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 💕🙏

Man and Woman: His Body, Her Body

So many young people today are grappling with finding love in all the wrong places. A discussion on sex and sexuality with any youth or young adult will find their perception of love based on the distorted narratives of our secular world. Those who believe in man and woman as created by God are cancelled.

Not only do apps and social media forums make it easy for fast hook up and non committal sex, but the true meaning of God’s gift of love and relationships have been abandoned. Instant self gratification is the populous mantra.


In the resource section is a free pdf, Call to Love: John Paul II’s Theology of Human Love:

https://rejoiceandpraise.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/ten-eyck-and-borras-called-to-love-john-paul-iis-theology-of-human-love-1.pdf


This is a must read for all young adults to understand the beauty of God’s gift in creation, and of being a man and a woman.

We have a role in sharing this message to those around us!

God Bless 🙏💕

For youths. I recommend: https://www.amazon.com/Theology-His-Body-Her-Discovering/dp/193421759X

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

Emptying Myself

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

I had a hard time grasping the statement “the mysteries of God”.

It was not something I could measure, analyze or break down into recognizable components. I could not decipher something that was out there in the ethers.

I even recalling asking my confessor, “How do I move from the head to the heart?” He replied, “Pray!” Praying for the grace to understand was what I did!

Hunger Pain

Moving from the mind to the heart took time for me. I prayerfully asked the Holy Spirit to guide me. Then finally, it all came together, and I was able to grasp the mysteries – I was able to understand not in my head space, but feel it deep within me.

In retrospect, my being able to comprehend the mysteries of God was part of my own growth, trust, and deeper relationship with Christ. I also came to the understand that my journey with Jesus was not only getting to know him, to draw near to him and love him more, but to hear his call – which meant knowing Jesus through his words – the scripture – and knowing him more intimately from within.

These sketches represent my process of breaking away from the structure of figurative drawings and trusting my heart and feelings. There is a freedom in working intrinsically – imagining my body as a landscape – moving from my headspace (figurative /the body/structure) to create outside the box.

The mysteries of faith is similar- letting go of seeing the world from my head and moving to my heart – emptying out all of my ego, all my intentions and preconceptions to let the Holy Spirit fill me up.

New Life

Praise be to God!

Blessings💖

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 💖

Holy Thursday

It’s been a heartfelt and spiritual journey this week reflecting on Jesus Christ’s last days before his crucifixion. I feel there is a sadness in Christ knowing that Judas was seduced by Satan and betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver.

The king takes the role of servant. There is also a great sense of humbleness and humility in our beloved Christ washing the feet of his disciples.

In the Gospel, Matthew 20:28, Jesus came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus taking a towel and basin expresses His deep humbleness and it foreshadowed His ultimate act of humility and love on the cross – and the washing away our sins.

Gospel Jn 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

God Bless💖

St. Ignatius: A Short Guide to the Discernment of Spirits

Learning to discern that which comes from God, and that which comes from Satan is something I am still learning to do.

Our world is full of Satan’s influence – it’s in our music, media, games, television programs, novels (even romance novels), as well as in our social media. It is everywhere in our world.

We walk and battle Satan’s din daily. I have been working with a St. Ignatius Spiritual Director for the past year learning to walk in the path of God’s Divine will, and above all discern. Sharing with all a great summary by Br. Alexis Bugnolo on St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirit.

Reposted here: https://rejoiceandpraise.ca/contra-spiritus-idolatriae-a-short-guide-to-the-discernment-of-spirits/


God Bless, and I pray we can discern between the good and bad influences in our lives to walk with Christ the path of righteousness 💖

For me, this path meant giving up romance novels and my addictions (to name a few) to K-drama and Chinese drama (binge reading or binge watching). I didn’t do it alone, but with the help of the Holy Spirit working in me. One bad influence at a time.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.


Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!


Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

God Bless💖

Aside: during my good morning prayer to the Triune and our Holy Mother, this song came to mind. I share it, as it reminds us that God is faithful, and when we look, each day His mercies abound. All we need, He has provided. God is faithful. Praise be to God!