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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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1) Being a part of our church choir, I participated in all the Holy Week Masses. What wonderful memorials of Christ's death & resurrection! Deo Gratias! 

2) Our pastor is retiring this summer. His wonderful Holy Thursday homily brought many of us to tears! Deo Gratias!

3) The high I get from singing in our church choir. After the Easter Vigil, I was so full of joy & faith, that I had trouble falling asleep until after 1am. Deo Gratias! 

4) Decluttering...I've been going through old files of ours & shredding them. So far, I've condensed two banker's boxes into less than one & still have another box to go. Deo Gratias!

5) After two weeks off of school, we had a successful first day back yesterday! Deo Gratias!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Light in the Darkness


"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Let us be that single candle, spreading light into a dark world!

Welcome to my Light in the Darkness meme! (If you missed my post on the inspiration for this meme, you can read all about it HERE.)

This is the place to share good things that are happening in our world...whether it's a link to a news article/video, something from your personal experience...anything good that can bring light into darkness!
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What a wonderful display of generosity & compassion by these two police officers!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Blogging Break Notice!

It's Holy Week! I'm taking a blogging break this week (not that I've been posting much in recent months other than the Light in the Darkness & Deo Gratias link-ups, w/ an occasional extra post thrown in).

My goal is to resume these regular link-ups next week & try to add at least one other post each week. I've got lots of ideas in my head, it's just a matter of getting them out there!

Have a blessed Holy Week! May the Passion of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, draw you closer to Him & envelope you in the love of God! 

PEACE!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Planks & Specks in Marriage!

Recently, I finished reading "Love is a Flame". It is a compilation of true stories collected by James Stuart Bell. Each story is told in the words of the one who experienced a rekindling of love in his/her relationship.

In many of the stories, the writers share how much they wished to change their spouse. One even said that her plan was to get her man to the altar, then once married, she would alter him!

Wives would complain about how many hours their husbands worked, how much time he spent on his own pursuits, how little they communicated w/ one another. Husbands complained that their wives spent so much time & energy on the children &/or volunteer activities, then not have anything left for meeting his needs. 

At some point in the litany of complaints, a revelation would be made. The complainer would realize that one cannot change another person. 

You can only change yourself. Responsibility for another person's actions does not lie w/ you...only they can change themselves. You can certainly pray for them & if it be God's Will, they can be led to change. 

The Gospel of Matthew came to mind at this point, specifically Matthew 7:5. This is the verse where Jesus admonishes hypocrites to remove the plank from their own eye. Only then will they be able to see clearly enough to remove the speck from their brother's eye.

Once these individuals realized that they could only change themselves, removing the plank from their own eye, something amazing happened...they no longer had a need or desire to remove the speck in their spouse's eye. 

Incredible! I wonder if that was part of Jesus' plan all along!
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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1) Starting next week, I will be doubling my hours at work. My supervisor has been on maternity leave since Jan. & has decided to accept a job closer to her home. Because of that, one of the other receptionists will be taking her place, leaving extra hours for me to pick up. Deo Gratias! 

2) Spring Break! Due to another receptionist who's on vacation, I've picked up extra hours this week. Since I'll be gone every evening, I decided to give the Blessings an extra week for their break, in addition to Holy Week. Deo Gratias!

3) It's amazing what you can accomplish when you give up Facebook for Lent! Combine that w/ Spring Break...so far I've cleaned all three bathrooms, done numerous loads of laundry, painted the oven range cover to match the rest of our kitchen appliances, & started working w/ The Princess on her first quilt. Deo Gratias! 

4) Our older three Blessings have really done a wonderful job in helping HandyGramps w/ Stations of the Cross & Benediction at his church this Lent. Deo Gratias!

5) In planning for Reconciliation this Lent, I've been focusing on the Ten Commandments. It's amazing how even little sins can fit those wonderful commandments! Deo Gratias!