Monday, June 29, 2009

Quote of the day: It's not all about me

As I had yawned through the psalmist's cry of anguish, someone out there could barely utter those same words through trembling lips and tear-stung eyes. I thought of all the people praying the Hours in that state, and for the first time was conscious of our deep connectedness as we prayed in unison as part of the mystical Body of Christ. I began offering my prayers for them, which then led me to expand my prayers to anyone else in the world who was in pain at that moment. As my heart swelled to think of the great drama playing out all over the world that morning of which I was only a small part, I thought back to my words at the beginning of the office -- "But this Psalm doesn't have anything to do with me!" -- and realized that I had learned something critically important about prayer: It's not all about me.

A lesson in prayer
by Jennifer at Conversion Diary

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quote of the Day: The way to love and happiness...

Filling oneself up with God—not money—is the way to love and happiness.

Patti Maguire Armstrong has written another great article for Catholic Exchange, Jon and Kate Plus 8 Minus God, that I pray Jon and Kate and all families will read.

I have never watched this show since I don't have cable, but I hear people talk about it quite often at work. Many times listening to those conversations I have wondered if this family has God in their lives. It is fairly obvious they don't, though.

Let's all add Jon and Kate plus 8 (and all families) to our prayer list that they may stay together and heal through the love of God.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Someone who...

Today we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. The following is a great reflection from Magnificat about why we recognize this day.

As I was reading I kept thinking, this is what spouses/parents/family members/friends are supposed to be for each other. We are to help one another grow closer to God and our ultimate destination—heaven. Most days we come up quite short (personally speaking!), but we need to keep hope and keep praying for God to help us become the (holy) people he intends us to be!

Why Do We Celebrate the Birth of John the Baptist?

The nativity of Saint John the Baptist is a sacred reminder of the fact that I need born in my life every day:

• someone who leaps with joy before the presence of the Lord making me want to live my own relationship with Jesus with greater ardor and fervor;

• someone to prepare the way of the Lord and to give me knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of my sins;

• someone who turns my attention away from my distractions and preconceptions so that I will behold the Lamb of God as the true desire of my heart;

• someone who models for me that there is no greater joy in my life than for Jesus to increase and for me to decrease, especially as regards my self-reliance, my self-assertion, my self-importance;

• someone who is a burning and shining lamp whose radiance gives light to my path and courage to my heart, making me want to live for others;

• someone so committed to the truth that he is willing to lay down his life for the Truth-become-flesh — witnessing to me that all true happiness comes through self-sacrifice;

• someone whose sanctity proclaims that there is no man born of woman greater than he is but that I can share his greatness if I love Jesus as he did.

In the tender compassion of our God, the Dawn from on high has broken upon us through the birth of John the Baptist.

Father Peter John Cameron, o.p.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Quote of the Day—Love them across

You can’t spout formulas or Scripture verses to most people. You can’t introduce them to a loving God unless you do what Jesus did: love them across. For so many people, life has splattered them all over the pavement. A ditch is a chasm - truly an abyss separating them from all happiness. They can’t get there by words alone, deeds are critical, loving deeds that give them the confidence to ask just the simplest question: do you love me Jesus? Until they get to that point all they see is the unsurpassable ditch.

I have learned from my horses that no tiny deed goes unnoticed. Every stroke, every word builds a relationship of trust. It cannot be rushed and it must be maintained. There must be from me, an absolute commitment to inconveniencing myself for their greater good. And, I have found, sticking to the truth of what horses are and what I am.

How much more should I be prepared to love those whom I find across that great divide that most find themselves? Every little deed, service, or word must add to the crossing of that bridge. If I focus on loving my fellow beings across the abyss to God’s love, then I have been able to accomplish the miraculous things Jesus promised.

From Loving Them Across

Friday, June 05, 2009

Good times, North Dakota style

Well, hello blogosphere, it's been a while!

I had a "dead" home computer for a couple of weeks, but that is back home and running again (for now). And I just have much more interest in being outside enjoying the weather these days instead of sitting in front of the computer when I don't have to. So, the blog gets slow and quiet. It's a refreshing summer break.

Anywho, I saw this article from the Wall Street Journal about the "good times" we are having in North Dakota that I thought I would share today. I like it when we get positive press around here since it doesn't happen often. I feel compelled to share it with the rest of the world so you don't think ND is all blizzards, cold and misery. It's really not! :)

Have a happy and blessed Friday and weekend!