The Soul’s Desire

“I have shown you, dearest daughter, that in this life guilt is not atoned for by any suffering simply as suffering, but rather by suffering borne with desire, love, and contrition of heart.  The value is not in the suffering but in the soul’s desire. Likewise, neither desire nor any other virtue has value or life except through my only-begotten Son, Christ crucified, since the soul has drawn love from him and in virtue follows his footsteps.  In this way and in no other is suffering of value. “

Source:  Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue

“Paradise regained – to walk in the garden, naked, unashamed, hand and hand with God just as He intended.”  Source:  Patty Palmer, OFS

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you and with true sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine.  Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will.  Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You.

Protect me in the midst of danger, comfort me in my afflictions, give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.  Amen.

The Christmas Story   Leave a comment

Posted December 24, 2019 by ouidaofs in Christmas

Gems Among Us: Bobbye Maggio persevered in dealing with husband’s dementia   Leave a comment

By Bill Currie

Nov 2, 2019

Bobbye Maggio 2019

Bobbye Maggio endured an eight-year journey as her husband battled dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But endurance is not her full story – faith made it more.

Maggio, a longtime Bay St. Louis resident, recently shared her experiences and struggles.

“I met Henry in New Orleans in my senior year in nursing school and he was a junior in medical school,” Bobbye said. “We married when I graduated and then life began.”

Henry Maggio’s story of accomplishments is long and admirable. Degrees in pharmacy, medicine and psychiatry meant he had impacted thousands of lives. His drive and intellect were attributes looked up to, which made his descent into dementia especially sorrowful for the people who knew him.

“He was 77 years old before he had to ride in the back of a police car,” Bobbye recalled. “The ride came as a result of his wandering away in the middle of the night. It took almost three hours to find him. Then, there he was smiling, flashlight in hand, getting out of the patrol car.

“He was fully dressed, a slim man, in his polo shirt and jeans, looking absolutely normal and trying to explain where he had been. In his hand, he held an appointment card for his next visit to the dentist. Being a person who was hardly ever late, he wanted to make sure that he did not miss his appointment.”

Only one in four people with Alzheimer’s disease have been diagnosed, according to studies.

“The disease of dementia does not rush in with a marching band and balloons. Rather, it comes in as (poet Carl) Sandburg would say, ‘on little cat feet.’ Oh, there are sideways glimpses as the disease begins to bubble up from time to time, glimpses that a person can blame on the aging process or dismiss as ‘senior moments’ until the truth crashes in with absolute clarity and you can’t deny it anymore,” she said.

It was a speech – out of context and inappropriate – that Henry gave at a reunion for the Loyola pharmacy’s Class of 1957 that spurred Bobbye to attend Henry’s next physical exam and demand tests to be run. A month after a battery of exams, Bobbye’s suspicions were confirmed.

“I dreaded the diagnosis so much that my mind immediately, involuntarily, wondered what other terminal diagnosis might be better. Dementia is a long, steady march of decline and suffering for the patient and his or her loved ones. It is a cross no one would choose, but we, of course, do not get to choose – God is in charge.”

Bobbye is a convert to Catholicism, a decision she made at the age of 15 growing up in Jackson. She smiles as she tells of her spiritual growth over her 58-year marriage to Henry.

“That was just a beautiful season in my life of Henry and I working together with Bible studies and men’s groups and church groups and youth retreats and speaking at Catholic Youth Organization conventions. Henry did tremendous work with his faith and his practice and God just used us and that was a beautiful season, and then the decade of the disaster started in my life.”

“The day I was in my little house and I had to put bicycle chains on my door with padlocks from the inside because Henry ran away, I was having a little pity party saying, ‘Oh, here I am in my 70s, just distraught, and I’m trapped in this little house with a husband that cannot make a sentence.’ ”

“Then the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘I want you to look around and I want you to begin to see this little enclosed space that I put you in as an enclosed garden where I can speak to your heart and where you can learn things about yourself I need to reveal to you, and you can learn more about me that you need to know. I want you to not complain, not to have your little pity parties because everybody else is getting to go and do and be.’ ”

Bobbye said she realizes that the main lesson of that is that trial comes to everybody.

“Pain comes to everybody but He’s taught me, you’re not alone. You cannot be abandoned. So, I’m beginning to walk in a different light as far as Henry being gone now and I have time and I’m beginning to get back into things I think He wants me to do.

“I do try to do things in the community but by and large my push, my passion is trying to say to somebody, ‘I’m on the way to the Father’s house. Come and go with me.’”

Nearly a decade of endurance is behind Bobbye now and the hope is the sorrowful memories will fade and the memories of the man who accomplished so much in his life will remain strong and treasured.

Bobbye relates tenderly and with pride, “When he passed last year I can’t tell you how many people came out of the woodwork to say, ‘You don’t know me but I just want you to know your husband saved my life.’ ”

Bobbye & Henry Magio 2012

Posted November 5, 2019 by ouidaofs in Death of spouse

TAIZE SERVICE   Leave a comment


In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice!
Look to God, do not be afraid; lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near. (Repeat.)

PSALM: PSALM 121 (by reader)
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From whence does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved,
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade
on your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and for ever more.



Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall
be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men
persecuted the prophets who were before you.

How blessed are you who are poor,
The Kingdom of God is yours,
How blessed are you who are poor,
The Kingdom of God is yours. (Repeat.)

I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives
in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God
who has loved me and given himself up for me. Galatians 2:19b-20.

Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom. (Repeat.)


All sing at each pause: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine.

LEADER: Jesus Christ, born in humility to raise up the humble,
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine

LEADER: You lived among us, healing the sick, proclaiming Good News to the poor and freedom to prisoners,
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine

LEADER: Jesus, you are kind and forgiving, you carry for us all that is more than we can bear,
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine

LEADER: Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you call all who toil and are burdened,
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine

LEADER: You came to loose the chains of every captivity, friend of the poor, bread of hungry hearts,
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine

LEADER: You came into the world not to be served but to serve and give your life.
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine

LEADER: Jesus, by your resurrection from the dead you live forever, to walk with us on the road to your Father and our Father.
All sing: O, O, O, Adoramus te Domine



O Christ, you take upon yourself all our burdens
so that free of all that weighs us down,
we can constantly begin anew to walk with lightened step,
from worry towards trusting,
from the shadows towards the clear flowing water,
from our own will towards the vision of the coming Kingdom.
And then we know, though we had hardly dared hope it,
That you offer to make every human being a reflection of your face.

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life. (Repeat.)

Posted October 20, 2019 by ouidaofs in Taize

God Has Created Me   Leave a comment

From writings of Blessed John Henry Newman

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his—if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.


Posted September 13, 2019 by ouidaofs in Blessed John Henry Newman

9/11 – Before, During and After (sensitive footage)   Leave a comment

Posted September 11, 2019 by ouidaofs in 9-11


“We landed in a town of 9,000.  They took in 7,000 of us from 90 countries for 9 days…It was more than kindness.  They were all about compassion.  They engaged in the suffering of all of us,” remembered Kevin Tuerff, who was one of the thousands of passengers, whose flight was diverted on September 11, 2001, to an airport outside tiny Gander, Newfoundland.

Tuerff and former American Airlines pilot Beverly Bass joined Fox and Friends, nearly 18 years after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania changed America and the world forever.  On that day, the United States shut down its airspace for the first time in history and 38 commercial aircraft were forced to land in one small Canadian town.


Beverly Bass, the first female captain at American Airlines, was at the helm of Flight 49, going from Paris to Dallas-Fort Worth, when she was ordered to change her flight path.  The story of Bass and the hundreds of people on her plane inspired the Tony-award winning musical “Come From Away” that is now playing around the world from Broadway to Melbourne, Australia.

The new Fox Nation documentary, “Runway of Hope: A 9/11 Story”, re-examines everything that happened during those 5 days in September 2001, including new interviews and rare photos and home-videos from the stranded passengers, pilots, and crew.

In the documentary, Bass recalled receiving the first terrifying reports of a terrorist attack in New York York and how she decided to pass on that information to the passengers.

“We were ordered to land immediately in Gander, Newfoundland.  And as airline pilots, we don’t normally get orders…I had made up my mind that I wanted to tell the truth, but I didn’t want to tell too much, because I didn’t want to cause havoc in the back of the airplane,” said Bass.

On the ground in Gander, things were moving fast, as the town authorities quickly realized the scope of the emergency.

Don O’Brien, Air Traffic Controller, NAV Canada remembered, “We quickly rushed in like we had a real crisis on our hands.  And it was happening now, not tomorrow, not 6 or 7 hours away. But now.”

“The first thing I did as Mayor was declare a state of emergency.  And by declaring a state of emergency it gave me access to everything in town – realizing that we only have 500 hotel rooms and we got 7,000 people,” recounted former Mayor of Gander, Claude Elliott.

Gander is located on the island of Newfoundland, which lies in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Maine and Novia Scotia.  The town and airport were built by the U.S. military during World War II as a waystation for planes flying to Europe.

Gander, Newfoundland

Gander, Newfoundland

Bass said, “There had been that many planes in Gander at one time, but it was during World War II, and they were all smaller airplanes.  So never ever in the history of Gander had their been 38 wide-body jumbo jets landing in a three-hour time frame.”

After landing the aircraft, the most pressing challenge for the locals was caring for the 7,000 souls that literally fell into their laps, and that was when the real beauty of this true story is revealed.

Longtime Gander resident, Beujah Cooper, recalled, “When I heard that there was a planeload coming in, the first thing I said was ‘Thank God they are coming here, because I know that they will be looked after.’”

“We contacted every church, every organization, every school.  ‘How many can you take?’  And that’s when we started to put the plan in place and started transporting people,” said former Mayor Elliott.


The then-exhausted and uncertain pilot, Beverly Bass, who just landed in a town that no-one had ever heard of, remembered,  “We walked into the terminal… And it was lined with tables and tables of cooked food. It told me that every stove in Gander had been turned on all night long, because they made enough food to feed 7,000 passengers and they only have a population of 9,400.”

To see the entire inspiring true story of Gander, including what happened when some American passengers were told after 5 days that they could leave Gander, but they couldn’t immediately return to the United States, go to Fox Nation and watch “Runway of Hope: The 9/11 Story”.

Posted September 11, 2019 by ouidaofs in 9-11

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI for 9-11   Leave a comment

A Prayer for 9/11
Below is the prayer Pope Benedict XVI offered on 4/20/08, during his visit to the site of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.
O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here—the heroic first responders: our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.
We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. Amen

Posted September 11, 2019 by ouidaofs in Prayer

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