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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Catching Up

Hello, Old Friends!

Been busy here trying my best to be a good daughter to my two beautiful, loving, unselfish, caring, praying parents. That's my number one vocation. It's not a "job"; it's a vocation, a calling on my life by God. It's also where my joy is!

Also have been doing a lot of reading for mostly Franciscan Media and Ave Maria Press, and also for Revell and Thomas Nelson. Am taking the week off from reviewing to listen to some of Kris McGregor's recordings of St. Teresa of Avila books, which are available for free through iTunes podcast store. Am especially listening to (and re-listening to) The Interior Castle, or, The Mansions by St. Teresa of Avila! Wow! Double wow! Triple wow! I'm not hearing this kind of truth out of the pulpit. I think our priests are too afraid of challenging the flock? But, like St. Therese of Lisieux said to do: Don't criticize priests; PRAY for them! Pray, is in humbly and lovingly, and gratefully.

Also, am reading titles from Ignatius Press, available through FORMED.org.

Also, am loving Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Last Testament book. How I love Pope Benedict XVI!

And also from FORMED.org, I have been having my proverbial socks knocked off by the brilliantly conceived/written/performed audio drama of Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi (Augustine Institute Radio Theatre performance).

Well, time to take the fresh bread out of the machine. God bless Cuisinart!

Just wanted to check in mainly to say sincerely: I am praying for you daily. God knows who you are, and what you need and want and are crying out to Him for. Do not be afraid! He is with you! He will never abandon or forsake you! He loves you! HE loves you! He LOVES you! He loves YOU!!!

God bless you. May the peace of Jesus remain with you ALWAYS.

Your sister in Jesus,

Christine






Cardinal Newman: The Mission of My Life

The Mission of My Life

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

~Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman 




Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thankful Sunday: August 27, 2017

Thankful Sunday, August 27, 2017


My penmanship has failed me over the summer months due to a tremor caused by my illnesses. So, aside from overly personal matters, my gratitude journal is here for now. :)

On today's list of lovely things in my life are the following:

* Mignarda's album Magnum Mysterium (live) comprised of exquisitely performed duets for voice (mezzo soprano) and lute, and lute duets from the Renaissance era. This album is specifically Advent and Christmas. Was introduced to the music of Ron Andrico and Donna Stewart by way of Advent songs played at the beginning of daily prayers from the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church via the Divine Office app for Kindle Fire/iOs. What lovely, beautiful, soul lifting music! 'Tis a foretaste of Heaven!

* Lemon Bismarck donuts from our local bakery, located but five short blocks from home. Sooooooo very much better than the other big bakery in the city. Like Perkins French Silk pie, an excellently made donut is is proof that God loves us (says the baker's granddaughter).

* A gray and white Siamese Tiger kitty who trustingly looks to me for her food, drink, clean litter box, and clean blankies, not to mention time spent together on the couch or in my recliner.

* A very faithful, good friend with whom I've been friends for over 18 years (going on 19 years!).

* Despite being on disability income for so long and money being tight, God always, always, *always* provides for more than my needs. He also, when it is for the good of my salvation and for His glory, provides me with amenities. For six months I had the use of a friend's old iPhone 5s to use as a camera and MP3 player - as a glorified iPod touch device. But alas, the iPhone 5s went shall we say es kaput? Really, it's the battery that went bonkers. My parents gave me a new iPod touch 6th generation last week as an early birthday/Christmas present, so I am back to iOS normal. And.... I found out I can get a knockoff battery for the iPhone 5s from Walmart for a very small price. So, that will be my backup device. I got to take some great pictures with the iPhone 5s.

* I learned how to take screen shots of my Windows 10 desktop! Color me geeky!

* For the international IncrediMail community. It was so very, very, very nice while it lasted, before the up rise of mobile devices. I would still like to see "real" email make a comeback. Damn the iPhones! Damn the tablets! Let the world go back to desktop computers and to laptops/notebooks with real keyboards and pretty email using IncrediMail. It would be a saner, friendlier, more real and more loving world if we all would learn how to say things in more than emoji and brief texts. This rant will be continued at a later date.... I promise! In the meantime, I have note cards, paper stationery, pens, and postage stamps on my shopping list for Walmart next week.

* For the opportunity to review digital galleys of books from Franciscan Media and sometimes Ave Maria.

* Finally for tonight (I'm beginning to feel a bit snarky after an interrupted night of sleep last night - sonorous, blaring blasts of thunder all through the wee small hours). I digress! Finally for tonight: for the joy of being able to access a fantastic digital library from my home state of Wisconsin. I stopped going to the the "real" library years ago because it's a germ trap, second or third only to the grocery stores and the shopping mall. Or make that fourth after the medical clinic! With a compromised immune system, I have learned to avoid the germ traps whenever possible! I digress again: I love my state digital library. It's so very fun to take a leisurely stroll through the library in my pajamas and bunny slippers while sipping strong black coffee (or decaffeinated tea, whichever the case may be...). I'm reading a lot of Wisconsin history for the next month at least.

Well, off with me. I'm running off at the keyboard again!

Be glad! Be glad! Every debt that you've ever had has been paid up in full by the Blood of the Lamb! Be ye glad, be ye glad, be ye glad!

Blessings to you! I still pray for everyone who's ever been here to visit. I pray daily for you.

~ Miss Chris




Monday, August 14, 2017

St. Francis of Assisi: Our Father

OUR FATHER,
Most Holy, our Creator and Redeemer, our Savior and our Comforter.

WHO ART IN HEAVEN:
Together with the angels and saints, giving them light so that they may have knowledge of you, because you, Lord, are Light; inflaming them so that they may love, because you, Lord, are Love: living continually in them and filling them so that they may be happy, because you, Lord, are the supreme good, the eternal good, and it is from you that all good comes, and without you there is no good.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
May our knowledge of you become ever clearer, so that we may realize the width and breadth of your blessings, the steadfastness of your promises, the sublimity of your majesty and the depth of your judgments.

THY KINGDOM COME,
So that you may reign in us by your grace and bring us to your Kingdom, where we will see you clearly, love you perfectly, be blessed in your presence, and enjoy you forever.

THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN:
So that we may love you with our whole heart by always thinking of you; directing our whole intention with our whole mind towards you and seeking your glory in everything; spending all our powers and affections of soul and body with all our strength in the service of your love alone. May we also love our neighbors as ourselves, encouraging them to love you as best we can, rejoicing at the good fortune of others, just as if it were our own, and sympathizing with their misfortunes, giving offense to no one.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD,
Your own beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, so to remind us of the love he showed for us and to help us to understand and appreciate it and everything he did or said or suffered.

AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES,
In your infinite mercy, and by the power of the Passion of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, together with the merits and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints.

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US,
And if we do not forgive perfectly, Lord, makes us do so, so that we may indeed love our enemies out of love for you, and pray fervently to you for them, never returning evil for evil, anxious only to serve everybody in you.

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.
Neither hidden or obvious, sudden or unforseen.

BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL --
Present, past or to come.

Amen. 

~St. Francis of Assisi
 
 
 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Encouragement for the Suffering Sick from John Paul II

Encouragement for the Suffering Sick from Pope St. John Paul II:

Your Offering and Prayer Elevate the World


I call on you to entrust your anguish to God the Father and to Christ, through Mary; to ask of Him - more than resignation, and even more than courage for your struggle - the grace of love and hope. Look at the Cross of Christ with faith: although it is the instrument of immense suffering, it is above all the sign of immense love, and the open door to Resurrection, which is the ultimate response of the God of love to His chosen Son.

May you offer this handicap of yours together with Christ, and enter into redemption: for your salvation, for the progress of the whole Church, for the graces of conversion that our world needs! Remain faithful to prayer. Try to remain open to others, without turning in on yourselves. Others have a lot to gain from your experience as sick people and as believers. Often, your ordeal has enabled you to acquire an outlook on existence and what is truly valuable, and gain a new degree of patience, of courage, of solidarity, of serenity at the prospect of death - in contrast with the anxiety of those around you - and a mysterious union with God. To all this you can bear witness, making manifest the promise of Jesus: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Even in the silence of prayer, and confined to your bed, you are in communion with the whole world, in order to take part in redemption: your prayer and your offering elevate the world.

~ Pope St. John Paul II

Belgium
May 21, 1985
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Books

“Entering a library in a thoughtful and reverent mood, we can stretch forth our hands and bid this, that, and the other of the most excellent of mankind to speak to us. In great books, we find a revelation of human character in its excellence and nobility that our personal experiences could never offer us.”

-Fr. Edward F. Garesché, The Catholic Book of Character and Success



Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Little Tiger

This is Miss Margaret Ann McGee, Wild Celtic Kitty (still climbs the Christmas tree!). Maggie or Maglet for short. We adopted her from a local hobby farm, where she lived with the horses in the barn. She's part Tiger kitty and part Siamese.



God teaches me so much about life just by granting me the privilege to take care of Maggie. 

I would try to wax on eloquently about the above sentence's theme, only I am running on possibly three hours of sleep for the past couple of days (allergic insomnia) and my mind isn't firing on all cylinders. Thus, I can't do my point justice tonight. 

Did, however, want to show you how very Tiger-ish my little wonder-on-loan from Jesus is. In the above photo, she's a bit, shall we say, "Polluted" on catnip. Ha ha ha! Maggie is so silly on catnip!

It's kitten season. Please prayerfully consider adopting a kitty soon... you'll be so very blessed you did!

Each of you are in my prayers, especially the elderly and those who live alone, or have serious health problems. 

Much love in Jesus, the Maker of Kittens!

~ Miss Chris... and Maggie, too! >^..^<




Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Happy!

I get a high from colors! Whenever I get blue or crabby, I get out a new box of Crayola crayons. Feasting my eyes on the happy, happy colors, I get out either a children's coloring book, or else (if I'm feeling more patient), my colored pencils for grown up coloring books. I especially like coloring positive words and phrases, most especially Bible verses! And when I'm feeling really flamboyant, I get out the big box of 50 colors of felt tip markers! Woot!

Take a gander at a medium-small box of happy! 




And a happy, happy, happy Winnie-the-Pooh coloring book!



Blessings on your Monday, your entire week, and your entire life - God's most lavish, choicest, abundant blessings! May the Holy Spirit just "love on you" and bless you until you can barely stay inside of your own skin!

Much love in Jesus the Incarnate Word of God!

~Miss Chris, back to being a responsible grownup... it's Monday...


PS: The reason I blog in large font size and large photo and picture size is because I'm aware that a number of  my blog readers are sight impaired. If it seems to lack "class" to some of the more sophisticated among you, I'm sorry. But this is the way it's going to be.

PS2! Jesus loves you!!!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Winter...While We Still Have It 2017

We've had bipolar weather here in Marshfield, Wisconsin USA these past number of months. Last week, we were near 60 degrees F. and this morning we are sitting in the single digits above Zero F. We get snow, and the snow melts in the spring-like warmth. Which would be nice in the month of April, but all winter long is just much too much too much! De trop! Bring on the cold and the snow! 

Below are a few pictures of a somewhat recent snowfall - nothing impressive like the two feet of snow that fell on the Eastern seaboard of the USA this week, but, it's pretty nonetheless. One shot is of Maggie the Kitty watching TV (the bird feeder, plus the bunnies beneath the spruce tree).

I'm still hoping for more winter. Going to be warm again this week and weekend. Looking up real estate at the North Pole! That would indeed be the life. Bah humbug on summer and allergies, heat, humidity and violent tornadoes! Bah! Humbug, I say! My Northern Italian & Swiss blood clamors for snow!

Off with me to listen to some Jerome K. Jerome, an audiobook of tremendous comedic proportions. Need some Vitamin L (laughter) in a huge dose!







Friday, February 17, 2017

Love Comes in Gray & White Fuzzy Suits

Love does come in gray and white fuzzy suits, with whiskers, with purrs, and with meows. 

Here are a couple of pictures of my little fuzzy Valentine, Miss Maggie McGee. She is better medicine and therapy than a lot of human beings I know, prescriptions prescribed, and I think Jesus custom made us for each other.

Here she is! Now go out and adopt a cat or dog, or a bunny, or a canary! You'll be  ever so glad you did!






Who Jesus Especially Came For

In this dog-eat-dog world, we get to feeling like if we are sick, broken, weak, vulnerable, and in general less than perfect, then Jesus doesn't love us. 

But nothing is further from the Truth! This is a stinking lie from the adversary to discourage us and rob us of our Good & Gentle Shepherd's care and tenderness, compassion and healing, love and mercy. Don't fall for lies! 

Jesus didn't come primarily for the perfect. Jesus came especially for the weak, broken, sick (in body, mind, spirit), and suffering - those of us who don't "have it together", in fact, for those of us who never, ever had it all together in our lives. He prefers those who are weak and vulnerable.

Jesus came for the likes of you and me. And He loves us more than we can ask or imagine.

Be at peace, child. And don't listen to hell's lies of discouragement and despair. Just don't listen to lies! Read God's love letter to you - the Bible. 

Jesus loves you. You personally. He is kinder to you than you are to yourself. He knows. He knows. He knows!

My prayers go up for you each night and day.

Much love to you,

Christine