Do you believe in miracles?

Do you believe in miracles?

    When I walked into her hospital room, I sensed a “different spirit” about the elderly woman I was about to meet. She had thick white hair in perfect tight curls, piercing blue eyes and and a beautiful smile that defied the state of her apparent condition. Despite being hooked to wires monitoring her heart and IV’s in her veins, her hands were folded in prayer pronouncing that peace that passes understanding for those who trust in the Lord. As we began to talk I realized as I always do when I’m talking to someone from the greatest generation, that I’m in the presence of wisdom and I’m about to learn something. I’m not afraid of being here, she said. Why is that? I asked Turns out she, like many of our parents...

Christians in Syria

Christians in Syria

  From Aid to the Church in Need:   Christians Flee Persecution in Syria Monday, March 26, 2012   Almost the entire Christian population of the Syrian city of Homs has fled violence and persecution, even as Catholic charities like Aid to the Church in Need work to provide emergency aid to help them. The mass exodus of 50,000 or more people to villages and towns around the city comes amid reports that the homes of Christians in Homs have been attacked and seized by ‘fanatics.’ Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has been told that 90 percent of Christians have left Homs. In response, ACN is sending an urgent $106,700 aid package providing food and shelter, The exodus, mostly taking place within the past six weeks, is part of what respected news sources...

Nothing Else to Look At

Nothing Else to Look At

Gathering Manna in the Desert from a 13th Century Bible   …but now our strength is dried up and there’s nothing but this manna to look at. —Numbers 11:6     Perhaps instead of complaining of fatigue and misfortunes on their journey, had the Israelites focused on God’s provision in the “bread of life”, they would not have been overwhelmed by so many giants in the promised land. How often do I ‘imitate their folly’, when I resort to murmuring and complaining, rather than delighting in receiving and adoring the gift He has given us in the Eucharist;   If Christ did not want to dismiss the Jews without food in the desert for fear that they would collapse on the way, it was to teach us that it is...

Giants in the Land

Giants in the Land

    I love going back to my old Bibles and reading the notes I wrote in them years ago. They remind me of many hard fought battles won because the Lord’s arm was ‘never too short ‘ to deliver me out of whatever difficulty I was in. ( Num 11:23) Recently, in reading through the Book of Numbers I came across this little notation I scribbled under Chpt 14, where the Israelites rebel and refuse to enter Canaan after Caleb returned from his spy mission to the promised land,   Giants in the land is only an indication that I have arrived. Will I have underlying faith in God like Joshua and Caleb or the sinful attitude of the other spies?   I wonder what crisis I was in at the time ? I don’t remember, but as I read it today I...

Two Doors Down

Two Doors Down

    ….is God’s will for me.  Read more about it today, here Blessings and      +PAX   * Comments are back on !  

The tick of time froze…..

The tick of time froze…..

The Annunciation Fra Angelico   Mary’s Fiat The angel held his voice, Awaiting the child’s choice. Hoping to return with a good report. As other cherubim, In haste to hear her hymn, Descended fast from heavenly court. But could that child ever fair, Have know the gravity of this affair?     Now Eve sat in suspense, To hear her eloquence. For, though banished from paradise, She never gave up hope In God and his saving scope, To complete his loving enterprise. Yet was that little girl on earth, Aware of her punctuation’s worth?     The Son prepared to depart And so His mission start, As he looked on from His ethereal view. Now, just one simple verse, Could save the universe And bear God to us in sinful residue. But could the Virgin in that...

Cuban Heroes

    Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu Deputy Vatican Secretariat of State   “I truly admire the  work of these priests. It’s work that’s done quietly and discretely. They can’t take part in large external initiatives, but they have a supernatural spirit, that doesn’t shy away from sacrifice. They have a  desire to give and to care for the poor; and this makes them heroes.”   They minister to people in a police state 230 miles off the coast of Miami, where officials imprison anyone seeking “peaceful political change.” Next week Pope Benedict will make the first papal visit there in ten years. He is scheduled to meet with the Castro brothers and bring the message of hope in Christ to the Cuban people....

Hidden Yet Revealed

Hidden Yet Revealed

 Gospel Reading Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30   Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.   Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own,...

Sudan: Christians Must Leave

Sudan: Christians Must Leave

    Amid its ongoing bombing campaign in the Nuba Mountains area, the government of Sudan has enacted a new ethnic cleansing strategy denying citizenship to anyone deemed a “southerner.” The determination is based purely on ethnicity, rather than any of the traditional criteria for citizenship, such as residency or property rights. Khartoum has set April 8 as the deadline for “southerners” to leave or establish alien residency, though no residency terms have yet been established.     In the southern self-determination referendum, Sudan’s president warned over a year ago that he would purge the North of non-Arab and non-Islamic elements. He told the British newspaper The Guardian, “If south Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution, and at...

A Different Kind of Change and Resistance

A Different Kind of Change and Resistance

    One of the books that has been my Lenten companion this year is Pope Benedict’s book “Jesus of Nazareth“. His years as an academic scholar give such passion and depth to his insights from Scripture . Here from New Media Catholic is a timely reflection he draws from chapter two:   “Early in the book Pope Benedict reminds the Church of a very important, and yet often forgotten symbolism in the Passion. When Pontius Pilot gave the Jews the choice to free either Barabbas or Jesus, their choice of Barabbas revealed more than just their refutation of Jesus as the Son of God. Barabbas is usually known for being a murderer, which heightens the sense of injustice that the crowd preferred this man over the Son of Man. Barabbas,...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Thanking the Lord for His created beauty ~ Daniel 3   We can trust that as long as the earth remains “seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, night and day, shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22 {131} Spring flowers in Florida:  purple torenia’s {132} lilac periwinkles {133} All you springs, bless the Lord {134} Crystal River Springs, Florida {135} Let all God’s Creatures, Praise the Lord Dolphins and water creatures bless the Lord {135} Manatees, the gentle giants {136} Birds of the air, bless the Lord {137} Florida pink flamingo’s {138} All you beasts wild {139} Florida Black Bear {140} the endangered species of the Florida Panther {141} and tame {142} my wild and crazy calico cat {143} and sort of tame (not part of...