Friday, December 7, 2012
Jesus Was (Is) Homeless Posted by Sharon Rose on March 22, 2011 at 9:40am View Blog .* This is a post I wrote just before Christmas last year from another site. While this "homeless bag" idea is such a blessing to others at Christmas, it is also a wonderful thing to share all year round. My family and friends try to keep a filled bag in our car so when we encounter a homeless person or someone on the street asking for help, we can share the bag, along with a short personal encounter and opportunity to show that person Christ's love within in. We see the homeless people on the streets and in the news. It must be the most hopeless feeling to watch as the world goes by you stand begging for help, or even worse, hide away to find a little shelter. If you are like me, it saddens you see these people and you wish you could, in your own little way, do something to help other than hand them a dollar or two. Jesus suffered this same plight - not even having shelter at birth. This, along with the empathy we feel toward the homeless today, is unimaginable. God loves us so much that He shares in every suffering and relates even on a human level. He went through the suffering, the cold, the dangers, and every other pain. He is within everyone of us still today and He is living inside the hopeless, homeless. As we prepare for Christ's birthday, let's give Him a birthday present this year that shows His people that there is hope and love, even from unexpected, supernatural interventions. We can make up a backpack or duffel bag filled with items and distribute to people we see on the streets. My family and I do this on Christmas day, after mass, downtown. There is no shortage of people wandering and lonely. This bag can contain some food items like tuna pouches, crackers, nuts, candy, juice, etc. We include a warm blanket and possibly one wrapped item like gloves or socks. A card is a nice touch along with personal care items and a small bible or prayerbook/rosary. Be an angel to one of your brothers and sisters in Christ this year. Imagine the hope the person will feel that there are people who care, that God cares, and that they may be able to overcome some of their struggles.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
How many times do we hear about people participating in walks to donate money to worthy organizations? Well, this is my virtual walk - a walk which is actually a work. I'm hoping to raise money to work my ministry - any money donated will be translated into hours I work to donate bulk rosaries and devotions to parishes, groups, and even random places like shelters, hospitals, rest stops, etc. Look at early post St. Gerard Majella mission statement about details. contact firstname.lastname@example.org to support this and many other evangelical outreaches I do. Some others include making up bags handing out to homeless people, scripture booklets distribution, blog and twitter (example praymorenovenas.com and comepraytherosary.com), sidewalk counseling, saints discussion group, etc. I can validate any donations made regarding hours spent/activities completed.
RANDOM POEM I WROTE TODAY WITH LITTLE 5 YEAR OLD I WAS BABYSITTING Posted by Sharon Rose on November 27, 2012 at 9:00pm View Blog .It's November 27th and all is well Thanksgiving is over as you can tell My thoughts are of Christmas - the Baby's birth When God saved the world - heaven to earth I like to think about Jesus - how He lived When He lost His first tooth and maybe cried a bit I wish I could have been there to dry the tears And be by His side over the years, lessen His fears But instead I am happy to let Him help me And await the great day that together we'll be As I patiently wait for December twenty five I'll prepare my heart as a gift to present to Him ALIVE!
Our Christmas Presents Posted by Sharon Rose on December 16, 2011 at 9:58am View Blog .Our Christmas presents that we give and receive help us to show love to each other and remind each other of the joy we share in Christ's birthday. The anticipation, celebrations and love shared among family and friends during this time of year are beautiful. It even serves as somewhat of a rhythm in the cycle of a year - a certainty and structure in time we know will come and go. The lights we see help remind us of the STAR that led to the Christ child and the light that He is to our world. All of these things strengthen us and lift our spirits serving as power to help us through struggles and rough times. It's another example of the balance in life. In reality, Christmas and the gifts that it brings are part of the pure joy that we have been given by means of being a Christian. It's the innocence of new birth, hope and finally the acceptance of struggle that leads to salvation. Back to the concept of the Christmas presents - one that you may not have together yet is the present to Jesus for His birthday. Make Him a birthday cake and get the box ready that His gift goes in. Put in it, either tangible items that reflect what you want to give or do for Him, or written notes of love or sacrificial acts done in His honor. Wrap it beautifully and put it under your tree. If there are things in it that someone could use, present that gift anonymously to someone. By this I mean, maybe you might place warm gloves in the box offering the work of your hands to God, possibly a food item, representing a food you might give up during the season, maybe something red, to represent your heart. He is alive an we can treat Him as though He is right there in the room joining in our Christmas celebration and gift giving. Merry Christmas - blessings!