Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

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OUR FAITH

MY FAITH

It is not about me

It’s about You

I am gone and only you remain

Total trust in you

In your love

In your generosity

That your power can do all

I know you

I know you keep your word

If I ask I will receive

I knock, and you will open the door

Miracles occur

All my faith is in you

It is all about your merciful love

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

From the picture you can see the size of a mustard seed and the size of the tree.  This implies that we start with just a small amount of faith and it grows as Jesus answers our prayers into something really strong.  Our faith is encouraged as we exercise using it in prayer.

In my personal life my mother had a necklace that had a mustard seed in a little plastic globe, that hung on a chain.  I was always touched by it’s size and I was told that it represented the scripture.  Just recently I gave this to my granddaughter Bria.  I explained the significance of this necklace to me.  It was a special piece of jewelry to me.

I believe that this visual reminder of the size of the faith that I must have has molded my thinking and encouraged me in prayer.  I know that I can muster up that much faith to get a positive answer.

My first miracle that I experienced in my life was when I was 13 and my mother attempted suicide.  She was admitted into St. Elizabeths hospital in Washington, D.C.  It was serious because at that time no one came out of a mental ward.  My mother was catatonic.  She did not speak to anyone.  One day she saw Mary the Mother of Jesus and she began to talk and was able to come home.  She had made a statue of Mary with the help of the nuns at the Catholic Hospital. My mother gave that statue to me when she came home.   We were not Catholic, yet I had a Mary statue in my room.  This was my first miracle that I experienced.

My Second miracle was when my mother in law had cancer surgery that went wrong and she was not able to swallow a string to see why her asophogace was closed.  My husband and I bought a Mary statue to take to her and the String went down immediately.  She was about 45 years old at the time and she lived to be 82.

These are the things that helped my faith grow.  So many times we take these things for granted and do not realize how important they are in our lives.  It is good to take the time to meditate and praise God for all our miracles.

1Corinthians 10:4-5 And they drank the same spiritual drink for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them and the rick was Christ.  Yet God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the dessert.

I was in meditation and I saw such a wonderful light and and negative thought came into my head and it became dark all of a sudden I saw a window and was told to come through it.  This took awhile.  The meditation song let your river flow brought the light back.  God let his river flow and cleanse all the negative from my thoughts. I was shown how negative thinking and complaining cause darkness.  Darkness causes blindness to the real truth in our lives.

Lord replace fear within us with a strong Faith

When my mother died I was unable to be there when she died.  My son Matthew traveled, from Tampa to West Palm Beach Florida, with me to try and make it before she died.  We did not make it. I was devastated. During a meditation time I saw my Mother dancing with Jesus.  It was wonderful for me to see her happy.  Her diabetes had caused her to have her legs removed several times before she died.  My Mother had a very hard life and her mental illness caused all of us lots of heartache.  To see her dancing with Jesus was such a healing for me.  Only Jesus can help our pain and heal our hearts that ache for the suffering.

2Timothy 4: 7-8

I have fought the good fight to the end I have run the race to finish; I have kept the faith, all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that day.

Saint Paul accomplished a lot.  What an accomplishment to run and not grow weary.  To continue through all the pain and win by going over the finish line successful.  No greater Faith than the one that sticks it out to the end.

MARY’S FAITH

MAGNIFICAT

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

And my spirit rejoices in God my savior

He Looks on his servant in her lowliness

Henceforth all ages will call me blessed

The almighty works marvels for me

Holy his name

His mercy is from age to age

On those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength

And scatters the proud-hearted

He casts the mighty from their thrones

And raises the lowly

He fills the starving with good things

Se protects Israel, his servant

Remembering his mercy,

The mercy promised to our fathers

to Abraham and his sons forever.

Mary was visited and told that she would be filled with the Holy Spirit and become pregnant with the Messiah.  The above prayer was her response of gratitude and knowledge of who was speaking to her. This implies a relationship prior to the Angels visit.   All the gifts are present in that prayer, obviously she is caught up in the Holy Spirit and began to Praise God.  What a knowledge of God.  Not shaken by an angel talking to her.  Open to the message and responding with out reservation.  Immediately in obedience, Mary went straight to Elizabeth as she was instructed.  Mary traveled many miles to Elizabeth, a 50 year old woman, to help her with her pregnancy.  What kind of faith believes these messages.  With out question Mary goes on the mission to Elizabeth.  When she arrives at Elizabeth’s home, Mary is greeted with such encouragement from Elizabeth.  Now the faith and discernment of Elizabeth is incredible and Mary’s response is wonderful.  The Young woman loving the older woman and both in mutual respect.  What faith!!!   No false humility, No questioning, No complaining, Just total abandonment to God’s will.   What an example for us of Holiness.

Mary lived her whole life that way all the way to the cross.  She had a mission and she completed it.  We all benefited from this great selfless love of our Heavenly Mother.

In my faith journey with God.  I have found myself struggling to understand what God wants me to do.  I am amazed at the Faith of Mary.

FEAR is the opposite of faith.  Here are some examples of Fear:

Being insecure

Inadequate

Inferior

Timid

Worry

Sensitivity

Fear of Authority

Terror

Horror or Tormented

Nightmares

Panic Attacks

Phobias ( dark, heights, future )

Anxiety

Nervousness

Procrastinating

Abandonment

Divorce

Separation

How many of these negative fears keep us from loving God?  How many keep us from our ministry God has called us to accomplish.

Mary had none of these examples of fear in her magnificat, she was fearless.  Only Faith in God makes us fearless.  What a confident woman and at such a  young age.  Mary is the example of the young woman that has had great religious and spiritual teaching.

Do you think that Mary taught Jesus obedience?

Mary surely knew that Jesus would listen to her and perform his first miracle, turning water into wine.  Mary’s faith helps us to see that it is possible for us to have faith that will move mountains.  Her faith inspires me to Trust Jesus as she Trusted in God’s plan.  I am inspired by Mary to be present in the now and pray for God to help me change the world.

Do you think that living with Mary’s example helped Jesus give the Sermon On The Mount;

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God’s love for us in sharing Jesus.  Calling Mary to be our Mother.  Trying to reach each one of us in a personal loving way.  Bringing the Kingdom of God to us so that we could be happy now on earth and in the Heaven with Him forever.

MOTHERS HEART ❤️

MOTHERS HEART

PRAYER

Our Lady of Fatima, Today, we pray for an end to the suffering and injustice that plague so many parts of the world. Through the power of the Lord, you performed a miracle at Fatima and made the sun dance for thousands of people to see. Please intercede for those who are suffering.

Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask

through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers.

A Mothers Heart

The first time I saw you I love you

Even before in my womb I was connected to you completely

you were mine to protect and enjoy and anticipate your needs

i was terrified to cause you any pain

i fed you, bathed you, and laughed when you laughed

I cried when you cried and anguished when I felt helpless to help you

i was proud of every accomplishment and suffered when you failed

i blamed myself for any cross you were given

When you became an adult it was hard to let go

It was so hard when motherly intuitions haunted me

When you got married it was hard to share

When you had children it was a great joy

i felt guilt when I could not let go and peace when i accomplished it

I am happy with all you have become and do not compare you to anyone else.

You are still apart of me and will always be

Your Mother who loves you just the way you are.

Written by June Council

MY MOTHER

As a daughter I was thankless and never understood my mothers illness and how she was suffering. Instead I was imbarrassed and hid her mental illness. Children have no understanding they only want to be cared for and loved. My Mother became mentally ill when I was 13. I was very ashamed of her. She had shock treatments that caused damaged her memories. She could not remember how to cook and took medication that made her sleep all the time. Only my closest friends knew. I felt all alone and compared her with my friends mothers. Years later, I realized she was sick and what a cross it must have been to have a child that was ashamed of her. I know now that she was responsible for my spiritual growth. We did not go to church but we watched Billy Graham and Arch Bishop Sheen on t.v. . Later I realized that it was the foundation of all my religious training. My mother was very intelligent and had a wonderful sense of humor. Our Holidays were a filled with imagination and fun. She was full of advice like;

1. Eat your spinach and you will be strong like popeye the sailor.

2. Clean you plate the people in china are starving.

3. If you are too full for dinner your too full to eat dessert.

4. Theres a place for everything and everything in its place.

5. You can get more with honey than you can get with vinegar.

6. Idle hands is the devils workshop.

7. PUT CLEAN UNDERWARE IN CASE YOUR ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT.

8. Dont say anything that cannot be put in newspaper.

9. A man will treat his wife like he treats his mother.

10. Cheaters never prosper.

I called my mother Ma and she was happy being my mother. She had lost many children before I was born. I was a only child and she enjoyed all I did for her and my father. I know now that she did her very best and I would not have been who I am today if not for her Moral teaching. Even though it was hard for me to raise 4 children without the help of my own mother. I did have my husbands mother and she was great. I really appreciated her mothering me. My memory of a priest during a sermon saying MARY IS YOUR MOTHER, was such a comfort to me. I also love when Jesus was on the cross, he said ” John, Mary is your mother now” and John took Mary into his life.

Often I think about Mary and her sorrows. I also like to think of what fruit was grown with the suffering of our Heavenly Mother;

The sword in the heart prophesy fear of God

Donkey ride 9 months pregnant to egypt generousity to the poor and piety

Anguish at Jesus loss chastity gift of knowledge

Seeing Jesus carrying the cross patience fortitude

Seeing Jesus martyr temperance gift counsel

Seeing the lance put in jesus heart charity understanding

Burial of Jesus virtue of diligence gift of wisdom

In conclusion I would like to say that the poem above is how much I love my children and grandchildren. I believe all mothers give all they are capable of and love their children. They never leave their hearts ever. God made us to be helpmates and we are best when we act in that role.
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OUR HEART

OUR HEART

Guard my heart and keep it pure, lord. Give me grace to put a light on the truth. Open my eyes to see the condition of my heart. Touch my heart with compassion and understanding. Clean my heart with the blood of Jesus. When my heart is broken help me to forgive completely. Every issue of life stems from my heart being healthy. Keep my heart safe by forgiving quickly, loving unconditionally, serving generously, clinging to happiness, always being positive, thinking only good, expecting good and praising God in all things. Sacred Heart of Jesus we trust in you. J.C.

For the last 2 months all I have seen is the word” heart” expressed in different ways:

I wrote recently in http://www.woundedinourmidst.com about hardened hearts.

This past week I shared pictures and the prayer above that I felt inspired to write.

I went to church yesterday and a new song, titled , “In The Silence”, we sang during communion. The first verse said; “In the silence of the heart You speak and your mercy is in the air I breathe. You come to me in whispers, and forgiveness sings. In the silence of the heart you speak.” This song for communion deeply touched me.

In another song at mass the same day we sang , “Bless the Lord” , the words, “You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger, your name is great and your heart is kind, for all your goodness I will keep on singing, Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find”, and then in the chorus, ” Bless the Lord O my soul, worship His holy name, Sing like never before, O my soul I’ll worship your holy name.”

A week ago we sang, Open the eyes of my heart Lord, which is one of my favorites.

The church I attend is Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa.

We pledge Our Allegiance, by crossing our hearts.

We remember things by heart.

I have just read that Gods Grace brings light to our hearts.

Saw this picture during this time of seeing heart

One of the devotionals that I shared on Facebook last week was from Proverbs 31 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

DEVOTIONAL

Supreme wisdom is given to us from the book of Proverbs.

The heart is the central organ of the human body and it carries blood to the other organs of the body. it beats one hundred thousand times daily. The first heart cell starts to beat as early as four weeks old in an embryo. You have a responsibility to keep your heart healthy because every issue in life stems from there. Happiness, emotional vitality, and reducing stress are paramount for keeping your heart attentive and safe. Keep it safe by forgiving quickly, loving unconditionally, serving others, being happy, thinking positive thoughts, and expecting good things to happen in life. The Cathechism of the Catholic Church says forgiveness transfigures the disciple by configuring us to the Master:It is there, in fact, “in the depths of the heart,” that everything is bound and loosed. It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offense; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy

Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt into intercession. ”

My son has an Apple watch and it alerts him to his hearts performance . It encourages him to exercise more and tells him when he has reached his goal by his heart rate. Some of the signs given off by his watch have prompted him to have a stress test, which he is scheduled to have in a week or two.

I am not clear why all I am hearing is the word heart, but it is definately encouraging me to guard my heart by staying positive and forgiving quickly. All of the messages above caused me to write and share my experience on this journey. I am grateful that the Holy Spirit has sent all the messages to me so clearly. I know that praying plays a part in being able to discern the message. I have found that just listening and opening my heart to God before praying has healed my broken heart. I am not responding in a negative way to those who choose to hurt me. It is wonderful. My heart is open to God and guarded to those who do not like me. I can love them but not become their victim. Connecting to God, who is Love , strengthens me. The knowing and feeling that God loves me, is all that I need. It helps me to love unconditionally. I feel that my heart is tranformed. My heart is the window to my soul and I know that I have a really clean heart. Only God can do that!!!!!

I thought that all the messages to me on heart were finished, but it continues.

So remember that the word H EAR T has the word ear in it ,so Listen carefully to God’s still and small voice in your heart.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

” Our hearts were made for you and they are restless until they rest in you.” St. Augustine of Hippo

Mothers day is coming and we must not forget our Mother Mary, whose Heart surrendered to us all unconditionally, to birth Jesus in the world for us. On Mothers day, also remember that our Mother’s heart purely loved us, to the best of her ability. The decision we all must come to, is that our mothers heart beat for us for 9 months and we were one. We were connected to them physically, emotionally and were taught by them spiritually. So compassion is our guide, when we are tempted to judge them in anyway. Remember that understanding is a gift of the Holy Spirit to ask God for when dealing with our Mothers. One thing that I believe, that every decision our Mothers made were for our best interest. No on can explain a mothers heart for her children. . Mother Mary’s heart beats for us eternally, and she prays for us, especially when our Mothers were unable.

1 JN 3:18-24

“Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn, for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And his commandment is this: We should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.”

I know that God’s love for us guides us in all these messages on HEARTS, may the Sacred Heart of Jesus inspire us all to have a clean heart.

2 Thessalonians 3: 5 ” May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and the endurance of Christ.”

Dear Jesus, bless our hearts, Grant that the place where Christ abides in us with the Father and the Spirit may become the place where we live with the Holy Trinity in friendship. Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him'” John 14:23

June Council

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