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In December each year we celebrate two powerful feast days of Our Blessed Mother Mary. On December 8th, we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then on December 12th, we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. I am so blessed that the Church honors Jesus’ mother. She is not only Jesus’ mother but from the Cross Jesus gave us His Mother.

“When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to his mother,“Woman, behold, your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” John 19:26-27

   I am so grateful that Jesus gave us His Mother to assist us in our daily lives as we journey toward our Heavenly Home.

   Our Blessed Mother Mary shows me how to be humble, gentle, and kind with my family and others. At times I fail and resort to old patterns of behavior such as judging, yelling and being critical of others. Mother Mary gently reaches out her hand and brings me to Our Merciful Savior in Confession.

   Our Blessed Mother shows me how to give Jesus all my resentments, anger, and unforgiveness. Little by little my hardened heart becomes open to forgive. The hurt might still sting, but I am not bound by the chains of unforgiveness in my heart.

   Mary is a Mother, who will always watch over her children no matter how far they have strayed away from Jesus. Her powerful prayers brings lost souls to her Son no matter how long it takes. “Do whatever He tells you.”John 2:5. These words spoken by Mother Mary are for all of us to take into our hearts and act upon. Like a good mother she never quits loving and encouraging Her children to come to Jesus.  

Let Us Pray:

We love you Mother Mary. Hold us close to Your Immaculate Heart. Draw us ever so close to Jesus’ Most Sacred Heart.


“They cried to the Lord in their distress, from their straits he rescued them. He hushed the storm to a gentle breeze and the billow of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that they were calmed, and He brought them to their desired haven….Psalm 107

       It interesting that God hushes the storms of life to a gentle breeze. At times the storms of life can come upon me all of a sudden. Sometimes, the pending storms of life seem to hang over me waiting to devour me with its mighty force.  In my panic, fear and distress, I call upon God to rescue me. I run to Jesus and place myself and my fears in His Most Sacred Heart. In the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I find safety from the storms of life. I asked Jesus to use my pain and suffering to help heal his bleeding heart. His Heart bleeds because so many refuses to accept His love and mercy.

       Many times, in my own life, I have caused my Jesus’ heart to bleed because of my sinfulness, unforgiveness and lack of trust.  Lord have mercy upon me. I beg your mercy and forgiveness.

       Every moment of each day, Jesus pours out his mercy upon you and me. His mercy is new every morning. I, along with Saint Paul proclaim: “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation the old things have passed away. 2-Cor. 5:17.



 “I give thanks to the Lord; His love is everlasting.” Jesus, I trust!  Jesus, I surrender!  Jesus, lead me to your desired haven (Heaven).

“Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22

    Trying to obey and yield to those in authority is not something we like to do or find easy to do. But obeying our God, parents, teachers, and others in authority is something we are asked to do everyday.

    What helps me to grasp what it is to be obedient to God, is to study the life of Mary and Joseph in Scripture. Mary was obedient when she received the call from God through the angel that she would be with child.

    Mary did not understand the full meaning of the angel’s announcement; she placed her trust in God. She was obedient to God, the Father. God gave Mary free will just like He gives us free will to obey or not to obey.

    Mary proclaimed: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”(Luke 1:38)

    When Joseph found out that Mary was with child, he decided to divorce her quietly so as not to expose her to shame. However in a dream, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child was conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1: 20-21)

   After Joseph woke from his dream he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary into his home. Even though St. Joseph did not fully understand, he was obedient to what God was asking him to do.

    Obedience is something that requires me to surrender to God and to trust Him with the outcome. The more I surrender the situation to Him, the more God gives me the grace and the wisdom to be obedient to His most Holy Will.


“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John: 1:6







   I read a true story about a priest that really got me thinking about how God loves us. This dearly beloved priest was dying of cancer and the end was near. His brother priest wanted to go see him before he died. He made the two-hour journey by car to the hospital hoping and praying that his friend had not passed away before he could say his final goodbyes.

   When his friend entered the dying priest room, his heart sank because there was an empty bed. He thought he didn’t make it in time. Then out of the corner of his eye, he spotted his brother priest sitting and staring out the window. His friend asked him what he was doing staring out the window? The dying priest said, “I am allowing God to love me.” He didn’t need to speak or say anything, only to be still and allow God to love him right where he was at. The dying priest was filled with God’s peace and love.

   It seems like in my life, I get busy doing lots of things which I think are necessary. And some of these things are necessary to complete in order to function in this world— go to Mass, pray the rosary, read scripture, clean house, grocery shopping, cook, dishes, make out budgets, walk my dog and the lists go on and on. But how much time do I spend just sitting in the quiet and allowing God to just love me? How much time do I spend fretting and worrying about many things, instead of just surrendering my concerns to God so he can fill me with His love?

   “Be Still and Know that I am God.”-Psalm 46:10. I need to write these words on my heart and quiet my thoughts and breath in the peace of Jesus. It takes an hour by hour, day by day decision to let go of my anxious and worried thoughts. As I surrender, Jesus is ready to fill me with his love. With each act of surrender, I am allowing Jesus to love me. 


Jesus, I desire to come to you in the quiet. I beg you to help me surrender everything to you, so that you can love me right where I am at. Come Lord Jesus come and quiet my heart. 

        Lent is upon us. By observing the 40 days of Lent, we imitate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and His withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is a great time to step back and reflect where we are in our relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. We reflect on what we are giving up for Lent in order to draw us closer to Jesus.

        A few years ago, I discovered a wonderful practice of fasting from my negative attitude which I’ve turned into a prayer, asking God to change my negative attitude to an attitude of gratitude.

         I invite you to join me to fast from negativity during Lent. Don’t worry if you fail at giving up your negative attitude. God’s mercy is new each morning.  We get a “do-over” each morning because of God’s mercy and forgiveness. “Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”  Laminations 3:23.

Let Us Pray:

“Jesus with Your grace, help me to fast from bitterness and turn to forgiveness; with Your grace help me to fast from hatred and return good for evil; with Your grace help me to fast from negativism and be positive; with Your grace, help me to fast from complaining to being grateful; with Your grace, help me to fast from pessimism to being an optimist; with Your grace, help me fast from harsh judgments to thinking kindly thoughts; with Your grace, help me to fast from worry and turn to trust in Divine Providence; with Your grace help me to fast from discouragement to being full of hope; with Your grace help me fast from anger to being more patient; with Your grace help me to fast from pettiness to being more mature; with Your grace, help me to fast from gloom to enjoy the beauty around me; With Your grace help me to fast from jealousy to praying for trust; With Your grace help me fast from gossiping to controlling my thoughts and with Your grace help me fast from sin to turning to virtue   Amen.”

Latest comments

21.06 | 13:10

So true.

28.02 | 07:56

Yes -- be quiet and listen.

14.02 | 12:50

Well said

13.02 | 19:05

Not so easy.