The Search

My prayer

I don’t know where I am going. I am leaving that all to You. I only know that your plans for me is unchanging.

It was me who flittered in and out – seeking you now and then. I treated you like a revolving door, but your arms were always stretched – waiting for me?

Well, not I’ve stopped running. I give my all to You – Your Divine Will. My Almighty God, help me make use of the gifts you have given me.

Since the beginning of time, and before I was born, you had plans for me. You have blessed me with your amazing grace with mercy unbound. Yeah, I have ignored you! I have walked away from You! I was searching – for what? – I don’t even recall. It was just to fill an empty hole – so basically anything goes – well that sure didn’t last long – as I found myself searching for more.

Well, here I am JESUS, I’m all broken up. What’s left of me, is all that I can give. Who would have thought You patched me all up, and delivered me from me – the dark cloud that covered me for most of my life – gone!

Like a breeze, Your divine breathe shoo it away, and now I can walk freely in the embrace of your love. I am now a better me in my own existence walking with God.


Ecclesiastes 1:8-11

8 All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things,[a]
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after.

The Vanity of Wisdom

12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart[f] to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity[g] and a striving after wind.

15 What is crooked cannot be made straight,
    and what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.

18 For in much wisdom is much vexation,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Thank Jesus for saving me from myself.


God Bless💖

Mark Wahlberg’s Passion for Christ

I was moved by an interview on EWTN with Mark Wahlberg discussing his new film about Father Stu. Mark Wahlberg talks about drawing from his own personal journey with God. He also talks about prayer and the rosary as powerful tools. His film on Father Stu is his – passion – for Jesus. He is a Catholic using his talent to plant seeds for Jesus.”

It is not only spiritually inspirational, but the honesty and candidness is relatable:

I will definitely see this film when it comes out, because it’s a project from the heart with God at the center. How often do we ask ourselves, “how can I serve you Jesus?”

“Planting seeds for Jesus.”

Using the gifts given to each of us to plant seeds with humility and the knowledge that we are not perfect, but with Jesus in our heart, we can strive to walk towards a little more holiness and saintliness.

God Bless 💖

Heavenly Nudges

There are some mornings when I wake up and I am more tired then when I went to bed. I recall waking up a few times during the night with vivid images from a dream – disturbing – it was like I was in some spiritual saga – a battle. Each time I woke up, I prayed and fell back to sleep.

Upon awakening, I recall flashes of my dream, but then by the time I have my first coffee, I can’t remember them.

After a somewhat choppy morning prayer, I was looking for inspiration to complement my grunt of a prayer. I came across St. Catherine of Siena’s quote (the image above).

I call this a gentle nudge from God. It is His way of reminding me (and us) of his amazing grace and hand in my (our) life (lives). “He will provide the way and the means…”


No matter how terrible my night was, I can rest assure of God’s protection:

Psalm 91

Assurance of God’s Protection

1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day,
6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
15 When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
16 With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.


Have a Blessed day 💖

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 💖

The Angelus Prayer

During my morning prayer on the Amen: Calm Catholic Meditation App (available on Apple and Google), I came across this lovely prayer. For those looking for a good app to supplement their daily prayer, I suggest this one: https://amenapp.org

The Angelus is a beautiful prayer that reminds us of God’s love and the gift of His son, Jesus. It reminds us of Mary’s yes, and our yes to God.

The Angelus – Jean-François Millet (1857-1859)

The Angelus Prayer

℣. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary,

℟. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

℣. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.

℟. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

℣. And the Word was made flesh.

℟. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

℣. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

℟. That we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.

℟. Amen.

More information:

https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/the-angelus.html

https://wedaretosay.com/what-is-the-angelus-prayer/

I wasn’t planning to post today, but I was moved by the simple depth and truth of this prayer, and was inspired to share it. God Bless 💖

Saint Michael Archangel Novena

I pray the short version of this novena daily at the end of my holy hour. It is asking for protection against the darkness that reigns in our world. People often ask, how do I have time to pray? It’s easy – I make time for God by giving Him a block of time (20 min to an hour) daily to pray (morning/night) and enjoy drawing closer to God.

A novena for February 💕

From: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-michael-archangel-novena

St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned a few times in the Bible and is venerated as the ‘Prince of Angels.’

He is known for interceding for us for protection from evil and for healing.

In Christian art, he is often depicted wearing armor, wielding a sword or spear and slaying a dragon, a serpent or satan.

More About St. Michael the Archangel

The Catholic church refers to Michael the Archangel as St. Michael even though he is an angel, and not a saint whose recognition resulted from canonization. He is believed to be the prince of all of God’s angels, and the protector of the church.

There were several instances when St. Michael is believed to have appeared in the Bible, among them:

  • In the Book of Daniel, St. Michael is referenced as the “Great Prince and defender of your people”
  • As a sword-wielding angel who introduced himself to Joshua just before the fall of Jericho, as commander of the army of the Lord.
  • As the leader of the Angels who banished Satan and his minions according to the Book of Revelations
  • As an Archangel in the Epistle of Jude
  • In the Epistle to the Thessalonians, mention is made of an archangel who will announce the second coming of Christ. Though not identified, it is believed to be referring to St. Michael.

St. Michael is venerated as a healer, and protector of the Catholic Church. His feast day is celebrated on Sept. 29 but we are praying the novena in February.

Saint Michael the Archangel Novena: 9 day prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

St. Michael the Archangel, we honor you as a powerful protector of the Church and guardian of our souls. Inspire us with your humility, courage and strength that we may reject sin and perfect our love for our Heavenly Father.

In your strength and humility, slay the evil and pride in our hearts so that nothing will keep us from God.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to see the image of God in the least of our brothers and sisters.

St. Michael the Archangel, you are the prince of angels but in your humility you recognized that God is God and you are but His servant. Unlike satan, you were not overcome with pride but were steadfast in humility. Pray that we will have this same humility.

It is in the spirit of that humility that we ask for your intercession for our petitions…

(state your petitions)

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.”

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-michael-archangel-novena

God Bless and May Saint Michael The Archangel protect our walk with Jesus 💖

Cultivating Good Thoughts

When we surround ourselves with bad thoughts, it begets negative energy. It leads us towards the path of looking at the world from a standpoint that can lead to disparity and depression – acedia.


What is acedia?

Acedia is a word that defies easy definition while being a phenomenon all too familiar to us. The term refers to spiritual sloth — a state whose symptoms include moroseness, weariness, fatigue, melancholy, gloominess, feeling overworked, discouragement, dejection, instability, activism, boredom, disenchantment, depression, languor, torpor, mediocrity, laziness, loss of interest, lack of fervor, compromise, a repulsion to the things of God, a deprivation of the meaning of life, despair of attaining salvation, and, above all, an overall compelling absence of joy and hope.

From https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/spiritual-life/acedia-30-06-17.html

It’s that moment during our day when the Noon Day Demon” strikes us:

Psalms 91
Assurance of God’s Protection

91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

I know from personal experience that it’s when I am not in the moment and I take my eyes off God – when I feel bored, listless, restless – that the noon day demon attacks and all of a sudden I feel a sense of hopelessness. I feel a sense of loss – futility sets in.

To combat the noon day demon is to know that little trials produce endurance, strength and hope in God. It is to live in the present bathe in the joy of God, and not get dragged down by life.

Father Goring in his short message inspires us to develop the habit of having good thoughts:

This is a good start on battling the noon day demon – that time of the day when we feel tired, listless, futile and a little sad for reasons we can’t phantom.

For more reading and insights into acedia:

https://www.wordonfire.org/articles/fellows/acedia-beating-back-the-noonday-devil/

https://saintsandscriptures.com/the-noonday-demon-acedia-part-i

https://saintsandscriptures.com/the-noonday-demon-acedia-part-ii

The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times, by Abbot Jean-Charles Nault https://www.catholiccompany.com/the-noonday-devil-acedia-the-unnamed-evil-of-our-times-i121587/

https://www.amazon.com/Noonday-Devil-Acedia-Unnamed-Times-ebook/dp/B0182YPFH8

May each of us keep our eyes focused on God in our daily walk. The noon day demon is sneaky and ready to attack us when we are bored or listless, or on a spiritual low. With the joy of God in the centre of our lives – we will win the battle against acedia.

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. 💖