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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Windows and doors

Chapters of our lives are etched on a series 
of opening and closing windows and doors.
There is an old saying that 
when God closes one door, He opens another.
"I know thy works.
Behold, I have given before the a door opened
which no man can shut
because thou hast a little strength
and has kept My word
and has not denied My Name."
Apocalypse 3:8
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Abide in my love.

     As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you.
Abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; 
as I also have kept my Father' s commandments, 
and do abide in his love.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

and I will be found by you

For I know the thoughts 
That I think towards you, saith the Lord
Thoughts of peace and not of affliction
To give you an end, and patience,
And you shall call upon me and you shall go
And you shall pray to me and I will hear you
You shall seek me and shall find me
When you shall seek me with all your heart
And I will be found by you, saith the Lord... 
Jeremiah 29:11-14a
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Divine Nourishment

     One of the Bible stories I most enjoyed my Papi telling me was about God's beloved complaining children, wandering for all of those years, resisting His divine nourishment, glorious wisdom and
holy protection. I remember a feeling of awe at the magnitude of power in the pillar of fire and pillar of smoke. Today's readings at Mass made me feel that I was in the tender embrace of my loving Papi, while he is in the tender embrace of our Heavenly Father.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Most Joyous Days With Papi

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Rosary, Healing Balm

Ave Maria
Our Lady's Rosary
A melody of love
From her heart to ours
The Heart of Jesus
Throughout every trial
Filling our souls
With His healing balm 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rosary~ Quiet Consolation

   Gratitude magnifies the personal experience of life's God given beauty. God blesses our family with so many miracles every day.
   Yet, without you to talk to, Papi, sometimes the joy I feel accentuates the pain. My heart is repeatedly pounded by the loss of you. I would have cherished sharing so many happy moments with you. But, there's this wall.
     Fruitless attempts to interpret life's chapters augment unwarranted fears, that misfortune's tidal wave may crash each of life's new sand castles.  Vulnerability and powerlessness eventually succumb to the draining vastness of passing time.
     Earthly solutions seem to make things worse. 
     Dizzying mental fatigue eventually melts all unnecessary fretting into this crystal clear assurance: Because God's loving heart is central to all events, there is no need to "fix" anything.
     Nothing is impossible for our Eternal Father. His will and timing are perfect.
     Today, more than ever, I rely on Mary's intercession.
     The Rosary is my quiet consolation and expression of gratitude to God for His generous outpouring of love. Our Blessed Mother's beads absorb my heart's tears and are a beautiful adornment surrounding Jesus' gifts of Salvation. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

¡Gracias por la Música Papi!

It was so much fun to sing with Papi. He played guitar and inspired my brother and me to do the same. We would joke about being tone deaf and all sing off key together on purpose at the end of songs, just for fun. Inventing new verses to campfire songs was hilarious. While he was passing on to the next life, surrounding him with all our love, we sang with him. After Papi passed away, I didn't think I could ever enjoy playing guitar and singing again. 
     A few months later, my daughter taught herself how to play guitar. It was amazing how fast she learned. It was like a miraculous infusion of guitarrista skills! We started singing for hospice and at library story times again. Sharing guitar-songs and stories, making up verses, and singing off key on purpose at the end of songs~ these are happy memories. ¡Gracias por la Música Papi!~Thank you for the music Papi!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

He said "Let the earth bring forth!"

And he said: 
Let the earth bring forth the green herb, and such as may seed, 
and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, 
which may have seed in itself upon the earth. 
And it was so done. 
And the earth brought forth the green herb, 
and such as yieldeth seed according to its kind, 
and the tree that beareth fruit, 
having seed each one according to its kind. 
And God saw that it was good.  
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Genesis 1:11-13
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Beginning of Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom~Proverbs 9:10

Thursday, January 1, 2015

courageously

stepping into a New Year