Invitation to Grace

Invitation to Grace

  As we approach the first Sunday of Advent, Scripture reminds me what a great redeemer we have ~     I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here am I, here am I,” to a nation that did not call on my name.   I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices; a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and burning incense upon bricks; who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; who say,   “Keep to yourself, do not come near me,  for I am set apart from...

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           Linking with the ladies at Suscipio   Moments of Gratitude   :: flocks of wild parrots :: winter blue sky :: attending Mass on Thanksgiving :: mashed potatoes :: banana cream pie my sister bought me from the Amish village :: no turkey for me  : ) :: my future daughter-in-law :: husband and children :: the promises of God in impossible circumstances     In the Kitchen   :: Moroccan Vegetable Soup :: Tilapia, winter squash, brown rice :: Green Spaghetti :: Veggie Burgers :: Chinese Tofu and Lettuce Soup (don’t tell my boys about this one)     Praying    :: a family need–...

The End of the Story

The End of the Story

 Christ the King    Though already present in his Church, Christ’s reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled ~   “with power and great glory” by the King’s return to earth.   This reign is still under attack by the evil powers, even though they have been defeated definitively by Christ’s Passover. Until everything is subject to him,   “until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God.” That is why Christians pray,...

Eyes of Faith and Thanksgiving

Eyes of Faith and Thanksgiving

  Miss Eltrim.   I haven’t thought of her in years, but I did today while preparing for Thanksgiving and thinking of the challenges that lie ahead in the church and the world… Lord, help my unbelief, I prayed. All I have is a mustard seed.   It was March of 1989, I was having a pity party on the way to the nursing home with two toddlers in tow. They were fussing and crying in the back seat; the youngest because breakfast wasn’t ice cream, the eldest because he couldn’t take his basket of 50 matchbox cars with us to visit Miss Eltrim. I was tempted to turn back, head home and call it a day; but it was only 9:00.   We were to meet her for the first time since she’d been assigned to me through our church ministry....

Help Carry the Cross in the Middle East

Help Carry the Cross in the Middle East

  Aid to the Church in Need is launching an appeal for prayer and peace in the Holy Land and across the Middle East amid reports of escalating violence.   Just back from a trip to the Holy Land, Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK director of Aid to the Church in Need, described the situation as “tense” and reported on how Christians and their leaders in the region had highlighted their increasing concern about the growing conflict…..   Calling on people to pray for peace this Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, Mr Kyrke-Smith said: “The current conflict could be the taper that lights the fuse-wire of an even more widespread conflict in the Middle East.   “The Christian community must not stand back hoping that conflicts like this will burn...

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         Linking with the ladies at Suscipio   Moments of Gratitude   :: surprise visit — breakfast with my son :: Sonshine on my shoulders :: rosary walk in the park :: children on the playground– so much joy in their laughter :: brown snow—the only kind we get in the south (leaves falling from the oaks) :: my mother’s homemade biscotti :: taking some to her friend in the nursing home   In the Kitchen   :: Whatever shows up in the organic veggie delivery :: My husband handles Thanksgiving :: Salmon with toasted Israeli Couscous :: Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Porcini Mushrooms  ...

The Madonna of the Rabbit

The Madonna of the Rabbit

  The Madonna of the Rabbit Titian 1530     An oil painting now held in the Louvre in Paris. It is signed “Ticianus f.” and is named after the white rabbit (a symbol of fertility and – due to its whiteness – of Mary’s purity and the mystery of the Incarnation) held in Mary’s left hand. The painting’s small format shows it was intended for private devotion. The painting also contains echoes of the artist’s personal circumstances at the time – on 6 August 1530 his wife Cecilia died giving birth to their third child, Lavinia, who was then entrusted to Titian’s sister Orsa (just as the Christ child in the painting is entrusted into another woman’s hands, in this case Catherine of...

“Advent at Ephesus”

  Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.  —St Benedict   That is such a challenge in these days of ‘surround sound’ communications… These dear nuns in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles will release a new CD for Advent aimed at “keeping Advent, Advent”.   I pray that as we approach the Holy Season…I will learn to ‘pray twice’ by singing from my heart and thereby carry the peace He gives to the lost world.   +PAX   h/t :  Father Z’s blog:  ...

St Gertrude the Great

St Gertrude the Great

  Gertrude the Great (or Saint Gertrude of Helfta) (January 6, 1256 – ca. 1302) was a German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian.   Gertrude was born January 6, 1256, in Eisleben, Thuringia (within the Holy Roman Empire). Nothing is known of her parents, so she was probably an orphan. As a young girl, she joined the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary at Helfta, under the direction of its abbess, Gertrude of Hackeborn.   She dedicated herself to her studies, becoming an expert in literature and philosophy. She later experienced a conversion to God and began to strive for perfection in her religious life, turning her scholarly talents to scripture and theology. Gertrude produced numerous writings, but only the Herald of God’s Loving-Kindness,...

Wisdom From Historians: True Catholic Moment

Wisdom From Historians: True Catholic Moment

  There’s an old Edmund Burke quote which says;   “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”   I’ve had the great fortune of living with and being raised by a few historians of my own: my father and mother, aunt and uncle, all who saw first hand what comes of a people that survived the ravages of World War II.   I grew up with the stories of German occupation in Italy and recently laid to eternal rest an uncle who’s last minute deliverance up against a wall in a small town in Genoa, Italy allowed him to face down and walk away from a firing squad. Their stories have deeply affected me over the years- even formed part of my character. I have lived in the shadow of their wisdom.   In the last few weeks...

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         Linking with the ladies from   Suscipio ( Use link on sidebar..)   Moments of Gratitude a double shot of chamomile tea..half plain half mint reconnecting with an old best friend whom I’ve really missed planning Thanksgiving… patients at the hospital who teach me to be thankful overcoming fear in a situation this weekend with the help of my guardian angel dried date, fig and walnut sandwiches for snacks being able to replace my Bible after it was, stolen…. at church In the Kitchen Oat Bran Applesauce Muffins Yellow Split Pea Soup Polenta and Black Beans General’s Tofu Praying I know God is on the...