Saturday, January 30, 2016

I PRAYED TO THE LORD


I should know this by heart! I cannot tell you how many times I've been on my knees, crying out to God to save me from myself. When one becomes depressed about something serious, and remains in that depression for some time, then it's time for some good, old-fashion prayer on your knees.

Whenever I have been in a state of depression, a friend will remind me of what is needed. Where I had been walking around the house, looking at my Bible, but not opening it; feeling God there waiting for me to talk to him, but I didn't, I found myself wallowing in the mire.

But once I looked into my bedroom and looked beside the bed, I was drawn to it divinely. Once I began naming all the things that I was thankful for, I began to sob. I don't know if it was shame or thanksgiving, but I was a ball of crying humanness. I was completely in perfect tune with God.

It is the realization that some things are totally out of your control, and the only place that one can find solace is with Christ and/or God. Knowing that HE KNOWS already doesn't matter. It is we who must talk to Jesus and God, cry on their shoulders, praise them for knowing you so well, and being thankful that you can get all things off your shoulders. And then, you can come away KNOWING BY FAITH that it is all gone. Jesus and God have taken your worries and have healed you.

I need to do more one-on-one with Jesus and our Father. I don't think we can ever do enough, otherwise we would not have time to work, feed ourselves and take care of our families, or to have good fellowship with loved ones. I go around my day and when I think of some small thing, I will mentally pray it up! And I can keep going. I don't know how many times a day I talk to God and Jesus, but it is a lot!

Again, Jesus and God will take away your worries and make you whole again. And you can call them anytime of any day or night; there's never a busy signal, ever.

May God's light shine upon you,
ABBEY
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FLAME OF LOVE REFLECTIONS - HAVING A NEW FAMILY

JANUARY 26, 2016 – WEEK THREE – TUESDAY – HAVING A NEW FAMILY

By Editor on Jan 26, 2016 01:00 am
(Mark 3:31-35)
Prayer – O Jesus, let me be a member of your family.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus saying to you, “You are my brother and sister and mother.”)
Context:
Mark often begins a story, tells another story and then completes the first story. This story begins with the family squabble. (3:20-21) The word, “outside” refers to the family. “Inside” refers to those who do God’s will. Don’t get upset by this story. It doesn’t mean that Mary complains. (Mark never uses Mary’s name. She is entirely absent in this gospel). Mark says “his mother” because he wants to say that the disciple can become Jesus’ mother.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
His mother and his relatives came. They stood outside and sent someone to say, “Your mother and your relatives are outside looking for you.”
Jesus responded, “Who is my mother and my relatives? “ Looking at those seated around him, Jesus said, “These are my mother and my relatives. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and my sister and my mother.”
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
  1. These complainers are related to Jesus by nature, but not by faith. Therefore, they are outside the Kingdom.
  2. They act like the world, and try to destroy Jesus’ ministry.
  3. Those in the house listening to him are insiders. They belong to Jesus’ family.
  4. Jesus announces a new reality. He is forming a new family of God.
  5. All who do God’s will are a brother, a sister, or even a mother to Jesus.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. O Jesus, how sorry the state of those who do not know you. They are outside of the Kingdom.
  2. I want to be inside, someone who knows and does God’s will.
  3. Form me into your family. Oh, to be a child of God! Nothing. Nothing is a greater blessing.
  4. Who can believe your call? Whose heart could imagine your invitation to be a member of your family?
  5. O Jesus, I will always do God’s will. Then, I will be your brother or sister.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. I will ponder the great privilege of being a child of God.
  2. I will seek God’s will all during the day.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister and my mother.

Monday, January 25, 2016

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT, VERSE & SMILE





THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE - CASTING 0UT SATAN

JANUARY 25, 2016 – WEEK THREE – MONDAY – CASTING OUT SATAN

By Editor on Jan 25, 2016 01:00 am
(Mark 3:22-30)
Prayer – O Jesus, by your power, free me from the Evil One.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus in his controversy with the scribes.)
Context:
Mark presents another group of critics, the scribes. However, Jesus does not answer them. Jesus speaks to the crowds to get a fair hearing. He destroys the scribe’s argument by sheer logic. Then, he defines his relationship to the demonic world. He is more powerful than satan who holds all mankind in bondage. Finally Jesus speaks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, a sin which the scribes have committed by attributing God’s power to the Evil One.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
The scribes from Jerusalem claimed “He is possessed by Beelzebub and he casts out devils by the prince of devils.” Jesus then spoke to the crowds in a parable. “How can Satan cast out Satan? A Kingdom divided against itself, cannot stand. A house divided against itself also cannot stand. If Satan has suffered mutiny in his ranks, he is divided and cannot stand. He is finished. No one can enter a strong man’s house and rob him of his goods unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he plunders his house. All sins shall be forgiven mankind and all blasphemies, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, shall never be forgiven. He carries the guilt of his sin forever.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
  1. The evidence is overwhelming and the scribes have to admit that Jesus drives out demons.
  2. So, they claim the source of this power is the prince of demons.
  3. Their argument is ridiculous. Satan’s kingdom would be divided and would certainly end.
  4. Jesus describes Satan as a strong man who has captured the human race.
  5. Jesus, however, is stronger. He ties up Satan and is sets people free.
  6. Blasphemy against the Spirit is when a person rejects Jesus’ power, saying it comes from Satan.
  7. The scribes have done this and will not seek Jesus’ forgiveness.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. O Jesus, Satan has no hold over you. You have all authority.
  2. Your power and his power will forever clash.
  3. O Jesus, Your power is divine and I fully trust you with my life.
  4. Set me free. Plunder Satan’s possessions. Remove his control over my life.
  5. Without you, Satan would make this world into his hell.
  6. With you, earth becomes like the Kingdom of God.
  7. O Holy Spirit, forgive all my sins. You are divine and have all the Father’s powers.
Resolutions: ( Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. I will examine my life and discover where Satan has control over me.
  2. I will deliberately come under Jesus’ power.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
Jesus ties up the strong man and plunders his possessions, setting us free.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DEEP THOUGHTS

There is something that I have had on my heart, and I feel I need to speak to you about it.

I appreciate and feel so blessed to have the loyal friends on Twitter with whom I interact daily. However, the number of people who "Like" and "Retweet" my posts on Twitter do not add up to the actual number of people who have visited, as reported back to me on my blog.

In one way, this hurts my feelings that you didn't even read what I took upon myself to write in earnest FOR YOUR BENEFIT. 

In a nutshell, I am asking for your honesty, because there are some who are being dishonest and they are cheating themselves out of what could possibly be a good message written just for them. It's nice to see all the Likes and Retweets, but then I see the actual numbers on my blog (you cannot see them) and it is rather hurtful that people would be dishonest about my heartfelt writing.

Henceforth, my writings will be posted ONE time, and that is on my main page. If you are a follower, they should come to your page or you can just visit my page daily and see what's new, if anything

If you don't want to read it, then please, do not "Like" or "Retweet" my writing that comes from my heart and from The Holy Spirit.

In His Service,
ABBEY

JESUS' INAUGURAL ADDRESS

JANUARY 24, 2016 – WEEK THREE – SUNDAY – (C) – THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS

By Editor on Jan 24, 2016 01:00 am
(Luke 4:14-21)
Prayer – O Jesus, send the Spirit of the Father upon me.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching in the synagogue.)
Context:
Having overcome Satan’s three temptations, Jesus begins his public ministry. Other gospels record this visit to the synagogue but Luke gives it preeminence. This is Jesus’ inauguration address, highlighting all the themes of Luke’s gospel.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee and his reputation spread throughout the region. He taught in their synagogue and was praised by all.
Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been raised and, entering the synagogue on the sabbath as he was accustomed, he got up to read. The book of the prophet, Isaiah, was given to him and he found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and the release of prisoners. To preach a year of favor from the Lord.”
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down. All the eyes of the synagogue were upon him. He said to them, “This day, this reading is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
  1. Jesus loved to preach in the synagogue where good people, eager for God’s word, gathered.
  2. Jesus explains the source of his power. The Holy Spirit has come upon him.
  3. He chooses a text which outlines his call. He will preach and set free.
  4. Every group (the poor, the captives, the blind) will receive the favors.
  5. Jesus’ ministry means an extended time of God’s favor for all Israel.
  6. Because his reputation had spread, all eyes were on him.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. Jesus, I know your reputation and I desire your favor.
  2. O Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you. Send the Spirit upon me.
  3. I am poor. Preach your gospel to me. I am a captive. Set me free. I am blind. Help me to see.
  4. Your time of favor is extensive – all the years of my life.
  5. The Kingdom has come and has brought all your blessings.
  6. I will not delay. I will not put off accepting you as my King.
Resolutions: ( Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. I will be faithful to my reading of Scripture.
  2. Today, I will ask Jesus for the Holy Spirit.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

MEDITATIONS: THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

These meditations are short, but if you will please read and meditate on them as you are asked to do, they will leave a mark on your heart - especially the ones you choose to meditate on as your own.

I have something on my mind. Again, the Tweets from Twitter followers who "Like" and "Retweet" much of my writing do not add up to the actual number of people who visit the site. Some of you are just Liking and Retweeting without reading my message!!

I DO NOT want you to Like OR Retweet if you, yourself, have no actually read the blog post. You do yourself a disservice, primarily, and you offend me when I know you did not actually read the blog.

Please, meditate on THIS, and make a choice. READ and Like or Retweet, or simply don't read and don't Like and Retweet. That's simple enough, right. And it is how I feel, although the retweet may touch someone who really cares.

Lovingly in Christ,
ABBEY

JANUARY 23, 2016 – WEEK TWO – SATURDAY – A STARTLED FAMILY

By Editor on Jan 23, 2016 01:00 am
(Mark 3-20-21)
Prayer – O Jesus, help me to stand firm.
Imagination: – (Picture Jesus surrounded by the crowd and his family.)
Context:
This text contrasts the crowds, and the relatives. The crowds hardly know Jesus, and yet they acclaim him. His relatives, who think they know him, have the wrong opinion. “The house” refers to the early believes who formed “house churches.”
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
When they came to the house with his disciples, the crowds gathered, making it impossible for them to even eat. When his family heard of this, they came to lay hold of him saying, “He is out of his mind.”
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you).
  1. Jesus returns to the house, always trying to get out of the spotlight.
  2. His disciples act as a shield. With them he feels perfectly at home.
  3. The crowd’s feelings are evident. They believe that Jesus is a miracle-worker and they need his blessing.
  4. The relatives do not share the crowd’s enthusiasm. They reject faith and are blinded by their natural knowledge.
  5. They want to stop Jesus’ ministry because they are embarrassed.
  6. They concluded that Jesus is insane – “He is out of his mind”.       Nothing justifies that opinion.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. O Jesus, take me with you into the house of your heart.
  2. Come to me, Jesus. I welcome you. I am your disciple.
  3. Even if you hide yourself, I will find you.
  4. You are near and I will come to you.
  5. O Jesus, your relatives see, but they do not see. They know you, but they do not know you. Help me to see and to know!
  6. The opinions of others mean nothing to me. You alone, are all I want.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. I will live by faith today, believing that Jesus is near.
  2. I will not block Jesus’ actions in my life.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
The crowds gathered around Jesus. His relatives tried to take charge.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FAITH, LOVE - INCREASING, BUT HARD TIMES LOOM

We ought always to thank God for you,
brothers, and rightly so, because your faith
is growing more and more, and the love
every one of you has for each other is increasing.
2 Thessalonians 1:3

~*~

This verse strikes a chord in my heart because I am so very blessed. I dedicate this post to my friend across the Atlantic who seems like a Biblical scholar and is always there to encourage me about my writing, and we discuss topics of the Bible in relation to current times. His name is Pete and he is a jewel to me, a very rare find.

I also dedicate this to all of my friends on Twitter, which grows everyday. However, there is a little group of us who are on Direct Messaging. We've become about as close at you could get to being best friends without actually meeting in person. Whenever there is a need for prayer, all one has to do is post it on that Direct Message page and you talk about morale support, we've got it in hearts! Through prayer and support, I believe each of us has grown in faith substantially and that's so meaningful.  "And the love every one of you has for each other is increasing."  I was first asked by our Holy Mother to be an Apostle for her Son, Jesus. I accepted and I've never looked back, nor had one regret. The love I have in my heart sometimes feels it should burst. It is such a wonderful thing to meet strangers on a medium like the internet who have the single common interest: Christianity; and to become as close as brothers and sisters. I didn't really have any friends, and now I have so many friends online that I feel that I sometimes let somebody down because I cannot keep up with them.

My goal is to bring more souls to Christ before it is too late. Praying for a stranger is a wonderful, selfless act and you will be rewarded in the end. I was floored when my doctor told me that he prayed before every surgery! Amazing, huh?
Praying for those whom you love but are distant is not difficult at all. That is, with strong faith, you know that your prayers are right and good, and that God will mend all in the end.




I just cannot say it any other way; but the end is coming. It is foretold in a book that was written over a period of hundreds of years, that there will be a day of reckoning by God and he will smite down on the earth with his mighty hand and pity the soul who does not believe in him.

2 Corinthians 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof: from such turn away.


I sit and read this verse over and over, and it brings my heart to tears for those who have no faith, those who hang onto all that is stated in the 2 Corinthians, Chapter 3 above. I hope if you are one of those at whom this verse is aimed, I am asking, no, I'm begging you to just open your Bible to Psalms, Isaiah, or the New Testament, any of it - and just read. It is speaking to TODAY, which in and of itself is miraculous because we were not born for hundreds of years after its writing. But I can sit and read and it's almost as if the Bible knew that what I am reading was something I was going to need today.

This is the power of God! If you just start thinking about yourself, how you were grown in your mother's womb and were a miracle when you were born. Every born child is a miracle from God.
Abortion, well, if you do not stop, you will be doomed to the fires of hell. That's about as honest as I can possibly be.

Try to put together a food chain in your mind. Start with a bug out in the trees or in the grass where you live. Something bigger is going to survive by feeding off of these bugs. And that animal or whatever is going to be a feast for something larger, and it goes on and on. Do you really believe that all of this just came together accidentally? The animals that humans feed from are found in the oceans and in the fields, but before they were on your plate, they were whole, living beings that fed off of something else. God made all of this, and it was perfect until man interfered with his selfishness and narcissistic.

God elevated man to the highest level of all on this earth. Then he gave him free will, and now, just look at the mess we're in! It wasn't like this when I was growing up, and my parents now say they cannot believe the changes that has occurred in the world in all these years, and I say the same when I think on it.

My heart breaks when I think of what man is doing to this world, but it has to be. The Bible prophesized it and it has begun. Just look around you, all you need do is watch a news network for a few hours and hear the same stories over and over and over ..... but first, you're going to have to know The Bible, the very words and warnings from God, the sermons of Jesus, and the prophets to put together in your mind what is happening to this world. And then you will see these things, as I do (although I can't speak for everyone). Jesus is coming, and all the signs of the world are pointing directly to that fact. Some are going to be elated, others devastated. Which will you be. You have been given free will. What will you decide?



Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

PRAYER: YOUR INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD



Today's Thought presents the way to instill God, Jesus and Church in their children's lives. Many parents don't want to take their children to church, which means that the parents won't be going either.


I will use my daughter and her husband as an example. When the first of three children were born, the infant was taken into the Sanctuary every Sunday for Mass, and thus, received a blessing by the priest when the parent was taking the Holy Eucharist. As the baby grew into a toddler, there was no way that they were going to take the child to the nursery. By this time, baby number 2 had been born, so there was a toddler and an infant in the company of the parents every Sunday at Mass.

As those two grew (they were all 18 months apart), the third child was born. As per custom, all the children were taken into the Mass and received the blessing from the priest every time.

By this time, the older two children were so used to going to Mass that they were quiet, taking a bottle or sippy cup and little snacks, they occupied themselves with their favorite toys, and through "shushing" now and again, they learned that this was to be a quiet time so as not to interrupt anyone during Mass.

Most parents, out of the convenience of not having to deal with their children possibly crying or talking aloud, take their children to the nursery. By the time their children are old enough to come into the Sanctuary for Mass, they talked aloud, whined and became unmanageable to the point that one parent would have to take the child(ren) out into the Narthex, therefore missing parts of the Mass. They would simply come back in when it was time to receive the Eucharist.

Perhaps you see where I am going with this - begin teaching them from birth the way of the Cross. My grandchildren were brought into Mass every Sunday and from the time they were born, they learned "inside voice" or to be quiet altogether. It is all they knew because it was instilled in them from the time of their birth forward.

Crying babies and children talking aloud when one is trying to pray, concentrate and allow the message of The Holy Spirit to come to them, were interrupted also. This can be vey irritating. Some will try to calm the child, or give the baby a bottle, which didn't always work. And here I am thinking to myself, "I wish they would go to the cry room before Mass begins and alleviate the need to interrupt the meditation of others at Mass." We have a "cry room" where parents of children can see the Mass through the giant glass wall and listen with the aid of speakers. Even then, the parent is missing the basic flow of the Mass, and then coming in to take the Body and Blood of Christ. 


But, by instilling from birth the quietness of being in Church, was the result of how my daughter and her husband handled this lesson. Today, two of the children have been confirmed and the last is going to be confirmed this year. They have grown knowing the prayer before meals, and before bedtime. The parents always took them to bed and prayed with them.

I'll tell you a funny story. The kids were always excited when the Mass ended and they'd start, "are we going to see 'the green father'", referring to his green Vestment. One day my daughter went into the middle child's room (a boy) and he had a green towel tied around his neck like a cape. He had his tall stool in front of him and had a cup and a cookie and a washcloth laid with care on the stool. My daughter asked him what he was doing and he said "I'm pretending that I am the green Father and I'm celebrating Mass." It was all my daughter could do to not laugh.

Another time, she found the oldest (a girl) sitting in her room in her little rocking chair holding a Rosary. My daughter asked her what she was doing, and she proudly said "I'm saying a decade of the Rosary".

All are teenagers now, and if they have plans for Sunday, the oldest will drive to Church for Mass on Saturday, sometimes all by herself, and sometimes with "the brothers", a nickname she gave them early on. They have learned the principle of "Mass at least once a week, preferably on Saturday or Sunday."

I guess you can see that I'm bragging on them a bit, but my daughter and her husband have raised three very spiritual children, who will go to Mass with or without their parents, and will hopefully continue this "tradition" when they have children of their own. When we have them all over on Sunday for dinner, we all stand around the table holding hands and we say Grace before sitting to eat.

I have always known that God was "watching" all of the time, but I now resolve that there is something more. That is, God is IN each of us. We just need to learn that being within us, prayer is a Grace given to us by God. It is up to each of us to learn how to have an intimate relationship with God. He doesn't care as much for fancy repetitious prayers as much as he does hearing that which comes from your heart.

Being within all of us, God knows everything, but what joy it brings to Him when he receives your most intimate thoughts, problems, prayers of thanksgiving, etc. This is what He yearns to have from each of us - an intimate relationship between you and Him that is all yours, alone.

As I quote from The Divine Antidote,
"Fix it firmly in your mind that this presence of Me in you is not an allegory or a fantasy or a metaphor. It's not a story you listen to or something that might have happened to someone else.  It has to do with you and Me. It has to do with a reality to be lived.  So, live with assurance and gladness.  You will find so much happiness in this and you will give Me so much joy.  Greet Me in you often in your own way, in all sorts of ways. I'll love you in every one of these ways of yours.
"Run after Me in you. Never give up the chase. Seek Me as Father, Bridegroom and Savior.  See Me looking at you. You know I am waiting for you.  Don't be heedless of the moments...Seek fellowship with Me in your heart-center. Submit every earthly tie to me, since there is still time and since it would please me. There are always two paths, one that goes down toward selfish distractions and one that goes up to Me for Me.  The choice is yours: either you or I..."
"Seek fellowship with Me in your heart-center." That's never holding back. He knows what is on your heart, but He awaits you to come to Him intimately, just you and He.

Prayer is the most Divine Grace that we have been offered by God. Anywhere, anytime, it doesn't matter. If there is something that needs to be offered up to Him in prayer, you don't have to speak aloud. It's all mental. Just talk to Him in your mind or aloud as you would an old friend, sharing your very heart and soul with Him. There is nothing better than getting a problem off your heart and giving it to Him so that you can go forward and live happily. This, because you Trust in Him, that He will take care of you as if you were his only child. What Amazing Grace!

In closing I want to impart that I have a journal in which I have allowed blank pages to be filled with the names and possibly the exact nature of the needs of others. I refer to this journal every time I pray. I am a Prayer Warrior at my Parish and I receive one, or sometimes several messages a day from the Prayer Warrior Leader with the prayer requests coming to our Church, plus I have many friends, family, and many Twitter friends who send prayer requests through the Direct Message feature so it is kept private. I LOVE TO PRAY!

So if you have made a prayer request, you came to the right person, because when I accept a prayer request, it's a given that I have promised, and they KNOW that Abbey is going to pray for them. It is my honor to pray for others, so much so that, like St. Theresa of Liseux, I sometimes fall asleep at night in the midst of my prayers. But the names are there, God knows what they need and that I am, through my intimate relationship with God, praying for all of them.

Good, mental prayer is also good for the soul. Put this into practice and work hard to the point where you really feel your intimacy with God because God LIVES IN YOU. It is so pleasing to him, and it will also make YOU feel so much better.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY


ST. PEREGRINE NOVENA - FINAL PRAYER

Peace be with you!

Thank you for joining us in praying the St. Peregrine Novena for Cancer Patients!
 
Here at Pray More Novenas, at the end of every novena, we always pray the following as our final prayer.


Now, 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.
Again, thank you for praying with us!

About St. Peregrine: VenerationHis body rests in the Servite church of Forlì, the Basilica of Saint Pellegrino Laziosi. Pope Paul V declared him blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him in 1726. The liturgical feast of Saint Pellegrino/Peregrine is on May 4.

Peregrine is considered the patron saint of those suffering from cancer. The National Shrine of Saint Peregrine is located at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago, Illinois, as a ministry of the Friar Servants of Mary.There is also a St. Peregrine Shrine at The Grotto, at The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, in Portland, Oregon.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT & VERSE


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.
Alan Paton

This Day's Verse
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
Romans 14:17

THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN PRAYER

This was just so awesome and too good to not share it with you! It made my day and I sure needed this. God knew. It's wonderful .... read on ....

THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

How the Presence of God in Prayer Leads to Awareness of the Continuous Presence of God Within our Souls

by Anthony Mullen
We now take up the work of Gabrielle Bossis from "He and I" to get further insight on the importance of daily, intimate prayer.  Gabrielle lamented how our lack of trust causes us to run away from His presence within our souls. Our Lord responded to her: "Fix it firmly in your mind that this presence of Me in you is not an allegory or a fantasy or a metaphor. It's not a story you listen to or something that might have happened to someone else.  It has to do with you and Me. It has to do with a reality to be lived.  So, live with assurance and gladness.  You will find so much happiness in this and you will give Me so much joy.  Greet Me in you often in your own way, in all sorts of ways. I'll love you in every one of these ways of yours.
"Run after Me in you. Never give up the chase. Seek Me as Father, Bridegroom and Savior.  See Me looking at you. You know I am waiting for you.  Don't be heedless of the moments...Seek fellowship with Me in your heart-center.  Submit every earthly tie to me, since there is still time and since it would please me. There are always two paths, one that goes down toward selfish distractions and one that goes up to Me for Me.  The choice is yours: either you or I..."
Our Lord continued with this extraordinary insight: "Why do I ask you to pray?  Because prayer is to Grace as the lighted match to the candle. You get the picture: the first effort is man's (responding to God's Grace); then comes God. Always oneness. Never God alone. But God and man working together. This is the law of My love. Isn't it beautiful? Why should you try to escape it?  Wouldn't you find greater joy in hastening our reunion by your calling desires and your cries of love?  What delight it gives me to be invited by your hearts!
"So, don't be reticent. If you want Me, tell Me so. I mean pray-sink deep down into the remembrance of Me and talk to Me in a direct look.  That's what prayer is--the prayer that asks, the prayer that praises and thanks, the prayer that loves."
Gabrielle further lamented that she wished she could see our Lord, and because of this she loved God 'almost in a twilight'.  Our Lord responded: "Don't you have a detailed account of My life and death?  Can't you lay hold upon Me in this or that page of My Gospels?  Doesn't your Faith need practice and opportunities to win victories?  Blessed are those who believe and love without ever having seen....Oh My Child, pray without ceasing. Remember your Christ in His Life. For whom did He pray? You too, pray for others and God will take care of you."
Our Lord then instructed her: "Why don't you offer everything by the hands of your Mother, by her sorrowful and immaculate heart...Child, give yourself to Mary so you may walk in her ways. She is ready to help you because she knows God and His desires and she knows you in your difficulties, almost all of which come from human pride." (Note the Flame of Love Grace is so extraordinary that our Prayer life will grow exponentially if we desire and nourish this Grace!)
Our Lord taught her that "He and I" is a gift to us to pray and mediate with such that we can learn to love Him much better and much more intimately by using this gift!  He tells Gabrielle: "I like to explore hearts by means of this little book.  Many people read and are pierced by one of My straight arrows...many are utterly astonished and try to imitate this intimate love that never strays but seeks all ways and means of charming, consoling and rejoicing Me with new tenderness...Near as I am to your hearts, I am so poor. There is so much indifference, so much hostility that those who understand Me better try to enrich Me every day, even if only by a feeling of pity. It takes very little pity from you to comfort Me...Read the Gospels. Look at your Model...Since you have found Me, don't you wish to honor Me with your gentle love? Even in the midst (of all that goes on throughout the day) open the door to the tabernacle of your heart. My throne is there...
"And the more you believe how utterly disarmed I am by your love, the more My unfathomable tenderness overflows to you. The great wrong is..............to lack Faith in My Love."

ST. PEREGRINE NOVENA FOR CANCER - DAY 9

Peace be with you!

We're almost finished! Thank you for joining us in praying for all cancer patients and others who suffer daily. We will have one final prayer tomorrow -- the final prayer we finish every novena with, so keep an eye out for that! 
Today, let's pray for all cancer patients and others who are suffering once more. Let's pray that their lives -- that all of our lives -- will glorify God alone. We do not exist for any other reason. Let's pray that we all live for our true purpose: for Him.

Also, if you experienced an answered prayer during this novena, please share it with us all HERE.
Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 9 - St. Peregrine Novena for Cancer Patients
(Audio/Video Version)
Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing.
Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of…
(Mention your intentions)
These intentions bring us to our knees seeking your intercession for healing.
We are humbled by our physical limitations and ailments. We are so weak and so powerless. We are completely dependent upon God. And so, we ask that you pray for us…
Pray for us, that we will not let sickness bring us to despair.
Pray for us, that we may persevere in hope.
Pray for us, that we will have the courage to offer up our suffering in unity with the Cross.
Pray for us, that the loneliness of our suffering will be consoled.
Pray for us, that the fear of death will be replaced with the hope of everlasting life.
Pray for us, that our suffering will not rob us of joy.
Pray for us, that in our pain we will not become selfish but ever more selfless.
Pray for us, that this sickness will teach me to depend more and more on God.
Pray for us, that our lives will glorify God alone.
We know, St. Peregrine, that you are a powerful intercessor because your life was completely given to God. We know that in as much as you pray for our healing, you are praying even more for our salvation.
A life of holiness like yours is more important than a life free of suffering and disease. Pray for our healing, but pray even more that we might come as close to Our Lord as you are.
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.

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GOODBYE GLEN; I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!

Realizing that my tribute to Bowie was not a big hit, I'll just say each to his own and live and let live. I am a Christian to the inth degree, but I love my music and that does not lessen by devotion to The Church and The Holy Trinity.

I was somewhat grieving for David. He's been around as long as I've been on my own. But then last night, I was punched in the stomach when I saw on television that Glenn Frey had died. I immediately put my face in my napkin and sobbed, I mean really sobbed! I lived in L.A. when their first album came out, and thus I bought it not knowing what to expect, but the hook was right there and I allowed it to take me in.

I've loved The Eagles forever, it seems, but had a special love for Don Henley and Glenn. I didn't just love the music, I loved the men they were, their work ethic and how hard they worked to be the second highest grossing band second only to Michael Jackson.

But Glenn, he was real special to me. He had a look and a way about him (now remember, I was in my 20's when this love sprouted and began to grow), "a smile that said kill", but he could be so funny as I saw in "The History of the Eagles I and II. He was a bit of a hellion in that he wore t-shirts that contained some very avant-garde words and pictures. He was probably given a million t-shirts by fans cause I never saw the same one twice.

Did he know Christ? I don't know, and because I don't know, I am praying mightily for the repose of his soul. My heart and condolences go out to his wife, Cindy, and their three children, all of whom were the loves of his life. Thank you, Cindy, for being such a good partner, caretaker, wife and mother. Glenn had to love you for these and many other reasons.

God bless you, Glenn. Sure gonna miss you :(