Archive for July 2013

The Beginning of Love   Leave a comment

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” – Fr Thomas Merton

Posted July 29, 2013 by ouidaofs in Love

The Pope at Rio – Mass and Angelus for the WYD   Leave a comment

Posted July 28, 2013 by ouidaofs in Francis I, Mass, World Youth Day

Sister Mary Veronica Miceli, O.P.   Leave a comment

October 13, 1929 – March 12, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana

What wonderful memories I have of Sr. Veronica. I smile at the mention of her name as encounters with her, whether at a conference, retreat, in her office, at the grocery store or the last time, at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, always was an experience of joy and laughter. She was a great teacher, filled with the Holy Spirit and love of our Lord. She was a fun person, and I see her dancing eyes before me now. Eternal rest, grant unto Sr. Veronica, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.


Sister Mary Veronica Miceli, O.P., age 83 and in her 65th year of religious profession, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. Sister Mary Veronica was born Marie Margaret Miceli in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was a life-long resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the daughter of the late Samuel A. Miceli, Sr. and Josephine Perino Miceli, and sister of the late Angelo J. Miceli. Sister Mary Veronica earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Mary’s Dominican College, a Master’s Degree in History from St. Louis University, and a Ph. D. in History from Tulane University. After professing her vows as a Dominican Sister in 1948, Sister taught at elementary schools in Cottonport, Reserve, Bunkie and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thereafter, Sister Mary Veronica was a long-time, beloved history teacher at Dominican High School and a professor of history at Dominican College. Following her retirement from teaching, Sister dedicated herself to other ministries for many years, including giving retreats and days of recollection across Louisiana and particularly at the Dominican Retreat House in Rosaryville, Louisiana and the Center for Jesus Christ the Lord in New Orleans; acting as liaison to the Dominican Laity; and serving on the Archdiocese of New Orleans Metropolitan Tribunal for annulments. Sister brought joyful exuberance to every aspect of her life and to everyone she met, and had a special love of the Blessed Mother. She enjoyed food and travel, especially her many trips to Italy and Medjugorje, often in the company of her beloved parents. Sister is survived by her brother, Samuel A. Miceli, Jr., whom she adored, and many devoted nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and many loving friends.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Leo A. Nicoll, S.J. at Lake Lawn Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, La. 70124 on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:00 o’clock a.m., followed by interment in Metairie Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 o’clock a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Centre for Padre Pio, Inc., 111 Barto Road, Barto, PA 19504

Posted July 19, 2013 by ouidaofs in Holy Spirit, Joy, Peace, Prayer

Tears of God Is Here   Leave a comment

I have marked in my Bible a very special date at Sirach 2.  The date is May 8, 1992.  I was a Protestant at the time but in the process of seeking information for an annulment so that I might be accepted to convert to the Catholic Church.  I made an appointment with Sr. Veronica Miceli, O.P, as she was a friend and served the Archdiocese of New Orleans for annulments.  When I arrived in her office, she called to say that she was delayed in traffic on the North Shore from New Orleans.  I told her that I would wait.

I felt that I was in a very holy place early on, as I waited, and could sense a stong presence of the Holy Spirit.  Sister’s Bible was in front of me on her desk so I decided to read, opening to the Sirach passage below.  Immediately I felt overwhelmed with God’s presence within me and began to pour out my heart with tears and tears and more tears.  These were not tears of sadness or joy but tears of God is here.

Such was the state I was in when Sister arrived, and we both realized that she was meant to be late because God was on time.

Trust in God

My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials.

Be sincere of heart and steadfast, and do not be impetuous in time of adversity.

Cling to him, do not leave him, that you may prosper in your last days.

Accept whatever happens to you; in periods of humiliation be patient.

For in fire gold is tested, and the chosen, in the crucible of humiliation.

Trust in God, and he will help you; make your ways straight and hope in him.

You that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy, do not stray lest you fall.

Sirach 2:1-7,

New American Bible, revised edition

Posted July 19, 2013 by ouidaofs in Convert, Holy Spirit, Prayer

BREATH ON ME, BREATH OF GOD   Leave a comment


by Edwin Hatch, 1879, Public Domain

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew, That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Posted July 8, 2013 by ouidaofs in Music, Prayer

Psalm 103   Leave a comment

Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness

Of David.

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and do not forget all his benefits—

3 who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the Pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good as long as you livea

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


6 The Lord works vindication

and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always accuse,

nor will he keep his anger forever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far he removes our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion for his children,

so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

14 For he knows how we were made;

he remembers that we are dust.


15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;

they flourish like a flower of the field;

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

and its place knows it no more.

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

on those who fear him,

and his righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep his covenant

and remember to do his commandments.

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,

and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his bidding,

obedient to his spoken word.

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

his ministers that do his will.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works,

in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.


July 1, 2013

Every Catholic in the world should try to set aside up to five minutes a day to meditate on the words of Psalm 102, [Psalm 103] Pope Francis said at morning Mass today.

In his homily in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, he said: “Pray all of this psalm and with this we learn the things we must say to the Lord when we request a grace. ‘You who are Merciful and forgiving, grant me this grace:’ just as Abraham did and as Moses did.”


Posted July 3, 2013 by ouidaofs in Francis I, Prayer, Uncategorized

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