Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Saw Him Today

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15

You are the eyes that notice me,
You  are ears that hear my inner plea.
You are the heart of compassion,
With mercy tender.

You are the arms stretched toward me,
That hold me in my fear.

You are the smile that greets me,
The hope that sustains.
You are thanksgiving pure.

"You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16: 16

 Grace shared by others:

I saw Him today in a mother at our local swimming pool who was assisting her grown disabled son into the swimming pool. I'm not sure if he was born with a disability or had an accident later on, but she was one devoted mama. She lifted her son who was bigger than herself, out of his wheelchair to sit on the side of the pool. He was unable to move his legs or his arms yet he was able to grip the ladder with his hands.

She then got in the water and lifted him down into the water and swam him around like you would a toddler who was just learning to swim.

The joy on the young man's face was priceless and as I watched them interact, there was a deep love between them. She didn't look exhausted or bothered... she smiled and talked happily with him for a long time. It warmed my heart! ~
noreen  rosarymom

Thank you noreen

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Medjugorje:30th Anniversary Breaks All Previous Records

30th anniversary breaks all previous records
Posted on Jun 25, 2011

An estimated 100,000 pilgrims from more than 100 countries attended Masses in more than 20 languages, bought a record number of books and restaurant meals before spending the night in a record number of local hotel and pansion beds, if not on lawns and parking lots. The 30th anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje set new records in almost every conceivable way.

Throngs of pilgrims in Medjugorje on Friday. Photo: The apparitions in Medjugorje can neither be limited by time, nor by space, the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija reports from the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions. Nor by any kind of number, one could almost add.

According to the newspaper Vecernji List, a record number of just about 100,000 pilgrims make sure a number of other records are also being broken these days: Number of countries the pilgrims have arrived from (more than 100 on all continents), and number of languages in which Masses are being celebrated (more than 20).

The great influx of pilgrims sets new secular records as well. This goes for the number of souvenirs, books and meals sold in restaurants and stores, and the number of rooms rented in local hotels and pansions.

“The days are busy not only for the hotel facilities and rooms in private houses, but also for lawns, streets and parking lots where pilgrims from all over the world and of all races and nations are resting and sleeping, tired but satisfied”, Slobodna Dalmacija also reports.

June 25, 2011 Message to Marija

"Dear children! Give thanks with me to the Most High for my presence with you. My heart is joyful watching the love and joy in the living of my messages. Many of you have responded, but I wait for, and seek, all the hearts that have fallen asleep to awaken from the sleep of unbelief. Little children, draw even closer to my Immaculate Heart so that I can lead all of you toward eternity. Thank you for having responded to my call." 

I would like to thank Ed Sousa, Sr from "In God's Company 2", for sharing this post with me. Ed "pays it forward" for Our Lady everyday of his life. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

.......for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these

Backseats filled with love and laughter;

Little squeals of sheer delight.

Singing songs and making merry;
Grand kids come to spend the night.

Hide and seek and “tag, your it!”,
It’s my turn to count again.

Baths with bubbles,
Storybook time;
I wish this night would never end.

The moon shines brightly,
Stars are twinkling;
Sleepy eyes are what I see.

Sheets pulled down,
Prayers and kisses;
Tomorrow this is a memory.

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

For the many gifts God has given me, I give thanks.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Ministry of Attraction

“Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me….” taken from Malachi 3: 1

St. John the Baptist, the prophet of hope, was the first to point out the Messiah to his disciples.

………. prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway of our God! (Is 40:30)

The call to conversion always calls us to a change of heart, to turn away from the darkness in our lives, and to turn to the eternal light, Christ.

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Medjugorje apparitions. And, like St. John the Baptist, Our Lady continues to call out to us to conversion, to a change of heart.
Loving parent that she is, she never tires in her attempt to lead us to her Son, even in our resistance, in our attempts to do it our way.

“Dear children, I want to lead you on the road to conversion. I desire that you convert the world and that your life be a conversion for others. Do not fall into infidelity. Let each one of you be completely submitted to my will and to the will of God. Beginning this day, I give you special graces, and in particular the gift of conversion. Let each one of you take home my blessing and motivate others to real conversion” BVM, Medjugorje, 1

This call to conversion, to change, to transformation, is uppermost in the plans of the Blessed Mother, and she gives us the tools to achieve it: prayer, fasting, confession, Mass and the sacred scripture. 2

As light attracts, so must we be light to those around us, even those we find most difficult. Like St. John the Baptist and Our Lady, we must be the hope, we must be the light, we must attract others to an ever deeper relationship with Jesus.

Let our love be a ministry of attraction to those we meet , as we partner with Our Lady to bring Christ to the world.

1,2 Medjugorje Day by Day, Richard J. Beyer

Monday, June 20, 2011

Family Matters

She became a wife at the young age of eighteen.
Just as she held me then, she holds me now.
Her strong faith has always kept me focused, even in the darkest times.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel.
She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness.
Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her:
"Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." ~Proverbs 31:26-29

We have shared many cups of tea throughout the years.
He was never to tired for me then, he is never to tired for me now.
His love shaped my life.
Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. ~William Wordsworth
They created many memories then....
They create them now.

With hair of silver and hearts of gold,
 they laugh with us,
they cry with us,
they pray with us,
because they know just how much family matters.

God made us a  family.
We need one another.
We love one another.
We forgive one another.
We work together.
We play together.
We worship together.
Together we use God's word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all people.
Together we serve our God.
Together we hope for heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them,
O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

May God  bless each member of your families today and always........

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Community , A Common Union

To live a Christ centered life is to live in communion with Him. Communion, to share in common, to offer Him all, to feel Him within.....

I am up a little earlier than usual this morning. Sitting on the front porch with rosary beads in hand I can hear the birds speak to one another, softly at first, but their cheerful melody increases as their small community begins to grow a little larger.

Community…My small neighborhood community is starting to stir. Lights are coming on, garage doors are opening and engines are warming up. Their day is beginning too, though their melody is not nearly as sweet as the birds.

I start to say my rosary, as I do every morning and the Lord whispers softly in my ear, “Pray for your community today, for those that live nearby and for others that make up your community”

It is now the second joyful mystery, “The Visitation”. The charity and love of Mary prompts her to visit her cousin Elizabeth who lives about five days away. Though it is a laborious journey, Mary is joyful for she bears with her the Incarnate Word. The whisper of the Lord takes on another meaning now; I begin to understand what He is telling me.

Community… I need to start reaching out to my neighbor as Mary did, through prayer and deeds. The busier my life gets (or should I say, the busier I let my life get) the less I notice my neighbor. Forgive me O Lord , I acknowledge my selfishness and want no further part of it. Please take it from me.

I remember what I have read earlier this morning ; it is God’s will that we bring Jesus into the life of other people once He has entered into our life, to bring him into other people’s joys and sorrows, into other people’s darknesses and bitterness 1

Community…Give me such love for you, O Lord, and for all men, as will blot out all hatred and bitterness.” 2 Help me strengthen my communtiy by sharing your love and by noticing the needs of my neighbor.

1 Pray with the Heart, Medugorje Manual of Prayer, Fr. Slavko Barbaric, O.F.M.

2 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote these words while in a Nazi concentration camp.

From the archives

Monday, June 13, 2011

Naming Grace

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

You have opened my eyes to the goodness around me,
And I sing your praises.

For everything I have is gift from you,
Freely given and undeserved grace.

Birds gather in the trees outside my window, cheerfully proclaiming the start of a new day; the gift of life is so precious.

The smell of coffee, freshly brewed, slowing climbs my staircase. It tickles my nose as it bids me to get up and join him, a gift of love my husband left me this morning.

A phone call comes a little later on this day. We can take a few extra days off which will make our mountain stay a little sweeter. The gift of time together, a couples blessing.

The beauty of crisp cool mountain air and cold running streams that surrounds us as we ride our mountain bikes for 26 miles. The deer and the cattle welcome us along the way.

Fr. Paul, clothed in red, processes down the isle and greets us cheerfully. “Happy Pentecost”, he says, and we smile and wish him “Happy Pentecost”.

Later, Father’s words are even sweeter as I walk up to receive the body and blood of my Savior and looking into my eyes he says to me “The body of Christ”. Eucharist; the ultimate “thanksgiving”, a grace freely given to me and to you, out of pure love. everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Breath of My Soul

COME, O Creator Spirit blest,
And in our souls take up Thy rest,
Come with Thy grace and Heavenly aid,
And fill the hearts which Thou hast made. 1

Spirit of Christ, breath of my soul, joy of my heart;
It is Your “Divine Wisdom” that I seek.
Help me this day and always to,
Deny myself all that is in me,
That keeps me from You.

Grant me the grace to conquer my pride,
And to be ever mindful of the words that leave my lips.
Spirit of Christ, breath of my soul, joy of my heart;
May I never seek greatness in this world,
But, through holy obedience,
Prefer the role of a servant.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confessed
Of both the Eternal Spirit blest. 2

from the archives

(1,2) Veni Creator

"The Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!" -- Isaiah 30:18
Come Holy Spirit

In God's Company 2: I am offering to you the light of the Truth and th...

Share by Ed Sousa, Sr.,
Thank you Ed

In God's Company 2: I am offering to you the light of the Truth and th...: "Medjugorje: Photo taken by my friend Barbara Goodier on October 2nd, 2010 at the time of Mirjana's apparition. A few of us were praying th..."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Family, Our Hope For The Future

I see them joined in prayer and my heart skips a beat,
A sign of His presence in a world that has lost its way.
Could there be a greater witness to the world than a family joined in prayer?

One father, one mother, sharing their greatest gift with their children,
The gift of faith.

Together, as one, they witness with their lives, they pass on true values,
And they teach the importance of commitment to another person.

Family, the domestic church, our hope for the future.

“Dear parents, commit yourselves always to teach your children to pray, and pray with them; draw them close to the Sacraments, especially to the Eucharist.”

“Introduce them to the life of the Church; in the intimacy of the home do not be afraid to read the sacred Scriptures, illuminating family life with the light of faith and praising God as Father.” Pope Benedict XVI 

“Dear children, tonight your Mother wishes to call you, as I have before, to renew prayer in the family. Dear children, families need to pray today. It is my wish, dear children that you would live my messages through family prayer. BVM, Medjugorje, January 1, 1990 

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Miracle of Your Love

Adorn in splendor you stand before me,
Your Eucharistic presence,
A great miracle of your love.

I think of your Resurrection garment,
The brightness shines forth like the rays of the sun.

You have invited me here to this place of rest.
Your gift of peace is a kiss to my cheek.
My heart quickens within my chest.

“Love me”, I feel you say. “And love me for those that do not love me,
Witness with your life”.

“Yes Lord, I will”.

I love this time alone with you,
These moments feed the hunger within.

I will take these moments with me and share them with those you send my way.
And, in sharing these moments maybe others will come and spend time with you too.

"The First Friday of each month was designated by our Savior Himself as a day to be
consecrated to honoring His Sacred Heart…. As the object of this devotion is to make our Savior Jesus Christ ardently and perfectly loved, and to make reparation for the outrages offered to Him in the past, as well as for those which he daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist…

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I am offering you the light of Truth and the Holy Spirit

June 02, 2011 Message to Mirjana

"Dear children! As I call you to prayer for those who have not come to know the love of God, if you were to look into your hearts you would comprehend that I am speaking about many of you. With an open heart, sincerely ask yourselves if you want the living God or do you want to eliminate Him and live as you want. Look around you, my children, and see where the world is going, the world that thinks of doing everything without the Father, and which wanders in the darkness of temptation. I am offering to you the light of the Truth and the Holy Spirit. According to God's plan I am with you to help you to have my Son, His Cross and Resurrection, triumph in your hearts. As a mother, I desire and pray for your unity with my Son and His works. I am with you; you decide. Thank you."

…the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:17

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Infuse My Soul

'I will give to you a new heart of flesh..." Ezekiel (36:26)

The heart is also the central core of the conversion which God desires on the part of man and for man, so as to enter into his intimacy, into his love. God did not create man to be indifferent or cold, but to be open to God.... The heart of flesh, a heart that has a human sensitivity and a heart capable of letting itself be moved by the breath of the Holy Spirit.... All her life, St. Margaret Mary burned with the living flame of that love which Christ came to kindle in the history of man... John Paul II, Paray-Ie-Monial in October. 1986

Gazing upon  your heart O Lord,
My heart begins to race.

Symbol of a love divine,
I long for your embrace.

Burning love infuse my soul
With compassion deep and true,

And when my life on earth is done,
Bring me home to you.....

Consecration to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, broken by my ingratitude, pierced by my sins, yet loving me still, accept the consecration that I make to You, of all that I am and all that I have. Take every faculty of my soul and body, and draw me, day by day, nearer and nearer to Your Sacred Side, and there, as I can bear the lesson, teach me Your blessed ways. Amen.

 As the Church devotes the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place you and your families in His Heart, that His love and mercy protect you and that you find rest in Him.