The Serenity Prayer
- “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
- courage to change the things I can;
- and wisdom to know the difference.”
The Serenity Prayer
we attend to the things
about life that
Prayer is first and
and this relationship fills
our life with meaning
is not so much an
exercise of piety as
it is an exchange
I will sing praise for all you have done for me.
Fill my heart as I hunger for you-put my mind with your wisdom and truth.
Father, make me a river. Come living water, flow through me. You are, the one I thirst for; Come living water, flow through me!
You are, the one I thirst for; Come living water flow through me!
Guide every step I take
Fill every word I speak
Touch the world with my hands, they are yours.
Let my love show the lost you are the Lord.
Let the River Flow
Make me a River!
Let the River Flow
Make me a River!”
“Love has not met a lost cause.”
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace:
where there is hatred let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon,
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master grant that I may no so
much seek to be comforted as to comfort,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
Because it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Jesus Taken Down from the Cross
Receive me into they arms, O Sorrowful Mother; and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.
Jesus Laid in the Sepulchre
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body. Amen
“Jesus, Mary, I love You, Save Souls”
“Jesus, Mary, I love You, Save Souls”
The Second Fall of Jesus
By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.
Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem
My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: “Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much.”
Third Fall of Jesus
O Jesus! When weary upon life’s long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.
Warmth, a touch, a hug, sunrise, smile, a wave, Saying Hello, a wink, a glance, a helping hand, train whistle, a toot! A bark, squirming, toes, being alone, fire in our hearts, Our Lord, a helping hand, a moment to listen to someone, talking to the lonely, holding the door for someone, a thank you, I love you, Sorry Please pardon me, back of the line, being stealth, a veteran, children, an old man, scars, wounds, Casting Crowns, Bee Gee’s, an outstretch hand, scraped knee, not afraid, humility, understanding, Believing, Life, Doing the right thing, Family, friendship, prayer, Lighting Bugs! and
Just a sampling! Carry it with you always.
I abandon myself into your hands;
Do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
And in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
For I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
To surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence.,
For you are my Father.
Charles de Foucauld
Jesus Condemmed to Death
O Jesus! So meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignations in trials.
Jesus Carries His Cross
My Jesus, this cross should be mine, not Thine; my sins crucified Thee.
Our Lord Falls the First Time
O Jesus! By this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.
is always the bravest.
is the strongest.
is the happiest.
It seems in today’s world, those simple words maybe be lost, and may be gone in so many life situations. And, when one reflects on all the meanings of Love, one can see how integral it is in all parts of our life.
We see the lack of love every day manifested in road rage and in our political arena, but more importantly, in our own dialogue with others. Difference of opinions are no longer acceptable or tolerated, and discussions with compromise are virtually nonexistent. One’s Selfishness and I know it all attitudes, becomes the answer and the end to the discussions.
We see hatred taking front and center in many situations attacking people’s looks and physical handicaps. Why and how has it gotten to that point in our world today. Some blame it on the internet and obscurity it provides, which allows one to say what is really in their heart. The saying “what is in one’s hearts are the words that come across our lips.” It’s that person in their pajamas in the basement of their own house or their parent’s house, and also “in the name of comedy.” Oh yes, freedom of speech.
” Whatever you did for one of these least of my brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40). We’ve heard this quote quite often as it pertains to the poor and the homeless. We all have driven by the hungry begging for food, or one standing out in the cold and wondering should we have stopped? Do they really need help or are they just looking for handouts? Sometimes we drive by for no known reason, or not even thinking or seeing them. Sometimes we don’t want to go near them for “fear” of what we may get. So how do we change this, and again, why do we think that way? Lack of Love!
One easy answer is the person who lost everything and landed on the streets. He is the one forced to beg to eat; to survive. He has no place to clean up and no money in his pockets for anything. Yes, and they cannot go home for a variety of reasons for which we should not judge. But, by the grace of God and reasons unknown, some were chosen or helped and blessed, to be able pull up his boot straps and climb back; never to forget the one’s still out there trying to get out. The focus of me, money, success and “my needs” blinds one eyes to the others around us. Again, this can be some of the reasons for the hatred in our discussions and dialogue. Does any of this apply to you? Yes, is the probable answer for most everyone, and for me sometimes.
I would offer up to you to make time, even 5-10 minutes a day, and talk to the Lord. He doesn’t ask. He waits for us to start the dialogue. It’s hard to start, finding the words and not knowing if it will make a difference. Speak with the love in your heart and then be quiet and listen. Be patient, and your life will change. Peace and happiness will find a home in you. The thirst will be overwhelming. And with these changes, hopefully 5-10 minutes is not enough time.
Years can be shorter than days! Just start and trust. Let the love grow in your heart and be sure to share it!
What kind of shape is the spirituality of your heart in? How can we tell and really know for sure? So many unknowns, endless questions and “things” I cannot fully understand. How do I change it?
I believe the adage is true which goes like this, “The words you speak, reflects what is in your heart.” We see today the bad, the ugly, or simply stated, the lack of love in many individuals today. Many today that are highlighted in the public spot light go from politicians to Fake News and to Hollywood stars. However, we can all see the good and kindness from people from all walks of life. You can hear their words of love and kindness and see it in the actions, and yes, on their face. You may grant me these points, but the overarching questions is “What about me?”
What if I gave you everything? What if I stopped holding back from you? What if I went out of my safety zone; that uncomfortable space that is not mine? What if I truly had to test my trust? No half-baked trust, but the real thing, of giving your all with no turning back or taking it back? Trusting with your all!
Words like trust, love, a God who relentlessly pursues you and forgives you for all your wrongs. Intimacy with God, knowing His presence, experiencing His overwhelming love, all needs to be reflected on. Knowing your nothingness and giving all nothingness to Him, leads the way for you. This is your start!
It may be a time of silence, prayer or music that touches you. Find that time, hopefully in the morning, if even for just 5-10 minutes. Talk to God before you open the day to the world, news, or other people. It is your private quite time. It is your protected space and time. Make the commitment and with patience, hold on and you will know. Make it yours and own it. Remember God doesn’t ask you; you need to ask Him! Let it go, because now you have turned it over to God. Trust Him. It is up to God now. He will not fail you. And yes, keep that dialogue going.
You and your heart will never be alone again. You may even experience a heart that never stops speaking and that is ok, in fact, that is what you want. You may find a smile on your face without even knowing it, or a skip in your step, and an overwhelming feeling of love. And yes, others will notice.
Be happy. Be thankful. Ask God to guide your every step! Embrace “For all You are.”
Finally, for those important people in your life, always share your love, and don’t miss an opportunity to tell them “you love them.”
Trust was a word that was a large part of our actions and relationships, but today that word has seemed to vanished. It was, and is, a necessary part of ourselves and how we deal and interact with those around us. We can relate to many examples of trust from the young child standing by the swimming pool and the mother saying, “Just jump, I’ll catch you.” A friend saying, “Don’t worry, I always got your back,” and a spouse saying “Honey, don’t worry everything is going to be alright. Just trust me.” Yes, that lost friend, saying nothing, not even a word, ……and just doing something. Forgive, forget and repair the distance that has come between you.
We may not realize it , but the days are getting longer, and the years are getting shorter. And what are we doing for our part? Are we struggling to get it organized and not knowing where to start. Repairing and dealing with “stuff” on so many fronts: all from neglect and not making the time, (Rock and Sand.) But most importantly, filling the thirst within us that is so dry. The thirst that evades us. The thirst that is part of all of us. How do I do it? That feeling of not being satisfied, frustrated, always something coming at me. No Peace! Please help me!
It’s that something that was in our society that now is gone, and the guardians of its void, are always there to thwart its return. Quickly making sure it does not enter back into our society as it once was. What is needed is having and knowing the presence of our God in our lives, our Creator, as the center of our life. This time of the passing of Billy Graham, and seeing his history, the crowds and the examples of the many looking to quench their thirst, shows us the different world we live in today.
So I am going to ask that questions again, what are you going to do about it? It starts with you, and me, realizing the void, the thirst we are looking to quench, and it starts with trust. It is what we were made for. Trusting in the Lord and knowing that He knew and loved us before we were made. Knowing that He loves us more than we can comprehend. You do not have to go to Him for that Love; He will come to you. Trust and know the Love and the peace that comes with it. Take 5 with Him everyday. “Friend Him.” Watch and be patient. And yes, you might see Him if the person crying out for help on that street corner or underneath that overpass, when you stop and see what you can do. And maybe, its just listening to him. You may be his only friend. Thank him before you leave (he has not heard anyone thank him in years), tell him to keep smiling, as God loves you! And yes, the thirst you’re looking for, will be filled many times over. Cherish and protect it. Let it fill you up until you feel your chest is about to explode.
Show them who you are!
” Joy is unspeakable. Faith is unsinkable. Love is unstoppable.”
Anything is possible! “We were made to thrive.” Fill that heart with Love.
” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with
It always protects, always trust, always hopes,
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
Find a way!
We are all called by God to live a just life following the Laws of God, and I believe the most important, can be summed up in Love and Forgiveness. The laws of The Commandments; “Thou shall not steal, Thou shall not kill… speak of what not to do, and yes, we need to obey. However, they “don’t move us to love more; they just keep us from failing to love.
True love overtakes us and leads us to do more than we ever thought possible of ourselves. We can develop patience, forgiveness and kindness over and over. It allows us to Forget, truly Forget grudges and past wrongs. What God is asking of us, is no more than he is doing for us and our failings.
What are some small ways we can move forward showing our love especially for our neighbors, or those strangers that cross our path every day for a reason? And how can we show it whether they see it or not?
It is a love with patience for someone who doesn’t get it or is incapable of understanding. It is understanding someone who has a different opinion or perspective than we do. It is that act of kindness like holding the door for someone and smiling at them. A few kind words to someone you pass by, as that maybe the only person they have in their life that day to talk too. A compliment to someone you don’t know to make their day, or just a simple thank you. A kind word of “Keep Smiling” that always evokes a surprise and a smile from them. Hopefully, you have made their day!
An easy scripture to remember that you can carry with you all day is ‘You shall love.” (Romans 13:9) Yes, I fail at times, as there are people I have tried to live with what I have noted above. But in a particular case, I have failed for years with a certain neighbor. But, I am still called to keep trying as these situations ring true to me: “Make us know the shortness of life/that we may gain wisdom of the heart.” (Ps. 90:12)
I recently participated in the Year of Mercy by attending the ceremonies and Mass for the relics of St. Maria Goretti. A very moving time and an overwhelming experience of forgiveness. Learning how to forgive and forget. Many miracles of recent times were shared with those in attendance, and in this special time, it was impossible for anyone to leave and not further embrace Love and Forgiveness.
I am noting some very powerful words that speak to Love below by Etty Hillesum:
“There is a passage in the Bible from which I always draw new strength. I think it goes something like: “He that loveth me, let him forsake his father and mother:” Last night I had to struggle again not to be overwhelmed by the pity I had for my parents, since it would paralyze me if I gave in to it. I know that we must not lose ourselves so completely in grief and concern for our families that we have little thought or love left for our neighbors. More and more I tend toward the idea that love for everyone who may cross my path, love for everyone made in God’s image, must rise above love for blood relatives. Please don’t misunderstand me. It may seem unnatural-and I see that it is still far too difficult for me to write about, though so simple to live.”
(Words by Etty Hillesum from Amsterdam, Holland and put to death in Auschwitz.)
And as the time ended with the ceremony for St. Maria Goretti, the Saint Child who shows us how to forgive, a speaker ended on this powerful and reflecting note. For those who pray the Our Father every day, and does not subscribe to forgiveness as we are asked, the speaker said: “I dare you pray for forgiveness; yes I dare you to pray for forgiveness.” As it goes in the Our Father, “give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespasses again us.”
So how do we ask God for forgiveness, when we are not willing to forgive. We will see.
Find A Way!!
“Lord, we pray for those who have been debated
by recent tragedies. We remember those who have
lost their loves so suddenly. We hold in our hearts
the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring
them consolidation and comfort. Surround them with
our prayers for strength. Bless those who have sur-
vivid and heal their memories of trauma and divas-
tation. May they have the courage to face the days
ahead. Help us to respond with generosity in prayer,
in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our ability.
Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the
community. We ask this in the Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Please pray a novena for the victims of the massacre.
Monsignor Steven Brovey
Find A Wa
Fathers with Daughters
“A father holds his
daughter’s hand for a
short while, but he
holds her heart forever.
Today a bride,
Tomorrow a wife,
Always your little girl.”
Find A way!
Instead of an apology, when the words “I’m sorry” are too difficult to find,
sometimes it may not be necessary.
The response—I love you is all that is needed.
Find A Way !
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