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

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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

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

“[Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”   Leave a comment

This was my mother.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Mama’s death. She was Juanita Warren Landreth, born June 3, 1916, and died December 11, 2006.

For her funeral we had a handout in her honor with the following story inside:

A LITTLE PARABLE ABOUT MOTHERS

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. “Is the way long?” she asked. And the guide said: “Yes, And the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning”.

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed with them in the clear streams; and the young mother cried, “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this”.

Then night came, and storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, “Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come”. And the mother said: “This is better than the brightness of day, for I have taught my children courage.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary, but at all times she said to the children, “A little patience and we are there”. So the children climbed and when they reached the top they said, “Mother, we would not have done it without you”.

And the mother, when she lay down that night, looked up at the stars and said: ” This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today I have given them strength.”

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth – clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: ” Look up, Lift your eyes to the light”. And the children looked and saw above the clouds of Everlasting Glory, and it guided them and brought them beyond darkness. And that night the mother said, “This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God”.

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old, and was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was hard, they helped their mother; and when the way was rough, they lifted her; for she was as light as a feather, and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.

And the mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them”. And the children said, “You always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: “We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence”.

-Temple Bailey

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Posted December 13, 2017 by ouidaofs in Family, Love

A TALE OF TWO TREES   Leave a comment

            In the fall of 2015 I planted two very small trees in my yard –  a red crepe myrtle and a vitex or chaste tree –  and was so excited for what would be in the spring.  Shortly after, the cows got into my yard during the night and chewed on the chaste tree and trampled it until there was only a nub remaining.  I was so upset, but then the next spring, I could see life in the little nub.  Sprouts of new growth appeared, and that summer there were blooms and bees.  It is now the spring of 2017, and I checked on the chaste tree this morning.  It is healthy and continues to grow.  I know it is going to be a beautiful tree.

Vitex or Chaste Tree

The red crepe myrtle also was healthy and growing the spring of 2016.

Then construction began late that year on my new house.  Towards the end of construction in 2017, a big truck backed into my yard for a delivery and ran over the red crepe myrtle, ripping off tender little limbs.  I checked on it this morning, and the story is the same as the chaste tree.  There is new life, and this tree also will be fine, perhaps better than before.

 

Jesus reminds me this morning that we too must be rooted and grounded in God’s love, receiving his love and returning love and adoration to him.  If we would but do this then, no matter what sorrows and tragedies we may experience, this love of receiving and returning will heal and restore us to new life.  We are able to overcome all things in full knowledge that God is in us and we are in Him. Also, acts of mercy will flow from our hearts spontaneously.  As a Franciscan, I believe it is so important to BE before we try to DO.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:14-21.

Posted April 11, 2017 by ouidaofs in Love, Prayer

Africa   Leave a comment

 

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in, 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, “Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you”
It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what’s right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become
It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you
It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(Ah, gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
Africa lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Posted March 20, 2017 by ouidaofs in Love

The Bright Field   Leave a comment

Early morning 6 am

“The Bright Field”
“I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the burning bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.”

Source:  R. S. Thomas

Posted February 25, 2016 by ouidaofs in Joy, Love, The Tree of Life

The River Over Which Every Soul Must Pass   Leave a comment

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Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí

And I saw the river over which every soul must pass to reach the kingdom of heaven and the name of that river was suffering and I saw a boat which carries souls across the river and the name of that boat was love.

St. John of the Cross

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Drawing by St. John of the Cross

Posted November 12, 2015 by ouidaofs in Joy, Love, Peace, Suffering

Only Love Can Win   Leave a comment

Don’t try to win over the haters. You are not the man-eating tiger whisperer. Only love can win over the haters, and who is love? Only God is love and only he can fill you with his love to win over hate.

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There is a battle going on today between natural law and the dictatorship of relativism. The moral or natural law, John Paul II affirms, “has its origin in God and always finds its source in him.” Relativism has its source in the individual ego. Relativism allows one to be “tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine.” “We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.” (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Dean of the College of Cardinals, April 2005.)

Who are the haters? They are to be found in both the right-wing and the left-wing. Both are vicious, and their aim is to slay you if you have an opposite viewpoint. I have had a couple of encounters with both.

Speaking for myself, there is no way to have a good discussion on most or many areas of Christian beliefs and morals with a left-wing person who is basing his thought on moral relativism (which is ultimately based on the person’s ego). Try as one might, there are few or no “connectors” present. Also, there is no way to have a faith discussion with a right-wing fundamentalist who often has been taught a distorted view of the Gospel by someone who is ill-informed.

The only time I have gone to battle with a right-wing fundamentalist, she came back with viciously hateful retorts to which I responded calmly with Biblically based quotations from the Catholic Catechism or the Bible (fighting fire with fire). Ultimately she seemed to give up as she stopped responding. By the way, I was defending Rick Warren on FaceBook. Remember the teachings of Ephesian 6: 10-17. Also an excelent read: The Splendor of Truth: http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_06081993_veritatis-splendor.html

Posted July 1, 2015 by ouidaofs in Love, Relativism

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