FAITH STORY, CHAPTER 3, AND MY MEMORIES, 6/21 SAT

I WAS A SINGLE PARENT, AFTER MY DIVORCE, TAKING CARE OF 4 CHILDREN, IT WAS HARD WORK, FUN, VERY REWARDING AND SOMETIME VERY STRESSFUL.  I WORKED 40-45 HRS A WEEK AS AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER, AND OWNED MY OWN AMWAY, NETWORKING BUSINESS WHICH WAS ANOTHER 10-20 HRS A WEEK.  IT WAS ALL HARD WORK AND SOMETIME I GOT DISCOURAGED.  THERE WERE ANY NUMBER OF TIMES WHEN I SIMPLY PRAYED TO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE MORTGAGE, GAS AND FOOD, AND IT SEEMED THAT EACH TIME I REALLY NEEDED HELP, HELP CAME.  I RECEIVED MONEY IN THE MAIL ONE TIME FROM MY RETIREMENT ACCOUNT FROM A PREVIOUS COMPANY JUST WHEN THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WAS GOING TO FORCLOSE.   I NEEDED A NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM AND THE COMPANY AGREED TO ACCEPT PAYMENTS, WHICH THEY NEVER DID.  MY OIL  company let me pay way less a month than I was supposed to, as long as I paid all summer to catch up,(This was before the payment plans came out)  I even stopped one time an bought  50 cents worth of gas, to get to work on pay day. I still remember that and much more, but it seemed God always came through. I was worried about food, my friend caught a deer, I helped him wrap it and he gave me half, meat for most of the winter.  My car wouldn’t start, the battery cable broke, myself and my sons taped it together, the car started and I got to work and the garage.  My car froze up right on the highway on the way to work, right outside my Oil Company’s house.  They drove me to work and thawed out my car so someone could drive me there on the way home from work.  My car wouldn’t start in a shopping strip mall,  I checked and a distributor cable was broken off, I looked up and there was an automotive store right in front of me.  I bought a cable, chucked the old one, and started up my car. There were so many other times when I didn’t know what to do and God came through.  I did nothing special, I just prayed every night and morning, went to church on Sunday, said my Rosary Beads once in awhile, and tried to be the mother and person God wanted me to be.

One time sticks out in my mind as the moment I knew Jesus cared about me.  I was working two jobs, I was tired and discouraged and our leaders in our Amway Marketing business held a campout in the middle of the summer, in a beautiful place in Maine.  On Sunday Morning we had an outdoor Worship Service.  It was a beautiful service, preaching and singing and then the preacher started talking about why Jesus died on the Cross.  We all usually say Jesus died for Us on the Cross.  But that day he made it personal. He looked at each one of us and said, “He died for you (say your name) and you and you, and we each said our name to ourselves.  My friends must of known I needed them, because one took my hand and one put her arm around me and of course I stood there with tears coming down my face.  It’s strange that things always happen when you need them most, isn’t it?  Only Jesus would know what I needed when I needed it.

The interesting thing was that the priest, some 30 yrs later said that same exact thing in Mass today when he talked about Holy Eucharist and why Jesus died for me and each one of us.

TODAY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CELEBRATES: THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.

AMEN, AMEN, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.  (John 6:47-51)

PRAYER;  FOR YOU WE HUNGER; FOR YOU WE THIRST!

JESUS IS ALWAYS HERE FOR US. AND I AM AMAZED HOW TRUE I FOUND THAT TO BE IN MY FAITH JOUNEY.  

 

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER……6/20, FRI

TEN MINUTES TO LEARN ABOUT THE HOLY TRINITY:  “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”

In defense of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the Universal Church proclaimed (this reality) at the fourth Lateran Council in(the year) 1215.  THE WORD “TRINITY” in not found in Sacred Scripture, yet the Triune nature of God was hidden in the Holy Spirit inspired writings of the Old Testament and revealed to the Apostles by Jesus Christ in the New Testament when, after His Resurrection and before His Ascension, Jesus instructed His disciples the baptize believers using the Trinitarian formula:  JESUS CAME UP AND SPOKE TO THEM.  HE SAID, “ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME.  GO THEREFORE, MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS; BAPTIZE THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND TEACH THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THE COMMANDS I GAVE YOU”  (Mt 28:18-19)

From:   www.agapebiblestudy.com

Note:  On June 15 the Catholic Church celebrates THE MOST HOLY TRINITY.  Above is an explanation of why we celebrate The Most Holy Trinity right after we celebrate Pentecost Sunday when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and inspired them to go and preach The Gospel.

From our Pastor, Fr. Joseph:  The feast that we celebrate on Sun, The Most Holy Trinity, is essential to our Christian faith, and at the same time extremely difficult to understand.  Many times I have been asked, is it one god in three persons or three gods in one person?  My answer is instead of trying to explain this mystery, we are meant to experience and live it.  Let me explain what I mean.

We speak of God as father, Jesus referred to God in this way, which shows that He has a very intimate relationship with God.  He had a strong belief that He was sent by God, served His God, and was loved, guided and cared for by His God.  We can ask ourselves, what is my relationship with God, intimate, distant or some where between?  The God that we call Father is also known as the creator.  I marvel at the change of seasons with the beauty and power that they reveal.  The God who creates made me in his image. As is written in the psalms, I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

The Word of God takes our flesh, and becomes as we are except for sin. I invite you to read again the accounts of Jesus ministry, and imagine how he continues to change our lives.  I invite you as well to let the breath of God, The Holy Spirit, continue to bring you gifts as you are both taught and comforted by God.

As you continue your walk of faith, may your experience of this mystery continue to deepen.  

PRAYER;  IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN. (this is the most powerful prayer we will every pray)   ALSO:  GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW, AND WILL BE, AMEN.

GOD’S LOVE IS……………..JUNE 18, WED

DRAW YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE LORD AND FROM HIS MIGHTY POWER.  (Eph 6:10)

IN A CULTURE that values autonomy and self-reliance, we sometimes imagine that we can call only on our own personal strength to shoulder the burdens of those we care for and to face our own difficulties.  The Gospel reminds us again and again that GOD’S LOVE IS OUR TRUE SOURCE OF STRENGTH.  ON HIM THE STRONGEST PERSON CAN LEAN WITHOUT APOLOGY.

NO TRIAL HAS COME TO YOU but what is human.  God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.   (1 Corinthians 10:13)

O,LORD, MY STENGTH, MY FORTRESS, MY REFUGE IN THE DAY OF DISTRESS! (Jer. 16:19)

PRAYER;  LORD GOD of power and might, you have revealed to us in Jesus Christ that true strength lies in self-surrendering love.  Make us his true disciples in every trial, and make us a true source of strength to one another, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

 

THE GREATEST JOB IN THE WORLD -FOR ALL WONDERFUL FATHERS-JUNE 15

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, FATHERS.  I PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU, THAT GOD WILL BLESS YOU WITH PATIENCE, LOVE, UNDERSTANDING AND ABOVE ALL THAT YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THAT JESUS LOVES THEM.  I ALSO PRAY THAT YOU WILL TEACH YOUR CHILDREN BY EXAMPLE, HOW TO PRAY, AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TAKE TIME OUT TO PRAY.  IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN TO KNOW THAT JESUS LOVES THEM UNCONDITIONALLY AND NOTHING THEY CAN EVER DO CAN MAKE HIM STOP LOVING THEM.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY HE GIVE YOU THE STRENGH TO TAKE CARE OF HIS CHILDREN THAT HE HAS ENTRUSTED TO YOU.

 

 

THE GREATEST JOB IN THE WORLD, BY Matt Archbold. ( I am going to skip some, you can read the whole article in the May Catholic Digest, in the HIS TURN section.)
….”After years in the newspaper business…..I left newspapers to raise my children. I had this crazy idea that children should actually see their parents once in a while. It is a crazy idea, right? They told me I’d be bored being a stay-at-home parent. Yeah, they actually said that. I’ll admit it’s been quite a shock for me, because raising children tends to involve a lot of “DOING”….. Parenting has changed me because a parent must be a doer or else nothing’s getting done……
Having kids means sleepless nights, talking, crawling, whining, playing, inexplicable stains on the wall, spills on the carpet, crazy crying, and skyrocketing fevers. Never mind the kids. There’s no avoiding one second of it. Bet here’s the thing–you don’t want to. …..
Many people tell you that you can’t fool children. But it’s not because they’re brilliant. It’s because they just don’t care about your excuses. You’ve go something going on? Don’t care. Feed me. You’re on the phone, Don’t care. Play with me. You’re working? Don’t care. Change me.
In the end though, something surprising has happened to me. I’m out of the bleachers. My children made me a doer. I’m now a go-getter, but a very reluctant go-getter. Believe me, now that some of my kids are joining sports and extracurriculars at school, sometimes I feel like all I do is take them places just so I can go get them.
And with all this doing and go-getting, I discovered something. I FOUND THE STORY. I FOUND MY STORY. And it’s so much better than a nuclear power plant explosion. (But oddly enough, smellier than a dumpster fire.)

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, FEAST DAY, SAT. JUNE 14

HOLY LIGHT ON EARTH’S HORIZON,

Star of hope to those who fall, Light amid a world of shadows,

Dawn of God’s design for all,

Chosen from eternal ages,

You alone of all our race,

by your son’s atoning merits

Were conceived in perfect grace.

 

Mother of the world’s Redeemer,

Promised from the dawn of time:

How could one so highly favored

Share the guilt of Adam’s crime?

Sun and moon and stars adorn you,

Sinless Eve, triumphant sign;

You it is who crushed the serpent,

Mary, pledge of life diving.

 

Earth below and highest heaven,

Praise the splendor of your state,

You who now are crowned in glory

Were conceived immaculate.

Hail, beloved of the Father,

Mother of his only Son,

Mystic bride of Love eternal,

Hail, O fair and spotless one!

(Hymn-from Magnificat, no author)

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A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rv 12:1)  (Some people interpret this as the new Jerusalem but we can also interpret this as Mary in all her glory at the end of time.

We consider Mary the new Eve and Jesus the New Adam

Mary the Mother of God, conceived without sin, courageous participant in the mystery of redemption wrought by her Son, loving mother to all the world, is herself the song of salvation sung by all the human race as the dawn of our own hope (Magnificat)

PRAYER: GOD, THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, let the light of your face shine upon the darkness of our sin.  Through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, free us from the shadows to which we cling and draw us into the light of your eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

(DID you know that Mary Immaculate, is the Patroness of the U.S.?)  In other words,  In other words, many years ago, this Country was dedicated to Mary and she was asked  to pray to her Son for us.

 

 

LET’S TALK WINNING IMMIGRATION REFORM

I just read an article I want to pass along.  It is in BACKTALK in NEWSMAX, by Christopher Ruddy, Publisher

In part he wrote:  Conservatives are very open to the idea of immigration reform.  Exit poll data from the 2012 presidential election revealed that 65 percent of voters believe most illegal immigrants working in the US should be offered a chance at legal status, compared to just 28 percent who say they should be deported. (In my opinion, it is ridiculous to think we can deport 30 million or so illegals. Deport the criminals, yes, the rest, no. Mr. Ruddy has a good suggestion).

He believes that Congress and the president can begin by taking small steps: REGISTER, TAX, AND IDENTIFY THE UNDOCUMENTED AS THE BORDER IS FINALLY SECURED. THEN LET’S TALK ABOUT THE NEXT STEP.
He said our borders are not only porous, but also dangerous, Mexico’s organized crime problem is spilling over into the US.
I believe we must all write to our congressmen/women, Republican and Democrats, and insist that they jointly pass a bill that WILL CLOSE OUR BORDERS, REGISTER, TAX AND IDENTIFY THE UNDOCUMENTED (I believe they should be given Red cards, until such time as we pass another bill allowing them to progress to green) BUT FIRST, TAKE THE FIRST SMALL STEP. AND INSIST THAT THE PRESIDENT START UPHOLDING THIS NEW LAW AND ALL THE OTHER IMMIGRANTION LAWS, AND STOP MAKING LAWS OF HIS OWN.
Of course, if the Congress would act responsibly, the President wouldn’t be able to do his own thing. IT IS UP TO US AND CONGRESS.

Thank you Mr. Ruddy for the common sense approach. I do hope Congress will listen. I wrote to Senator King from Maine, perhaps if everyone writes, we might force them to do something concrete. Just think how many years? At least 8 or 10.
And thank you all for letting me sound off, It seems we always have the same problems, no mater which party is in office, and the problems just go on and on.