Thursday, October 16, 2008

a few more prayer requests

1) for a friend of the family who is entering rehab today...may the Lord grant him freedom from his addiction and bring abundant blessings down on him and his family.

2)for my cousin Luisa and her family...her aunt passed away this morning in Canada. Special prayers for her mom as this was her sister.

3)and finally some happy friend Cheryl will be doing her Cursillo in NH next month...please keep her and her fellow team mates in your prayers.

4)Also... please check our prayer request forum on the right handside of this blog and pray for all those that leave messages there. Please know that all who come to this site are in my prayers.

Universalis: Today

Universalis: Today: "Saint Hedwig (c.1174 - 1243)
She was born in Bavaria and married the Duke of Silesia, by whom she had seven children. She lived a devout life, succouring the poor and the sick, for whom she built hostels. On the death of her husband in 1238 she entered the monastery of Trebnitz, where she died in 1243."

Will you please join me in praying for my sister as today is her birthday...she is named after the above saint (differnt spellng...Edviges) but goes by the name of Mariazinha (Maria being her first name). May the Lord shower down His blessings on her today.

Margherita Maria Alacoque

Sin-Seared : A Catholic Reflection

Sin-Seared : A Catholic Reflection:

"Sin is epidemic, generational, and self-perpetuating in that it blinds us to sin. Sin is also murderous even to the point of deicide itself, that is, to the point of murdering God. Therefore, when we sin, we are trapped. By our power, we can't do anything to get out of sin. We would die in our sins (see Jn 8:24) and be damned but for Jesus. Jesus saved us. He intervened and broke the power of sin in our life. 'It is in Christ and through His blood that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven, so immeasurably generous is God's favor to us' (Eph 1:7-8).
We must thank Jesus always for saving us from sin. We must avoid at all costs falling into sin, and we must tell a sinful world about the only Savior from sin.

PRAYER: Jesus, may I go to Confession and let You wash away my sin.

PROMISE: 'God has given us the wisdom to understand fully the mystery, the plan He was pleased to decree in Christ, to be carried out in the fullness of time: namely, to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship.' –Eph 1:9-10

PRAISE: St. Mary Margaret was blessed to be the first to see the power of Christ's forgiving love through the image of His Most Sacred Heart."

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains, and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him. I therefore take You, O Sacred heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the strokes of his righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in You, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things from Your goodness and bounty.

Remove from me all that can displease You or resist Your holy will; let your pure love imprint Your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget You or to be separated from You.

May I obtain from all Your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Your Heart, for in You I desire to place all my happiness and glory, living and dying in bondage to You.



Psalm 98

Chapter 98
1 A psalm. 2 Sing a new song to the LORD, who has done marvelous deeds, Whose right hand and holy arm have won the victory.
The LORD has made his victory known; has revealed his triumph for the nations to see,
Has remembered faithful love toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth; break into song; sing praise.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout with joy to the King, the LORD.
Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell there.
Let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy,
Before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.

I seem to be getting this message of 'sing a new song' quite a bit lately. I personally need to start focusing more on God's provision and all that He has already given rather then on all that 'could' be taken away. I need to relate my great gratitude to Him by living a life that is fllled with praise and worship (not just for 1 hr on Monday nights)...He is worthy!