A Powerful Prayer: Our Lady, Queen Of Angels

I want to share with you a powerful prayer that was introduced to me in Sunday’s homily by Father Chris Alar. His testimony was both touching and a testament to God’s abundant grace. It was a direct message to me and It touched at the core of my own journey with Jesus.


Our Lady, Queen Of Angels

August Queen of Heaven!
Sovereign Mistress of the angels!
Thou who from the beginning
hast received from God
the power and mission to crush the head of Satan,
we humbly beseech thee
to send thy holy Legions,
that, under thy command
and by thy power,
they may pursue the evil spirits,
encounter them on every side,
resist their bold attacks
and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe.

Amen

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Another version…

August Queen of Heaven,
sovereign queen of Angels,
you who at the beginning
received from God
the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan,
we beseech you humbly,
send your holy legions so that,
on your orders and by your power,
they will track down demons,
fight them everywhere,
curb their audacity and plunge them into the abyss.

Who can be compared to God?
Oh good and tender Mother,
you will always be our love and our hope.

Oh divine Mother,
send the Holy Angels and Archangels to defend me
and to keep the cruel enemy far from me.

Holy Angels and Archangels defend us,
protect us. 

Amen.


We often forget that God has given us an abundance of grace through our saviour Jesus Christ. Father Chris Alar’s homily reminds me that he is ever present in our lives and we need only lift our heart to him in prayer.

God Bless Father Chris Alar and all the Marians around the world, and to all who read my blog, and especially to all who pray Our Lady, Queen Of Angels 🙏💕

Amen, Amen, Amen

I am writing this post for all those who have crossed my path, and many more I will meet and share in the love of Jesus. Some were part of my RCIA and Camino family, Alpha, strangers in passing, friends, family, and there are also my spiritual director, church leaders, deacon and priests whose guidance have lead me to the foot of the cross. There are also those who are online – readers and subscribers from different parts of the globe. I share with each a virtual hug and heartfelt joy in the name of Jesus.

Many from my RCIA and Alpha groups have moved on, as they walk in their own journey with Jesus. Some have picked up and are starting new lives in another city. Others have moved due to work, while others are studying in different cities.

I miss them!

I would like to send an heart felt blessing in the name of Jesus to each and every soul who has crossed and touched my life. They all had a hand in creating a greater me in my own existence. May the hand of Jesus bless them in their walk down the narrow path towards his light.

God Bless 💕🙏


The Blessing

Written by: Christopher Joel Brown, Steven Furtick, Cody Carnes, Kari Brooke Jobe

The Lord bless you 
And keep you 
Make His face shine upon you 
And be gracious to you 
The Lord turn His 
Face toward you 
And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen 
Amen, amen, amen

The Lord bless you 
And keep you 
Make His face shine upon you 
And be gracious to you 
The Lord turn His 
Face toward you 
And give you peace 
Amen, amen, amen 
Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you 
And a thousand generations 
And Your family and your children 
And their children, and their children

May His favor be upon you 
And a thousand generations 
And your family and your children 
And their children, and their children

May His presence go before you 
And behind you, and beside you 
All around you, and within you 
He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening 
In your coming, and your going 
In your weeping, and rejoicing 
He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you 
He is for you, He is for you 
He is for you, He is for you

Amen, amen, amen 
Amen, amen, amen

May His presence go before you 
And behind you, and beside you 
All around you, and within you 
He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you

Sitting At The feet Of Jesus

At the Home of Martha and Mary

Luke 10:38-41

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Marthaopened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


In the past, when I had family or friends over for dinner, I stayed in the background preparing the meal. Being present and mindful of my surrounding and to sit with my guest was not something I did. I was busy in the background and very much like Martha focused on the preparation.

I was also the complainer – telling my husband I had no help.

I was not like Mary. Mary sat by Jesus and listened intently to him. She relished his companionship.

When I sit and prayerfully read Luke 10:38-41, I realize I am too much like Martha, and not enough like Mary. Today I pray for the grace of God to know, love and be close to Jesus. A balance of both Martha (in good works for Christ) and to be mindfully present in him like Mary.

Praise be to God!

God Bless 💕🙏

Thoughts On My Prayer Life

JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

“When you pray, you only have to ask for two things: You should ask for the light to see the will of God, and you have to ask for the courage to be able to do the will of God.”
–Venerable Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz


I came across this wonderful prayer inspiration in one of my daily feeds and it is an inspiration during times when I feel my prayer life has become a routine. My prayers end up being a long self monologue of all the ills around me.

When I feel this in my prayer life, I simply ask for the strength to see God’s will for me and to act on it as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane.


Jesus echoes this in Luke 10:25-37:

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”

He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied,
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

God Bless 💕🙏

EWTN Online Learning Series – In His Sandals

Make sense of the chaos with our Savior, Jesus Christ

I came across this free series and it reflects much of the same challenges I face daily – finding time for Jesus.

It is also free. There is a link below for free access to the series.

Sometimes it is difficult to understand God’s Will for our lives, especially when times are tough or when something happens that disturbs us. We invite you to be still and sit with the Lord through online video reflections with EWTN Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe.


For more information: and to get free access:

https://www.ewtn.com/giving/campaign/in-his-sandals-24010

Food For Thought

I have to admit there was a time I use to acted rashly without thinking it through. In fact, my actions often had consequences. Afterwards, I would feel remorseful and terrible for acting without thinking it through. It created a negative environment that always resulted in a heartfelt apology from me.

There was a lot for me to learn about anger management, and it was only when I humbled myself and sought Jesus’ help that I was able to let go of my impulses and think things through.

Through scripture, prayer and reflection, I now have a deeper understanding of taking the time to find a balance, to look at the whole, and think it through before reacting. Our Blessed Mother is our role model as she reflects on God’s words, teachings, and the situation – pondering.

“[Mary] does not remain locked in her initial troubled state at the proximity of God in his angel, but she seeks to understand. So Mary appears as a fearless woman, one who remains composed even in the presence of something utterly unprecedented. At the same time she stands before us as a woman of great interiority, who holds heart and mind in harmony and seeks to understand the context, the overall significance of God’s message. In this way, she becomes an image of the Church as she considers the word of God, tries to understand it in its entirety and guards in her memory the things that have been given to her.”
—Pope Benedict XVI, p. 33


The above quote is from: Jesus of Nazareth the Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI.

A free online PDF is available:

https://www.pdfdrive.com/jesus-of-nazareth-the-infancy-narratives-e187821768.html


God Bless 🙏💕

Christ In My Heart

I use to point my fingers up towards the sky when I use to make references about God. It’s a natural reaction when we think of God. He exists outside of time, is all knowing, and all powerful. I no longer point to God as some omnipresent being – God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Triune. Now I point to my heart when I talk of Him. He is within me and resides in my heart as I draw nearer to Him through Jesus. Through Jesus, I have been given the grace of the Holy Spirit – my Paraclete – counsellor/teacher. Yes, it’s hard to wrap our heads around this. It is one of the mysteries of God.

“Christ is in you”

“But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Romans 8:10

“It is Christ who lives in me”

“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.”

Galatians 2:20

“Christ is formed in you”

“My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you.”

Galatians 4:19

“Christ may make His home in your hearts”

“That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love.”

Ephesians 3:17

“Christ in you”

“To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Colossians 1:27

God Bless 💕🙏

Sharing the Light of Jesus

Mary Magdalene loved Jesus. When Jesus casted out all the demons from her life, she was healed and began a new life:

“Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. There Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out…” Luke 8:1-2

I can imagine how difficult her life must have been before she met Jesus. Due to her psychological mind frame, she must have been scorned by all, and probably lived in isolation.

Her sadness upon discovering Jesus’ body gone must have distressed her, and seeing Christ, I can imagine her running to him and holding Him tightly in an embrace.

Jesus asks, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

His wounds fresh, Jesus tells her, “Stop holding on to me.” Jesus had not ascended yet. He gives Mary Magdalene a mission.

My question to myself is, “What mission does Jesus give me?”

How do I feel about the resurrected Christ? How has it changed my life?

As part of my Art Therapy session today, I was asked, “how would I imagine myself as a landscape?” My thoughts drifted to Mary Magdalene, her search for Jesus when she thought He was gone, and then running off to share the good news. I closed my eyes and imagine my arms outstretched embracing the world sharing the light of Christ.

Sketch and painting: How do I imagine myself as a landscape? April 19, 2021
Sharing The Light of Christ

Gospel Jn 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.

God Bless 💖