The Locusts and The Potter’s Hands

The Locusts and The Potter’s Hands

    When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn. When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’ then thou dost scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions, —Job 7:1-4, 13-14   Behold like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…. —Jer 18: 6b   I dedicate today’s posting to those who have been plagued by locusts in the dead of night…and wondered if the Lord would ever be able to mold them into a functioning vessel again. I’m praying for you..   +PAX       The nightmares were like a plague of locusts that attacked in the dead of the night. They had begun again soon...

One Question

One Question

    Has not man a hard service upon earth, and are not his days like the days of a hireling? Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hireling who looks for his wages, so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.   When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn. When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’ then thou dost scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions, —Job 7:1-4, 13-14     It is ten years after that fateful day in July of ’77, that day when the Lord rescued me from the hands of death. My father, whom I loved more than life, is long gone, my first husband...

The Coin Committed to My Charge

The Coin Committed to My Charge

  Théodule-Augustin Ribot The Good Samaritan 1870     When the Lord is readying me to do something He first tugs gently at my heart using Scripture, then other believers and if in my weak humanity I still struggle and resist, He’ll speak a little louder. That’s what happened last week when I found myself sitting in my car in a parking lot after an encounter with a medical professional. It was ‘a little louder’ #3. For several months He’s been nudging me to post part two of my journey towards healing as a survivor of violent crime, and though I don’t want to be unfruitful, I resist with many Moses like excuses which sound ridiculous when I type them out…so, I’ll just leave them out. Around me I see...

Daybook….{May}

Daybook….{May}

    Outside my window~ …a storm is threatening from leftover outer bands of Tropical Storm Beryl   Thankful ~ …for ice cold tea and fruit smoothie breakfast {206} …angels who helped me back out of a flood {207} …a mom who is still a great seamstress {208} …good report from the doctor this week {209} …summer, sand, sea and sailing {210} …for all the people who take the time to visit here {211} …text messages from my sons {212} …job offer for my youngest who recently graduated {213} …for the men and women in the military who sacrificed their lives for our freedom {214}   What’s keeping me on my knees ~   …the upcoming election …moral issues facing our culture...

Holy Spirit, Help Us Open the Gifts

Holy Spirit, Help Us Open the Gifts

Pentecost Pierre Reymond c.1550   What does the Holy Spirit mean to us today?   “Much the same thing it meant for the apostles. We too are recipients of the Spirit, given to help us in our lives”   Even though today is the church’s birthday, it is the Spirit who gives us the gifts. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us;   The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit. ( CCC 1830)   Well then, what are they, for we should be tearing open our presents to clothe ourselves and be formed by what only the Holy Spirit can do in us. You can find the gifts here, CCC 1830-1845 . For me, I am...

It’s Raining Sideways

It’s Raining Sideways

 The Storm on the Sea of  Galilee Rembrandt, 1632   As long as I’ve been living in the tropical south, I’m still amazed by how the weather can take a sudden violent turn. After you’ve lived here a while, you learn to keep an eye on the sky as the rainy season approaches, but despite modern weather forecasting techniques, which have taken some of the element of surprise out of a potential brush with chaos, in the end, nature does not always bend in homage to man’s need for prediction.   I relearned this valuable lesson yesterday as the weather report said only 30% chance of rain with scattered showers possible late in the day. But, as I prayed the evening office on my back porch I noticed the sky fringed with grey black clouds and...

In My Pocket-Face to Face With Truth

In My Pocket-Face to Face With Truth

  I see all the circumstances of life — those of every individual person’s existence as well as, in some way, those of the great cross-roads of history —   as so many calls that God makes to men, to bring them face to face with truth, and as occasions that are offered to us Christians, so that we may announce, with our deeds and with our words strengthened by grace, the Spirit to whom we belong.   Every generation of Christians needs to redeem, to sanctify its own time. In order to do this, it must understand and share the desires of other men — as equals — in order to make known to them, with a gift of tongues, how they are to correspond to the action of the Holy Spirit, to that permanent outflow of rich treasures that comes from our...

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

    Vatican City (AsiaNews)   At the Regina Caeli, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians around the world (including Chinese Christians) to celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. The memory of Fatima and all Marian shrines: “wherever Christians gather in prayer with Mary, the Lord gives us his Spirit.” The councils – especially the Vatican – and the meeting of international movements with John Paul II (1998) a “special outpouring of the Spirit.”     ..{T}he pope stressed that Pentecost lives continually in the Church: “The Church constantly lives in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, without which it would exhaust its strength, like a sailboat without wind”. —more here...

St Rita’s Roses

St Rita’s Roses

    In art, Saint Rita is depicted as an Augustinian nun praying before a crucifix, a thorn from the crown wounds her brow. She may also be shown receiving a crown of roses from the Virgin and a crown of thorns from the saints (Roeder). Rita’s emblem in art is roses, which are blessed on her feast day.   —via~Catholic Matters.com   I sent my husband out last night to pick up a few things I forgot at the grocery store. He came back with the assigned items and something for me…He didn’t make a fancy announcement. He didn’t herald his kindness. He just laid the roses on the kitchen counter where I found them a few minutes later.   This morning as I look at them, I thank St Rita for her intercession and the...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,   Alleluia.   —St Augustine     H.M.S Victory in full sail in a squall Thomas Buttersworth 1768-1842   It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, Most High… You have given me the strength of a wild ox; you have poured rich oil upon me. —Psalm 92: 2,11 The strength to complete my visits at the hospital {206} to finish my second course in Catechist training {207} to keep praying when I was plagued with distractions and feeling like a complete failure {208} for Father Mike’s encouragement when I told him I was discouraged: -you’re in a sailboat…put down the oars, stop rowing and let the wind take you  {209} Think...

Hastening Through

Hastening Through

The Ascension Jacopo Tintoretto 1581   All the mysteries of the Word Incarnate were to close with His Ascension; all the graces we receive are to end with ours. This world is but a figure that passeth away; and we are hastening through it to rejoin our divine Leader. In Him are our life and our happiness; it is vain to seek them elsewhere.     Whatever brings us nearer to Jesus, is good; whatever alienates us from Him is evil. The mystery of the Ascension is the last ray of light given to us by our Creator, whereby He shows us the path to our heavenly country. If our heart is seeking its Jesus, and longs to come to Him, it is alive with the true life; if its energies are spent upon created things, and it feels no attraction for its Jesus, it is...