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       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                                                                       

 

   Where do we encounter in a profound way our Blessed Mother Mary and the Holy Angels and Saints? It is at every Mass. Did you know that at every Mass we are praying and worshipping with many, many angels gathered on the altar? Your guardian angel always goes with you to Mass and is pleased to be with a host of his fellow angels singing and worshiping God. 

   When we recite the Confiteor, we confess the angel’s presence, … “I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God.” When we sing the Gloria, it is the same song which the angels sang at the first Christmas.

    As the priest prays the Preface at Mass try and imagine these magnificent heavenly angels filling the entire Church with their presence:  “And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and power of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of you glory. Hosanna I the highest. Blessed is he who come in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

   When we sing at Mass, we are singing with all the angels. We are swept right up into Heaven at every Mass.  It doesn’t matter if there is music or not because the Holy Angels and Saints are singing and worshiping before the Altar. It doesn’t matter if every body is singing off key or the homily is rather boring.  We are at the Heavenly Banquet at every Mass. What a celebration we are privileged to participate in with Mary, the angels and all the saints. 

   "The Mass we celebrate on earth is a mysterious participation in the Heavenly liturgy. We do go to Heaven when we go to Mass, and this is true of every Mass we attend.” ---The Lamb’s Supper by Dr. Scout Hahn.

 

 

“You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Luke 12:40.

 

   This verse always reminds me when my brother suddenly died of a massive heart attack at the age of 59. It was a shock to me and to his family whom he loved so much. He didn’t wake up that morning knowing that this would be the last day here on earth for him. My brother was a good and faithful Catholic man, dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

   But still, are any of us ready to meet our Savior Jesus Christ today? I know I need lots of ongoing conversion daily.

   If we were given special knowledge to know the day and hour when we would die, how would we live our lives differently?

   For one, I know I would not get so caught up in all the little annoyances and busyness of my day. I would let go of all the million and one unnecessary things that really don’t matter in the big picture of things. I would spend more time in praying the Scriptures, going to daily Mass, praying before the Blessed Sacrament, helping others, and spending more quality time with the people in my life.

   If I can keep my priorities straight and not stumble and fall into serious sin, I am preparing every day to meet the Master.

   Let’s face it, we get off track at times. But God showers us with His graces in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Let’s run to the arms of our merciful Jesus.

Let Us Pray:  

I come before you my Jesus, sinful and sorrowful; shower me with Your mercy and love today.  (reprinted from Catholic Mom Reflections)

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27.03 | 11:44

Thanks, very touching and true.

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05.03 | 18:40

Beautiful, and very touching.

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24.10 | 06:05

Amen!

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07.10 | 17:56

H0w true. So nice to listen and learn and submit.

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