Today is Easter Tuesday: 2017
I hope you are enjoying the glow of the Easter celebrations and spiritual communion with one another and of course with the Lord
Himself. Being reminded of His Great Mercy from the cross and the amazing knowledge of His Resurrection that gives us hope to realise that it was all fo US.
The children of the Father. PLEASE SEE THE NEW CD which is now available. It is called "In Praise of God Our Father".
We have been truly busy in this last month - which explains why this blog is so late. today is already 18 April -
I was inspired last night while reading - and before the prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to write in the blog the 4th DAY OF THE NOVENA requested
of Jesus for us to bring to him all mankind for HIS MERCY AND BLESSING especially on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY when it is manifest according to HIS ACTUAL
promises to SAINT MARIA KAWALSKA (St Faunstina). According to her DIARY she asked Jesus which souls to bring to Him so he dictated them for the 9 days
to be said. Here I wish to write the 4th DAY as it is for UNBELIEVERS. Even though today is the 5th day to be said by me later (beginning on Good Friday for 9
consecutive days. Jesus said:
"Today bring to me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know me.
I was thinking also of them during My bitter passion, and their future zeal comforted My heart.
Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy".
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who as yet do not believe in you or do not know You.
Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderfuyl mercy, and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in Your Son, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate
Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Godpel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they too, may extol
the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen
Hello again! Today is Saturday 4 March 2017
I have just come from yet another prayer day. It was a speciall presentation of news of Jesus and His Divine Mercy through Saint Sister Faustina. It happened
In February 1931 that she saw a vision of Him. But much happened before that in her life that led her to this time and place. The devotion about all the happening
came from her Diary being finally accepted as her writings were considered and still are, Amazing!! specially as she had only 2 years of school education. She was
canonised a Saint in April of the year 2000 by Pope Saint John Paul II. Saint Faustina Kowalska was chosen to receive the message "Jesus I trust in You"
as one of 10 children coming from a poor family in those days in Poland. The message from Jesus was to the whole world and was a reminder of the teachings of the Catholic
Church and the Bible which spoke much of the "Mercy" of God but we had forgotten.
The significance of today for my particular Lenten Reflection was the talk given by Fr Loubnan Tarabay a Lebanese Marionite Priest. I am so impressed by
that particular sect of the Catholic faith. Obviously it embraces the Heavenly Queen and Mother of Jesus right in the centre of the Love and adoration for
God because their churches are full and they are always passionate and on fire with the revelations given to us embracing Divine Revelation.
This priest gave the best homily I have ever heard on "mercy" of God that is - showing the difference in our small and very humble "mercy" as human
beings. No wonder we don't really understand why Jesus came to share and try to explain this type of mercy. I couldn't possible explain it here in a few words
but it is something like if we knew how much we were loved (i.e we would.never to be despondent or concerned or frightened of anything another can do to us) we would
cry with joy and be healed because no matter who we are or what we have done the Lord wishes for us to acknowledge our failure and fault and keep moving
forward to His kingdom - so nothing matters at all except to accept that Love for us (meaning totally accepting ourselves as being the ones loved) and being
totally at peace and in love with the "Love" that IS ours. It is hard to get our human heads around it but it IS TRUE. However the freedom that comes with it
could be our problem to just not want that kind of love because deep down we don't feel we belong to it - and that's where the Mercy comes in.
It is Tuesday 7 February 2017 - Wow that looks like 7-2-2117 - nothing specially significant for me but could be for you - your birthday maybe. Happy Birthday if it is and you are reading this
by some chance.
Last Sunday was a special day for us, just 2 days ago - we had a lovely couple who came to stay with us at the Manor House for BNB for 2 nights.
They shared their wonderful spiritual
journeys of life together with us and said the House and "we" made a really beautiful impression on them. I am sure we will be spiritual buddies forever now wherever
they will go and live or be.
When they left for their home we went to Mass locally for 10.00am at Lithgow. The 1st reading really struck me as so beauitiful!! I was amazed I had never
really taken notice of it before. It was from the Propher Isaiah (just think we have these actualy writings -you can tell they are from God the Holy Spirit)
"Your light will shine like the dawn", light - was the theme. Your Bible has soooo much!!
Thus says the Lord:
Share your bread with the hungry and shelter the homeless poor;
clothe the man you see to be naked and turn not from your own kin.
Then your light will shine like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over.
Your integrity will go before you and the glory of the Lord behind you.
Cry, and the Lord will answer; call, and He will say, 'I am here.'
If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon.
For me the stand out is AND YOUR WOUND BE QUICKLY HEALED OVER - and then also - IF YOU DO AWAY WITH THE CLENCHED FIST AND THE WICKED WORD
I guess this again means the Rule is Love - The above words even if we do them in some fashion with love and only halfway there - are still there.
Have a week filled with the "sight" of the Lord and the "light", all around, creating it as we go.
January 17 is already so special.
Today is only 16 or is it "already" the 16 of January. I am moved by the new discovery of the mystery of the Baptism of the Lord or should I say the implications that are so deep!
In recent homilies by priests at Mass I have been more aware of this prase "Behold!! The Lamb of God". Here is yet the best homily and perhaps it should be -by our Holy Father
Pope Francis himself. I think he is a great speaker - so regularly hits the mark for me. I will share here:-
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
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Before the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
At the heart of today’s Gospel is this word of John the Baptist: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (v. 29) — a word, accompanied by a look and gesture of the hand that indicates Him, Jesus.
We imagine the scene. We are on the bank of the river Jordan. John is baptizing; there are so many people, men and women of different ages, who have come there, to the river, to receive Baptism from the hands of that man who reminded many of Elias, the great prophet who nine centuries before had purified the Israelites of idolatry and led them back to true faith in the God of the Covenant, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.
John preaches that the Kingdom of Heaven is close, that the Messiah is about to manifest Himself and that it is necessary to prepare oneself, to be converted and to behave with justice; and he begins to baptize in the Jordan to give the people a concrete means of penance (cf. Matthew3:1-6). These people were coming to repent of their sins, to do penance, to begin their life again. He knows, John knows that the Messiah, the Lord’s consecrated, is now close, and the sign to recognize Him will be that the Holy Spirit will alight on Him; in fact He will bring the true Baptism, Baptism in the Holy Spirit (cf. John 1:33).
And behold, the moment arrives: Jesus appears on the bank of the river, in the midst of the people, of sinners — as all of us –. And His first public act, the first thing he does when He leaves the house of Nazareth at thirty years of age: He goes down to Judea, goes to the Jordan and has John baptize Him. We know what happens — we celebrated it last Sunday –: the Holy Spirit alights on Jesus in the shape of a dove and the voice of the Father proclaims Him beloved Son (cf. Matthew 3:16-17). It is the sign John was awaiting. It is He! Jesus is the Messiah. John is disconcerted, because He manifested Himself in an unthinkable way: amid sinners, baptized like them, rather, by them. However, the Spirit illumines John and makes him understand that in this way God’s justice is fulfilled, His plan of salvation is accomplished: Jesus is the Messiah, the King of Israel, but not with the power of this world, but rather asLamb of God, who takes upon Himself and takes away the sin of the world.
John Indicates Him thus to the people and to his disciples, because John had a numerous circle of disciples, who had chosen him as spiritual guide, and some of them in fact would become the first disciples of Jesus. We know well their names: Simon later called Peter, his brother Andrew, James and his brother John — all fishermen, all Galileans, like Jesus.
Dear brothers and sisters, why have we paused at length on this scene? Because it is decisive! It is not an anecdote. It is a decisive historical fact! This scene is decisive for our faith, and it is also decisive for the mission of the Church. The Church is called at all times to do what John the Baptist did, to point out Jesus to the people, saying: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” He is the only Savior! He is the Lord, humble, in the midst of sinners, but it is He, He: there is no other powerful one coming; no, no, it is He!
And these are the words that we priests repeat every day during the Mass, when we present to the people the bread and wine that have become the Body and Blood of Christ. This liturgical gesture represents the whole mission of the Church, which does not proclaim herself. Woe betide, woe betide when the Church proclaims herself; she loses her compass, knows not where she is going! The Church proclaims Christ; she does not bring herself, she brings Christ. Because it is He and He alone who saves His people from sin, who frees them and guides them to the land of true freedom.
May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Lamb of God, help us to believe in and to follow Him.
After the Angelus
Blog date 7 January, 2017
Happy New Year!! Yes it feels different somehow this year 2017 doesn't it?. I am always wondering what to put into my next blog. I think a lot about those who do not believe in God. There are real friends and family in this category
and my heart breaks to think of the danger they are in and the mercy of God who is soooo patient. Anyway today I grabbed one of my precious books along the journey of my own Faith experiences and greater knowledge and love
of my Catholic faith. My husband Gabe and I went to Medjugorje in 1991 and that when lots happened, actually exploded as to the questioning and awakening of our faith and all we were taught about the Catholic faith
and all that we knew and learned from growing up in a Catholic family and going to a Catholic school.
Anyway Our Lady of Medjugorje (Queen of Peace) has given many messages directly to the children of the world, the first one i.e. June 1981still touches me the most and takes my breath away. The children said her first words to them
were "I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God."
Featured article from January's Spirit of Medjugorje
Safely into the Blessed Mother's Arms
By Patrick Kelker
On pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 2001, I was approached by an Irish woman who told me she had a word from God for me, "Your wife is going to die, but God is going to take care of you."
We then both walked towards St. James Church, without speaking any more to each other. We came to the rear of the Church. I went to the left and she went to the right. I looked over her way again, and she was gone. My first thought was that I must have been entertained by an angel. My next thought was of my wife back home, who, when I left her, was in perfect health. I kept this unusual experience to myself and continued with my pilgrimage.
Upon arrival at home, as I was crossing the threshold of our house, my wife, Jane, crumpled to the floor, holding her back, obviously in great pain. She had to have emergency surgery to remove her gall bladder.
From that date on, Jane kept getting sick, for no apparent reason. She was feeling really rundown and had swollen lymph nodes. At that point, the doctor decided to biopsy one of the nodes. She was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, a slow moving leukemia. Several doctors agreed, "We will just keep our eye on this until we need to treat it."
Four years later, in 2005, Jane underwent her first round of chemotherapy to treat her disease. She united her suffering to Christ's suffering, and offered it up in union with His. Her suffering produced great fruit. Jane prayed for couples who were unable to conceive a child but were praying to have children. Throughout the years, and during her many rounds of chemotherapy, many babies were born to couples who were having trouble conceiving.
I always believed that Jane's birthday, on December 28, the Catholic Church's Feast day of the Holy Innocents, was very appropriate. Jane loved children and had been a stay at- home-mother for most of her life. The neighborhood children all called her "Aunt Jane," and they loved to be with her.
Fr. Slavko's grave
I asked Jane many times to go with me to Medjugorje, and she always refused. Finally, in 2008, she agreed to go and experience what I had been talking to her about for years. My wife was a convert to the Catholic faith. Praying to Mary was difficult for her and made her feel uncomfortable.
After arriving in Medjugorje, I took Jane to the tomb of Fr. Slavko Barbaric. I told her to ask Fr. Slavko to intercede for her in obtaining what she was hoping to get from this pilgrimage. Jane heard that Vicka prayed over sick pilgrims so this is what she asked for. She had been on her knees before Father's tomb, and as she got up, she said, "I want Vicka to pray over me, and I also prayed that Father Jozo will bless our marriage." My heart sank. I knew both of these requests were probably not going to happen. Imagine my surprise when we walked by Vicka's old house that same day. Vicka was on her patio area with a small group of pilgrims. I told Jane to go and ask her for a blessing. When Jane reached the patio, Vicka turned and was heading up the stairs to enter the house. Jane said to me, "It must not have been God's Will for me to get a blessing." Immediately, Vicka turned around and came back down the stairs. Then she motioned Jane to come to her. She prayed over Jane for a long time, then picked her up off her knees and kissed her on the cheek.
Jane, herself, had been praying for a healing during Vicka's prayers over her. When she got up, she came right over to me and said, "There are many ways of being healed." Then she told me that when Vicka prayed over her, an energy went through her body that she couldn't explain. She said she liked to think it was the Love of God. Jane knew, from that moment on, that she would not be healed. She began trying to live life to the fullest.
When we went to hear Father Jozo speak, we couldn't even get near him because of the crowd of Italians. Fr. Jozo asked the crowd to go to the many priests available and get blessings from them. We did that, receiving a blessing from an elderly priest. Imagine our surprise, then, when we turned around and there stood Father Jozo. He immediately blessed us, together, on our foreheads. For both of us, it felt like a hot poker going through our head. What a wonderful blessing that was!
Upon arriving home from our pilgrimage, Jane began praying the Rosary daily. (She prayed it daily until she died.) She now found great comfort in the Blessed Mother. She remarked about those wonderful words of the Hail Mary: "Now, and at the hour of our death." She said she knew the Blessed Mother would be there for her at that time.
The leukemia finally took its toll. In May of 2013, Jane's left arm became paralyzed. It was about two weeks before her death. In addition, her whole body was badly bruised. Two days before she died, she lay with her arms crossed on her stomach. My two daughters and I stood at her bedside and kept vigil.
Shortly before Jane died, Christa, our eldest daughter, said she heard hundreds of voices speaking different languages, coming from afar and getting closer and closer to Jane. Sara and I did not hear these voices. Christa said the voices eventually ended up next to her mother. Jane opened her eyes for a second, looking above and beyond us at the foot of the bed. Then she closed her eyes. And slowly, very slowly, she opened her arms to a full embrace, then again very slowly, closed them – as slowly as they had opened. Her left arm had not moved for the prior two weeks of her life before she died. Her eyes opened for a brief second again, looking over our shoulders, and then closed. Again, her arms extended slowly into a full embrace, then closed, just as Jane released her last breath.
The whole room exploded into the scent of roses. The bruises on Jane's body disappeared within 20 seconds, and her body resembled that of a 30 year-old! She was 58.
I believe Jane is still interceding for couples who want children. One of Christa's friends became pregnant after saying a prayer to Jane at the funeral home, for her intercession.
Jane has died, but the words I heard back on that pilgrimage in 2001, continue to come back to me: "God is going to take care of you." Thanks be to God.
Editor's note: Patrick is from Fort Wayne, IN. When I spoke with him on the phone, he said that he wished everyone in the world could have been in Jane's room when she died. He said it was so phenomenal that there would be no unbelievers. He also said that he feels Jane's intercession for couples who want children is powerful, and that one couple, who tried for nine years to have a child, had twins! He gave me three of her holy cards from the funeral to share.
Blog date 5 December
I am a little behind for this blog - the whole of November has been and gone and we have been specially remembering
our departed loved ones and all who have died in these times and there are many specially in the war torn areas of the middle
east and Africa and praying for them and their loved ones who died. It was a very special month this year because the JUBILEE Year of Mercy had it final
days and the closing of the DOORS symbolic to the special Jubilee graces coming to an end. Of course the DIVINE MERCY of the Lord is
always present as especially seen throughout history of the LOVE of a man called JESUS who raised HIMSELF from the dead
together with HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN. In 1931 He promised St Faustina that it was precisely this passion and death in history
of his offering of
His innocence in that (quite horrific) death that would be the salvation of the entire human race.
Here then is our most favourite song and always brings tears to the eyes about that special LOVE. The Love Saint Faustina talks
about in her diary when Jesus appeared to her showing the blood and water flowing out from His Heart. It was in February 1931.
When I look into Your holiness; when I gaze into Your lovliness - when all things
that surround become shadows in the light of You!
When I've found the joy of reaching Your heart, when my will becomes enthoned in Your Love
When all things that surround become shadows in the LIGHT of YOU;
I worship You; I worship You; the reason I live, is to worship You. x 2
SUCH LOVE, pure as the whitest snow; SUCH LOVE, weeps for the shame I know
SUCH LOVE, paying the debt I owe. O JESUS! such love!
SUCH LOVE, stilling my restlessness; SUCH LOVE, filling my emptiness
SUCH LOVE, showing me holiness; O Jesus!, such love!.
SUCH LOVE, springs from eternity; SUCH LOVE streaming through history;
SUCH LOVE, fountain of LIFE to me; O JESUS, such LOVE!!
To pray for others applying this His sorrowful passion is said to be a miracle that helps those souls in
their journey to heaven and washes away their sins. (They themselves would see that one day
at judgement before the power seat of God).
I hope you find this something amazing to think about - and just how much you are loved!.
(See this song sung by yours truly on CD "Fount of Mercy"
Blessings as usual.
Blog date today 25 October 2016
Pope John Paul II SAINT FOR OUR TIMES - His Feast Day Oct 22.
I love this man - Man imbued with the Holy Spirit by his own free will. Here is how to discern WHY - HOW??
I read this article today that gave so much explanation and moved me almost to tears - in this year of Mercy coming to an end soon - the connections are mind boggling - and for this fact I wish to copy it here - as the blog of the month - written by Bishop Robert Baron. (was copied from part of the email from ZENIT)
As all of his biographers remind us, Karol Wojtyla came of age at one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century. When he was 19 years old and just commencing his university career, the Nazis rolled through his native Poland and instigated a reign of terror over the country. Almost immediately, the conquerors decapitated Polish society, killing the intelligentsia outright or sending them to concentration camps. All distinctive forms of Polish culture were cruelly suppressed, and the church was actively persecuted. Young Wojtyla displayed heroic courage by joining the underground seminary run by the Cardinal of Krakow and by forming a small company of players who kept Polish literature and drama alive. Many of his colleagues in both of these endeavors were killed or arrested in the course of those terrible years of occupation. Sadly, the Nazi tyranny was replaced immediately by the Communist tyranny, and Fr. Wojtyla was compelled to manifest his courage again. In the face of harassment, unfair criticism, the threat of severe punishment, etc., he did his priestly work, forming young people in the great Catholic spiritual and theological tradition.
Even as a bishop, Wojtyla was subject to practically constant surveillance (every phone tapped; every room bugged; his every movement tracked), and he was continually, in small ways and large, obstructed by Communist officialdom. And yet he soldiered on. Of course, as Pope, he ventured into the belly of the beast, standing athwart the Communist establishment and speaking for God, freedom, and human rights. In doing so, he proved himself one of the most courageous figures of the twentieth century.
That Karol Wojtyla was a man who exhibited the virtue of justice to a heroic degree is impossible to contest. Throughout his papal years, John Paul II was the single most eloquent and persistent voice for human rights on the world stage. In the face of a postmodern relativism and indifferentism, John Paul took the best of the Enlightenment political tradition and wedded it to classical Christian anthropology. The result was a sturdy defense of the rights to life, liberty, education, free speech, and above all, the free exercise of religion. More persuasively than any other political figure, east or west, John Paul advocated for justice.
Next, it’s worth noting that George Weigel titled his magisterial biography of John Paul II, Witness to Hope, by identifying Karol Wojtyla with a theological virtue. In October of 1978, the newly elected Pope John Paul II gave his inaugural speech to a packed St. Peter’s Square. This man, who had witnessed at first hand the very worst of the twentieth century, who had intimate experience of how twisted and wicked human beings can be, spoke over and over again this exhortation: “Be not afraid.” There was, of course, absolutely no political or cultural warrant for that exhortation, no purely natural justification for it. It could come only from a man whose heart was filled with the supernatural sense that the Holy Spirit is the Lord of history.
Finally, was Karol Wojtyla in possession of love, the greatest of the theological virtues? The best evidence I can bring forward is the still breathtaking encounter that took place in a grimy Roman jail cell in December of 1983. John Paul II sat down with Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who had, only a year and a half before, fired several bullets into the Pope. John Paul spoke to him, embraced him, listened to him, and finally forgave him. Love is not a feeling or a sentiment. It is, Thomas Aquinas reminds us, an act of the will, more precisely, willing the good of the other. This is why the love of one’s enemies—those who are not disposed to wish us well—is the great test of love. Did John Paul II express love in a heroic way? He forgave the man who tried to kill him; no further argument need be made.
Saints exist, not for themselves, but for the Church. They are models and intercessors for the rest of us here below. We can only give thanks to God who has provided the world with this heavenly friend. Saint John Paul II, ("WE LOVE YOU TOO!!") - pray for us!
Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
Have a beautiful day!
Tuesday 23 August 2016A Catholic PriestThis quote moved me to come to the computer for this blog today - A saints quote (St John Eudes) "to His priests He gave the power to produce Christ in the Blessed Eucharist, which is indeed greater than to create an infinite number of physical worlds."I often think of how fortunate we are to attend Mass (A Catholic Mass) - the one true sacrifice of calvary (not again trying to repeat the sacrifice but entering into time and into that moment of the actual event - so stupendous!!). We as Catholics must be spiritually prepared to receive the gift of Christ himself in the HOST of the Blessed Sacrament at Communion time. The Priest has given his life to this ministry and to the forgiveness of sins in the confessional (a true cleansing by the promise of Jesus himself) a restoration of the spirit to purity after SIN (any kind) by the great Mercy of God (Jesus His Son) through all that He offered and sacrificed to the last drop of His blood for humanity - yes you and me!!.Love the holy priesthood; pray for priests and their sacrifice to be THAT instrument between God and man. "Only kindness matters.. in the end, only kindness matters.." Lord be merciful to me a sinner.Have a beautiful day - see you at Mass!! says the Lord.Stasia.
Hello again. It is January 11, 2016
Monday 1 August 2016 (just a little over the month).
I thought it must be the time to write something in my blog. There were a couple of callings to do so during the month.
One was the power of that (perfect) prayer by Jesus Himself to the Apostles - the Our Father. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do with that prayer and line by line its meaning of what we need as people (children of God - the human race (with JESUS as our brother!!!).
Another day it was that we should spread the 'WORD' of God everywhere, sort of like the new graffiti of LOVE. A little song for example came to my head that comes from another song but can't place where at present - it goes:-
Praise to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Spirit; all 3 in one. We take them with us where ere we go, that through our actions His love may show. In this year of Mercy (does it come before the year of Justice) - we can make a change and know from many sources indeed GOD EXISTS
and HE LOVES US VERY MUCH.
Here are some of those quotes or phrases that can be written on tea towels, pillow cases, aprons, tee-shirts, cards, business cards.....other.
To the glory of God, who made heaven and earth
The Power of His Love
Child of God
We are children of the Father
All the earth proclaim the Lord
We come to the Father
His giving is gentle as silence
Hail Mary, full of grace
Emmanuel, God with us.
Hearts on fire.
Deliver us from Evil
Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
Your faith has saved you.
O Perfect Love
O the Love of my Lord
Thank You Father
Thank You Jesus
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.
One day at a time, Lord Jesus
Give me the grace.
Holy Spirit Come
Our Father, who art in Heaven
Every day, every hour, every moment - are blessed!
Prince of Peace
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May His face shine upon you.
Kyrie Eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Who knows someone might be inspired enough to take this idea on and have a range of product ready to be bought by many who wish to have these words of Love in their home. "And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt amongst us."
Have a blessed day with the light of God to shine upon you.
Wednesday 29 -06-2016 - Saints Peter and St Paul - Oh my Gosh - I just saw the calendar and won't be able to go to Mass
This feast day is very significant for the entire Church and its beginnings of course and also for the Catholic Church especially. St Paul's letters to the Romans, to the Corinthians, to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, letter to Timothy, Philemon, letter to the Hebrews. How many Father Pauls do we know?? lots. Also there is Peter, the Rock on which Christ built His Church and made the first Leader by Jesus Himself (The Popes afterwards) Only 2 letters from Peter - but so marvellous!! I have just read Peter !. I feel tempted to write it all out here. Thank you Saint Peter. Thank you Saint Paul for giving us faith in JESUS. Read!! to your hearts (true) "content". It is indeed a Happy Birthday today of an old friend of mine. Happy Birthday to you.a
I was actually going to the computer to write out another prayer that touched me by its power (and safety that we need today) Prayer to Saint Michael, the Archangel.
So I will continue with that. Many people have heard of Saint Michael and have possibly seen a statue of an angel in battle array (as the Romans) holding a great spear or sword and destroying the devil incarnate. Here is the first of these prayers
O glorious prince Saint Michael the Archangel,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,
guardian of souls,
vanquisher of rebel spirits,
servant in the house of
the Divine King and our
you who shine with
superhuman virtue, deliver
us from all evil,
who turn to you with
confidence and enable us by
your gracious protection to
serve God more and more
faithfully every day.
AMEN - And the prayer the Catholic Church knows and prays by its people is still so powerful and it is herewith:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in (spiritual) battle, be our protection against
the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell, Satan
and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Have the armor of faith and the intercession of Saint Michael with you always. God bless
Friday (1st Friday in JUNE 2016) 3--6-16 - FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Good morning dear friends in Christ
I arise today - thinking of the comfort of this prayer - (St Patrick's Breastplate)
I ARISE TODAY through God's strength to pilot me, God's eye to look before me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me from all who shall wish me ill, afar and a-near, alone and in a multitude, against every cruel, merciless power that may oppose my body and soul
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right side, Christ on my left side, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me. Christ ever BE.
On this day we specially celebrate the Feast Day the Church has made following the recognition of the apparitions to St Margaret Mary of Jesus Himself, exposing His sacred heart of Love for Humanity, the words of this hymn was taught to me as a child at school.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, Fount of Love and Mercy
Today we come, Thy blessing to implore;
O touch our hearts so cold and so ungrateful;
And make hem Yours alone, forevermore
Sweet Heart of Jesus, we implore - O make us love Thee more and more.
Saturday 16 April 2016
My sister LINDA's birthday.
Was wondering when I would sit down to write this blog again. Do forgive me for the delay. There is so much to write each day and I think I will write this or that but somehow time takes over or should I say other priorities take over.
It's nice therefore that my sister's birthday has taken priority and I now write this for her. It woke me this morning ( was that my angel?) I remembered what I could give her that she may find precious as I recalled her making a comment about this beautiful song and hers and my connection with it when she was 10 and I was 20.
Linda admired her older sister's singing and just a couple of years at a Christmas gathering (after a few social drinks) she surprised me with this song's rememberance. As I recall she came to a wedding where I was asked to play this hymn.
LINDA, I found it - here it is - and truly it is so beautiful - It has reminded me of you today. The help of my little sister, as you still are today. Thanks
"O perfect Love, all human thought transcending
, lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom Thou for evermore now join in ONE.
2. O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance,
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance
With child-like trust that fears not pain nor death.
3. Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow,
grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
and to life's day the glorious unknown morrow,
That dawns upon eternal love and life."
Thursday 25 February 2016
WHEN YOU PRAY - So much happens and you begin to realise this as you pray after entering in this communion with GOD. If you pray early in the morning it is the best time! Everything is so quiet and the new day of promise begins. Yes, promise! I know there are times when we don't see that if we are praying just for something from the Lord and our mind is full of the entreaty.
But to pray simply because you understand that the power and the glory comes from the Lord and you first give yourself to that praise of the heart then so much more opens up. - Like what? you ask. Like a peace descends when you were first called to the prayer you still felt sleepy or sore. Then an awareness of so much goodness in the world and so much beauty and so many past prayers answered and LOVE descends and you feel the love for God and thanks in your heart and other worries seem to fade. The next thing then is the awareness of God's love and MERCY for so much evil in the world; ignorance of His love; rejection of His Love and there is a sadness and a longing to help make things right - then the prayer is love for your Maker who tolerates all this and continues to Love and then your spirit is lifted because you have been created as part of this SEA OF LOVE. You begin to offer yourself in humility and put on the armor of this increased faith. The simple prayers you know take on new meaning and you begin to say them from the heart and then go forth in your day with confidence and safety in the protection of that love and mercy. We are in the time of Lent when we can stay with God (the Father, or the Son Jesus the Lord, or the Holy Spirit or Mother Mary who leads us to them) during the day as little offerings (of repentance) and love.
May God bless your day
10 February 2016
Hello! - and praise the Lord for such a beautiful day today - ASH WEDNESDAY but glorious with sunshine and lovely temp here in Lithgow (mountain weather).
Just thinking it is now 2 years since we moved to Lithgow and to this beautiful house now our home. We are opening it as hospitality and B&B. It is days like these when the sun is brilliant in the sky and the air clear (as it is mostly in these parts in Summer) you appreciate God's beauty of nature, the different flora that springs up just because it is seasonal. The black berries are profuse in parts (where they are not poisened off because of their nature). I remember last year when the grandchildren came they loved riding their bikes to discover where they could actually pick some blackberries and loved eating them. They seemed so unattainable and precious and the children loved the challenge.
Today I was inspired also by a particular parrot who always comes near and is not afraid to do so. He also comes to the window at times to show his presence and asks by his actions for a feed of seed. This parrot is almost always satisfied. It is a pleasure to see its trust in humans and for us to go out of our way at times to feed him. How wonderful it is when we can TRUST. I guess it is worth a try? Hey? what do you think?. May God bless you this day and enjoy the "fast" and the closeness to God as a result of the offering.
Stasia (reminding you to listen to the music)
There is much on my mind at the present as I choose what to write in this blog.
THIS IS THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY - One thing that springs from this website and mission for bringing song and music of the elevating style of hymns and praise to God is just yesterday - yes SUNDAY and usually I have committed myself and my husband to playing organ and singing to lead the congregation at evey 5.00pm Sunday
Mass at Leura Church, St Bonaventure's on Railway Parade there. BUT MOST ESPECIALLY TOO - a very special devotion, adoration and praise event there beginning at 3.00pm highlighting
St Faustina and her message of DIVINE MERCY OF JESUS on every 1st SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (now changed to 3.30pm and 3rd Sundays of the month).
Perhaps you would love to come and enjoy and participate in the singing and the great homilies of our good priest Fr Ted at those 5.00pm masses at Leura but On the 2nd Sunday of the month now there is the 10.0am Mass at Katoomba called the Family Mass as a new venture to attract children back into wanting to come to Mass on Sundays and we have a combined effort and it is working!
Our music is our special feature - to keep it simple, holy and attractive for the children but also for the adults and we are enjoying it very much. So then - perhaps I will see you at either
the 5.00pm for 3 Sundays at Leura and the 10.00 am at Katoomba on 2nd Sunday.
May God bless you
Mary, blog 9/12/15
Yes, Mary - such a well known name - It means "star of the sea". Mary, immaculate, the Mother of Jesus is whom we mostly think about. How fortunate are the women with the name Mary also translated as Maria). This name, for millions throughout the world means Mary, the Mother of God, first a jewish maiden now Queen of Heaven, powerful beyond measure through her purity and humility received by God the Father, lifting her to the title of the "highest honour of our race" - yes, the whole human race. The first Christmas is all about her of course and her Son Jesus Christ being born FOR US, the human race.
This purity began with her parents St Anne and St Joachim (specially chosen too) because she was conceived in her mother's womb as immaculate (free from original sin)"Mary, immaculate, star of the morning, chosen before creation began, chosen to bring forth the bridal adorning. Woe to the serpent and rescue to Man" go the words of the hymn. Yesterday was the Catholic Church's Feast day of the "Immaculate Conception". Our Parish of the Upper Blue Mountains named Mary McKillop (Australia's first saint) celebrated this day with what turned out to be the "wow" factor. Our dear priest Fr Ted Tyler encouraged the parishioners to specially honour Mary and chose yours truly to bring a simple program of hymns and reflection in a holy hour before the Mass. Everyone said (who attended this time together with their Heavenly Mother) that it was glorious!!. I still feel that glow this morning a real presence of Our Lady so near and that "grace". I wish you could have been there too.
One of the hymns sung was about purity but many remembered it from 40 years ago in the 50's when they made their first communion. the second verse spoke to us as the words are to a child from Mary "my little child I can obtain so bright a wreath for thee, that Jesus will delight to come within thy heart to be. I'll give thee lovely charity more warm then roses glow. I'll give thee heavenly purity, more white than lily snow..."
(you may wish to hear this hymn on Cd "Mother Sweetest Best".) The song begins "O Mary, Mother, sweetest best.." and became the title of the CD Mother.
enjoy!! You have a mother most committed to you and loves you because Jesus her Son loves you. You mean everything to her. She said to Don Diego whose feast day it is today (one who received the miracle of Guadelupe) Mexico "I'm your Mother.."
Have a lovely day - you will if you have read this, I know.
Monday 16 November (After Friday 13th massacre by ISIS in PARIS France)
I woke up this morning in Australia but joining my prayer and thoughts with those in Paris and the world.
LET US IMAGINE - the whole world standing as ONE and singing this song with a lighted candle in our hands.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT (Bernadette Farrell)
1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to You. Make us Your own
Your holy people, Light for the world to see.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN OUR HEARTS. SHINE THROUGH THE DARKNESS.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN YOUR CHURCH, GATHERED TODAY (as we pray)
2. Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair.
Your Word alone has power to save us. Make us your living voice.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN OUR HEARTS. SHINE THROUGH THE DARKNESS.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN YOUR CHURCH, GATHERED TODAY (as we pray)
3. Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN OUR HEARTS. SHINE THROUGH THE DARKNESS.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN YOUR CHURCH, GATHERED TODAY (as we pray)
4. Longing for shelter, people are homeless. Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN OUR HEARTS. SHINE THROUGH THE DARKNESS.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN YOUR CHURCH, GATHERED TODAY (as we pray)
5. Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN OUR HEARTS. SHINE THROUGH THE DARKNESS.
CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! SHINE IN YOUR CHURCH, GATHERED TODAY (as we pray)
May be all have a blessed day. May God be with you in a special way.
Saturday 17 October, 2015 (the month of the Holy Rosary
I woke up this morning with these words on my mind - "The Lord has done marvels for me, and holy is His name!" - (from the Magnificat) - prayer of Our Lady after hearing the words from Saint Elizabeth " Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb".
The Power of the Hail Mary prayer said 53 times in the ROSARY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY - The incarnation of Christ her Son into the world - "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us". The beginning of the Hail Mary are the words of Archangel Gabrielle " Hail Mary! full of grace! the Lord is with Thee."
Please promote on Our Lady's behalf this powerful prayer for the world. It is the prayer of meditation on the life of Christ with us on earth. The greatest gift of LOVE from God the Father of all mankind. "She is the Woman clothed with the Sun" a human creature (by her perfection) raised to be the "Mother of God". (Mother Sweetest Best CD)
this is the height of mankind - "Blessed She by all creation, who brought forth the world's salvation" and the song says - "Mary Mother, meek and mild. Blessed was She in her child. (first song on album SANCTUS)
Have a blessed day.
10 Sept 2015 Blog
I was looking for a prayer today for someone who really is a little desperate just at this time, and this moment and a found one in my "pocket prayer book" which I had temporarily lost. It was so beautiful I decided to share it in case anyone was reading this blog.
It was in the section for days of the week (FRIDAY)
THE HOLY CROSS
Lord Jesus, from the height of your throne of suffering You reveal the depths of Your love for us. Lifted up from the world on the Cross. You draw everyone to yourself.
The Cross is both the symbol and the act by which you raised up the world from all its sin and weakness. But You also ask for our cooperation.
Help us to die to self so that we may live for You and our fellow human beings. Set us free fro the slavery of our passions, our prejudices, and our selfishness. Enable us to endure the pains and trials of this life and really help to change the world in our own small way.
Keep before our minds the conviction that in the Cross is salvation and life as well as defense against our enemies. Through the cross heavenly grace is given us, our minds are strengthened, and we experience spiritual joy. In the cross is the height of virtue and the perfection of all sanctity. Let us take up our cross, and follow You through earthly sorrow into eternal happiness in Heaven. For your name is Holy, Holy, holy Lord.
Thank you for responding to our call
Today is 26 August - (and I must send a card or a gift pronto)
Our eldest daughter's birthday on the 29 - Feast of Our Lady of Good Health and also the commemoration of the martyrdom of John the Baptist - quite a significant Feast. It is always nice to now that our birth day has some great significance. It is very thought provoking to look into the life of a Saint. The historical facts of the life and times of the Saint. This week on the day before is Saint Augustine on 28 August.. I couldn't wait to write something about this because last Sunday at Mass it was mentioned that it was his feast day this week (how significant it should be in AUGUST). How truly august is this saint. Wow! most people have heard of him I think but the reason being that the quote attributed to him was about our souls being restless until they rested in the Lord. This is a good reminder - he found that out personally and wrote his "Confessions" (great book and available today) in the year 300 + AD. Isn't that amazing. That you can buy this translated version of his autobiography TODAY!! I feel I must share the first page of the introduction about him. But before that some date
AD 354, 13 November: birth of Augustine at Thagaste (now Souk-Ahras, south of Bone, in Algeria). He had at least one brother, Navigius, and two sisters, whose names are not recorded. His father, Patricius, a small landowner and official of the local government, is still a pagan but his mother, Monica, is a devout Christian. His father converted one year before he died in 370. His wife Monica was the saint that kept praying for her husband and her son, Augustine. Translated by R. S. Pine-Coffin the back of this paperback book I am reading again now says Augustine wrote his Confesions for 2 reasons; to explain to himself the significance of his conversion to Christianity, and to do so in terms that would convince his readers that this was indeed the one, true faithIn his attempt to achieve these aims, Saint Augustine produced a masterpiece of intellectual biography. The Confessions are written with an emotional intensity that sets him apart from the academic tradition to which he belonged, and it is this intensity, combied with ferociously self-honest analysis, that has given his work its lasting appeal. Beautifully written and suffused with philosopical and theologic learning, the Confessions are an outstanding account of the search for truth by a sinner who became a great saint.
There - I have shared with you now. God bless
Divine Mercy comes from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, together with God the Father the Almighty stooping down to His children on and in Earth. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the direct link to the story of Salvation for each human being. How many people yet do not know this fact. Some do, and are making great effort and strides in bringing people to this wonderful joyful time of realisation of the unity and Love between us and God the Holy Trinity, who bends down and has communicated the power of the prayer and message that comes from Saint Faustina of Poland. This Holy Love given to us is the power of offering the body and blood, soul and divinity of His dearly beloved Son to the Father in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
YES we CAN make a difference - we can use this powerful gift and prayer to make Christ's Passion more useful by using our free will to OFFER this gift to the Father. We help this world and the souls living in it; those who are dying and those who have passed on.
Good morning dear friends 31. 5. 2015
I woke up this morning and this was on my mind. SUNDAY - How lovely! Sunday Best; Sunday Rest:; Sunday Blest.
How important are our Sundays for the above reason - do we even take the time to think about it..
Would you like some sweet little lyrics?? You may remember these old Irish songs. Ring me if you need the tunes. I just saw a great video of Daniel O'Donnell who is singing them at a great concert, the sort of thing I would love to do one day!!.??
1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling - Calling for you and for me
See on the porthole he’s waiting, and watching, Watching for you and for
Come home, come home – Ye who are weary come home.
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling all sinners come home.
2. O’ for the wonderful Love He has promised, Promised for You and for me
Though we have sinned - He has mercy and pardon
Pardon for you and for me. REPEAT CHORUS
Have a lovely day - a lovely Sun day - Blessed!!
Blog - 6 May 2015
Hello again - just posted a great little blog but somehow lost it and now need to start again. It was about the joyful days of Easter and how the gospel and our weekly masses tell the story of Jesus being with the apostles and disciples as He asked them to put their hands on Him and touch Him and they did, but were still finding it difficult to believe that he was really there and not a ghost. I think that is happening in the world today. We are not bothering with our beliefs in God the most high anymore or realising what we have in our hands with the rosary beads. The gifts given to us by the faith of our forefathers and the real martyrs giving life for others to have life not to have death; that God is omnipotent (I love that word) and can do all things if we just reach out and pray and ask.. We are being tested to reach out in prayer for the connection we need - to realise that our spiritual side is the one that will last and last and last and should be nurtured. We are entering now towards the story of the Ascension, the witnesses who saw Jesus be raised up before their eyes to the clouds (and heaven) and Jesus told us to wait on the Holy Spirit, the Comforter who would pour out the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge piety and fear of the Lord (i.e. awe and respect).
God bless you.
11/4/2015 Did you have a wonderful Easter? Corinthians 1:8 – “The message of the cross… is the power of God”.
We can never grasp the horror of human sin until we realise it caused the Son of God to be crucified. Not Pilate, not the mob – but sin. The ravages of war and poverty, the wrenching pain of loneliness and rejection, the haunting cry of the orphan and widow, the dying gasps of the world’s starving – these and a thousand other tragedies all bear witness to the fact that we live in a world poisoned by sin. And that is why Jesus died. The terrible, bitter cup of humanity’s sin sent Him to the cross. Jesus prayed in those last hours, “O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). There was no other way. Why did He drink that awful cup? So you and I would not have to. Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the cross. Only one force is greater – the love of God ----
The Divine Mercy - as the gift to be celebrated and poured out on the Sunday after Easter (in our Calendar tomorrow 12 April). But only after repentance.of our sin - tomorrow (read the Diary of Saint Faustina) is the day you soul can be white as snow simply from the fact of "acceptance". Go to Mass and Holy Communion after repentance and the job is done, feel alive and free and loved and new again!!!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY is now a celebrated day (within the octave of Easter) that continues the joy and Jesus wanted to remind us that we should take in all that Good Friday and Easter really means and that is His Divine Mercy i.e. the Divine Mercy of God the Father for sending Jesus to earth to be a man and of Divine Mercy of Jesus great suffering of His Passion and love for us his fellow brothers and sisters and through that his victory over death as He was God and atoned to the Eternal God for Adam, the first Man. So Jesus becomes the new "Adam" for us and Mary His Mother the new "Eve". How can we make more of the world's people know this, in a time when we are toooo earth bound and not thinking of our eternal "home". So I was thinking maybe we can share a poster such as this NOW.
Thank you, Lots of love
Good morning! - BEGINNING A LENTEN BLOG - 19-02-15
Yesterday was "Ash Wednesday" and I decided not to have breakfast as my start to the "fastiing" of the requirement of the day. I decided to go for a walk instead. It was BRILLIANT! Locally here in Lithgow we are not far from the Zig Zag (railway of old) area and as I did my sometimes usual walk up to a point I remembered that a turn in the road led to Zig Zig (I wasn't sure what it meant) and followed as it was a brilliant day, with warm sunshine and fresh air (as is usual here). Walking among the interesting plants (Australian bush, mountain climate) I saw there was a gully below me and the ferns were prolific and the water was flowing. I came past a small cascade on some large rocks a wonderful washing space for people here historically that used the Zig Zag railway, then one of the brilliant bush flowers or bush bush is a kind of lilac. They were in bloom everywhere as a summer rising plant. I loved the space and all of a sudden there were lots of butterflies here there and everywhere too. I thought, thank you God for this lovely space this morning - a nice replacement for my fast. I hope you have lots of surprises in your Lenten fast too. Moving along to this morning then. I forgot to mention that my resolution for Lent was to pray in the morning and wake up early to do so in the quiet of the morning. I thoroughly recommend that!! Wow! it is wonderful! No noise or disturbance, just this quiet peace and after a few words of communicatation with God and prayer, though somewhat forced at first through tiredness, there is a kind of slipping into a comfort zone and ease of communication that is personal. Words you wouldn't normally think to say etc.So what developed was a need to express my "love" for Him, my Creator Father, and Jesus who died for me and the two of them together of course,The Holy Spirit. As I am a singer and musician I remember often the beautiful words of some fabulous hymns that someone else has been inspired to write and fitting my feeling at the time. There is a beautiful one I wish to share with you here. It is on one of the CD's - Sweet Sacrament and it is called "Jet Let Me Say" by Geof Bullock who also wrote "The Power of Your Love" that everyone sings I am sure!
Here it is JUST LET ME SAY (G.Bullock )
1. JUST LET ME SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, LET ME SPEAK OF YOUR MERCY AND GRACE.
JUST LET ME LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF BEAUTY, LET ME SEE YOU FACE TO FACE.
AND THE EARTH WILL SHAKE AS YOUR WORDS GO FORTH
AND THE HEAVENS CAN TREMBLE AND FALL.
JUST LET ME SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, O MY SAVIOUR, MY LORD AND FRIEND.
2. JUST LET ME HEAR YOUR FINEST WHISPERS, AS YOU GENTLY CALL MY NAME.
AND LET ME SEE YOUR POWER AND YOUR GLORY, LET ME FEEL YOUR SPIRITS FLAME.
LET ME FIND YOU IN THE DESERT, TILL THIS SAND IS HOLY GROUND.
AND I AM FOUND COMPLETELY SURRENDERED, TO YOU MY LORD AND FRIEND.
3. SO LET ME SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, WITH ALL MY HEART I LONG FOR YOU.
FOR I AM CAUGHT IN THIS PASSION OF KNOWING, THIS ENDLESS LOVE I’VE FOUND IN YOU.
AND THE DEPTH OF GRACE, THE FORGIVENESS FOUND, TO BE CALLED A CHILD OF GOD.
JUST MAKES ME SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. O MY SAVIOUR, MY LORD AND FRIEND.
I say! Isn't it a beautiful song?? God bless your day.
Love and blessings in His Love and Grace (for more beautiful lyrics of other beautiful hymns click here Lyrics.
Monday 2 February 2015
When I woke up this morning I felt the words "happiness is" and began thinking that it was good to be reminded of the little things that made me happy and all of a sudden I had a great list. I thanked God in a quick prayer for the wonder of Him and knew He wanted me to expect good things. Perhaps He was asking me what makes you happy, so I went to the computer and wrote a list to make a start. Perhaps you could write your own list. Here is mine from this mornings quick reflection. I think I have a lot more to go as I am on a roll but thought this was a good start to inspire anyone to make their own. I notice that some of our happiness is the same for each of us but others have their own depending on age and experience but that's what makes life interesting.
God bless your day.
Happpiness is –
Being served a breakfast of 2 duck eggs soft boiled
perfectly with salt and pepper on the side by YOUR BROTHER.
Taking in a sleep- in when YOU CAN
Going for a drive when the countryside is all SO GREEN
Feeling the HAPPINESS of God within you after prayer
Being told YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL when you least expected it.
Seeing JOY in another’s eyes just for seeing you.
Being SURPRISED by a MORNING SUNRISE and the colour PINK
Watching GRANDCHILDREN's DELIGHT in something nice
you have cooked or brought or bought them.WATCHING them at PLAY anytime .SERVED a cup of tea just for you
ACHIEVING a worthwhile goal even if its just watering the garden or washing the dishes finally.
Watching the happiness and joy OF OTHERS no matter who they are
SINGING with others in CHOUS when the sound is GOOD
SINGING as a soloist when others can enjoy, the voice (and yes, your voice)
Making an OLD PERSON comfortable in a moment (his or her moment)
Seeing a stunning COLOURED red SUNSET
SEEING a special RAINBOW after a sad or worryiing event in your life
SMELLING the PERFUME of a rose after delighting in its beauty
HAVING a GOOD LAUGH with a friend or family member
WATCHING someone else having a good laugh.