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A Skunk Came Walking By   Leave a comment

By Ouida Tomlinson, OFS

A skunk came walking by last night,

traveling east and leaving his stinky smell behind.

Time passed.  I thought about the skunk – I thought about me.

I thought about my quickly passing life.

Like the skunk, I too travel east,

but seeking God’s grace and sweet fragrance to cover my sometimes stinky self.

How can I explain to my priest why I overslept this Easter morning?

How will I explain that I could not sleep because a skunk came walking by?



Posted April 1, 2018 by ouidaofs in Easter, God

Prayers for the Florida School Shooting Victims – February 14, 2018   Leave a comment

Angel carrying child
O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Eternal rest, grant unto all the victims
of the Florida school shooting, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
surround the families and friends of the victims
with your love, your comfort and your peace.  Amen

Posted February 15, 2018 by ouidaofs in Death, God, Grief, Love, Peace, Prayer

Even When God Is Silent   Leave a comment


I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when feeling it not.
I believe in God even when God is silent.

(Holocaust Cantata – Arranged by Donald McCullough)

Posted February 10, 2018 by ouidaofs in God, Holocaust, Jewish People

Permeated with the Goodness of God   Leave a comment

Bonaventure highlights the idea that the one who dwells in Christ dwells in the other, because the fullness of who we are in Christ can only be found in the other. The difference of the other, therefore, was not an obstacle for Francis in his search for God but rather a celebration of God. For he found his own identity in God and he found God in the fragile, wounded flesh of his brothers and sisters. It is prayer, according to Bonaventure, that impelled Francis to see the world with new vision, a contemplative vision that penetrated the depths of reality. The world became Francis’ cloister because he found it to be permeated with the goodness of God.

~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer

Posted December 31, 2014 by ouidaofs in Bonaventure, God, Saint Francis


More than a million people crowded the public square of the capital city of communist Poland where God and Christianity were illegal. It was June 1979, and they had gathered to see the recently elected Polish pope, John Paul II. The video of this scene and this day is a cause for joy and a cause for falling on our knees. We know beyond all things that the Holy Spirit was present that day within John Paul II and was moving across the people and filling their hearts. As for the atheist communists – well – there was nothing they could do as God was in control.

Someone shouted, “We want God,” and soon the chant was taken up by the million voices: “We want God. We want God. We want God.” Thus the fall of communism moved forward across Eastern Europe and Russia, and the Berlin wall came down in 1989. It is all history now, so we turn to the present day in the United States.

The United States is on a downward slide in the world, and the news is dominated with hate, violence, corruption, immorality, and evil. Secularism and relativism continue to rise throughout our country and the world. There is a denial, indifference or lukewarmness towards God and the Christian faith, along with the loss of values and character. Age-old sins are manifested as the result of pride and the pursuit of pleasure, possessions and power.

Do we want God? Do we want God? Then we must stand and say so. We must preach the Gospel by the way we live, knowing that God formed us for Himself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Him and Him alone.

creation of man - Michaelanelo - good

Posted December 6, 2014 by ouidaofs in Blessed John Paul II, God, Relativism

Saint Francis Would Say

In a world where there is no animal abuse or neglect and where people show love and kindness to animals, there also is no child abuse and people love and value children, they honor life from conception to natural death, abortion ends and violence ceases.  There is peace and justice on earth, love of God and love of neighbor.  It is the Reign of God.

An Evening Prayer for the Dog in the Shelter

The Old Ones

Posted February 26, 2012 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, God

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