Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Be near my friend who has many names.
Let him know Your unfailing love during these dark times;
let him know how Your plan is unfolding in his life,
and how much he has to be thankful for.
Let him see Your blessings, from the smallest butterfly
to a majestic sunset, and instill in him a will to live,
to love,
and to continue fighting the good fight.
Let him know how valuable life is in Your eyes.
In Jesus' name we pray

The Cranberries - Zombie (Official Music Video)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Divine Mercy

Through our faith in the Word of God we know that all existence is the manifestation of the Lord. As people of faith, we do not need tangible proof to believe, and yet because we believe, we see tangible proof all around us.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

My wife and I do not plan very well. Usually I blame her for this, but I find it all too comfortable knowing that should I even try to schedule something more than a few minutes hence, it will be met with apathy at best, and argument more likely, so I usually avoid.
Way too passive, I know.

But this morning, with absolutely no morning plans whatsoever, we endeavoured to make a brief outing to our favorite shopping Mecca: Howell, Michigan. First to Wal-Mart for the roll-backs (not so many on this trip; is Wally World on its way to becoming the place we used to love to shop at?!), then Meijer (only to kill time mind you [oh - and obtain spirits], until Aldi opens), and then to Aldi itself.
I must interject here that, although I have been quite satisfied with all three of those merchandisers throughout the course of my adult life, shopping now is much more time consuming than it ever was because I now must read labels. 'Must'. Because if I even look at a frozen pizza, my ankles swell up like two balloons, and this is not proper. Or righteous. Or any good at all. Now I've got that feeling once again, I can't explain, you would not understand.
So we look mostly for fresh meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits. I still enjoy milk (skim) with my Ruby Red/fiber morning shake, and I thoroughly enjoy my bride's no salt apple crisp made with oats.
So, we filled up the back of the Journey with apples, chicken breast and thighs, paper towels, dryer sheets, asparagus, ground chicken, onions, etc. No ice cream, no frozen french fried potatoes, no corn chips or pretzels.
We didn't need to run any errands, so we were home by ten thirty or so. It was a nice morning with my sweetie.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The steeple of the church was typically the highest structure in town, to remind us of Him.
His love
His mercy
His sacrifice
His truth
His Way.

Lord, give me the grace to always be attentive to You.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

go figure

Adam: In a garden, the Tree of Live brought about death.

Christ, the second Adam: In a garden, the tree of death brought about life.

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

John 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper, 
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power 
and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin 
and began to wash the disciples' feet 
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 
"Master, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus answered and said to him,
"What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later."
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet."
Jesus answered him, 
"Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me."
Simon Peter said to him, 
"Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well."
Jesus said to him, 
"Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
 for he is clean all over; 
so you are clean, but not all."
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, "Not all of you are clean."

So when he had washed their feet 
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, 
he said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me 'teacher' and 'master,'  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, 
you ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow, 
so that as I have done for you, you should also do."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019


Jesus' passion





Monday, April 1, 2019

Dear LORD~

Grace me with a courage like Ananias, that I might always trust You.