"... and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed." - Matthew 14:36
Oh, how I wish I could touch the tassel on His cloak and be healed. To feel the power released by Him and enter into me would be so warming.
We all have issues and problems and worries and concerns. Just let me touch You so I can be healed.
Jesus, heal me. Amen.
"The prophet went on and waited for the king on the road, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes." - 1 Kings 20:38
It seemed like a good idea. In order to compensate for a sore toe, just ditch the tennis shoes and walk the treadmill in sandals. Well, now there's band-aids decorating my blistered soles!
Sometimes the choices we make aren't so smart. How often do we place bandages on our "blistered souls"? We try to cover up our mistakes, our hurtful actions, our transgressions, our ridicule. We don't want to expose our scorn to others.
Remove the bandage and free yourself in the Sacrament of Confession.
Divine Physician, let my soles walk openly toward your mercy. Unveil the goodness in my heart and heal my soul of all guilt and shame. Amen.
Take a break and reflect on some spiritual thoughts.
God sometimes takes us into troubled waters not to drown us but to cleanse us.
You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
The closer you walk with God, the less room for anything to come between.
Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.
In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.
Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.
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Go in peace, God be with you.
Go in peace, be at rest with the saints and the angels.
Now you are free. Go in peace.
You may have heard the above verse during the Final Commendation at a Catholic funeral. The words are comforting, not just for the mourning but for all of us as well.
We would do well to repeat these words throughout our days. We can be at peace in our lives with the knowledge that God is with us. "Let go and let God" we often hear. With the Communion of Saints and our Guardian Angel, we ARE free and at peace ... if only we let ourselves be.
Song text copyright 2004, Sarah Hart and Dwight Liles
A collection of thoughts to keep us "looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye".
"I think love is the contrary of chilly." - Dr. Jerome Lejeune
"You need to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable." - The Word Among Us, July/August 2016, p. 96
"The miserable have no medicine but hope." - William Shakespeare
"[Wisdom] is the grace of being able to see everything with the eyes of God." - Pope Francis, General Audience, 9 April 2014
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
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"Then God said: Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures ... God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of crawling living creatures with which the water teems ... God saw that it was good, and God blessed them, saying: Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas ... " - Genesis 1:20-22
It was a breathtaking sight. Two dolphins swimming in and out of the wake of the boat. They were playing and dancing and just having fun! All of this took place against the backdrop of a beautiful golden sunset mirrored in the calm water of the sea. It was indeed a breathtaking sight.
God saw that it was good.
And so did I.
(Photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico by Fort Myers Beach, Florida)
The Octave of Easter is an eight-day period set aside to celebrate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the Resurrection. It is a time of heightened jubilation and exaltation, when the joy within the Christian community is at a fever pitch. The Octave of Easter extends from Easter Sunday until the Second Sunday of Easter.
The Gospel readings during the Octave include some of the most beautiful passages of scripture from the time after Jesus’ Resurrection and his first encounters with his friends and disciples. These readings remind us of the importance of Jesus’ Resurrection and the power of living out his message here on earth.
Easter Sunday: Jesus' tomb is empty (Jn 20:1-9).
Spiritual essence: Death is not the end of the story.
Monday in the Octave of Easter: Jesus’ appearance to a number of women who were returning from the tomb (Mt 28:8-15).
Spiritual essence: Our God is a God of surprises!
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter: Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene who was weeping beside the entrance to the tomb (Jn 20:11-18).
Spiritual essence: Walk by faith and not by sight.
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter: Jesus' appearance to Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35).
Spiritual essence: Always look for Christ in others.
Thursday in the Octave of Easter: Jesus' appearance to the disciples huddled together in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday night (Lk 24:35-48).
Spiritual essence: Look for Christ in the midst of the mess.
Friday in the Octave of Easter: Jesus' appearance to his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (Jn 21:1-14).
Spiritual essence: Build your hopes on Christ.
Saturday in the Octave of Easter: An account of multiple appearances, first to Mary Magdalene, next to two men on the road to Emmaus, and then to the Eleven who were at table together (Mk 16:9-15).
Spiritual essence: True strength is sharing joy, love, hope, and kindness.
Second Sunday of Easter: Jesus' appearance to the ten in the Upper Room on the first day of the week, and then seven days later, his subsequent appearance, not only to the ten, but also to Thomas (Jn 20:19-13).
Spiritual essence: Doubt is not an enemy of faith, but disengagement is.
"Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds." - 1 Chronicles 16:9
Can you imagine what it's like to listen to the billowing, sweet-sounding tones from a 7000 pipe, majestic Casavant Frères organ? Imagine no longer. Although this fine organ at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Canada) is not one of the largest in its class, it is magnificent nonetheless. Against a backdrop of the Basilica's glorious altarpiece, you can hear a snippet of this splendid musical instrument above.
Sing praise, play music, give glory. Amen.
We all have our periods of dismay and discouragement. But the image in this reflection gave me food for thought ... and comfort.
“Okay, Lord,” I said aloud amidst my weeping. “It’s you and me now.” The loosening of my stiff grasp on life’s steering wheel was underway, although it’s an ongoing process in continuation to this day. I cried myself to sleep and woke up several hours later in the quiet stillness to a strange but tangibly soothing peacefulness. My eyes roamed the room and fell upon the chair that was usually tucked beneath a desk, now turned and facing the bed. It was as if Jesus had been sitting there throughout the whole ordeal, watching me sob and then drift to sleep.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he told me. “Just wait till you see what’s in store for us.”
The chair that Jesus would sit in when he appeared to Rhoda Wise.
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."