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Learning Pieces

We are truly never too old to learn, nor does what we think we know have the ability to fill a book!  I’ve been lazy the past year; faithfully, speaking.  I thought I knew God the best way I could.  I turned to Him in prayer, at church, fell in love with a newer Him through Adoration and becoming Catholic.  But these were incidents, not experiences.  They were moments in time, but they were not THE moment in my life.

I never allowed myself to learn, I just learned to adapt.  This is not the way to walk faithfully.  I am a daughter of the One True King.

After hearing him speak at our parish last year, and continued delving into Fr. Dave Pivonka and a book he has written; Encounter Jesus, I am, once again encouraged and inspired to reignite my faith.  The power of Jesus’s love for us.  I hope you will read it and share your thoughts here.

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Pieces of the World

I’ve traveled to Germany, Amsterdam, Canada, Mexico and a few Caribbean islands.  I was born and raised in the United States and at 54 this might seem like a small list.  I am not a world traveler by any means, but I am……becoming one!  We leave in a few days for Ireland and Scotland.

Many well-wishers/have traveled these places suggest visiting the many cathedrals and small churches along the way.  I am looking forward to this because I want to see how other people worship. Catholicism was brought to Ireland in the 5th Century by missionaries, one of the most famous being Saint Patrick.

I am traveling with an incredibly open heart.  I want to see Jesus in a new way; in the centuries-old buildings, the faces of the faithful.

What unusual places have you discovered Jesus?  Would love to read your comments!

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St Brigid of Kildare

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Dream Pieces

Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to travel?  Or a dream to own your business?  To be married?  Or win a championship?

Life cannot merely be sleep, eat, work and moments of fun.  It’s pretty hard to find a peaceful work-life-balance.  Harder still if you are working towards a goal or achievement.

God is your biggest cheerleader, He will open doors and provide the training or skill-set for what you need to meet your life goals.  Faith is what helps the work-life-balance exist.  Without faith, aren’t you just a hamster running the wheel for no reason?

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I’ve always loved to travel.  To see how other people live, what they eat, do for fun, tour beautiful sights, soak in lovely sunsets, pick shells on the beach.  Hubby and I are taking a dream trip this Fall to Ireland and Scotland.  I never really imagined we would take this trip; well, in fact – that is what I did; I imagined.  And now, it’s happening.

The grace of God is what gets me through every day.  The way He understands my heart and what makes me tick.  What I need to do, to more than exist.

I am blessed.  But don’t get me wrong, it has never been easy.  I’ve been in the valley far longer than I’ve enjoyed the view from the mountaintops.  I am a Work In Progress!  And having dreams always gives me hope.

By Him, For Him and in Him………..

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Uncounted Pieces

There are so many fragments in our life.  Family, job, living spaces, hobbies, faith, health.  And with these, come many blessings.  The smaller, the easier they are to dismiss.  “The tomatoes are so ripe in summer” (that is a blessing!!) “the fix on the microwave was so easy.” (so is that!)!  

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It might be fun to make a list of the small blessings and just see how fast they add up.  Maybe this list would be beneficial when we can’t remember how good our life really is.  And if it isn’t good at the present time, it will be, in time – because God promises light at the end of the tunnel.

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2 Samuel 22:31
God’s way is unerring; the Lord’s promise is tried and true; he is a shield for all who trust in him.
2 Corinthians 5:17
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
Romans 6:4
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.

 

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Pieces of Grace

What is the grace of God?  How do we receive it?  What does it feel like?

For me, it is forgiveness, guidance and assurance all rolled together.  How it feels, differs with people, but I’d like to think it’s like getting an unexpected gigantic hug from a good friend.

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To be suspended by the grace of God; it’s powerful and sustainable!

Psalm 34:1
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace.
Psalm 84:11
For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
1 Corinthians 2:12
And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us.

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Pieces of Moments

The title seems a bit improper.  Can you have pieces of moments?  Where I was going with this thought is, there are ordinary and extraordinary moments in our lives.  Where do we find joy?  Where does heartache go to heal?  What of the prayer requests we send out? Are they tucked in-between the life we are aware of, or the places that are unfamiliar?

I’ve had conversations with two different, important women in my life.  One gave a response that involved seeking a solution and the other wanted to be a part of the solution.  But in the end, I found myself in prayer, searching for a nudge, an answer that would allow me to breathe and carry on.

And yet, here I am, still in the midst of distress.  I know Jesus wants more from me.  He wants me to pull out of myself out of the muck and mire.  He knows that I am in there, but He isn’t going to do the work, that is my job.  I have to figure out where to go on this path.  He guides and lights the way, but He cannot live my life.  I want it easy.  Simple.  Now.

God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free.

If we are willing, that is.  ~Jade Mazarin

The blessing comes out of patience, time, waiting on God.  His grace abounds, and that is what we will hold onto while He is working in us.

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Pieces of Serenity

Yesterday it was cold, cloudy and rainy.  Today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the clouds are few, the birds are chirping.  It’s a perfect Spring day.

We find pieces of serenity in many places.  A beautiful garden, a beach with gentle waves, hiking in the mountains, sitting outside with a cup of tea and a good book, walking the dog, the list is endless.  Where are you when a cool breeze finds you?

In my mind (guided imagery) I have a beautiful small cabin, surrounded with large pine trees, a lake nearby with picnic table.  My dad visits me here, and we talk for hours about everything.  I used to always have a cat (before I had a dog in real life), and now I have a dog that follows me around, and lays at my feet.  I built this place years ago, as a place to go in my mind when the world was too much to deal with.  Last year, while battling cancer, I was there a lot.  It’s peaceful, calm and I have no visitors except the elements (rain on the tin roof, a cool breeze on a hot summer day, snow in the winter with snowshoes propped up against the back door).

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When I want serenity in real life; I often find myself at a country cemetery.  I must be a glutton for open air and genuine quiet.  I find myself under a pine tree, when the wind blows just right, I can hear the whisper of God.  I find it incredibly cathartic.

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Experience serenity with Mother Earth.

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Pieces of Communion

The Catholic church honors communion as a very sacred act.  It is Jesus you are meeting.

The bread; his body and the wine;  his blood.  It is experiencing Jesus in the highest form.  He is inviting you to encounter Him.  Wow!!!  Powerful!!!

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While the Catholic faith refers to communion as the Eucharist, it is shared by the faiths of many.  Coming forward to receive Jesus in His most Holy form.

As a confirmed Lutheran, former Unitarian Universalist and Episcopalian, I see the breaking of bread as a communal custom, not always religious, but to share together as community.

As a very new Catholic convert, I am deeply blessed by the Eucharist.  I have never felt as close to the human person, called Jesus, that walked the earth for 33 years as I have when holding out  my hands and receiving the wafer.

Have your experiences with communion changed during the years of your life?  Do you find it more or less inspiring?  Have you been moved by the experiences of this closeness?  Has the experience become extraordinary?  I encourage you to comment on this post, I’d be interested to read your thoughts.

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Pieces of Prayer

Are you a believer in the power of prayer?  Why?  Why not?  I personally have been on the receiving end of countless prayers throughout my life while dealing with chronic health issues.

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I’ve also come to believe that it’s okay, and necessary at times – to pray for yourself.  It’s not selfish or weird!  God wants to hear from you, so share everything that’s in your heart, especially in the areas you are weak; it is there, that he meets you.

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I’ve seen prayer move mountains.  I’ve seen people come to Christ who were nope, no way every gonna change their mind of God.  They were just gonna hang onto their atheism and indifference until the end of time.  But little did they know, someone was praying for them!!  I’ve seen it happen.  A wife never quit praying for her husband, for decades she prayed for his salvation.  Now he writes a column for the church newsletter, he teaches adult Sunday school, he is an active member of the ministry.  He is also sensitive to those walking the path he once did.  I admire his walk of faith.  Prayer did that.  God did that.

Never underestimate the power of prayer!

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Divine Mercy

Today the Catholic faith celebrates the Divine Mercy.  What is it?  I didn’t know until I stepped into church today (of course I’m only a week old Catholic, so don’t expect much from me, for awhile!!!)

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History of the Message and Devotion to Divine Mercy

The Message of the Divine Mercy that Sr. Faustina received from the Lord was not only directed toward her personal growth in faith but also toward the good of the people. With the command of our Lord to paint an image according to the pattern that Sr. Faustina had seen, came also a request to have this image venerated, first in the Sisters’ chapel, and then throughout the world. The same is true with the revelations of the Chaplet. The Lord requested that this Chaplet be said not only by Sr. Faustina, but by others: “Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you.”

The same is true of the revelation of the Feast of Mercy. “The Feast of Mercy emerged from my very depths of tenderness. It is my desire that it solemnly be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the fount of My Mercy.”

These requests of the Lord given to Sr. Faustina between 1931 and 1938 can be considered the beginning of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in the new forms.

Through the efforts of Sr. Faustina’s spiritual directors, Fr. Michael Sopocko, and Fr. Joseph Andrasz, SJ, and others — including the Marians of the Immaculate Conception — this message began to spread throughout the world.

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