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   I was reflecting today about friendships in my life. I am so grateful to God for blessing me with beautiful, faith filled friends as we travel this journey together one day at a time. Through the joyful times as well as the most challenging times, my dear friends have been there for me. They listen with their heart and pray for me. They intercede for me, asking Our Blessed Mother to untie the knots and tangles in my life.

   Sometimes they gently rebuke me, when I am straying away from Jesus and His Church. When my friends see my light of faith flickering, they storm the gates of Heaven for me. When darkness threatens to overtake me, my dear friends shine like lights to help me find my way once again. “Shine like lights in the world as you hold on to the world of life.”  Phil 2: 15, 16.

   My hope and my pray is that I can be a good friend as well. I pray that I listen with my heart with compassion and love. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:1

   My pray is that I always encourage my friend to go to Jesus and surrender it all to Him. My pray is that I remind my friend to ‘be not afraid’ because Jesus has got your back. “I rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:1

   Most of all I want to be committed to praying for my friends through the good times and in times of challenge, fear and doubt.  “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Let us continue on as we serve Jesus and His Kids.

   To all my dear friends, I share with you these profound words about friendships.

“Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
    whoever finds one has found a treasure.
 Faithful friends are beyond price;
    no amount can balance their worth.
 Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
    and those who fear the Lord will find them.
Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright,
    for as they are, so are their neighbors also.”  Sirach 6: 14-17

 

I woke up grumpy and out of sorts this morning.  You know the saying, ‘I got up on the wrong side of the bed’—that was me, for sure.  It certainly wasn’t good to start the day like I ate a bunch of sour gummy worms. However, as I sat at my kitchen table eating breakfast and reading my daily scriptures, I opened the front door to let the sunshine and brightness in.

Then it happened!  

   I heard the glorious sound of a symphony of birds singing. I sat there with my eyes closed and listened, as the birds were praising their Creator for yet another day.  “Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.”  Psalm 104: 12.
   It was as if the Holy Spirit poured into my heart a melody of praises. My grumpiness crumbled in the midst of the choir of birds joyfully chanting praises to God, their Creator.  Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” Psalm 95.

   This Holy Spirit moment helped me realize that my first defense in deflating a bad mood, is to sing praises to Our God. I am not sure if birds ever have a bad day or get grumpy. But even if they do have a bad day, they still sing praises to their Creator. Jesus tells us: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

   They also say that to stop stinking thinking is to counter it with three positive thoughts. A sure remedy to bring myself out of a negative attitude, is to read the Psalms. Thanking God for all my blessings and His loving care for me, my family, and my friends.

   Sure, sometimes I just want to stay in my stinking thinking world for a while with its doom and gloom.  But then the Holy Spirit invites me to come sit on my deck, close my eyes and listen to the orchestra of birds singing.  When I do, I breathe in the Light of Christ changing my gloom into a joyful attitude of thanksgiving and praise.

Reflection:

Thank you, Jesus for showing me through the singing birds and the wildflowers, that I too can rejoice and sing praises to Our Creator.  “The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:12

Today is the feast day of the Queenship of Mary. (August 22).  At the 9 am Mass today at the Cathedral, the organist played beautiful songs to Mary. I closed my eyes to listen to those  songs. I was thanking Our Lady for her motherly care of all her children.

Jesus Christ is our King and so Mary is our Queen Mother. She is Queen not only because of her Divine Motherhood of Jesus Christ, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of eternal salvation. “Mary, the Queen Mother, is the one we turn to. Not just because the Bible says so, not just because the Church teaches it, but because we need her.” Dr. Scott Hahn.

Today, I am so grateful to my mother who instilled in me to pray the Rosary. Growing up, I thought it was silly, and an old women’s prayer. But behind the scenes, my mother faithfully prayed countless Rosaries for my conversion. It wasn’t until I had the honor of caring for my mother the last 18 months of her life, that the Rosary became my go-to-pray daily. After my mom’s death, I  grew closer to Mary.

Today, I love our Blessed Mother and know I can count on her to care for me and intercede for me and all my prayer intentions. Mary knows what it’s like to watch her son Jesus suffer as a sword of sorrow pierced her heart. Mary knows how to comfort her children when they suffer as well. Mary has brought me to a closer relationship with Jesus. You just can’t get any better than that.

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!”   Saint Pope John Paul II

 

 

   Today, August 15 is the feast day of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This holy day marks the occasion of the Virgin Mary’s bodily ascent to heaven at the end of her life. Our Blessed Mother leads us to her son, Jesus, and shows us the way to heaven, our eternal home.

   During the Angelus today on the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said “that the Virgin Mary shows us that our goal is not to gain the things here on earth, which are fleeting, but the homeland above, which is forever.”  I had a confessor share with me that I needed to think more about heaven than the things on earth. He asked me to spend some time in front of a crucifix and to contemplate my heavenly home.

   Our problems, worries and challenges are passing and need to be placed at the foot of the cross everyday and throughout the day. When we do, our burdens become lighter.

   Our Blessed Mother intercedes for us. When we pray the Rosary or other prayers invoking the intercession of Mary, she bundles them all up and creates a prayer bouquet of roses and presents them to her son, Jesus.  Even if you don’t have a devotion to Mary, she is still your mother. She will always lead us to her son, Jesus. Always without acceptation. 

   Most of the Saints had a deep devotion to Our Lady which helped them to serve the Church courageously. “Saint Bernard of Clairvaux’s life in the Church was more active than we can imagine possible today. His efforts produced far-reaching results. But he knew that they would have availed little without the many hours of prayer and contemplation that brought him strength and heavenly direction. His life was characterized by a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. His sermons and books about Mary are still the standard of Marian theology.” (From Franciscan Media Saint of the day)

   “When Mary holds you up, you will not fall; when she protects you, you need not fear; when she leads you, you will not tire yourself; when she is favorable to you, you will arrive at the harbor safely.”  Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-August 20, 1153)

   As we continue on our journey in the midst of our own personal storms, always know that Jesus is with us and will never leave us. Our Blessed Mother is in constant prayer for each of us. 

Reflection:

Lovely Lady dressed in blue, we truly love you. You ask us ever so gently to pray, pray, pray! Our Lovely Lady, dressed in blue, come what may, come what may, we will pray, pray, pray!

   “Going to hell in a handbasket” means to go to one’s doom, to deteriorate quickly, to proceed on a course to disaster.”  This ‘saying’ was first used during the American Civil War. In America today, with the coronavirus and now the protest turning to rioting, violence and needless death of innocent people it seems to me America is on a course for disaster.  

   It is very difficult for me to watch much of the news because it deeply breaks my heart that there is so much hate going on today. The Evil One is causing so much hate in people’s hearts which allows them to continue on this hateful path of destruction.

   In their hearts, the protesters want their voices to be heard. It is a good thing to peacefully stand up for injustice. However, those with evil in their hearts are going about seeking to destroy and kill. It is a good thing to stand up, speak up and pray for all life from the moment of conception to natural death. It is good to improve the training of our police departments. It is good to weed out potentially ‘bad cops.”  But it is terribly sinful and insane to continue on this downward path to destruction. This is from the pit of hell itself. 
   In contrast, I and many other faithful Christians have been standing in a peaceful prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood for the mothers, fathers, babies and abortion workers. It is a good and just thing to do. We do so with hearts focused on loving and caring for all God’s children in a peaceful prayer vigil.

   We need God back in America again. So many Americans do not believe in God but are bowing down before creatures rather than worshiping their Creator. “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25. I don’t know about you but I only knee before my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ- nobody else.

   How am I to respond to the mess America is in? How are you going to respond to this course of disaster we are on? You and I need to commit to praying for the conversion of hearts in America especially the powerful prayer of the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. We need to beg God’s mercy to transform hardened hearts. Let there be peace again in America and let it begin with me.

   I weep for our Country. I know in my heart of hearts God our Father is weeping as well. God is love and it is only God’s love that can perform a heart transplant for America and its people.

   I will never quit praying for those souls who have lost their way in the hope that God can crack their hardened hearts and pour His healing mercy and love upon them. Jesus Christ is our only hope.  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10

 

Latest comments

02.09 | 13:18

Beautiful thoughts. Thanks.

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22.08 | 18:15

love you Connie. thanks for your insights

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15.08 | 16:11

Camilla,
Thank you. Our Lady is so beautiful!

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15.08 | 14:55

Beautiful.

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