray! We start by praising and thanking God for the many blessings in our lives - that starts with us being here at all! And then we ask forgiveness for our sins against God, which means any sin against another person because Jesus said, what you … Continue reading When We Pray
My brother, Mike, transitioned to heaven a year ago yesterday. The drawing that sits on top of this blog entry was one he drew many years ago. Many family members and friends now have a copy because Mike drew it and because it's a laughing, joyful Jesus, which we all love to contemplate. Just look … Continue reading The Joy of the Lord
Today's Gospel reading is from Luke, (LK 9:18-22). It includes Simon Peter's declaration, inspired by the Holy Spirit, (see Matthew 16:17), that Jesus is "the Christ of God." Christ means Messiah, the anointed One. He is the One that Israel has been waiting for, He will liberate the people from slavery and oppression. But, of … Continue reading “You Were On The Cross”
It's never fun to be rejected. I suppose that's a bit of an understatement. Rejection can be devastating. But we have to look at the other person's point of view and the reasons they feel they have a right to reject you. Maybe you really did do something to disappoint them, maybe you betrayed them, … Continue reading To understand…
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says San Francisco Mass restrictions are ‘mocking God’ — Read on http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/archbishop-salvatore-cordileone-says-san-francisco-mass-restrictions-are-mocking-god-72251 I am usually not one to make political statements. I prefer to stay in my 'faith lane,' encouraging people and evangelizing where I can. So I feel it's fair for me to post about it. This article highlights the oppression … Continue reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says San Francisco Mass restrictions are ‘mocking God’
Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of Jesus. There is no better symbol of love, sacrifice, selflessness, mercy, forgiveness, grace. It's perfect. And, as Bishop Barron likes to say, Christ on the cross is a picture of a "happy" man. For happiness in the way Jesus meant it in the … Continue reading Sing to Jesus
Today's Gospel reading in the Catholic lectionary is from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 6, verses 27-38. It's the rather well-known passage about loving our enemies and it's definitely timely. Probably because it's a timeless theme. I have written on this theme before. If you'd like to read my thoughts on that, here you go! … Continue reading Luke 6:27-38 and Cobra Kai
I know I share lots of songs with you; the link to the latest YouTube video is below. But this is just perfect for such a time as this, as the saying goes. One of the reasons I love this song so more is because it's based on the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. … Continue reading Make Me An Instrument…
I posted this in March and originally in 2017. Before that it was a piece for my twice-monthly column in the Killeen Daily Herald. It’s been coming to my mind again lately and my followers continue to increase so I’m sharing old entries for those who are going forward with me but have not necessarily been looking back. I have over 300 entries at this point so it’s understandable why you would not want to look back. I do this from time to time, especially when I’m busy and don’t have a lot of time to write new entries. See my last original entry to understand what’s been keeping me busy of late! It has to do with a new grandchild. Blissfully busy, but busy nonetheless.
I have been sort of discouraged lately observing the way things are going in our world. Maybe that’s because I am of a ‘certain age’. I was raised in a home where we were taught to say what we meant and then we prepared ourselves for the consequences, whatever they might be. My husband and I tried to do that with our own family. And I know many of us do. I think that today, though, too many people say things they don’t mean, which is another way of saying, they say things they do not believe or that they know are wrong. This can be found both in a public forum and in private conversation.
And they don’t seem to care about the negative consequences of their words because they are fairly confident there won’t be any! That often proves to be the case, sadly. What I find disconcerting…
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