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   “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

 

 

 

   I am so grateful to be able to attend Mass once again and to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. I think for each of us the “Stay at home order” has affected our lives in ways we would not have imagined. I know that each time I participate Live Stream Mass with the Bishop, I am so grateful. As I watched and listened daily, my heart and soul longed more and more for Eucharist. My desire for Jesus grew stronger and stronger.

   I also realized how much I longed to go to Confession. I was finally able to go to Confession today. The graces I felt from this confession touched me deeply. I also realized during this time of ‘Stay at home,’ how much I deeply appreciate our priests and how much I missed their presence in my life.

   I now have a deeper love for Our Catholic faith. I have a greater appreciation of the Mass and all the Sacraments of the Church. I pray that I never again take for granted these beautiful gifts of our faith.

   Every difficulty has a glimpse of God’s blessings. I know that myself and many others were so grateful to our Bishop Vetter for bringing us Mass daily through “Live Streaming.” During this time of ‘social distancing,’ we each were able to get to know our Bishop ‘up front and personal,’ through daily contact with him. This is such a blessing.  He truly is a Shepherd to God’s people.

 

   The coronavirus closed Church doors, but did not prevent Our priests and Bishop to bring the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to their people. God is more powerful and more loving than anything in this world including the virus.

 

Reflection:

 

As we move forward, let us keep each other in pray. Let us pray for our beloved priest as they continue to serve their people. “No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging. Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing.”  Amen.

 

 

 

       I don’t know about you but my prayer list keeps getting longer and longer during this Coronavirus Crisis. In my prayer time this morning, it came to me that instead of a prayer list, how about a bouquet of flowers? When we pray for others, mentally place a flower in the beautiful flower vase. When the flower vase gets full, mentally present it to Our Blessed Mother so she can distribute the graces to meet the needs of each person. We can then begin a new bouquet of prayer flowers to Our Lady throughout the day as well. Our Blessed Mother will be delighted as her precious children bring more and more bouquet of prayer flowers to her.

          Our good Bishop Vetter shared these little wisdom-filled nuggets in his recent on-line homilies about the Coronavirus Crisis we are living with: ‘The Coronavirus Crisis is allowed to be in the world because of original sin and our fallen world. But as humans, it is only natural to place blame.’ This is so true. Placing blame will not bring us peace but leave us in constant turmoil.

          Our Bishop also talked about social distancing. He said that when we are too close to a person, we can’t see their heart. But standing off by a distance, we have the opportunity to look into their hearts.

          This is so true as we ask for the grace to see each person’s heart especially members of our family.

          Perhaps through this Pandemic, each of our hearts will be more open to God’s grace in our lives. Through this difficult time, may our hearts be converted and may we thirst more and more for Jesus in the Eucharist.  

I know that I thirst for Jesus and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass more and more each day. I am so thankful; we are able to participate in the Mass through live-streaming. Stay close to Jesus during this time. He has got your back!

Reflection:

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall, I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid…Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident…For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.”   Psalm 27

 

 

 “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 7:17

 

         This week I had the honor to participate in the funeral vigil and the funeral Mass of one of our beloved priests: Father Steven Tallman.  I felt so grateful for this holy, kind, courageous and faithful priest. One vigil participant said that Father Tallman was the defender of the family. He was bold in standing up for the truth but did it with much love. He was courageous as he stood with other people of faith praying in front of an abortion clinic.

 

         I got to experience Father Tallman’s kind heart when I participated in a Sycamore Tree retreat weekend. Father Tallman was so easy to talk to, because he was filled with joy and a wonderful sense of humor. Father Tallman along with Father Wang celebrated many Divine Mercy Sunday’s at the little parish in Helmville Montana which I went to almost every year.

 

         At the funeral Mass I got to see many of our beloved priest from throughout our Diocese. I was filled with much joy at seeing these beautiful priests. I was also feeling very grateful that God has brought these holy priests in my life especially when I was so lost.

 

         They have guided and encouraged me to study scripture and to participate more fully in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I am given beautiful inspired words of wisdom from these holy confessors. The words of these priest have changed the direction of my life for the better.

 

         Our priests are people like us filled with shortcomings but striving to become holy people of God. We must always pray for our Bishop and all our priest as they too are fighting a difficult battle.

 

Let us Pray:

 

O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. ---St. Therese of Lisieux’s prayer for priests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Jesus is walking along the sea of life. He is calling to each of us: “Follow me.”  He doesn't drag us out of the sea of our sinful life, but constantly calls out, “Follow me.” When we cry out: “Help me. I am drowning in my cesspool of sin.” Jesus then comes. He walks on the water and takes our hand and says, “Come follow me, I will give you rest.” Jesus brings us to shore and gently wraps His healing arms around us.

   There are some that insist on walking in the sinful water just a little while longer. They continue to dabble in sinful behaviors risking to be sucked in by the powerful waves of the sea and become lost children. The best way not to dabble in sinful behavior is to avoid the near occasion of sin.

   Avoiding the near occasion of sin is a daily battle. We each struggle with avoiding the near occasion of sin. For me, it is slipping into being a couch potato with the TV remote in my hand. I enjoy watching certain programs or movies on TV. It is a fun form of entertainment and relaxation if done in moderation.    

  However, when I spend hours in front of the TV with my eyes glazed over, I am dabbling in sinful behaviors such as laziness and sloth. After hours of channel surfing and watching TV, I come away feeling depressed and irritable.

  When I can limit my TV viewing and include some spiritual reading coupled with some pray time, I am more peaceful and joyful. For me and for all of us, it is a matter of discipline. When I ask the Holy Spirit to help me avoid the near occasion of sin, I am more disciplined and motivated to seek a balance in using my time better. 

  Sometimes it’s not easy to allow the Holy Spirit to guide our decisions but it sure is the better way to peace and serenity.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Reflection:

“Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.” Psalm 44                                                                       

 

Latest comments

03.07 | 17:43

God Blesses you Connie!

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16.06 | 06:37

Love it. We need lots of prayer warriors.

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07.05 | 07:17

Beautiful. Hope & pray we get back to better than regular and appreciate what we have -- especially freedom of religion. Thanks for sharing.

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27.03 | 11:44

Thanks, very touching and true.

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