Freedom Is Only From God

2 Corinthians 2:17

True freedom is trusting and walking with God. I won’t delve deeply into the theology of freedom, but after watching all the protest world wide, and the theme was seeking freedom from restrictive mandates, I meditated the last 2 days and asked myself, “What is freedom?” “What does freedom mean to me – a Catholic.”

Seeking freedom can only be found in God. I know it’s a profound statement to make in our world today. The concepts of freedom and truth has been tainted with modernism, and secularized. Truth and freedom is defined in our world today as – me, his, her, and, them. The focus is on the self. God is not in the centre. God is not the focus. It is missing God!

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is a choice to do good (referencing Romans 6:17)

The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to “the slavery of sin”. (CCC#1733)

From the Old Testament to the New Testament, freedom and truth has been only through faith and trust in God:

The Prophet Isaiah talked about freedom saying, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1).

King David said in Psalm 118:5, Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.”

It is through God’s divine mercy we are set free – through His beloved son, Jesus:

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:31-36.

Cardinal John Henry Newman got it right:

Lead Kindly Light

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

Cardinal John Henry Newman
Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

May each of us find true freedom.

God Bless💖

Pray For FREEDOM and PEACE

Faith, trust and patiently waiting upon God’s will is amazing. I have prayed daily for peace and freedom. This week through God’s divine intervention, I now pray daily with a group of women from other parts of Canada via telegram. We started praying “Prayer to the Canadian Martyrs”. https://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/novenas/p00047.htm It is mind boggling how God is ever present in our lives – we need only ask. God is waiting for our, “Yes.” God is waiting for our, “Here I am.”

I can only with the most humblest of heart say, “Thank you Jesus!”

As Catholics we can offer our support to those around us through prayer – for their safety and for their wellbeing. It is showing love to our neighbours – it is right and just to offer this in our prayers as part of our faith, and, daily sacrifice to Jesus.

God Is Love

1 John 4:7-12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

What is freedom? Let’s look in the Old Testament – the story of Egypt and the enslavement of the Israelites by Pharaoh. They never knew what freedom was until Moses lead them out of Egypt- and they were so indoctrinated that they longed to return to Egypt where they were fed.

Let us pray for freedom, and know that wandering in the wilderness symbolically will give us strength. Endurance in turn develops hope and faith in God.

Romans 5:3-5New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

May God’s Blessings light your way 💖

Jordan Peterson’s Incredible Journey to God

I first came across Jordan Peterson’s writing and work when I read “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos“. At the time I remember sharing this book with my teenage son and his friend – wanting them to put into practice 12 wise and profound rules for life (my personal favorite rule was “Make Your Bed!”

At the time, I recall he was an atheist.

His recent video moved me to tears and joy, as he discusses intimately and sincerely his journey to God. I was moved! It hits at the heart of our own journey to God, especially those of us who have sought God through the world of intelligentsia, and academia.

I recall a time in my journey when I looked deeply within all “isms” seeking a knowledge that I later realized I will never know because ultimately knowing GOD is beyond the scope of my human understanding. It exists out there – eternal and beyond our reach. We can only understand him within our human grasp of understanding through faith, hope and charity/love, and, ultimately through Jesus.

Jordan Peterson’s journey echo’s many of the moral load we experience, carry, and think of, but have not articulated. Instead this psychological burden is held silently in our heart. Peterson’s self realization is a testament to the Holy Spirit moving in him.

The journey to God, is something that many disenfranchised has sought after finding the emptiness in all the “isms”. We are in an age where the temporal satisfaction is short lived, leaving a gapping empty hole. Hope, is something that is slowly being crushed by the chaos around us. To watch the rise of Jordan Peterson on social media platforms and through his writing, it is gripping to see God’s hand in his life as he shares his story.

With Bishop Barron:

Bishop Barron on the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon:

As children of God, we are called to help our Heavenly Father and participate with Him in lending a hand in shedding light into the world in courage, trust, truth and love…even unto our enemies:

God Bless and may our journey to God be a testament for all 💖.

Teach The Young

Sharing all this short message by Father Mark Goring, CC:

His daily messages are always inspiring for all of us who walk the faith…and it is up to all of us to teach the young by the actions that we do – we are the role model for their spiritual growth in Jesus.

God Bless 🙏💖

Healthy Habits to Live By

Starting your day by asking God for encouragement, hope and strength is a great way to begin your day.

Taking the time to pray in the morning centres your mind, heart and soul with God. It opens your day on a bright note. It fuses your day with positive vibes. I pray while still lying in bed and I use a little prayer book: Prayers and Heavenly Promises compiled by Joan Carroll Cruz.

Today, I want to share with you some of my favourite morning prayers:

Fatima Morning Offering

Based on Our Lady of Fatima’s request

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, all that this day may bring, be they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Good Morning God Prayer

Good Morning God! 
You are ushering in another day, 
untouched and freshly new. 
So here I am to ask you, God, 
if You’ll renew me too. 

Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday 
and let me try again dear God 
to walk closer in Your way. 

But Lord, I am well aware,
I can’t make it on my own.
So take my hand and hold it tight,
for I cannot walk alone.

Amen.

The Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my associates, and in particular for the
intentions of the Holy Father this month.

Amen.

Morning Prayer of St Francis

St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily;
to lean on your great strength, trustfully, restfully;

to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely;


to meet others, peacefully, joyfully;
to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.

Amen.

Have a Blessed morning and day. 💖

What is the Triumph of The Immaculate Heart

Why pray the rosary?

From personal experience, praying the rosary is my spiritual weapon. This is especially needed, for the closer I draw near to God’s embrace, the more sneaky the evil one is in attacking me. Think Eve in the garden of Eden, especially upon how the serpent seduced her with tricky words:

Being on guard to how my wandering thoughts, words and heart can betray God through Satan’s tricky is something I need to be aware off. This is why praying the rosary (“Hail Mary”) stops me before a sinful desire or a licentious thought can entrap or take hold of me. When I want to read a trashy romance, I ask myself – is it worth it to give up heaven for temporal pleasure? Is it worth giving up heaven for my addiction to my devices and spending hours on end on social social media (time once past is gone forever). It’s easy to fall into Satans grasp! That’s why the rosary (a mother’s fighting stance) and verses from the Bible are my spiritual weapon.

Genesis 3:1-5 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
The First Sin and Its Punishment

3 Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When we invite Holy Mary into our lives through the rosary, we are using a weapon given to us by God – for she will crush Satan’s head with her feet:

Genesis 3:15 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

We have the Immaculate Heart of Mary battling for us! I want to share with all my readers a must watch video with Fr. Luke:

Also watch Fr. Calloway’s testimony on how the Blessed Mother Mary saved him: https://youtu.be/PyarRMo64ew

God Bless 💖

Why Pray The Lord’s Prayer?

I recall reminding my 15 year old to pray before bed, and her response to me, “Mom, I don’t pray. I talk to God!” Out of the mouth of a teenager!

Prayer is one of the most important aspect in our relationship with God, it is our direct channel to him as we bring to him all our adoration, love, not to mention all our stresses, worries, queries, hopes, and angst. Prayer is also offering our intentions and healing for others.

Prayer comes in many forms, and talking to God is indeed how we develop a deeper relationship with Him. This poem by Mary Oliver wonderfully expresses it:

Praying

It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t

a contest but a doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

– Mary Oliver, Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver

From formal to free flow prayers with God, the one prayer I always say either on it’s own, or with my daily structured prayer time is “The Lord’s Prayer”. This prayer is also incorporated in the Daily Rosary and most chaplets. It is also a prayer said in every mass worldwide. I love this prayer! I remember learning this prayer in Sunday School, and recall also saying this prayer in elementary school at a time when it was permissible by our school board and government.

Concerning Prayer

Matthew 6:5-15

‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.[a]

‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

‘Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
10     Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
11     Give us this day our daily bread.[b]
12     And forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13     And do not bring us to the time of trial,[c]
        but rescue us from the evil one.[d]

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The Lord’s Prayer is what Jesus taught his disciples, and it is a complete prayer:

Adoration

Intercession

Thanksgiving

Repentance

Petition.

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Let’s lift up all our voices to God. Like a symphony of heart felt prayers flowing up in the stratosphere to God’s ears.

God Bless 💖

The door of the manger is always open

Borrowing a phase coined by the Archbishop of Montreal, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, “The door to the manger is always open”, I wish to greet all with a joyous and “Happy Christmas Eve”.

Let us unite together from all across our globe and rejoice with a melody in our heart as we let the light of the Bethlehem star warm our hearts with faith, hope and love .

As in a time in antiquity when three wise men journeyed afar to meet Baby Jesus, and as Shepard minding their fields heard the joyful proclamation by the choral of angels – let us welcome our Saviour into the world with joy and thanksgiving.

Luke 1:10 – 14

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

As Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal reminds us,

Through this pandemic, let us always keep the door of our heart open, constantly keeping a look of kindness, inspired by the look of goodness that the child Jesus has for us,”

Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal

Let us start our day with a a prayer of thanksgiving, a smile and an inner glow within and without, as well as a spirit filled song in our hearts.

From Christmas Novena Prayer

The Birth Of Jesus In The Stable Of Bethlehem (Ninth Day)

O Adorable Infant Jesus! I should not have the boldness to cast myself at Your feet if I did not know that You Yourself invites me to draw near You.

It is I who by my sins have made You shed so many tears in the stable of Bethlehem. But since You have come on earth to pardon repentant sinners, forgive me also, now that I am heartily sorry for having spurned You, my Savior and my God, who are so good and who has loved me so much.

In this night, in which You bestowest great graces on so many souls, grant Your heavenly consolation to this poor soul of mine also.

All that I ask of You is the grace to love You always, from this day forward, with all my heart. Set me all on fire with Your holy love. I love You, O my God, who has become a Babe for love of me. Never let me cease from loving You evermore.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and my Mother, You can obtain everything from Your Son by Your prayers. This is the only favor I ask of You. Do You pray to Jesus for me. Amen.”

God Bless 💖