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God Can’t Stop Himself

Tonight, I’m going to make a short story long.

We own a 21 year old car, a Corolla.  It has 257K miles on it and we are expecting to get another 50K before it dies and we park it on the side of the road with a sign that says “first come, first serve.”  It hasn’t had air-conditioning in almost 10 years.  Ten years ago it didn’t matter so much because we were younger.  Now, it does, so we only go out in the heat before noon or after 7 p.m.  That, too, is okay.  The two back windows haven’t been able to come down in about 4 years.  Now, the driver’s side window doesn’t come down.  It would cost us almost $300 to get it fixed.  That is about what the car is worth.  So we have one window that we can open.

Yesterday, when I was at Adoration, Jesus and I discussed the car.  Charlie and I had had the discussion on Wednesday, when we were talking about whether or not getting another used car was a wise use of our resources right now.  (We pray every night that God will show us how to use our resources wisely.)  I realized that since the heater works quite well on the car, we only have to get through about 2, possibly 2 1/2 months before cooler weather.  I came home from Church and purchased a portable car fan for circulating the air from Amazon.  We decided that we will make a decision in the spring unless a newer used car drops itself in our lap.  I believe in miracles so who knows?

On Friday, we go up into town to run any errands that we need to do.  We left the house about 9:30 a.m. under very cloudy skies.  The clouds kept the sun off of us and the heat down in the car.  We had 6 stops to make.  At the last stop, the sky looked very threatening for a storm.  I told Charlie as we walked into the store that I had a feeling that it wouldn’t start raining until we were home.  When we came out, the sky was still dark and cloudy, and the car, even with only one window open was comfortable.  No rain.

I told Charlie that today, God was blessing us with the clouds to keep us cool.  He replied, “He’s always blessing us.  In fact, I think God can’t stop Himself from blessing us.”

Amen!

The sun came out when we pulled into the driveway and it has been sunny and hot the rest of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Every year for the past 12, I have begun the Consecration according to St Louis Marie de Monfort on November 5 to renew my “vow” on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  It’s a wonderful way to approach Advent.  It’s always refreshing spiritually and I find some new nugget for pondering over and meditating upon each year.

I do not take these 33 days lightly because it is a great devotion for deepening commitment to my baptismal vows and living them faithfully.  This Marian spirituality suits me as I have always had a devotion to the rosary since I received my first one at the age of seven.  The rosary has always been for me a powerful weapon against temptation and evil in my life.

So what’s the Total Consecration about?  It’s divided into four sections.  The first 12 days are for emptying oneself of all attachments to the Spirit of the World.  The second seven days are for growing in our Knowledge of Ourselves.  During the next seven days, we concentrate on getting to know Mary better so that we can better serve Jesus through her.  Finally, in the fourth section, it is time to deepen our relationship with Jesus through her.  Each day contains a reading and prayer.  Some of the prayers are “Veni Creator,” Ave Maris Stella,” “The Magnificat,” “The Litany of the Holy Ghost,” “The Litany of the Blessed Virgin,” and, of course, the Rosary.

To learn more go to My Consecration and order your materials to make your consecration.  The next one begins on November 29 to end on January 1.  You will be glad you did.

Ave, maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.

Sumens illud
Ave Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evae nomen.

Solve vinyl reis,
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem,
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos.

Vitam praesta puram,
Iter pare tutum;
Ut videntes Jesum,
Semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus. Amen.

 

 

 

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Jesus and Temptation

Jesus was tempted because He willed it.  Wow!  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way for us.  Because of concupiscence, we are constantly tempted.  In fact, if we aren’t being tempted we’re probably dead.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the devil doesn’t exist.  He still goes about the world like a roaring lion devouring souls.  Jesus showed us how to do battle with the devil, however.

Jesus had been fasting rigorously for 40 days when the devil showed up.  So Jesus was very, very hungry and the devil wanted Him to turn some stones into bread.  Jesus responds with something that we quote all the time in our house.  “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  I love this, because here is the Word of God; the bread of life really sending a smashing volley back to Lucifer.  So Jesus shows us that immersion in His Word and partaking of His Body and Blood at frequent Holy Communion, is a good offense against the devil during times of temptation.

The devil wasn’t finished yet.  Unable to tempt Him with bread; he tempts Him with power.  This fails, too.  Jesus knows that a miracle such as being borne on the hands of angels if He cast Himself down from the high place, would win the admiration and the enthusiasm of the people; but that is not to be the Way for Jesus.  His Way will be the way of the Cross, so he very resolutely rejects this temptation to pride.  Jesus shows us that the way to conquer temptations to pride and vanity is by choosing what humiliates us in the sight of others.

Finally, the devil, undaunted by this second failed attempt, offers the King of Kings the whole world with all its riches, if He would just bow down and worship him (the devil.)  Jesus replies “The Lord thy God shalt thou adore and Him only shalt thou serve.”  Smack down!  Jesus: 3.  The devil: 0.  Jesus is showing us that a heart that is firmly anchored in God will not be drawn away from His service by attraction to or envy of worldly goods.

What’s the final lesson?  The devil exists; however we have weapons for combat.  First, remember that our virtue does not consist of being exempt from temptations, but in being able to overcome them.  Second, we must have great confidence in God.  We must entrust everything to Him:  our whole life and everything in it.  Thirdly, and finally, turn to God with prayer and fasting and use faithfully the grace that God always gives when we are being tempted.  He won’t let us be tempted beyond our strength to resist especially if we trust in Him and His love and mercy.

Remember, He has commanded His angels to watch over all our paths, and they will bear us up in their hands lest our feet strike against a stone.”   What more can we ask for?

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Baby Burning?

I found this so distressing and repugnant.  I hope you do, too.

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/03/britains-baby-burning

Jesus Mourns the Little Child

Jesus Mourns the Little Child

There was one thing that surprised me, though.  There are 190,000 abortions a year in England.  There are more than a million a year in the US.  Ponder that, please.  I think that it will go better for Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than it will for those of us who live in the US and do not fight to end this abominable killing.

 

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happy st. patrick’s day–i guess!

had an accident today that necessitated 5 stitches in my hand.  (and a tetanus booster)

so today, i present to you an article that i read about distraction in prayer.  enjoy

http://catholicexchange.com/distracted-prayer

 

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One Week Later. . .

I find that I am not missing FB at all.  In fact, I was telling my daughter that I might just close my FB to everyone but immediate family and close friends after Lent and then just look at it once a day in the a.m.  There is so much more to be able to to, like write this blog and finally read all the Catholic newsletters, etc. that I receive on a daily basis.

The Gospel readings in the evening are going well.  I read out loud, Charlie follows along in his copy (and comments every once in a while.)  We are reading from the Ignatius Catholic Bible Second Edition.

More Mass, more Stations of the Cross, more adoration, more prayer.

I want to encourage all of you who are reading this, to keep up the good work of Lent, keep getting holy, and continue to ask God to use His grace and mercy to bring you closer and closer to Him during these Lenten days. Hopefully, you can say, along with me, “Gosh, it doesn’t get any better than this!”

And, just so you can see my better half–here is a picture of Charlie with his ashes and holding his study Bible.  Isn’t he the cutest?  Well, I think so, at least.  I haven’t told him, but there is nothing more attractive to me than a man who prays the Rosary and reads the Bible.  Then, again, maybe he’s figured it out for himself.  🙂

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It’s the Little Things

I get the Morning Offering from the Catholic Company.  (http://tinyurl.com/mtp7nd5  if you want to subscribe.)  Today’s meditation from Abandonment to Divine Providence was just what I needed.  I added the bold.

1033325“This God of all goodness has made those things easy which are common and necessary in the order of nature, such as breathing, eating, and sleeping. No less necessary in the supernatural order are love and fidelity, therefore it must needs be that the difficulty of acquiring them is by no means so great as is generally represented. Review your life. Is it not composed of innumerable actions of very little importance? Well, God is quite satisfied with these. They are the share that the soul must take in the work of its perfection.”
— Jean-Pierre de Caussade, p.7

I forget sometimes that my particular path to holiness will consist of a lot of small things done with love and prayer.  And, I must not forget forgiveness.  If the cross teaches nothing else, it must teach us forgiveness.

 

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