9 Days for Life Novena Day 4

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9 Days for Life Day 4

Here is the information for today.

Intercession: May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are edited, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, too. He does not call us, however, to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love.

In “A Perfect Gift” (www.usccb.org/perfect-gift) one parent shares about the experience of raising a child with Down syndrome, contrasting it with what onlookers might perceive: “It’s like looking at a stained-glass window from the outside: The colors look dark, and you can’t quite make out the figures. From the inside, however, with the sun shining through it, the effect can be brilliant. From inside our family, love illuminates our life with Charlie.* What may seem dreary to others, perhaps even unbearable, is actually filled with beauty and color.”

May each of us experience the power of God’s transforming love, that our eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of the people the Lord places in our lives.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Pray the short prayer “Every Life is Worth Living” (www.usccb.org/worth-living), reflecting on how you can bring Christ’s love to others today.
  • Read “Supporting Families Who Receive a Prenatal Diagnosis” (www.usccb.org/prenatal-diagnosis), then spend some time praying for babies who have been given an adverse prenatal diagnosis and for their families.
  • We can sometimes forget how blessed we are to have many of our daily comforts. Give up sleeping on your pillow tonight.

One Step Further: Charlie’s mother shares in “A Perfect Gift” that when people say, “I could never handle a child with a disability,” she explains to them, “[Y]ou aren’t given a child with a disability. You are given your child with a disability. …You are not called to ‘handle’ a disability. You are called to love a particular person, and caring for him or her grows out of that love. …Our [family’s] hearts…have become larger [by caring for Charlie].”

She also talks about the “secret” that is the fundamental truth of our existence, which she and other parents of children with Down syndrome share. Find out what it is in “A Perfect Gift” (www.usccb.org/perfect-gift).

God bless!

Wanda

 

Paying Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus — Women of Grace

June 3 Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus “From the depths of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power. Amen.” …

via Paying Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus — Women of Grace

A Change of Heart

It’s been a while since I have posted here.  I had decided not to continue with this blog and actually deleted it.  But, I hadn’t deleted it permanently.  I guess I knew that I really didn’t want to get rid of it, just needed some time to reflect on what my purpose is in having this blog.  So, I have given it some thought and I still don’t exactly know the purpose except that I feel that I am supposed to keep it.  So, hopefully it will be a blessing to someone who reads it.

I am going through a time of prayer difficulty.  I can’t seem to keep my mind on my prayers and I actually fall asleep while praying.  Even when I am sitting up.  I am trying to work through this problem, but I don’t seem to be able to get anywhere.  At confession two weeks ago I tried to talk to Father about it, but he just said not to worry about it that it will straighten itself out.  I am not so sure. It seems that my husband’s death is hitting me in ways I had no idea it would be possible.  I am angry over the mess he has left me.

I have faith that God has me where I belong in my life.  That He is leading me in a new path for my life.  But, I sometimes let things worry me a bit.  Unfortunately, my husband left me in a financial bind.  I have been trying to refinance my home so that I can stay here. God has other plans for me.  I am unable to obtain a mortgage.  So, it looks like I will be living with my daughter and her family. They are building a mother in law suite for me.  I am blessed to have such good children.  🙂  I will have to give up much when I move, but those things aren’t important.  I will be able to continue my quilting and will have plenty of room for my sewing machines.  And I will be close to my grandchildren and can see them daily if I want to.

My three children have been worried about me living alone.  This is the perfect solution.  🙂

We are in the season of Lent.  A time for repentance, fasting and contemplation on the gifts God has given to us.  His only Son, Jesus Christ, came down from heaven, became man and was crucified for us so our sins would be forgiven.  As Catholics, we say those words a lot.  But how much do we think about what we are saying?  The idea that an omnipotent God would love us so much is just awesome. I feel so blessed to have been born with Catholic parents and have experienced my faith throughout my life.  Although there were time when I am sure Jesus was disappointed in me, but the fact that He has never given up on me says so much.

I have decided that I will say a prayer for anyone who leaves me a message to do so.  I do not save contact information or share it with anyone, so if I can pray for you please fill in the form.

God bless you.

A Prayer For Lent

  During Lent we attempt to become closer to God.  This small prayer to our Heavenly Father expresses that attempt succinctly.  Without grace we cannot live the life God created us to live.  
  Prayer, abstinence, fasting, and corporal works of mercy strengthen our spiritual being which opens the floodgates to mercy.

Ash Wednesday

  Today is the beginning of Lent.  A time to reflect on what distracts us and keeps us from growing closer to God.  It’s a time to give those distractions up and allow Jesus to enter our hearts and then live the way God created us to live.  To reevaluate our priorities and put what is really important first.  It is a time of  giving up.  It is a time for letting go.  It is a time for sacrifice.  It is a time for forgiveness and mercy.  It is a time for listening.

  There are several online organizations that offer reflections and suggestions for improving your Lenten experience.  I have listed some of them here.
Bishop Robert Barron founder of Word On Fire will send a daily reflection to your inbox.  Click on the link to sign up.
MyConcentration.org run by Anthony Mullen offers a Lenten Mercy Challenge here.
L.E.N.T. In the Desert e-book.
Katie Warner has resources on her website.
Catholicism About.com has many good articles on Lent.
Pray More Retreat offered by Pray More Novenas.  This is an online retreat.  This is just a few resources I have found.