It is evening and I am in the Chapel, the place I most like to pray and where I feel closest to God. Immediately upon kneeling in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I feel the presence of the Lord penetrate my very soul. My body quivers and I feel as if my chest is about to burst. As I begin to pray the most Holy Rosary, I sense that something spectacular is taking place. Nothing that would be evident in this world, but surely quite a scene in the spiritual realm. Our Blessed Mother battles the evil one, crushing his head at every attempt to strike at her heel and at those who make up her army. I am but a soldier for my Queen, a low ranking one, but nevertheless a necessary player in the battle. It is the individual prayers which our Leader mends together to create a beautiful tapestry, one that is acceptable to the Lord. Separate we can appease Him a little, but, united we disarm Him! And so He equips us with the grace and fortitude to carry on…Onward Christian Soldier…AMEN! Shalom! :)
Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with Facebook? Now, don’t get me wrong, I like keeping up with old friends and relatives I rarely see, but, do I really need to keep seeing my ex acting out his jr high fantasies, over and over again. I’ve tried forgiving and forgetting like any good Christian, but, Lord it’s hard to keep good thoughts and best wishes when you notice that someone you once loved would rather pour out those smiley faces and hearts to others, while you never got so much as a proverbial “pat on the back”. What’s worse is when someone you are close to doesn’t even bother to ask how you are doing, yet, you are expected to ‘like” this and “thumbs up” that, but, often when you do, you just hear crickets. Relationships flourish and some drown. Do I stay or do I go? Just what purpose does it serve and how does it glorify God to harbor these deep seeded resentments towards those who continue to hurt us. And how do we respond in a Christ- like manner when those whom we’ve put our trust in disappoint us or better yet, betray us? I could always Block those people who probably don’t really care anyway but won’t that create a further wedge in an already fractured relationship. God has granted me so many gifts! How do I best honor Him on the world wide web? How do I practice my faith? By my silence and testament to His Divine Mercy. By accepting the fact that not everyone who says they are your “friend” really are and those who are your real friends make their presence known by just being present and in the flesh! By loving those who continue to hurt us, and by forgiving 70 x 70. Maybe I’m just not cut out for this vehicle of social networking! God Bless and Peace be with you! :)
The Spirit prompts me to glorify the Lord for His Love is everlasting and beyond human understanding! It is readily available for those who believe! Get ready Folks cuz this marks the beginning of proclaiming the Good News of Our Lord! AMEN! :-)
Well, so far, this year has started off pretty good, wouldn’t you say? We are still here, the sun is still shining and the birds are singing…But, isn’t that what it has always been like before the “bomb” dropped? I don’t know about you all but I sure have felt a heaviness of heart and the need to pray all the more so intently that I feel like a heart attack is coming on! It’s not anything that I can name but, more something urging me to stay in a state of prayer and to not pay attention to anything or anyone but God. It’s as if the Holy Spirit is prompting me to give up old habits, toss off old and lingering regrets and look to the future with my eyes on Him and my feet firmly planted in the Word. Wearing the suit of armor of the Lord is heavy, yet light…ever aware that without it, I am lost and alone! May the new year bring all of of us the promise of a life enriched with the blessings and grace of Our Lord! Thanks be to God! AMEN!