Saturday, July 09, 2011
"Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Thus he chose us in Christ before the world was made to be holy and faultless before him in love, marking us out for himself beforehand, to be adopted sons, through Jesus Christ. Such was his purpose and good pleasure, to the praise of the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved." (Ef. 1:3-6)
Today's reading reminds us that we have been chosen from all eternity to a happy, blessed life.
Our Father wants us to enjoy these blessings and happiness in this life, as well as in His Kingdom for all eternity. And the best way for us to experience this happiness in the here and now is doing all we can to make others happy. In giving, we will receive.
It's true that we are meant to live in joy in the Lord, but the sin present in the world does so often bring us sadness and suffering.
We have the sadness of three deaths in the last two days. The first was a natural death of a friend, father of a graduate, who died suddenly of a stroke on Thursday. Then yesterday morning, a young man, 24 years old, a graduate of ours was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was a wonderful young man, very active in church and in community service, but unfortunately, prone to drinking. He was intoxicated, and crashed into a building. And just five minutes ago I received a phone call that the sister of one of my teachers was murdered last night. She was at home with her husband and another family member, she was making supper. Some men broke into the house and took her and her husband away by force. Their bodies were found this morning. Just more of the senseless violence I spoke of in my blog on Thursday. We have no idea why they were killed.
All we can do is pray - for our own protection, and for conversion of heart for those who perpetuate all this violence.
Please keep us all in your prayers.
Friday, July 08, 2011
"Do not get heated about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Quick as the grass they wither, fading like the green of the fields. Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and live secure. Make Yahweh your joy and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he will act…
Stay quiet before Yahweh, wait longingly for him, do not get heated over someone who is making a fortune, succeeding by devious means. Refrain from anger, leave rage aside, do not get heated -- it can do no good; for evil-doers will be annihilated, while those who hope in Yahweh shall have the land for their own. A little while and the wicked will be no more, however well you search for the place, the wicked will not be there; but the poor will have the land for their own, to enjoy untroubled peace." (Psalm 37)
Our God is amazing! Yesterday in my blog I was talking about all of the violence and crime in our world, and today, the Lord puts Psalm 37 before me.... once again reassuring us that in the long run, evil will not win!! He reminds us to be calm and quiet in His presence, and to trust that He will take care of us, and that in His time - not ours! - good will win out!
I praise you, my God, and I thank you for always being with us!
I think God has a sense of humor. He's saying to me: OK, yesterday you got people concerned over the evil in the world; now today I want you to remind them that I am still in charge!!
My spirits are a little better today - probably because I am not so tired.
Fridays are always less stressful for me - the weeks work is mostly done - so I can be more relaxed and my schedule more flexible. And I have the weekend ahead of me!! YEAH!!!
I do get discouraged when I just can't seem to lose any more weight. It's like my body says OK - you've lost almost 34 pounds, but that's all you're gonna get. I know the main problem is that my metabolism has slowed with age, and I think the weight gain affected it too. But with all the exercise, it seems that it should be better by now. I really want to get down to 150, but it's starting to look like an impossible goal!!
But I'm not giving up!! I keep reminding myself of how much healthier, stronger and more flexible I am now than I was a year and a half ago!
I got my exercise in this morning. Then I accompanied my godchild to her monthly check-up - she's 3 months pregnant, first child. After that I picked up Alejandro from Nursery - he's loving it and doing really well.
He just turned 3 on June 25th, but was not potty-trained. We'd been trying for weeks, but no success at all - just total indifference. Since he would be starting nursery school, two days after his birthday, we bought him underpants and told him he was a big boy now, and wouldn't be using a diaper any more. He had 2 or 3 accidents, but amazingly, within 3 days, he was totally trained, asking to use the bathroom when he needed to go. He is so proud of himself! We did use lots of praise and little prizes to encourage him!
Well, I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend - plan to get a few things done that I've been wanting to do, and hoping to get in a little more exercise, and hopefully control the snacking, and see if I can't get back on track!
Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, filled with blessings and peace!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
"Be sure that I am with you; I will keep you safe wherever you go." (Gen. 28:15)
What a consoling passage! Especially in these times, when we are so busy, always on the go, and there seems to be danger everywhere: natural disasters, crime and violence.
All we can do is pray for protection every day and every night! And this verse assures us that our God is always with us, protecting us.
Yes, sometimes bad things happen - sickness, accidents - but we can trust that even there He is protecting us and keeping us safe from evil, so that we can be with Him in His Kingdom for all eternity.
The city I live in has just been declared the most violent in our country. People are killed almost every day - most of the killings seem to be related to drug trafficking, or gangs - but very often people are killed just to rob them of a cell phone, or laptop, or to steal their car. or because of a disagreement, or labor problem or whatever.
It seems that for so many, life no longer has any value. I believe that when society accepted abortion - the killing of innocent babies - and then tries to take God out of so many parts of our life, it naturally followed that many persons lost all value of human life.
So passages like this one are our stronghold! We need to constantly relay on the protection of our God!
Sorry I haven't been around for a few days - we had retreats on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since I semi-retired, I usually have a little more relaxed and flexible schedule, as long as I get done what I need to do, but with retreats, I have to be at the Center by 7:15 am, and finish around 4:30. And then, if I have to do any errands, or want to spend a little time with Alejandro and Andrés, I don't get home until about 7:30 pm, and by that time I am so tired I don't feel like doing much of anything except maybe logging into SP, maybe check out my page, but not much else!!
It really messes up my progress, too! I not only didn't lose this week - I went back up! I don't exercise, don't eat right, and at night am so tired, I just want to eat - emotional eating, I guess!
Right now I am very discouraged. So off my plan, too tired to even exercise today.... no time for SP - but I don't want to give up!! I need to get back in balance today, watch what I eat, rest a little, and hopefully tomorrow get back on track.
I hope everyone is well - I can't stay on now, have to prepare Holy Hour for this afternoon. Maybe tonight I'll have the energy to post a little!
Have a good day and "Hasta Luego" !
Saturday, July 02, 2011
This morning I thought i'd share this beautiful morning prayer.
Lord, you know me better than I know myself.
Your Spirit pervades every moment of my life.
Thank you for the grace and love You shower on me.
Thank You for Your constant, gentle invitation to let you into my life.
Forgive me for the times I have refused that invitation, and closed myself off from you.
Help me in the day to come, to recognize Your presence in my life, to open myself to you, to let You work in me, to Your greater glory. Amen
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. For some, it's a long weekend. Happy 4th of July.
Here in Honduras, obviously it isn't a holiday - but I can't complain, because actually Honduras has more holidays - especially school holidays - than the States!
Next week is going to be another busy week. We start one-day retreats with the students. We have retreat on Tuesday with the Seniors and on Wednesday with the Juniors. Then no retreats the following week, two the week of the 18th, and the last one the following week.
I want to try to prepare next week's Holy Hour today, so I won't be too pressured during the week.
Working hard to try to take off at least one pound this week!!
Blessings on each of you and your loved ones!!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
"Which of you wants to live to the full,
who loves long life and enjoyment of prosperity?
Malice must be banished from your tongue,
deceitful conversation from your lips,;
never yield to evil, practice good;
seek peace, pursue it." (Ps. 34:12-14)
We all take joy in the blessings of the Lord, and rightfully so... He wants us to enjoy all the wonderful gifts He gives us!
But we have to remember that if we want the blessings, we have to be obedient to what He asks of us.... And as St James says in his epistle, the tongue is the hardest part of the body to control! So little, and yet can do so much damage! We really need to be aware all of the time of what passes our lips!!
I think that as we learn to control our tongue, it becomes easier to comply with the rest - "do good, avoid evil, pursue peace".
And thinking about the tongue, so often - with it's sense of taste - is our downfall on our journey to a healthy body!! LOL!!! So we need to control that tongue in more ways than one!
Well - I did it!! Wednesday is my weigh-in day - and I BROKE THE 164 BARRIER!!
Forgive me for shouting - but I am really happy. True - only by half a pound - but I broke that barrier after being about 7 weeks yo-yoing between 164 and 167. I've worked hard this past week - exercising, watching everything I eat, saying no to nighttime snacks, drinking my water, getting to bed on time.... and it worked!!
I doubt greatly that I will reach my mini-goal - 160 by July 1st - that's Saturday.... but I'm going to keep to my plan, and see if I can get at least a little lower by the the weekend. Then I'll go after my next mini-goal - 155 by August 15th. That's when I travel to Ohio to see my brother and my sister-in-law, and I really want to be 155 by then.
Two years ago, when I visited them, I bought new pants - size 18. Last year, I bought new pants, size 16. And how I would love to buy size 14 this year!!!!
I was 197 in 2009, so it's taken me two years to lose 33 pounds. So I'm a real Slowest Loser, but losing I am! And I'm proud of it - proud of me!! And happy with what I see in the mirror!
Thanks to all of you, my friends, for your support and encouragement! With your help, I know I can reach my goal.... even if not as soon as I'd hoped, but I will get there!
Sorry I haven't had time to be doing much on SP these past couple of days. I just have so much to do, and didn't want to stay up too late at night, so I had to sacrifice something.... and even though I wasn't happy about it, it had to be SP. I still have loads to do before the weekend - prepare Holy Hour (that's started, at least), prepare for retreats next week, rosary for next week and something for assembly on Friday. So I'll try to find some time to post, but if I can't, know that you are all in my prayers!
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