Should We Call Down Fire?

Should We Call Down Fire?

  When this story was announced from the world’s news pulpits this week, recalling God’s truth sorrowed my heart deeply:   Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. —Galatians 5:1   We seem to have made a choice to live by the flesh rather than the Spirit and,   …they are opposed to each other.   In our ‘hyper-tolerance’ we have yoked ourselves to the slavery of sin, yet this was never God’s intent for us…freedom is. This is why Jesus came: to set us free from the darkness of our own minds which lures us to live only as we want or desire. What will we who are on this journey of faith, do with our dismay? In our anger...

It’s a Passage

It’s a Passage

    Well, they finally did it. The malicious cyberspace hackers who have been trying for 3 years finally brought their infectious hatchets down on my website last night. It’s like they took a knife to a painting I’ve been working on for years and thought nothing of slicing away at it. Big deal. It happens to everybody– just build another site, right?   I suppose…but, there was an emotional investment in that original design because the inception of this site was linked to so much more. My son designed it for me …before the Orchid Resurrection had occurred in our relationship, before I thought anyone would care to read what I wrote. This site has been about so much more than posting a piece now and then. I’ve...

It’s All in My Head

The biggest spiritual battle is fought ….between the ears.   “The life of the Christian has three distinguishing aspects: deeds words thoughts Thought comes first then words, since our words express openly the interior conclusions of the mind. Finally, after thoughts and words, comes action for the deeds carry out what the mind has conceived.”   In order to wage the battle successfully, we must make sure; “…that all our thoughts, words and deeds are controlled by the divine ideal… the revelation of  Christ.” When I find myself slipping into a black vortex of fears–whatever they may be–I renew my mind with the contrary promise of God from His Word. Though I may be hanging by a thread battling my...

Make Straight the Way of the Lord

Make Straight the Way of the Lord

    Lo, I will send you Elijah the prophet, Before the day of the Lord comes, the great and terrible day, To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of their children to the fathers, Lest I come and strike the land with doom. —Malachi 3:23-24     Lord, send us a modern day John the Baptist….a voice to call us to repentance, who is unafraid to cry out in the wilderness ~   Make straight the way of the Lord   St John the Baptist, pray for us   +PAX     Infant Jesus and John the Baptist Bartolome Esteban Murillo 1660’s...

My Miracle Workers

My Miracle Workers

      Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.  Helen Keller   Here’s a question I never thought about until  Connie Rossini at Catholics Spirituality Blogs‘ asked,   “What is your spiritual idiolect and how did you discover or develop it?” She defined it for us:   “Everyone has an idiolect–a collection of personal speech habits that is different from anyone else’s. Have you ever thought about your spiritual idiolect? Since your soul is unique, you have a personal way of speaking to God that no one else completely shares. Today I am announcing the creation of a new blog that will help you find and fine-tune your...

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

Catholic Woman’s Almanac

Joining with the ladies at Suscipio   Beauty in the Ordinary   :: spying on a red headed woodpecker in a massive oak tree while on my rosary walk     Moments of Gratitude   :: homemade pizza and Greek salad for Father’s Day dinner :: escaping the heat in the only way you can down here…in a pool :: I’ll be a grandmother in a month :: all the Lord has brought me through :: He loved me and cared for me even when I didn’t think I was salvageable   In the Kitchen ~ Meatless Monday…and the rest of the week   :: Spicy Kale with Yellow Peppers and Onions :: Polenta and Black Beans with Steamed Broccoli :: Slow Cooker Lentil Soup, Salad :: Blackened Tilapia Sandwiches, Corn on the Cob ::  Tofu Sloppy Joes...

What is a Psalm?

What is a Psalm?

    From the “Explanations of the Psalms by Saint Ambrose, bishop“, today’s second reading of the Divine Office;   …a psalm is a blessing on the lips of the people,   ~a hymn in praise of God, ~the assembly’s homage, ~a general acclamation, ~a word that speaks for all, ~the voice of the church, ~a confession of faith in song.   It is the voice of complete assent, ~the joy of freedom, ~a day of happiness, ~the echo of gladness. ~It soothes the temper, ~distracts from care, ~lightens the burden of sorrow.   It is a source of security at night, a lesson in wisdom by day. It is a shield when we are afraid, ~a celebration of holiness, ~a vision of serenity, ~a promise of peace and harmony.   It is like a lyre,...

It’s About the Leak in the Dike

It’s About the Leak in the Dike

    I think the saying goes: There’s an elephant in the room. Unfortunately these days, if you listen to even ten minutes of news and don’t live in a cave, there’s maybe….ten elephants in the room. I’m not so worried about massive land animals sitting right in front of our face. At least we can see them and since they live to be between 50-70 years old they’ll be around a while….I never liked the analogy of elephants anyways, because they have no natural predators except….humans, who are a real threat to them.   No, I’m more concerned about the slow leak….It was subtle at first. You know, the problem we now have as a nation that nobody is willing to admit; the problem that, were we to...

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

    The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men…Luke 24:7     This is a Scripture I often recall as I take communion to the hospital on my pastoral care day; for after all … this is what I am, a sinner and yet ~ The Lord allows me the privilege of working along side Him–meeting extroidinary people who, in their sickness and suffering, have blessed me beyond measure.    The halls of the hospital are foreboding; sometimes I feel their heaviness like a weighted fog that hovers it’s threat of loneliness, grief, suffering and death. And that’s when I ‘m thankful that wrapped in the case against my heart is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. It’s into this darkness I...

Stations of the Eucharist

Stations of the Eucharist

Corpus Christi Carl Emil Doepler, the elder 1824   FROM PROMISE TO FULFILLMENT   “The purpose of the Stations of the Eucharist is to help the faithful deepen both their understanding and appreciation of the Source and Summit of our faith: The Most Holy Eucharist. Through the whole of salvation history, God, our Father has prepared His people for the Gift of His Beloved Son, and also for the Gift of His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist. Throughout the Old Testament, the Eucharist was prefigured. And in the New Testament, these shadows give way to reality.”   The first six reference the Old Testament and the last six, the New Testament relationship to salvation history.   1. MELCHIZEDEK, THE KlNG OF SALEM: FORESHADOWING OF A...