Monday, February 24, 2014

ABOUT FORGIVENESS


Jesus traveled many miles by foot just to spread the Gospel and bring souls to his Father. In all that Jesus did in his life on earth, he never hurt anyone, yet he had many enemies.  Why?

We are all guilty of hurting others, whether we hurt them for a good purpose, or we hurt them because they have hurt us.  It is difficult to get past the intense hurt that someone you love has inflicted upon you.  It stays inside you and it grows.  Either you absorb it, forgive and forget, or you retaliate.  And in this retaliation, we feel that we are justified, "an eye for an eye" some say.

What would Jesus do?  Jesus taught us to forgive for the best reason there is. In Matthew 6:14, Jesus tells us "If you for give others their faults, the Heavenly Father will forgive yours."  Even as he hung on the cross, dying at the hands of his enemies, Jesus said "Father, forgive them."  ~Luke 23:34

And so, I ask you what I ask of myself: "Why is it so difficult to forgive?"  Could it be that you are planning your own hurt in retaliation, or is it your PRIDE that stands in your way?  Whatever is keeping you from learning to Forgive ALL, it is like an enormous boulder on a narrow path wrapped around a mountain.  You cannot crawl over it and you cannot go around it or you will fall to worse things.

Today, pray to Jesus through his mother, Mary, that you will be able to give up your hurts and disappointments to Him, to forgive those who have hurt you and the memories of those hurts.

I believe I have written about this before.  Nothing has changed.  I still endure hurt inflicted by people whom I love, and by strangers in my path.  But I learned the wonderful freedom of FORGIVING a couple of years ago.  When you take an honest look at why you were hurt and how, is it really worth the time to constantly run it over in your mind and figure out how you can retaliate?  What good is going to come from it.  You are only perpetuating the hurt and feeding it with more fire, and so it grows.

Dearest Ones, hear my words, in FORGIVING, you are forgiving others and setting yourself free of the binds that hold you in this dark place, when you could be spending time happily.  Life is short; and with every birthday that passes, you wonder "where has the time gone?"  How much time has been wasted in not forgiving and forgetting?

I won't lie to you; learning to Forgive your enemies is very difficult.  Ask Jesus to help you; ask The Holy Spirit to guide you.  Keep the word "Forgive" in the forefront of your mind and when events happen, before you know it, you'll say to yourself "what would Jesus do?"  And you have the answer: "Forgive, forget and move on,"

I pray that God will keep you safe in his arms; that he will bless you with His Graces as deserved, that he will heal your brokenness or sickness and lift you up and help you to go forward in HIS PEACE & LOVE,

I am going through some much needed quietness, meditation and prayer for a few days.  Never fear, Abbey always comes back.

Much love, peace & joy to you all,

Abbey



Saturday, February 22, 2014

JESUS ACCUSED BY HIS FAMILY AND BY TEACHERS OF THE LAW

Mark 3:20-35

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter,29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said,“Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

A PRAYER BY ST. FRANCIS XAVIER



NOT BECAUSE OF YOUR PROMISED HEAVEN
DO I WISH TO DEVOTE MY LOVE TO YOU
NOR FROM DREAD OF A MUCH FEARED HELL
DO I WISH TO CEASE FROM OFFENDING YOU
YOU TOUCH ME,LORD, WHEN I SEE YOU NAILED
NAILED ON A CROSS-WHEN I SEE YOU MOCKED
I AM STIRRED BY THE SIGHT OF YOUR BODY BRUISED
BY YOUR SUFFERINGS TOO AND BY YOUR DEATH
I AM STIRRED BY YOUR LOVE IN SUCH AWAY
THAT EVEN WITHOUT HOPE OF HEAVEN I SHALL LOVE YOU
AND WITHOUT ANY FEAR OF HELL I SHALL FEAR YOU
 NAUGHT YOU NEED GIVE ME THAT I MAY LOVE YOU
FOR EVEN WITHOUT HOPING FOR THE HOPE THAT IS MINE
I SHALL LOVE YOU AS LOVE YOU I DO 

~ST FRANCIS  XAVIER

WHAT IS THIS SITUATION SUPPOSED TO TEACH ME?

Read and find out how to make changes that will enhance your life, for the rest of your life.


  1. View every challenge as an educational assignment. – Ask yourself:  “What is this situation meant to teach me?”  Every situation in our lives has a lesson to teach us.  Some of these lessons include:  To become stronger.  To communicate more clearly.  To trust your instincts.  To express your love.  To forgive.  To know when to let go.  To try something new.
  2. Things change, but the sun always rises the next day. – The bad news: nothing is permanent. The good news: nothing is permanent.
  3. Giving up and moving on are two very different things. – There comes a point when you get tired of chasing everyone and trying to fix everything, but it’s not giving up, and it’s not the end.  It’s a new beginning.  It’s realizing, finally, that you don’t need certain people and things and the drama they bring.
  4. Distance yourself from negative people. – Every time you subtract negative from your life you make room for more positive.  Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  Let go of negative people, for they are the greatest destroyers of self confidence and self esteem.  Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
  5. Perfect relationships don’t exist. – There’s no such thing as a perfect, ideal relationship.  It’s how two people deal with the imperfections of a relationship that make it ideal.  
  6. You must love yourself too. – One of the most painful things in life is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  When was the last time someone told you that they loved you just the way you are, and that what you think and how you feel matters?  When was the last time someone told you that you did a good job, or took you someplace, simply because they know you feel happy when you’re there?  When was the last time that ‘someone’ was YOU?
  7. Don’t let others make decisions for you. – Sometimes you just have to live not caring what they think of you, shake off the drama, and prove to YOURSELF that you’re better than they think you are.
  8. Resentment hurts you, not them. – Always forgive people and move on, even if they never ask for your forgiveness.  Don’t do it for them – do it for you.  Grudges are a waste of happiness.  Get that unnecessary stress out of your life right now.
  9. You’re not alone.  Everyone has problems. – To lose sleep worrying about a friend.  To have trouble picking yourself up after someone lets you down.  To feel like less because someone didn’t love you enough to stay.  To be afraid to try something new for fear you’ll fail.  None of this means you’re dysfunctional or crazy.  It just means you’re human, and that you need a little time to right yourself.  You are not alone.  No matter how embarrassed or pathetic you feel about your own situation, there are others out there experiencing the same emotions.  When you hear yourself say, “I am all alone,” it is your mind trying to sell you a lie. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI NOVENA - FINAL DAY PRAYER

Peace be with you! 
 
Thank you so much for praying this novena to Saint Francis with us! 
 
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! 
 
We will begin the next novena in just a few weeks! 

We're praying for you!
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI NOVENA - DAY 9

Peace be with you!
 
We made it to the last day of the Saint Francis of Assisi Novena! Thank you for joining us in prayer! 
 
Today let's pray once more for Pope Francis who was inspired by Saint Francis, and let's pray for the Church -- especially all those in the Franciscan order. 
 
Let's also pray for one another, and whatever special intentions you have had during this novena. 
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for all the blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially...
 
(Mention your intentions here)
 
Almighty Father, through the kind intercession of St. Francis, we humbly ask for the grace to be free of the fears and anxieties that beset us, especially (repeat your special intentions and requests here).
 
May we be relieved of the causes of our distress, that we may be able to better serve as the instruments of your Divine Purpose on earth.
 
St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
Amen.
 
St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us!
 
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Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to St. Francis! 
 
We will pray our final prayer tomorrow! 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI NOVENA - DAY 8

Peace be with you!
 
It's the second to last day of the St. Francis of Assisi Novena! Thank you for praying with us! 
 
In Pope Francis' first Apostolic Exhortation, he reminds us that we are all called to work as evangelists. 
 
He wrote, "Each of us should find ways to communicate Jesus wherever we are." 
 
Today let's pray for Pope Francis as he leads the Church. And let's pray that we will all hear & respond to God's call to be evangelists.
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for all the blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially...
 
(Mention your intentions here)
 
Holy St. Francis, you spent your life evangelizing and won over many people to God. We beseech you to have pity on us poor sinners, that through your intercession, God may grant that our doubts be replaced with the certainty that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us through life's many trials towards His eternal kingdom.
 
St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
Amen.
 
St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us!
 
 
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Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to St. Francis! 
 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
 
Asking them to join here:
 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

Monday, February 17, 2014

GOD, JESUS, PRAYER AND A PROMISE

Matthew 28:20 " .... And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.".


What a glorious promise Jesus made to all of us.  I know that my Lord and my God are with me at this moment, just as they are with you at this moment.  They are always with us.  But I am the very worst critic of myself, and I say that I allow worry to interfere in my life.  I forget that Jesus is walking beside me.  He's probably telling me over and over "I have this; stop worrying", but I am not listening.

Listen for Him. This is a hard nut to crack and it took a lot of time and patience and diligence in my prayers and in my faith to "get it".  If you don't believe it, of course you will not hear him ever. But, if one believes with all of his heart and soul that if you "be still and listen" you will hear him, I can attest to the fact that you will hear him.  I do not know his voice, I know what he tells me because he divinely places his words in my mind, and when he does, I am as right as rain that these words have come to me from Him by the power of The Holy Spirit.

Okay, I'm a little crazy good, not crazy bad, sometimes.  And when I hear the words of the Lord and an answer to my question, my prayer, my petition, well, I just get all giddy.  I know, sounds crazy, but I am overwhelmed when the Lord Jesus speaks to me and answers something that I have been praying about. 

In going through rough times in my life, normal things that happen to people and the load that is pressed upon ones shoulders, I worry and I forget that my Lord and my God are there for me. All I need do is "knock" and "the door shall be opened."

I know you become irritated sometimes, you think God has not heard you, or that he doesn't care about you because he hasn't answered your prayer.  Think about what you are asking of Him.  Could it be that there is another way that you have not thought of?  Could it be that God is not ready because in His plan, this is not the right time for what you are asking?  Or, maybe God has something different, or another way of handling what is pressing upon you.

God ALWAYS answers your prayers.  If you are not listening for him, then you will not know when he decides to answer your prayer.  I mean, if you asked God to give you a million dollars, what do YOU feel HE would think of that request?  He may see to it that in your lifetime of work, you might succeed is making a million dollars or more, but he is not going to drop a million dollars at your doorstep.  Seriously, give great thought before you ask something of Him, and the manner in which you ask it.

My daughter has a friend who has more faith than I've ever seen.  I say this because of one thing: She prays for a solution and then GIVES the problem to God and does not think about it again, ever.That is pretty amazing and I try to do this, but it is very difficult sometimes.  But it is my fault, not God's. Where is my Faith?  Is it as strong as it should be? No, it's not. It is a daily effort, just as learning Forgiveness was a daily effort, but I finally got it and it set me free.  Being able to give your problems to God and Jesus, and know that they will handle it for you is what I sometimes call things like this - Amazing Grace.

I want Amazing Grace.  I want it in all things, especially when I am spending time with God.  I will not give up on myself.  I stumble and fall, but I get back up and I try again and again, and one day, I pray to God that my Faith in Him will be strong enough that I will give him my troubles and truly, TRULY not think on them anymore.

I tell you now that I have something that I have prayed about for nearly four years.  I've asked God every day to take care of this, yet it has not come.  Why do I think that if I pray for it every day, he will give me what I'm asking?  I feel a little silly because the very first day I asked him to handle this problem nearly 4 years ago was the only time I needed to pray about it.  God took it, but I have been hanging onto it also; I have not let go of it and given it to him!  Why?  I'll let you answer that for yourself because the answer lies herein.

Yesterday is gone; God's plan for today is set and you are living what he has planned for you already; and, He is already working on your life for tomorrow. Believe it. Have faith in it. LIVE IT!

That is what I tell people sometimes, people who say they pray but God didn't answer so they give up. I say to them, "You cannot just pray for God to help you and expect it to fall in your lap. You must not just read His Word and Pray in the Name of His Word, you must live it!"  If you're going against God's laws in any way in your life, you are not LIVING his commandments and you also have not sufficient faith in Him.

I am guilty.  So there. I am human just like you are.  I am imperfect, I am a sinner.  BUT, I have taken God, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit into my heart and soul and its been some time since this happened.  But I have slowly evolved as a Christian.  I read my Bible, at the suggestion of my dear mother, I am mystified by the number of passages I read that apply to me TODAY!  THAT is AMAZING GRACE.  To give the words to the authors of the Bible and for them to make sense to those people back then and then over 2,000 years later, still apply to you? What would you call it?

I don't know and I don't care.  All I know is that my life and how I feel in my heart, my Joy is because Jesus Loves Me, and God Loves me, and my Heavenly Mother loves me. Jesus is with me until the end of the age. God answers prayer. My Guardian Angel helps me up when I fall and also makes me laugh sometimes.  You have to believe to understand that. 

I made a personal choice a long time ago.  I made the choice to walk with Jesus on the narrow path to heaven.  And as I said in another post, I am on the narrow path and if I look behind me, the path is wider as it goes.  Religion in general is a personal choice.  Don't disparage another faith; worry about your own back yard and let others worry about theirs. There is but one God, and no matter what your religion, if you believe in Him, and you live His Word, that is all any of us can ask of each other.

I can guarantee you that your life will change enormously with the growth of your faith.  It is not apparent like I looking over there and seeing that table in my living room.  It evolves within your heart and soul and you will, one day, have this epiphany that says "Wow, I used to think [this] and I used to do [that], but now, before I do anything, I ask myself what God would think and what would Jesus do?", and that is the answer, the ONLY answer.  Praise God and His only Son, Jesus Christ, who lived and died for our sins so that we have a chance to live with him in Paradise. Find your Joy and live in Happiness and Security; God and Jesus are with you right now. Talk to them a bit and take a load off yourself.





PEACE, LOVE & JOY!
Abbey 

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI NOVENA - DAY 7

Peace be with you!
 
We only have a few more days left of the Saint Francis novena! 
 
Today let's pray that we can show mercy to others when it is uncomfortable or difficult. In doing so, let's pray that all those who encounter us may experience Jesus in our love for them. 
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for all the blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially...
 
(Mention your intentions here)
 
Glorious St. Francis, you were untiring in your service to the poor. Obtain for us the same capacity for mercy and desire to give of ourselves that we may one day be considered worthy of the promises of Christ.
 
St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
Amen.
 
St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us!
 
SHARE THIS NOVENA
 
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Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to St. Francis! 
 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
 
Asking them to join here:
 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

THIS DAY FROM THE RANCH


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Homes that are built on anything other than love are bound to crumble.
Billy Graham

This Day's Verse
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Psalm 95:6-7
The Revised Standard Version

This Day's Smile
Men take more pains to mask than mend.
Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI NOVENA - DAY 6

Peace be with you!
 
It's the sixth day of the Saint Francis of Assisi Novena! 
 
By the end of his life, Saint Francis had given everything to God. Today let's pray that we will hold nothing back in our faith and hope in God, and our love for Him.
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for all the blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially...
 
(Mention your intentions here)
 
Holy St. Francis, through your prayers, may we be blessed with the desire to give all of our strength, and abilities towards serving God's purpose in our lives. May our lives be filled with complete faith and the hope of spending eternity with our Heavenly Father.
  
St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
Amen.
 
St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us!
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Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to St. Francis! 
 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
 
Asking them to join here:
 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

OUTREACH OF MYCONSECRATION.ORG

I recently subscribed to this website, and I'm impressed with what I have read thus far.  I am long on the talk, but Tony can find some interesting things to post that provoke thought and analyzing of ones most inner being - the soul.  I'm posting this one in full and if you'd like to subscribe, you can do so.  I have received the materials of which he speaks at the end - Your Consecration to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Next one begins February 20 and is a 33-day experience.  

God bless you+++

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Do you Think you are a Joy for Jesus?

How many times have people responded to this question with...."I have never thought about that.........or that would be a lack of humility in me with all my sin and vices."  Many people especially Catholics who are baptized, confirmed, go to Mass and receive our Lord, and who are in a state of grace actually pass their whole lives without ever experiencing the joy of a heart to heart, intimate relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ!

Is it not the most elementary logic that a father and his child should be a joy for one another?  Is it not written in Scripture that "His great delight is to be with the children of men?"  The failure to believe in God's merciful love is the greatest sin of omission.  Let us pray this prayer together right now..."Lord, open the eyes of my soul to this blindness and through your Holy Mother's Immaculate Heart, draw me into this loving personal relationship where my greatest joy is to be with You constantly.  Lord, I believe like St. Therese that it is BECAUSE of my littleness and failures that Your joy is to be with me as long as I desire to be better and more like You.  You will do the work, I simply will love You with all my heart, mind and soul!"

Based in a meditation from Fr. Jean C. J. D'Elbe from "I Believe in Love" (highly recommended book for all to read and meditate).

Please do forward these Spiritual Gems to your Catholic friends.


You can receive complimentary materials to make your Consecration to God through Mary’s Immaculate Heart (important spiritual protection at this time in salvation history) at myconsecration.org... where you can also learn about Our Lady of Las Lajas.

God Bless you and your work,
 
  Tony
   
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SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI NOVENA - DAY 5

Peace be with you!
 
Today is the fifth day of the novena to Saint Francis of Assisi
 
After Saint Francis experienced his conversion, he quickly turned his life around. He let go of control and what made him comfortable, and he trusted completely in God.
 
Today let's pray that we can do the same so we may serve Him better. 
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for all the blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially...
 
(Mention your intentions here)
 
Blessed St. Francis, when you were blessed with the decision to serve our Lord, you abandoned everything and surrendered yourself totally to God's will. Obtain for us the same trust in God, that the Holy Spirit may guide our every thought, word and deed.
 
St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
Amen.
 
St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us!
 
 
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Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to St. Francis! 
 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
 
Asking them to join here:
 
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU IS GOOD FOR ALL

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
―Ann Landers
Letting go doesn’t mean you don’t care about someone or something anymore; it’s just realizing that the only thing you truly have control over is yourself, right here, right now.  It’s a necessary process of adapting to the ever-changing realities of life – leaving behind the past to make way for the present.

Here are some quotes that will help you let go and live well.
  1. As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind.  Sometimes walking away is a step forward.
  2. You will never achieve what you are capable of if you’re too attached to things you’re supposed to let go of.
  3. Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren’t meant to stay.  Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need to grow.
  4. Growth and change may be painful sometimes, but nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong.
  5. The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you’re not.
  6. Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what could be.
  7. Don’t be afraid of change.  Change happens for a reason.  Roll with it.  It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
  8. It’s usually quite hard to let go and move on, but once you do, you’ll feel free and realize it was the best decision you’ve ever made.
  9. Never let your fear decide your future.
  10. Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in your mind.  It’s difficult to follow your heart, but it’s a tragedy to let the lies of fear stop you.  (Read Daring Greatly.)
  11. You can’t always wait for the perfect moment.  Sometimes you must let go and dare to do it because life is too short to wonder what could have been.
  12. You’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.  You’re always growing.  Experiences don’t stop.  That’s life.
  13. One of the most rewarding moments in life is when you finally find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
  14. Never force anything.  Give it your best shot, and then let it be.  If it’s meant to be, it will be.  Don’t hold yourself down with things you can’t control.
  15. When you stop expecting people and situations to be perfect, you can start to appreciate them for who and what they are.
  16. Live simply.  Love generously.  Speak truthfully.  Breathe deeply.  Do your best.  Leave everything else to the powers above you.
  17. Giving up and moving on are two very different things.
  18. Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you choose happiness over hurt. 

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    POST WRITTEN BY: ANGEL CHERNOFF