Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Deo Gratias - Holy Week


"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. Holy Week - my favorite week of the year. The liturgies. The reading of the Passion. The Triduum. Deo gratias!
2. Being Catholic - I am so grateful to be Catholic. I love my religion. I am so blessed and thankful that the Lord led me to His Church. Deo gratias!
3. Easter Vigil - the readings, darkness to light, the lighting of the candles, the paschal candle, the baptisms and confirmations. Christ is risen! Joy oh Joy. Deo gratias!
4. My husband - he has had some back pain for past week or so. I was so worried. I hate to see him in pain and with Holy Week coming up, how would he do all he needed to do? So he went to the doctor finally. God is good. Hubby is much better. Deo gratias!
5. The present moment - Lent is such a busy time for a parish office, but I am learning to live one moment at a time. A blessing for sure! Deo gratias!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Light in the Darkness


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! 

Check out this story about nursing home residents rescued and cared for the angels God sent.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunday Snippets - April 13

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: What is your favorite part of Holy Week?
That's easy. The Triduum. I just love going to those 3 Masses and experiencing the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus in such meaningful ways. The Easter Vigil is my favorite Mass of all year. Partly because it is an anniversary for me - I am a convert who was brought into the Church at an Easter Vigil Mass over 20 years ago. More than that, when the church goes from dark to light, I am overcome by such an awesome feeling of joy - Christ has risen!


1. Deo Gratias - Some Stuff I Just Love


2. Light in the Darkness - The Gift of Hearing


3. Jesus Wept

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Deo Gratias - Some Stuff I Just Love


"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 just love Holy Week. And it is almost here ... deo gratias!
2. I just love writing and reading and talking about God ... deo gratias!
3. I just love my ipad, using it for reading and writing and praying and music and so much more, proving that technology can certainly be used for good ... deo gratias!
4. I just love my grandchildren. A couple of them are graduating this year. One from high school and one from college (another teacher in the family). I just love that, too ... deo gratias!
5. I just love collecting quotes ... deo gratias! Here is one on gratitude: 
A simple grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer. (Gotthold Lessing)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Light in the Darkness - The Gift of Hearing


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! 

The precious gift of hearing - this short video tells a story of a little boy hearing his mom's voice for the first time.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Jesus Wept

When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus wept. - John 11:33-35
Meister Eckhart said - "You may call God love, you may call God goodness, but the best name for God is compassion."

I did not know this compassion until I met a priest who, through his compassion, revealed this Jesus to me. A Jesus I had never known. A Jesus with so much compassion, he weeps when we weep. He suffers when we suffer.
In my book about surviving child sexual abuse, I described a time when I did an imaging exercise where I pictured Jesus being in my room when I was being abused and I saw him crying.
I no longer needed to ask the question, "Where was God?"
The word compassion literally means - "to suffer with." I know in my heart that Jesus suffered with me when I was being abused and whenever I have suffered. He suffers with all of us.
In fact he more than suffers.
He weeps.

Jesus, thank you for always being with me. Thank you for weeping for me, for suffering with me so I know I am never alone. Help me to bring your compassion to others as others have done for me. I love you. Amen.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunday Snippets - April 6

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: What do you think about women wearing mantillas or other head coverings to church?
I think it is an individual decision. I do not understand the purpose of wearing head coverings and would not feel comfortable doing so. 

1. I Do Believe

2. Light in the Darkness - A Child's Joy

3. Deo Gratias - Blessings

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Deo Gratias - Blessings


"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, that I finally finished our taxes. A few things were holding me up and it's been stressful to say the least. Deo gratias!
2. Thank you, Lord, for my hubby who makes me laugh even when I am stressed out! Deo gratias!
3. Thank you Lord, that my retreat last weekend went very well. The Spirit was a moving! Deo gratias!
4. Thank you, Lord, for this blog and for all my blogging buddies! Deo gratias!
5. Thank you Lord, for my job. I am blessed to have a job, and even more blessed to be a parish secretary. May I never forget that! Deo gratias!


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Light in the Darkness - A Child's Joy


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 video made me tear up! See the joy on a boy's face when he finds out he is going to be a big brother!

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I Do Believe

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he."
He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him. - John 9:35-38
The man who had been born blind was thrown out by the Pharisees and Jesus went to find him. Why? To make sure the man believed? Was there really any doubt when, after being interrogated by the Pharisees, the man continued to speak the truth?
Each of us is important to Jesus. He loves us all all, even the Pharisees among us. But he knows we sometimes need to remind ourselves and others that we really do see. We really do have faith.
Sometimes we too need to have our eyes opened.
Sometimes we too need to make a profession of faith and say, Yes, I believe.
I love that Jesus went out after that man, because He went out after me, too. I have believed in Jesus my whole life. But I lived a lukewarm faith until the day my eyes were opened about the Eucharist and the Catholic Church.
Over 20 years ago, I made my Profession of Faith at the Easter Vigil and became Catholic. And my life has never been the same.
Jesus spoke to me and I said, "I do believe, Lord."
When others interrogate you or insult you about your faith or your beliefs, what will you say when Jesus asks you to make a profession of faith?

Jesus, help me to keep my eyes and my heart open to you always. Help me to say to others and to you, Yes, Lord, I believe.


from Pondering the Word Year A