I love this picture posted on EWTN.
Have you heard of Grace Before Meals?
Grace Before Meals is centered on one fundamental concept: the simple act of creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships. Founded by Fr. Leo Patalinghug in 2003, Grace Before Meals has grown from a simple idea to a worldwide movement, producing a book, blog and even a pilot for a TV show endorsed by PBS.
Research shows that having frequent family dinners can reduce the susceptibility of teens to risks like teen pregnancy, smoking, drug use and depression. And these benefits don’t just apply to traditional families or people with kids. Stronger families foster stronger communities, and that’s the goal we’re striving for–one meal at a time.
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I love it when a priest is determined to tie one on to celebrate the New Year! In public too!
This is from Fr. Z's website (click link above for full story & his great site!). Cute! :)
St. Catherine of Siena was a great adorer of the Precious Blood, so much so that her last words were "Blood...Blood...Blood!" The prayer she composed to the Precious Blood of Jesus which she was known to pray frequently for sinners is:
“Precious Blood, Ocean of Divine Mercy, flow upon us!
Precious Blood, Most Pure offering, procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, Hope and refuge of sinners, atone for us!
Precious Blood, Delight of the Holy Souls, draw us!
St. Gaspar del Buffalo (died 1837) renowned apostle of the Precious Blood and founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S) used to say that he wished he had a thousand tongues to preach about the power of the Blood of Jesus for the salvation of all. Prophetically, St. Gaspar said,
"No! The chastisements of God are not yet at end; still more sorrowful times are ahead; and divine justice will be placated by the devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ."
Nice reminder to pray devotions to the Precious Blood of Jesus in 2010!
Fr Joseph M. Esper starts it with this...then click for full article if interested.
"During the past year and a half the Catholic Church in America has been rocked by revelations of widespread clerical sexual misconduct with minors, made worse by various attempted coverups by ecclesiastical authorities. Many instances of abused trust and lost innocence have come to light, resulting in grave harm to the Church’s overall reputation and credibility. Catholics are being forced to confront some painful questions and realities. Victims wonder if they can remain in a Church so slow to hear their cries for justice, while perpetrators hope for forgiveness and a way to atone for their sins; lay persons wonder if they can trust their priests and bishops, while innocent clergy live with a sense of bewilderment and the fear of false accusation. Parishes who’ve had pastors removed due to misconduct struggle with a sense of shock and loss, potential converts to Catholicism experience new doubts and hesitations, and bishops second-guess their handling of some admittedly very painful and difficult situations. This agonizing process of honest reassessment, which is both necessary and overdue, has the potential to make the Church stronger and holier—and because it forces so many of us as Catholics to confront some painful truths, we might say that in a certain sense, it’s a foreshadowing of the Warning...."
The New World Order has arrived
President Barack Obama signed away Americas rights under the US Constitutional protection of the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments. The New World order has arrived...
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See to it that you're not suddenly saddened by the adversities of this
world, for you don't know the good they bring, being ordained in the
judgments of God for the everlasting joy of the elect.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591AD) on Afflictions
Mini-Bio: Spanish; Carmelite priest, provincial, reformer, mystical writer, Doctor of the Church
That's sure true. Or, as I read somewhere else: we only see the "messy" side of the tapestry that God is sewing ("sowing") with your life...with your day...with your present moment. We look and think, "Ug." or "What the HECK could He be doing?" "Hmm...wonder if He really knows how to sew." :P
BUT--in reality, every cross-stitcher knows that the back MAY look messy (even some knots showing!) but the front is planned and lovely.
So, the reading went on, always know that God knows how to "sew" (sow) and knows exactly what He is doing and does it perfectly well! Have patience! Trust! (That's the hard part)
So, when you have one of "those days" or weeks...or "times"...
pray, hope, TRUST, and don't worry....
God is excellent at His "tapestries" and is creating something quite beautiful one day.
You'll see it and get a big sheepish grin perhaps and say:
"Oooooh..hehehehe...well, I didn't know..." :D *blush*
And, He'll look at you with a Fatherly twinkle in His eye and smile in his voice and say:
"I know you didn't. That is why I asked you to trust me." :D
"Now, child, did I disappoint you?"
You'll have the blush and big sheepish grin again and say,
"No, Father!" and then that grin will turn into a truly big joyful smile!
Seems like the simplest little word.
Who doesn't trust God? If you don't trust Him, who can you trust?
So, let's resolve this year to TRUST more.
Especially when we notice "the knots" and start to feel that sinking feeling! :P