God doesn’t send us into ‘reverse arks’

It’s as close to my heart as if it were yesterday; a warm summer Atlanta day, an overcast sky, a forecast for rain, yet no threats of any tornado’s on the horizon for which our area was prone, though as a young mother, it doesn’t mean that I wasn’t praying  a ‘scar’t prayer’… or two. We didn’t have a basement in that precious house; just an underground kind of…. ark in reverse.  Under the house and adjacent to the deck was a large crawl space accessible only through a wooden latch door. It did have concrete walls, but the ground was left unfinished and always became muddy after a soaking rain. Why the builder chose not to finish it I’ll never know. It was as if he forgot to complete a portion of...

Hope in God

Hope in God

  For those of us who have been cast down in spirit of late, the morning prayer reminded me today ~ “When His strength takes possession of us we will no longer say: Why are you cast down, my soul?   So now that the surging waves of your indignation have passed over us, let us feel the healing calm of Your forgiveness.”   Over and over I read in St Faustina’s diary how it grieves the Lord that His own people don’t trust in Him. We falter so easily when as we see the tide of evil rise beyond our control..and there’s no doubt that it is. The lives of the saints teach me that to live by faith is to be sure of God even, With cries that pierce me to the heart, my enemies revile me, saying to me all the day long: “Where...

In the Repose of Her Arms

In the Repose of Her Arms

    In my new role as grandmother, the Lord reminds me of the comfort He knew in his mother’s arms. Jesus, the source of peace, made helpless in infancy by the incarnation, experienced a mother’s peace and protection in the repose of her arms. Is this why so many painters throughout history have given us their interpretation of the Madonna and Child; because we can identify with that idyllic setting? It transports us back to innocence, trust and unconditional love. To gaze upon her supporting hands, the wisdom in her gaze… It’s a private, but very public scene. Mary Immaculate, holding her Divine Son, is the very vision of the Queen of Peace, inspiring all of us to remember how much we love our children and grandchildren. How...

Jesus, I Trust in You–Even On an Alternate Universe

Jesus, I Trust in You–Even On an Alternate Universe

  Jesus, source of life, sanctify me, O my strength, fortify me, My Commander, fight for me, Only light of my soul, enlighten me.   Even if all things were to conspire against  me, and even if the ground were to give way under my feet, I would be at peace close to Your heart. —Divine Mercy in My Soul:  1490   Am I the only one who feels that recently, I’ve awakened to life on an alternate universe somewhere ? We are in a struggle for the very soul of our families, our country and the world. This is the Hour of Mercy… As the Blessed Mother tells us in her Magnificat:   “His mercy will reach from age to age” — Luke 1:50   Each age must battle the evil of their times, but as the generations pass, we come closer to the...

Get Out of the Game of a Life of Complaints

Get Out of the Game of a Life of Complaints

  Christ and the Two Followers on the Road to Emmaus Alonzo Cano between 1635 and 1650     When I was a young girl, I’d bring my litany of complaints to my father, and he’d tell me ~   Complaining won’t change the problem, and it won’t change people. Everyone else will sleep tonight — but you.   I thought of my dad’s wisdom after reading the Holy Father’s message from his morning Mass earlier this week.   Pope Francis preached about the Gospel story from St Luke about the two disappointed disciples on the road to Emmaus after the death of Jesus.   Complaining frequently can become an obsession that obscures the presence of Jesus in difficult situations, Pope Francis has said.   They were...