Respect

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Daily Prompt:  Present

I sit alone quietly
Praying for peace.
Peace in the present
And in the future.
Violence has taken over
In our schools.
Children are dying.
Why is this so?
Has God left us
To walk this earth alone?
Or have we left God
Thinking we don’t need Him?
A foolish thought
I know.
He gave us life
To cherish and honor Him.
He made us in His image.
So why do we turn away
From His ways?

Are mortal pleasures and hate
More important than our
Immortal souls?
I think it is time
For God to be invited
Back into our lives,
Our schools, our government
And our world.
The time for self-gratification
Is long past.
It’s time we put others
Before ourselves.
Time for respect.
Respect for God, self, authority,
And for life itself.

 

Another Slap In the Face

This is not a political blog.  That being said, I find that there are some things of which I must blog about.  The latest slap in the face to my Christian faith is another blasphemous play, Corpus Christi.  It is being presented by the Richmond Triangle Players.  The documentary film made about the play, Jesus Christ is shown passionately kissing His Apostles, performing the marriage of two homosexual men, and viciously striking a female actress among other obscenities.  Those who protest these types of plays are portrayed most unkindly.

And the New York Post reported Corpus Christi uses Gospel passages in a contrived way: ‘“Art Thou King of the queers?’ McNally’s Pontius Pilate character asks. Thou sayest,’ Joshua answers.”

Please don’t take offense.  I have gay friends.  I believe that they are loved by God just as I am loved by God.  I do not live their lives.  I do not answer for them to God.  Just as I don’t answer for someone who commits murder or rape.  I answer for me and what I do and have done.

That all being said, the issue is not with homosexuality, but rather with the disrespect and the lack of moral compass of the writers and producers of such an insult to the Christian religion.  I ask you, what would happen if the Muslim faith were portrayed in this fashion?  Christians have become the most persecuted people in the United States.  It saddens me that Christians have become the most persecuted people in the United States.

Nowhere in Christian history is Jesus found to be gay.  Nowhere in Christian history is Jesus found to strike another.  Nowhere in Christian history is Jesus seen kissing anyone passionately.

Is this type of entertainment necessary for our world today?

If anyone feels that they would like to do something about this play, here is a link to fill in a petition to have it stopped.

American Needs Fatima Corpus Christi Play Petition

Wanda

 

 

9 Days for Life Novena Day 9

 

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Today is the final day of our novena.  Here are today’s intercessions, prayers, and acts of reparation.

9 Days for Life Day 9

Intercession: For God’s peace to fill the hearts of all who travel upon the path of adoption.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us to “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all who are involved in the adoption process would be filled with the hope of Christ and “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7). We also remember that we too can cling fast to this anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!'” (Rom 8:15). May our loving Father envelop each of us in his love today and open our eyes in faith that we may see and rejoice in his love.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Fast from snacking today. Eat three meals only.
  • In “An Adoption Love Story,” Jenny* shares her and her husband’s story of adopting their son, Andrew. Read about some of the challenges, concerns, and joys on their journey at www.usccb.org/adoption-love-story, and spend some extra time in prayer for all who are involved in the adoption process.

One Step Further: Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption” suggests nine ways to offer ongoing support to a woman who is considering placing her unborn child for adoption (www.usccb.org/women-considering-adoption). Many of the tips given are also helpful for supporting a friend who is experiencing a challenging unexpected pregnancy, even if adoption has not been brought up.

Supplemental reference information regarding adoption can be found at www.usccb.org/adoption-resources.

Thank you for joining me in this novena.

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days for Life Novena Day 8

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Here are today’s intercessions, prayers and acts of reparation for today.

9 Days for Life Day 8

Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every person, including those whose actions have been despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who says to us, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Mt 5:7) and “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). As Christians, we are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Do something kind for someone else without being asked or telling anyone. Pray for him or her while you do so.
  • Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and share Christ’s love with those who need encouragement the most today.
  • Read about the life of a modern saint. You might be surprised by how much you have in common with him or her.

One Step Further: For some people who are committed to upholding the sanctity of human life, the death penalty can present a challenge. Properly understood, however, Catholic teaching against the death penalty is both persuasive and eminently pro-life. Learn about the death penalty within the context of respect for God’s gift of human life in “Death Penalty: Catholic Q & A” (www.usccb.org/death-penalty-faq).

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days for Life Novena Day 7

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Here are the intercessions, prayers, and activities for today.

9 Days for Life Day 7

Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Give up your favorite form (or all forms) of social media for the day. Spend some of the extra time meditating upon Romans 8:28 or another Scripture verse or passage.
  • Learn how to pray the Angelus prayer and consider saying it every day for the next week— on awakening, at noon, or at 6 p.m. (or all three times). www.usccb.org/angelus.
  • Spend quality time with a family member or friend; offer to help them in some way.

One Step Further: Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility” (www.usccb.org/navigating-infertility) seeks to provide compassionate guidance that is both practical and informative for married couples who are walking on this road. Although geared to such couples, the article is also helpful for anyone to read, offering insight into the experience of infertility and giving awareness of the need for sensitivity in our relationships with those who may be affected.

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days for Life Day 6

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9 Days for Life Novena Day 6

I am running a little behind today.  Here are the intercessions, prayers, and acts of reparation for today.

Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: When Maggie’s active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, he taught her that pain and loss of autonomy doesn’t diminish our human dignity, and that life—however much is left—is worth living.

As a 50-year-old wife and mother of three, Maggie needed this message when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Instead of giving up hope, she embraced her father’s legacy: “[M]y life is, always has been, and always will be, worth living.”

Meet Maggie in a 3-minute video (www.goo.gl/SGF7rP), and read the brief article it inspired: “Maggie’s Story: Living like Dad” (www.usccb.org/maggies-story).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Pray a decade of the Rosary (www.usccb.org/rosary) for your deceased friends and family, as well as those who have no one to pray for them.
  • We look forward to eternal life by preparing now, in hope, for our passage from this life to the next. Spend some time prayerfully reflecting on “Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing” (www.usccb.org/end-of-life-considerations). Several considerations are given as starting points for understanding and preparing for our earthly passing in a way that respects God’s gift of human life.
  • Read and reflect upon “Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End” (www.usccb.org/endoflifecare). Ten suggestions anchored in unconditional respect for human life help readers know how to provide authentically compassionate care. (Supplemental information: www.goo.gl/Ji3n35)

One Step Further: Proponents of doctor-assisted suicide try to draw a sharp (and tragic) distinction between those with a mental illness who want to end their lives and those already nearing death who express the same wish. Although polls indicate the public is receptive to the general concept of assisted suicide, when people understand the associated dangers, they are less likely to support the practice.

Learn seven compelling reasons you can share for opposing assisted suicide: “Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide” (www.usccb.org/reasons-against-assisted-suicide).

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days for Life Novena Day 5

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9 Days for Life Day 5

Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Today, on this 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion. Since that tragic decision, many children’s lives have been lost, and many suffer that loss—often in silence. Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from his side, he says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.”

“In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in him. … We bishops and priests are eager to help you if you experience difficulty, hesitation, or uncertainty about approaching the Lord in this sacrament. …we are ready to welcome you.”*

Let us run into the arms of Jesus, who is love and mercy.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Go to confession today or this week. Before you go, look up St. Faustina and learn a little about the message of Divine Mercy that she shared during her life (www.usccb.org/divine-mercy).
  • Do you know how to help women and men suffering after abortion? Consider the suggestions in “Bridges of Mercy for Post-Abortion Healing” (www.usccb.org/bridges-of-mercy).
  • Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (www.usccb.org/divine-mercy-chaplet) for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.

One Step Further: If a friend confided in you tomorrow that she had an abortion, would you be able to respond in a way that brings her closer to healing? Learn what to do and say in “How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion” (www.usccb.org/friend-had-abortion).

Did You Know? In the Catholic Church in the United States, January 22nd is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” As Catholics, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and/or giving alms.

More Information: www.usccb.org/january-22.

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

 

Irma

I can’t believe how long it has been since I have had the time to post.  I have been working really hard on getting my house ready to sell, and I think I have a buyer.  I am so excited about it too.  If any of you wonderful people out there in the Blogosphere pray, I am asking you to please whisper a prayer for me that the sale of my home goes well.  I would certainly appreciate it.

Also, as you are all aware, Irma is heading for the southeastern United States and Florida will be slammed and probably here in Noth Carolina too, whisper a prayer for my family’s and my safety during this time.  My son who lives in Miami is on the road with his family.  He left yesterday, but he said the traffic is terrible and the gas is in short supply.  My dear friends who live in the central and western side of Florida are in need of prayer too.

This storm hitting right after Harvey is really a terrible situation for the US.  I realize that so very many people are in need and I have been praying for everyone’s safety through out this situation.  So many people with such great loss.  It is so heartwarming to see how we are pulling together to help.  I was happy to hear the governor of Florida saying that homes can be replaced but lives cannot be.  I hope that people do the smart thing and seek shelter out of the area.

I have been reading your posts, just have not had the time to reply.  Hopefully after this ordeal of the storm is over my life can resume some semblance of normalcy.

Be safe everyone and God bless you.

Wanda

 

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

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In the Catholic Church the month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  This is a devotional name used to refer to the interior life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her joys, sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and most of all her virginal love for God the Father, her maternal love for her son Jesus, and her compassionate love for all persons.  The image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the pierced heart is the most popular representation.

I have always felt very close to the Blessed Mother.  She is my patron saint and our heavenly mother who intercedes for us whenever we ask and even when we don’t because she knows our needs.  When we say prayers to Mary, we are not asking her to grant what we ask,  but are asking her to take our needs to her divine Son.

Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially those so deep in our heart.

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.
Amen.

Many people misunderstand devotion to the saints with worshiping them.  Only God is worshiped.  Quoting Catholic Answers,  “1 Timothy 2:5, Paul says that Christians should intercede: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and pleasing to God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1–4). Clearly, then, intercessory prayers offered by Christians on behalf of others is something “good and pleasing to God,” not something infringing on Christ’s role as mediator.”

Wanda