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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Some thoughts to start the New Year off

As we begin another year, many folks look back on everything that happened to them over the passing year. Sometimes it's easy to focus on the things that made us unhappy or sad, and the good things get lost. Dwelling on misery is not good for the soul; but our human nature cries out for solace- a loving word, a sympathetic listener, anything that validates our emotional turmoil.
Spiritual reading and attending daily Mass are the best ways I know of to turn your mind away from your own woes. Lift yourself up to God, and he will make your burdens light.
These excerpts from "The Imitation of Christ" (in red) put it well:

When thou art troubled and afflicted then is the time to merit.
Thou must pass through fire and water before thou comest to refreshment.(Ps. LXV 12)
Unless thou do violence to thyself thou wilt not overcome vice.
As long as we carry about this frail body we cannot be without sin nor live without uneasiness and sorrow.
We would fain be at rest from all misery, but because we have lost innocence by sin we have also lost true happiness.

Even,and especially, our woes can work to our spiritual advancement if we do not dwell on them. It is a hard thing to think that God gives us burdens because He loves us and wants our eternal happiness.

Many follow Jesus to the breaking of the bread, but few to the drinking of the chalice of His Passion.
Many reverence His miracles, but few the ignominy of His Cross.
Many love Jesus as long as they meet with no adversity.
Many praise Him and bless Him as long as they receive consolation from Him.
But if Jesus hide Himself, and leave them for a little while, they either fall into complaints or excessive dejection.
But they that love Jesus for Jesus' sake and not for any comfort of their own, bless Him no less in tribulation and anguish of heart than in the greatest consolation.
And if He should never give them His comfort, yet would they always praise Him and always give Him thanks.

It helps me if I meditate on the Agony in the Garden - how little my burdens become when I think of Our Lord suffering so much for us. I have a little booklet by Padre Pio, The Agony of Jesus - that is a great help.

As we start this new year, I pray that we all love God more deeply, strive to do His Will in our daily life, and offer our joys and our tribulations for His greater glory.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Goals


Have you attained the goals you set for yourself this year? As I look back, I can see that I failed miserably in some, and attained others. Ah, well, I am only human and weak, and so I will continue to struggle. The unattained goals, I will focus on again this year.
One goal that I did accomplish was my increase of devotion to St. Joseph, who I took for my patron Saint of this year. I read a book on his life, and pray to him every day for help in various matters, especially for help in devotion to Mary. I have done Prime and Compline of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin all year, and sometimes the other Hours as well.
I recently acquired this print of Our Lady, which I love; it's the same as the one my mom had. I imagine Mary holding the love of God close within her, oblivious to the world and all that would take that Love away.
So this coming year, I will work again on increasing my devotion to our Blessed Mother, and I place all of you, my readers, within her Immaculate Heart, and under the shelter of her Mantle.
May 2010 be a year filled with blessings for you and your families.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


From our house to yours, may the light of Christ shine always in your life.

May the Child Jesus inspire you throughout the year to walk in humility.

And a special greeting from my two faithful companions, who truly are a gift from God:


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chritmas Carol videos



The only thing I don't like about this one is the line "most highly favored Lady" which is a poor translation of "Hail full of grace".







Friday, December 18, 2009

A giveaway at Deis Irae

If you have never visited the blog Deis Irae, you might want to pop over there; he is giving away a Catholic calendar to one commenter. This blog is informative about the lives of saints, and I really appreciate the effort Smiley puts into bringing us the stories of the saints - some of which are quite obscure. Their stories are inspiring, and we all need some inspiration in our Catholic journey!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

For our soldiers and their families

I first heard this song at a Christmas Concert in Turner Valley, Alberta, performed by pastor Paul Rumbolt, and it silenced the noisy, drinking crowd; there was not a dry eye in the place when he was done. This video is performed by the man who wrote it, John McCutcheon. I send this out to all the families who have sons and daughters who are serving their country, far away from home, and for all the soldiers who won't be home for Christmas.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord......

It was a month ago today that my mother passed away. This picture was taken on her 79th birthday, just 2 months before her death. We had just come from Mass, and the flowers she is holding had been placed at the Tabernacle during Mass. I would like to share with you something she wrote on Nov. 1st, a week and a half before she entered into eternal rest; this is from her daily journal:

"I love having a happy heart. When I have a miserable day, I can still pray for a happy heart. When I am having a good day, I enjoy it with a happy heart. Whether my day is good, or whether it is miserable, I can still have a happy heart."

I love you and miss you, mom.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How much longer can this go on?

This guy is starting to seriously piss me off. If he keeps denying Christ, he might just get what he gives and it will be a sad day for the USA.


Obamas Wanted a Non-Religious Christmas: White House Social Secretary

By James Tillman

WASHINGTON, DC, December 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The Obamas were planning a "non-religious Christmas" and intended not to put the traditional White House créche scene on display.

White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers reportedly told a meeting of former secretaries that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display - a suggestion that was greeted by an "audible gasp" from her audience. The White House confirmed that there had been discussion regarding whether to make Christmas more "inclusive."

Despite such discussions, the White House eventually bowed to tradition, reports the NY Times; the creche scene is now on display.

In an email to Fox News' Todd Starnes regarding the issue, the First Lady's office quoted a speech given by President Obama at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The President's remarks emphasized that Christmas has a lesson for all, not merely Christians, and that it represents, "a tradition that we celebrate as a country - a tradition that has come to represent more than any one holiday or religion."

Catholic League President Bill Donohue said that it should be no surprise that President Obama and "his wife would like to neuter Christmas in the White House."

He continued: "That's their natural step - to ban the public display of Christian symbols. Have any doubts? Last April, Georgetown University was ordered to put a drape over the name of Jesus as a condition of the president speaking there."

"It is the business of the public to hold [the Obamas] accountable for the way they celebrate Christmas in the White House. We know one thing for sure: no other administration ever entertained internal discussions on whether to display a nativity scene in the White House."

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Take time to listen

It isn't Christmas music, but it suits my mood.