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  2. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Just at the moment, I am maintaining formal type daily prayer by praying 2 decades of The Rosary morning prayer. 1 decade afternoon prayer and the final 2 as evening prayer.
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  4. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    We never know how much real faith we have until it is put to the test in some fierce storm; and that is the reason why the Saviour is on board. If you are ever to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, your strength will be born in some storm. - Anonymous One of the elders said: It is not because evil thoughts come to us that we are condemned, but only because we make use of the evil thoughts. It can happen that from these thoughts we suffer shipwreck, but it can also happen that because of them we may be crowned. - from The Wisdom of the Desert, by Thomas Merton
  5. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Factory worker
  6. BarbaraTherese

    SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Thankfully! Thank you again, Father
  7. cappie

    SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries. The whole of Easter has been about equipping us with powerful faith tools to defeat the forces that would drag us down. There are post-Resurrection stories of a group of defeated fishermen who end up going back to their lives of fishing, only to discover the risen Jesus meeting them for breakfast. There are the travellers walking to Emmaus encountering a stranger who turns out to be Jesus, who breaks bread with them. They discover their hearts gladdened. These are experiences opened to us, too. So, where do these good things come from? You can’t place an Amazon order for them, no, but you can hear them, experience them, and find them in the faith community. The early Christians learned they could face persecution, possible arrest, trial, and even execution because of the power of the resurrection they found in the Easter community. They also learned that what happened to them was of little account, because they placed themselves under the gracious God who delivered them from the pall of darkness in their lives. And we listen as Jesus teaches the disciples about what will happen after he leaves them. God will send an advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will do two things: teach and remind. The Spirit will teach us how God desires and gives us the good things we need, even when we don’t know what they are or how to ask for them. The Spirit will also remind us, especially when things are not going well, what really matters and to whom we belong. The faith community is the place where we are restored, not in just a feel-good way, but in the depths of our hearts. The sign of the cross, the breaking of the bread at communion, the hymns (read the words even if you don’t sing), and the Scriptures are all reminders of how much we are loved and cherished and redeemed. As a wise bishop once said, “Human beings solve problems; God redeems messes.” All of us think we can fix things, but often messes overwhelm us. We are reminded, as the disciples were after the death of Jesus, that God redeems messes – and that includes each of us. Had the first apostles and disciples held onto a narrow vision of Jesus' purpose, had they hoped in restoration rather than new possibilities, likely the church as we understand it today would not have existed. The admittance of Gentiles into the community of Good News radically and forever changed the face of the church. That decision, as Luke presents it, opened the peace of Jesus to all, allowed for a shared vision of the future, and invited the other to love Jesus and demonstrate that love through works of mercy and justice. God has another way that is based on abundance. God gives us what we need, always providing for us those things which cannot be bought or bargained for. They are things that endure, such as hope, faith, love, fellowship, and friends. They are qualities like peace and wisdom and courage. God gives us these gifts through the Spirit, and God also gives the ability to find them in others. The world is full of them, though often they are masked by our focus on the news of anger and darkness. These readings stand as a litmus test of sorts to measure our own faith. We may readily welcome the peace of Jesus, happy to embrace the hope envisioned in Revelation but do we continue to respond with love and action. Do we welcome the other in the spirit of Acts? Are the marginalized offered a seat at our table? Are we, like the Apostles, willing to risk making decisions to include rather than limit? Any less is not worthy of an Easter people. .
  8. be_thou_my_vision

    Carmelite Hermits, Lake Elmo

    I don’t know how many sisters there are total, but there are a number of young sisters in formation. God Bless!
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  10. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Gary - Bipolar Disorder is something I find scary. I can have a feeling like walking in an unlit park at night with a stalker following me. During times of stress and bipolar restlessness, it is as if I can feel an episode lurking in the background of my mind knowing that anything might trip and trigger an actual episode. Probably bipolar will affect my life to some degree or other for the rest of my life. While it can scare me, I know I am in Good Hands - bipolar is a blessing wearing very strange garments to that with which we probably normally think of as blessings. At the actual time, however, rarely if that can I get past downright scared. I can only get things into perspective once bipolar settles down once more. This is what I mean too by the astounding all embracing broadness of God's Love and Will - He knows my attitude, even when I cannot bring it in to consciousness once again and walk the talk. To me, this is one of those times when The Holy Spirit prays for me what I am unable at the time to pray. Although at the time, I am unable to know it. " In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit" (Romans Ch8) "All is well. All is well and all manner of things will be well" (Julian of Norwich) Fr Mike is indeed a gifted speaker. He can put complex matters quite simply and I do like watching his videos, almost as much as "Everyone Loves Raymond" .........oh and "Doc Martin" too. Preaching, stating, sharing, posting etc. - life is all attitude and perspective in all things. To think one knows all there is to know will soon be pulled up by learning something new. And if not, so be it. We are all in Safe Hands in Grace, despite our weaknesses, faults and venial failings.......despite at times what might be downright silly thinking. God bless you also By way of something of an introduction, Doc Martin is a GP who is afraid of blood.
  11. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Chocolate factory
  12. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Barbara! Yes you are cruising along rather well and I am happy to see this, when I dont then there I fear is something wrong. I like fr. Mike, I have watched him several times before and is a very spirited, sincere and interesting speaker who adds interest with his humor. A true spokesman of God. You have mentioned before about preaching to the converted and speaking for myself I dont see anything in the things you quote and write as preaching but only in the light of learning. I think that for many that are converted they may think they know all that they should know and there is a danger for anyone to think like that. I was thinking today about the death candle. I never did hear that before and puts another perspective on the awareness of living life as a last moment. See! If you hadent posted this I wouldnt have learned it. Thank you Barbara, for seeking, finding and preaching.......haaaaha, I mean and sharing.......God bless....
  13. InCordeRegis

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Chocolate Donuts
  14. Kathleen

    Carmelite Hermits, Lake Elmo

    Do you know how many sisters are in the nuns hermitage community in lake Elmo? I don’t ....that’s why I asked the question. I know a person who might be interested in exploring a life with them.
  15. I've found website which provides chords of your favorite songs .Check it out on: https://www.guitaa.com/
  16. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    MORTAL SIN AND THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION http://www.beginningcatholic.com/sacrament-of-reconciliation "God could with perfect justice allow our past merits to remain forever lost even when he forgives our sins. But in his infinite goodness he does not make us start all over again from scratch." "The sacrament of Reconciliation not only forgives our mortal sins; it also restores to us the merits which we had so willfully cast away.”
  17. BarbaraTherese

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  18. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Yeah, I am cruising along again after a bit of a rough patch for a while. I hope you are doing well also. Right now, you are where God needs you to be. In the state of Grace we always are. The only act of disobedience to God's Will is sin and to some degree or other sin separates us from God. Only mortal sin separates us completely from God. The Good Lord and His Will is not like I can be i.e. my way or the highway. God's Will embraces us with a Love and Mercy, a broadness allowing for choice and free will -even our weaknesses and venial failures, that astounds me as, indeed, the Ultimate Mystery that God is always does. There I go, preaching to the converted again, Gary. But I will finish it anyway since the subject has come up. Jean Pierre de Caussade: "The Sacrament of the Present Moment" Available on Amazon for under $10.00: https://www.amazon.com/Sacrament-Present-Moment-Jean-Pierre-Caussade/dp/0060618116
  19. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Yes Barbara, your right. I was looking at that picture and thought I would like to be there and realized that it would probably be to hot with nothing to eat or drink! Hhhaaha. So I wait for God to put me where He needs me to be instead. God bless Barbara, I bope you are doing well. Amen to these words Barbara, amen.
  20. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Deo Gratius Laudate Dominum
  21. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Chocolate fountain
  22. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    I hope it won't come to the above...........Hope that is!...............but then one can only play the cards one is dealt..............and.......
  23. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Dark Chocolate
  24. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    I hope things never come to this......
  25. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Dark matter
  26. 24th May is the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia - and Military Ordinariate https://www.theworkofgod.org/Library/MaryHelp/Patronss.htm Excerpt "The infant Church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. In those early and mostly priestless days, it was largely the Rosary that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary, and was the first nation to choose her, under the title of Help of Christians, as principal Patroness." MORE on above link
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