Sunday, December 25, 2011

Medjugorje Christmas Day Messages

Today, December 25, 2011, Our Lady appeard to the visionary Marija for her regulard monthly message, and also to Jakov for his annual apparition. The following message was given to Marija:

"Dear children! Also today, in my arms I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Pray, little children, and witness so that in every heart, not human but God's peace may prevail, which no one can destroy. It is peace in the heart which God gives to those whom He loves. By your baptism you are all, in a special way called and loved, therefore witness and pray that you may be my extended hands to this world which yearns for God and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."
At the last daily apparition to Jakov Colo in 1998, Our Lady told him that from then on he would have one apparition a year, every December 25th, on Christmas Day. This Christmas, Jakov's apparition began at 3:30 pm and lasted 11 minutes. Our Lady delivered the following message:
"Dear children! Today, in a special way, I desire to take you to and give you over to my Son. Little children, open your hearts and permit Jesus to be born in you, because only in this way, little children, you yourselves will be able to experience your new birth and set out with Jesus in your hearts towards the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Saturday, December 24, 2011



  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.
~ John 3:16

  God wants us to have life! Real life. Life that lasts forever
with him! That's why he sent Jesus, so we could have life. That is
why Jesus left him and came to earth. That is why Jesus endured the
Cross and its humiliation. That's why Jesus rose from the dead. God
loves us with an everlasting love in Jesus! What other Christmas
gift can compare? "O come, let us adore him!"

  Of all your gifts, loving Father, none can compare to Jesus. You
are worthy of praise simply because of who you are. You are worthy
of honor because of all that you have done. You are worthy of
praise because of your mighty acts. Most of all, you are worthy of
my heart, soul, mind, and strength because of your love
demonstrated in Jesus. Thank you for the greatest gift of all! In
Jesus' name I praise you. Amen.

Friday, December 23, 2011


Dear Ones,

O how I have missed you!  I had a little health thing going on and I HAD to take care of it, but I am well and feeling so positive and EXCITED about tomorrow's evening's Mass. There are Masses that are just so very special, and this is THE most special one of all for me.  Without the birth of of God's Son, we would all be doomed to the fires of hell.  We are each given free will, and we are free to choose.  With Jesus, we have the choice of eternal life with Him, in a place that Jesus called "paradise" when he was dying on the cross.

I CHOOSE everlasting life with Jesus.  And with this choice, my human life here on earth is richly blessed every day; I have safety and security knowing that Jesus has his hand on my shoulder, gently guiding me and helping me up if I should fall.

My life was, I thought, "fun" and carefree, with some problems thrown in along the way which caused many tears.  I had no one to call on but myself to survive these trials; or didn't I? YES! He has always been there for me, but I did not think of Him or ask His help.

Confession is a very powerful thing.  I have confessed my sins against Him and asked His forgiveness and received this most beautiful Grace. Won't you share in the life of love and joy with Jesus Christ as your healer, master, confidante, friend, and unconditional loving Savior?  You will never be sorry, I bet my life on it!

PEACE, LOVE & JOY to each of you this Christmas. And please, take a few minutes to close your eyes in the quiet of your space and meditate on the Blessed Mary making that long journey atop a donkey to Bethlehem.  They have two more days of this before they reach Bethlehem. Imagine yourself within hours of birth and riding a donkey for days! She is strong and she is our Heavenly Mother, loving and caring for us, sending us her pleas to come to conversion.  See?  Mary loves us all and is vigilante in interceding for us.

With much love and peace,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


This Day's Thought

Then let every heart keep Christmas within:
Christ's pity for sorrow,
Christ's hatred for sin,
Christ's care for the weakest,
Christ's courage for right.
Everywhere, everywhere,
Christmas tonight!
Phillips Brooks

This Day's Verse
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7
The New International Version 

This Day's Smile
An attorney I very much admired once said that the greatest gift he ever received in his life was a note his dad gave him on Christmas.  It read, "Son, this year I will give you 365 hours.  An hour every day after dinner.  We'll talk about whatever you want to talk about.  We'll go wherever you want to go, play whatever you want to play.  It will be your hour."  That dad kept his promise and renewed it every year.
Ann Landers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, Injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to. If someone loves you, love them back, unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. 



Monday, December 12, 2011


A new meaning for the manger

In my memory, the Arnett aunts, my grandmother's sisters, are all dressed in pastels -- suits with jeweled pins on the collars -- and wearing hats and kid gloves. A patent leather handbag hangs over each aunt's arm.

There was a rhythm to the attire (suits, hats, gloves, nylons, heels for Sundays and family gatherings) and to the conversation. My father would always inquire after their health.

And one of the aunts (in my memory, it is always Nell Ruth) would place her gloved hand on my father's suit sleeve and say, "Honey, we have problems no lady can discuss."

As I grew older, the memory of that exchange made me smile. It made me smile until I realized I had become an Arnett aunt (albeit one dressed in packable, washable knits and leather flats for Sundays and family gatherings.) I realized it when a friend climbed into my car and had to move a bowel prep kit in order to sit down.

I've had two bouts of an ongoing, and increasingly, bothersome problem this fall. I will have surgery in the winter. Honey, trust me, it's a problem no lady can discuss.

To enter the ranks of the Arnett aunts is to acknowledge one's age. To acknowledge advancing age is to acknowledge weakness, and to acknowledge weakness is to acknowledge death. I'm not being very good about it.

I don't want to answer the phone and explain (again) how I'm feeling (like death warmed over, as my mother would say) or what I need (to have the phone line cut.)
I never want to see or taste another clear liquid, unless it is served in a martini glass and garnished with an olive.
I do not want to be in bed.

I want to be in charge.

When my daughter came to the house to check on me because I wasn't answering the phone, I believe I told her, in response to an act of human kindness on the part of a woman with many and varied and pressing responsibilities, "You're gonna drive me crazy." I saw quick tears fill her eyes and I watched as she suppressed the urge to explain toward just what I was driving her.

I realized as she left the house that it was the gradual (one hopes) turning over of authority, with my children caring for me rather than I caring for them, that pains worse than the physical problem. One can be excised. The other must be borne.

That's what I'm thinking about this Advent season each time I pass the crèche. There is the bed of straw, ready for the baby to be placed inside on Christmas Eve. I have always seen it as a crib or bassinet, that happiest of beds, made up with the highest of hopes.

Now I see it as a sickbed, that place from which we hope, and long, to rise. The one who lies in a sickbed must relinquish power and privacy and will. The one who lies in a sickbed must accept the care of others.

"No, you have to drink this. Take this. Get up and walk. Lie down and sleep. Let me look. You're going to feel a deep burn. This will sting. Let me know if this hurts." They are orders given kindly, for one's own good, but they are still orders.

I wonder again at God-made-flesh, at the One who created the universe, the One who raised the mountains and filled the seas, lying prone and helpless on a bed of barn straw. Did he know he was helpless to clean himself, that he had to wait for someone to notice the dampness and the odor and come to his aid? Did he know that he could, and would, eat only if someone heard his cry and responded? Did he know he would eat only what others chose to feed him? That he could change positions only if someone chose to move him? Did he know that he would be taken up without consultation and removed to Egypt, a land of his own making, but not, in his weakness, of his own choosing?

We reflect in Lent and during Holy Week on the debasement of the cross, but what of the humiliation of the crib? I wonder again that the Lord of the Universe would, in his coming to earth and his going from it, share all our deaths, all the little ones leading to that final breath, the last closing of our eyes.

Now I learn I need a second surgery. This problem, while inconvenient, is not urgent. That surgery will have to wait. I will have to live with the discomfort while I wait. I am being taken to a country I do not know, a country I did not choose. I am a stranger there. But Jesus goes with me. We will cross the border into Egypt together.

[Melissa Musick Nussbaum is an NCR columnist who lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.]


I know, I know, I said I'd do better and get back to posting regularly.  I apologize if there's actually anyone out there who really depends on my scripture, advice, etc., hopefully there is at least one of you. As you know, I had a complete knee replacement on November 1, 2011.  Exactly four weeks to the day, I was walking freely and on my own. Now, the other knee is blazing saddles! The pain feels like razors inside my knee.  My doctor tried a cortisone shot but when the meniscus is gone and it's bone-on-bone, there's only one remedy.  I had planned to wait until February, but I believe I'll have to have this procedure done on the left knee sometime in January.

I am trying to get into the Christmas spirit, but I'm having such a difficult time.  I have my Daily Devotional that I picked up in the Narthex at Mass and I love the prayers and readings, but I have prayed for my son for more than a year and one bad thing after another befalls him.  All things are a result of his own behavior, and God knows that he knows it.  He has promised that he will return to his walking the straight and narrow line, putting God and Jesus Christ first, and now, we await good news.  He lost his job two weeks ago and is sinking daily.  Please, please pray for him.  The only thing left that has not been taken from him is his home.  He would be so devastated if he lost his home.  Dear God, please, find a way for him soon.

I hope you enjoy the old Christmas tunes, but if they get on your nerves, just scroll to the bottom and click on the "pause" bars and turn it off.

Oh, one more thing, I've lost over 20 pounds and I feel so good.  I have 30 more to go. Please pray for me to keep with it.  I am unable to exercise, but I think having the surgery was a big part of losing some of the weight.  My depression has helped in this area only! Grrrr......

God bless you and keep you. Wishing you a continuing joyful journey through Advent up to the celebration of the birth of our one and only Savior.  No one will see the face of God except through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  He's our Savior, and our brother.



This Day's Thought
Doth not all nature around me praise God?  If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe.  Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies?  Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration?  Does not the lightning write His name in letters of fire?  Hath not the whole earth a voice?  And shall I, can I, silent be?
Charles H. Spurgeon

This Day's Verse
Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Deuteronomy 5:33
The New International Version 

This Day's Smile
Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.
Jess Lair

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


This Day's Thought
We live charmed lives if we are living in the center of God's will.  All the attacks that Satan can hurl against us are not only powerless to harm us, but are turned into blessing on the way.
Charles H. Spurgeon

This Day's Verse
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10
The English Standard Version 

Monday, December 05, 2011


Okay, I live in the South and we are hard core Alabama Crimson Tide fans, so I have a message from my good friend, Tom Cat, to all you LSU  fans out there!


Saturday, December 03, 2011


Everyone, make it a point to say "Merry CHRISTMAS"
everywhere you go to everybody you meet
the entire season of Advent!!