Forbes published an article yesterday about Pope Francis that I found both intriguing and inspiring. He is referred to as an "Epic Innovator" that should be emulated. http://www.forbes.com/sites/offwhitepapers/2014/11/12/pope-francis-secret-sauce-stop-pontificating/
For everyone with iPhones, Smartphones or any other intelligent phone devices: Most of the problems have been solved, but I'm still correcting isolated problems and even revised the entire website. There is a great sense of accomplishment regarding the new look of this website/blog and I just need to continue to work on a few snags. If you have any suggestions or comments, please leave them below. Thank you for your patience and may God bless you.
Have you ever found yourself trying to find an appropriate blessing? I found a Catholic website that is stocked with a blessings for just about everything. There's even a blessing for bacon and eggs! Who knew? The website also has over 3,500 prayers, sections on sacraments, saints, graphics, songs and much more. I pray that this link will help you. http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/blessings.htm
Liturgical Calendar for the Diocese of the United States of America is available on pdf for your browsing and reference. Sometimes it's nice to know when things start and stop and when Holy Days are occurring. You can enlarge the photo on the left or click on the link for detailed information. I hope it helps you as well. http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/liturgical-calendar/upload/2014cal.pdf
October 11, 2012 was the beginning of the Year of Faith as decided by Pope Benedict XVI. It's been a busy year focusing and centering our minds and hearts. Get back to basics and go through that spiritual door that was opened at baptism and strengthen our faith. A little over a month, November 24, 2013 will end the Year of Faith and start a new. For the last part of this year, I am pledging to spend more time in prayer and less time on my not-so-smart phone. I believe that it's never to late to grow closer to God.
For more information on Year of Faith, here are a few good articles:
Sometimes while going down life's road we lose our inspiration and motivation. Perhaps your get-up-and-go got-up-and-left. This has happened to me more times that I would like to admit. After extensive prayer, I came across a video that I watch when I need that extra oomph or kick in the caboose. To some, it may seem ridiculous or harsh, but it's definitely not one of those "gooshy-girly-feel-good" ones; it has enough Testosterone to keep it on the exciting side. This has helped me as a quick pick-me up along with my prayers. Today my prayer is that it helps someone else as well.
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa
During these 40 days of Lent, I want to make a difference. It's a time to renew and rekindle my relationship with God and to become closer than ever before. I have included some prayers below that I will be repeating often. Since transportation can be a problem, I am using the internet as my assistant. Sometimes I am unable to attend the Stations of the Cross on Fridays, so I found this link and used it this last Friday. I hope it will help anyone who is in need. http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/stations/face.htm. One of my other resources is an online rosary. I do have many rosaries that I use, but this site keeps me on track and I love the Gregorian Chanting in the background. http://www.ourcatholicfaith.org/frames/onlinerosary.html.
This week at my parish I am starting Father Barron's Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Lively Virtues Program. When I first saw the program, I knew it was just what was needed for Lent. You can find it at this link: http://store.wordonfire.org/product-p/wf-33.htm.
May your Lenten Season be filled with faith, patience and prayer.
I have not quit my pilgrimage, but have taken a pause. There has been a big project I am completing at my home church. This project has always been on my want to do list for about 3 years and now it is happening. Life is very exciting and with God's help anything is possible. It's just amazing to think that all I had to do was give my whole-self back to God. There are days when it is not that easy. Thank goodness for tomorrow, for it's a fresh start to get in God's it right. My goal, to be in God's graces.
02/05/2013 Update: My quest and big project has been completed. I'm pleased to announce that it was a complete success. There are things that need to be adjusted if it repeats. My lesson learned, "Trust God in what He keeps telling you to do. That voice inside needs to be listened to and answered." I thank God for directing me and granting me the strength to bring communities together in complete peace and harmony. It just doesn't get any better than that!
Midnight Mass is over and the presents have been unwrapped. That Christmas Day feast is complete and the dishes are put away. Games of the day both on the television and at home have also come to an end. What has not come to an end is Advent and hopefully the feeling or spirit of Christmas. It is that feeling when you're the first one to enter the church and it's as if it were just you and God. I can honestly say that it is why I love the purity of falling snow, it reminds me of the purity of God's love. Whatever it may be to you, I pray that we never lose that special something.
"To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the strength we need to keep purity as something as beautiful for him."
--Blessed Mother Teresa
Not long ago, I was given some wonder advise that I had written down, so it would not be forgotten. I just pulled out that paper once again and wanted to share it with you. "Do the things you can do. Don't let pride push you beyond what you can do. Part of humility is being realistic."
Quite often I look at this paper because I am not as realistic as I should be. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me. I push myself far beyond realistic, into the "What were you thinking Gracemarie?" After enough of these incidents, this paper is rather worn. But, as I gaze upon it is very important to me and is considered my 'grounding pad'. I pray that it helps someone else too. If not, I humbly thank God and the author of the paper to which I was given.