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Thursday, January 30, 2020

When you pray, remember the breath....

When you pray, remember the breath
that made us humans living beings,
from God it comes; to God it returns.
Blend the Word and prayer with the flow of life
and nothing will come between you and the Giver of Life.

St/ Seraphim of Sarov

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Growing old

One of my friends gave me this to see if I wanted to use it in my blog. It is from Theillard de Chardin:
"When sings of age begin to mark my body (and still more when they touch my mind): when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off...strikes from without or is born within me; when the painful moment comes in which I suddenly awake to the fact that I am ill or growing old: and above all at that last moment whin I feel I am losing hold of myself and am absolutely passive within the hands of the great unknown forces that have formed me; in all these dark moments, O God, grant that I may understand it is You (providing only my faith is strong enough) who are painfully parting the fibers of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance to bear me away within Yourself."

Let us pray for strong faith and complete surrender to the God who loves each of us with an infinite love!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Perhaps because I spent the first six years of my school life at the Academy of the Visitation, I have always admired St. Francis de Sales. The entrance antiphon is "I will look after my sheep, says the Lord, and I will appoint a shepherd to pasture them, and I, the Lord, will be their God.

We must pray that all our Bishops will be more like both St. Francis de Sales and Pope Francis. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The importance of worship in our daily lives

This beautiful picture is right here in California. We have a beautiful state and I love to see hills after so many years in South Florida. I have been mostly confined to my room since coming home from the hospital on January 10, but I made it to Mass today and had my retreatants all here for an hour this morning.

I know I spoke of how much the Pope's homily for the feast of the Epiphany meant to me when I found a copy in my room thanks to one of my sisters. I am not sure I shared much on my blog so I will share this today: "Worship means going to Jesus without a list of petitions, but with one request alone: to abide with him. It is about discovering that joy and peace increase with praise and thanksgiving. In worship, we allow Jesus to heal and change us. In worship, we make it possible for the Lord to transform us by his love, to kindle light amid our darkness, to grant us strength in weakness and courage amid trials. Worship means concentrating on what is essential: ridding ourselves of useless things and addictions that anesthetize the heart and confound the mind."

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Enjoy the Holiday but pray for our country!

Let us pray for our country. We are so rooted in white supremacy, unjust laws, and a Congress that seems to have forgotten that the elected members are to seek the common good.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel for this Sunday (John 1:29-34) has John the Baptist pointing out Jesus to some of his disciples. He says, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." John goes on to testify that Jesus is the one he saw the Spirit come down upon him and remain upon him. He ends by saying, "Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."

I think what strikes me most today is the realization that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I am so concerned about our world and the way we are abusing creation. Perhaps I just need to keep asking Jesus to take away the sin of the world that seems to be all around us.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

What do you desire?

Jesus told us to learn of Him that He is meek and humble of heart. Since I am in the 17th week of the 34 week complete Exercises of St. Ignatius, I am considering deeply my own desires. I have often prayed to Jesus to make my heart like His, meek and humble. I realize that I am far from this still, but Jesus also looks at desires.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Being grateful

I think that God sometimes just sends sickness to slow us down and let us sink into silence. I am not yet feeling up to thinking but have enjoyed the silence and God always provides what we need. One of my high school companions sent me a box with Christmas gifts. It came while I was in the hospital. One is a very large red electric candle that seems so real and I am thrilled to have it for prayer. Another is a silver angel holding a heart and it is a bell. I think it is to be hung on a tree, but I have it sitting next to the candle and love it. Then, one of the retreatants from the retreat that I had to leave, sent me a stone painted green with a big BE in red. If I turn it around, the word KIND is on the back. Just little things that help me as I finish ten days without Mass and in isolation.
Tomorrow, I think I can go to Mass as long as I sit in the back. That will make a difference!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Final sharing of guided imagery

Here is the rest of the Guided Imagery that I have been staying with all week. I am still confined to my room and not feeling very good. It is helpful to stay with my images as I never find praying is easy when ill.
I left off in the Garden on the Hillside. I walk slowly up the path enjoying the beauty and watching the deer, the bunnies, the many small birds who all seem to be at home with me. As I near the top, I veer off the path to go sit on a stone ledge. I look over and see the ocean below. The ocean is always an image of God, His immense love. I think that maybe heaven looks like this. It is so beautiful, so peaceful and the animals so tame. Someone must take good care of this lovely hillside as there are flower all along the path.
I am now with God, the Angels and the Saints and I want to praise God, just rest in God. His Love is penetrating every particle of my being. I would like to die now as this is so heavenly but God says there is more for me to do. Then I am just feeling God's love so intensely in all parts of my body.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Floating on a cloud

Here is the continuation of the Guided Imagery I had; after feeling so relaxed and even joyful on my fluffy white cloud, I was slowly taken up into space and then met God in a brilliant light. I felt God's love penetrate into every particle of my being. I feel so loved and do not need to do anything. I feel open, surrendered to God and want to praise God.
Then, somehow I am in my chair in the Chapel and God is still surrounding me with His Light and Love. Our Lady comes to sit with me, in the chair next to me, and she holds my hand. I feel the angels and the whole Communion of Saints present.
Then the music takes me out on a beautiful hillside with flowers, trees, tame animals and a lovely path. I begin to climb the path slowly as it goes up the hill. It could be the Garden of Paradise.

The rest must wait until tomorrow as this pneumonia has taken all my energy.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Floating on a Cloud

The one guided imagery that I had with my guide last Saturday has helped me through this week of pneumonia, hospital stay, etc. I promised to share so here is just the first part today and I will finish tomorrow.
The music had me swirling around and then swirling up and a big, very white, fluffy cloud came and picked me up. I was then given a ride through space and we kept going up and up toward the sun. I felt wonderful and very relaxed, free and happy also comfortable and contented. I do not need to do anything; just enjoy the ride and the beauty. I see the stars. It gives a different perspective and I also see the ocean below. I am just resting comfortably on my cloud and my cloud continues to move slowly. I do not know where I am going, but I am relaxed. I want the cloud to take me to God. Does God want me now? Then I am in God, surrounded by Light.

To be continued tomorrow.