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World Day of Prayer for Vocations


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I may be preaching to the choir with this post, but I’m going to say it anyway.

The more faith in our Lord blooms, into adulthood, the more the soul desires just Him.

Where you are, is where He has called you to follow Him. I have shared many posts in regards to how I have felt that our Lord originally called me to religious life, as a Nun, as my desire in youth was strongly headed in that direction, but, with a well formed conscious, the soul comes to realize the fact that if our Lord wanted me in that Vocation, I would be there today. Can I justify leaving my husband and children behind to peruse a Religious Vocation, in which I “feel” our Lord is call me to? No. That would be a serious error and a giving into a spiritual attack by the enemy. Fortitude is an important key in all Vocations. A Religious Vocation does not destroy the family. It nurtures the Family. The Vocation of Marriage, with Christ as the Spouse, the Head of the Church, is also the Head of the Household in the Vocation of Marriage. There is no difference in that He is the Spouse of the Home. He provides for, leads and strengthens the family.

Can I then say how sad it is when a Priest or Sister, leaves his or her Spouse, being the entire Church, to pursue a different Vocation, after they have taken a Vow as Priest or Nun, Sister, etc.? These souls who are under serious spiritual attack, I pray for. Just as I pray for the strengthening  the Vocation of the bonds of Marriage.

From the USCCB:

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries(priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.

2018 marks the 55th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Resources for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 22nd, Good Shepard Sunday. I pray for family’s to allow their children to grow in our Catholic faith, and not be discouraged by the world in which we are only here for a short time.  I pray for parents to grow in faith, and teach their Children to love and worship our Lord, to grow in reverence for all things holy.  I pray for parents that they may not put out the fire of our Lord growing larger in their children, His children, due to the parents desire for a different life that they want for them, full of material things that can not fill the desire within the heart. I pray for Parents, to grow in faith, to share the bond of our Lord with the entire family, in love, for Love.

Encourage Vocations, not discourage. Build up, not tear down. Never bite the Hand that feeds you.

The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace“. – Venerable Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

 

 

 

 

 

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Annunciation Prayer For Us All


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Father, you came down to me, you have come to me, you have touched my heart, you have spoken to me and promised joy, presence and salvation. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, who overshadows me, I, together with Mary, have been able to say to you yes, the ‘Here I am’ of my life for you. Now there remains only the force of your promise, of your truth: “You are to conceive and bear Jesus”. Lord, here is the womb of my life, of my being, of all that I am and have, open before you. I place all things in you, in your heart. Enter, come, come down again, I beg you, and make me fruitful, make me one who gives birth to Christ in this world. May the overflowing love I receive from you find its fullness and truth in touching the brothers and sisters that you place beside me. May our meeting, Father, be open, a gift to all. May Jesus be the Saviour. Amen.

 

(Closing prayer from OCarm Lectio Divina )

Be holy

(Lectio Divina:

Monday, April 9, 2018

God’s covenant with humanity
Mary’s yes and our yes
Luke 1,26-38)

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Pope Francis: Call To Holiness


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APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE

OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON THE CALL TO HOLINESS
IN TODAY’S WORLD

Go directly to the Vatican Website and read (click) HERE

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O Sacred Head Surrounded


I am reduced to nothing, the moment this hymn begins. My throat closes. There is a tightness in my chest and the words can not pass my lips. I can never, as hard as I try, sing this hymn, as the tears well up and stream down my cheeks. I can only assume, for now, its the interior contemplation breaking out in a way I could never put into words.

This hymn is just a short part of Salve Mundi Salutare, a poem in honor of our Lords various members on the cross. I have shared this poem in previous posts, divided into seven cantos,  “Ad Pedes”, “Ad Genua”, “Ad Manus”, “Ad Latus”, “Ad Pectus”, “Ad Cor”, “Ad Faciem” (To the Feet, Knees, Hands, Side, Breast, Heart, Face).

Please see the post below, To The Feet, and if you would like to continue, just click the next post.

Salve Mundi Salutare: Ad Pedes

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Eternal Father, turn away Your angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Your eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Your beloved Son, in Whom You are well pleased. We now offer You this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises, in reparation for the crimes of our age, in order to appease Your anger, justly provoked against us. Because Your Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg You, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. Amen.

 

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The Good News


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You can’t simply delete history by trying to destroy it. All you do by trying is add to its lunacy.

Repent and proclaim the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, by LIVING it

LIVE the faith. Live in Him

“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace. Peace will be the last word of history” – St. Pope John Paul II

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Who Is The Accuser


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The many, many “news” story’s I see today, written by whomever, saying Catholics must love and accept LGBT, or this group, or that group and so on, has caused me to ask our Lord in prayer, and I pray you ask Him also: Who is my accuser that assumes the Church does not love them?

The Catholic Church has always been open to all, as a Father and Mother loves all their children, always open to welcoming life to the family of faith. The disconnect comes when we assume that Love is acceptance of insubordination or defiance. It is not. Love corrects the defiant or insubordinate child and does not allow the child to be disruptive, for the benefit of the child. Love does have rules. When the rules of Love are broken, it is not Love, but less than Love.

“Many gave false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.” Mark 14:56

 

 

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Carrying On Family Tradition


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 Photo is my Grandmother Stephanie from 1918, in her Traditional Slovak Dress.

As I unpack from the weekend trip, meeting my sister Pat, to pick up a box of photo memories to share with my children, I found myself contemplating “Family Tradition”. My sister surprised me with another package I was not expecting. It was a bag, containing the Traditional Slovak Folk costume my grandmother had made for my mother when she was about 12 years old. I had forgotten about it. It drew me back into the heritage of my family and with good reason, that same heritage I could now share in a very special way with my children.

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I found myself pondering Family Traditions.

Family traditionis defined as an aggregate of attitudes, ideas and ideals, and environment, which a person inherits from his/her parents and ancestors. Which one can definitely see, our Lord being the main portion. When we look at “Family Tradition”, that which has been handed down, its easy to see the importance of “Sacred Tradition” in our Faith Family.  We can easily assess the Truth of our Lord being Abba Father, as our Lord Jesus Christ gave us, through our spiritual Ancestors, the Apostles, His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist, and Word of God, also sending the Advocate, to continue His teachings in Love. We can look at the beautiful paintings, read His Word, participate in His Holy Sacrifice and yet there is still a longing for more, because when you truly love Him, you want to know everything you can about Him. Every detail, every aspect, every breath He takes, every step and every moment, you want to spend with Him. Details about Him, become important, the deeper the love is in Him. Prayer life blossoms and you hear Him.

Just as my Grandparents and Great Relatives would speak with love, sharing memories of their family members, my family members, and this love rings in our hearts with a smile of remembering that we, also, shall one day, be a memory. So to does our Catholic faith, carry on this same Love of our Lord, teaching us about Him, and He does come to us, ringing deeply in not only our hearts, but our entire soul bringing us conscious, waking up a place deep in Love for the good of others for Him. What we hear, should spark a deep delight for pleasing only our Lord. Which within the soul produces a desire and longing to learn more and more about Him.

Getting back to the folk costume. You can look at the pictures above and assume, but the assumptions we have, tend to miss out on very detailed information if we don’t look closer, just as we miss detailed information when we assume things about our Faith. When we go back to look closer, we see many things we missed before.

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This is the shoulder of a sleeve of the blouse, from the traditional costume my grandmother had made.  Do you see the detail? Can you see every stitch that went into this work? Can you see the beauty of what once was a simply story and a black and white photo? This is how it is, when you delve deeper into our faith.

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And the detail put into the building of the apron. There is so much. And every detail of this has a special meaning to it. Such is our Faith! In every detail is a meaning interwoven into the entire Church. If one were to say they know everything there is to know about our Catholic Faith, that one would be seriously mistaken. Just as if one were to say they know everything to know about each family member, they would be mistaken.

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The vest. How the details are made known the more we look. Many different parts, coming together. Just as we are all many parts to the Body of Christ.

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I was able to try it on both of my younger daughters, and it fit my youngest daughter. Granted, it needs to be cleaned, pressed, and cared for a bit, for it to be worn as it should be. Just like we do, when we put on the full armor of our faith.

Please read “Faith Of Our Fathers”, a post of mine from a few years ago.

 

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