Act Of Faith

I had not watched The Chosen (Season 1) until this weekend. My parish priest had raved about this series and recommended it as a beautiful portrayer of Jesus.

Wrapping our heads around the hypostatic union of Jesus as one person with two nature – divine and human – can be grappling to understand.

From a personal perspective, I really appreciate how the Holy Spirit moves me time and time again to have a deeper understanding of Jesus’ human side. Between my daughter passing me tissues to wipe my eyes, not out of sadness, but with an inner joy, “Mom, why are you crying? You’ve read all this in the Bible and you know Jesus’ story.”

Reading and picturing the scene in my head is one thing, but to see it enacted adds to a holistic understanding of Jesus – the man, the son who was in constant communication with the Father, and his interaction and love for all the people around him. I also gained deeper insights into each of Jesus’ disciples. Just as I felt the pain Nicodemus the Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin was going through – the difficulty of giving up all to follow Jesus.

I am so often wrought by my own subjective reason and intellectualization that I miss the most basic teachings in the Bible. It is not through reason we come to Christ. Yes, for some it is, but for myself, it is to work beyond my own head space into faith – that means letting go of the mind and moving towards the “mysteries of God, and “Mysteries are not easy for a scholar”

I recommend taking the time to watch the first season of The Chosen now on Netflix. For myself, watching this was the Holy Spirit showing me that there is a bit of me in each of the people around Jesus.

SIN has permeated each of us, and Jesus points us to the Father:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:6-7 ESV

God Bless 💕🙏

Yes, The Darkness Is Real…

I am sharing this so that we can prepare. Whether it happens in our life time or not, we can step up to protect the next generation. It also reminds us to keep our hearts, mind and soul focused on Jesus.

I will share the following Catholics who speaks it as it is. They are also observant and can read the signs of the times. God reveals to us via His words, His son and our Blessed Mother, saints and through personal prophecies and visions, as well as many warnings of the darkness that is here. We as children of God need to know, and keep ourselves Christ centred. This will help us resist the temptation of our world – which is really in Satan’s grasp.

There is hope in the midst of the chaos and coming chastisement. Keep focused on Jesus. He will guide each of us through it.


Secularism and It’s Dark Belly


Three Days of Darkness

Marian Consecration

Marian Consecration begins Monday, January 9th for 33 days ending on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th.

I just purchased 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

I have in the past prepared for Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary according to St. Louis De Montfort, but will do it again with new eyes, heart and mind using Father Gaitley’s book.

I encourage readers to get ahold of either copy and participate. Mary wants to guide us to her son. I know that I rushed my consecration to Mary, and have made a commitment to myself to stay steadfast this time around.

God Bless, 💕🙏


Resources:

Preparation For Total Consecration to Jesus Christ Through Mary According to St. Louis De Montfort

By Fr. Hugh Gillespie. SMM

33 Days To Morning Glory A Fo It Yourself Retreat In Preparation For Marian Consecration

By Father Michael E. Gaitley

The Catechism In A Year

If you haven’t started following the online readings of the Catechism In A Year with Father Mike Schmitz, it’s not too late to start. As of January 4th, 2023, it is Day 4.

I follow on Youtube. Start on Day 1 and subscribe to the channel. This way the next day shows up in your stream:

https://youtu.be/tI-pOSv7tvg


You can also subscribe via the Ascension Press website. You do not have to buy their version of The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Use the copy you already have.

https://ascensionpress.com/pages/catechisminayear


I am following this online, and it is available on many platforms, and recommend it for a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith.

Pray with a sincere heart for the grace to know God more deeply, love him more intimately and to follow his will more closely. God Bless 💕🙏

Happy New Year 2023

Wishing all a Happy New Year! A new beginning for all of us to celebrate the love of our God and rejoice in Jesus. As we approach a new year and strive to walk closer to God, we are blessed with the knowledge that yes, we may muck up, but are thankful that the Jesus in us will lift us up.

January 1 is the Octave Day of Christmas

The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:16-21


New Year To Do:

An idea for the start of the new year is listening to the Catechism in a Year with Father Mike

January 1 is Day 1 of Catechism in a Year: https://youtu.be/tI-pOSv7tvg


New Year Reflections:

I have been spending the pass few days with my family in Toronto with whom I haven’t seen since the onset of Covid – yup 3 years. Praise be to God for the opportunity to share, rejoice and share in God’s love.

It’s been a blessing to spend time with each of my siblings and their families. Although 3 years of Covid restrictions were at times challenging – in afterthought the time pass quickly – in a blink of an eye – all the kids have grown up. Thank you to the triune, all the angels and saints for their cloak of protection.

Queen Quay Pier, Toronto

May God’s Blessings follow each of you in your daily walk 🙏💕

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. 🙏❤️

The Nativity Story

This is one of the most beautiful and moving retelling of the Nativity Story:

The Birth of Jesus

2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

Luke 2:1-20

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 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!”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

God Bless 🙏💕

Advent Joy

I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy…

A childhood song I recall echos the joy of knowing Jesus, having him in my heart, and, is the essence of Christmas joy.

A Christmas version:

God Bless 💕🙏


I offer this post to Marianna, may her journey in her new phase in her life be blessed. Amen