It’s a Women’s Thing!

Hello, friends!

Recently, I was asked to deliver a presentation for the Women in our Parish regarding adult female friendship and the importance of female friendship in a woman’s life.

But before I go any further in this post I must explain a few things about myself.

In no particular order: I’m a wife, a mother, an Oma, and a lover of God. I’m a blogger, a crocheter, and I am an encourager – a real people cheerleader. (GO PEOPLE!)

And I’m also a reader, who especially enjoys reading to the littles out-loud!

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All about Helen!

It’s been a dynamic liturgical week as we celebrated several beautiful Saints!

None more special to me than my gal-pal, St. Faustina Kowlaska – who I have included in many, many, many, many posts in this bloggity-blog-say-I-space! A few of my favorites have been…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow , Do you hear my prayers, Lord?, and Super Paw Star!

Along with the one I have reblogged below…..

This morning, following the completion of Morning Mass which celebrated her Feast Day, I spent some quiet time before the Lord with her cherished Diary in hand taking time to pray with some favorite passages written by her.

I share just a few with you now – in hopes they deliver a special message to your own heart, as well.

(1440) When we began to share the wafer, a sincere and mutual love reigned among us. Mother Superior (Irene) expressed this wish to me: “Sister, the works of God proceed slowly, so do not be in a hurry.”

(1445)In the greatest torments of soul I am always alone, but no – not alone, for I am with You, Jesus; but here I am speaking about (other) people. None of them under-stands my heart, but this does not surprise me anymore, whereas I used to be surprised when my intentions were condemned and wrongly interpreted, no , this does not surprise me now at all. People do not know how to perceive the soul. They see the body, and they judge according to the body. But as distant as heaven is from earth, so distant are God’s thoughts from our thoughts.

(1446) The Lord said to me, It should be of no concern to you how anyone else acts: you are to be My living reflection, through love and mercy. I answered, “Lord, but they often take advantage of my goodness.” That makes no difference, My daughter. That is no concern of yours. As for you, be always merciful toward other people, and especially toward sinners.

(1447) Oh, how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls, and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I want to lavish My graces on them, and they do not want to accept them. They treat Me as a dead object, whereas My Heart is full of love and mercy.

St. Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Notebook V Entries 1440-1447

Today and every day may we confidently remember to proclaim…

Jesus, I trust in You.

Saint Faustina, graced by a special communion with God, pray for us.

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Today is the Feast Day of my gal-pal, St. Faustina!!!!  

(aka: Helen Kowalska before taking her vows as a Sister of Our Lady of Mercy!)

And oh, how I love her!❤️

We have even named our dog after Helen Kowalska! Our dog’s name is…Helen Kowalska too!

In 2014 as I began reading St. Faustina’s personal Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, I had no idea the spiritual growth I would experience from the written experience of her life-lived out.  But today I lift up prayers of gratitude for all I have gained through her example! God has moved me forward, in many aspects, as He clarified for me during that time spent reading her Diary, what it means to love beyond measure…regardless of the burdens or sorrows that may come. She continues to guide me and remind me that everyone deserves mercy!

I will always be grateful for this gift and the immense peace which has remained…

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with heaven in view

“One of the characteristics of the Christian is inward joy. Even under difficult circumstances, there will be a joyful heart and a radiant face. Unfortunately, many Christians go around with droopy faces that give no outshining glory to God. A true Christian should be relaxed and radiant, capable of illuminating and not depressing his surrounding.

I have found in my travels that those who keep Heaven in view remain serene and cheerful on the darkest day. In all ages people have found it possible to maintain the spirit of joy in the hour of trial.

There are times when I feel I don’t have joy, and I get on my knees and say, “Lord, where is the fruit of the Spirit of joy in my life?” I find that the joy is there down deep – it is a deep river.

Whatever the circumstance, there IS a river of JOY!”

Billy Graham

What really is joy?

What are the times in which you have experienced real joy?

Are joy and happiness the same thing?

hugs n’ blessings for JOY LIVED OUT LOUD!