true is true

A work will be praised for the skill of the craftsmen; so a people’s leader is proved wise by his words.

A babbler is feared in his city, and the man who is reckless in speech will be hated.

Sirach 11: 17-18

Whoah!

Is it just me???

Because I can find both of our 2020 Presidential candidates depicted, within these two verses of Sirach.

One is a babbler.

The other is reckless.

(I’ll let you define for yourself, who is who.)

And the consequence for both behaviors seems apropos, as well.

Giggles.

But just several verses later God, as always, brings us great hope!

The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord, and over it he will raise up the right man for the time.

Sirach 10: 4

Yes!

GOD HAS GOT THIS!

Two weeks ago, I invited others to join me in saying a daily Surrender Novena for the sake of our upcoming elections.

Red or Blue, I’ve had a lovely response!

And several have shared the welcomed peacefulness they are feeling, that is slowly replacing the anxiety and fear which once over-swept them.

“Leave the care of your affairs to Me and everything will be peaceful.”

Day One, The Surrender Novena

If you have not begun the Novena yet, I would encourage you to consider doing so today.

I believe you will find that, even if it is not the climate of the World which is causing you distress, the Novena will help you to find peace.

hugs n’ blessings and may there be peace-filled days ahead, for you!

grace always wins!

Fight-Flight-Freeze

Fight

But if you bite and devour one other, take heed that you are not consumed by one another. Galatians 5:15

Watching animals in the wild hunt, defend, and fight for territory can be brutal. We are not wild animals, but it might pay to stop and think about whether we are, at times, acting like them!

Surely, a quick glance scrolling through social media or watching the nightly news and it can become hard to differentiate between the person and the beast!

God doesn’t call us to be the judge of what others say or do, he wants us to have control of ourselves.

When we start to assume or say unkind things about people, it can be the start of an attack on character or a judgement of the way things are being done. Instead of being ready to attack or defend our territory, we should be quick to forgive, to try and understand others’ perspectives, and stay out of the danger of judgement.

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no bible, no breakfast! no bible, no bed!

it’s the monday giggles…

With all the heart-wrenching travesty swirling around in the world – it hardly seems fitting to pull out a giggle.

But our lives can still find sweetness, our hearts can always soften, and our hope still can be found.

I do pray this little sharing brings a tiny giggle to your Soul.

And in it, may you claim the calm sense of knowing WHERE our peace can be found

even if for only a little while….

If you were a member of my parish it would be ingrained in your psyche “No bible, no breakfast! No bible, no bed!” Our parish priest, Father Larry Richards, reminds his flock of followers of this importance perpetually! (first giggle.) He frequently bellows an enthusiastic reminder, “Before our feet hit the floor in the morning we should open the Word of God with steadfast faith, “Speak to me your Word, O Lord!” Then allow the Bible to be opened and our eyes to be led toward the Scripture God intends for us this day. And the same in reverse order upon returning to bed in the evening, to apply the Word of God as a balm on our hearts at the close of every day.” I am paraphrasing of course, also I am not jumping up & down in typical Father Larry fashion, but I am sure you get the clear picture! (second giggle.)

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