Pray More

Praying has become my daily substance. Not only does it refreshes my soul, but it helps me begin my day with the inner knowledge of God’s grace and presence. I can hear my inner voice singing my own version of Psalms – praising God for a new day, and asking for strength and sustenance.

As a new Catholic, this will be the first time I celebrate the season of Lent. I had many questions: Why do Catholics celebrate Lent? What is Lent? When does it start? How long is Lent? What do we do during Lent? The researcher in me was curious. To find my answers, I asked Catholic friends and did an online search. This is how the hand of God lead me to The Pray More Lenten Retreat.

As we draw near to the season of Lent, the Pray More Lenten Retreat is being offered online. I love the fact that I can participate from home and at my own pace.

2021 Lent Retreat – The Pray More Retreat

“A retreat?” some may ask. Yes! An online retreat devoted to deepening our relationship with Christ. For those like me who juggle many roles and having hectic days is the norm, I like the fact I can tune in when I can, and journey at my own pace. I am excited by their list of speakers. I love inspiring insights that guide me towards a greater focus upon our Savior.

Starting February 17, it will add to my Lent experience, as it is a time to reflect and deepen my prayer life. This retreat will definitely guide me and all participants towards a fuller life in Christ.

Paying to participate in this retreat is not mandatory, as it gives all participants the option to pay or participate for free.

I encourage my readers to sign up for this retreat.

Heavenly Father,

Let us bring before our Lord Jesus all our baggage and put it at His feet. Let Him help us carry our personal yokes, and let us go on a journey of healing with Him. We all lead busy lives, and some of us more hectic than others. Lent is a time for us to take time out to joyfully reflect and draw nearer to Him, and participate at your own pace 💖

Amen 🙏

Dreams Speak

Alleluia, Alleluia, It’s Sunday!

The last two days has seen me short tempered, snappy, and difficult to get along with.

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Little incidences cropping up made me realize how human I am, and, how I fall short of God’s glory. I am reminded of the abundance of God’s grace and mercy pouring out for us. It also made me realize that in my imperfection, I also have God’s forgiveness for my sins.

Little irritants that crop up as a mom and wife are God’s way of showing me to let it go, and trust in Him. So what if my kids don’t make their bed. I will close the door to their rooms. A sink full of dishes can be an eyesore, but someone can wash them later. It’s ok if my husband doesn’t know where things go. I can remind him. Is it worth getting angry and letting the negative feelings feed Satan and his minions. NO!

Let it go!

God’s grace and mercy is abundant.

“Let yourself be healed by Jesus!” (Pope Francis)

After feeling mortification and remorse for my hissy fits, I had a beautiful message sent by God through a dream.

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In fact I woke up in the early morning and reflected upon it. In my dream, I only recall the last part of it: I died during a surgery only to come to life again minutes later. As I was waking up from my dream, this verse came to mind:

I have been crucified with Christ; 20 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 

Galatians 1:19-20 NRSVCE

Thank you Jesus, for your love and guidance. Thank you for your abundant grace and mercy.

God Bless 💖

This past Friday and Saturday was set aside by me to worship. I have linked the information below:

The first Friday and Saturday of every month is a time of worship and meditation upon the Sacred heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Holy Virgin Mary. For more information and background:

January 1st, 2021

January 2nd, 2021

February 5, 2021

February 6, 2021

Daily Habit: The Bible

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One of the hardest habit to get into is reading the Bible daily. I wanted to take the time today to introduce and share an awesome podcast that not only helps with reading the Bible, but, it is only a 25 minute investment of our time.

I spend much more time on my iPhone browsing the internet. A line I often mutter is, “where did my day go?” Sometimes I find myself scrolling through Instagram, and before I realize it, a hour has passed. Online shopping often leaves me with many hours wasted as I search for a particular item, and find myself an hour later, with a cartful of items I am not willing to purchase yet.

Signing up or committing to The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz is a 25 min daily journey in reading the Bible.

Fr. Mike Schmitz leads the reader through the stories of the Old Testament, teaching and insights that helps make reading the Bible effortless. I know that sometimes reading certain books in the Bible can be challenging due to the prose and language. Reading along with Fr. Schmitz makes it an easy and visually colorful.

Sign up for the Bible in a Year here:

The Bible in a Year: Sign Up – Ascension (ascensionpress.com)

or one can listen to this via Spotify:

Spotify – The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) | Podcast on Spotify

I have incorporated Fr. Mike Schmitz’s daily reading into my own Bible reading time, and journey with God.

Thanks for letting me share, and God Bless💖

Blessed Be Our Day

Brrr, it’s -12 C outside, and it took a little effort to put on all my layers of woollies before venturing outside. It was worth it to behold the sunshine, the blue skies and all the snow. To marvel at God’s creation and relish – life!

I forget how nice it is to be out of the house and get a breath of brisk air. Walking through the park, I marvel at the snow forts created by the children in my neighbourhood. Behind me in the above photo is one of their feat of engineering.

Another Fort made by children in the neighbourhood.

Starting the morning with a prayer of thanksgiving, praise, and my personal intentions is how I prepare my morning rosary time. It helps me feel the grace of God’s hand throughout the rest of day.

God Bless 💕

Rejoice

Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.

God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

For king of all the earth is God:
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.

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This Bible reading is today’s Responsorial (1/23/2021). It is so uplifting, and sharing it with everyone brings joy to my heart. Our world today is full of discord (360 degree). I imagine arrows aim towards us from all sides. They come from many areas in our lives. They can be from our governments, from within our community, workplace, or they can be personal. We forget during these tying times to rejoice and give thanks to God. We forget God’s abundant love and mercy for us.

Todays readings reminds me to sing praises from my heart and not worry about the things outside my every day reality. It reminds me to praise and glorify God. Why? Because He is the King most high. The world belongs to Him, and He is in control.

A God wink from me to you.

Have a Blessed Day 💖

Faith

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This past December, I challenged myself to read the Bible using a checklist from Elizabeth Clare’s website: – practical solutions for the modern catholic (elizabethclareblog.com). I love her website for her practical resources for all ages. Her recommended reading list is a must read for all Catholics, and she offers free pintables for all age group. This is where I found her “The (Catholic) Bible in 360 Day Challenge” ) (Catholic Bible 365 (elizabethclareblog.com).

I have been more or less consistent in keeping to the reading schedule. I got a bit behind in my reading during holidays, and, on days I am busy with work. I don’t stress about it, but rather I pick up where I left off, and say a prayer asking for God’s guidance to help me focus.

At first I didn’t understand why the readings were divided into 3 parts. It made sense after a week of using the 360 Day Challenge. It mirrors and recalls the order of the Mass. It is organized with the reading, responsorial Psalm, and then the Gospel (New Testament),

It was a challenging start for me to read the Book of Job. I must admit there were countless moments when I was unsure if it’s meaning. I grumble about the prose and language of this book, until I realized they are dialogues going back and forth between Job and his many friends. The old testament gives me new insights into the history and backdrop to God and pre Christianity. The New Testament reading is revealing and full of insights and teachings as I journey with Jesus through His ministry. I feel my heart pull at times when I see the underhanded political and power interplay by the Pharisees and those in position of authority against Jesus.

Reading the Bible regularly is how God communicates with me. It is through reading and mediating upon God’s inspired words, that I get intimate insights into His nature, along with what His will for me is. Reading with an opened mine and praying with a sincere heart is my food for the mind and soul. Lately I feel much closer to Jesus. I still have an off day. Sometimes I honestly don’t feel like reading. It’s when I feel like this that I supplement it with extra prayer and ask for discipline and focus. Sometimes taking a day off is good as it gives me extra time to think about what I have read. Sometimes, there are moments in my life – an experience – that helps reinforce or add to something I have just read, and which I may not have understood. Time off gives me a chance to process and have deeper insight. I call these moments – God’s whispers (His hand in moving in our lives).

Like writing, there are days when I feel I have nothing to say. There have also been moments when I feel spiritually overwhelmed, and I cannot translate and articulate from heart to mind, and, from mind into words. It has taken me a few days of quite meditation and prayer for me to write today. Praise be to God!

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I want to share with all something from my reading today – Luke 5. I was so touched by this chapter, especially by the faith of the woman who hemorrhaged for 12 years. Regardless of the crowd that surrounded Jesus, she pressed against the crowd and made her way to Jesus. Being barely an arms length away, she stretched to touch his cloak.

28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 

Mark 5:28

She was immediately healed.

She was healed by her faith:

34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Mark 5:34

I was touched by her strength of faith. It reminds me that as long as I have faith in Jesus, I can move mountains. In my case, it is to write again and share with you – Jesus!

God Bless 💖

Seed of Wickedness

I was recently asked, “how could you consider becoming a member of the Catholic faith, when it’s been tainted by corruption and pedophilia”.

A loaded question!

Corruption has always existed in every facet of the human condition, and it’s no different in the Catholic Church. Just as sexual immorality and pedophilia is rampant today, it also existed throughout the history of mankind. It is more magnified because it’s in the Catholic Church – the bastion of all truth and righteousness. In the past, in reoccurring incidents as such, the pedophile was sent off to some distant monastery to live out the rest of his life in isolation.

Today we live in a technical age where the truth will always be uncovered. The research I’ve done and know will make most heads spin – because it’s dark and evil. Yes. I became a Catholic despite knowing all this.

It’s important to know the context, and understand that within each of us exists the seed of evil. This is our post Eden reality. This seed will ferment and fester if we don’t have Jesus at the the centre of our life.

God called me to his church not for the leadership, but for his church and the body of Christ. Catholicism is steep in scripture and Biblical teaching, along with all the rich insights from incredibly humble Saints. These are the simple “everyman” who stood out spiritually during important times within in our history. I would also emphasize, they made great contributions at different junctions in our world history.

Saints loved and served God. They were not perfect, because they were fallible humans like you and me. Through their writings and diaries, we get a glimpse of their humanity and their personal angst, joys, and love. We become voyeurs into their intimate relationship with Jesus through their writings. These are a treasure trove – legacies – that gives us a personal glimpse into the depth and width of Gods mercy and faith.

Most Protestants don’t understand the respect we have for Holy Mary. I didn’t. However, through praying the Rosary, I’ve grown to love and respect her as the Holy Mother. Meditating on each passion, my veil has been lifted and I can see the heart of my human soul. I’ve been called by God a for deeper relationship with Him, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

I’m called to pray for not just myself, but for my family, my community and most of all, my world. This is hard to explain, as it’s something that weights upon my heart. Perhaps I feel like this, because I understand the depth of what sin is, along with insight into Gods’ overwhelming grace and mercy. I am moved to pray for the salvation of all those around me, because it’s countdown time. We don’t have much time. We are the bride waiting.

I don’t want anyone left behind. I’ve been called by God to follow His will. How do I know? I know! Am I being delusional? It’s answer comes through prayer, and the serendipitous way God moves in my life.

At the heart of Catholicism is Jesus, the Bible, and the early church. This is the foundation. The Catholic Church is like a family. Within it are the squabbling between siblings. The Mass is based on scripture, Eucharist and prayer. A sincere worship of Jesus without the high emotionalism of hyped music and fire sermons.

God Bless🙂

TRUST

I have also been sensing a greater force at work in our “universe”. That is an awareness of a real spiritual battle taking place in our world – unseen but felt – a battle between good and evil is the easiest way for me to explain this. The heavy aura from this spiritual battle is creating a negative energy that is adding to my moodiness and temperament. With every argument, and combative stance I take, I am feeding these demons within and without. How do I stop it – I stop! Instead of being confrontational or itching to get my point across, I stop, count to 3, and go into the bedroom and pray. I take a spiritual “time out”! I seek out the grace of God to forgive me. I ask for the Holy Spirit to flush out all the negative emotions I feel and heal me.

If you have been feeling like this, you are not alone.

A word of encouragement for those of you who are having similar trials – stop and pray. When I feel emotionally down, I don’t let it crush me my morale – I pray and put my trust in Jesus. With Jesus in my heart and through sincere prayer, I can shoo away the negative energy.

Prayer and quiet time with God is paramount for our well being.

When we find ourselves falling into Satan’s traps, we must step back and seek the grace and mercy of God to cast the demons out with the breath of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3 came to mind today. The words of King Solomon is wise!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.

In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones.

Through prayer, I share with Jesus my thanksgiving, joys and concerns. Praying the Rosary lets me mediate upon his life and journey as an infant to His death on the cross. I have also started to include praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. This prayer lets me pray for others – my family, my community and my world.

For (iOS, Android) app: Divine Mercy App | The Divine Mercy

Thank you for reading:)

God Bless!