Friday, December 29, 2017

Laws of life and the road

"And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He who says "I know him" but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him."

OK, so we all, or most of wait, SOME of us abide by the traffic laws:  Stopping at red lights, stop signs, and not passing on solid lines.  Why we do obey these laws?  We believe in them!  We believe that they will save lives, prevent accidents, and is the right thing to do.  Simple logic, yes?
So, those of us who obey God's commandments obey them because we believe in them.  We believe in God and believe they save lives(souls), prevent bad decisions, and is basically the right thing to do.  We believe in God, in Jesus Christ and his Word.

Have you ever known people that are not living according to the commandments?  Are they happy people?  Are they getting anywhere positive?  Or do they seem to be simply turning in circles in no real direction?

Now let me show you the last verse in this reading:
  1 John 2:11, "But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes."
Those who chose to abide by the commandment to love God and thy neighbor can SEE clearly the truth.  Those who ignore this live in a darkness that gives no love in return.  They are blinded by their own decisions.  They do not see God in their daily lives, they do not necessarily believe in Him.  Perhaps they refuse to believe in him.  But see their lives!

With God, there is hope, love, and goodness!  With God there is joy!  It's not always perfect living, health, and wealth, but without God, well, I don't want to know what life without God is like.

Monday, December 4, 2017


When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day.......
An angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her?"
The lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?"
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,"She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day"

THE ANGEL was impressed "Just two hands.....impossible!
And this is the standard model?"
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
"But you have made her so soft, Lord".
"She is soft", said the Lord,
"But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome."

"Can she think?" The Angel asked...
The Lord answered. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate."
The Angel touched her cheeks....
"Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her"
"She is not is a tear" The Lord corrected the Angel…
"What's it for?" Asked the Angel..... .
The Lord said. "Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."...
This made a big impression on the Angel,
"Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvelous"

Lord said."Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life"

The Angel asked: "So she is a perfect being?"
The lord replied: "No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Be Prepared! Wisdom

 Wisdom 13:1-9 and Luke 17: 26-37
For years I have complained to my husband about how bored I am with the mundane weekly grind.   Sundays are my favorite day, we attend Mass and then have a family meal together.  But then Monday arrives and the rat race begins, or as I complain, returns.  In today's readings, it struck me that I have fallen into the same routine as so many others around me.  Get up, go to work, come home, go to sleep, and then repeat for 4 more days.  All without really looking around and realizing the beauty of He who created it.

Today we find in the readings, in the Word of God, that we need to be in constant awareness of our Creator's presence and live our lives accordingly.  In Wisdom, we are told of the times of Noah, when everyone lived, married, all their comings and goings were as it is today.  They were unaware of anything past their regular routines.  That is until the flood came and all were unprepared and lost.  That being prepared for the future, not the future of retirement, children graduations, getting married, having children, etc, but the future of our souls.  Where and what happens to us after our mundane routines?   Have we prepared and focused on the hereinafter?

Lest I sound morbid, death will come to all of us, the end of what we know and love arrives at some point.  Living the daily mundane is expected of us, but we need to make one teeny tiny addition to it.  God.

Find a way to add prayer, worship, and just the smelling of the roses around you.  Realize, without it bringing you down, that there is an end.  Prepare yourself for God's coming.

Here's the best thing!   God is a loving Father and He will take care of all of his children!  We are not alone and will always be under the guiding and loving hands of our heavenly Father.  In the words of my favorite St. John Paul the Great and our Lord Himself:

Be Not Afraid!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Getting ready for Advent 2017

During Advent, we are called upon to:

1) prepare ourselves to worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,

2) make our souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace

3) make ourselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world
~from New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

Advent is a season of waiting, a season filled with hope. Here are ten tips that will help you and your family keep this season holy:

1. Use an Advent calendar and/or a wreath to mark this time of preparation. Pray Advent prayers with the family and the rosary when you light up the candle on the wreath. Sing 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' throughout Advent.

2. Keep outdoor lights & decorations simple, using religious CHRISTmas scenes like the Nativity or a star.

3. Use a Jesse tree or an Advent tree.

4. Have your Christmas tree blessed. Remind your children that the tree is a Christian symbol and relates to many aspects of our faith.

5. Let your children know that "Santa Claus" is another name for the real St. Nicholas and tell them his story. Celebrate the day. Encourage your children to leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors on Dec. 5. When they awaken, they will find small gifts like candy or fruit if they’ve been good.

6. Participate in the Giving Tree at church. Have your children buy a gift to donate to children in need or perform some service for the poor or elderly.

7. Put a Nativity set in a prominent place in your home, but only put out some of the animals. You can put the other statues out, but in another place in your home. Each week, read a little from the Christmas story in Luke's Gospel, and move the statues a little closer.

8. Have the children place a piece of straw in the manger for each good deed they do during Advent as a gift to the baby Jesus.

9. Take the entire family, when possible, to daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and to the sacrament of Reconciliation.

My prayer for all families that they be strong, prayerful, and loving to each other and that this Advent season be one of joy, anticipation, and growing faithfulness.  AMEN

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A book review: The living Gospel, Daily Devotions for Advent 2017

As a contributor, we occasionally get the privilege of reviewing books that would help Christian families in their journey through the seasons.  There was a call out for this little devotional and I grabbed at the chance!  Thanks to Ave Maria Press for the opportunity to review this book and to the author, Deacon Charles Paolino, who is also the managing editor at RENEW International.

Anyway, on to the book review.  This is a small 61/2 x 4" devotional that could fit in your pocket or purse for an on-the-go reference during Advent, which I really like.  It covers the 25 days to Christmas, 2 pages each with a wonderful gift of the Responsorial Psalms for the four Masses at Christmas.

Each day, Deacon Paolino, gives the reader the quieting prayer of beginning devotional of, "Be silent, be still, pray, "Come Lord Jesus."  Then a prayer from a psalm or Isaiah, etc and then a scripture reading from the day's Mass.  The deacon invites the reader to pause each day for 10 minutes, perhaps and "meditate on the meaning of this season and the coming feast and the application of both to your daily life."  He reflects on the reading and gives the reader an opportunity to act in some way to give witness or share in the joy of the season with others around us.   At the end of each day, he shares a prayer for the day.

Each year we make all kinds of plans for the upcoming seasons, especially during Advent and Christmas.  This year add this little jewel to your daily activities.  I see this as a great family resource to share at bedtime, in the evenings, or even to start the days of Advent with a spiritual tone.

Many thanks to Ave Maria Press for the opportunity to review this lovely Advent devotion and supplying me with a copy.  I highly recommend this devotional for all the family members and ages as a great sharing of quality time during this holy season.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The message of Fatima, 100 years ago

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, 
Pray for us and for the whole world!

Seventy thousand (70,000) people witnessed the miracle of the sun on this date, October 13, 1917...these recent times!  People were able to totally look at the sun as it danced and then came closer and closer to the earth.   Some even felt it touched them.   

Marriage and the family would be the target to be destroyed, well 100 years later can we see how badly we need prayer and devotion to our Lord.

WWI and WWII, the Vietman "conflict", communism, the persecution of the Church and the rise in political "correctness" in the alteration of the family with the homosexual movement, the rise in terrorism, mass shootings,  etc. all are painful results of our losing faith and trust in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

With this 100th Anniversary of an apparition so much in modern times as proof that God loves us and wants us to turn back to Him through our Holy Mother, Mary.   Please see with your hearts and believe again that we need God in our world, our country, and especially in our hearts!

Hail Mary, full of grace!  Pray for us!