Monday, December 12, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
will I recognize you?
Do you look like the man, woman, or child I saw today?
Will you have sadness in your eyes, or complete delight?
Will I be able to cast my gaze on you, or turn away in guilt?
Will your shine lighten me and take away my fears?
I wonder what we will feel for each other when our eyes meet.
I seek to know you and grow closer each day but know it will all change when I see your face.
It will be a love like the first time I saw my newborn childrens' faces.
I carried them, dreamed about what they would look and be like, but it all changed to pure joy and love when I saw their faces.
Lord, I am not ready or worthy, but I long to see Your face.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Let's thank God that we have a place to call home
and pray for for those who have none or are losing theirs
and vow to help the homeless and ask God to show us how
When we go to a job we know will be hard
Let's thank God that we have a way to earn a living
and pray for those who have no job or are losing theirs
and vow to offer help any way we can even if it's just lending a hand
When we spend time with family and friends
Let's thank God for the true blessings they are
and pray for the lonely or those who feel unloved
and vow to reach out and spend time really listening
When we delight in receiving Jesus at Mass
Let's thank God for the true faith imparted to us
and pray for those who are missing out on this grace
and vow to share that faith and invite someone to Mass
When we awake each morning and welcome the day
Let's thank God for our lives and the time he gives us
and pray for those who will die today and souls in purgatory
and vow to make the most of each day for His purpose
When? When can these needs be fulfilled? When?
When will human suffering end? When?
When we are our brothers keeper and live as true
children of the same Father can we live more in His peace.
I pray I will see the next opportunity WHEN I can thank, pray and serve
Will you ask WHEN with me?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Are you all stressed out? Try a few prayers and some meditation. How about reciting a few decades of the rosary?
If you are a believer, your faith may well contain the tools to combat stress and in the process improve your chances of living longer.
Stress, a scourge to psychological health, cuts into physical health by aging the body's cells and their ability to reproduce. It also causes hormone rushes that can cripple the body's chemistry.
Health care professionals dealing with stress-related problems note that there is no preventive stress medicine. Stress is a part of life. The health issue is how people deal with stress to minimize the harmful effects.
"Managing stress" is the term often used, and it involves techniques for letting go of the stress rather than internalizing it.
In terms of letting go, "I can't overemphasize the importance of the early training of Catholics in prayer," said Dr. Herbert Benson, who specializes in stress-related illnesses.
Prayer repetition is a relaxation technique that helps people disregard thoughts that cause stress and the harmful physical consequences produced, said Benson, director of the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and a Harvard University associate professor of medicine.
People who are not religious can repeat muscular movements, words meaningful to them or sounds such as in chanting, he said. Relaxation techniques have been used for thousands of years in different cultures, Benson added.
It's a question of finding the repetition techniques that have meaning in a person's culture, he said.
"In the West, for Catholics nothing beats the rosary," said Benson, who is Jewish.
Stress occurs when people are in a situation that requires them to change behavior patterns, he said. "Stress evokes a flight response. It prepares you for running or fighting," Benson said.
Physically, blood pressure rises, the heart beats faster and brain waves speed up, he said. These are the results of hormones rushing into use, he explained.
"Repetition breaks the train of everyday thoughts that can cause stress, like worrying about an accident, losing money or worrying that there is a terrorist ahead," he said. It's not even necessary to repeat the entire "Hail Mary" prayer, he said. "Just repeat - Hail Mary full of grace - over and over. When a stressful thought or situation arises, say "Oh well" and repeat the prayer," he said.
A repetition technique "allows us to tap into the inborn capacity we have to combat stress," said Benson. "For a religious person, this is contact with God." For a nonreligious person, a repetition technique is a way to get in contact with processes within them derived from evolution, he added.
These techniques DECREASE METABOLISM, LOWER THE HEART BEAT AND QUIET DOWN THE BRAIN," he said.
Benson cites research showing that stress releases a hormone, norepinephrine, that can cause or worsen existing diseases (such as circulatory illnesses and infertility), while relaxation techniques RELEASE NITRIC OXIDE, WHICH COUNTERACTS THE HORMONE.
Good health care has three components: medicine, surgery and self-care, said Benson. "There are no drugs or surgery to counteract stress," he said. It comes down to self-care, and for believers spirituality is an important part, he added.
Benson suggested daily relaxation techniques for about 10-20 minutes to keep the nitric oxide flowing.
"Get up. Shower. Breathe slowly, and say "Hail Mary," Benson said.
But does all this really prolong life instead of just getting people through a momentary crisis? Apparently YES, answered Dr. Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Project and a Boston University associate professor of medicine.
His centenarian project is a nationwide study of people 100 years old or older and their children.
"A very large percentage of centenarians are religious, so it makes you wonder if religion helps manage stress," he said. "Religion gives you a global view. You don't sweat the small stuff," said Perls.
"Prayer, meditation, breathing right - these help RESET YOUR THERMOSTAT," he said.
Perls was organizing a study to investigate the role of religion and spirituality in longevity.
Meanwhile, science is establishing links between stress and aging.
Perls cited new research showing that the constant stress suffered by women with chronically ill children was causing the tiny caps of their cells' chromosomes to shrink. These cells are called telomeres, and when they become too short the cells become "older," stop multiplying and eventually die."
**** So there you have it, more evidence of only good things coming from praying and meditating on the mysteries of the rosary daily. Actually, many miracles have been attributed to it as well as promises attached to those who pray it.
I would love for my apostolate to grow and for me to be available to work on it full-time. If you would like to sponsor me - I came up with an idea. Many people participate in walks, etc. to raise money for causes and research. Much of that money goes to administration, etc. I am asking for anyone who would like to sponsor me, to pledge some amount per hour of work. Any money donated goes directly to time I am working to further prolife/prayer/homeless, etc. projects. More information about the apostolate can be found in posts here at www.savebabies-savesouls.blogspot.com. Additional money is needed at times for printing and supplies for mothers and for the homeless but much of that is donated. If interested, contact me at email@example.com. Please pray for my apostolate and for all those it touches.
The power of the rosary - changes lives and leads us closer to God.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I consider it a priviledge to be a member of the Catholic Church which Jesus Christ founded. With that priviledge, comes the responsibility to be united with my brothers and sisters to further God's life and soul saving plan. There are so many hurting people in the world today, let's lighten the load for each other through prayer and witness! If you have any projects you would like me to participate in or share, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment here.
I think about what all of the generations before me did that allowed me to be part of God's Church on earth today. Thank you Lord for their faith and may I be worthy to help ensure it to future generations.
We CAN save babies-save souls!
Save babies - Save souls
I have an apostolate called St. Gerard Majella Prolife Prayer Project. It has many components, but it starts with prayer. I have found the rosary to be such a powerful prayer tool and want to share it's benefits with others. It has a calming psyiological affect because of the rhytmn and because you are meditating on the mysteries of Jesus' life and praying for specific virtues on each decade, the prayer is focued. This focus allows God to put different people in mind for intentions based on what they might be going through, or show me a reflection of Jesus' life I did not have before. The beauty and power of these mysteries is infinite. Here is just one example, when I am praying the sorrowful mysteries and get to the third decade of the crowning of thorns (virtue focus is courage), I might think of Jesus' head with the crown of thorns and pray for all those suffering from mental anquish, depression, brain cancer, eye problems, etc) These prayers bring me so much peace and take my mind off of my own problems, giving God the control to work miracles in people's lives and give them strength to carry their own crosses as well as me carry my own. People of all ages need something to hold on to during difficult and joyous times in their lives and I want to give them the rosary. My original work included providing rosary packets to parishes that included the prayer sheet I made up regarding how to pray the rosary (some people do not remember exactly how to do it or noncatholics can learn) - it included the virtue prayed for during each decade which really helps to focus. I always feel that even if God's will is not the specific thing we are asking for, it is definitely His will to help me grow in these virtues. IT IS VERY EMPOWERING! My goal is for the priests to announce this distribution but more importantly, to share with the parishoners of all ages, about the power and benefits of the rosary in reaching personal potential to feel God's love fully and sharing this with the world. This will strengthen the parish over time and I feel, could save a life. There might be a young person contemplating suicide sitting in the pew and this could be just the small piece of hope they need to hear. It could benefit the sick or lonely - any trial is lightened with prayer and hope, especially knowing that you have a faith family that really believes in God's power!
The next step in this project is for the parish to enlist the patron saint of the parish for intercession and introduce or reintroduce the parishoners to the saint, their gifts and mission. The church's are not named after a particular saint for no reason. That saint can come alive and produce those same virtuous results in their parish today. Book/discusssion groups about the saint is a great way to involve people in the parish life, especially teens. I like to put a quote from that saint in the bulletin every week just to perk the interest in them. Blessed medals of the saint can be distributed, novenas started, and celebrations of their feast days honored.
This is just the first couple of steps in my apostolate - I will write more each day. You will see, the prolife aspects unfold as well as personal sanctity strived for. We can change our world - give people hope - love and respect everyone from conception until natural death - and defeat the evil forces in our world with hope and trust in God.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
A Little Bird Told Me
By Sharon C. 2011-02-14 . About sixteen years ago, I sat in a waiting room under serious conditions. My painful path had led me closer to God in so many ways, but this particular sign from Him is one of the sweetest - to this day.
I agonized over the meeting I was to have and silently pleaded with God to show me what He wanted me to do. I looked up and saw a painting of red birds. I've always loved them but they really had no special significance to me. There was though, just a slight lightening of my spirit. The meeting brought about even more challenges regarding decisions I needed to make. A couple of days passed and in my ongoing trials, feeling overwhelmed, I saw a cardinal fly across my car windshield. It was a little nudge that seemed to show me that God knew my heart and wanted to brighten my way. Over those years, I actually didn't see many cardinals but when I did, it was at a particular time when hope was so needed. I liked to think that this was our special little sign. No words, just beauty, life, movement, and mostly hope. Those little red birds told me that I was important. Their presence told me that I was loved. They told me that God would never abandon me and that He would always show me a way. That way was also to include simple pleasures and even joy. I smile every time I see one and for many years now, have a birdfeeder right outside my kitchen window. I watch them everyday and truly enjoy the simple pleasure of their visits.
Well I guess today I am ready to share that special little sign that I felt was between God and me. The next time you see one, think of the magnitude that our Lord loves you. He gave everything to make it possible for us to be with Him eternally. He guides us and gives us gifts both large and small, every day. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life and each time you see one of these little red birds, smile and realize His love is even in the details!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I have personally experienced miraculous answers to prayer by praying and meditating on the mysteries of the rosary. We CAN see miraculous intervention for countless unborn children.