Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Deo Gratias - March 4



"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.

Dear Lord, I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life:

1. My husband. The love of my life. My best friend who loves me unconditionally. My life only makes sense when I am with him. Deo gratias!

2. My boys. Words cannot describe what they mean to me. I have spent their lifetimes loving them, and trying to be the mother they deserve. Deo gratias!

3. My extended family. Mom, siblings, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws. Large as it is, strange as it can sometimes be, a mixed bag of personalities and different choices, my family is still and always my family. Deo gratias!

4. My friends - inside and outside the blogging world - I thank God for them every day. I am often a loner. It is just my way. I am an introvert. Being alone often feels safest to me. My real friends understand me and love me anyway. Deo gratias!

5. My faith. I have always had faith. Even as a young girl. Didn't always know what to do with it. Spent some time away from church, but never away from God. He hung in there with me while I floundered around for several years, trying to grow up and figure out what life and love was supposed to be about. And God loved me through it all. And gave me all these blessings listed here. Deo gratias! 


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Light in the Darkness - March 2


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!

A heartwarming story - students taking care of their principal.
 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It Is Good That We Are Here

Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Mark 9:5)
I love this statement. I think of the times I have had a mountain-top experience and I wanted to hold onto it so it would last forever. It is as if I thought I would lose it. Or lose God.
But these kinds of experiences are consolations, gifts, warm-fuzzies. These experiences are not God Himself.
Peter had the company of God with him in a very unique way for three years, but he didn't know that. He didn't seem to understand that he was looking at the face of God everyday.
How many times have I looked right past the face of God because I was too interested in the "experience" of God?

Lord, it is good to be here with you. Help me to remember you are with me all the time, in both the mountains and the valleys of my life. Amen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deo Gratias - Feb 25



"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 am so grateful that my retreat last weekend went very well. I got a lot of positive feedback. I know the Holy Spirit was with me as I wrote it and then presented it. Deo gratias!

2. I am so grateful that I had a long weekend. I took an extra day off to finish working on the retreat and Sunday was truly a day of rest. Deo gratias!

3. My mother has finally retired at the age of 80! I am so relieved that she can rest now and enjoy her life and do what she wants to do. She is still so busy with church. She is a deaconness and organist at her church (protestant) and does a lot for people there. But it is ministry that she enjoys and she lives to serve. Deo gratias!

4. My youngest son - my baby - turned 27 years old yesterday. He also is very busy with his job and studying and working on his house (a fixer-upper). I am both proud of him and happy for him that his life is so full. Deo gratias!

5. My oldest son and his wife sent us a surprise. A beautiful pillow with our last name on it and some beautiful sayings. My daughter-in-law made it. This surprise gift says loud and clear -  We Love You! Deo gratias!


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Light in the Darkness - Feb 23


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!

A 4-year old's letter to God

An heartwarming story about a girl and her dog and letter from God. An unknown stranger goes above and beyond.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pray and Hold On

At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”   - Mark 1:12-15
 
Lent can be a desert experience.
Sometimes we try to do too much. We add too much to our already busy schedules.
Or we try too hard. We try to be perfect at this Lent thing. We try to pray perfectly and fast perfectly and give alms perfectly.
Sometimes when we try to do too much, we fail. Then we feel empty. Dry. Desert time.
And then we are tempted to stop praying because we don’t feel anything.
We have to fight those temptations to stop praying. Something may be happening deep inside us but we do not know it.
We can only pray in spite of the dryness. In spite of the boredom. In spite of the emptiness.
We can only pray and hold onto Jesus.
Pray and hold on and maybe, when we come out of the desert, we will proclaim the gospel like Jesus did.

Dear Lord, I long to have a meaningful Lenten experience. I long to grow closer to you and to follow you in all that I do. Please help me to remain faithful to my prayer time with you and to go of a need to be perfect. Hold onto me, Jesus, as I try to hold onto you. Amen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Deo Gratias - February 18



"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. Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful sunrise the other morning... Deo gratias! 
2. Thank you, Lord, for my husband, who is feeling better after having the flu (even though he had a flu shot), ... Deo gratias!
3. Thank you, Lord, for the season of Lent and this time to re-focus and re-new my prayer life and grow closer to you, Lord... Deo gratias!
4. Thank you, Lord, for helping me with the retreat I am writing to present this weekend, ... Deo gratias!
5. Thank you, Lord, for my blogging buddies,... Deo gratias!


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Light in the Darkness - February 16


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 love this story! What an example of what it means to be a Christian - a light in the darkness.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

That Healing Touch

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” – Mark 1:41

Touch.
We need touch.
We need to touch and we need to BE touched.
Touch is so healing.
I learned this when I worked as a nurse, many years ago. Many times, patients’ fears and pain could be lessened by the mere act of sitting with them and holding their hand.
Fr. Ron Rolheiser writes about this in his book, Our One Great Act of Fidelity, Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist. He writes that Jesus knew we needed to be touched so he gave us the Eucharist, "… He gave us the Eucharist, his physical embrace, his kiss, a ritual within which he holds us to his heart.”
What an image that gives us!
Whenever we need that healing touch, we know where to go. We know where to find it.
Jesus.

Oh Lord, you know what I need. I need healing. I need your touch, your loving embrace. Thank you so much for your gift of the Eucharist. Help me to never take it for granted. Help me to tell others about this miracle, this gift of healing. Amen.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sunday Snippets - Feb 15

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. A Deserted Place to Pray

2. Begin to Love My God

3. Deo Gratias - Feb 11

4. Light in the Darkness - Feb 9