Final Thoughts For 2022


Never will I leave you.

Hebrews 13:5b

As we enter into a New Year, let’s not look back upon all the challenges and say “good riddance,” but rather give thanks to our Heavenly Father for his love and his hand in helping us manoeuvre through it.

Sometimes our individual journey is dark, and it feels as if we are alone. Yes, we don’t see him, but know that God has it all under control – we only need to call upon him.

9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Deuteronomy 7:9

Thank Jesus for being with us always even when we can’t see or feel him.


Let us be mindfully in the moment and give thanks. We can look to 2023 with the assurance that God is faithful.


May God’s blessings follow you into 2023. I pray for each to grow deeper in faith, love Jesus more, know him more intimately, as well as walk in his will more closely. 🙏❤️

Three Days of Darkness

I realize it’s Christmas, and a time to reflect and welcome the birth of Jesus. However, I do believe our humanity is headed towards a period of chastisement. As I reflect on the Mary and Joseph’s journey in the birth of Christ, the chaos that existed then is the same in our world today.

I have discussed in a precious post works by Lay Theologian Xavier Reyes-Ayral and his book Revelations The Hidden Secret Messages and Prophecies of the Blessed Virgin Mary (https://rejoiceandpraise.ca/2022/08/09/revelations-and-messages/. I have also previously posted on Garabandal https://rejoiceandpraise.ca/2022/09/24/garabandal/). Also, https://rejoiceandpraise.ca/2022/07/27/the-warning-or-the-illumination-of-conscience/

Take the time this Christmas to reflect on our walk with Jesus within and without. It’s a time to realign our will to God’s will and prepare our heart and souls for the challenges to come. Be alert, and shed ourselves of our dependence on things in this world – that is an awareness that the secular world serves the prince of darkness.


Remain calm and pray (Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer). Do not criticize or condemn.

I share the following video from the John Henry show. Please watch:

God Bless 💕🙏

The First Sunday of Advent

Being bed ridden is no fun, especially when it also triggers my asthma – so sleep is healing.

My Spiritual Director was not kidding when she once told me that the sick don’t pray or read the Bible. Well, I can honestly say that I just slept and bemoaned feeling like crap. I do recall murmuring Our Father and The Hail Mary.

My capable 16 year old tested me for Covid – 19 – negative. Praise God for his hand in my healing the past few days.

Being sick as the Advent season starts has given me time to reflect on Christ the king in my heart. It has also given me time to reflect on my sins – the chaos I create – gossipy tongue, work related dramas, interpersonal relationships and the mores! I continuously fall short. I am thankful for God’s Divine Mercy. His blood and water to cleanse the stains upon my soul.

https://archive.org/details/St.FaustinaKowalskaDiary

I hope to be back on my feet and the first thing I will do is go to morning mass and make a good confession as I head into the Advent Season focused on only Jesus.


This morning I gathered my family and lit the first Advent Candle with this prayer:

Blessing wreath prayer written by the USCCB.


“Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
He is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.”


I pray for a blessed Advent for each of you and your families 💕🙏 and may the light within us shine out into the world💕🙏

For more information on creating your own unique family Advent:

https://hallow.com/blog/advent-candles-and-advent-wreaths/

https://hallow.com/advent/


Craft Ideas: https://www.blog.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/2022/11/24/advent-calendar/

https://www.elizabethclareblog.com/tag/advent/


God Bless 🙏💕

Little Doses of Grace

The graces from God comes in little doses of spiritual nourishment – I can’t even find a word or image to describe it – probably too tired since returning back to work.

My work schedule has changed many times and I have had to adjust my time with God accordingly. Yup, real life is hectic!

This morning I woke up to this little quote from St. Paul of the Cross. These little words bespeaks a depth that resonates with God’s love and beauty. :

“Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.”

–St. Paul of the Cross

Little doses of God’s graces reminds us that he is always present and walking with us in our daily lives.

Let us get the rest we need so we can appreciate the beauty of God within and without.

God Bless and have a great weekend 💕🙏


St Paul of the cross:

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-paul-of-the-cross

The Best Part Of My Day

I returned to work today after a long sojourn, and the best part of my day was going to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral to pray and attend the 7:30 am mass.

A wonderful way to start my day as I return to the hectic world of teaching young children. A lot has changed within me the last few years, but the world and the job all remains the same. The staff changes and children changes throughout the years, but the same hectic reality remains the same.

I have changed. My faith has deepened and for those of us who walk in Jesus:

“Three things are necessary to everyone: truth of faith which brings understanding, love of Christ which brings compassion, and endurance of hope which brings perseverance.”

–St. Bonaventure

A comforting thought as I start my day.

God Bless 🙏💕

Shia LaBeouf’s Conversion Story

Powerful conversion stories – testimonies – is one of the most beautiful graces from God. It lets us know that in our imperfections, our moments of deep sin, and when we have lost all hope – God is there to open our eyes to his divine mercy, forgiveness and love.

SHIA LABEOUF – HIS CONVERSION TO CATHOLICISM PLAYING PADRE PIO

I was touched by Shia LaBeouf’s conversion for many reasons, the first is when my kids were young we were a fan of his Transformer films. The second reason is his life mirrors much of the decadences – self affliction and pain of not only those in the entertainment business, but those who are creative, young, and broken. So many of us were lost in secular culture and Shia LaBeouf’s conversion story reminds us that Jesus is every present knocking at our door, waiting for us to open it for him.

Praise God!


https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/shia-labeouf-stuns-bishop-barron-with-love-of-latin-mass-theyre-not-selling-me-a-car/

His interview with Bishop Barron.

It is a good idea to look at the other videos and commentary by other interviewers. They provide a more deeper perspective on Shia LaBeouf’s faith journey. It also opens up for many the traditional vs the modernist (Vatican II and post) movement in the Catholic Church.

God Bless💕🙏

Confessions Of Falling Into My Disorder

I confess that I am a shopaholic. When I give into my weakness, Satan and his evil minions jump at every opportunity to create a divide between God and me.

A good example, is while online shopping, I spent more money than I had anticipated. I reasoned it was a sale too good to miss – after all it’s a “Back to School” sale. I should know better, especially as my own son was prepping for a huge back to school sale at his stores. Well, I fell into the guile’s of advertisement and “deals”.

Recalling afterwards my crazed mind as I put items into my cart and pressed pay, not once but twice, I realized and bemoaned my indulgence into the flesh and prayed seeking God’s forgiveness. Seeking for the strength to turn away from things of this world. Thank goodness our God is merciful.

God has a way of speaking to me that always strikes at my inner core. It results in a deeper understanding of Sacred Scripture:

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Fatherknows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:22-34

This verse is especially poignant and meaning because it was part of my meditation for the past few weeks. The depth of meaning in it didn’t hit me until I committed the self indulgent deed of falling prey to my own shopping frenzy.

It was only after I’ve fallen to my own vice that I can finally understand Luke 12:22-34.


God is merciful and will continue to guide us to become more aware of the narrow road towards holiness. I am thankful for his teachings, and graceful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


Satan and his minion are ever present and waiting to prey on our weaknesses. Vigilance Is the key. I can only battle evil with the help of Jesus. I came across the work of an Exorcist – Fr. Ripperger through the Augustine Institute. Please take the time to watch the following videos. They will help each of us to battle our brokenness with the help of the triune.


More information on the Augustine Institute:

https://www.augustinestudios.org/formed


God Bless and may our beloved Jesus Christ heal our disorders. 💕🙏

The Road Is Narrow

The road to heaven is narrow. The road to heaven is to love Jesus with all my heart, mind, body and spirit. This is proactively to have a sincere relationship with Jesus with all my heart, taking the time to know him, love him, and finally to follow him by doing – God’s will. Doing God’s will is not what I want, but what God wants for me.


Praying for God’s will in my life means picking up the cross of Jesus. For me this means stepping out of my comfort zone to trust and love Jesus, and, to love my neighbours. I am happy and content to exist in my little shell. It’s stress free and easy. Stepping out means I trust in Jesus to lead me along the rocky and narrow road towards heaven – and not hide in the four corners of my comfortable shell.

I am saved by grace, and this means for me to step out and love those around me. It can be a simple smile, a genuine greeting, a helping hand, and above all to love the unloveable.

Yes it’s hard to love our neighbours, and it is only through God’s grace and knowing that Jesus lives in my heart that I can do this. You can also!

Jesus, help me to enter through the narrow door. Guide and lead me to let go of the things in this world and focus just on the cross – to heed your words with a trusting and sincere heart – and to obey you🙏

I pray that each of you come to know Jesus, love him, and take up the cross to follow him. I pray for God’s blessings upon each of us to love our neighbours and ask for their salvation in our prayers, to sincerely love, greet, hugs, and give in good will.

May the light of the Cross in each of us radiate outwards.

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

Gospel Lk 13:22-30

Father Chris Alar’s homily on the narrow path:


Father Mark Goring on Luke 13:22-30


Ralph Martin, Living As Catholics In Challenging Times:

God Bless 💕🙏