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“Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times. And Peter went outside and wept bitterly.”  Luke 22:61

   Peter was heartbroken. He was filled with much grief because Jesus died and was gone. His friend whom he loved and followed was dead. His Master, his Lord, his beloved friend was gone.

   Peter was tormented with much shame and guilt. He denied Jesus three times. You can almost hear Peter lament: “My Jesus I should have been there for you. I should have defended you. But instead I denied that I ever knew you, my Jesus. Now it’s too late. Jesus, my friend is gone forever. I am rotten through and through. I am just a piece of junk.

   Peter wept bitterly. In his sorrow, Peter must have asked Jesus to forgive him over and over again.  This is why I can relate to Peter. I too, have denied knowing Jesus because of fear of what will people think. I have remained silent when I knew in my heart that I needed to speak the truth to someone about the faith. I wimp out at times, just like Peter.  I too, have been filled with sorrow, shame and guilt because of my sinful actions or inactions.

   However, the story doesn’t end there with Peter does it? And it doesn’t end there for you and I either. Jesus continues to beckons us to come to Him to be washed clean in His Divine Mercy. He restores our soul; He heals our broken hearts. Jesus, little by little infuses us with the graces to live and share our love of Jesus with others.

   God doesn’t make junk. I am the one who falls from grace. My heart gets filled with all kinds of junk. But the good news is Jesus is the junk collector. Each time I go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus cleans out the junk in my heart.

   After the Resurrection, Peter and his disciples went fishing. Peter’s heart was filled with sorrow and remorse. But that all changed when Peter saw Jesus on the shore. Peter got so excited that he jumped into the water and swam to shore to greet Jesus, his beloved friend. Can you just imagine how Peter felt? He thought his friend was gone forever from his life.  Behold, there was his Lord and God beckoning him to come. What joy in being embraced by Jesus once again. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Reflection:
May you and I always run to Jesus to be restored, refreshed, and healed. He is the Lover of our souls. Our souls are restless until they rest in Him.

 

 

      I am so happy to have my story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog!

      It’s available NOW at Trinity Books and Gifts, 1530 Cedar Street, Suite A Helena, Montana 59601, 406-449-4463. http://trinitybooksgifts.com/  or online.: http://bit.ly/2ChbBot.  You can also purchase the book at the upcoming Catholic Women’s Conference on Saturday April 27th at the Trinity Book table.

     My story is entitled, Our Weather Forecaster. I wrote this story a long time ago when my children where little. We adopted a German Shepherd puppy and we named her Bambi. Over the years, I revised the story and submitted to various magazines. I never throw anything out and have many stories I’ve written many moons ago tucked away in my computer files somewhere.

    When Chicken Soup for the Soul wanted stories about dogs, I thought oh my, ‘I might have one or two stories about the many dogs we have had over the years.’ I submitted probably five or six stories about our dogs but it was the one I wrote many years ago that was selected.

    I believe God’s timing is perfect. I was able to dig up photos of our two little boys and Bambi. These pictures brought back some very delightful and happy memories which I have been able to share with family.

    The other stories in the book, Life Lessons from the Dog are humorous, heart tugging and just might brighten your day. I found the stories delightful to read.

   Sometimes in this much too serious world of ours, we just need to lighten up and enjoy the lighter side of things. I hope you will consider purchasing a copy of this book. I promise it will make you smile.

 “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter” she who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price; no sum can balance her worth; A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as she who fears God finds; For she who fears God behaves accordingly and her friends will be like herself !”                                                             Sirach 6: 14-17

   I am so grateful for my friends, who during my recent illness, prayed, supported me and loved me where I am at. The above words from Sirach says it all. I am so thankful for my friends. I have come to realize that is not about accomplishing some wonderful project or goal but it is in how we love and care for one another each day.

   We are all going through difficult challenges. But with Jesus, the Holy Saints and angels and especially faithful friends, we can get through the tough times. When we share our burdens with one another and pray for one another, it lessens the load. We come to realize that we are not alone.  

   God our Father created each of us with a desire to be in relationship with the Holy Trinity and with one another. “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.:”

                                                                                                          Psalm: 106: 1

Reflection:

“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his (her) earnest counsel.”  Proverbs: 27:9

 

   When Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to be presented as prescribed by the law, they encountered Simeon and Anna in the temple. Simeon was a righteous and devout man who prayed daily for the Christ child to come. Anna who worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer, also was waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. They both had waited eagerly day in and day out for the coming of the Messiah. They prayed, fasted and hoped.

    I wonder at the end of the day as each of them went to sleep, did they whisper to God, “The Christ child did not reveal Himself today as we hoped He would. But we will continue to pray and trust that it will happen." They preservered in praying daily.

    If Anna and Simeon had grown so weary that they gave up praying, fasting and hoping for the Christ child, they could have easily missed the Heavenly encounter. But they were faithful and continued to pray, trust and hope each day. They listened to the Holy Spirit daily. 

   By their faithfulness, and being willing to be led by the Holy Spirit, they knew that this was the awaited Messiah when Mary and Joseph came into the temple with the Christ child.

    When my prayers seem to go unanswered, it is tempting to get discouraged.  Faithful Simeon and Anna, help me to continue on and never give up praying.

   It maybe that my prayers will not be answered this side of Heaven. However, if Simeon and Anna can trust, pray and never give up hope, then I too will trust, pray and hope. Help me Saint Padro Pio to "Pray, Hope and Don't Worry."

Reflection:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

 

 

 

Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” Psalm 130: 7

    One of our priest stated in a recent homily: "Hope is in short supply today." I kept pondering his words in my heart. I thought, he is absolutely right. There are so many people living lives of slow desperation day in and day out. How do we begin to show others the hope that we have in the Lord Jesus Christ?

    According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men's activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity."

    If we place our hope in God each day, we can safeguard ourselves from discouragement. The virtue of hope helps us to persevere during times of sorrow and difficulties. When we give into discouragement we can proclaim: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

    Lets face it, life can be challenging at times and I do get discouraged. I may wonder where is God in the midst of these tribulations that I am going through? God has placed in my heart this eternal hope in Him. I know God is closer than my breathing. I just need to stop and take in a deep breath and whisper, “Jesus I trust in you. Jesus I hope in you. Jesus you are all that I need. You are all that I want. You are worthy of my praise.”

Reflection:

Let us help others by living lives filled with hope that comes from God alone.

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43: 5

 

 

Latest comments

01.05 | 13:00

Very true. We need and get so much

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06.03 | 03:10

A favorite priest friend of mine says the saddest words in the Bible are on the road to Emmaus..."we had hoped..."

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02.03 | 19:36

Beautiful what you write.

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01.01 | 19:51

A very blessrd 2019 to as well

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