a full heart…

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Hello friends!

How is your lent moving along?

Circa Lent 2014

I have thought of you many times and have tried (often) to get back to this special-space to tippity-tap-type something just for you.

Finally today – a window of opportunity flung open and here I am to say –

“Hello! I’ve missed my time to be with you!”

I don’t know about you but just when I think, “I’ve got this! I have a blogging-schedule that WILL work!” – life instead slams the door on MY grand-plan and reminds me,

“OH, NO YOU DON’T!”

Giggles.

You know what though?

It’s okay.

If my God has taught me anything – it’s perseverance.

And complete Trust that He knows what He is about.

So, I don’t know exactly what these moments of “popping in to say hello” may look like for awhile, but let’s give it a go!

Let’s try to figure this out together!

And trust the process.

With full hearts, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.

What do you think?

hugs n’ blessings for all the support we will give to one another as He continues to mold us this Lenten Season.

lead us

To despair is to give up all hope.

Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek certainly knew what it was to despair.

He was captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a “Vatican spy.” He spent some twenty-three agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. In his deeply personal story, He Leadeth Me, he relates how it was only through an utter reliance on God’s will that he managed to endure.

And yet he tells of the courage he found in prayer – a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustration, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek recalls, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amid the “arrogance of evil” that surrounded him.

Sadly, I think we are not only currently experiencing a period of great despair in our own Country,

but also that we are in need of profound prayer in our World today.

Continue reading “lead us”

he offered his life

 

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“Hatred is not a creative force.  Only love is creative power.”

St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894-1941)

 

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Sentenced to hard manual labor at the death camp in Auschwitz, St. Maximillian Kolbe offered his life in exchange for that of a family man.

 

His zeal for souls and love of neighbor  leave us all striving for God’s glory by eagerly serving others.

 

 

Today, and every day, may we spread this message to the ends of the earth! Continue reading “he offered his life”