Monday, March 28, 2011

THIS DAY'S ....


Many Christians estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence being with them.

~James Hudson Taylor

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Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

~Psalm 37:27-29, The New International Version

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The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.

~Leonard Cohen

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Keep reading because there is another wonderful message below this one!

PEACE, LOVE & JOY,
Abbey

HEARTLIGHT

I haven't given space to Heartlight much since the beginning of Lent, but I found this to be very powerful.  I'll have a comment after you read it.

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VERSE:
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit,and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.


~John 13:21


THOUGHT:


I can still remember my friend saying it in church one Sunday: "We think so badly of old Judas for betraying the Lord for 30 pieces of silver, but how many times do we betray him for nothing?"  Ouch! What makes this so difficult for us to bear is Jesus' anguish
knowing one of his own would betray him. Let's make every effort and call upon God's strength so that such betrayal can never be true of us! And if it ever is, let's make sure we run toward his grace with an honest desire to escape sin and come back to him!


PRAYER:


Jesus, I am sorry for the times I have broken your heart with my rebellion and neglect. Father God, I apologize for my lack of passion and zeal for your Son's sacrifice that saved me from sin and death. I want to live more vibrantly for Jesus so others may see him and come to know him. It is in his precious and holy name I pray. Amen.

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COMMENT: I've lived long enough to recognize "gossip" when I hear it.  How many times do we betray our family? our friends?  I think of my dear mother and I am praising God for giving us this trial.  For it has affected many people, but especially those close to her.  My mother is a Godly woman.  She turns away from turmoil, arguing, and dissent, and says out loud to herself at time (but I hear her!), "Betty, keep your mouth shut if you can't say something nice."  Well, she's been an excellent role model for me.  She is strong in her Faith or else she would not be constantly telling us "it'll get better."  Think about the Verse and Thought and ask yourself, "am I doing right in the eyes of God, or am I constantly hurting by being involved in betrayals?"

If you want others to change, try changing yourself first.  Start today.  Thank you, God, for giving me these words of encouragement.

PEACE, LOVE & JOY,
Abbey

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Our Lady's Message

I have a huge smile on my face .... it is as if our Blessed Mother in heaven sent this to Marijana just for me!

Peace & Love,
Abbey

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Medjugorje Message - March 25, 2011

Today, March 25, 2011, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Marija and delivered the following message to the world:


"Dear children! In a special way today I desire to call you to conversion. As of today, may new life begin in your heart. Children, I desire to see your ‘yes’, and may your life be a joyful living of God’s will at every moment of your life. In a special way today, I bless you with my motherly blessing of peace, love and unity in my heart and in the heart of my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."

GETTING RID OF THE WORRY

You see, my mother is a thousand miles away, and I just mailed a very long letter to her and my dad begging them one last time to move here where we can all take care of them, where they can enjoy their grands, who are already grown, and their great-grands who are growing so fast.

I asked my mom, "am I calling to much or making too much fuss over you?"  She very kindly said, "Yes."  So I vowed to not call every day, and I had not called in two days.  So, when we arrived at the lake and went down to sit by the water, I decided to call.  "Mary", who was filling in for mom's regular caretaker answered the phone.  I told her who I was and she said my mom couldn't talk, she was having a "spell" and that my dad was on his way home,.

Dad called completely downtrodden, and I could tell he was about to burst with tears (and he did), but he said they had called the paramedics and mom was being transported to the hospital and he was about to leave.  I told him, "I love you, Daddy.  Just be strong!!"

So, end result is that Mom did have a TIA and this time it was during the day, not when she was sleeping.  She is on Plavix, a blood thinner that also lubricates the lining of the bloodveins and keep the little bits of plaque or clots from breaking loose and going to the brain, heart or lungs.  The only test that has not been done is a sonar on her caratoids. 

The attending said a neurologist "couldn't come to the ER because they are so busy!"  Excuse me, what the hell?   But, mom and dad were sent home after she was cleared and okay, and they are to contact this particular neurologists office on Monday.

Wben I hear my Daddy cry, it tears me up.  I broke down yesterday and this time, my BFF, Fannie Brown (nickname) came to hold me in her arms as I let out all the tears and collected myself.  I sat there by the water, which IS me ... I am the water sign, an Aquarian and I have been drawn to the water all of my life. It give me a sense of peace - which is God given and I am very thankful.

I don't think Lee cares much for my breaking down, he's very strong and may be that he feels I should "wait and see" before I go overboard.  In a sense, he's right, but my emotions are SO RAW over my mother's condition and my daddy's constant stress.  It has aged him 10 years!  And I worry about my son, Kerry.  He's doing all he can to get a better job and deal with Amber having left him and taking Cooper with her several months ago.  I'm still praying that she will come back, but Kerry hurt her with an indiscretion.  He wanted to get her attention and "HELLO", this was NOT the way to do it,   He has punished himself enough and he is a prayerful young man.  I hope that, together, our prayers will come to pass and be granted.

So, my plate feels so full and it is hard to relax, but I did talk to Jesus a lot yesterday and asked him to please take this from me and take it over cause I'm just so weak.  I feel better today, and it's cloudy here at the lake. We are supposed to have "scattered thunderstorms" but we'll stay and sit on the covered deck and just enjoy nature.  The birds are chirping madly and the squirrels are chasing one another aaround the trees and I saw the first butterfly yesterday.  God's world is so full of good, I don't understand why there is so much disregard for Him.  But, my heart is BIG and He occupies the biggest part of it, yet He makes room for more just in case!

Prayerfully,
Abbey

BUT, WE DIDN'T HAVE "GREEN" BACK THEN


I have to laugh because I remember all of these "back then" things.  Just a little something different for your [enjoyment?], or if you're my child, you don't recall any of this!  Also, I am at my BFF's house on the lake and she has this big monitor and I can see the full "scroll" theme on my blog - perfectly fitting the Season of Lent.

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In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”


That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and
refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.


But they didn’t have the green thing back her day.


In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.


But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.


Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really
did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.


But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.


Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. 
But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.


They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.


But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.


But they didn't have the green thing back then!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

DAILY LENT PRAYER AND MEDITATION

I know, I have skipped a few days, but the prayers are always there!

Abbey

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Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Opening Prayer:

God of love,
bring us back to you.
Send your Spirit to make us strong in faith
and active in good works.
Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
Your Son, who lives and reigns
 with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6; Luke 16:19-31

Daily Meditation:

Bring us back to you.
The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is our lesson today.
We beg to be open to the workings
 of the Spirit, that we might not
settle for the consolations of this life alone.

Jesus then said, "I am the one who raises
the dead to life! Everyone who
has faith in me will live, even if they die.
And everyone who lives because
of faith in me will never really die.
Do you believe this?"
John 11

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

God has revealed himself in Christ.
Let us praise his goodness, and ask him from our hearts:
Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Teach us to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Church,
- that it may be more effective for ourselves and
for the world as the sacrament of salvation.

Lover of mankind, inspire us to work for human progress,
- seeking to spread your kingdom in all we do.
May our hearts thirst for Christ,
- the fountain of living water.

Forgive us our sins,
- and direct our steps into
the ways of justice and sincerity.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God,
I hear your invitation, "Come back to me"
and I am filled with such a longing
to return to you.
Show me the way to return.
Lead me this day in good
works I do in your name
and send your Spirit to guide me
and strengthen my faith.
I ask only to feel your love in my life today.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

THIS DAY'S ....


Love has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. This is what love looks like.

~Augustine

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Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

~Matthew 23:12

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our Beloved Elizabeth



"I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame."

 ~Elizabeth Taylor, R.I.P.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.

THIS DAY'S ....

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor, the last of the truly Great Ones. I adored her. She led a very tumultuous, estravagant, and interesting life, filled with physical and emotional trials, but recall this quote which is so profound for all of humanity:

"I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame."
~Elizabeth Taylor, R.I.P.
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No man ever enters heaven until he is first convinced that he deserves hell.
 
~John Everett

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Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

~1 John 4:7-11

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Why be content with what one can do in one’s own strength when the power of God is available to us? That’s worse than having a freezer full of T-bone steaks and living on peanut butter sandwiches.

~Larry McCaw

Monday, March 21, 2011

"THE GARMENTS OF GOD"

Jessica Powers,O.C.D.
by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

Jessica Powers was small in physical stature. If you had met her without knowing of her renown as a poet, your impression would be of a Carmelite nun remarkably unassuming. You would go away not knowing that she was a poet worthy of acclaim. .

When asked to speak about Jessica Powers, my first thought was will there be enough material in her poetry for a talk? What I discovered is that in one talk, I can only skim the surface of all the treasures lying there both hidden and in plain sight.

Most of you know, I am sure, that when Jessica Powers entered Carmel in Milwaukee, WI, she received the name Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit, although she continued to publish her poetry under the name Jessica Powers.

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I present her poem, "The Garments of God" as a part of today's Lenten reflection.

Prayerfully,
Abbey

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The Garments of God

God sits on a chair of darkness in my soul.
He is God alone, supreme in His majesty.
I sit at His feet, a child in the dark beside Him;
my joy is aware of His glance and
my sorrow is tempted
to rest on the thought that His face
is turned from me
He is clothed in the robes of His mercy, voluminous garments -
not velvet or silk and affable to the touch,
but fabric strong for a frantic hand to clutch.
and I hold to it fast with the fingers of my will.
Here is my cry of faith, my deep avowal
to the Divinity that I am dust.
Here is the loud profession of my trust.
I need not go abroad
to the hills of speech or the hinterlands of music
for a crier to walk in my soul where all is still.
I have this potent prayer through good or ill:
here in the dark I clutch the garments of God.

Jessica Powers,O.C.D.,

Sr. Miriam of The Holy Spirit

THIS DAY'S ....

I thought I'd change things up a bit and give you This Day's Thought, Verse, and Smile!

Praying for those in Japan, the Libyan situation, for all those who are fighting and for their families, and most of all, that God will bring PEACE to the world.

Love,
Abbey

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The past is never completely lost, however extensive the devastation. Your sorrows are the bricks and mortar of a magnificent temple. What you are today and what you will be tomorrow are because of what you have been. Your faith of yesterday is built into your faith today.

~Gordon Wright

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For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

~1 Thessalonians 4:16
The New King James Version

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The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.

~Dean Inge

Saturday, March 19, 2011

DAILY LENTENT PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Apologies for missing yesterday .... I got the spend some time with little Cooper, then an engagement with friends later.  I just think it would be cool if even one person actually missed me!

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Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

March 19: Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary

Opening Prayer:

Eternal Father,
turn our hearts to you.
By seeking your kingdom
and loving one another,
May we become a people who worship you
in spirit and truth.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings for Saturday, First Week of Lent:
Deuteronomy 26:16-19; Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Matthew 5:43-48

Daily Meditation:

Turn our hearts to you.
The Saturdays of Lent have a grateful and uplifting tone to them.
Our lesson today reminds us of the covenant God made long ago:
you be my people
and I will be your God.

In the new covenant, without condition,
God is faithful to us, even if we are not.
Jesus calls us to a new way of being -
loving others as we have been loved -
which includes loving those who do not love us.
We are to be as pure in our love,
as God is pure in loving us.

God loved the world so much,
he gave us his only Son,
that all who believe in him
might have eternal life.
John 3:16

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

To make us his new creation, Christ the Lord gave us the waters of rebirth
and spread the table of his body and his word. Let us call upon him and say:
Lord, renew us in your grace.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, clothe us with compassion, kindness and humility,
- make us want to be patient with everyone.
Teach us to be true neighbors to all in trouble and distress,
- and so imitate you, the Good Samaritan.
May the Blessed Virgin, your Mother, pray for all those vowed to a life of virginity,
- that they may deepen their dedication to you and to the Church.
Grant us the gift of your mercy,
- forgive our sins and remit their punishment.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God,
Sometimes my heart
turns in every direction
except towards you.
Please help me
to turn my heart toward you,
to gaze upon you in trust
and to seek your kingdom with all of my heart.
Soften my hardened heart
so that I might love others
as a way to glorify and worship you.
Grant me this
with the ever-present guidance of your spirit.

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May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

HEARTLIGHT


VERSE:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

~1 Timothy 3:16

THOUGHT:

Why would Jesus do it? How did he do it? How was he "God with us" and still in "human flesh"? We cannot fully comprehend it, but he was! The Son of God was also Jesus of Nazareth, born and placed in a manger and crucified on a cross. But he was raised from the dead and shown to be God's Son with power. He was seen by angels, both on earth after his resurrection and in heaven at the throne of God. He has been preached and believed on by people all over the world. The glory that he has he will one day show and share with us. If you want to understand godliness, then you begin with Jesus!

PRAYER:

Holy and marvelous God, your plan to redeem and save a sinner like me, along with those like me all around the world, is incredible. Your love that led you to such sacrifice is beyond comprehension. I thank you for this overwhelming grace. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. Please empower me with your Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead so the mystery of your godliness may be seen in my life today, in my family, among my friends, before my co-workers, by those with whom I attend school, and especially in the presence of my enemies. In Jesus' mighty name I pray. Amen.

Friday, March 18, 2011

ANNUAL APPARITION TO MIRJANA SOLDO

Today, March 18, 2011, the visionary Mirjana Soldo experienced her regular annual apparition.

In the early days of Medjugorje, when Mirjana received the tenth secret and her daily apparitions ceased, Our Lady promised that she would appear to her every year on March 18, which also happens to be Mirjana's birthday.

Today, amidst cold and rain, Our Lady appeared to Mirjana at the Blue Cross area near the base of Apparition Hill in Medjugorje. She gave the following message:


“Dear children! I am with you in the name of the greatest Love, in the name of dear God, who has come close to you through my Son and has shown you real love. I desire to lead you on the way of God. I desire to teach you real love so that others may see it in you, that you may see it in others, that you may be a brother to them and that others may see a merciful brother in you. My children, do not be afraid to open your hearts to me. With Motherly love, I will show you what I expect of each of you, what I expect of my apostles. Set out with me. Thank you!”
According to Mirjana, Our Lady asked all of us to pray for the priests, adding
"Again, I emphasize that I will triumph together with them."
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Mirjana Dragicevic Soldo during apparition with The Blessed Mother

Born in 1965, Mirjana is the most educated of the visionaries. She was the first to be told the ten secrets now being entrusted gradually to the other visionaries. Her apparitions ceased on Christmas Day 1982, except for an annual visit from Our Lady on her birthday, 18th March, and she has inner locutions on 2nd of each month, when Our Lady calls on her and the pilgrims to pray especially for unbelievers. It is Mirjana who will reveal the secrets to a priest whom she has chosen, Fr Petar Ljubicic, ten days before the events to which they relate are due to occur. Her prayer mission from Our Lady is to pray for all unbelievers. Marjana is the second oldest of the visionaries, a graduate from the University of Sarejevo where her family lived. Married to Mark Soldo who she knew since they were children, she lives in the parish of St James's Medjugorje and has two daughters.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ADORATION U

I wasn't feeling up to posting more today, but I received this and feel it is an important message that everyone needs to pass on to their college-aged friends.

Blessings,
Abbay


AdorationU.com from Cardinal Newman Society on Vimeo.

LITANY FOR JAPAN

I am a bit under the weather today, so I'm only going to post this wonderful Litany for Japan that my precious friend, Bryn at Celestial Offerings, sent to me. I have never in my lifetime seen so much tragedy through natural occurrences as we have seen in the last year - including Haiti and Japan.  I encourage you to add this prayer to your daily prayers.


Abbey

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A Litany for Japan


O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, Have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon us.


O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful, Have mercy upon us.


O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God, Have mercy upon us.


Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us and for the people of Japan.


Hear our prayers, O Christ our God. Arise, O Christ, and help us.


For all who have died in the earthquake and tsunami striking Japan that they may be given entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of all your saints, Arise, O Christ, and help us.


For all who grieve the death of family, friends, and fellow citizens that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come, Arise, O Christ, and help us.


For all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit that they may be comforted, healed, and given courage and hope, Arise, O Christ, and help us.

For all aid workers, that they may be filled with strength, generosity, and compassion, Arise, O Christ, and help us.


For the wisdom, resources, and technological skill that a nuclear disaster might be averted, Arise, O Christ, and help us.


For eyes to see that you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth and linked our lives one to another that we may never forget our common life depends on each other’s toil and that we will always work for the common good, Arise, O Christ, and help us.


Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

DAILY LENTENT PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Wednesday
Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Opening Prayer:
Lord,
look upon us and hear our prayer.
By the good works you inspire
help us to discipline our bodies
and be renewed in spirit.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Luke 11:29-32

Daily Meditation:

Hear our prayer.
The Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent take on a more penitential tone.
Our longing intensifies.
We know we have to work hard to resist temptation
and to change some of our bad habits.
We know that spiritual renewal won't come easy.
But we know that all we will ultimately be able to do
will come from God's inspiration - as a gift.
So we ask from a deeper and deeper place in our hearts.

We listen to the wonderful children's story about Nineveh.
They responded to God's word and repented.

My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Psalm 51

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

Blessed be God, the giver of salvation, who decreed that mankind should become a new creation in himself,
when all would be made new. With great confidence let us ask him:
Lord, renew us in your Spirit.

Lord, you promised a new heaven and a new earth; renew us daily through your Spirit,
- that we may enjoy your presence for ever in the heavenly Jerusalem.
Help us to work with you to make this world alive with your Spirit,
- and to build on earth a city of justice, love and peace.
Free us from all negligence and sloth,
- and give us joy in your gifts of grace.
Deliver us from evil,
- and from slavery to the senses, which blinds us to goodness

Closing Prayer:

Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Monday, March 14, 2011

THE VIEW FROM THE DESERT



"Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit." -Matthew 4:1


In the stark desolation of the physical desert, you can:
* see clearly without distraction.
* live simply, in a "lean and mean" lifestyle. Only the basic necessities for survival are valuable.
* discern value clearly. We tend to overvalue the things the world affords (1 Jn 2:16). In the desert, a cup of water has far more value than a diamond necklace.


In Lent, the Holy Spirit leads us into the desert to speak to our heart (Hos 2:16). This spiritual desert is similar to the physical desert:
* Temptations can be seen more clearly for what they are, without distraction.
* Things that seem so important in the world, such as the regard of others, fade into obscurity in the spiritual desert.
* Things that seem obscure in the clutter of society, such as God's opinion of you, are critically important in the desert.
* Your need for God's provision and protection is acute in the desert. The consequences of rebelling against God's direction can be fatal.


Most of all, the desert is a place of love (see Jer 2:2). In the desert the Lord allures us (Hos 2:16) by pouring out His love into our heart through the Holy Spirit (Rm 5:5). The Israelites grumbled in the desert (see Ex 16:2), but in the Lenten desert, we will rejoice (Is 35:1). "In the desert prepare the way of the Lord!" (Is 40:3)


Prayer: Jesus, let me count everything as loss so that I may always consider You, and You alone, to be my Wealth (Phil 3:7-8).


Promise: "Through one Man's obedience, all shall become just." -Rm 5:19


Praise: Praise Jesus, Who precedes us into the desert and teaches us how to pray.


DAILY LENTENT PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Apologies all around that I'm late today ... I had an opportunity to see my best friend today, so I took it!  Hope your day was beautiful and inspiring!

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Daily Lent Prayer

Opening Prayer:

God our savior,
bring us back to you
and fill our minds with your wisdom.
May we be enriched by our observance of Lent.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15; Matthew 25:31-46


Daily Meditation:

Bring us back to you.
We repeat our desire that God bring us home from our wandering.
We know that in the confusion that surrounds us and can fill us,
we need the gift of Wisdom.

It is fitting that our very first "lesson" in our faith,
is the last judgment scene that Jesus paints for us.
We will be judged on whether we:
fed the hungry
welcomed the stranger
clothed the naked
comforted the sick
visited the imprisoned.
It is powerful to re-learn this wisdom -
Jesus identifies with each of these "least" cared for.

Who might we feed, welcome, clothe, comfort or visit this week?
As my heart might "resist" this mission,
I might beg to be brought back, with all my heart.


Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

Praise to Jesus, our Savior; by his death he has opened for us the way of salvation.
Let us ask him:
Lord, guide your people to walk in your ways.

God of mercy, you gave us new life through baptism,
- make us grow day by day in your likeness.
May our generosity today bring joy to those in need,
- in helping them may we find you.
Help us to do what is good, right and true in your sight,
- and to seek you always with undivided hearts.
Forgive our sins against the unity of your family,
- make us one in heart and spirit.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God,
you call us back to you with all of our hearts.
I feel your call for me deep in my heart
and I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

DAILY LENTENT PRAYER AND MEDITATION

"Free me from the darkness in my heart."

SUNDAY
Daily Lent Prayer

"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Opening Prayer:

Let us pray,
at the beginning of Lent for the spirit of repentance.

Lord our God,
you formed us from the clay of the earth
and breathed into us the spirit of life,
but we turned from your face and sinned.

In this time of repentance
we call out for your mercy.
Bring us back to you
and to the life your Son won for us
by his death on the cross,
for he lives and reigns for ever and ever.

The Readings: Genesis 2:7-9; Psalm 51:3-4;5-6,12-13,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Daily Meditation:

Bring us back to you.
This week we pray for a renewal of our lives.
We are beginning to be more attentive and alert.
We are trying new patterns.
The difficulties we encounter keep us humble.

Our desire is clear.
We want the "self-sacrificing love of Christ" -
which brings us mercy and healing - to be "reproduced in our lives."
In our journey, we seek to savor the meaning of Jesus' self-less love,
that we might reflect that love to others.
At the end of our journey, we will renew our baptismal promises.
Dying with Jesus in baptism, we have a new life in him.
Today, we desire nothing less than God's re-creating us -
breathing new life into us.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
~Psalm 51

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

Let us pray to our loving Redeemer, who gained for us this season of grace.
Let us pray to him, saying:
Lord, create a new spirit in us.

Christ, our life, through baptism we were buried with you and rose to life with you,
- may we walk today in newness of life.
Lord, you have brought blessings to all mankind,
- bring us to share your concern for the good of all.
May we work together to build up the earthly city,
- with our eyes fixed on the city that lasts forever.
Healer of body and soul, cure the sickness of our spirit,
- so that we may grow in holiness through your constant care.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God,
there is so much darkness in my life
and I hide from you.
Take my hand
and lead me out of the shadows of my fear.
Help me to change my heart.
Bring me to your truth
and help me to respond to your generous love.
Let me recognize the fullness of your love
which will fill my life.
Free me from the darkness in my heart.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

DAILY LENTEN POST

Sorry folks, it was a busy day in the neighborhood and I didn't get time to post today's prayer and meditation, but I will be sure and have one up for you tomorrow.


We went to Riley's double-header baseball games.  He caught a fly in the outfield that he had to literally dive for and he squeezed the gove enough and came up with it! Got 2 RBIs so we are off to a great start.  They won both games today and tournament is tomorrow.

After Mass, we all went to a favorite Mexican place to eat and had a late celebration for Riley's birthday, complete with sombrero, "Happy Birthday" in spanish and fried ice cream.

Blessings,
Abbey

Friday, March 11, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .



He is a path, if any be misled;
He is a robe, if any naked be;
If any chance to hunger, His is bread;
If any be a bondman, He is free;
If any be but weak, how strong is He!
To dead men life is He, to sick men, health;
A pleasure without loss, a treasure without stealth.

~Giles Fletcher

~*~


Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

~Isaiah 46:4

DAILY PRAYER FOR LENT - FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."
 
Opening Prayer:

Lord,
with your loving care
guide the penance we have begun.
Help us to persevere with love and sincerity.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Today's Readings: Isaiah 58: 1-9a; Psalm 51: 3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19; Matthew 9: 14-15


Daily Meditation:

A Friday of Lent and an introduction to "True Fasting."
We are still in the first four days of Lent.
Today and tomorrow we read the 58th Chapter
of the book of the prophet Isaiah.
These powerful words have such a contemporary message.
True fasting will lead us to act justly and caring
for those who are most in need.

On every Friday of Lent we abstain from meat
as a sign of our common penance.
It represents our efforts to abstain from
- do without - so many other patterns
that get in the way of our happiness and wholeness.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

Let us pray to Christ our Savior, who redeemed us by his death and resurrection:
Lord, have mercy on us.

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory,
- bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.
You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier's lance,
- heal our wounds.
You made the cross the tree of life,
- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.
On the cross you forgave the repentant thief,
- forgive us our sins.


Closing Prayer:
Lord,
I know how much you love me.
It’s hard for me to feel it sometimes,
but I know your love is always with me.

Help me to use your love as a way
to persevere in my Lenten intentions.
I am weak, but I know with your help,
I can use these small sacrifices in my life to draw closer to you.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

LENT: A CALL TO FAST AND FEAST

I highly recommend you jump over to In Search of and read the post of March 9. It is truly AMAZING!

Abbey

TODAY'S LENTEN PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."


Opening Prayer:

Lord, may everything we do
begin with your inspiration,
continue with your help,
and reach perfection under your guidance.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6; Luke 9:22-25

Daily Meditation:
The Journey Begins

There are so many lessons for our journey in this prayer. It starts with God's inspiration.
We are reminded of the breath of life that God breathed at the beginning of creation
and the driving wind of the Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost.  The grace for all we are about to do comes from God. Today we pray to be open to it. Today we also acknowledge that for us to what we need to do these six weeks, we need God's continuing help. Each day, with every prayer, every sacrifice, every act of generosity we will need help which can only come from God. And, finally, we need God's guidance to persevere to the end. There will be tough choices, not only between good and evil, but choices about what is the greater good. We may even be called to do something quite heroic and self-sacrificing.
A wonderful prayer. Easy to remember, even memorize. It is possible to say it every day.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

God has revealed himself in Christ. Let us praise his goodness, and ask him from our hearts:

Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Teach us to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Church, - that it may be more effective for ourselves and for the world as the sacrament of salvation. Lover of mankind, inspire us to work for human progress, - seeking to spread your kingdom in all we do. May our hearts thirst for Christ, - the fountain of living water. Forgive us our sins, - and direct our steps into the ways of justice and sincerity.

Closing Prayer:

Lord,
Let everything I do this day and in this season of Lent
come from you, be inspired by you.

I long to be closer to you.
Help me to remember that nothing is important in my life
unless it glorifies you in some way.
It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day of my life and keep saying,
"Tomorrow, I will spend more time in prayer,"
but now my longing meets your love and I want to do it now.
Help me to rely on you for help.
The prayer asks you that I reach perfection.
Please, Lord, remind me that "perfection"
isn't the crazy, "successful" way I try to live my life,
but a perfection of my most authentic, real self.
My "perfection" might be holding my many flaws in my open hands,
asking you to help me accept them.
Heal me, Lord, and help me to find you in the darkness of my life.
Let me reach out in this darkness and feel your hand and love there to guide me.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

ASH WEDNESDAY: ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE


ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE

Jl 2:12-18; 2 Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18


In today's readings, Joel and Paul each tell us it's time to change. Right now, we have the chance to reform our lives from the inside out. Matthew cautions us, however, that our change must be heartfelt, not just a show so others can see how holy we are. We've got to be real and honest with ourselves this Lent.

~*~
Reading 1

Jl 2:12-18

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”  Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people.

Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
Responsorial Psalm

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always: “Against you only have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Reading 2
2 Cor 5:20-6:2

Brothers and sisters:

We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Gospel

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. hen you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”