Meditative Prayer How to…

Take a few moments to become aware of God’s presence. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, remembering that in this very moment you are under the gaze of God, who knows and loves you totally.   Bring to mind something that you will face in this upcoming week. It could be something that you’re excited, worried, or unsure about. It could be an event, a relationship, a problem, a task, or responsibility. It could be anything.   A reading from the Word of God, (Pick one, I picked this one):   “I regard everything as loss because… Continue Reading

Mother Teresa on the Importance of Prayer

 A page from Mother Theresa: “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength…   All of us must cling to God through prayer. My secret is very simple: I pray. Through prayer I become one in love with Christ. I realize that praying to Him is loving Him…   People are hungry for the Word of God that will give Peace, that will give Unity, that will give… Continue Reading

A Blessed Sorrow

Jesus said, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them…The days sill come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”  Mt 9:15 “But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice.  It is the voice of the one who says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.’  That’s the unexpected news; there is a blessing hidden in our frief.  Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn!  Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is… Continue Reading

Beginning the Spiritual Life

We are created by God and destined to share the life of love that flows between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But we don’t have to wait for death to find it, to live it.  Jesus said the Kingdom of God is HERE.  This present life is all about the eternal.  Even St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church tells us that union with God is possible here and now. He even describes what this experience can be: “The soul has become God through participation in God” (Living Flame of Love 2:34). The happiness of this divine intimacy is a gift that God already… Continue Reading

What IS Known About St. Valentine’s Life and Legend

  Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a saint of the third-century celebrated most places on February 14 and usually  associated with “courtly love.”  We don’t know that much about Valentine’s life but that he was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome. In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy.… 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

Prayer, by reason of its nature

Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the converse and union of man with God, and by reason of its action upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is…   a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, future gladness, boundless activity, the source of graces, invisible progress, food of the soul, the enlightening of the mind, an axe for despair, the annulling of sorrow, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, the realization of success, a proof of one’s spiritual condition, a revelation of the future, a sign of glory.  … Continue Reading

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Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)

Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza) in 1947. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God’s grace, with the Daughters of Charity. Mother “Moretta” In Schio (Vicenza), where she spent many years of her life, everyone still calls her “our Black Mother”. The process for the cause of Canonization began 12 years after her death and on December 1st, 1978 the Church proclaimed the Decree of the heroic practice of all virtues. Divine Providence which “cares for the flowers of the… Continue Reading