Thursday, October 31, 2013

MY HAPPY BY CHOICE STATUS (ON FACEBOOK???)

Happy by Choice's status.
Most excellent
 
Your calling in life is to fully express who you already are.

The world will never see another human being like you. There is no one on the face of the planet that has what you have. Your uniqueness, in every respect, is your gift. Life asks one thing of you… to be the full expression of yourself so that you can leave your unique imprint on all those you encounter and upon the world. Never underestimate the power of your energy and how it ripples outwards to affect everything and everyone around you – IF you are being your full, authentic self. Honor your intuition and act upon all your inspirations. -marcandangel.com

PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH MIRJANA, AND QUESTION & ANSWER

I AM A BELIEVER! You will hear this mentioned in this candid audience with Mirjana, one of the six visionaries recognized in the world.  There are many, many messages in this audience and Q&A, is quite compelling.  You will come away from it feeling inspired, inspired to live a life that reflects God in your behavior.  Our Lady says God will ask us one question: How much love did you have?



~*~

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"TIL THE ENDS MEET"



IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER


If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes.  I would relax.  I would be sillier than I have been this trip.  I know of very few things that I would take seriously.  I would be less hygienic.  I would go more places.  I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.  I would eat more ice cream and less bran.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.  You see, I have been one of those fellows who live prudently and sanely, hour after hour, day after day.  Oh, I have had my moments.  But if I had it to do over again, I would have more of them - a lot more.  I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute.  If I had it to do over, I would travel lighter.

It may be too late to unteach an old dog old tricks, but perhaps a word from the unwise may be of benefit to a coming generation.  It may help them to fall into some of the pitfalls I have avoided.

If I had my life to live over, I would pay less attention to people who teach tension.  In a world of specialization we naturally have a superabundance of individuals who cry at us to be serious about their individual specialty.  They tell us we must learn Latin or History; otherwise we will be disgraced and ruined and flunked and failed.  After a dozen or so of these protagonists have worked on a young mind, they are apt to leave it in hard knots for life.  I wish they had sold me Latin and History as a lark.

I would seek out more teachers who inspire relaxation and fun.  I had a few of them, fortunately, and I figure it was they who kept me from going entirely to the dogs.  From them I learned how to gather what few scraggly daisies I have gathered along life's cindery pathway.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall.  I would play hooky more. I would shoot more paper wads at my teachers.  I would have more dogs.  I would keep later hours.  I'd have more sweethearts.  I would fish more.  I would go to more circuses.  I would go to more dances.  I would ride on more merry-go-rounds.  I would be carefree as long as I could, or at least until I got some care--instead of having my cares in advance.

More errors are made solemnly than in fun.  The rubs of family life come in moments of intense seriousness rather that in moments of light-heartedness.  If nations -- to magnify my point -- declared international carnivals instead of international war, how much better that would be!

G.K. Chesterton once said, "A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity.  Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.  One 'settles down' into a sort of selfish seriousness; but one has to rise to a gay self-forgetfulness.  A person falls into a 'brown study,' and reaches up at a blue sky."

In a world in which practically everybody else seems to be consecrated to the gravity of the situation, I would rise to glorify the levity of the situation.  For I agree with Will Durant that "gaiety is wiser than wisdom."

I doubt, however, that I'll do much damage with my creed.  The opposition is too strong.  There are too many serious people trying to get everybody else to be too darned serious.

~Don Herold (1953)

TODAY'S THOUGHT, VERSE & SMILE



This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Being a Christian means accepting the terms of creation, accepting God as our maker and redeemer, and growing day by day into an increasingly glorious creature in Christ, developing joy, experiencing love, maturing in peace.
Eugene Peterson

This Day's Verse
“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens- what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave- what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”
Job 11:7-9
The New International Version

This Day's Smile
Set goals so big that unless God helps you, you will be a miserable failure.
Bill Bright

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"SAIL ON, SAILOR"

This one's special.  The general sentiment of the song makes me think of Life No. 2 when I lived in California, and I floundered after my great love turned me out on my own.  He was a Svengali type - he took great pride in molding me into what he wanted me to be.  And that doesn't necessarily mean anything negative, other than him being an atheist.  His family was monied and dinners were full of formality - cocktails and conversation before dinner.  I learned a lot, and I have known for a long time why it was not meant to be.  God was with me, remember?  Lyrics follow.



I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor

I wrest the waters, fight Neptune's waters
Sail through the sorrows of life's marauders
Unrepenting, often empty
Sail on, sail on sailor

Caught like a sewer rat alone but I sail
Bought like a crust of bread, but oh do I wail

Seldom stumble, never crumble
Try to tumble, life's a rumble
Feel the stinging I've been given
Never ending, unrelenting
Heartbreak searing, always fearing
Never caring, persevering
Sail on, sail on, sailor

I work the seaways, the gale-swept seaways
Past shipwrecked daughters of wicked waters
Uninspired, drenched and tired
Wail on, wail on, sailor

Always needing, even bleeding
Never feeding all my feelings
Damn the thunder, must I blunder
There's no wonder all I'm under
Stop the crying and the lying
And the sighing and my dying

Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor
Sail on, sail on sailor

A DIATRIBE THAT BEGAN ABOUT MUSIC ??

Foreword:  This began as a little diatribe about my love of music, and it flowed into how I fully gave myself to God.  Thus, I will post my choice of song in the next post.  Read this and maybe you will capture a little about Abbey.

~*~ 

In the 70's, I was in my 20's.  I moved to Los Angeles, California in 1972.  My first two years were rough and that's all I'll say about that, but after, I met the love of my life and we shared four very passionate  years together.  We never argued, never.  We talked A LOT.  We talked about everything under the moon; we had heated debates on social and economic issues; we loved music and music was really happening in L.A. during those years.  Some fabulous artists were born and I was living in the mecca of all of this creativity in music.  Music has always been a staple in my life.  I turn to music for every emotion - if I'm in pain, if I've been hurt and I'm licking my wounds, if I want to sing and just lift my spirits, or especially when I am cleaning my house!! It's a fairly big house and it takes a while and putting five cd's on the carousel, cranking up the sound where I can hear it everywhere really gets me going.  Truthfully, I like my music loud! :)

There was so very, very much musically coming on the scene on the west coast during the 70's. I don't think we'll ever see the greatness of the type caliber that began back then.  Some are still together, or they'll reunite and tour.  But like everyone of us, they, too, are growing old.  Listening to these artists takes me back.  Its a journey that's going on in my mind no matter what I'm doing.  If the music is on, I'm going to sing with it and I'm going to remember why it was so special to me, where I was and who

I was with when it hit "FM" in L.A,  That's the beauty of it, yet also the sadness and melancholy of it.  You wish you could go back and do it again because it was such a wonderful time in your life, but you can't,  Truthfully, I'm not growing old gracefully! I don't like it at all.  I want to be thin and pretty; I want to go to the beach every weekend and lie on the sand and watch my little girl playing in the waves.  I want to have my friends there with me, throwing a Frisbee back and forth.  I want to run into that famous person, like George Harrison, who gave me a huge smile as he turned the corner in front of me driving a white Rolls Royce convertible.  I want drive down Wilshire Boulevard past CBS to El Coyote Cafe, and I know it's still there because it's been on television recently.  I want to sail from Oakland Bay up the Sacramento River delta and have water balloon fights with the other sailboats. 

It's hard to believe even to me, but, I left L.A. and moved back to Texas after my heart had been ripped out of my chest by the love of my life.  I was there six months and all I thought about was L.A.  I called my old boss and asked if I could get my job back with a pretty hefty raise, and she made it happen, including paying for my move!  I drove back to L.A. by myself and when I cruised over the mountains heading down to Los Angeles, my heart was racing.  I called one of my friends and I told him I would be there that evening and would he meet me.  He did and asked "where do you want to go?"  I said, "THE BEACH!"  So we drove to the beach, parked and got out.  In the dark, the waves seem to have lights inside them.  I had to feel the sand between my toes; I had to stand and let the waves rush over my feet.  At the time, it was one of the most magical moments in my life.  It is indescribable.  Suffice to say that I was on Cloud Nine (and God was there, but I didn't know it!).

I've digressed, but it's a good digression.  Music is huge to me.  And I like to post music that I love for you to enjoy and perhaps, maybe you will even get a glimpse into who this woman is. I've lived four lives now, that's what I call the chunks of years, and I've lived in towns from the west coast to Texas to the deep south.  To say that "I've been around the block" would be a tremendous understatement.  I have my skeletons and I deal with those personally, but I've lived a very colorful and very fun life.  There's not a whole lot that you can throw at me where I cannot give you a personal experience perspective. 
 

Anyway, I have begun posting songs here and there.  You could go back to, like, 2009 and read some of my posts and see the evolution of this woman.  Heck, I should do that just for myself.  The blog truly is like a journal that I've been keeping for a very long time.  Now, I post mostly spiritually enlightening writings of others, people who write about those things better than I, but things that capture the type of spirituality I love to see in people, and I do see it, thank thee, Lord.  This world has the gamut of trouble going on, but there is a very strong presence of people who love God and Jesus Christ. My search landed me on Twitter and I have met some really wonderful souls there; people who are my friends in Christ so I don't have to actually meet them to call them "friend".  I found thousands and thousands of Twitter participants who post scripture, talk about scripture, talk about the issues of abortion and our government from a spiritual standpoint.  I could sit all day and just read, retweet, and/or reply.  But, I have a life that is always waiting for my attention.

Unfortunately, I did not give any thought to God or Jesus for many years.  But I did have an
experience in 2005, long after I had joined The Holy Roman Catholic Church, where I begged God to heal me.  I was suffering tremendous pain that I cannot put into words that will give you the gravity of the pain, except to say that I felt like someone had stuck a knife in my back and was slowly killing me.  I started with prayer and worked my way up over a couple of months to where I screamed at God "WHY WON'T YOU HELP ME?"  

I ended up in the hospital for another surgery that was more painful than the one that caused the staph and the bone marrow infection I suffered.  I was there for 12 days.  I couldn't walk because every time I put my right leg down, the pain was so excruciating that I'd have to get back into my bed and elevate my leg.  I watched the clock and I counted the minutes and second until it would be time for my next pain pill.  I would put myself into and almost manic state just thinking and waiting for it.

When I was released and went home, I had a PICC line, which is a port they put in my arm (like an IV) and they had to teach us how to change the bag of medicine every day.  I had a mini computer that the line went through and it was set by a nurse to dispense the drug over a 24 hour period.  Then, I had to remove the old line, get another bag of medicine from the refrigerator, put on the new lines, run them through the computer, attached the bag that I had to carry everywhere I went, and as I lay there listening to the nurse explaining all this, I became so, so depressed.

I had the PICC for 8 weeks and the day it was taken off was like I had been born again, into a new life and I knew that this one, the one I call my "fourth", would be a deep, honest and learning experience for me.  But I knew! I knew this is where I was supposed to be all those years.  And I also knew from reflecting that God had been with me all along, I just didn't give Him any of myself.  But, God doesn't let a little thing like a girl playing wild child stop him. He had been with me all along and when I came to that realization, it was AMAZING GRACE.  That was the first Grace of God that I received.  He and Jesus are my everything.  My heavenly Mother is so loving and tender and caring.  The Saints are so happy to hear my requests for their intercessions.  The people in purgatory that I pray for, I know they are also praying for me so they can move on to heaven.

I kept hearing about seeing God in everything.  Well, that's a very BIG thing and it can be overwhelming, so time has taught me to not look for it, to be patient and let it come to me.  And it does come, through my prayers, scripture and the wonderful support I receive from many avenues.  And my Guardian Angel whistles now and again and I whistle back. NO, I have not lost my mind, I have found it and God has granted me many gifts that are HIM, the Alpha and the Omega.

Finally, I can say that I am truly happy in the Lord.  And I am so, so very thankful that He thought me worth saving.  I am now a flower in his garden, and when he finds that I am so beautiful that he just has to pick me and take me with him, I will be joyful to go.  Amen.

DEEP THOUHTS: ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE

Your life is a journey ahead of you.
Each day is a new beginning.
Yesterday is a friend that will guide you.

There will be good times and bad times;
Cherish the good, because they make life sweet,
But be thankful for the bad,
For through them you come to know
The important things in life
And the meaning of life.
There will be times when you face
Difficult decisions,
And you won’t know which way to turn.
The important thing is that you make a choice,
And move forward.

There will be times that test your strength and endurance,
But don’t give up;
Refuse to accept defeat,
For perseverance is the key to success.
there will be times when you are hurt by love.
Forgive those who hurt you
So that your heart will be free to love again.
There will be times when you make mistakes.
Remember that mistakes are not a reflection of your self-worth,
But of your humanity.
Nor do they make you less of a person.
Because of the lessons you’ve learned,
You’ve grown and become wiser.

There will be times when your search for happiness
Leads to frustration and disappointment,
But don’t stop believing in happiness.
Being happy with yourself goes a long way toward
Knowing happiness in your life.
There will be times when life seems unfair,
But don’t allow it to make you bitter
And steal your joy.
Nothing is worth this.
When fear stands in the way of reaching out for your dreams,
Confront them and you will conquer them.

There will be times when your faith is shaken,
But don’t despair, by the Grace of God,
It will rise up and carry you above the storm and to victory….

FINDING THE RIGHT NEW CEO

Interesting and very thoughtful message for all to read.

This is special !!

A successful businessman was growing old and  knew it was time to choose a successor to take over
the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO . I have decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued.

"I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.

I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.  She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.  Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot.

But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board
room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful - in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO . "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO !"

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified..

He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed, Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!

His name is "Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed.

"How could he be the new CEO ?" the others said.

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!"

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust

* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends 

* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness

* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective

* If you plant hard work, you will reap success

* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Think about this for a minute.

If I happened to show up on your door step crying, would you care?

If I called you and asked you to pick me up because something happened, would you come?

If I had one day left to live my life, would you be part of that last day?

If I needed a shoulder to cry on, would you give me yours?
Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?

They blink together, they move together, they cry together, they see things together, and they sleep together, but they never see each other; that's what friendship is.

Your aspiration is your motivation, your motivation is your belief , your belief is your peace, your peace is your target, your target is heaven, and life is like hard core torture without it!

God opens doors no man can close, God closes doors no man can open!!

GOD BLESS You and the USA Today and Tomorrow......

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT AND VERSE FROM THE RANCH

Got some real goodies for you today! Soak them up like a sponge and then just close your eyes and marvel at how wondrous God can be!

~*~


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Our salvation includes more than pardon from sin, deliverance from hell and a ticket to heaven.  It includes all that we shall need on our journey.
Vance Havner

This Day's Verse
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:22
The King James Version

Monday, October 28, 2013

WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?


There are fathers waiting until other obligations are less demanding to become acquainted with their sons.  There are mothers who sincerely intend to be more attentive to their daughters.  There are husbands and wives who are going to be more understanding.  But time does not draw people closer.  When in the world are we going to begin to live as if we understood that this is life?  This is our time, our day…and it is passing.  What are we waiting for?

~Richard L. Evans

Hallowe'en -origins...a good read


 
The belief that Halloween is pagan in origin is a myth. Many neo-pagan websites claim that it was an attempt by early Christians to “baptize” the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain. Because of this persistent myth, some Christians are hesitant to participate in anything associated with Halloween. Brad Winsted of the Christian Broadcasting Network explains:
Even a cursory look at the origins of Halloween will reveal satanic rituals played out in trick and treating, jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts, the dead, and on and on. If you've ever taken time to research any of these Halloween practices you'll see the satanic background from the Celtic tribes of Scotland and Ireland.
Like other claims that Catholicism adopted pagan practices and beliefs, this myth is also based on bad research and propaganda that developed after the Protestant Reformation. Given the contempt  of the “reformers” for the Catholic doctrine of purgatory and prayers for the dead, this development is not surprising.

The desire of Christians to distance themselves from anything pagan is something that can be seen in documents dating all the way back to the New Testament. It should not come as a surprise that even in our own time Christians are cautious to adopt elements of pagan ritual. But do we need to throw the baby out with the bathwater?

The origins of Halloween are not rooted in pagan rituals.


From nearly the beginning of Christianity, it has been a customary practice to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr’s death. This was normally done at the church nearest the place where the martyrdom occurred. By the fourth century, neighboring churches had begun to celebrate common feasts.

According to the Original Catholic Encyclopedia, “Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November.”

While this date had become significant for the Christians in the West, it was not yet a universally recognized feast. Sixty years later, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere annually on the first day of November.

Evening vigils on the day before a feast or solemnity are customary in the Catholic Faith, and so Halloween falls on October 31 because it is the vigil before All Saints Day, and not because the Church wanted to “baptize” Samhain or any other pagan celebration.

Samhain was not a pagan “Festival of the Dead.”


Samhain was a festival that marked the beginning of winter in Ireland, but the historical evidence simply does not support the idea that it involved jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts, or religious ceremonies. In his book Stations of the Sun, historian Ronald Hutton explains:
[T]he medieval records furnish no evidence that 1 November was a major pan-Celtic festival, and none of religious ceremonies, even where it was observed (p. 362).
There are some folk tales where humans have dealings with deities or monsters that end or begin on Samhain, but as Hutton concludes:
[T]heir point cannot be proved from the tales themselves; it could just be that several narratives are started, set, or concluded at this feast because it represented an ideal context, being a major gathering of royalty and warriors with time on their hands (p. 362).
Virtually all of the customs associated with the modern secular celebration of Halloween developed only in the past 500 years and have very few (if any) connections to ancient pagan religious practices.
What’s a Catholic to do?

While it is true that most of the customs practiced on Halloween here in the United States cannot be traced back to ancient pagan religions, this does not mean some of them are not problematic.

I would never have been comfortable with my daughter dressing up as a devil or a witch for Halloween, but I never had a  problem allowing her to go trick-or-treating with her friends. Most of the time she wanted to dress as her favorite movie or cartoon character. I use the opportunity every year to tell her about the Catholic origins of Halloween.

My good friend Fr. Amaro Saumell used to open the parish hall on Halloween night and invite the children and their parents to come dressed as their favorite saints. I understand this is popular in many parishes throughout the country, and I think that is great.

As Catholics, the most important thing we need to remember is that Halloween is the vigil before a very important feast day where we honor the saints in heaven who dedicated their lives (and in many cases gave them up) to advance the cause of Christ and his Church.

HAPPY FEAST OF ST. JUDE

Peace be with you! 
 
Happy Feast of St. Jude!
 
Thank you so much for praying with us in this novena! 
 
There have been many prayers answered already from this novena. God is good!
 
At the end of every novena, we always pray the following as our final prayer. Please join me in praying it today!
 
Let us pray...
 
Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me.
 
Please grant the prayers of all those who prayed this novena with me. Bless them with Your love and make them holy!
 
May I seek You with a sincere heart knowing that it will profit me nothing if I gain the whole world yet lose my soul.
 
So, help me to see Your good and gracious purpose in all my trials. Help me to see Your blessings in every day and help me to love You more.
 
Thank You for everything, Lord Jesus!
 
Amen!
 
Thank you again for praying with me and thousands of faithful people around the world! 
 
If this novena has been a blessing to you, please make a small donation to keep this ministry running here
 
 
We're praying for you!
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

NOVENA TO ST. JUDE FOR IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES - DAY 9

Dear Friends in Christ, I dropped the ball, I know, but trust me when I say it couldn't be helped. There are only so many hours in a day and I'm already Santa shopping!  My baby girl and I spend one whole day together every week, beginning with breakfast at Cracker Barrel! When I get home, my poor doggies are so tired that I just eat, shower and off to beddie-boo!  Love you all so very much, and will pray for your intentions if you post them in the Comments box.  God bless you and have a Joyful Sabbath.

Lovingly in Christ,
Abbey
~*~

Peace be with you!
 
On this final day of the first of our two novenas, I'd like to pray for your intentions in particular. 
 
Let's pray for your most impossible and pressing intentions. 
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 

 
O St. Jude, holy Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, you are honored and petitioned by the universal Church, as the patron of desperate, hopeless and impossible cases. Pray for me. I am so very helpless and I feel alone.
 
Intercede for me that Almighty God may bring swift aid where it is needed most. Come to my assistance in my great time of need! 
 
Pray for me that I may be given the comfort and help of Jesus. Most importantly, I ask that you pray that I may one day join you and all of the saints in heaven to praise God in consolation, rest and joy for all eternity.
 
I will remember your prayers, O Holy St. Jude.  I will honor you as my patron as so many have before me because of the graces God deigns to give freely at your request.
 
O righteous Saint Jude, apostle, martyr and companion of Christ, grant that I may grow constantly in a loving relationship with God. In working out my salvation in this life I have infinite needs and desires that God placed within me. Today I turn to you, asking you to intercede for me.
 
(mention your request)
 
Saint Jude, I have specific requests of God that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that you pray not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on God to satisfy the needs and desires that I have. May I seek God with a sincere heart knowing that it will profit me nothing if I gain the whole world yet suffer the loss of my soul. So, help me to see God's good and gracious purpose in all my trials.
 
Amen.
 
St. Jude, pray for me!
 
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!
 
Amen.
 
SHARE THIS NOVENA
 
 
 
 
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Thank you for praying today!
 
I'm looking forward to a miraculous and powerful time of prayer with you! 
 
Put full trust in God and pray with confidence! 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 
P.S. Don't forget to take a few minutes to spread the word! 
 

Friday, October 25, 2013

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT, VERSE & SMILE FROM THE RANCH


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
When we understand that He is Lord of our time, we realize that interruptions are of His planning.  They become opportunities to serve rather than plagues to keep us from functioning.
Karen Mains

This Day's Verse
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mark 3:25
The New International Version

This Day's Smile
Loving relationships are a family’s best protection against the challenges of the world.
Bernie Wiebe

Thursday, October 24, 2013

DEDICATED TO MY MOST PRECIOUS HUSBAND, MY BEST FRIEND ♥



"BRAND NEW DAY"

I'm in the mood ........... lyrics below 





"Brand New Day"

How many of you people out there
Been hurt in some kind of love affair
And how many times do you swear that you'll never love again?

How many lonely, sleepless nights
How many lies, how many fights
And why would you want to put yourself through all that again?

"Love is pain," I hear you say
Love has a cruel and bitter way
Of paying you back for all the faith you ever had in your brain

How could it be that what you need the most
Can leave you feeling just like a ghost?
You never want to feel so sad and lost again

One day you could be looking
Through an old book in rainy weather
You see a picture of her smiling at you
When you were still together
You could be walking down the street
And who should you chance to meet
But that same old smile that you've been thinking of all day

You can turn the clock to zero, honey
I'll sell the stock, we'll spend all the money
We're starting up a brand new day

Turn the clock all the way back
I wonder if she'll take me back
I'm thinking in a brand new way

Turn the clock to zero, sister
You'll never know how much I missed her
Starting up a brand new day

Turn the clock to zero, boss
The river's wide, we'll swim across
Started up a brand new day

It could happen to you - just like it happened to me
There's simply no immunity - there's no guarantee
I say love's such a force - if you find yourself in it
And sometimes no reflection is there

Baby wait a minute, wait a minute
Wait a minute, wait a minute
Wait a minute, wait a minute

Turn the clock to zero, honey
I'll sell the stock, we'll spend all the money
We're starting up a brand new day

Turn the clock to zero, Mac
I'm begging her to take me back
I'm thinking in a brand new way

Turn the clock to zero, boss
The river's wide, we'll swim across
Started up a brand new day

Turn the clock to zero buddy
Don't wanna be no fuddy duddy
Started up a brand new day

I'm the rhythm in your tune
I'm the sun and you're the moon
I'm a bat and you're the cave
You're the beach and I'm the wave
I’m the plow and you’re the land
You're the glove and I'm the hand
I'm the train and you're the station
I'm a flagpole to your nation - yeah

Stand up all you lovers in the world
Stand up and be counted every boy and every girl
Stand up all you lovers in the world
Starting up a brand new day

I'm the present to your future
You're the wound and I’m the suture
You're the magnet to my pole
I'm the devil in your soul
You're the pupil I'm the teacher
You're the church and I'm the preacher
You're the flower I'm the rain
You're the tunnel I'm the train

Stand up all you lovers in the world
Stand up and be counted every boy and every girl
Stand up all you lovers in the world
Starting up a brand new day

You're the crop to my rotation
You're the sum of my equation
I'm the answer to your question
If you follow my suggestion
We can turn this ship around
We'll go up instead of down
You're the pan and I'm the handle
You're the flame and I'm the candle

Stand up all you lovers in the world
Stand up and be counted every boy and every girl
Stand up all you lovers in the world
We're starting up a brand new day 

SHORT INSPIRATIONS


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
It would seem, after having been a Christian for almost 80 years, that I would no longer do ugly things that need forgiving.  Yet I am constantly doing things to others that cause me to have to go back and ask their forgiveness.  Sometimes these are things I actually do- other times they are simply attitudes I let creep in which break the circle of God’s perfect love.
Corrie ten Boom

This Day's Verse
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to yo
ur name, O Most High, to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
Psalm 92:1-2

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ST. JUDE NOVENA FOR IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES - DAY 5

Peace be with you!
 
I hope this novena is a blessing to you!
 
Today, let's pray for everyone who is underpaid. Let's pray for gainful employment for everyone. 
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
O St. Jude, holy Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, you are honored and petitioned by the universal Church, as the patron of desperate, hopeless and impossible cases. Pray for me. I am so very helpless and I feel alone.
 
Intercede for me that Almighty God may bring swift aid where it is needed most. Come to my assistance in my great time of need! 
 
Pray for me that I may be given the comfort and help of Jesus. Most importantly, I ask that you pray that I may one day join you and all of the saints in heaven to praise God in consolation, rest and joy for all eternity.
 
I will remember your prayers, O Holy St. Jude.  I will honor you as my patron as so many have before me because of the graces God deigns to give freely at your request.
 
O blessed St. Jude, close companion my Lord Jesus, you have given me a good example of how to lead a life of zeal and devotion to Jesus. I humbly request that today you hear my prayers and petitions and intercede for me. I ask you to pray especially for...
 
(State your intentions)
 
As I pray for God's blessings in my life today, please grant that I may never forget all the truth, goodness and beauty that God has given to me out of his pure love for me. May I, like you St. Jude, give thanks and praise to God every day for the blessings that I have asked for and those which God has given freely. I humbly give myself over to God's holy will, knowing that he alone knows what is best for me and my present needs.
 
Amen.
 
St. Jude, pray for me!
 
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!
 
Amen.
 
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Thank you for praying today!
 
I'm looking forward to a miraculous and powerful time of prayer with you! 
 
Put full trust in God and pray with confidence! 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 
P.S. Don't forget to take a few minutes to spread the word! 
 
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TO CLOSE OUR EYES AND SEE

This article is from Ignitum Today and it was so good, I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to receive the Good News! God bless and keep you, everyone †††

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IgnitumToday


Posted: 21 Oct 2013 01:24 AM PDT
St. John Resting on Jesus, Sacro Speco Monastery at Subiaco, Fresco

I recently moved to New York City a little less than a month ago to begin a semester-long internship. So far, I’m enjoying the work and consider it a dream come true to be here. New York is one of those cities that no one can quite sum up. There are so many places to see, events to go to, and people to meet. Just like a7ny of the other great cities of the world, it simply has to be experienced.

At the same time, this transition has not been all easy. Coming from a leisurely and unhurried su7burban upbringing in Texas, it was a bit jarring for me to adjust to some aspects of urban life. One of the things that I missed the most was the sense of stillness and calmness in my days. It seemed like there was never really a time just to be. Praying consistently in such circumstances sometimes was also difficult. I was reminded of a scene from the movie Bella, when a blind beggar asked Nina to tell him what she saw:
M: “Today’s a beautiful day, right?”
N: “I guess…”
M: “Describe it to me!”
N: “What?”
M: “Describe it to me and this piece of art is yours. What’s going on across the street?”
N: “Well, it’s just an ordinary day in New York City. People rushing back and forth. Everyone’s got somewhere to go, somewhere to be. Nobody really cares about nothing. It’s like a huge living clock. It never stops.”
M: “Boy, I wish I could see that…”
The man then handed Nina a little origami frog he had folded. By him read a sign that said, “God closed my eyes. Now I can see.”

I write this not to make an indictment upon city-life or to tell you to drop everything you’re doing but simply to recall us to what should be primary in our lives, from where everything else should flow. Because no matter where you live or what you do, we all have been acquainted with feelings of weariness, exhaustion, or have been so overwhelmed with things going on around us that we forget the first things.

What does the blind beggar see? I think he sees how people can miss some of the most important things in life if we live only to do, if we are always rushed, if we choose to see only through our physical senses, rather than nourishing that more important inner-sight, that seeing of the heart. The people before us, the movements of grace around us, the opportunities today to give charity, offer mercy, and show forgiveness to others: are these not the things that make life worth living?

If we allow him to, it is here that God can teach us deep spiritual truths: Sometimes God must close our eyes before we really can see. We must be emptied before we can be filled. Humbled before we are raised up. The Bible is full of such examples:

St. Paul’s conversion, after first being blinded, comes to mind: “Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight” (Acts 9:18). What of the blind man who not only regained physical sight but also something much more important: “Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen [the Son of Man] and the one speaking with you is he’” (John 9:37). Or what of Zechariah, who was silenced by the Angel but saw a great vision that his son would be the Messiah’s forerunner: “But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary” (Luke 1:22).

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

Right outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 51st Street in Manhattan there is a little banner that reads, “Even a city that never sleeps needs a place to pray.” Our modern world, particularly here in the West, has done an impressive job of providing us things to occupy our time and anesthetizing our souls to those deeper things, whether that is entertainment, sex, drugs, food, or any other pleasure. Any of these pursued inordinately as ends can become an idol. What we haven’t quite figured out yet is how to fill that yearning of the soul, that deep emptiness, that longing of our hearts that can only be satisfied by God.

It took me many, many years to do so but until we realize that God does desire to satisfy us and seeks our truest joy, then we will always be seeking happiness in other ways, filling up provisionally what was made for eternity. How do we do allow Jesus to enter into our lives amidst all the din and noise? It is quite simple but it can be the most difficult thing in the world to do: we must first ask and pray. We must let him know he is welcome into our souls. It is in prayer that our eyes are truly opened to see reality, to see the most important things.

Last week, we celebrated the Feast of St. Margaret Mary, whose devotion taught us the great store of treasures found in Jesus’ Most Sacred Heart. Similarly, observe how when a child is clasped close to his mother’s heart he seems to sleep so peacefully. Or how a lover leaning upon his beloved’s breast closes his eyes to hear her heartbeat. Contemplate why it is that a person deep in prayer often closes their eyes. It is not that the child, or the lover, or the praying soul thinks that the object of their love is displeasing to the sight, but it is rather that they most truly see her and know her in her heart.

One of the most beautiful aspects of our Catholic faith is that within the great treasury of the Church we learn of so many ways to pray, of ways to see and to know God in his heart: first and foremost, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, or the Rosary, the Divine Office, contemplative prayer or meditation, the Daily Readings or Lectio Divina, Eucharistic Adoration, and so on. Even in the busyness of our lives, let us learn to cultivate and nourish such things. Pope Francis, yesterday in his Sunday Angelus, told us that prayer gives us strength for the journey:
“In our daily journey, especially in difficulties, in the struggle against evil outside of ourselves and within us, the Lord is not far [a]way, he is at our side; we fight with him beside us, and our weapon is prayer, which makes us feel his presence alongside of us, his mercy, even his help…”
Do not run away from the emptiness, from the tiredness, from the feelings of being overwhelmed but let Jesus come join you especially there. In fact, He finds so much joy in that: to be right alongside His beloved, to share Himself with you and I, to encourage us with His presence and lovingly serve us during even the most difficult of moments. Love wants to give itself over many times, above and beyond all expectation, to surprise the Beloved! Let us, like St. John, St. Margaret Mary, our Blessed Mother, and so other many saints throughout the ages close our eyes upon Jesus’ heart in prayer. Then we shall truly see.

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ST. JUDE NOVENA FOR IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES - DAY 4

Peace be with you!
 
While we are praying for those who are out of work, that doesn't mean that you can't include your other intentions as well. 
 
Don't forget that Annie and I are praying for you!
 
We are also praying for all those who are unemployed or underemployed all over the world.
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:  
DAY 4 - ST. JUDE NOVENA PRAYERS

O St. Jude, holy Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, you are honored and petitioned by the universal Church, as the patron of desperate, hopeless and impossible cases. Pray for me. I am so very helpless and I feel alone.
 
Intercede for me that Almighty God may bring swift aid where it is needed most. Come to my assistance in my great time of need! 
 
Pray for me that I may be given the comfort and help of Jesus. Most importantly, I ask that you pray that I may one day join you and all of the saints in heaven to praise God in consolation, rest and joy for all eternity.
 
I will remember your prayers, O Holy St. Jude.  I will honor you as my patron as so many have before me because of the graces God deigns to give freely at your request.
 
 
Saint Jude, Jesus called you to be one of His chosen and beloved apostles. With God's calling, you labored to bring men to a knowledge and love of God. Please listen with compassion to my prayers and grant your intercession.
 
In this broken world I have many trials, difficulties, and temptations. Please pray for me and my petitions in God's presence. St. Jude, beg God that my most urgent prayers may be answered.
 
(State your intentions)
 
May God answer my prayers in His way that is best for me. May God give me the grace to see his purpose in all things.
 
Amen.
 
St. Jude, pray for me!
 
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!
 
Amen.
 
 
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Thank you for praying today!
 
I'm looking forward to a miraculous and powerful time of prayer with you! 
 
A quick reminder: Today is also the feast of Blessed John Paul II :) 
 
Put full trust in God and pray with confidence! 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 
P.S. Don't forget to take a few minutes to spread the word!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

ST. JUDE NOVENA FOR MPOSSIBLE CAUSES - DAY 2

Peace be with you!

As we continue to pray for employment, I want to pray for any of your friends or family who are looking for a job. 

I pray that they will find good and dignified work. 

Here are the novena prayers for today:
O St. Jude, holy Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, you are honored and petitioned by the universal Church, as the patron of desperate, hopeless and impossible cases. Pray for me. I am so very helpless and I feel alone.
Intercede for me that Almighty God may bring swift aid where it is needed most. Come to my assistance in my great time of need! 

Pray for me that I may be given the comfort and help of Jesus. Most importantly, I ask that you pray that I may one day join you and all of the saints in heaven to praise God in consolation, rest and joy for all eternity.

I will remember your prayers, O Holy St. Jude.  I will honor you as my patron as so many have before me because of the graces God deigns to give freely at your request.

O blessed apostle Jude, who answers hopeless causes, grant that I will always serve Jesus Christ with fervor and zeal. Grant that I may give my best efforts in living His will every day. Please pray that I will turn my heart and mind such that God will always be first in my life. May my love of God be first above all things, all desires and even all my intentions today.

(State your intentions)

St. Jude, please grant that I may be enlightened as to what is best for me! Pray for my intentions today and especially pray for me to receive the grace to love God more than what I seek from Him.

Amen.

St. Jude, pray for me!

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!

Amen. 

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Thank you for praying today!

I'm looking forward to a miraculous and powerful time of prayer with you! 

Put full trust in God and pray with confidence! 

God bless you!
   John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com
P.S. Don't forget to take a few minutes to spread the word!