The Lord Was My Stay

The Lord Was My Stay

      Submersion of Pharoah and the Red Sea Andrea Previtali c. 1480   In my pocket today…I remember– Through many tribulations that almost overwhelmed me;   He reached from on high, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me. They came upon me in the day of my calamity; but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. —Psalm 18:16-19 He will bring you through, too.   +PAX            ...

The Growing War on Christianity

The Growing War on Christianity

You and I have the freedom to worship and decide what to do for Lent. We can go to church in any of our cities and praise the Lord with all our heart. We can carry Bibles and wear crosses, but it’s not that way for many brothers and sisters around the world. There is a growing war on Christianity worldwide. Today, I’ll bring your attention to Iran’s Christian pastor who remains alive, but with execution looming and to the Sudan.       Nadarkhani converted to Christianity at 19 and came under the Islamic regime’s radar in 2006 when he applied for his church to be registered with the state. He was arrested and soon released, according to sources.   In 2009 he went to local officials to complain about Islamic indoctrination in...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Joining in with Theresa and the gratitude community… I thank God for…   the necessities of life clean water {101} food {102} shelter {102} clothes {104} health (gift) (105} the beauty of creation: Florida sunrise {106} sound of rain {107} soft fur of a kitten {108} perfect design a tiger’s stripes {109} the intensity of color of a red headed woodpecker {110} People who have loved me husband, children, father, mother, sister, nephews, aunt’s, uncle’s, cousins, friends {111} People who have taught me: the nuns, teachers, professors, pastors, priests, mentors, spiritual director {112} Those courageous enough to tell me the truth {113} Those who have bound my wounds {114} Those who have laughed with me so that the crosses of life would not...

Hunger for Hidden Riches

Hunger for Hidden Riches

Juan de Flandes The Temptation of Christ c.1500   One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. —Matthew 4:4b   Dear Lord, help me as I hunger to “grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ”     +PAX      

Watershed Moment

Watershed Moment

  Christus und die Samariterin am Brunnen Angelica Kauffman 1796   So I had a “watershed” moment in my meltdown prayer the other day. What a cleansing experience to just cry out to the Lord the truth of all that I am really experiencing. Yes, He knows I’m a drama queen…but He loves me anyway, Praise the Lord. I told Him I’m currently surrounded by a few people whose mission I think, is to push every available button that releases a non virtuous response in me. One in particular, I find so challenging I try to protect other people from their harsh inconsideration and controlling bossiness. Then there’s the situation when someone who knows you really, really well, uses something they know about you.. against you. The...

The River Has Moved On

The River Has Moved On

      I think this is my ‘grace moment’ this week. Remember how I talked about once the Lord heals our paralysis and we pick up our mats He, for His own sake, wipes out our offenses? An old friend stepped over the line last week and poked their finger in some very old wounds. In other words, I didn’t play back the tape, they did. It was so painful it took my breath away. Though I forgave them rather readily… fellowship was broken. I was firmly resolved to pick up my cross and accept that this would be a part of my Lenten journey. I had a meltdown in prayer, I cried and then I resolved to accept the will of God whatever it may be. After six intense days my friend apologized and we are working to repair the breech. As our...

The Temptation of Christ

The Temptation of Christ

The Temptation of Christ Tintoretto c. 1581   For my spiritual reading during Lent the Lord has chosen for me Pope Benedict XVI”s book, Jesus of Nazareth. I read Part 2 last Lent. His writings mesmerize me because of his deep love for Scripture. Here is an excerpt from book one, Chapter 2, on The Temptations of Christ:   “That which is most important”     Matthew and Luke recount three temptations of Jesus that reflect the inner struggle over his own particular mission and, at the same time, address the question as to what truly matters in human life. At the heart of all the temptations, as we see here, is the act of pushing God aside because we perceive him as secondary, if not actually superfluous and annoying, in...

“Every drop of my blood calls out I am a Christian”

“Every drop of my blood calls out I am a Christian”

    I know it’s fat Tuesday, but… There is so much to share on the persecution of Christians in China and the suffering of people under the one child policy, I hardly know what to bring to your attention. In keeping with my promise to pray for suffering and persecuted Christians around the world this Lent, let’s begin here:   Blind Chinese Forced Abortion Opponent Collapses From Home Detention       (by Steven Ertelt | Linyi, China | LifeNews.com)  The leading campaigner against forced abortions in China has collapsed outside his home because he has been repeatedly beaten and denied medical care after local population control officials have sentenced him to home confinement for exposing a massive forced abortion...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

        Joining in with Theresa and the gratitude community… I thank God for…   … being a stranger in a strange land…with Jesus on my pilgrimage {86} … He guards my soul from evil {87} … walking to my mom’s condo appreciating the canopy of a flowering yellow tabebuia tree {88} … spending time with my aging mom, aunt and uncle…my earthly strong towers {89} … appreciating how the tables have turned; once they calmed my fears, now I comfort theirs {90} … just missing an approaching storm on my walk home {91} … the Lord’s patience and kindness toward my many weaknesses {92} … the sacraments which help transform me {93} … the face of Pope Benedict XVI...

Four Crazy Friends

Four Crazy Friends

  Mark 2:1-12   Four crazy friends. That’s what it takes sometimes. People who love us enough to see what paralyzes our spirit and soul– carrying us past what has crowded Jesus out of our life, to His feet. They open up the roof, if that’s what it takes, so that we can have a breakthrough. It was their faith Jesus saw when he turned to the paralytic and said, Child, your sins are forgiven. Then, despite the faithlessness of the scribes, Rise, pick up your mat and walk. As Lent approaches and I meditate on this gospel, I ask the Lord two things: what is paralyzing me and crowding Jesus out of my life for whom may I be a crazy friend, unafraid to break the roof down in prayer to get them to Jesus In the first reading, (Is 43:18-19,...

Lent and the Rule of St Benedict

Lent and the Rule of St Benedict

      Don’t you love when someone has done all the homework and freely shares their wisdom? From Saints Shall Arise, a very nice outline of St Benedict’s prescriptions for Lent; Part 1: Sacred Reading Part 2: Refrain form sin and apply ourselves to prayer Part 3: Fasting and abstinence And from Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction, some very practical instruction on setting reasonable goals that can be continued even after Lent: Many people, unfortunately, think of Lent as merely a time to “give up something.” They grudgingly accept some small sacrifice, hold their nose for 40 days, and then, once Easter arrives, return to business as usual. Lent shouldn’t be lived like that. It is meant to be a season that leads us to a deeper conversion...