Saturday, January 2, 2016

Saying Good-bye

I wish to announce that I am closing down this blog. I will keep it here for a few more weeks.

I have enjoyed meeting so many bloggers through this blog, You have all been a part of my spiritual journey and I will keep you in my prayers.

The good news is, I am not leaving the blogging world entirely. I have opened up a new website - Catholic Prayer Life. A blog is included on this site and also podcasts.

I appreciate all who have come to this blog and read my words and commented on these pages.

God bless you all.

Colleen

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Be Vigilant

"Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man." - Luke 21:36
Vigil means watchful or wakefulness. Some monasteries have an early morning prayer time called Vigils. It is the pre-dawn prayer of waiting in the dark and watching for the sun to come up. Waiting and watching.

Advent is about waiting for Jesus to come to each and every one of us in a new way. During advent we wait and watch for the birth of Jesus. We keep vigilant. Waiting for the dark to go away and the light to come.

When we wait, we believe that something new can happen. We wait and we watch and we believe.

Nothing is impossible with God.

Dear Lord, help me to stay vigilant this advent. Help me to wait and watch for your presence in my everyday life. Help me to not lose sight of the reason for the season. Amen.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Do We Belong to the Truth?

"Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."- John 18:37
I wonder, with some of the issues in our country today - abortion, health care, freedom of religion - who is listening to Jesus' voice? Who knows that He is king? Who knows that Jesus is the Answer?
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens. But don't we all think we belong to the truth? Don't we all think we have the answers?
Maybe we are listening to our own voice, our own thoughts, our own ego. Other voices can drown out Jesus' voice if we let them. How can we tell the difference?
We need to spend time listening. We need to spend time in prayer so we can recognize the Lord's voice. We need to study the Word of God and listen so we know our Lord's voice when we hear it.
Otherwise, how do we know we belong to the truth?

Lord, I pray with all my heart, that it is Your voice I hear. Your voice that I listen to. I pray that no other voices drown out Your voice. For I want to belong to the truth, I want to belong to You. Help me Lord to listen and to know You when I hear You. Amen.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Deo Gratias - November 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 leave your link! God bless!

1. Working on an advent retreat that I will be giving in a few weeks. Working on retreats always helps me in my own prayer life. Deo gratias!

2. Had my Remicade treatment last week (for my RA) and I am feeling better this week. I had been in a little bit of a flare and I am relieved that Remicade still helps me. Deo gratias!

3. Our weather was a little cooler over the weekend, but we had to turn the air conditioner back on yesterday. Still, it was nice for a few days to have fresh air flowing through our home. Deo gratias!

4. I am so grateful for my job. Every single day. Deo gratias!

5. Saw a beautiful sunset last night. Deo gratias!



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Sunday, November 15, 2015

His Words Will Not Pass Away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. - Mark 13:31

At first glance, this Sunday's gospel reading seems a bit scary.
The end times.
But Jesus seems to say here that we need not be afraid. We need not fear. Instead, we need to pay attention. We need to watch the signs of the times. We need to live each moment like it is our last.
And hold onto Jesus. Always.
The world can seem to fall down around us, but we are not alone. Some things will change but one thing never changes.
Jesus.
He is always with us and his words will not pass away.
Live each moment.
Pay attention.
Watch.
And keep our eyes on the Lord.

Dear Lord, sometimes it does seem like the world is passing away and I get scared.  But then I remember, you are always with us. And all will be well. Please give me courage, Lord. Help me to live each moment to the fullest and to always keep my eyes on you. Amen.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Doe Gratias - November 11



"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. Lately we have been seeing beautiful flocks of white birds flying by our patio It is quite a sight. Deo gratias!
2. Saw ducks walking around on the other side of the canal in back of our condo. I just love watching ducks. Deo gratias! 
3. Work is getting busier by the day but I am keeping my head above water! Deo gratias!
4. I love football and the Patriots are my team. They have been ever since I was a little girl and they were losing all the time then! It is a little different now. And my favorite player? Tom Brady. And no, he did not cheat.(Dont get me started.) Deo gratias!
5. Working on my advent retreat. It is hard to get started but it will all come together. It always does. Deo gratias!


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Sunday, November 8, 2015

God Alone is Enough

"For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”  - Mark 12:44
From her poverty, she contributed all she had.
She was not rich. She needed that money. But, from her poverty, she gave her all.
Very scary, the thought of giving all we have. Do we trust God enough? What will happen if I give all the money I have left at the end of the week? Will I go hungry? How about time or treasure?
What will happen if I give what little I have to the Lord? What will happen to me when I am left on my knees with nothing?
Do I trust the Lord enough?
I would like to think so but the thought scares me. Isn't the Lord enough for me? Do I need any of my time or talent or treasure if I do not have the Lord?
This makes me think of this famous quote from St. Teresa of Avila.

Let nothing trouble you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough.” – St. Teresa of Avila

Do I trust enough? Is God enough for me?
Of course, he is. Then why do I have such a difficult time letting go?
Dear Lord, please help me be generous in giving to others. Help me to be more trusting and to give from my poverty, my emptiness. May I remember, that you alone are all I need. Help me to let go, Lord. You alone are enough. Amen.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Deo Gratias - November 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 leave your link! God bless!

1. Saw a beautiful sunset this past week! Deo gratias!
2. My husband can always make me laugh, no matter what is going on in our lives. Deo gratias!
3. I love going to Eucharistic adoration. I go in the middle of the night. It is soooo quiet. And such a blessing. What an awesome gift God has given us. Deo gratias!
4. I am working on an advent retreat that I will be giving in December. I prayed for help and God is inspiring me with many ideas. Deo gratias!
5. I have a vanilla candle burning as I write this. I love candles (especially vanilla)! Deo gratias!


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Blessed are those who see God

"Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God." - Matthew 5:8

It is All Saints Day.
I am thinking of St. Therese of Lisieux. I have a strong devotion to her for many reasons, not the least of which was her spirituality of the Little Way.
In Story of a Soul, Therese writes about how badly she wanted to be a saint. She thought that was impossible. She was just, as she said, a little grain of sand.
But then she realized that "God cannot inspire unrealizable desires. I can, then, in spite of my littleness, aspire to holiness. It is impossible for me to grow up, and so I must bear with myself such as I am with all my imperfections. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven by a little way ..." (Story of a Soul, ICS publications, 1996) 
I don't think St. Therese was concerned with being canonized or writing a book. Her desire was for God alone. She desired to be a saint because she longed to see His face. 

Lord, help me to follow you, to do your will. Help me to be little like St. Therese was little. Help me to be like her, humble and full of confidence in your loving mercy. Oh, Lord, I love you. And I long to see your face. Amen.