Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Deo Gratias - July 29



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to leave your link! God bless!

1. I love the devotional - Give Us This Day. I now have the digital version. I love it because it is with me wherever I go. Deo gratias!

2. We had a lot of rain the past few days, but we needed it. Deo gratias!

3. We had a quiet peaceful weekend. We needed that too! Deo gratias!

4. We went out for our anniversary dinner this past weekend. It was a different kind of place than where we usually go, but the food was wonderful and we had a great time. Deo gratias!

5. My son sent me a picture of a statue of St. Therese that was at a church he attended while on vacation. He knows how much I love her! Deo gratias!




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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Are We Ready to Know Jesus?

Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone. - John 6:15

We just read about the multiplication of the loaves. Jesus knew the people would want to make him some kind of king, so he withdrew to the mountain.
Well, he was a king. Christ the King, but he was not the kind of king they thought he was.
They knew he could perform miracles, but they did not know who he was.
They knew he could feed the multitudes, but they did not know what food he was talking about. They were not yet ready to know who Jesus was.
Are we ready to know Jesus?

Dear Lord, help us to be aware of the ways you feed us. Help us to recognize you in the breaking of the bread. Please increase our devotion to the Eucharist. Amen.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Deo Gratias - Wedding Anniverary



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to leave your link! God bless!

1. Marriage. Hubby and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this week. 36 years! I thank God everyday for the gift of my husband. Deo gratias!

2. Laughter. I love to laugh. Laughter is good for what ails us. And no one makes me laugh like my husband does. Deo gratias!

3. Food. My husband is the best chef I know. Deo gratias!

4. Children. My husband has blessed me with 4 stepchildren and we had 2 children of our own. We live in an empty nest now but for years our home was filled with the laughter and joy and activities of children growing up. Now we are watching our grandchildren grow up. Deo gratias!

5. God. Faith. The Catholic Church. My husband was a Catholic and I think I was on a journey to conversion from the day we met. We had been married 10 years when I decided to convert to Catholicism. What a joy! And what a difference it has made in my life. And the lives of my children. Deo gratias!


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Come and Rest Awhile

He said to them,
"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." - Mark 6:31

Jesus sees that his disciples are getting way too stressed out. So many people needed their attention and they didn’t even have time to eat. So He tells them to come away and rest awhile.
But the rest time is interrupted. More people come who need them. Rest time is over.
What is he saying to us here?
Sometimes we rush around just for the sake of rushing around. We keep adding things to our to-do list and we just go crazy. Jesus tells us we need to rest even when what we are doing is important.
And pray. We need to pray. Prayer will help us get through whatever we need to do. If we try to do things by ourselves on our own steam, it won't work.
When we are stressed out and feeling hassled, we need to take the time to rest in Jesus and ask for help.

Dear Lord, thank you for calling us to rest in you. Help us to remember how rest periods are so important in our busy lives. Help us to remember that we need to put you first and we need to ask you for help when we get overwhelmed. Amen.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Deo Gratias - July 15



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to leave your link! God bless!

1. This whole thing with the recent Supreme Court decision has had my stomach tied up in knots. I kept reading things hoping to find something that made sense to me and I found a great blog post here. The blogger is a "plain talker" and just puts it out there on how she feels about the whole thing. Refreshing. Deo gratias!

2. I have decided that I am going to simplify my life and I am working on dismantling my web site - Catholic Prayer Life - and moving it to a simpler format. This is one reason why I have not been blogging much lately. I hope to then switch my blog to the website and have just one place to put my Stuff. Deo gratias!

3. Work has quieted down some. I am still busy all day but not pulling my hair out, what is left of it, that is. Deo gratias!

4. Went out to lunch to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. Food was good and it was nice going out together. We do not do that very often. (See #3) Deo gratias!

5. Below is a picture of my youngest brother and my mom. I miss them but pictures help it seem like they are not so far away. Deo gratias!





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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trust in the Lord

He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.  - Mark 6:8

Jesus sends his disciples out to heal people. He doesn’t give them any tools to do this. Only a walking stick.
It seems rather scary to me. No food? No money? How can they possibly do what He wants them to do? How will they eat? How will they buy what they need?
And just how are they to heal people and drive out demons? They haven't had any training yet.
Are they supposed to just trust that he will provide for them?
Exactly.
Trust. Not an easy thing.
Reminds me of when my spiritual director first told me that he thought I was being called to be a spiritual director. I had not had any formal training at the time. Just the signs of being called. The call to be a spiritual director and put my trust in the Lord. The call to put my trust in the Holy Spirit who is the real director.
That is when I first understood that saying - God does not call the qualified. God qualifies the called.
It is God's work to heal. We can, however, be His instruments.
All we need to do is to let go of our useless burdens and allow God to work through us.
And trust.

Dear Lord, I long to do your will. I long to do what you are calling me to do, but that trust thing gets pretty scary. Please help me to let go of fear and other burdens that get in my way. Help me to trust you and to be confident that you are by my side. Amen.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Deo Gratias



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to leave your link! God bless!

1. I came down with a cold last week. Thankfully, it did not last long. I rested all weekend and am now as good as new. Deo gratias!

2. The rainy season is upon us and we have had a couple of major thunderstorms already and I love watching the rain and the wind. As long as I am inside, that is. Deo gratias!

3. I am getting back to doing lectio divina every day and, as always, I wonder why I ever stopped. And praying the Jesus Prayer. A shortened version. Jesus, have mercy. Deo gratias!

4. I am so thankful for my job and for my co-workers. A blessing for sure. Deo gratias!

5. On the 4th of July, we were able to watch fireworks without leaving our patio! They seemed to be coming from a couple of different places. It was beautiful to see. Deo gratias!



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Sunday, July 5, 2015

God is in Our Midst

He was amazed at their lack of faith.  - Mark 6:6
Jesus was in his native place. His neighbors and friends saw him as the hometown boy. They didn’t see the Messiah. They just saw the carpenter's son.
Jesus was present to his people. He was their Savior, but they did not know that.
They did not know that they had missed seeing their God.
For years I was not aware that God was always present in my life. I can remember how astounded I felt when suddenly, God's grace helped me to see that He had indeed been with me. Even in the bad times. Even in those times when I hardly acknowledged his existence.
God is not just with us when it is obvious, like at Mass or on a mountaintop. God is also with us when we are alone, or scared or sitting in the pit.
It takes eyes of faith to see God.
The people in Jesus' native land did not recognize him as any kind of prophet or messiah. He didn’t fit their idea or image of who the messiah should be.
They did not know that God was in their midst.

Dear Lord, thank you for always being with me. Help me to always see you with eyes of faith. Help me to trust in your everlasting presence. Do not let me mke my image of you so small, that I miss seeing you. Amen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Pope's Prophecy

Pope Paul VI, in Humanae Vitae, "... warned of four results if the widespread use of contraceptives was accepted:

1. General lowering of moral standards
2. A rise in infidelity, and illegitimacy
3. The reduction of women to objects used to satisfy men.
4. Government coercion in reproductive matters."


Prophetic, wasn't it?

Deo Gratias - July 1



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to leave your link! God bless!

1. I am so thankful for my job. I just went back to work after 2 weeks off. I feel rested and ready to meet the daily challenges again! Deo gratias!

2. I had a lot to catch up on at work, but I am feeling better with it all and ready for a long holiday weekend now! Deo gratias!

3. Rich and I were a bit "under the weather" for a few days but we are better now! Deo gratias!

4. We received an Apple TV for Christmas from a couple of our children and we have now cut down on our cable bill. Deo gratias!

5. I saw the most beautiful night sky the other night with the moon peeking out from behind a few clouds. I never get tired of looking at the night sky. Deo gratias!


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