9 Days For Life Novena Day 3

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9 Days For Life Day 3

Here is the information for today.

Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes as “deplorable…cruel…criminal” (Angelus, 7/30/2017). International Labor Organization’s 2014 estimate placed the number of traffic victims — men, women, and children — at 21 million worldwide.

Those who are vulnerable are most at risk for being lured into situations where they are trafficked, particularly migrants and refugees. They face significant barriers such as language and adapting to a new culture, lack of support systems, and the burden of poverty. Easily tempted by false promises of traffickers, they often find themselves in forced labor situations with no means of escape.

When we meet others in our daily lives who have come from other lands, are we extending them the simple warmth of a smile and a welcome? Are we in tune to the red flags that might indicate trafficking in our own communities? Learn more about how you can fight trafficking under “One Step Further.”

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Contact a local service provider who assists victims and survivors of human trafficking to learn more about human trafficking in your community and how you can support their efforts. (If you don’t know who the local service provider is, ask your local Catholic Charities office.)
  • Spend some time reflecting upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2414.
  • Use the USCCB Migration and Refugee Service’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month & Day of Prayer Toolkitwww.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/upload/Anti-Trafficking-Toolkit-Final-2018-2.pdf to raise awareness about and encourage prayer and action to fight human trafficking.

One Step Further: Would you know how to identify a potential trafficking situation?  Learn more about human trafficking and the red flags through the USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program at www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/index.cfm

Almost half of the reported victims of human trafficking in the U.S. in 2016 were foreign nationals. Consider bringing the Amistad Movement to your parish to help raise awareness about human trafficking among immigrant populations.  www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/amistad.cfm

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (888-3737-888) for immediate assistance. They can communicate in over 200 languages and provide immediate information, assistance, and local referrals for potential human trafficking situations.

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days For Life Novena Day 2

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9 Days For Life Day 2

Here are the intercessions, prayers, and activities for day 2.

Intercession: For the end to abortion.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby?

Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and LearnOpen OptionsVision and Value, and Extend and Empower (www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Go to an abortion clinic and pray, or set aside an hour today to pray for those who are struggling with a decision of life or death for their unborn child.
  • Read “What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion” (www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e), and spend some time reflecting on it. Would someone in a difficult pregnancy situation know she could turn to you for loving support?
  • Donate needed items to a pregnancy care center, or volunteer an hour of your time at one. Find a center near you at www.heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide-directory. . . .

One Step Further: Find out other simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant: “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” (www.usccb.org/support-her).

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days For Life 2018

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9 Days for Life is a “digital pilgrimage” of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions.  This year’s Respect Life’s theme is “Be Not Afraid”.

This novena begins today January 18th and runs through the 26th.  To participate in this novena just go to USCCB website and fill out your info and they will send you a daily message via text or email with a link to the day’s intentions.  Or, I will be posting each day’s info here on my blog, and you can follow along here.

This program is very near and dear to my heart.  I believe that life is a precious gift from God.  A gift so special that it should never be up to any human being to decide to end it.

That is my belief.  I realize that everyone who follows my blog doesn’t feel the same way.  I hope that you will respect my beliefs even though you may disagree with me and not post unpleasant comments.

This is the information for Day 1.

Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, people pushed to the margins of society by a “throwaway culture,” and every other person—each “has a place in God’s heart from all eternity” (Amoris laetitia, 168).

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (no 77).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • “Unplug” for some time praying in silence with a short reflection on this year’s Respect Life theme, “Be Not Afraid” (www.usccb.org/be-not-afraid).
  • Use one of our Respect Life social media toolkits (www.usccb.org/prolifetools) to build up a culture of life on social media.
  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Fast from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

One Step Further: Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may sometimes feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond to Pope Saint John Paul II’s invitation when our efforts to make a difference feel small? “How to Build a Culture of Life” (www.usccb.org/culture-of-life) briefly explains where to start.

God bless!

Wanda

 

Cee’s Share Your World

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SYW Questions for January 15, 2018

Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….spending a few days with my dear friend Sue this week.  She is coming to the beach for a visit.  We will spend our time together quilting.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?  My all-time favorite comfort food is chocolate ice cream.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?  When I was in high school, I worked in a factory that made cardboard files.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  

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Wanda

A Matter Of Perspective

Daily Prompt:  Study

 

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According to Merriam-Webster, study is the application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge.

Does this look familiar?  I remember sitting just like this preparing for tests in school.  But not always.  My earliest memories of going to school and studying are from first grade.  I would run in the house after school anxious to do my homework.  Usually spelling.  I loved spelling.  It came easily to me.  I remember we had a desk in the hallway where I happily sat every day writing my spelling words.

As I grew older and progressed through elementary school, things didn’t come quite so easily to me.  But, I still loved school and usually got right to the studying at home for the numerous tests that Sister seemed to give almost daily.  I didn’t quite have the same admiration for the study work I had once had, but I knew that if I didn’t do it I would spend the rest of the year in trouble.  So, I studied.

Then high school hit.  Wow!  What was I thinking?  I finally realized how easy elementary school was.  Studying then was a piece of cake.  Now I had totally new concepts to learn.  Biology, Algebra, Math Analysis!  I still don’t understand what Math Analysis is.  I did figure out that I could expand my social life by belonging to study groups.  A definite plus to studying.  Unfortunately, you actually have to study to get the benefit from belonging to one.  Oops!

It was at this time that I really began to dislike school.  Well, that’s not exactly right.  I loved school, just not the studying part of it.  I did, however, trudge along and did graduate with a decent GPA and was accepted to college.

I didn’t want to go to college right away.  I wanted to experience the world a little bit first.  My parents didn’t see things the same way that I did.  So, come August off I went to Community College.  OMG!  What a rude awakening.

Needless to say, I was not successful.  I felt ill prepared for navigating through the copious amount of work needed to succeed.  As I look back at it now, I realize that my perspective was skewed.  I lasted about a year in college then dropped out.  My parents were not very happy.  So off to the workforce I went.  I worked for Bell Telephone as a Directory Assistant.  Talk about a boring job.

My success or lack of it had nothing to do with intelligence.  It had more to do with my thinking.  I looked at school, studying, as work.  Not as an opportunity to obtain knowledge for knowledge’s sake.  I had not yet learned that knowledge is power.

I married, had a family then decided I needed more.  All of a sudden studying wasn’t such an obstacle for me.  I attended nursing school.  I soared.  I realized that studying was a means for me to accomplish my dreams.  I worked very hard.  I ran study groups.  I inspired younger students to work hard.  I was having fun.

Throughout my career in nursing, I studied constantly.  In medicine, there is always something new to learn.  I couldn’t get enough.  I guess you could say I was a late bloomer.  I honestly think that maturity had more to do with my success than anything else.  I honestly believe that all students should have to work a year before going to college.  I think it brings a perspective that having an education handed to you does not.  At least it would have for me.  You can’t appreciate what you can have if you never go without it.

I continue to study.  I read every day.  Fiction, non-fiction, history, religion.  I like to say that I never met a book I didn’t like.  The difference now is that I look at study as a pleasure not work.  Some days I am as giddy as that little first grader running into the house anxious to write my spelling words.

Wanda

 

 

Winter’s Surprise

Daily Prompt:  Undulate

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As I walk along the deserted beach
My mind, confounded, takes in the site.
Undulating waves crashing in the surf
Rushing to offer their briny gift to the sand.
A site I often witness, as I sunbathe being comforted by the sound.
But how can this be? A winter coat, scarf, and mittens
Have become my beachwear!
The waves covering the sand meet their winter counterpart
And kiss the Snow. Has winter lost its way?
I look into the grey skies
I feel the cold wind.
Not a soul in sight, nor bird in the air.
The empty peer tall and serene
Stands guard over this desolate beach.
I turn and see footprints in the sand and snow.
It’s then I realize winter has followed me.
I have not moved far enough south.

Wanda