MEDITATION OF THE DAY-JESUS’ DESIRE……

JESUS’ DESIRE TO PRESERVE THE MYSTERY OF GOD- by Pope Francis

MOTHER OF SILENCE, who watches over the mystery of God, save us from the idolatry of the present time, to which those who forget are condemned.  Purify the eyes of pastors with the eye-wash of memory:  Take us back to the freshness of the origins, for a prayerful, penitent Church.

Mother of the beauty that blossoms from faithfulness to daily work, lift us from the torpor of laziness, pettiness, and defeatism.  Clothe pastors in the compassion that unifies, that makes whole; let us discover the joy of a humble, brotherly, serving Church.

Mother of tenderness who envelops us in patience and mercy, help us burn away the sadness, impatience and rigidity of those who do not know what it means to belong. Intercede with your Son to obtain that our hands, our feet, our hearts be agile: let us build the Church with the Truth of love.

MOTHER, WE shall be the PEOPLE OF GOD, pilgrims bound for the Kingdom. Amen

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PENTECOST SUNDAY

ALMOST ALL CHRISTIANS KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON PENTECOST SUNDAY.

“PENTECOST:  Pentecost is the feast of union, comprehension, and human communion.  We can all see that in our world, although we are increasingly close to one another with the development of the means of communication, and geographical distances seem to be disappearing, understanding and communion between people is both superficial and problematic.”

“Imbalances endure that frequently lead to conflict; dialogue between the generations is heavy-going and at times antagonism prevails; we witness daily events in which it seems people are becoming more aggressive and more belligerent; understanding each other seems too demanding so they prefer to remain closed in on themselves, in their own interests.  Can we truly find and live in this situation the unity we need?….”

“Can unity and harmony really exist?  How?  We find the answer in Sacred Scripture: unity can only exist as a gift of God’s Spirit who will give us a new heart and a new language, a new ability to communicate.  And this is what happened at Pentecost.  On that morning, fifty days after Easter, a might wind blew through Jerusalem and the flame of the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples gathered together.  It settled on each one of them and kindled within them the divine fire, a fire of love capable of transforming them.  Their fear evaporated, they felt their hearts filled with new strength, their tongues were loosened and they began to speak freely in such a way that everyone could understand the announcement that JESUS CHRIST HAD DIED AND WAS RISEN. AT PENTECOST, where there had been division and alienation, unity and understanding were born…”

“JESUS explains to us what the Church is and how she should live in order to be herself, to be the place of unity and communion in Truth; he tells us that behaving as Christians means no longer being shut into our own “I” but rather being open to all things: it means inwardly welcoming the whole Church within ourselves or, even better, inwardly letting her receive us.  Therefore, when I speak, think, and act as a Christian, I do not do so by closing myself into myself, but I always do so in all things and starting with all things: thus the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of unity and of truth, may continue to resonate in our human hearts and minds and spur people to meet and to welcome each other.”

“Precisely because the Spirit acts in this way, he ushers us into the whole truth, which is Jesus, and guides us to look at it more deeply and to understand it.  We do not grow in knowledge by locking ourselves into our own ego, but only in an attitude of profound inner humility do we become capable of listening and sharing in the “we” of the Church.”(Pope Benedict XVI)

Prayer:  Today, O Lord, through the mystery of Pentecost, you sanctify your Church in every place and nation. Pour out the gifts of the Spirit upon the whole world, and bring to completion in the hearts of your faithful the work of love which you began with your first proclamation of the kingdom who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen

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PLEASE PRAY ALSO THAT WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WE CHRISTIANS WILL HAVE THE STRENGTH TO STAND UP FOR OUR FAITH WHEN THE TIME COMES.

MEMORIAL DAY: IN MEMORY OF AMERICA’S FINEST

“SECTION 60 of Arlington National Cemetery has taken on special meaning over the last decade as the final resting place of America’s fallen from Afghanistan and Iraq.”

“……………………..Though Arlington is universally known, one portion of it is familiar only to a tiny but special portion of the American people”.

“Section  60 is where many casualties of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are buried.  Solemn ceremonies have been held there since 2001, little noticed by the public but sometimes covered by the national news media.”

America’s wars in those countries have largely ended, but the grief endured by the families of the dead never will.  They suffer largely alone and in silence.”

It is time that their suffering is shared by the nation as a whole; that we take stock of the sacrifices made by this valiant few.  For it is likely that after this Memorial Day, their service will be mostly forgotten by a nation preoccupied by the mundane.”

(This is the beginning of an article by the Commander-in Chief of the VFW from the May 2015 VFW magazine.)  He goes on to say…………………….:

“So let me answer the question posed about a child and parental pride.  The answer is easy: NO PARENT COULD BE MORE PROUD THAN ONE WHO HAS A SON OR DAUGHTER (OR GRANDSON OR GRANDDAUGHTER) WHO KNOWINGLY TAKES THE RISKS OF SERVING IN WARTIME.  This has been occurring for the last 14 years, yet national media commentators rarely single out individuals in the armed forces as representing what is ‘best about America'”.

“But as VFW members, we know that the 4,474 uniformed Americans who died in Iraq and the 2,352 who lost their lives in Afghanistan EXEMPLIFY ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THE AMERICAN CHARACTER.  They and those who fought beside them rose to the occasion when few in their generation chose to do so.  They stand out as the best the nation has to offer.”

“More than 900 of them lie in Section 60 and the remainder in cemeteries nationwide; TAKE THE TIME THIS MEMORIAL DAY TO REMEMBER THEM.”

IN MEMORY OF OUR FIRST GRANDDOGGIE

INDY, OUR FIRST GRAND DOGGIE WAS 15 YEARS OLD, 105 IN PEOPLE YEARS WHEN SHE GOT TO THE POINT IN HER JOURNEY OF LIFE WHERE SHE WAS SUFFERING TO MUCH TO CONTINUE. SO HER FAMILY DECIDED IT WAS TIME FOR HER TO MOVE ON TO HER NEXT JOURNEY.

As many of her family as possible accompanied  her to her vets including her pal and other family doggie, Bunny.  Bunny was allowed to say good by to her friend Indy when the rest of the family said good by.

INDY WAS A VERY SPECIAL PORTUGUESE WATER DOG. She was a puppy when she came to her family.  We met her shortly after she arrived.  As soon as she checked out the house and figured out the dynamics of her family, she took charge.  She began mothering everyone. The children in the family were young and they became her children.  She figured out what time they went to bed and what time they got up, and from then on, she started pushing them to go up stairs when it was time and made sure they got up on time to go to school.  Unfortunately, Indy did not understand about weekends and days off so she tried hard to make them keep to the schedule, no mater what day.

We have had other dogs in the family, but none that we considered our Grand Doggies or part of our family. Indy was different.

When we, her grandparents came to visit, she greeted us with enthusiasm and a wagging tail.  No one came into her house without a friendly greeting.  She especially fell in love with Grampy Red.  Since we lived 4 hours away, we would talk to her on the phone, and when her human parents told her who we were she would talk back to her Grammy Connie and Grampy Red.  When we visited, she checked on us along with everyone else when she made her rounds of the household after everyone was in bed.  You could always count on Indy to stop by to be sure we were in bed. Then she would check the house to make sure all was well.

When she came to Maine with her family to visit us, she would sit up and start woofing when the car turned into our street.  She always knew when she arrived, where she was, and couldn’t wait to greet us and get patted and played with by Grampy Red.  I have a photo of Indy and Grampy Red, and both of them have a big smile.  As soon as I can copy it, I will post it with this Blog.

Indy was great at unwrapping her Christmas presents, and she left all the other ones alone.  Since she loved the rattle or bell best of all, she would tear apart the toy to get to the bell with great joy.

She kept her family safe.  When the kids swam in the pool, she didn’t jump in like other dogs would, she spend her time walking around the outside of the pool and watching over the swimmers to be sure they were OK.   Nothing got by Indy, she made sure we were all safe.

We have so many wonderful memories of Indy.  She was a wonderful loving mother dog for our whole family.  Where is she now?

It’s interesting that the Catholic Digest just had an article about dogs in this issue. A young boy didn’t want the family’s 15 year old dog put to sleep and someone wrote in and asked what to do. The title: BELOVED DOG TEACHES LESSONS IN LIFE AND DEATH.  

The article pointed out that: “One reason it’s hard to let a beloved pet go is that we’re not entirely certain what happens to them after they die. Some say they cannot possibly go to heaven because they have no eternal soul, while other argue that God draws all of creation to Himself. The Catholic Church says this is an open issue, and that’s a lucky thing for those of us whose brains light up at the mere mention of our pets. WE CAN’T IMAGINE ETERNITY WITHOUT THEM!”

SO I EXPECT THAT INDY IS IN HEAVEN HELPING GOD KEEP ALL THE NEW BABY ANGELS SAFE AND WE WILL SEE HER WHEN WE GET THERE. INDY WAS A WONDERFUL GRAND DOGGIE.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS

I PRAY THAT YOUR HUSBAND AND CHILDREN TREAT YOU WITH LOVE, KINDNESS AND RESPECT ON THIS MOTHER’S DAY AND ALWAYS.

Proverbs 31:25-30  MOTHERS

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.

She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel.

She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness.

Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her:

“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY