Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Message from Medjugorje of November 25, 2010

Today, November 25, 2011, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Marija and delivered the following message to the world:
"Dear children! Today I desire to give you hope and joy. Everything that is around you, little children, leads you towards worldly things but I desire to lead you towards a time of grace, so that through this time you may be all the closer to my Son, that He can lead you towards His love and eternal life, for which every heart yearns. You, little children, pray and may this time for you be one of grace for your soul. Thank you for having responded to my call"

Hello Friends

Obviously, my blog still suffers, and I had a total knee replace the first of November as well, and that has kept me down somewhat.  I'm gaining strength, but the REAL physical therapy (out patient) will begin week after next.  I have to get in shape for a trip home to see Mom and Dad.

I am not unique and I have had some ups and downs over the past couple of months. Actually, some undercurrents that have been flowing for a lifetime, unbeknown to me, have come to a head and our family is going through some emotional trials.  I have this on my shoulders, being one to lend a shoulder, and at the same time, being one of several to suffer hurt.  I pray that the Lord will bring everyone through this and that better days are ahead.

Mom is skeptical about traveling far away from home since her stroke last year, and therefore, they will not be coming this year.  Christmas is going to be only with our children and grandchildren. And because of the leg still not having much stamina, I think we will only put up our Christmas tree this year. One doesn't need a house full of decorations to remember the reason for the season.  Oh, I just had a thought - I will put my nativity out as well.

I'm working with some new backgrounds and such, so bear with me as I try to revamp my blog and make it more appealing.  I am also going to be adding some things besides those of a spiritual nature, and therefore, you will find more variety here.

I thank you for "hanging" with me through my numerous transitions, physical and emotional, and let's look forward to better days ahead!

Wish you all a very Holy and Merry Christmas!
Abbey ♥

Beginning Today I Will Open My Mind and My Heart.

''Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.''  Benjamin Franklin

Beginning today I will look in the mirror and I will see a person worthy
of my respect and admiration.

This capable person looking back at me is someone I enjoy spending time
with and someone I would like to get to know better.

Beginning today I will cherish each moment of my life.

I value this gift bestowed upon me in this world and I will unselfishly
share this gift with others.

I will use this gift to enhance the lives of others.

Beginning today I will take a moment to step off the beaten path and to
revel in the mysteries I encounter.

I will face challenges with courage and determination.

I will overcome what barriers there may be which hinder my quest for
growth and self-improvement.

Beginning today I will take life one day at a time, one step at a time.

Discouragement will not be allowed to taint my positive self-image,
my desire to succeed or my capacity to love.

Beginning today I walk with renewed faith in human kindness.

Regardless of what has gone before, I believe there is hope
for a brighter and better future.

Beginning today I will open my mind and my heart.

I will welcome new experiences. I will meet new people.

I will not expect perfection from myself nor anyone else: perfection does not exist in an imperfect world.

But I will applaud the attempt to overcome human foibles.

Beginning today I am responsible for my own happiness and I will do
things that make me happy . . . admire the beautiful wonders of nature, listen to my favorite music,
pet a kitten or a puppy, soak in a bubble bath . . . pleasure can be found in the most simple of gestures.

Beginning today I will learn something new; I will try something different; I will savor all the various flavors life has to offer.

I will change what I can and the rest I will let go.

I will strive to become the best me I can possibly be.

By: Author Unknown

Friday, November 25, 2011



To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.
Date: 2010-09-27, 1:43 a.m. E.S.T.
I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.
First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason.. my girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat Marine in Afghanistan .. She had just bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head ... isn't it?!
I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with crap in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].
After I called your mother or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, -- on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful!
I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]
I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb ..... after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.
Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.
The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).
;In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue in life.. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day!
Thoughtfully yours, Semper Fi,


Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which
causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
-- 2 Corinthians 9:11
As we examine our blessings and give thanks to God for his
wonderful grace, let's ask why God has blessed us so much. Let's
also remember the primary spiritual principle that God made clear
in today's Scripture and also in his call to Abraham in Genesis
12:2: God's people are blessed to be a blessing. Let's make sure we
are not just recipients of God's blessings. Let's commit to be
conduits of those blessings to others.

Thank you, generous Father, for giving your many lavish gifts to
me. Open my eyes to see how I can pass on those blessings to those
around me. As I share the blessings you have so richly given me,
may others find their greatest blessing of all -- your loving grace
-- and give thanks to you! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul.

Take time to think
It is the source of power.

Take time to play
It is the source of perpetual youth.

Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to pray
It is the greatest power on earth.

Take time to love and be loved
It is a God-given privilege.

Take time to be friendly
It is the road to happiness

Take time to give
It is too short a day to be selfish

Take time to work
It is the price of success.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all! Be safe and enjoy the blessings of the season.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Greetings, dear friends. I am three weeks post-op of a complete knee replacement.  It's not the worst thing I've ever experienced, but it's still a long recovery, lots of therapy and yes, it just hurts.  I thank God that I came through the surgery so well, and that the post-op bloodwork did not reflect any osteomyelitis and the sonars do not reflect any blood clots.  So far, so good .... keep those prayers going.

I still am not consistently feeling well, so the blog suffers, but I'm here, and I'm trying to post when I am up to it.  Peace be with you. 

This Day's Thought

My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine.  He who makes the promise will find ways and means of doing it.  It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels.  I am His servant, not His solicitor.  I call upon Him and He will deliver.
Charles H. Spurgeon

This Day's Verse
He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him.
Psalm 103:13
The Living Bible 

This Day's Smile
I have heard thousands of confessions, but never one of covetousness.
Francis Xavier

Sunday, November 06, 2011

"The Way" Offers Insights

New Movie, 'The Way,' Offers Insights
by Friar Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

Martin Sheen, Friar Jack Wintz and Emilio Estevez
On June 15, during an interview in Malibu, California, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez shared their thoughts with me about The Way. The film takes its viewers on the road to a very popular destination—the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Catholics believe that this cathedral holds the remains of St. James the Greater, an apostle. Pilgrims hike there in large numbers from long distances, often starting in France, to venerate this highly revered saint.

Martin Sheen stars in the film. And Emilio Estevez, his son, wrote, produced and directed the film—and acts in it, as well. The previous day, I attended a screening in Beverly Hills. Many who were at the screening told me that they found The Way to be an awesome experience.

In the film, Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor and widower who is called to France to recover the body of his estranged son, Daniel (played by Estevez), who was accidentally killed in a snowstorm in the Pyrenees while hiking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James). Filled with grief, Tom decides to have Daniel's body cremated and to finish, by himself, the 500-mile pilgrimage his son had begun. Carrying with him a small metal container of Daniel's ashes, Tom spreads ashes from time to time along the picturesque Camino route.

When I asked Sheen whether he considers The Way a Catholic film, he responds, "The guy [Tom] is a Catholic, but a non-practicing Catholic. Most of the people we met on the pilgrimage were not practicing Catholics. What unites everyone is the spiritual. It's a spiritual journey that doesn't require you to be Catholic. It's about being human and about getting in touch with your spirituality."

Sheen says that, for him, The Way is a story about finding ourselves. People generally are "looking for wholeness, forgiveness. We're all so broken, and that's what community is all about. We're all broken and we just share our brokenness."
Finally, the small group of pilgrims to which Sheen belongs comes to the centuries-old Cathedral of St. James. Something there is "very, very profound," says Sheen. "It's sacred. It's transcendent! You just walk in there. I don't know how Moses felt when he saw the burning bush, but it's something close to that."

Tom enters the great Cathedral, as pilgrims have done for centuries. For him it marks the completion of his long pilgrimage. Near the altar, he sees his son, Daniel (an apparition), standing with a group of men. Tom is filled with awe.

In looking back over this thought-provoking film, I see The Way largely as a story of loss and recovery—of human weakness and hope—and the struggle to find healing in community. We're all on the road to Compostela!

As a postscript, I'm pleased to inform you that Martin Sheen recently visited our media-production department at St. Anthony Messenger Press (October 14, 2011) to be interviewed on American Catholic Radio, which reaches 84 radio affiliates across the country. This interview is also available in video or audio format online at
For several weeks, Sheen and Estevez have been touring the country to let millions of Americans know about the film and its profound Christian—and human—points of view. As Estevez often says, "The Way is pro-life and pro-people!"

Friar Jim's Inbox
Readers respond to Friar Jim Van Vurst's October E-spiration, "Catechism Quiz: The Virtue of Respect

Dear Friar Jim: Your article on respect was so thought-provoking that I reread it twice and truly considered all aspects. I thank you for your inspiration. Melissa

Dear Friar Jim: Your words remind me of the movie Avatar in which the Na'vi people greet each other with "I see you." Respect and personal fealty are expressed in such a greeting. It resonates with a heart of love. If only we could all greet each other with such intentionality. Thank you for bringing this to mind. Sharon

Dear Melissa and Sharon: Another thought is that respect requires us to put aside superficial differences in others. In other words, we can be respectful of even those whose personalities we find irksome. Friar Jim

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