Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Kiss from the Manger

Christmas was 6 days ago. I am finally catching my breath from a whirlwind of activity.
Most of the activity was planned, but there were added surprises and trials.
I don't know if I want to review it play by play. Suffice it to say I was desiring Jesus to be born again in my heart on Christmas, so that I could love Him evermore.
But by 5 days after Christmas, I was wondering if I had completely missed Him coming.
Instead, Christmas felt more like a martyrdom to me. There was plenty of tears and sorrow. Oh yes, there was joy.......but the sorrow surprised me.
Then last night, the end of my work week, and heading off to another family function, God performed heart surgery on me. He gave me a heart of flesh and filled it with love.
I had been praying for a pure heart for several days. Praise be to Jesus!
But the new knowledge that I have been given a 'kiss' from the Manger, where our Newborn King lies, hidden within all the suffering of the past week, is my Epiphany.

Mary ChristMass everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Prophet Malachi

Todays, December 23, first reading is from the Prophet Malachi 3: 1-4, 23-34.

"Lo I will send you Elijah the prophet,
Before the day of the Lord come,
the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the land with doom."

I briefly meditated about this and though how sorely we need fathers to cherish their children. Abortion, promiscuity, child abandonment by fathers, is wreaking havoc on families.
Fathers need to have their hearts turned to their children.
Children don't want the next toy, they want time with their daddys.

Working with a senior population, I am all too aware of elder neglect. So many seniors I know are yearning for time with their children. But the children, now adults, are too busy.

And so now the hearts of children need to be turned back to their fathers, and mothers, as well.

Come Lord and heal all hearts.

A small Incarnation

There is a feeling of anticipation in the air of some big spiritual chastisement waiting to happen. I am not the only one to feel this.
But maybe it will not be big, but small.
The Jews expected a noble king on a white horse to come and save them. Instead a Baby came.
Elijah waited in a cave for God to go by. But God was not in the wind or the earthquake, but in a whisper.
So just maybe, Jesus' return will be in small glimpses here and there, until every knee bows and every tongue can confess that He is Lord of all creation, and King of all hearts.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Chapel

It was a normal day at work. I was going to meet my family at the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at our parish, St. Mel. But on the way home I felt such a load and weight of sorrow for many different things. I could have cried. My chest hurt, too. So I held my rosary as I drove, both hands still on the steering wheel. I was listening to Fr. Groeschel say the Sorrowful Mysteries and I was so moved.
As soon as I walked into the Chapel and gazed upon the Monstrance with Jesus exposed,
all my burdens and sorrow were gone, as well as the pain in my chest. I felt complete and utter peace.
Normally I smile broadly when I see Him there. Lately, I have been so sober, serious, and sad. But tonight I gave Jesus all of me, like He gave me all of Himself. And then I gave Him the biggest, most joyful smile I could.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Call me Scrooge if you want, but I am getting really tired of this whole secular Christmas stuff.

I am tired of buying presents and baking cookies for Politically correct holiday parties.

Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and His Holy and Wonderful Birth. He was born to die. He came to save us.

It is not about the latest fashion or toy or trend or really good food.

I don't even send Christmas cards anymore because it is one more avenue and way to brag about how great your kids are, what new item you bought for your house, and what exotic vacation you took.

I am really bothered that the Christmas spending/buying season begins right around Thanksgiving. And by the day after Christmas, all the decorations and trims are taken down and it is on to the next marketing ploy......St. Valentines Day, which has been kidnapped by the money mongers as well.

In my heart, we are currently in Advent and await the beginning of Christmas in 10 days. I plan to celebrate for the full 10 to 12 days after Christmas until Epiphany.

If one is really in tune with all the shopping jazz, you will be sick of Christmas carols by Christmas eve.

I just might be 'poor in spirit' because I really want the baby Jesus to be born in my heart this year. I want to move away from the world's view of Santa Claus and presents and gifts. I want to fully embrace Christ's Birth the way it was meant to be celebrated!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Night time

Last night I was awakened by our dog. Then it took me a few hours to fall back asleep.
I keep a rosary in my hand all night long and ask my dear Guardian Angel, Bruno, to say the Rosary for me, while I sleep.
It was while I was tossing and turning that a Heavenly thought came to pray for one of my sons. I decided to say Mother Teresa's 'Emergency Novena' of 9 Memorares. Within a split second I felt this overwhelming oppression hindering my prayers. I had great difficulty saying the Memorares, so I blessed myself with the sign of the Cross and said the sweet name of 'Jesus' several times.
Even now I am amazed at this event where this evil oppression was almost physical.

St. John the Baptist and workers

In yesterdays Gospel reading, Lue 3: 10-19, about people coming to John the Baptist and asking advice, a group of soldiers came as well. They ask, "Teacher, what should we do?" John responds, " satisfied with your wages."

I have been pondering ever since about what would John the Baptist or Jesus would say to me and my husband right now. My husband is unemployed and trying to find another job that will pay the mortgage. I am working part time and like my job. But it is pretty lean around here. We live simply and have for many years. The cars are old and sometimes held together by duct tape. We are blessed with many children who are healthy and eat alot.

So I ask, Lord, what shall we do? My husband wants to and needs to work. You have been leading us deeper into your Eucharistic Heart, trusting you every step of the way. Do you provide all our needs, or will you do it through my husband and his labor? Lord, how shall we then live?

Jesus, I do trust in you. I am satisfied with my wages. Please help my husband, and all the other fathers/husbands who need to provide for their families. St. Joseph pray for us.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Give us this day

Upon meditating about the Lord's Prayer, God gave me a new understanding for the line:
Give us this day our daily bread
He asks: are you willing to receive everything I have for you today?
I used to think it just meant 'bread' or food or even the Holy Eucharist on a daily basis. But now I come to see this verse in a deeper way. Jesus asks if we can receive anything and everything from His hand, it all being for the benefit of our souls. Can I, will I receive the joy and the sorrow, that comes from Him?
I want to give him my fiat, my yes. I want to say, 'be it done unto me, according to your will.' I need to say it many times a day.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How to Use the Spiritual First Aid Kit

I should preface this by adding that I included a letter to the effect that:
you may not know what this is or may not want it. Tuck this kit away, for a day may come when you are in darkness and it will bring light; you may be afraid and it will bring courage; you may be despairing and it will bring hope. Know this: there is a God in Heaven and His Son Jesus and they love you very much."

How to use this Spiritual First Aid Kit

The Church in Wisdom give us visible signs of God’s Life and Grace found first in Jesus Christ, His Son, then in the Catholic Church He founded to lead people to Him and in Sacramentals, or items and prayers that are blessed. They are not magic formulas, rather combining with your own faith, even the size of a mustard seed, will bring you to Jesus, who is all Mercy. No one is rejected.
So cast your cares on Him, for He cares for YOU!!!

Blessed Beeswax Candles
Jesus is our light! But a blessed beeswax candle is a powerful sacramental to repel evil, including storms, and encourage the hope within us. Though the Blessed Beeswax Candle in your Spiritual First Aid Kit is small, do not be surprised in God intervenes so that His Light will continue to burn for you. Burn this candle when darkness, storm or trial oppress you.

Holy Water
Reminding us of the waters of our Baptism and that Jesus is the Living Water, frequently trace the sign of the cross with a few drops of Holy Water as you say, In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Water washes us clean. Holy Water used piously will repel evil. Holy Water is also used in exorcisms. The best ‘cleansing’ comes from the Sacrament of Confession. There Jesus waits for you to forgive you and heal you from sin. Father George frequently blesses the rain! What grace!

To baptize someone: while sprinkling some Holy Water on their forhead say: “ I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” You do NOT need to be a priest to baptize someone, but you need to be baptized yourself.

Blessed Salt
Blessed Salt is also used to repel evil. Sprinkle it around doors and windows when you feel oppressed by evil or danger. You can also use a few grains in your cooking, which will aid in your physical and spiritual health.

St. Michael Prayer
Say it when you are frightened or in danger or being attacked in any way. St. Michael is one of the arch or ‘boss’ angels and will protect you. The prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIIII in 1884, after he had a vision of the Catholic Church being attacked, physically and spiritually.

Miraculous Medal
In 1830 a little French nun, Catherine Laboure was given a visit from Mary, the Mother of God, who wants to help us, her children, grow closer to Jesus. She asked a medal be made of this grace. The prayer on the medal says, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. The medal brings about miracles of body and soul, whatever is in the best interest of your soul. Wear it around your neck!!

Brown Scapular
The Brown Scapular if worn with devotion comes with many graces, the first being release from Purgatory on the first Saturday after you die.
Purgatory is a place, verified in Scripture, though not by the same name, where we are purified of our sin. Otherwise we would burn because of
our sin at the presence of Almighty God. Wear the Brown Scapular around the neck or place it around the neck of someone who is on their deathbed and provide extraordinary grace for them.

The Crucifix is the image of Our Dear Lord upon His cross. He died a horrible death for us, to save us from our sins, which will take us to hell. There are many different representations of Jesus and His cross. Hang this Cross in your home, so He can watch over you and you can gaze at Him.

Divine Mercy Image Jesus I Trust in YOU
This large picture of Jesus shows red and white rays pouring from the wounds of His hands. The rays represent Grace and Mercy, and they are pouring upon the earth. Will we open our hands to receive His Grace and Mercy? Whenever you are perplexed, confounded, or afraid, cry out: “Jesus, I trust in You.” He will not fail you. Keep this picture somewhere in your home to remind you of His Great Love and Mercy for YOU!
There is also a prayer that can be said at 3pm, the hour that Jesus died.
We say it daily. This prayer is on the back of the small image of Divine Mercy. Say it on the Rosary beads.
The history of Divine Mercy goes back to the early 1920s when Jesus appeared to a Polish Nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska, and told her to tell the world of His Mercy. One drop of His Precious Blood could quench a world of sin on fire. He waits to pour his Mercy upon the world and upon each of us. The first Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday and great graces are attached to it.

The is the meditation of the Life of Jesus and Mary. A pamphlet is enclosed to help you say this prayer, the Greatest Weapon of our Time against the evils of this age. If you cannot say the Rosary, keep it in your pocket, or just hold it in your hands, for it will be like holding the hand of Mary, the Mother of God.

Image of Jesus Christ, The Returning King
This is a relatively new devotion. Our journey on this earth to Heaven has been greatly sweetened by the image and prayers of Jesus Christ, The Returning King. He will come again and we all want to be ready to receive Him. Tape this small picture somewhere you will be reminded of Him. We are here to tell you, Jesus loves you and waits for you to come home to His Heart.

Pieta Prayer Book
This is the most concise little book of prayers ever. Carry it with you or keep it near by.

The Holy Name of Jesus
Whenever you are afraid, sad, angry, hurt, hungry, tired, frustrated, in danger, just say the holy name of “Jesus”. Say it over and over and evil will be dispelled. Jesus waits to hear you call upon Him.

If you are not a practicing Catholic at the present time, Jesus waits for you to come home to the Church He founded, The Catholic Church. The full deposit of truth, grace, and sacraments wait for you here. If you have been hurt or wounded let Him heal you.

There is so much grace available in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confession,
Holy Communion, Matrimony, and the Sacrament for the Sick and Dying.
Do not wait any longer to experience God’s Grace in Your life!

Spiritual First Aid Kit









1 DIVINE MERCY IMAGE large and small magnet



On the back of the small Divine Mercy image