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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neither hidden or obvious, sudden or unforseen.

Present, past or to come.


~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

May 21, 1985