When Crisis Hits, What to do?

Understand this: From the very Beginning God imprinted His Natural Law on the heart of (every) man. He also ordained physical laws for Nature to follow. He then appointed Man as steward of all Creation (i.e., Nature). Why? Because Man has an intellect and a (free) will, because Man can differentiate between good and evil, and because Man can choose to obey his Creator or disobey His Law. Nature, on the other hand, has neither intellect nor will. So, she takes her cue from (Wo)Man – her Divinely appointed steward. Thus, when Man rebelled against God in The Fall, so… Continue Reading

Lord, Have Mercy – Meditations of Henri J. M. Nouwen

This Lent I want to share with you the writings of Henri J. M. Nouwen. He was one of the most innovative and influential spiritual writers of the past century. He wrote 39 books on the spiritual life that have sold millions of copies. I will be quoting from his books. ” Lord, have mercy…” That’s the prayer that keeps emerging from the depth of our being and breaking through the walls of our cynicism. Yes, we are hopeless sinners; everything is lost and nothing is left of our hopes and dreams. Still there is a voice: ” My grace… Continue Reading

The Tradition of Praying the Psalms

For centuries the psalms have been a used to help souls request help from God.  They’ve been used to thank Him, praise Him, and to seek forgiveness.  Jesus Himself used one of the psalms when He called to his heavenly Father from the cross. (Matt 27:46).  The Church uses them everyday during the liturgy of the Mass and for the bulk of the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office). Meditating on the psalms can give us strength and fortitude when we are faced with the obstacles that meet us in our walk through this hostile world.    We can find… Continue Reading

A Blessing with St Pio’s Glove

When I went to Medjugorie last month, we made a side trip to San Giovanni Rotundo. One of the ladies I was travelling with knew how to get a blessing with St Pio’s glove. She had made an appointment EARLY in the morning of the day we were to leave. Initially, since I was driving the car, I was just going to drop her off and wait while she ran in to receive her blessing since parking is a nightmare and we were in a hurry. Also, his glove had come me TWICE already in the two months prior to this… Continue Reading

First Sunday of Advent Hymn Meditation

“Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear…” This Advent hymn truly captures, with both words and its fittingly wandering tune, the sense of longing that is at the root of the season. After centuries of waiting, the people of God are about to experience a miracle and have their lives changed, irrevocably and forever. We don’t see waiting as positive, do we? When we wait in line at a shop, when we wait for someone to come visit, when we wait for a paycheck to arrive—all… Continue Reading

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A Catholic Songwriter Hails Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Like a deer years for running water

Psalms as poetry Since I’ve been a songwriter for most of my life, I bet you wouldn’t guess that I really don’t enjoy poetry. Actually, I avoid it, it is usually so bad. BUT THIS… I love this! And I’m sure many people would, that’s why Henry Wordworth Longfellow is so famous. Excellence has lasting power. Enjoy! A PSALM OF LIFE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful NUMBERS, “Life is but an empty dream!” For the soul is dead that slumbers, And, things ARE NOT what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the GRAVE… Continue Reading

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Contemplation!

Contemplate!  We were meant to discover beauty and love. Spend time meditating on how our Great God made himself so little by coming to this earth.  The CD ” A Traditional Christmas” will lead you in contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation.  Get it for FREE, when you purchase any of my CDs.  Order from www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.html. Select your CD, also put a Christmas CD in your cart, and enter coupon “freeChristmas” at checkout. Get free music downloads and listen to all songs there as well. Keep praying. Keep singing. Donna