Saturday, October 31, 2015

FEAST DAYS

Peace be with you!
 
We have a couple of big feast days coming up that we wanted to let you know about, and how we, at Pray More Novenas, will be celebrating those feasts:

First, November 1st, tomorrow, is All Saints Day! This solemnity is a day that we honor all the saints -- known & unknown!

Then, November 2nd is All Souls Day! This day commemorates all the faithful departed and poor souls in purgatory.

To celebrate All Saints Day and to remember all the poor souls in purgatory, we would like to ask you to join us in praying the two following prayers...

But first, as we continue to pray for the faithful departed, Annie & I wanted to do something special for you and your family.

We are having a Mass offered for your deceased loved ones on All Souls Day, November 2nd at 12:05 pm (central time) at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign, IL.

Additionally, there will be another Mass offered for the deceased members of Pray More Novenas on November 5th at 12:05 pm (central time) at the same Chapel. 


Now please join us in prayer...
Prayer for All Saints Day

Dear God, thank you for the example of the SaintsI desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ.  Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbors. 

Amen. 

Optional: The Litany of the Saints

Prayer for All Souls Day -- the Prayer of St. Gertrude
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family.
Amen.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

THE WORD BECAME FLESH


 
John 1:1-51
 
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
 

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This is such a beautiful passage in The Bible that I just couldn't cut it down without losing crucial words and paragraphs that add to the full meaning of it.  This is when John, the Baptist introduced Jesus for the first time to the masses who gathered to listen to his sermons. John the Baptist had prophesied it to be and The Word Became Flesh. It is the beautiful story of how Jesus chose his first apostles. It seems no rhyme or reason to it, but Jesus had a direct line to his Father, God, and he was also able to see a person and know what kind of person that one was. It seems haphazard, him picking one and then another, even changing the name of Simon, son of Jona, to Cephas, which means "Peter" - who was entrusted with Jesus' church and became our first Pope! But I am sure that he saw something in each of those 12 who eventually became his Disciples.
 
Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a hillside. John the Baptist is baptizing people in the water, and he is foretelling the coming of someone so much greater than he, for he is not the Messiah. I sit and ponder Jesus coming and what it will be like to see him.  Many will fall on bended knee and bow to his Majesty. Many will cry for forgiveness when they see that He is real! Jesus' promises of seeing greater things than the miracles he performed or the lectures he conducted on earth leave the gate wide open for a gamut that we, as humans, can not possibly imagine. The excitement of cutting the beautiful cake is to see what is on the inside, is it not? This is also true with Jesus. During his 33 years on earth, not even the tip of the iceberg was shown to us.
 
I pray, O Lord, that I will be in that number chosen to greet him when he returns.
 
I BELIEVE because He told me so. I know that I have seen great things, but the greatest of all will be the day or night that the heavens open and the angels of God's descend upon this earth in preparation for the Second Coming of our Savior, Jesus.
 
There can be no rebuke, for it is written and thus, it will be done. Amen!
 
LOVINGLY IN CHRIST JESUS,
ABBEY ♥

Thursday, October 29, 2015

COMFORTABLE GRACE

Let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows ME, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the LORD
Jeremiah 9-24
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Have you ever experienced speaking the Word of God and bringing up Jesus, and received in turn blank stares? I have! But don't let that stop you; you might save a life.
My faith is a part of my very soul. It expresses itself in moments of joy and in trial. Some appear almost offended, but I think it is that they are uncomfortable. They do not know Jesus, and this provokes thoughts of pity and "how can I reach them" through my words and make a difference in their lives. 
My husband and I were talking just last evening about this subject and he said "you sometimes take this being a Christian too far", meaning, I impose my thoughts on others. However, I believe that I do know Jesus, that he is the Lord of all for all time, that he is kind, fair and without sin while he walked on this earth. I believe it makes Jesus very happy when he hears people speaking honestly about Him and bringing more souls to the foot of His cross. I believe that the only way to reach the masses is by addressing Christianity head-on, just like Jesus did.
Thirty years ago, I was that person who felt uncomfortable with people talking to me about salvation, Christ and our loving God. I moved all over a family reunion to avoid one of my twin aunts who carried her Bible under her arm because I knew she was going to "preach" to me. She later asked my mother, "Is Abbey mad at me for some reason? She keeps avoiding me." I learned this after it was too late. I never saw her again and she died. I have to make reparation for this and oh so many other misguided judgments in my life. But Jesus died for all of us, he was sin for us for all time. Hallalujah!
I have not always been as zealous about our Lord. I used to fear death awfully. But God gave me the years I have lived because He had a purpose for me, and you see it right in front of you! He knew there was inherent good inside of me; but, I was lost. I look back on those days and it pains me, except for the fact that all my experiences have made me the person that I am, and God has put the Word inside me to share with you through The Holy Spirit! What a feeling! It's indescribable!
Did Jesus every shy away from one of his sermons? Was he ever for a lack of words or a good parable? I hope and pray that I am blessed enough to enter the gates of Heaven and hear Jesus first hand!
Close your eyes and use your imagination. Picture yourself sitting on a rock or on the ground in the wilderness a ways from your community. There is this man who is speaking of God and salvation. You are enraptured by his words and you can't help but want to know more. You have never heard anything like what Jesus is telling you. And the miracles! Can you imagine seeing one first hand? If Jesus were to speak just to please the masses, he would not have been speaking of what one could embrace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Jesus was never without a few words, even those of rebuke.
I want to do all that I can to be pleasing to Him. If my pain brings him joy when I thank him for it, then it is not all for naught. If certain problems or feelings bring me to talk with Him, even better - for the both of us.
So, if you feel I am imposing on you with my prayers for you or my words about Jesus, which are usually in response to something others have said or I find it appropriate for the situation, then instead of apologizing, I ask you to just try it! You have nothing to lose, and everything, absolutely everything to gain! Go ahead, try it on for size, but you HAVE to give it an honest look in the mirror and see yourself as the new person who has embraced their salvation. There is no one on this earth who can take Jesus and the Father away from you. It is they who are waiting for YOU, not the other way around.
You're still going to experience life's ups and downs, but the good new is that you have someone who can work miracles on your side. When you kneel to pray, you have someone who knows all that you are and all you have done, but loves you so deeply that it is impossible to fathom. Having your adoration, allegiance and your love is what Jesus and God want. They want to save you from the horrors of life. Jesus is the ONLY friend you will ever have who will not tell your secrets to others, nor betray you. He only wants your love and to give you His in return.
I am not the same person today that I was three years ago. I have a trusted friend who lives across the ocean, and he is always brutally honest, which is what a hard-headed gal like me needs! He pushes me about keeping my blog regular so I do not lose souls. He and I were drawn together by the Grace of God, and that's another story, but it was definitely divine intervention. If not for his help and pushing me, I would not be the strong Christian that I am today.
The Holy Trinity gave me just what I needed and at just the right time. But that seed was planted and it has grown and finally blossomed, and it will be full of sunshine all the way to Heaven. Would you like to walk with me to Heaven? Then, come on, let's get to it!
Lovingly,
ABBEY

Monday, October 26, 2015

PATIENCE & GRATITUDE

Dear Children of God,

We lost a family member on Saturday. It was not unexpected. But, please offer up your prayers for the repose of the soul of Billie Gray. She was a sweet and kind lady, and died much too early (age 69). Also, her husband, Allen, is taking it very hard, so please pray for his consolation and comfort.

Do any of you have a perfect life? Things happen every day in all our lives, some small and some larger, that seem to impede our path and focus on our Gratitude to our Father God and the Son, Jesus.

We were traveling home from South Georgia yesterday and a large motor home pulling a jeep flew past us. They had to be doing at least 80+mph.  My husband and I commented on the high rate of speed as they sailed on down in front of us.  Traffic was moderate and suddenly we see a zip-line of brake lights and dust down the road in front of us.  When we reached that point, there was a car in the median with a pretty torn up front end. And then, there it was, the big motor home and jeep.  Only the jeep was not directly behind the motor home as it had been, but pushed all the way to the right side of the bus. The people in the car were already out examining the front end and it didn't appear as anyone was hurt, except probably some pride.

I am uncertain as to what happened, but I found myself thanking God that the bus was way past us when the accident occurred. I was so very grateful that we were not involved and that it appeared nobody involved was hurt.

I have had a bad habit of being a right seat driver, and it has always irritated my husband. This is just one of the many, many things that I have tried to conquer. Small as it may seem, I was always telling him to speed up or slow down or change lanes or go this way.  In this case, our speed precluded us from being involved in this mishap. God was surely looking out for us! Hallelujah!

When something does not go as planned, or a little voice inside you says "take a different route today", it is God working in your life.  He protects His children as much as possible, though some are quite contrary to even thinking God had a hand in their lives at a particular moment.

What we must have in our lives is a mind that thinks of God and Christ FIRST! If you have given your life to Jesus Christ, then He and the Father God take over your life for you. You may pray til the cows come home for certain things, and for days and months. But if it is not pre-ordained by God, you are only going to get what He feels you need.  Ever heard that saying "you don't always get what you want, but, you always get what you need"? This is true in Christian life. It is so difficult to accept God's will in this earthly life. Sometimes you think "he's not listening to me" or "he doesn't care." Au contraire! God's love is infinite and He ALWAYS cares and loves you, and He always does what is best for you every second of your life. 

Be patient in your prayers when you give something to God. He has "six degrees of separation" (for lack of a better phrase), and what he does affects everyone you know. He may use you as his instrument of peace and you may not realize it. Do not question God's command. It has and always will be "Thy Will Be Done!" Accept this with great gratitude! I have no doubts because I have seen prayers answered immediately and then others have been stewing for a long time now. It is difficult to be patient, but if you will make this a practice, it will become second nature in time. You will find there are no more additional worries over that particular situation because you gave it to God and you trust Him to handle it. It's called FAITH, we all know it. Just put it into practice and save yourself another bad day or worrying.

Be Grateful for all that you are and all that you have, and let the worry go to God! He heard you the first time, even before you spoke the words of that prayer, He saw it on your heart. Amen.


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.
John Henry Jowett

This Day's Verse
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1
The King James Version

 
Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DO NOT FEAR; I WILL HELP YOU

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.”
Isaiah 41:13

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I have spent the better part of this beautiful, God-given day sitting vigil with my best friend's sister who is expected to pass to heaven very soon.  My friend and her sister are also cousins to my husband, so "we're family".
 
Death of a loved one is probably the most difficult thing that a human can experience. Think of our Holy Mother at the foot of the cross where her precious son was so brutally crucified.  She BELIEVED and she drew her faith from God. After all, God was the father of her child and she had obeyed Him at every turn.  The room was full of her husband, her children, granddaughter, sister and me.  I will call her "Anne". 
 
Anne fell last week down her stairs and hit her head.  She is 69 years old and was diagnosed with Parkinson's a few years ago.  If not for the terrible headache that would not relent, Anne probably would not have been taken to the hospital.
 
The short of it is this: It was found that she has three cancerous tumors in her brain, one on her aorta, and some cancer "that could not be pinpointed" in her lung.  In just two days time, we have gone from being told of the infirmities, that with treatment she might live a year, to without treatment, she may live six months, to yesterday when the doctors said there was nothing they could do for her and placed her in hospice.
 
I am distant family by marriage, except for my friendship with Anne's sister.  She wanted me to be there with her and oddly or really not, I was told last night that I would be going to the hospital today and to stay however long I was needed. I do not know them well enough to make any suppositions about their faith, but I do feel they are God-fearing people; good, down to the bone people. And they feel confident that Anne will go to heaven, as do I.  At this time, what they need is something, SOMEONE to hang onto!
 
Jesus or Almighty God would be my choice. Neither was mentioned except by me.  My heart breaks for them because they are so lost and are already grieving heavily, and they do not know where to turn. I found myself praying several times, and I know it was noticed - they are not Catholic so my sign of the Cross stood out among this Pentecostal gathering.  I sang Amazing Grace twice, very softly. I was struggling, reaching, wanting to give them the trust and hope that their loved one was going to be fine. But that it was them who were going to suffer losing Anne and what they were going to need if found in the strength of our Loving Savior and God.

I don't know if you would call this anything "special", but I am seem to be led to these type situations here and there for a purpose. I gave comfort, love, touch, prayer, my very heart. I suppose I have a gift of sorts that I am able to be strength in these situations where strength is needed. So far, I have been fortunate that I have not lost a close loved one or been present when one passed on. And I am not looking forward to that.

But of one thing I am certain: Whether it is a death, a problem, a gift, something good, something bad, this lady is reaching out to the one who will always be there to help her. And you all know who it is! And He knows you, too.

Don't wait until you are sitting at the bedside of your loved one, or perhaps one dies suddenly. You absolutely MUST reach out and seize your salvation right this minute! I grow speechless in my effort to describe his loving presence always with me, in me, around me.  It is so strong that it is almost palpable.  Jesus is near. God is near. Reach out your hand and place it in His and learn how truly GOOD life is.



Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY
 






Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A SURPRISE CONVERSATION

She was sitting outside; it was spring time. She was enjoying the warmth of the sun and seeing all that was waking from the winter hibernation. This was her favorite place to pray. No interruptions, very little sound from the road, and she could cry or laugh, it didn't matter which.

But today, as in many days and months and years, yes years prior, she had been praying to Jesus for an answer to a very deep problem. This problem tore at her heart constantly, and no matter what or whom she had in her life, there was something missing.  And that was what pained her so.

After lifting her prayers to the heavens, she found herself asking Jesus, "why? Why will you not answer my prayer? Father God, I have prayed for so long; why are you silent?" She began to cry and that had become the norm during her prayers.

Once she gathered her emotions, she kept her eyes closed. She could see nothing but the darkness behind her eyes as she tried to clear her head of this depression that enveloped her daily with no end in sight. 

Suddenly, she heard, "My child."

She sat stunned a little, but waited to see if her imagination was getting away from her. Then there it was again. A very clear, soft and gentle voice of a man was whispering to her.

He said, "My child, why do you weep?"  She knew it was Him! And she felt as if she was in a trance-like state, and something glorious was happening!

She began to cry and answered, "I have prayed for so long and still no answer. I am so depressed."

Then He said, "Do you not believe that you are my child?"

"Yes", she said.

"Then why have you no faith and trust in me?", He asked.

She answered, "I have prayed for so long for this and the answers do not come. I do not know what to do!"

Then He replied, "You know you are MY child, and I love you so dearly. It pains me to see you weep. Can you try to stop your weeping?"

She replied, "yes, I can try."

Then He said, "You prayed once and you gave this to ME to handle, so why do you continually pray over and over and weep every time?"

She replied, "My heart is broken and I feel so alone and lost."

He said, "You know that I am with you, my child. I love you in my special way. You must rely upon me and trust me. Now, will you stop weeping and let me handle this for you?"

She replied, "I will do my very best! I know that in suffering, that I am brought closer ever to thee"

His last words, "I love you more than anything and I am with you always. Please do not despair, my child. You are mine."

~*~
 
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

IN THOSE DAYS

People brought all their sick to Him and begged Him to let the sick Just touch the edge of His cloak , and who touched Him were Healed 
~Matthew 14- 35
 
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The Bible is quite a book to read, cover to cover, but when wanting to read about Jesus' adventures, ministry, and healing, the best books are the Gospels.
 
I have found myself wondering, or picturing in my mind, what was it truly like to live back then? Do you realize how awesome it would have been to see Jesus in his human man form?
 
People had to make their own cloth, and then bared-edged cloaks and dresses were fashioned by a lot of creative wrapping.  Life was not easy.  Imagine living in an adobe building, perhaps 10'x10' with your family; husband, wife, children - maybe two or three. These "homes" were built on bare ground. Under constant use, the dirt would become packed down and the women would care for their homes just as we do, literally sweeping a dirt floor. Beds were fashioned from straw or hay, were on the bare ground and covered with blankets woven from the wool of lambs by the womenfolk.
 
There was, perhaps, one or more places in a town, depending on size, where water would be pulled from the well. The containers, which were probably made of clay, were large and heavy. This water was used to wash and bath, to cook, to drink and to clean.  There were no baths in these homes. I would imagine their toilet was a bucket in a corner somewhere in the shack. This would have to be emptied and cleaned every day to avoid the ranked smell of urine and feces. 
 
Traders came to town regularly carrying sacks of wheat and corn on the backs of burrows. The townspeople had to bargain for a share of the spoils. I imagine in my mind that then men and women practiced making fancy pottery and robes which they would use to barter for food.  Women had large grinding stones and they would grind the wheat and corn to make breads cooked in primitive ovens. Imagine that some of the loaves that were not needed were also used to barter for more grain and corn for sustenance. 
 
Meat was probably killed by the men on hunting trips. The hides were carefully removed by make-shift, sharp knives, and stretched and hung to dry out.  These would come in handy in the winter months.  Not to mention, the traders also traded their grain for hides for themselves.  I imagine the leather being sewn with large, wooden needles, fashioning sandals for the people to wear to protect their feet from the rocky streets and paths between towns. Yet, they were not perfect and a trek across the land to another town might find one with cuts on their feet from the rocks on the roads.
 
 
There would most likely be a market in the town where there were makeshift tents with crude tables displaying anything for sale from hides, to fruit and vegetables, and clothing.  The markets were always busy.
 
And then there was Jesus. He came into all of these towns a stranger.  He was love in its purest form and his Apostles would spread the word that the Son of God would be ministering at a certain place, perhaps under a tree somewhere.  People would flock to see what this man claiming to be the Messiah had to say.  To say the very least, they were enraptured with the preaching of Jesus. So much so, that many left their towns to follow him just to hear him speak about God's promises. He was the ultimate expert of parables! And sometimes, these parables might confuse some, but to others, it spoke volumes!
 
Then, there are the miraculous healings, and word of these spread so quickly, that people from all over the region were coming just to touch his robe in the hope of being healed, and they were. Jesus performed these miracles out of his pure love, but to also convince people that he was, indeed, the Son of God and that what he spoke made for a good story, but also gave them a new hope.
 
Can you imagine living then, seeing and listening to Jesus, and perhaps having a miracle performed before your very eyes?  The Bible says it is so, and that means that it is TRUTH. But he was, for some reason, a threat to others because of his ability to perform miracles, and you know the rest of the story.
 
I write this dialogue to take you on a journey in your mind; to help you to form a little film of life back then to ponder. I want to provoke thought about that time and how things really were. No cars, no running water, no place to shower or bathe, no toilet facilities that disappear with a mere pressing down of a lever, no refrigeration, and no stores down the street to buy food or clothing, or a meal that is already hot and ready to eat. 
 
Jesus WAS the church of his Father. Somehow, from his childhood until his death, he had this private relationship with his Father in heaven of which we will never be privy, but that is not what matters.  He obeyed all, he was without sin - that in and of itself is mind-boggling!
 
The scripture above is a perfect example of FAITH! The first of its kind! Isn't it amazing? These people actually had enough faith in what they had heard about Jesus to bring their sick to him or ask him to come to them, and with a touch people were miraculously healed.  Obviously, this does not exist in our world, but we can BELIEVE in him, ask him for his healing or another need. Then wait patiently showing him your love and faith in him before he will give you your own miracle.  If it is not the will of his Father that you live, you will not live. But the finer thing in this is that in death, you will ALWAYS LIVE!  You live in the Kingdom of God. You will actually see Jesus and talk with him. You will be perfect and well.
 
If these primitive peoples can believe, so can you! You are no different other than modern technology. The belief in Christ has existed for over 2,000 years.  It is real, and he is there for you to have any time you need him. Christ died for ALL sin for ALL time, so it is never too late for you to turn away from all sin and to give your heart to Him in earnest. Then read about him in the Bible, soak it up learn about Him, learn about the way to the cross, and then set your foot on that narrow path following him to Heaven.
 
The way I see it, you have nothing to lose by giving your heart to Christ, but you have EVERYTHING to gain! EVERYTHING!
 
Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

CONDEMNED INNOCENCE (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-both are detestable to the LORD.
Proverbs 17:15
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Ever since Roe v. Wade, this country has slid long and fast down a muddy bank and it's still sliding.
 
The guilty are those individuals who make a conscious decision to engage in unprotected sexual relations, taking the chance that they will conceive a child.  What a chance to take with another life, God given and living.
 
Some of you may have seen the photographs that are very graphic of tiny babies lying on sterile cloths, their arms and legs literally pulled off their bodies.  Their tiny heads are attached to .... nothing.  Once they were living in a comfortable and soothing environment in the womb of their mother, and the next minutes of horror begin.  The suctioning, the forceps, the tearing of the limps and the head, it all begins and what do you know of how this must feel to them. Do not tell me they do not feel a thing and expect me to be stupid enough to believe it! It must feel like pure haites for several minutes, and then they are God's Angels.

 
Abortion dilates the cervix and pulls the child apart, limb by limb ...
 
These babies are condemned by the mothers, simple as that. And the mothers are condemning themselves to eternity in haites, in the burning fires of Satan's lair. They care only for themselves and do not realize the responsibility that they hold inside of themselves. They are relieved when the baby is gone and there are probably statistics of which I'm unaware, but I'm sure the majority go right back to engaging in unprotected sex.
 
What gives a woman the right to decide to murder her child? Laughably, it's the law! Yes, it is THE LAW of the land!
 
This world is in a very sad state, but especially our inability to save all of the children!
 
If you are reading this and you are a condemned one, how about walking down to your corner drugstore and buying some type of protection for yourself and the man you're planning to sleep with tonight? Everybody wins, you see?  You get your sex, and no child is conceived, and therefore, there is no abortion.
 
I have ZERO faith in the U.S. Government and that of individual States. They're passing laws for all kinds of things that were never heard of when I was a teen. Knowledge is power; but it is also very sad.  Keep praying to end abortion and save the babies!
 
Seems simple enough to me, so what's your problem, other than selfishness to the inth degree! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

ST. THERESA OF AVILA FEAST DAY

American Catholic



Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.

The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.

As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man's world of her time. She was "her own woman," entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, a womanly woman.

Teresa was a woman "for God," a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her ongoing conversion was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful; she struggled with her own mediocrity, her illness, her opposition. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful. A woman of prayer; a woman for God.

Teresa was a woman "for others." Though a contemplative, she spent much of her time and energy seeking to reform herself and the Carmelites, to lead them back to the full observance of the primitive Rule. She founded over a half-dozen new monasteries. She traveled, wrote, fought—always to renew, to reform. In her self, in her prayer, in her life, in her efforts to reform, in all the people she touched, she was a woman for others, a woman who inspired and gave life.

Her writings, especially the Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, have helped generations of believers.

In 1970, the Church gave her the title she had long held in the popular mind: Doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honored.

Comment:

Ours is a time of turmoil, a time of reform and a time of liberation. Modern women have in Teresa a challenging example. Promoters of renewal, promoters of prayer, all have in Teresa a woman to reckon with, one whom they can admire and imitate.

Quote:

Teresa knew well the continued presence and value of suffering (physical illness, opposition to reform, difficulties in prayer), but she grew to be able to embrace suffering, even desire it: "Lord, either to suffer or to die." Toward the end of her life she exclaimed: "Oh, my Lord! How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! And what a precious price to those who love you if we understand its value."

Patron Saint of:

Headaches

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

YOU ARE MINE


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
God’s infinitude places him so far above our knowing that a lifetime spent in cultivating the knowledge of him leaves as much yet to learn as if we had never begun.
A. W. Tozer

This Day's Verse
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in you.”
Psalm 39:7
The English Standard Version

This Day's Smile
The place to be happy is here;
The time to be happy is now;
The way to be happy is to make others so.

Unknown

Since the beginning of time, people from the lowly man to the best scholars in this world have tried to figure out just what God is thinking, and most commonly, when Jesus will come again, which Jesus doesn't even know the day or time.  God is so infinite, how do you think he thought of each and every tree, bush, rock, mountain, stream, fish, insect all the way to creating the intricate human being if he were not all and infinitely intelligent. We are so far beneath Him in intelligence that it is useless to try and unravel His thinking. The only think about God that you need worry about is that you are in good favor with him, that you love him honestly through your heart, and that you practice a life of His commandments in order to reach the pie in the sky called Heaven and live there for all eternity. You have two choices, the horrific pain of burning in hades for all eternity, or living in a paradise where all is beautiful and well, and you see our Jesus regularly walking and talking to others, and to you! You are reunited with your loved ones who have gone before you! Wouldn't that be a great reunion? Do not take these things lightly. God is very stern, and He has set about placing his only begotten Son on this earth and then watching Him brutally die FOR YOU AND EVERYONE FOR SINS FOR ALL TIME! Do you think God's heart was breaking? That's a no-brainer! If it were your son, how would you feel, except you would not know that end of the story as God did. 

"For God so loveth the world that He gave His only begotten son so that you shall live!"

Jesus sits comfortably next to His and our Father God and is helping him about the business of running heaven and earth, hearing prayers, answering them, determining which will receive a miracle, and so forth. I am sure he finds time to play with the children, and all of the aborted babies fly about as His special angels.  He IS the beginning and the end. 

Do not be afraid, do not be a fool. Follow him and receive all the riches that heaven has to offer to you, namely, your Salvation!! Hallelujah!

Lord God, send down your Holy Spirit to touch the lives of those who are hurting, those who are homeless, the unborn who are being murdered, the soldiers far away from home and their families, for peace throughout the earth, Sanctify my heart and my life and help me to live in your footsteps all the way to heaven, Help me to be kind to my neighbor, to strangers, to help those begging for food. Make in me a pure spirit, a spirit of happiness in your beautiful love, hope in your promises, and TRUST in all that you do for us. Be a lamp unto my feet and show me your way. Amen.




Saturday, October 10, 2015

SAINT OF THE DAY and MORE



St. Francis Borgia
Patron Saint of Earthquakes

Today's Saint of the Day is St. Francis Borgia. Francis grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in his career. But a series of events—including the death of his beloved wife—made Francis Borgia rethink his priorities. He gave up public life, gave away his possessions and joined the new and little-known Society of Jesus.

Religious life proved to be the right choice. He felt drawn to spend time in seclusion and prayer, but his administrative talents also made him a natural for other tasks. He helped in the establishment of what is now the Gregorian University in Rome. Not long after his ordination he served as political and spiritual adviser to the emperor. In Spain, he founded a dozen colleges.


At 55, Francis was elected head of the Jesuits. He focused on the growth of the Society of Jesus, the spiritual preparation of its new members and spreading the faith in many parts of Europe. He was responsible for the founding of Jesuit missions in Florida, Mexico and Peru.

Francis Borgia is often regarded as the second founder of the Jesuits. He died in 1572 and was canonized 100 years later.

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TODAY'S READINGS

Joel 4:12-21
12 ‘Let the nations rouse themselves and march to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I shall sit in judgement on all the nations around. 13 Ply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; come and tread, for the wine press is full; the vats are overflowing, so great is their wickedness!’ 14 Multitude on multitude in the Valley of Decision! For the Day of Yahweh is near in the Valley of the Verdict! 15 Sun and moon grow dark, the stars lose their brilliance. 16 Yahweh roars from Zion, he thunders from Jerusalem; heaven and earth tremble. But Yahweh will be a shelter for his people, a stronghold for the Israelites. 17 ‘Then you will know that I am Yahweh your God residing on Zion, my holy mountain. Jerusalem will then be a sanctuary, no foreigners will overrun it ever again.’ 18 When that Day comes, the mountains will run with new wine and the hills will flow with milk, and all the stream-beds of Judah will run with water. A fountain will spring from Yahweh’s Temple and water the Gorge of the Acacias. 19 Egypt will become a desolation, and Edom a desert waste on account of the violence done to the children of Judah whose innocent blood they shed in their country. 20 But Judah will be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation! 21 ‘I shall avenge their blood and let none go unpunished,’ and Yahweh will dwell in Zion.
Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coast lands be glad! 2 Clouds and thick darkness are round about him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory. 11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
Luke 11:27-28
27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
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My allegiance is to the Word of the Holy Bible. Job is only one  of many who speak of violence and death in the Holy Land, God's Home.  We know that it is coming, but as I said about the people who like to predict the day and time, STILL, that is known only to God.

My message today is about preparing yourself and being ready should he come at any moment. If you have prayed and asked forgiveness for your sins, you are doing very well, indeed. During the three days and nights of total darkness, and it will be complete DARKNESS and not even a candle can be lit, what will you do?  Think about what you will do during the three days of complete darkness. I, for one, intend to pray unceasingly, praising our Lord and our God. I know that it will seem like months before there is light again, but after the darkness, Jesus will take his followers underneath his wing and protect them.

Remember, "Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart." Live each day one day at a time. Do not fear the morrow! You do not know what God has in store for your, but I know if you are his faithful servant, it will meet your prayers.

In prayers answered, you cannot go round your entire days thinking about every little thing that occurs and wonder, "is this an answer to my prayers?"  God has answered a prayer for me this week in a way that I never expected. Be open minded about this, for God will not necessarily answer in the way that you have prayed for and asked. But He WILL answer you!

WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH! And when you read or hear, Most High, really let it sink in that God is the alpha and the omega; there is no one who has ever been mightier that He. Think how sad it must make him to see wars, killings in our schools and in foreign countries, now unrest his the Holy City of Jerusalem. Do you not think that God has feelings? If he had no feelings, how could he LOVE? So yes, I believe He can also feel disappointed and hurt, as well as love, compassion and joy.  Be tender with our Father God, for surely the thing that are happening make him very sad. Live your life to make Jesus, God and Mother proud and glad. Especially by worshiping and praying your Rosary, especially during the month of October.

God bless, love and keep you until next time,
ABBEY

Friday, October 09, 2015

A GOOD PRAYER


Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank You for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Amen.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Thursday, October 08, 2015

WE'RE STILL HERE AND MORE!

Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Firstly, I just had to point out that the world didn't end yesterday, October 7, 2015! When will people take seriously the words spoken by Jesus Christ:

Matthew 24:36
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, 
not even the angels of heaven,
but My Father only."
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Today's Thought and Verse really caused my heart to stir:

This Day's Thought from The Ranch
If we do our honest and earnest best to do God’s will, we may leave the rest with him.  We are not charged with the responsibility of bringing the world to Christ, but we are commissioned to take Christ to the world.  We are not ordered to bring men to the cross, but to lift Christ up and He will draw all men unto Himself.
James M. Tulloch



This Day's Verse
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Mark 11:20-24
The New King James Version



This Day's Thought is exactly what Our Holy Mother has asked of each of us. It is my personal mission to carry out her wishes to the best of my ability.  It would be impossible for one person to bring the entire world to Christ. But one person, perhaps you, can bring Christ into your own world and seek out those who need to be led to the foot of the cross. Just do your part, and Jesus Christ will take care of the rest.

Today's Verse speaks strongly to me. I believe we all pray in earnest for wrongs to be made right, for help when in need, for the healing of thyself and others, and more. Then we sit about and wonder for days, weeks or months why we have not seen an answer to our prayer. Sometimes, the answer comes immediately but you are not open to receiving it, and it completely passes you by.  Additionally, do you feel that you have enough faith to look at a mountain and literally move it? I didn't think so.

I am very guilty of praying and wanting things a certain way, but God has HIS way. It takes a lot of faith to pray for these things around you and in your life, and then give them to Him! Stop worrying about the answer or even the prayer.  I do know people who have that much faith. But I admit that at times, I realize that I am still working on my own. 

I admit that in the past, I have not been devoted to praying the Rosary as I should. Yes, I am a sinner just like you. But this is the month of the Rosary, and I have been praying daily! Today, I felt the presence of Our Mother and of Her Son. It moved me to tears as I prayed and contemplated the Luminous Mysteries. Oh, how beautiful they are! And you know what? This afternoon, it was by happenstance that I mentioned a problem to someone and they immediately told me the source that would be an answer to my prayers! This is not the only instance. I have had several prayers answered since I began praying The Holy Rosary regularly.  Not to mention, it truly takes a load of emotion off my shoulders, gives me more faith, and makes me feel just plain good all over! What a way to begin your day, or you may choose to say this prayer before bedtime as a lot of people do.

I am experiencing Amazing Grace, and I want the whole world to know about it and how it can work for everyone. One just needs to know that there is nothing to fear, it is very easy to give your life to Christ, and then you must LIVE IT (The Word)! And, bring others along with you as traveling companions walking on the narrow path of cool, soft earth, following the footsteps of Jesus. PRAISE GOD!

Please join me! It is fulfilling and feels a whole lot better than worrying about when the end of days comes, or the wars going on, or any of the other violence and catastrophic events that are happening in this world of ours. Please, always pray for God's hand to come down and bring a resolution to all. And to take those who have died in events beyond their control straight to heaven to live in His Kingdom. Amen.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY