Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Deo Gratias - Coffee and Rainbows


"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 sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

1. I had a wonderful weekend. I had time for reading and writing and praying and resting. Mass on Sunday. Out for breakfast. AND a trip to Starbucks. (I love mocha frappaccinos!) Deo gratias!

2. I love ice coffee and my husband, knowing my addiction to the stuff, bought me some Starbucks ice coffee from a grocery store. It is evidently new. And very good! Deo gratias!

3. Had my Remicade infusion for my RA. That is not a particularly fun event. However it seems to be keeping my RA from getting worse. I usually feel better after a few days. Deo gratias!

4. It started raining tonight just as I was about to start my evening prayer so I went out on the lanai to pray and watch the rain. I closed my eyes for a few minutes and when I opened them, there was a rainbow! And it was a full rainbow, arching over the canal. Such a beautiful sight. Deo gratias!

5. My husband absolutely loves cooking and he does all the cooking for us. I am so spoiled! Deo gratias!


 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Light in the Darkness - Giving Comfort


Maria at Four Blessings Academy is hosting an uplifting meme for every Monday called Light in the Darkness. Here we share stories of hope and joy. We can link to a news article or video or tell a story from our own lives. Post about your story and then link to Maria's blog. There is enough negativity in this world. Let's spread some joy and light up the darkness!

This week's story of light in the darkness is about how strangers help grieving parents just by giving of their time and talents.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Our God is an Awesome God

"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." - Matthew 13:44
 
Meister Eckhart said that each person has a vintage wine cellar but they seldom drink from it.
The kingdom of God is here. Now. We are not always aware of it. We often walk around clueless, unaware of God’s presence in our everyday lives.
Then grace happens. Something wakes us up. And we are suddenly aware of the treasure hidden within. The pearl of great price.
I remember one Sunday when I went to Mass, feeling tired and grouchy and not very inspired.
After communion, our choir sang "Our God Is An Awesome God." They built up to a loud chorus and then started singing a cappella. Slowly the song grew quieter and became more of a prayer of praise.
I started singing with them, praising God for all His goodness. And the next thing I knew, tears were running down my cheeks.
Sigh. Our God is an awesome God and He is here with me now. I need to go and sell what I have, let go of my wants and my to-do lists and my “should-haves” and focus on what God is calling me to do at the moment.
I need to let go of all that is not God so I can focus on the treasure within.
Grace. Free gift. We don’t earn it and we don’t deserve it. And when we least expect it, we find it. That pearl of great price. That treasure buried in the field.
That vintage wine.

Dear Lord, thank you for the graces you rain down on me everyday. Help me to live in the moment and let go of all that is not from you and to be more aware of the treasure within me. Amen.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sunday Snippets - July 27

This is the weekly Catholic Carnival! Be sure to visit RAnn at This, That and the Other Thing and check out some posts from other bloggers participating in Sunday Snippets this week. Why not join us and share a blog post or two from last week?

Question of the Week: Do you use facebook? Do you promote your blog on facebook? Why or why not? 
Yes, I use Facebook. Yes I promote my blog from time to time. I will post a link of a post I want to share. I also have a Facebook page for my website to promote that.
I also use Facebook to try to keep track of my children and grandchildren and what they are doing.

1. Light in the Darkness - Rescuing a Veteran

2. Deo Gratias - Thirty-Five Years

3. I Would Do It All Over Again


I Would Do It All Over Again

My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary this year. It is such an awesome thing. Not only to be married for 35 years, but to be so happily married for 35 years.
It is such a gift. A gift that we have offered up to God in so many little ways. A gift that has come back to us a thousandfold.
We renewed our vows at Mass, in front of our church family. Rich in his deacon’s alb, witnessing to his two vocations - the diaconate and marriage. And I, standing beside him, holding his hand, also witnessing to my vocation of marriage, and, as a deacon’s wife, sharing my husband with the Church.
For better, for worse. For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. We have been there, done that. And we know much more today about what those vows mean than we did when we got married.
When we met, Rich was a divorced and lapsed Catholic, with four children. I was a lapsed Protestant, never married. We believed in God. We talked about God. We loved God, or so we said.
But we didn’t know then what loving God really meant. We didn’t know how much we needed God and church and community. We didn’t know how much of a difference it would make when we went back to church. How much of a difference it would make to us personally, to our marriage and to our family.
Looking back, we can see how much we have changed. How much our lives have changed. How much our priorities have changed.
I can tell you about my husband’s annulment and my conversion to the Catholic church. I can tell you about our struggles through the sexual abuse scandal in the church (made worse by the fact that I am an incest survivor), which hit its peak when my husband was in formation to become a deacon.
 I can tell you about our financial struggles and health issues including the frightening times when I thought I might lose my husband.
I can tell you about our children and grandchildren and the ups and downs of being part of a stepfamily and how I would do it all over again.
I can tell you about all of these things, but it all comes down to love. And God. And faith.
35 years.
Yes, I would do it all over again.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deo Gratias - Thirty-Five Years


"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 sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

1. Hubby and I renewed our wedding vows on Sunday. It was a beautiful moment, one of many beautiful moments in our 35 years together. Deo gratias!

2. I forgot to ask someone to take pictures when we renewed our vows, but a couple of women had their phones with them and they took some pictures of us. Deo gratias!



3. Saw a beautiful sunrise on vacation and I forgot to post this picture! It is too beautiful for words! Deo gratias!




4. Love, love, love books. I have to make time to read but I not only love to read, I need to read. I am reading a great book on Merton right now. Deo gratias!

5. I went to adoration last Friday. I have no words to describe what this gift means to me. Deo gratias!




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Monday, July 21, 2014

Light in the Darkness - Rescuing a Veteran


Maria at Four Blessings Academy is hosting an uplifting meme for every Monday called Light in the Darkness. Here we share stories of hope and joy. We can link to a news article or video or tell a story from our own lives. Post about your story and then link to Maria's blog. There is enough negativity in this world. Let's spread some joy and light up the darkness!

Read this true story of how some employees at Lowe's go above and beyond the call of duty. They not only rescue a veteran, they help make his whole life a lot easier.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday Snippets - July 20

This is the weekly Catholic Carnival! Be sure to visit RAnn at This, That and the Other Thing and check out some posts from other bloggers participating in Sunday Snippets this week. Why not join us and share a blog post or two from last week?

Question of the Week:  Were there any religious sisters in your parish when you were growing up?  Are there any now?  Which community (ies)? - No, I grew up in the Protestant tradition and we have no religious sisters in our parish.

1. God Changes Hearts

2. Light in the Darkness - The First Salute

3. Deo Gratias - Rainbows

4. Leaving Our Cares Behind (my podcast blog)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Deo Gratias - Rainbows!


"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 sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

1. I saw a rainbow on my way to work yesterday. A double rainbow! It has been a long time, but worth the wait. Deo gratias!
2. I love coffee and I love candles and wouldn't you know? This week I bought candles that have a coffee scent. What fun! Deo gratias!
3. I love quotes. Michael Seagriff's kindle book has 100 quotations and is free if you order it from July 15-17. Be sure to check out his blog, too. Deo gratias!
4. Hubby and I are renewing our vows this Sunday at Mass. We will be celebrating our 35th anniversary next week! Deo gratias!
5. I am so grateful for my ministry of spiritual direction. Thank you, Lord, for calling me to this ministry. Deo gratias!



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Light in the Darkness - The First Salute


Maria at Four Blessings Academy is hosting an uplifting meme for every Monday called Light in the Darkness. Here we share stories of hope and joy. We can link to a news article or video or tell a story from our own lives. Post about your story and then link to Maria's blog. There is enough negativity in this world. Let's spread some joy and light up the darkness! 

This story brought tears to my eyes (what else is new?). A grandfather gets an awesome surprise from his granddaughter after her graduation from the US Naval Academy.

The First Salute