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“Jesus, Son of the Father, you show me how you live by your Word. Let your lessons be bound to my heart.”

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

For the last 31 weeks I have been participating in an Online Retreat offered through Creighton University. Anyone may start the retreat at any time; however, it was developed for and encouraged to be made following the Liturgical Seasons. Which simply put means: an outlined calendar provides a guide for making the retreat according to a schedule that conforms to the Liturgical year!

In early September our Pastor, Fr. Larry Richards, encouraged parish members to consider making this retreat. I was intrigued, looked into the specifics, and then invited a few others to join me in signing up for the 34 week retreat.

I was the only one who did.


Continue reading “lessons.”

it’s the first of the twelve!

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…”

Some people tend to think of Christmas as being just December 25th, but the Christmas season lasts longer than that!

The Shepherds & the Wise Men have yet to arrive!


According to the Church’s Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, the official rule is this: the Christmas Season begins at the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

So don’t yet take down the tree!

Christ was born for all to See!

Let us rejoice and proclaim His dear birth!

St. Joseph-Bread of Life Community-Church Erie, Pa

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14

Once more the world remembers
Our blessed Savior’s  birth.

Once more we think of Bethlehem and pray for peace on earth.

May this blessed Christmas Season hold many joys for you and special inspirations to last the New Year through!IMG_6904

What will you seek to receive during these next twelve days?

hugs n’ blessings as we embrace the twelve days of Christmas together!




it’s that time,

to turn back our clocks!

photo courtesy disney.com

Daylight-savings strikes this weekend in our Northeastern part of the country, as we slide our clocks back an hour Sunday at 2AM. However, here at hugs n’ blessings I’m sliding the publishing calendar back an ENTIRE Day to…


The blogging world has opened up many opportunities for me to meet exciting people, travel to places right in the comfort of my home, cook recipes I may have never known, explore thoughts that expand my mind & my heart, and connect with like minded people who share my faith, my humor, and support me in my goal of reaching Heaven!

There are many many I hope to give thanks for but I give 3hugs&blessings for these three today:

Maria Velazco at Silence Speaks I could list many of the articles she has written that I have enjoyed; however, her article Forgiving and Black Sheep are two of my favorites because they are so personal & life-giving!

Vincent Egoro at Live Your Greatest Life.  I love everything Vincent writes!

One of his most recent met me at my heart’s center

The Secret to Real Strength.

Vibrant at blabberwockying! is my most eclectic-read.  His writings have exposed me to many different things and even though we have very little in common our love of “heart-matters” unites us in many ways!  Again, I could high-light a number of his writings to share with you but here is just one of my favorites Don’t Worry Too Much About Critics!  I am sure you will find many more you too will enjoy at his site!

I hope you will check their sites out soon, so that you may find a hug n’ a blessing there too!!

hugs n’ blessings as we move toward November…

when I will be joining in the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month.)

All month during November I will be giving THANKS, not just on ‘Thanksgiving Day’, but EVERYday!


And I pray something along the way will inspire THANKS within you!