Saturday, October 31, 2009

LIfting our hearts to the Lord

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest prayer we can pray.
The consecration of bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ is the Highlight of the Mass. He is the Food and Drink for our souls.
But my second favorite part of the Mass is when, just before the consecration, we respond to the Priests acclamation: "Lift up your hearts."
We respond: We lift them up to the Lord. I smile each time I say this, as I raise my eyes and hands to the Crucifix behind the Altar, because I verbally acknowledge my giving all of me to Jesus.
Brian and I have given everything to Jesus. We gave him our marriage, our children, our jobs, our home. We have held nothing back.
It is the greatest relief to know He holds everything in His hands. Actually it is more than relief, it is real joy. The world cannot understand this, but if they could what peace there would be.
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever.

Oh how I love Jesus

I decided to start this blog as a record of spiritual impressions within my heart.

Last Sunday at Mass, I looked up at the Crucifix and felt within my heart so much love for Jesus, that I would crawl up onto the Cross with Him.
Since that is not possible, one way I can show Him my love is to accept all the trials and difficulties that He sends my way, for the good of my soul.
For years I have been declaring, 'All for Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus', whenever I face a sorrow, a difficulty, a frustration.
I have even learned to give Him my joys. Like working in the garden, or a happy day with my children, or a peaceful moment away with my husband, or seeing a beautiful vista.
God's signature is all over if we have the eyes to see.

All Hallow's Eve

The world knows it as Halloween. Little do they know it is the Eve of All Hallows or All Saints Day.
It has become an ugly day as evil is glorified. Except for the children; to them it is all about candy.
Because of God's mercy taking Brian and I deeper into the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, we decided to stay home and indoors.

We closed the curtains and shades and just had candlelight. I even lit a Baptismal candle. After hamburgers we said our family Rosary. Oh the forces of good and evil that battle tonight.

After our Rosary we made hot fudge sundaes and watched a family movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.

Within the Home there is Light and Hope and Joy. Thank you Jesus.

A Day on the Journey

I have been journeying towards the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for many years. But in His mercy my husband and I are growing in love with Him more every day.

As I was driving home from work today, I said a Rosary as I always do. I had more time so I also said a Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

I was impressed within my heart that I should not race through my prayers because I am talking to Jesus and Mary.

A couple of weeks ago as I said my Rosary, I was impressed within my heart that Mary, as mediatrix of all grace, was enabling me to pass grace onto all the people I prayed for. She as the Mother of God gives grace to us; we then pass the grace onto others.

That is why I love to offer intentions during any Rosary. Jesus' mercy is so great that I can offer dozens of intentions for 1 Hail Mary or 1 decade.

There is so much to pray for in the world today. We always pray for the end of abortion. And I always pray for my children, grand children, god children, our extended family and benefactors.
This being the Year of the Priest, we always pray for priests, seminarians, and boys within the home who could feel the call to the Priesthood.

Today as I prayed my Rosary, I was impressed within my heart that as Mary conceived Jesus in her womb, she conceives each of us in her heart. Oh what a wonderful Mother we have!