He is Generous-Even to Exhaustion

He is Generous-Even to Exhaustion

Byzantine Mosaic Feeding of the 5,ooo Matthew 14:13-21 He is generous even to exhaustion; and what is most wonderful is that He gives Himself thus entirely; not once only, but every day, if we wish it. Every fresh Communion is a new gift which Jesus Christ makes of Himself. —St. Ignatius Loyola +PAX Picture Source:...

Bring the Ship Full Way Round

Bring the Ship Full Way Round

I had to leave the island and come back to reality today. I’d like to keep the peace we experienced and though I intend to make a great effort to filter some of the nonsense I allow in (ie: too much news and internet info), reality hit before we even got in the car. My husband said half kidding; Don’t check the blogs before we leave, you’ll find some story to ruffle your feathers and try to steal your peace. I nodded, uh huh…and then when he left to get breakfast, I ….. snooped and peaked. When he returns he finds me looking at my laptop like a deer in headlights. Gently, he gives me my yogurt and fruit and says, Oh geeze— what did you find now? I suggested he sit down … Put his chair in front of the balcony overlooking...

A Magnificent Work of Shell Art

A Magnificent Work of Shell Art

Seashell Beach, Captiva Island Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have earned their reputation as the Shell Islands honestly. They are actually made out of shells, like some magnificent work of shell art created over thousands of years. When islanders dig gardens in their backyards, they find conchs, whelks, scallops and clam shells often perfectly intact. —Sanibel-Captiva.org My husband comes back from his walk this morning and says; You have 10 minutes to get ready. We have to be on the beach for shelling by 8:30. I wouldn’t say I’m shell obsessed, but I have been a serious seeker since I was a teen. Though we have great beaches and a few small barrier islands where I live, we don’t have anything like this. People come from all over the...

Order From Chaos

Order From Chaos

This was St Isabel Catholic Church on nearby Sanibel Island, after Hurricane Charley came through in 2004. It was totally destroyed. I had seen the pictures and wondered how it would look now. This is the entry we saw as we drove up today. No one was there, but the church was open. I was struck by the transformation..From complete devastation to beauty… Order from chaos. Beauty from ashes. Isn’t that like our lives? As we knelt and prayed I thanked God for the many times I have witnessed His power to renew in my life what once was… a pile of rubble. In my heart I could hear His still small voice.. Is anything too hard for Me? It seemed a more powerful word because I was kneeling in that rebuilt sanctuary; myself and my marriage a picture of the...

Come Away and Rest a Little

Come Away and Rest a Little

Captiva Island, Florida I kid you not. We’re on an island in the middle of nowhere and if one of those famous summer tropical storms rolls through while we’re here I might wind up writing to you from….Cuba. You don’t realize how much you need to rest until you finally pull yourself away from the daily grind. Listen to what the Holy Father says about the benefit of vacation to body and soul. LES COMBES, Italy (CNS) — Both body and soul can benefit from a relaxing, getaway vacation, especially one spent in the outdoors, Pope Benedict XVI said from an Alpine mountain retreat in northern Italy. Vacation time with family and loved ones offers the opportunity to spend “more time dedicated to prayer, reading and meditation on the deep...

Pack Your Bags

Pack Your Bags

The other day my husband told me to pack my bags…get people to cover for me, we’re heading south. In a boat, a car or plane ? In a car.. How much farther south? To Miami or the Keyes? Nope, he says, to an island. He kept it sort of secret because the last two times we tried to plan a vacation something major broke in the house or car and we had to cancel. We haven’t been away in over 3 years. Rather than disappoint me..he planned it all out and…sprung it on me. What are  you going to do with your laptop? he asks with one eyebrow askew. Ahhh…bring it with time reservations. I promise. (no winking) What about my hair? Let’s straighten it. Wow… this is a major trip. See. My husband is a master stylist; people wait months to...

Prophet, Preacher, Valiant Woman

Prophet, Preacher, Valiant Woman

St Bridget of Sweden ( 1303-1373) As co-patron of Europe, may we pray for her intercession in the wake of yesterday’s terrible tragedy in Norway. St Bridget is a fascinating woman. From childhood she had visions and revelations of the suffering of Jesus and Mary. When she was only ten, tradition tells us she stood beneath a crucifix and heard the Lord say; “Look upon me my daughter.” Who treated you like this? she asked “Those who despise me and spurn my love for them.” From that time on her spirituality was focused on Christ’s passion. She married at 13 and had eight children, one of whom was later honored as St Catherine of Sweden. Read more detail of her life here. Bridget was a powerful religious influence on...

Perfect Deliverance

Perfect Deliverance

Mary Magdalene sinned and yet whatever the combination of demons she suffered from was, the Lord healed them all. All seven of them. Some commentators say seven being the perfect number suggests how complete her deliverance was. There is a special humility about this beautiful woman. She gave everything of herself to Christ pouring out upon Him the perfume of worship from her very soul. Consumed with love for the Son who set her free, she was the one who so thirsted for her living Lord…she stayed behind at the tomb…and was the first to see Him. She saw that the stone had been moved away and came running… —John 20:1-18 I tell you…When Jesus has set you free and taken you from profound darkness to light you find yourself crying out...

One of the Greatest Preachers in the History of Christianity

One of the Greatest Preachers in the History of Christianity

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi Apostolic Doctor of Conversions and Missions According to this champion doctor, the Father would have sent his Son if no original sin occurred. Perhaps his main goal in his lifetime was to provide, preach, and expose missions. It has been said that Lawrence was one of the greatest preachers in the history of Christianity. Lawrence realized fully that the Savior had been sent. His efforts were to talk, convert and help people to be saved. In addition, for Lawrence, the Son was sent to save all with no exceptions. —doctors of the catholic church Today’s saint was a biblical scholar so gifted in languages, that when appointed as a papal emissary became a diplomat for peace and was called on to settle royal quarrels. In his...

Harry Potter …. Are We Done Yet?

Thanks to  Les Femmes-The Truth where I first saw this video. Critics say you shouldn’t offer an opinion about the Rowling series unless you’ve read them. OK — I’ve read the whole series.. A few years ago I was mentoring teens at the local public HS and felt I needed to know what they were talking about..One of them was a self proclaimed witch. Now I hear it in my CCD class especially since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Disney in Orlando. There is a lure about the way they are written and an intensity to the unfolding darkness and evil with each book in the series. I have no doubt that the new fascination with vampires is a fruit of the obsession created around Potter. There shall not be found among you any one who burns...

How to Learn the National Language Chinese

Chinese is the national language in China and now it has been spoken in many other countries. More and more people would like to learn Chinese, people can learn the Chinese language by taking tutorials/lessons, reading books/ viewing CDs & photos of China’s history, knowing the culture of the country and many more. Chinese Lessons: Start reading and writing Chinese by learning the Chinese alphabets, listening and reading some common Chinese words, and Chinese day to day sentences, etc… Historic Photo Gallery: You can travel throughout China and collect historic photos in your collections from all across the country. This helps in understanding the country’s culture and trend in much better way. About Chinese Language: About Chinese lessons and...