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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

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

What is Prayer?   Leave a comment

WHAT IS PRAYER?

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. [St. Teresa of Lisieux]

 

Prayer as God’s gift

2559 “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.”2 But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or “out of the depths” of a humble and contrite heart?3 He who humbles himself will be exalted;4 humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,”5 are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. “Man is a beggar before God.”6

2560 “If you knew the gift of God!”7 The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.8

2561 “You would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”9 Paradoxically our prayer of petition is a response to the plea of the living God: “They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water!”10 Prayer is the response of faith to the free promise of salvation and also a response of love to the thirst of the only Son of God.11

(Source:  Catechism of the Catholic Church.
http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p4s1.htm#2558)

Mary - Magnificat

Primary Source:  Formed

Posted February 14, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catholicism, Lent, Prayer

Prayer of Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman   Leave a comment

“My God, you know infinitely better than I how little I love you. I would not love you at all except for your grace. It is your grace that has opened the eyes of my mind and enabled them to see your glory. It is your grace that has touched my heart and brought upon it the influence of what is so wonderfully beautiful and fair . . . O my God, whatever is nearer to me than you, things of this earth, and things more naturally pleasing to me, will be sure to interrupt the sight of you, unless your grace interferes. Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart from any such miserable tyranny. Break my bonds—raise my heart. Keep my whole being fixed on you. Let me never lose sight of you; and, while I gaze on you, let my love of you grow more and more everyday.”

— Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Posted June 15, 2017 by ouidaofs in Prayer

The Peace of Wild Things   Leave a comment

Posted June 15, 2017 by ouidaofs in Peace, Prayer, Uncategorized

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

Prayer of Blessed John Henry Newman   Leave a comment

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 connection 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.
Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—still He knows what He is about.
SOURCE: John Henry Newman

Posted January 29, 2017 by ouidaofs in Blessed John Henry Newman, Prayer

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas   Leave a comment

Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As one sick I come to the Physician of life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to the Light of eternal splendor; poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I beg of You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal my weakness, wash my uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I thus receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, with such reverence and humility, contrition and devotion, purity and faith, purpose and intention, as shall aid my soul’s salvation.

Grant, I beg of You, that I may receive not only the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also its full grace and power. Give me the grace, most merciful God, to receive the Body of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, in such a manner that I may deserve to be intimately united with His mystical Body and to be numbered among His members. Most loving Father, grant that I may behold for all eternity face to face Your beloved Son, whom now, on my pilgrimage, I am about to receive under the sacramental veil, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

~St. Thomas Aquinas

Posted January 29, 2017 by ouidaofs in Prayer, St. Thomas Aquinas

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