Friday, December 12, 2014

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Irish Wedding Blessing

~Irish Wedding Blessing~

"May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
Your lives are very special,
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days."

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Whatsoever Things Are Lovely

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice
Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.
Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, 
by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, 
let your petitions be made known to God.
 And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, 
keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 
For the rest, brethren, 
whatsoever things are true,whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, 
whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, 
if there be any virtue, 
if any praise of discipline, 
think on these things."
Philippians 4:4-8 
Douay-Reims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The deepest desire of Mary/El deseo más profundo María

     The deepest desire of our Santísima Virgen María is that all of her children would fall in love with Jesus. Her holy and pure life was defined by her "Yes" to the Holy and perfect will of God, our Heavenly Father. Our holy mother Mary was gloriously assumed into heaven. There, from her Immaculate heart, she intercedes for her children. There she eternally and blissfully gazes upon and contemplates the adorable face of her Son, our Savior, Jesus.
     El deseo más profundo de nuestra Santísima Virgen María es que todos sus hijos se caería en amor con Jesús. Su vida santa y pura se define por su "Sí" a la Santa y perfecta voluntad de Dios, nuestro Padre Celestial. Nuestra Santa Madre María fue asunta al cielo gloriosamente. Allí, desde su Corazón Inmaculado, ella intercede por sus hijos. Allí, ella eternamente y felizmente mira y contempla el rostro adorable de su Hijo, nuestro Salvador, Jesús.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Jesus was waiting for us to visit Him

     With tachycardic angst we found ourselves in a traffic jam. Meanwhile, a midsummer thunderstorm had left it's most beautiful remnant, a glorious rainbow. Then, a labyrinth of one way streets delivered us to the front steps of an old yet elegant Catholic Church. Three doors were locked. The Holy Spirit directed us to the fourth door, hidden behind a little porch's colorful flowers. There a kind Carmelite brother escorted us into the marvelous sanctuary of the Church...
where Jesus was waiting for us to visit Him.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Gratitude=Recognizing Miracles

          We pray for God to work miracles expecting the Almighty to serve us by complying with our demands. We don't get what we asked for. Then we believe that He has abandoned us. We have it backwards. We miss the point. We overlook His miracles. Our focus on material poverty blinds us to the wealth of Divine miracles that are daily showered upon us. Yet, if we carefully consider all aspects of life's events, we learn that Jesus continually blesses us with multitudes of miracles in response to our prayers. Our Father loves us so much that he only wants our best. We forget how much He loves our obedience. Obedience is a powerful expression of love. We forget that God's love for the broken hearted is immeasurable.  We deny ourselves the joy of surrendering to His Holy and Perfect Will. Like our Crosses, God chooses specific miracles for us. So often, our Cross is the sweetest of  His love filled gifts. That's where gratitude comes in. Without gratitude our petition is self centered, not Jesus centered. Gratitude opens our hearts and minds to God's beautiful Holy miracles. May the Holy Spirit fill us with the grace to recognize and obey God's Divine will for us.
 "And we know that to them that love God, 
all things work together unto good, 
to such as, according to his purpose, 
are called to be saints."
Romans 8:28
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, June 01, 2014


Lightening/ El relámpago
The Countenance of Jesus/El Rostro de Jesús
Glory and Praises to Our Blessed Savior!
¡Gloria y Alabanzas a nuestro Santísimo Salvador!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Humility, Love, Obedience

  Mary's humility, love and obedience to Our Blessed Lord are unparalleled. God's design leaves no other avenue of fully imitating Jesus without Mary. If God wanted Jesus to simply appear to us, He'd have just dropped Him off on a mountaintop. We have been so blessed by the wondrous journey of Mary's Immaculate Conception, the miraculous conception of Jesus, the Nativity, the upbringing of Jesus and Our Lady's never interfering with His becoming the Sacrificial Lamb. We too, are molded by Mary. It is impossible to truly obey Jesus without imitating Mary.
(Icon written by a Secular Carmelite) 
     The life changing power of praying the Hail Mary is immeasurable. This ancient and beautiful prayer, the words of which we find in scripture, keeps the focus away from the ego and directs the soul to Our Blessed Lord. I am certain that the sound of these lovely words, spoken by the Archangel Gabriel and Saint Elizabeth~even when we pray the Hail Mary mentally~causes the devil to cringe. This prayer pokes holes in his agenda to distract us from God's love.
   We are never without help whenever we pray the Rosary. Our guardian angels even help us to pray. Through this prayer, we experience God's miracles in our lives...the greatest miracle being a personal relationship with Jesus!

Hail Mary full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 7

     Time is a most precious outgrowth of prayer and fasting. My personal experience has been an enhanced awareness of time. It is perhaps more difficult to surrender than food or alms. "First Things First" in this context, means that time spent in prayer and contemplation comes before other activities. Listening to God requires a great deal of discipline. I have become increasingly aware of how little control I have over life's episodes. However, when I put Jesus first, "things" miraculously fall into place. My "schedule" is replaced by God's plan. I may not understand His will, but during times of prayerful fasting He blesses me with the graces I need to accept it. Events unfold according to His time. Meanwhile, I am invited by Jesus to align my thoughts, words and actions with His life, passion, death and resurrection, all of which transcend time. As Jesus leads me step by step into Holy Week, how grateful I am that He has so generously blessed us with the gift of eternity with Him!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 6

     Prayer and fasting effectively transport our attention above whatever placates worldly aspirations.  Trusting in God by turning away from the mundane opens the window to personal transformation. The desire to feed the ego is redirected to serving the needs of others. Self pity surrenders to forgiveness. Fondness for adulation is replaced by supernatural yearning to glorify Jesus with every thought, word and action. 
     Seeds of miracles awaiting manifestation are quietly embedded within the words of a famous prayer popularized in the early 1900's. The author is unknown. The prayer has often been attributed to Saint Francis, probably because of its resemblance to the way he lived his faith in Jesus.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury pardon
Where there is error, truth
Where there is doubt faith
Where there is despair hope
Where there is darkness light
Where there is sadnesss joy.

O Divine Master grant 
That I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning tha we are pardoned
And it is in dying 
That we are born to eternal life.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Prayer and Fasting`Lent 5

     Prayer and fasting cause a holy peace to flourish deep within our souls. Therefore, during a fast, it is not unusual for the evil one to attack with external (usually interpersonal) disruptions, provoking an internal "crankiness". Our obligation to forgive others coincides with a necessary examination of our own conscience. Our hearts must be willing to repent.How humbling it is to confront that for which we require forgiveness! This can be more painful than the struggle against cravings for things of this world. We may even be tempted to give up praying and fasting. The strength to persevere comes from total reliance on Jesus. We are then free to experience the peace that comes from forgiveness and acceptance of God's will.
 "And Jesus said, 
'Father forgive them 
for they know not what they do.'"
Luke 23:34 
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 4

     Generosity is a natural outcome of prayer and fasting. Alms giving, as well as offering time and service, stem from a holy root of self denial. The focus is gracefully removed from satisfying the whims of the appetite. There is a heightened awareness of the needs of others. Hunger shifts from the need to feed the self to a holy inclination to provide for our neighbor. Greed releases its grip in favor of a willingness to serve. The unreasonable fear of not having enough is supernaturally lifted. Giving without measuring is pleasing to the heart. Material possessions and social status are all too frequently an avenue of ensnarement by the evil one.  Prayer and fasting miraculously transform the craving for applause into a yearning for a closeness to the Heart of Jesus.

"And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face. That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee. Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth, where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither rust nor moth doth consume and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also." 
Matthew 6:16-21
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 3

    "And the Lord said to Moses: stretch out thy hand towards heaven and may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt so thick that it may be felt." Exodus 10:21 Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible
     The Pharaoh's hideous stubbornness was graphically portrayed by Almighty God's chastisement of him. Through Moses, the Lord enveloped the Pharaoh in a tangible darkness. Prayer and fasting supernaturally dissolve thick apathy and resistance to God's unconditional love, opening our hearts to grace filled forgiveness. Our Lenten sacrifices remove shadowy cloaks of hard heartedness and lift blinding burdens of condemnation. We miraculously become free to forgive and to be forgiven!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
       "How great is the mercy of the Lord, and His forgiveness to them that turn to Him!" 
Ecclesiasticus 17:28 (Deuterocanonical) 
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 2

     Prayerful fasting powerfully strengthens our intimacy with God. The first act of obedient fasting He required of mankind was to refrain from eating from a specific tree in the Garden of Eden. Our union with our Lord is so threatening to the evil one that he attempts to pervert even our most sincere efforts at fasting. Our souls can be driven away from our Heavenly Father by succumbing to temptations ranging from excessive eating to unhealthy distortions of fasting. May Jesus protect us and our loved ones from deception as we endeavor to draw closer to Him this Lent.
     And the Lord God took man and put him into the paradise of pleasure to dress it and to keep it. And He commanded him saying, "Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death." Genesis Chapter 2 Verses 15-17 Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible
     Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Why hath God commanded you that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?" And the woman answered him saying, "Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat, and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die." And the serpent said to the woman, "No, you shall not die the death. For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened and that you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil." 
Genesis Chapter 3 Verses 1-5 
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 1

The Holy Gospel teaches us that the disciples of Jesus were powerless to resolve the mental affliction of a young boy. It must have been frightening and exhausting for the both the child and his father. Jesus illustrates the role of faith, trust and surrender to His Will, when facing any seemingly insurmountable crisis. It takes faith to turn away from earthly distractions and ineffective solutions to problems. Daily tasks and concerns absorb precious minutes and hours with the greatest urgency. Spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and actively seeking spiritual nourishment requires faith that Our Blessed Lord is in control of every outcome. His Will for our lives is perfect and holy. Prayer and fasting help us to recognize and obey God's will for us.
~Jesus spoke to the father of the child~
 "And Jesus saith unto him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:22
~The disciples asked Jesus why they were unable 
to cast the demon spirit form the child~
  "And He said to them: This kind can go out 
by nothing but by prayer and fasting." Mark 9:28
From the Gospel of Mark Chapter 9 
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

About Fasting

           I write this out of loving concern for those who may not understand the true nature and value of Christian fasting. 
     We know that Our Lord holds very dear within His heart persons afflicted with eating disorders, emotional infirmity and medical conditions, who may feel that they are unable or unworthy to receive the blessings of fasting. Regardless of physical or emotional condition or state of life, Our Heavenly father loves all of His children without measure. 
     Christian fasting is a prayer filled experience, through which we are supernaturally  guided by the Holy Spirit to grow closer to Our Lord. There are many variations of fasting. For example, juice fasting and strict adherence to medically prescribed meal plans are valid and powerfully spiritually rewarding types of fasts.
     Fasting, as prescribed by the Roman Catholic Church has very specific guidelines, with consideration given to age and state of health. Holy obedience and self denial are paramount features of a Christian fast. They beautifully demonstrate trust in our God, who loves us unconditionally. In Christian fasting we turn away from earthly desires. Our motivation is to be drawn more closely to Christ in every thought, word and action. Our hearts are more receptive to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are free to surrender to His perfect and holy will for us. 
     Persons with medical ailments or eating disorders should not embark on a total fast, rather they should seek the advice of their priest and physician with regards to an alternate yet fitting holy sacrifice. Examples can be found in the spiritual and corporal Works of Mercy. Attending Mass more frequently, Eucharistic Adoration, and increased time devoted to prayer and scripture are other examples. May our Blessed Lord Jesus bless you abundantly on your fasting journey.
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Sunday, February 02, 2014

The Memorare

     Cold icy winds seem never ending. Spring seems so far away. Thankfully, we are never without the enduring presence of Our Savior's unconditional love, Our Blessed Mother's holy intercession, or our beloved Saint Joseph's protection.
The Memorare:
   "Remember o most Blessed Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this conficence, I fly unto thee oh Virgin of Virgins our Mother. To thee do we come, before thee we kneel sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen."
Learn more about this beautiful prayer here, @Thesaurus Precum Latinarum.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Pelican of Mercy

"Living Bread that giveth all Thy creatures breath 

grant my spirit ever by Thy life may live 
to my taste Thy sweetness never failing give. 
Pelican of Mercy, Jesus Lord and God, 
cleanse me wreched sinner in Thy Precious Blood 
where one drop for human kind out poured 
might from all transgression have the world restored."
(from: Adoro te Devote, the ancient Eucharistic Hymn written by Saint Thomas Aquinas)
      Early Christian tradition tells us that when famine would strike, mater pelican averted the starvation of her young by shedding her own blood, sacrificing herself to give them life. So has Blessed Lord Jesus, sacrificed Himself, shedding His Holy Blood to give us Eternal Life. The Pelican of Mercy is a most beautiful Christian symbol of Christ's love.