do you hear my prayers, lord?

it’s a 3hugs&blessings thursday…

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Prayer isn’t there to make us feel better when we’re anxious.

And it’s not there as an obligation.

It is a communion of love, between a lover and the beloved.

St. Faustina is a reliable witness on this point: she spoke to Our Lord about this many times, and He always expressed His infinite love for humanity.

“While I was saying the chaplet [of Divine Mercy], I heard a voice which said, Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet.”  (No. 848)

In prayer we need not only to pray the words but Christ needs us to also listen! Continue reading “do you hear my prayers, lord?”

his eye is on the sparrow…and he watches over me.

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Resting on the observation deck, (or lawn!) Giggles.

It is obvious we love our dog, Helen.

And her smile continues to show us, “I love you, too!”

Love helps us to feel valued.

And safe from harm.

But do we guard the love we’ve been given?

Do we protect it from harm?

Eagle-eye Helen found a surprise visitor to our backyard the other day as she watched over the grounds we dwell upon.

A delightful feathered friend,

who helped to remind us just how much

GOD LOVES US

as He watches over each of thee in this very same way!

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A visitor to North Star, the red-tailed falcon.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will [a]protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will [b]guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.  Psalm 121: 5-8

God is always watching over us!

He is our guardian and His eyes never miss anything that is going on in our life.

God’s eyes are always glued to us!

He never grows weary from observing us.

(And nothing He sees is going to make Him stop loving us.)

He will only watch all the more, in eager anticipation that we might see the love He desires to share, and choose (ourselves) to protect this endless-love from harm!

Today, may we take comfort in this truth and rest in His watchful eye!

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And remember to be grateful for those He sends to watch over us with Him!

hugs n’ blessings to all, as you place your trust in Him!

“I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust” (St. Faustina’s Diary, 1520).

Overcome with great longing for You!

“O my God, I am overcome with great longing for You today.  Oh, nothing else any longer occupies my heart.  There no longer contains anything for me.  O Jesus, how strongly I feel this exile, how very prolonged it is for me.  O death, messenger of God, when will you announce to me that longed-for moment, through which I will be united to my God forever?”

St. Faustina’s Diary (1573)

Today is the Feastday of my gal-pal-hero, St. Faustina Kowalska!

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Picture taken at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

I love this day.

I love the opportunity to be especially mindful of giving thanks for a Saint who has touched my heart, strenghtened my spiritual walk and lovingly taught me: “Jesus, I trust in You.”  I long to sit alone at some point today, with my God, and feel the smooth pages of St. Faustina’s Diary between my fingers; as my eyes rest in the words she left for us to comprehend God’s Mercy.

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My copy of St. Faustian’s Diary

This past August I visited the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  First class relics of both St. Faustina & Pope John Paul II are there.

The peace & joy I felt while praying before them is still with me.

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Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski (1950-1938) was a young member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland.  Born into a poor farming family, she had only two-and-a-half years of basic education, and so was assigned the humblest tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or garden.  However, she received extraordinary revelations from the Lord Jesus, proclaiming God’s loving message of Divine Mercy, which he instructed her to record.

To celebrate her feast day, may we all reflect on these beautiful quotes from her diary:

“I have found that the greatest power is hidden patience. I see that patience always leads to victory, although not immediately; but that victory will become manifest after many years.”

“O inconceivable goodness of God, which shields us at every step, may Your mercy be praised without cease.  That You became a brother to humans, not to angels, is a miracle of the unfathomable mystery of Your mercy.  All our trust is in You…”

“O Lamb of God, I do not know what to admire in You first:  Your gentleness, Your hidden life, the emptying of Yourself for the sake of man, or the constant miracle of Your mercy, which transforms souls and raises them up to eternal life.”

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The Divine Mercy Shrine Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Saint Maria Faustina, you told us that your mission would continue after your death and that you would not forget us. (Diary, 281,1582.)

Our Lord also granted you a great privilege, telling you to “distribute graces as you will, to whom you will, and when you will.” (Diary, 31.)

Relying on this, I ask your intercession for the graces I need, especially…

(here mention your special intentions)

Help me, above all, to trust in Jesus as you did and thus to glorify His mercy every moment of my life.  Amen.

hugs n’ blessings to all those with great longing in their hearts!

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Helen Kowalska, the best golden-retriever in the universe, would like to wish everyone a blessed & holy feastday of her namesake St. Faustina, (aka Helena Kowalska!)

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