Friday, May 1, 2015

May The Force Be With You

May happens to be her month. The her I’m referring to is our Blessed Mother Mary.

This month of May, I plan on devoting more time to her. Discovering more about the Mother of our Lord. Learning from her, calling out to her, admiring her, imitating her. Getting closer to her, this Mary—full of grace.

How about you? Will you let the force and power of our Blessed Mother, be with you?

St. Louis de Montfort has written:

“The whole world is filled with her glory, and this is especially true of Christian peoples, who have chosen her as guardian and protectress of kingdoms, provinces, dioceses, and towns. Many cathedrals are consecrated to God in her name. There is no church without an altar dedicated to her, no country or region without at least one of her miraculous images where all kinds of afflictions are cured and all sorts of benefits received…”

Our Lady, the Mother of our Lord, my puny little brain can’t comprehend all her glory. All I know is that many, many times I long for her mantle to cover and protect me.

St. Louis de Montfort’s words continue “…There is not a child who does not praise her by lisping a Hail Mary. There is scarcely a sinner, however hardened, who does not possess some spark of confidence in her. The very devils in hell, while fearing her, show her respect.”

As a baby lays its head upon a mother’s chest, I too long to rest myself upon her shoulders and feel the very presence of her grace. I yearn for her to be my protector and defender as I travel through life.

"From now on, all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty one has done great things for me...
Holy is His name."

Happy month of May—may the force of Blessed Mother Mary be with you!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For the Love of God

Next time you find yourself beginning to feel insecure and unsure about what lies ahead, when those doubts you buried start to surface, causing you much discomfort, go grab your Bible and turn to Isaiah 41:13.

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”

Loved and secure, that’s what I’m feeling as I let the words of this verse, found in Isaiah, sink deep into my soul and take up residency within my heart.

Whatever fears may have kept me tossing and turning during the wee hours of the night have vanished. Each and every burden I carry upon my back just got lighter. Any second thoughts that had been running rapidly through my mind have subsided as the love of God engulfs me.

I will help you; do not fear—for I am your God.

For the Love of God . . . take a good long look at who it is that’s holding your right hand.

Do not fear.

(Photo credit courtesy of Cullen O'Donnell.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Know

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know, I know!

When I’m at my breaking point, when I come up short on understanding and don’t think I can endure anymore pain and suffering that life is throwing my way I know I’m not to despair; for I know our Lord is near—I know the plans I have for you—says our Lord.

They are plans to give us hope and a future, regardless of our current circumstances. Plans not to harm us despite everything that may be causing us hurt at the present moment. Gracious plans that are designed to prosper us no matter what shall transpire throughout our lives.

I know life can be difficult, and at times utterly exhausting, but know that God has plans for you. And these plans are just for YOU. Knowing that we can get through anything.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE,” says the LORD.

Un-heard of, amazing, extraordinary, unbelievable, heart-stopping plans!

I know, I know!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Believe It or Not

It all starts with: “I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.”

Because of this one sentence, the profession of our faith, I believe in so much.

I believe in God. Not in false gods, or many different gods, but one God. I believe He is our Father. A Father, who leads, protects, cares for, looks after, never abandons, and loves with an everlasting love.

I believe God our Father is the Almighty. He is ever living, ever giving. My puny little brain can’t even imagine a small fraction of the power that God holds as our Creator, of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

Do you believe it?

Our God is here in our midst; He is the Almighty who saves. It all starts with: “I believe in one God.” 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Disturbingly Peaceful

Has the thought ever crossed your mind that you might be getting too complacent in life?

If so, maybe its time for some breathlessness to blow into your being, one’s faith cannot survive sitting still, it needs to be stretched and pulled in this and that direction.

Perhaps, it’s time to pray, asking Jesus to give us strength, courage, and hope where we need it most. Praying to be lifted to new horizons. Praying to find peace in our lives.

 “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.”

(Sir Francis Drake 1577)

We need faith that grows in leaps and bounds, unrestricted even in disturbing ways. It is when we can say, “my cup runs over” and “my plate is full” that we will find peace.

Perhaps it’s time . . . time to pray . . . Disturb us, Lord . . .

(Photo credit courtesy of Cullen O'Donnell)