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~ Lord, hear my prayers ~

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth His word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” Psalms 107:19-20

Our Lady teaches us that prayer is a powerful weapon against all that is evil in this world and strongly suggest we pray daily, hourly if need be to secure our place at the foot of her son Jesus.

It is not only evil that we face along our journey here in this world, sickness and illness is as much a part of this world as is breathing. We all succumb to an illness at some point in our lives and it is through these challenging times we often turn to Our Lord for comfort from the pain we might endure and for the unknown of what is to come. Prayer is the subject of this post and it is prayers that I am seeking.

When seeking prayer I am often reminded of Cyprian of Carthage

“Let us remember one another in concord and unanimity. Let us on both sides [of death] always pray for one another. Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love, that if one of us, by the swiftness of divine condescension, shall go hence the first, our love may continue in the presence of the Lord, and our prayers for our brethren and sisters not cease in the presence of the Father’s mercy” (Letters 56 [60]:5 [A.D. 253]).

It is a love that I have for another that is also the inspiration of this post. As you may or not know I am a nurse, I have witnessed the power of prayer; every miracle and every sense of His Grace and His Mercy.

Many of you either know someone close, a family member, neighbor, best friend that have fallen prey to Cancer and it’s impact on their lives. It is through prayer that I seek out the intercession of St. Peregrine Laziosi, Patron Saint for Cancer patients. I ask you to join me with this Novena for my loved one, who is so very cherished and for the loved ones on your mind as you read this and in your heart.

GLORIOUS WONDER-WORKER, St. Peregrine,
You answered the divine call
With a ready spirit,
And forsook all the comforts of the world
To dedicate yourself to God
In the Order of His Most Holy Mother.

You labored manfully
For the salvation of souls;
And in union with Jesus Crucified
You endured the most painful sufferings
With such patience
As to deserve to be
Healed miraculously
Of an incurable cancer
In your leg by a touch
Of his divine hand.

Obtain for me
The grace to answer
Every call of God
And to fulfill His Will
In all the events of life.

Enkindle in my heart
A consuming zeal
For the salvation of souls;
Deliver me from the infirmities
that afflict my body

(name your petition)

Obtain for me
Perfect resignation to the sufferings
It may please God to send me,
So that, imitating our Crucified Savior
And His Sorrowful Mother,
I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for me
And for all who invoke your aid. (3 times)

 ~ Lord hear my prayers ~

 

love you ;-p

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He is Risen…sing Hallelujah!

Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell the disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” [Mathew 28:1-10, 16-20]

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Christmas Jug of Memories

Memories, in my opinion is another example of God’s love for us. The photo above symbolizes such a memory. It is not the “jug” that is the memorable aspect but it’s content. As a child I couldn’t wait to go to my maternal grandparents farm, located in rural Kentucky to celebrate Christmas. There wasn’t the fancy decorated trees with all the trappings. My grandpa would scour the farm and find a pine tree suitable to bring home to decorate. The tree had garland and tinsel, ornaments adorned the branches. Underneath the tree we found boxes of assorted fruits, nuts and candies. Grandpa loved peppermint or candy canes and we were delighted when we were able to find him the humongous logs of peppermint for him to chisel and hearing his laughter as we clambered about with excitement of the coming day as family would gather to enjoy each other but also enjoy the many joys my dear Grandma would be conjuring up inside her “country kitchen.”
The “joy” I most looked forward too is pictured above; Grandma’s boiled custard, a recipe that has been handed down from one generation to another. In my child-like eyes of those days, there was nothing in comparison! She would gather eggs from her hen house and would spend hours standing at the stove stirring her custard with the love of only a Grandma could muster.
Those days are long gone as my Grandparents have been called home and the days of enjoying her boiled custard is but a memory embedded in the mind of that child that once was.
For years I have bought the store bought version of the boiled custard to relive that childhood memory that we so often resort to at times of great celebrations only to find it paled in comparison, quality and yes…taste!
This Christmas, however, God worked one of his many miracles in my life. Maybe he had seen the tears, felt the pain in my heart as I longed for those days of yesteryear.
In many ways God’s love has a trickle down effect. Meaning that it is His love for us, that he gave us each our own Mothers and Fathers to nurture us and see us through the many challenges we face a long our way in life. Like Mary as she guided her son Jesus through his early years, my Mom was very focused on our up bringing and she too felt many of the same joys and sorrows of Our Lady. Yet through all those times of joys and sorrow her love for me was affirmed in the most special of ways.
Knowing of my great love for not only my Grandparents and how I missed those Christmases of days gone by, she recreated my Grandma’s boiled custard and surprised me with this “jug” Christmas Eve. I can’t begin to describe the emotion that flooded me in that moment, the moment in which I laid eyes upon this jug filled with the memories of days gone by but of the love that was contained in this “jug.” Not only was I given the gift of affirmation of my own Mother’s love but for a brief moment, I felt the presence of my Grandma’s love, a love that I now know lives for an eternity……

Heavenly Father, help me to bring your love into my family. I don’t want to stand outside the flow of your grace!

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A New Journey

O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime height turn upon thine eyes of pity. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beseech Thee to extend to me thine assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. And in order that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee forever, my only desire being to love thy Divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I too be saved. Amen.

Today we celebrate the feast day of the Immaculate Conception and the debut of this blog. How befitting to debut on a day that we honor her who gave us the greatest gift of all, our Savior, her son, Jesus.
I am not sure of the journey we will share on this blog, I am convinced that I am compelled to write about my faith and how it plays a crucial role in my life and I pray that I am guided by his mercy as I put forth the words needed to fill the pages to come.
My journey, like so many has been one of heartache and jubilation. It is my faith that has gotten me through even the most darkest of hours. For me, Mary, represents the ultimate Mother. One who has the ability to see past our faults and mishaps, one who is able to give us the kind of love so many of us seek, one that is unconditional.
I am in awe of the faith she displayed as she was called upon by the angel Gabriel, a messenger from God, that she was to bring forth his son and she did not waiver but graciously said yes to the word of God. Mary’s life was forever changed that day and she lived a life like most of us, one filled with joy and sorrow.
We are called to imitate her and to bring Jesus into the world; doing so we too shall suffer but it is our decision to either follow her example by living a life full of grace or succumbing to a life full of sin. I, pray to follow her lead and can only hope that I too, can continue to proclaim God’s greatness, knowing that he will be forever watchful if we keep our hearts open to his word. Luke 1:53 states:

The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.

I find comfort in the words of St. John Vianney as he states,”Mary’s heart is so loving towards us that the hearts of all other mothers taken together are but a piece of ice in comparison.”

 

Lord, thank you for your Blessed Mother! May I imitate her virtues and call upon her to help me walk with you.”

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