Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Deo Gratias - January 28



"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. For the cold temps we are experiencing in sunny Florida, ... deo gratias!
2. For my family members who live in New England and got all that snow this week but are safe and sound, ... deo gratias!
3. For my brave husband who rescued me from the black snake (harmless really) that I found on the patio and went ballistic over... He had known about this snake in our home for 3 weeks but had not been able to capture it until I cornered it on the patio! He never told me because he knew I would not be able to sleep til it was found! My hero! Deo gratias!
4. For the parish mission and the awesome priest who gave the talks to our parish this week. The subject was the Sacraments and he was truly a wonderful inspirational speaker ... Deo gratias!
5. For writers who give us such great books to read and especially the Christian writers who have recently inspired and moved me and helped me to see God acting in their lives and mine, ... Deo gratias!


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Light in the Darkness - January 26


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!

Lots of tissues needed for this story. A dying man works on fixing up an abandoned church.





Sunday, January 25, 2015

"I Will Make You Fishers of Men"

Jesus said to them,'‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Mark 1:17
At the end of the day, all that really matters, is meeting Christ.
I have heard this message and I have experienced this truth over and over. We can go to church and we can do good works and we can be forgiving - all very good things. But they really do not mean much, if we have not experienced the love of Christ, if we have not personally encountered Jesus.
And if we do not know Jesus, then we cannot bring His love to others. We cannot be fishers of men.
Come after me, said Jesus.
And the disciples dropped everything. They had encountered the Christ and they dropped everything and left everyone behind to follow him.
Have we done that? Have we decided that Jesus is number one in our lives? Are we willing to drop everything?
When all is said and done, meeting Jesus is all that really matters.
Come after me.

Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. Thank you for your patience through all the times I do not put you first. Forgive me for all the times that I just go through the motions. Help me to love more. Help me to know your love more. Amen.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday Snippets - Jan 25

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?

1.  Deo Gratias January 21

2. Pope Visits the Children

3. What Are You Looking For?

4. Light in the Darkness

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Deo Gratias - January 21



"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. For my husband who takes such good care of me ... deo gratias!
2. For the beautiful weather we have had this week. We even needed to turn on the heater! (I live in Florida, don't forget) ... deo gratias!
3. That my mom's email seems to be working right now. We really missed being able to email each other for past several weeks. Emailing every day helps us feel like we are living next door to each other, ... deo gratias!
4. For my Remicade treatments that are helping me live with rheumatoid arthritis, ... deo gratias!
5. For my blogging buddies, ... deo gratias!


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Light in the Darkness - January 19


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!

I posted the other day about Pope Francis and his unscheduled stop last week to visit the former street children in the Philippines. They had prayed that he would stop to see them and he did! And the scene was so moving that I wrote about how the pope had brought light to the children.

And then when trying to decide what to put in this week's post about Light in the Darkness, I realized I already had posted about that. So in case you didn't see this, visit my blog page and watch the video about this awesome story.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What Are You Looking For?

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,“What are you looking for?” – John 1:38

What are you looking for?
This question reminds me of St. Augustine’s quote – “You have made us for yourself, Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
We are constantly looking. We are searching and searching and for most of our lives, I don’t think we know what we are searching for. Or for whom. We just know there is this restlessness within us. This hole in our hearts that we need to fill.
And then one day, in one moment, we find Him. We find the One who has been with us all along. And our search is over. Our restlessness is over.
For the moment.
But it starts again. The search starts again because we are human and because we think we will find peace in this thing or happiness in that path and we forget to put God first.
We forget that we don’t have to go anywhere to find the answer to that question. We don’t have to go anywhere because Jesus is already with us.
And Jesus is the answer.
So … what are you looking for?

Lord, thank you for always being with us. Help us to see you in our everyday life. Help us to trust in your constant presence. Amen.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pope Francis Visits the Children

I saw this today on Facebook. Tears came to my eyes as I saw the Holy Father surrounded by all these smiling happy children. These children of the street who have known hunger and abuse and rejection now experience happinness. 
They are happy because their prayers were answered. Happy because il Papa was there and wanted to see them.
Pope Francis brought these children love and acceptance and joy. He brought them light.
He brought them Jesus.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Deo Gratias - January 14



"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. For the beautiful skies I love to look at, deo gratias!

2. For my husband and his sense of humor through thick and thin, deo gratias!

3. For all the ways God reveals Himself to us, His children, deo gratias!

4. For books, for the gift of writing, for all who write, deo gratias!

5. For my job as parish secretary and my ministries, deo gratias!



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Monday, January 12, 2015

Light in the Darkness - January 12


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!

Watch this video on what a sick boy does for his brother! It is a great story.