trust in me

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Just another Wednesday posting

for Saint Maria Faustina KoWalska (what else,)

with a brief reflection on the Divine Mercy of God,

which comes directly to you from a recent reflection by…

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, one of whose foundresses was Saint Sr. Faustina Kowalska herself!

The word trust in the school of St. Faustina’s spirituality signifies the attitude of man towards God. In the signature of the image, which Jesus ordered her to paint, are the words: Jesus, I trust in You!

Trust is the first response of man to knowing and experiencing the attentive merciful love of God. This word has unusually rich contents because it signifies not only faith in the existence of God, in His omnipotence, in the truths revealed through Him, but it also denotes an all-embracing attitude of man towards God, which expresses the fulfillment of God’s will contained in the commandments, in the duties of our state of life, as well as in the recognised inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

In the writings of Sister Faustina, trust is identical with the biblical conception of faith and so it means entrustment of our own life to God as the best Father who does not desire anything other than man’s temporal and eternal happiness.

God’s will – as Sister Faustina often used to say – is for us mercy itself. It is the fulfillment of God’s will that is a concrete measure of trust towards God. The Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina, The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is my desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts (Diary 1578).

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ironmen…unite!!

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I’m under the one year mark now of joining the half-a-century young club!

I’ve watched as several of my

friends

and family

(all dearly loved)

have found their membership sooner than I.

(And) I have loved celebrating with them!

(And) watching as they, themselves, have transitioned into this phase of their life.

(And) how they have each handled their new membership in a unique and individual way.

One constant I’ve watched is how reflective they all have been.

How each have taken “stock” of the first-half-century of their life.

Reliving memories, grateful for the blessings they’ve been gifted, and making

informed choices on what they desire to carry with them

into the completion of this century they have more than half-way begun.

What has this taught me?

Lots.

But most especially that through each person’s life (as with my own) what speaks MOST to everyone is

Relationships.

This is what we all cherish.

This is what has helped us to stretch and to grow

into who we have become

both

through joy and with sorrow;

and who will help us to evolve into what we’ve yet to

be.

I call these relationships,

these people I cherish, who challenge me to be the person God has built me to be, my

“Ironmen!”

Photo Courtesy of Marvel
Photo Courtesy of Marvel

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17  

This is my community.

Who keep me in check.

Who  cheer me on along the way.

So that one day, (when all is said and done)

He will smile when I meet Him

and say,

Well done.

My Ironmen come in various shapes and sizes and many recite the same Creed I do each Sunday (but not all and that’s okay too!)  I love them all and wouldn’t trade one out for the other, no matter the age or the shoe-size!  I’m immeasurably grateful for the ones who have remained with me the longest, (but more about them another day.)

Recently, I met a few of my friends out for a Special Rendevous of Fine-Dining!  These friends and I had just completed working a Retreat together several weeks earlier and we missed the comaraderie we shared being together.  When we first met, without their even knowing (but much to my delight,) they began to claim our Retreat-Working-Group as “The Ironmen!”  That’s when I knew instantly They were destined to be imprinted into my heart for always.

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My Newest Ironmen (minus 2) DME #78

Through them God showed me that I will continue to collect Relationships!  The one’s I’ve already made will always, through His grace, remain strong; but He will continue to bless me with New Ironmen (for always) along the way!

And oh, how very much that makes me giddy-with-excitement to jump into the next half-century of my living!

(because every Ironman loves a good hot-dog)

these hot-diggity hugs n’ blessings go out to you!

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What Do We Believe?

“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything.”      -the CCC, no. 198

“no fb for you!” (in your best jerry seinfeld, soup-nazi voice!)

fluff & stuff:

“i see you’re on fb again!”

“is that really you on fb or were you hacked?”

“did you reactivate your fb page?”

“why DID you leave fb in the first place?”

What happened to:  “How are you?”  “I’ve missed seeing you.”  “What have you been doing?”  “How is your family?”   “Is everything okay?”  Since when did my existence become validated through facebook updates?  (Should I be laughing out loud??)

But of course the latter would be actual CONVERSATIONS and not just inquiring minds seeking to know!  (Now, I am laughing out loud!)   But, do we even remember how to have a conversation?  (Rolling on the floor laughing now!)  So, instead we talk in facebookese to negate any personal relationship with one another but still fulfill the need to be “in the know” regarding our curiosities. (I don’t understand how to laugh my face off yet…)

And all this sudden re-immersion of fb makes me miss the days (even more) when we walked 10 miles to school each day, (during a snow storm!)  And drug-store milkshake counters. That’s where we’d receive the latest “Newsfeed” information regarding our friends & loved ones!  And what happened to post-cards sent during a vacation?  That’s when I’d discover my great aunt, second removed from my third cousin was in Cozumel picking out a ripe pineapple. __57_thumb200 I could practically smell the pineapple as she described it to me in two tiny sentences!! And let’s not forget photo-albums or slide-shows and if you were really fortunate the projector tapes of Uncle Bud with the smokes rolled up in the sleeve of his t-shirt walking the beaches of the Jersey shore in his cuffed levi’s!  Yep, that was how we messaged one another.  I miss that personal interaction.

So… in an effort  to (for once & for all) solve the mystery for inquiring minds who seek to know…

My facebook was reactivated while I was learning to do widgets through my blog-site.  I did not recognize this until the “facebook questions” began to surface in several interactions with people.  It is NOT really me, but rather my facebook page…where you will find updates on my most recent blog posts. (But no, I have not been hacked.)  Please continue to share your life with me via telephone, letter writing, email, and face to face interactions as many of you have already been doing.  I LOVE BEING IN RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU!!!  And I would hate to see that stifled by limited facebook interactions!!  So please do not try to message me there BUT INSTEAD use fb as a tool to follow my cyber-journaling at my blog site hugsnblessings.com if you should like!!   I am not anti-facebook but to answer the final question: “Why did I leave fb in the first place?” It was a way to first & foremost disconnect from drama in my personal life, (which ultimately was a blessing.) But more importantly discontinuing fb, as a form of PERSONAL COMMUNICATION with others, has helped me to evaluate and focus on “what relationship truly means to ME.” (A self-discovery opportunity for which I am immensely grateful to have had!)  Quite simply put…I have discovered I crave more in relationship than what facebook can offer to me, and so I have put my time & energies there.  I value and respect YOUR right to use fb in the ways which are best for you and I love that you support me in defining it’s use (for me) as well!  

And if none of what I just explained makes sense to you (and you’ve yet to laught-out-loud even ONCE,) then there is another funny perspective regarding discontinuing fb as a form of communication/relationship building from a fellow-blogger, (who definitely writes much funnier than I,) you may link to below…

Story Shuker – Perspective

(Let’s just say I related to the article enough to be first in the soup line!!)