Friday, December 18, 2009
This is a prayer that my Sister-in-Laws Son wrote and forwarded to me!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray you open doors for the person who
Sent me this as well as those I am sending it to. Only you can open
Door’s no man can close and for that we honor you today.
Thank you for the open doors of life, health, strength, prosperity, wealth, and love.
Also thank you for closing the doors of death, sickness, weakness,
despair, poverty, and bitterness.
We love you today Lord and we give you all the glory,
the praise. I seal this prayer in Jesus' name Amen!!!
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close.
Mathew Ch.6 Vs.8
Your Father knows the things you have
Need of before you ask Him.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Recently I received this email from a friend and thought it an honor to pass it on. A young Marine wrote this poem and letter to his father a short time ago. In the letter to his dad the young Marine requested that his dad disseminate this poem to as many people back home as he possibly could.
So the least I could do is publish it for that Marine who’s out there doing the most for us. Defending the great country that we live in!
We all came together,
Both young and old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.
In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.
Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I'll give my life,
So you can live the American way
I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
and protest in our streets.
But still I fight on,
I don't fuss, I don't whine.
I'm just one of the people!
Who is doing your time.
I'm harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I'm the immortal soldier,
I'm a U.S. MARINE!
So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they've shown.
Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you've won
Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.
But when your time comes,
Do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You'll stand when the fight's done
By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert
Thank you Corporal Gilbert for standing in harms way for my freedom. You may never know how much it means to me.
Semper Fidelis Marine
Monday, November 23, 2009
When we are down and our spirit is at an all time low, feeling the harshness of life’s realities pressing in on us, do we fit the title of poor in spirit?
I would like to think that what St. Matthew had recorded Jesus as saying in the beginning of the Beatitudes describes a state of being that all of us experience from time to time as we live out our earthly lives dealing with all emotions that come along with the task.
I am here today writing to relieve some of the strain I feel is pressing down hard on my own spirit condition. Prayer always helps, but sometimes it takes a little extra effort, such as writing down thoughts or creating a place in the mind where nothing exist but you and your own thought of God and His perfect, majestic plan for your future as well as present.
As I write this post I am devoting my full attention to giving God praise for somehow keeping me open to receive all blessings He has for my life! I know He has plenty and it is my hope that He would somehow allow me to share them with everyone that I am in contact with here in my physical existence.
I pray that someone out there reading this will be touched by what is said here and spiritual uplifting occurs.
Faith is a wonderful thing when you add patience to it, all things becomes possible it seems.
Oh Lord, help me remember that nothing is going to happen today, that You and I can’t handle together!
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Je-ho’vah is everlasting strength…
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Today is a special celebration for our Church as we remember the many great people who have really distinguished themselves in their lives that now they are recognized as saints in our Faith Tradition.
In this regard, the Beatitudes are indeed fitting as these individuals have shown through the graciousness of God to lead lives that were counter cultural to society during their respective time periods. The Beatitudes present a way of life that assures us of eternal life. But do we really consider them as good news? Do we consider the poor truly blessed? Is there sense to the beatitude that those who mourn and are
peacemakers are indeed happy?
In essence, the focus of the beatitudes in declaring that certain
people are truly blessed is the reality that in one's helplessness and poverty, there is no other one to turn to except God. In this manner, they are able to root themselves to the One who is the source and end of everything. God is the only one who could console them in the midst of all the crises and challenges in life. This is easier said than done especially when there are urgent matters to attend to like bills to pay for food, education, rentals, and other basic needs. Yet, it is during such times that our faith may be tested in that we know that in some mysterious way, our needs will somehow be met.
The significance of today's feast is that we are able to believe that
there are now people who were with us then but now enjoy the company of God. This is something that hopefully can inspire us to follow suit so that in God's mercy and love, we may be privileged to be considered outstanding in our virtues as Catholic Christians who made real the presence of God in a world so much divided by hatred and differences.
Thus, the understanding of saints should not be strictly limited to
those officially declared by the Church as all of us are called to a
life of holiness. It cannot be denied that there are countless number of people whom we know who qualifies to be saints as their lives are reflective of the values of the beatitudes.
As we celebrate the Feast of all Saints, we beg them to intercede for us that we may be holy so that we too may eventually be with them in the company of our Lord Jesus.
Matthew 5; 2-12
He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is from an email I recently received from a friend
hope you enjoy it.
Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston , Texas . Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.'
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change ..'
The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?'
'Yes' he replied.
'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you
would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday..'
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said,
'Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.'
Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Christian.'
Watch your thoughts ; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits...
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny...
I'm glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder. So, I choose to forward it to you - my friend. God bless you; I hope you are having a wonderful day!
If you don't pass this on to anybody, nothing bad will happen; but, if you do, you will have ministered to someone.
The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not PROTECT you....
Stay FAITHFUL and Be GRATEFUL!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Deuteronomy 11: 18-19
Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be frontlets between your eyes.
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Matthew 16: 18
That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Let us remember that the Church exists to evangelize.
The church,which is you and I, is missionary by nature. Through our baptism, we were baptized into this body of Christ, the Church. For better or for worse, we are symbols of Jesus Christ in the world. It is therefore our mission, our very lifeblood to see Mission Sunday, not as an outsider, but as someone called to be on mission.
It's an old principle that says: we cannot give to others what we do not have ourselves. Hence we need first of all, to be "missionized".
lf our Christianity is only a matter of rules and regulations like
going to Church on Sundays and not eating meat on Fridays; if our
faith is only a matter of convenience and not of conviction; if Christ is only a statue and not a person whom we really know, then we are certainly thinking and viewing Mission Sunday as an outsider. We will end up with excuses saying: "Not me, I am too busy; I am too afraid, I don't know how to talk to others about Christ."
We need to have the faith level conviction in our intellect and in our hearts. Once that happens, we will need no urging to witness to Christ.
We will feel impelled from within to celebrate and share the life of
Jesus. We must begin today and begin now because now is the acceptable moment of salvation. In our own corner of the world, let us light the lamp of Christ by what we say and how we live, by what we believe and what we stand for, and by the attitudes we manifest. Let these be seen and heard loud and clear at home, in our study and work place, in our neighborhood, and particularly with those who do not share our faith.
May the people around us begin to see a difference in our lives, and let that difference be Christ Jesus himself. After all, he is there to inspire us every step of the way. Let us not forget that with his
great commission: "Go make disciples of all nations", we also have his great promise: "Know that I am with you always until the end of time."
Mission Sunday is a day to thank God for our faith. Christ expects
each one of us to never let a day pass by without proclaiming God's message of salvation to those around us. None of us can say that we cannot be a good Christians, that we cannot pray, that we cannot offer to God our crosses for the salvation of our brothers and sisters. If we try, we shall discover that we can help to spread the kingdom of God far more that we think.
Let us keep in mind that there is no shorter way to heaven than
helping others to get there. And so, as we worship God today, let us pray we may have the courage to shout out and offer to all those around us Jesus Christ and his message of salvation for Christ is our lifeblood and theirs as well.
By: unknown author
Saturday, September 12, 2009
More and more, people are searching for spirituality and religion on the Worldwide Web these days. What are the pros and cons of this new way of seeking God’s Living Word and answers to most of life’s issues that we all face?
The internet is the greatest search tool the world has ever known and the power to seek and understand things is now right at the fingertips. It’s truly amazing what knowledge the human brain can acquire just sitting at a desk looking for information regarding any given topic whether it be finding out about how something works or information about health issues that concern us or policy about laws and governmental procedures.
It’s a wonder that we don’t all have a touch of attention deficit disorder now trying to keep up with our email boxes, our chats, our online friends our discussion groups etc. etc.
The internet gives us new meaning to the catch phrase TMI, too much information.
Only in the last few years have I come to realize that since God is everywhere and in everything, it is true that He also is here on the internet as one can plainly see. I used to think that the Web was a place full of darkness and evil just waiting for you to come onboard and swim in the transgressions it can allow you.
Now, by revelation, I’ve come to realize that this thinking was my own and had nothing to do with what the internet was doing. If I look for bad,I can find it anywhere. If I look for good, I also can find it anywhere, so now I am out here looking for all the good I can find and what to my wonder, I’ve surely tapped into a new world of goodness, kindness, compassion and love that I was not even aware of existing. I would like to thank God and all the wonderful people I’ve met here on the Web for helping me to have a better mindset about the Web and about the many mercies that God provides for every occasion of life. I feel blessed now just to have a computer and to be connected to so many good people and places. Thanks you all and God Bless you!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
One of Ignatius of Loyola's contributions is the Examination of
Consciousness. Unlike the Examination of Conscience, which is an
exercise of identifying faults as we prepare for the Sacrament of
Penance, an examination of consciousness allows us to be more aware of
how God continues to be present ever y moment in our lives.
It is usually done twice a day — during the middle of the day and when
we are about to sleep. As we review part of the day, we are grateful
for the God's many gifts and then, we ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten
us as we go over the events of the day to see how God continually
invites us to a deeper relationship with Him.
For the times we have responded positively, we are encouraged to move
on and be as faithful as ever. And for the occasions we may have
procrastinated or worse, did not heed the call of Jesus, we beg for
forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit that we may not be discouraged and
lose heart. It is during this process of looking into our hearts that
we become more aware of our decisions that will either strengthen or
weaken our relationship with Jesus. If done with honesty and openness
we are able to see our various motivations as to why we acted in such
a manner. And from such reflection, we hopefully learn in order that
we may become better loving people that will make us pleasing to
We do many things in life for mixed reasons, some good and some not so
good. Thus, we need to constantly and continually purify ourselves in
order that in the end, we may hopefully do things for the right
"Where your heart is, there your treasure lies" is something that
Jesus taught us too. There is truth to this insight as we know very
well that whatever we value, this is where we fully invest ourselves.
If family is important, we spend quality time with them. If money is a
priority in our lives, we work very hard in order to earn enough
perhaps at the expense of other equally important aspects of our
lives. Finally, if God is truly number one in our lives, then we show
in our actions how God is truly present particularly in our quest for
love and justice for the poor and the innocent. This disposition can
be supplemented well with our efforts to spend time in prayer
individually and communally through the celebration of the sacraments
particularly of the Eucharist. We do this not to impress others but
rather because of a deep desire to strengthen our relationship with
Jesus whom we love and desire to serve. In doing so, we become his
And so, in this Eucharist, let us examine ourselves and look deeply
into our hearts. What is it that we truly treasure? Why do we do these
actions? Is it for our personal glory or is it for Jesus? May the Holy
Spirit enlighten us in order that we may lessen our hypocrisy and
truly be consistent with what we say and what we do.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So today, which is all I have, I will look at my life and carry myself as if I were some very important person in the world, because I am.
If I look at myself as being VIP there is no way I can think lowly of myself or any other person. This to me is a good idea! Love large, play hard and be true to thy self, all the day long.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
A dear friend sent this in an email to me today, knowing what I am facing and I thought it special enough to put it out here for all to read and share. I don’t know who wrote it, but that person is very special, I can tell. I hope whomever reads this is touched by it and does something afterwards, something nice and loving.
One day a women’s husband died and on that clear ,cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom,the wife was stricken with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t “ANYMORE”.
No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more “just one minute”.
Sometimes the things we care about the most give up and go away, never to return before we have the chance to say good-bye and I love you.
So while we still have them, it’s best that we love them, care for them, fix them when their broken if we can, help them to get well when they’re sick. This is true for marriage , old cars, children with bad report cards and dogs with bad hips, aging parents, grandparents.
We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep, like a best friend who moves away or a sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things make us happy, no matter what. Life is important like people we know who are special. So we try to keep them close!
I received this from someone whom I thought was a “Keeper” Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way! Now it’s your turn to send this to all those people who are keepers in your life, including the person who sent it to you if you feel that way.
Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know that you love them? I was thinking, I could die tomorrow or next week, and I wandered if I had any wounds that needed to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said. Let every one of your friends know you love them, even if you think they don’t love you back, you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do.
And Just in case God calls me home. I LOVE YOU ! :-)
Live and love today because tomorrow is not promised!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Whenever you are covered with darkness and can not see
Do not be discouraged, just ask God to set you free,
Whenever you see light in a gloom filled world today
Thank God for faith, hope and for showing the way,
When you feel lost or full of dismay
It is Gods desire to brighten your day,
When fear clouds the mind and causes confusion
Just ask God to remove all doubt and delusion,
When you feel lonely and extremely down
Remember what Jesus did and make a frown upside down,
Whenever all seems so vain and you feel you’re coming apart
Bow a knee and in silence ask Him into your heart,
Happiness is the mindset one can have
If the promise to love is kept alive
Your life will change and truly you will thrive
By; Arthur Wartenbe
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I am a believer that our wonderful Creator, will not put more on us than we are able to handle and He will help us through the tough times whenever they befall us. I will write more later, when I have more time, but for now this is the most I can get out. Hoping all are well out there in blogland and enjoy having access to a wealth of reading. Bless you all this day!
Well, it's another day and it has started with rain, alot of it. This is what we call dog days here along the Gulf Coast! I got wired up on coffee this morning and did a few honey do's, but now I'm done except for finishing the laundry I started hours ago. Guess I'll go take care of that and review my position for options to complete the day. So many things to do, never know what to do next. Slow down and focus on one task at a time I reckon. Yeah, sounds like a plan!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A friend is the very first person to come to you when the whole world shuts you out. Anonymous
Friends are anyone you would trust with you wallet, even if it is empty, your wife even if she’s not that pretty, and in some cases your life even if it isn’t what you thought it was. Friends are people whom we trust, that understand us, encourage us, console us when we are down. Sometimes, their just being near contains the harsh feelings that weigh heavy on our hearts and in our minds.
Friends are the ones who help us get through the rough times in life even when it means compromising and changing plans that they might’ve already made.
In February of 2005 my father lost his best friend/wife of 48 years to a stroke . It was a very sudden and untimely event that left him feeling absolutely baffled and extremely lonely.
Being the oldest of three sons he has, I too felt the same grief's he was experiencing except I relied on Gods word to strengthen me and guide me more through the feelings of despair that come along with the loss of loved ones. I knew the pain he was carrying, yet being in my own selfish grieving mode, I could not find a way other than moving away to deal with the whole ordeal.
Recently, a whole year and a half later, I realized how bad it hurt him to loose his best friend and decided to try and reunite with him and rekindle our closeness. I feel I have made progress with this, but now he has lung cancer and his hopelessness is truly overwhelming. I now live with him and I am here for him, no matter what the cost is. I am trying to be his friend more so than his son, because I really feel that he needs a friend now, more than ever before. My faith is strong and my character is just as strong, but seeing him the way he is now is so hard and trying to stay close is just as hard.
I am committed to myself that I will remain friends through the last days of his life no matter what the costs be and I would gladly take his place right now just to see him feel better and be relieved of any suffering. We are and will always be friends as it should be.
God knows our pain and knowing is half the battle.
It wasn’t always this way, but now it is!