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Oh Lord…. Notre Dame!


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Oh Lord…. Notre Dame is on fire. Its bad…

 

I am reminded: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

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Although heartbreaking, be at peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, may we move closer to You and unite our suffering to Your suffering, for the conversion of hearts. In all our heartbreak, it is You, O Lord who remain for all time and all eternity. Amen

Prayers for all.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

— St. Teresa of Avila

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Pondering Two Cups: Salvation And Wrath


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Two Cups

As I sit and pray during this Palm Sunday at Holy Mass, after receiving our Lord, my mind turned to the Cup of Salvation.

What exactly is the Cup of Salvation, I pondered.

As I sat in prayer, my heart grabbed on to Life in Christ. The Cup of Salvation being the Cup of Life given to the only begotten Son. His Life! As I pondered more, the cup of wrath came to my thoughts. Wrath being what comes to us, when we do not live in Christ. When we do our own will. When we disregard the other. This came, as we have free will, with a choice to make.  Wrath? Or Salvation?

I pondered more deeply, how wrath has been my way (sinfulness) in this world without our Lord, and how Salvation is what we work on as we continue to drink His cup. As we take on His Life, passing over our own, therefore with His joy and His peace, the wrath we deserve, has already been paid.

Thank you Lord, I love You too.

 

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Palm Sunday 2019


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 “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” John 12:23

Let us remember this holy week, to always sing  Hosanna in the highest! and refrain from chanting Crucify Him!, daily in our dealings with others. May we remember always the face of our Lord, keeping Him always in mind, body and spirit. Let us go with Him to the cross, and be crucified with our Suffering Messiah in Love with Him.

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Full text of Benedict XVI: ‘The Church and The Scandal of Sexual Abuse’


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I ask my readers to please, please read the full text at Catholic News Agency 

Its a must.

Edit to add 4/11/19 8:12 AM

After reading it:

The entire writing in his words, is thought provoking. Heart moving. I need time to read it a few times, ponder & pray before commenting

EDIT TO ADD: 4/11/19 @ 5:15 PM

In reading his letter, I remembered my post from 2015:

The Temptation Of The Sexual Revolution

 

 

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His Support Bridge


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Have you ever looked at our Lord on the cross and thought about Him being the support to cross the chasm into eternal life?

This morning before Holy Mass, as I sat in prayer, my eyes fixed on our Lord on the cross, and I began to think about His body as the support holding the bridge, which souls cross over into heaven.

If you have ever looked at a bridge head on, the supports beneath it, hold up the life that crosses over.

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The photo above of the Brooklyn Bridge, you can see how another support is needed. As I pondered our Lord as the Bridge to eternal life, I also seen myself crucified with Him, as all who follow Him are to be. What we the faithful are commanded by our Lord to do, is to hold up our end of the bargain in this life. As I pondered Him on the cross, holding up my end of the bargain simply means to believe, and live the faith that has been given to us from the beginning. Never letting go of His hand and clinging to Him in such a way to ensure the Bridge does not collapse and becomes impassable.

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The  impassable bridge is the one in which the soul has completely let go of our Lord’s hand, and has taking things into their own hands. Presuming to be greater than our Lord and His sacrifice. Presuming to be able to pass in another way in which our Lord has not.

It was an amazing through to me this morning. To see that all of us are a support for one another in exile, is to see each soul being built in the image of Christ. Therefore we must hold up our end of the barging in this life, where we have been placed, in our family, as if we let go of His hand, the fallen span for others becomes more treacherous and not made simpler for our neighbor.

On this Laetare Sunday, the forth Sunday of Lent, let us remember that our lives are not about us, but rather all of us.

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation,* for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.”

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The Dryness Of Lent


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It used to be the moment I woke, the awareness of our Lord’s presence abounded. Immediately I would speak to Him in prayer. I had a smile always on my face. It was the so wonderful “honeymoon” of faith. Joy filled my heart, and just before waking, I could hear His voice calling me to wake.

Lately, I seem to be losing the awareness and my thoughts have become rather distorted with “worldly” things and souls. I have been struggling upon waking for the past few weeks, and have noticed the strange distractions of other things, taking the place of Him. I’m not sure why, but I am aware of this taking place and I am fighting it. I can see it for what it is, and I begin to pray the moment the distractions try to overpower me. Jesus, I trust in You, Lord have mercy on me. The awareness is not completely gone, but more like something is trying to come between us to take my attention. Imagine being on a date, and someone coming up to your table and interrupting the private conversation. That is how I can see this distraction.

Earlier tonight, I had posted this with a prayer request for me, as I see my struggle and also know it to be pure grace to see it.

I took my girls out for ice cream tonight. On the way home, there was so much water on the street but it was as if someone was driving in front of me while dumping out a pitcher of water. It soaked the entire lane we were in and it had made its own river flowing onto the freeway. This huge “river” went from the ice cream shop parking lot where we had been, on to the freeway where we needed to go, flowed through and down the exit ramp to our street, through an intersection, where we made a left hand turn and up to our street.  It was a HUGE water truck letting out water as it went and we were only a minute or so following behind it.

Just after Evening prayers, our Lord reminded me of that spiritual dryness I had asked for prayers about and I laughed with Him.

“It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8

It’s so good to hear His voice. Like that water truck, spraying, He waters my soul and dismay is washed away.

Lord be with us, as we are trying to be with You this lent. That we may come to rise with You on the third day.

 

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St. Joseph And The Little Flower


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“I just asked St. Joseph to obtain for me from God the grace of spending my Heaven doing good on earth.” 

via Quote of the day: 19 March

St. Joseph, pray for us

(Painting: Pieter van Lint  (1609-1690) — Saint Joseph and the Christ Child )

 

Also, please see:

SAINT JOSEPH: OUR PATRON SAINT

A Reflection on the Official Inauguration

of the Carmelite Provincial Commissariat in Vietnam

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March 18, 2019 · 10:06 pm