Holy -Be Holy

I remember hearing that holy meant being set apart. Wahla you are holy, I am holy because God has called us to Himself, and set us apart.

Words are very powerful. I remember being told I was stupid, ugly and wouldn’t amount to anything.

Imagine believing that crap and then God comes along and says “I am wonderfully made” psalm 139:14

Positive words I take them with me in prayer. It doesn’t stop bad days but leads to hope for a better day. It doesn’t stop others from saying negative things but makes it easy to forgive them because they really don’t know.

God is good and holy and I am His child.

More reflection needed.

Praying through survivor mode

Walking to work the other day I was thinking how my prayer has often been getting through something. I am a survivor and my prayer would be that call for help to get me through.

I am sure God is ok with my prayers in every stage because I am talking to Him. Keeping God close by is how I survived.

Sometimes with survival we are called to help others survive, sometimes we allow others to help us — God’s relationship with us brings us into relationships with others because we are all part of the bigger picture.

Not sure when my prayer changed to surrender and ok God we’re in this together- and even if I don’t survive you with be with me so I am good with whatever. Let me live in the present moment, let me be of service to You Lord.

I remember my friend’s daughter who had breast cancer and told her mom “if God brought me to it, He will get me through it”. She died peacefully knowing God had the best plan for her, even though it meant leaving her husband and children.

I hope to be with God in this present moment so that I can be with Him for all eternity.

Thinking and praying and hoping and knowing God’s in this moment with me.

Offering it up with an attitude of praise (gratitude)

Offer it up if someone hurt us, Jesus did exactly that on the cross. Died for all of us even though we turned our back on God. It isn’t a matter of deciding what someone deserves, it is a matter of obedience and sharing in giving mercy, like the Christ we want to follow.

Offer it up if we experience pain, scripture tells us to join it to the cross. Maybe there is a healing plan, maybe the plan is to give it to God for the sake of mercy. As a total surrender in trusting in Him.

Offer it up if we don’t have all we want, if we have Christ we have all we need.

Be grateful for those who hurt us and allowed us to share mercy. Those who made us a little stronger and a little more like Jesus who loves all.

Be grateful for our weaknesses that continually bring us to Christ, He who fills every void.

Be grateful for what we don’t have, because we are given strength to know Jesus is enough.

My thoughts as I woke up this morning.

Thankful, grateful for all the gifts God pours out each day and the includes even the crosses that bring me closer to Him.

ps. Grateful for all those who have shown mercy and love to me.

Heaven

Jesus is the answer!

I was reflecting this morning on when someone dies people saying things like now they know why or now they know what happened —

I believe when I get to heaven that I will see Jesus – the love will be so overwhelming that I won’t need to know anything else. There will be no need for details but a time to celebrate the present moment. The moment of being with Jesus. The moment of being filled with His love.

I believe that is why I choose to forgive now. Because heaven isn’t about whining about the hurts, it’s about love, peace, mercy. Jesus died for all and heaven will include sinners like myself. I am not the judge, can’t be upset about those who received God’s mercy because I am only going to make it to heaven because of mercy.

Jesus is the answer, the answer is I am loved, you are loved! Grateful for mercy!

That’s my thought for the day! Always reflecting and always praying!

Memory Lane

This morning I was at the 7:30am mass at Holy Redeemer (since I spent the night in Webster with my friend’s dog).    I always liked that mass, maybe because I am a morning person and maybe because there’s no music I can have quiet time or sing in my head the songs that come to me.  This morning the song that came to me was Center of My Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GPtRrkMonc)    —   Then my memory went to a mass at Our Lady of the Snows in the 80’s –  it was one of those resurrection God’s moments – “O Lordyou are the center of my life: I will always praise youI will always serve youI will always keep you in my sight.” – a moment of taking the words to heart.   Holy Redeemer is a great memory of all my Cursillo friends, and in Cursillo “God moments or moments of awareness of God’s presence” was part of the Cursillo method or spirituality.

Another song that came to mind is one I made up in my 20’s for my prayer time.

“Lord tell me what to do, Lord I want to follow you, I know it will cost me everything but this I am willing to do, I want to follow you”

Memory in the Eucharistic prayer is not just remembering, it makes present the Paschal Mysteries.   A sad memory and happy memory all in one.  Sad that Jesus had to die but grateful for His mercy on this Divine Mercy Sunday!

I believe much of my own inner healing and my ability to forgive quickly comes from that memory of what Jesus did for all.  And receiving His body and blood in the Eucharist gives me the grace.   I can take any memory, even a painful one and see that Jesus was there with me all the time.

PRAYING THIS MORNING FOR MERCY, ON THE WHOLE WORLD!

The Divine Mercy message is simple (http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/)

A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

As always, need to reflect more —  Am I keeping God in my sight, am I praising Him, am I serving Him?      Have I asked for Mercy lately,  who do I need to show mercy to, do I completely trust in Jesus?

 

Holy Week – Good Friday!

Imagine Jesus walking to Calvary and His mother following to be near to her child. I don’t think any mom in that situation would call it “Good Friday”.

Both Jesus and His Mother accepted it as God’s will.

We call it “Good Friday” because our sins were forgiven and the gates to heaven open to us.

We should all have joy in knowing the possibility of eternal life was a gift to us.

We shouldn’t hold grudges but we do. The pain they caused was too much and so very easy to not forgive. We have 100 + reasons why this person is not worthy to be forgiven.

But Jesus died for everyone and Jesus can forgive all sins. It’s what made Good Friday good.

Have a Good Friday – be willing to let God and Mother Mary walk with you, as you know heaven is possible for everyone. Let Go of anger, let go of resentment, let go of hurt, let go so we may all be at peace.

More reflection necessary!

From the Diary of St Faustina

Good Friday begins the Divine Mercy novena

http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/novena.php