A daily regimen of prayer and Scripture reading to give us the energy we need to stay focused on the Lord. Including exercise of our wills to let in all that is good and reject that which is bad. A steady diet of the body and blood of Christ to keep us filled with Jesus' life and connected with our brothers and sisters.
Pray: Lord Jesus,
you are the physician of my soul.
Renew me in your love so that
I may live life to the fullest.
entire text taken from five minutes with the Word, Lent 2010
Prayer is the light of the spirit, true knowledge of God. Prayer stands before God as an honored ambassordor. It gives joy to the spirit, peace to the heart. Prayer, not words.
Pray from the heart, not confined to fixed times or periods but continuous throughout the day and night. Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God, not only when it is engaged in meditation; at other times also, when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, giving generously in the service of others, our spirit should long for God and call him to mind, so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God's love.
Paint your house with the colors of modesty and humility. Make it radiant with the light of justice. Decorate it with the finest gold leaf of good deeds. Adorn it with the walls and stones of faith and generosity. Crown it with the pinnacle of prayer. In this way you will make it a perfect dwelling place for the Lord.
taken from a homily by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop
February 18, 1921, your birth date. Look at you here, just 17 years old. The picture is dated 1938, I wasn't even a thought at that time. Growing up I had never seen this picture, I found it a few months after your passing. Its one of my favorites, actually I guess it is my favorite. My boys, your grandsons, are now older then you were here in this picture, a lot older.
Litany of Our Lady of Lourdes Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy; Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy. Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven; Have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit; Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God; Have mercy on us. Holy Mary; Pray for us. Holy Mother of God; Pray for us. Mother of Christ; Pray for us. Mother of our Savior; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, help of Christians; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, source of love; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the poor; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the handicapped;; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of orphans; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all children; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all nations; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the Church; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, friend of the lonely; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of those who mourn; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, shelter of the homeless; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, guide of travelers; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, strength of the weak; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, refuge of sinners; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of the suffering; ; Pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, help of the dying; Pray for us. Queen of heaven; ; Pray for us. Queen of peace; Pray for us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Spare us O Lord. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us. Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us. Let us pray: Grant us, your servants, we pray you, Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body. By the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrows, and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us
free in Christ Jesus.
We praise you and bless you
for the gift of religious liberty,
The foundation of human
rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom
to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have
the courage to defend them,
For ourselves and for all those who live
in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of
Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
And in the name of your Son,
our Lord, Jesus Christ,
In the unity of the HolySpirit,
With whom you live and reign,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Son will shine!
Good Morning, you are the rising Sun, the firstfruits of the future resurrection, grant that we may not sit in the shadow of death but walk in the light of life.
Show us your goodness present in every creature, that we may contemplate your glory everywhere.
Good Night, as the day draws to a close, Sun of Justice, we invoke your name upon the whole human race so that all men may enjoy your never failing light.
Pray for Our Nation
2 Chronicles 7:14
If they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.
In His light seeking joy and contentment in the simple pleasures of life.
God Family Friends
I call on You right now in a special way.
It is through your power that I was created.
Every breath I take, every morning I wake,
and every moment of every hour,
I live under Your powers.
Father, I ask You now to touch me with that same power:
For if You created me from nothing,
You can certainly recreate me.
Fill me with the healing power of Your Spirit.
Cast out anything that should not be in me.
Mend what is broken. Root out any unproductive cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild any damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection.
Let the warmth of Your healing love pass through my body
to make new any unhealthy areas so that my body will
function the way You created it to function.
And Father, restore me to full health
in mind, body and spirit,
so I may serve You
the rest of my life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Father Larry J. Hess
The World Needs Heroes
O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of wisdom and divine love,
impart your knowledge, under-
standing, and counsel to youth
that they may know the vocation
wherein they can best serve God.
Give them the courage and strength
to follow God's holy will.
Guide their uncertain steps,
strengthen their resolutions,
shield their chastity, fashion
their minds, conquer their
hearts, and lead them to the
vineyards where they will labor
in God's holy service.
A lace curtain blowing in the breeze of an open window
Cup of Coffee
House full of laughter
The hush after a snow storm
The Value of A Smile
It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash, and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. It cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, but it is of no earthly good to anyone until it's given away! So if in your hurry you run across someone too weary to smile ~ leave one of yours. No one needs a smile as much as he who has none to give. ~ Author Unknown
20 Keys to A Happy Life
1) Compliment 3 people everyday! 2) Watch a sunrise 3) Be the first to say "hello" 4) Treat everyone as you want to be treated 5) Live beneath your means 6) Forget the Joneses 7) Never give up on anybody ~ miracles happen! 8) Remember someone's name 9) Be kinder than you have to be 10) Wish not for things, but for wisdom and courage 11) Be tough-minded, but tender hearted 12) Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated 13) Keep your promises 14) Leave everything better than you found it 15) Show cheerfulness even when you don't feel it 16) Remember that winners do what losers don't want to do 17) Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years 18) When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone's day 19) Don't rain on other people's parades 20) Don't waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them! ~source unknown