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Wednesday, July 1, 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) After several weeks off, our cantor rehearsals for summer began last night. It's so wonderful to be back, singing w/ such a talented group of liturgical musicians! Deo Gratias! 

2) The temps have been cooler this week & we've enjoyed having the house opened up. Deo Gratias!

3) A few days ago, Matt mentioned that we should get a kitchen timer so that we have another device for managing the Blessings video game time. At a thrift store yesterday, just as The Saint & I walked past an aisle, a kitchen timer went off...as if to say, "Remember what Matt said! You must buy me!" Bonus: it was 50% off day, so I got the timer for only 25 cents! Deo Gratias! 

4) I seem to go in spurts w/ dinner plans...one week I prepare some great meals, while other weeks we just kind of muddle through to get something on the table. So far, this has been a good week for meals! Deo Gratias!

5) I was able to trade shifts w/ one of my co-workers. This will enable me to make it to a family reunion for HandyGramps side of the family...the first in MANY years. I can't wait to see family members I haven't seen in ages, as well as meet some I've never met! Deo Gratias!

Monday, June 29, 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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The date for the canonization of St. Therese of Liseaux's parents has been set! They will be the first couple to be canonized at the same ceremony.

Wednesday, June 24, 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) Our 17th anniversary was this past Sat. Because I had to work all day, Matt took me out Fri. night. It was a semi-recreation of our first date, minus the movie since there wasn't anything that sounded good to us. We went our for Mexican & did a little shopping. Deo Gratias! 

2) His gifts to me were a Kindle Fire & three movies to commemorate our time of dating. Jerry Maguire is the one we saw on our first date, The Mirror Has Two Faces has our song in it (I've Finally Found Someone by Bryan Adams), & Titanic was saw three times in the theater. Deo Gratias!

3) The rain has finally let up. Other than a few sprinkles the past couple days, it has rained every day for the past week...some days much more than others. Deo Gratias! 

4) We gave Matt a nice, relaxing day for Fathers' Day. He chose the meal (stirfry), we went to a park to take a walk, & just relaxed the rest of the day. Deo Gratias!

5) The Saint has found some great picture books at the library recently, so I've enjoyed reading them to him. I even enjoy the stories! Deo Gratias!

Monday, June 22, 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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Mother Teresa once said, 
 "Often you see small and big wires, new and old, cheap and expensive electric cables that are useless, for until the current passes through them there will be no light. 
The wires are you and me, the current is God. We have the power to let the current pass through us -- to use us -- or refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread."

The following video is a wonderful example of how we can be "Light in the Darkness" for others. You never know who may be watching your actions...