DEE107's SparkPeople Blog DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> Eternal Happiness <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “In order to be Christian, our lives must be a continual renunciation and sacrifice. However, we know that the difficulties of this world are nothing compared to the eternal happiness that awaits us, where there will be no limit to our joy, no end to our happiness, and we shall enjoy unimaginable peace. And so, young people, learn from our Lord Jesus Christ the meaning of sacrifice.”... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:37:06 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> Too Feeble to Walk <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk.” – St. Therese of Lisieux <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "In concert with World Youth Day, make a spiritual pilgrimage to Poland by tuning into EWTN or go online. " <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:50:00 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> Receive Many Graces <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.” – St. John Bosco <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Tod... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:34:45 EST A Year of Mercy Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Be Dissatisfied with Yourself <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things.” - St. Augustine <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "I... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:36:59 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Make a Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> On the Other Side of Darkness <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Although I have lived through much darkness,...I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in the hearts of the young...Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:51:00 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 24, 2016 <BR> <BR> "No Matter How Good Food is..." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. A single bad word, an evil action, an unbecoming joke, is often enough to harm one or more young listeners, and may later cause them to lose God's grace.” – St. John Bosco <BR> <BR> Thought for Today: "The glory is not in never failing, but in rising... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:21:34 EST A Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Foolish Weaver <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.” - St. Thomas More <BR> <BR> St. Thomas More was a martyr of the Church during the reign of King Henry VIII of England. As Lord High Chancellor, he followed his conscience and spoke ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:22:25 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Surprise <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” - Fr. Henri Nouwen <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today:... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:39:34 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> Open Arms <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: He is life! If, up till now, you have kept Him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following Him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust Him, be confident that He is close to you, He is with you and He will gi... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:52:05 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Revolution That Starts With Us <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” - Dorothy Day, Servant of God <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "How happy I am to see myself imperfect and be in need of God's mercy." St. Therese of Lisieux <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:35:29 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Hand of a Child <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I doubt if anyone of any tenderness or imagination can see the hand of a child and not be a little frightened of it. It is awful to think of the essential human energy moving so tiny a thing; it is like imagining that human nature could live in the wing of a butterfly or the leaf of a tree. When we look upon lives so human and yet so small, we feel the same kind of obligation to th... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:49:02 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> Scarred & Wounded <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?” - Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "This week, pray for a co-worker." <BR> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:43:27 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> "Christ strengthens Me" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Just as Christ, after His baptism and the coming upon Him of the Holy Spirit went forth and defeated the adversary, so also with you. After holy Baptism and the Mystical Chrism, having put on the full suit of armor of the Holy Spirit, you are to withstand the power of the adversary, and defeat him, saying, 'I am able to do all things in Christ, Who strengthens me.'” – St. Cyril of Jer... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:50:00 EST A Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Alms for the Lord <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.” – St. Francis of Assisi <BR> <BR> Take a moment today to offer assistance to someone in need or give a gift to the Lord through a local, national, or international agencies that ministers to the most basic needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in poverty. <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:41:52 EST A Year of Mercy and a special message Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> "Do Not Fear" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Why are you afraid? Do you think I will not have enough omnipotence to support you? (527) Do not fear; I myself will make up for everything that is lacking in you. (435)" ~ St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Fast from meat today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Special Message - Promoting Harmony in the Midst of Violence <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 01:05:52 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> World on Fire <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire. Let the truth be your delight...proclaim it...but with a certain geniality.” ~ St. Catherine of Siena <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Share a personal faith story with someone today." <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:39:43 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Defender in Battle <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel <BR> <BR> In this difficult and turbulent moment in world history, it is important to remember the saintly champions that can intercede for us. St. Michael is one of those champions. Please pray this prayer today and lift up all those personal issues and concerns of the world to him for his powerful intercession. <BR> <BR> St. Michael the Archangel... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:12:38 EST A Year of Mercy Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Hope ~ True Freedom <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Optimism is the expectation that things — the weather, human relationships, the economy, the political situation, and so on — will get better. Hope is the trust that God will fulfill God's promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom. The optimist speaks about concrete changes in the future. The person of hope lives in the moment with the knowledge and trust that all of lif... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:50:25 EST A Year of Mercy Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Summer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Henry James wrote, “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” The author of Ecclesiastes has a slightly different take on this sentiment...that it is a profound gift from God. This author wrote, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fatho... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:31:47 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Tears of God <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “God tenderly gathers all the tears of the suffering and they are stored in his chest, as if they were precious stones.” ~ Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thought for Today: "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:19:59 EST A Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Boundless Love <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote on Mercy for Saturday <BR> <BR> "God's patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to Him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. ... It is there, in the wounds of Jesus, that we are truly secure; there we encounter the boundless love of His heart. Thomas understood this. Saint Bernard goes on to ask: But what can I count on? My own merits? No, 'My merit is... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:26:56 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 8, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Tenderness of God <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote on Mercy for Friday: <BR> <BR> "I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father. ... The Father, with patience, love, hope and mercy, had never for a second stopped thinking about [his wayward son], and as soon as he sees him still far off, he runs out to meet him and embraces him with tenderness, the tenderness of God, without a word of reproach. ... God is alw... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 01:02:59 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Gaze of Jesus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote on Mercy for Thursday: <BR> <BR> "Let us ... remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closest to him; and when he hits bottom he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him: 'Peter, don't be afraid of your weakness, trust in Me.' Peter understands, he feels the loving gaze of Jesus and he weeps. How beautiful is this gaze of... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 01:01:04 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> The World-Weary Man <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a story about a world-weary elderly man after the time of the French Revolution who was reduced to begging. He wandered from town to town, seeking alms to keep himself alive. Upon entering one small town, he made his way to the church, hoping for a handout. He wasn’t a churchgoing man himself, but he stayed there because of the steady stream of passersby. <BR> <BR> One day, aft... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:39:16 EST A Year of Mercy Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> Intercession of the Virgin Mary <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote on Mercy for Tuesday: <BR> <BR> Together let us pray to the Virgin Mary that she helps us ... to walk in faith and charity, ever trusting in the Lord's mercy; He always awaits us, loves us, has pardoned us with His Blood and pardons us every time we go to Him to ask His forgiveness. Let us trust in His mercy! <BR> <BR> — Pope Francis, Regina Caeli on Divine Mercy ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:33:24 EST A Year of Mercy Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 4, 2016 ~ Independence Day <BR> <BR> "Driest Land Becomes A Garden..." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quote on Mercy for Monday: <BR> <BR> "God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). ... Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can wat... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:38:47 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> Words of Mercy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Each day during this week in the middle of the Year of Mercy, we will be sharing thoughts and words of mercy spoken by Pope Francis. Reflect on these quotes and make these words of peace, compassion, and mercy your own: <BR> <BR> Quote on Mercy for Sunday: <BR> <BR> “Jesus' attitude is striking: we do not hear the words of scorn, we do not hear words of condemnation, but only words of love, o... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:54:16 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> <BR> July 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Trusting God <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not afraid to fail…I'm scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, 'Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.” ~ Mother Angelica <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "The Saints did not all begin well, but they all ended well." ~ St. John Vianney <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 00:18:31 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> God's Plan <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "It was during those most difficult times, when I was called upon to have faith, that I gained so much more of it when I simply trusted God. A stronger faith and a stronger relationship with God was and is the reward for having faith! <BR> <BR> The above quote is from the "Daily Reflections" of Creighton University. <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Don't know how to prepare... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 00:43:48 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> Please Pray for Me... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Do you have at least one friend who prays for you as you pray for him? <BR> I had never heard of the concept until I went to college. The nuns across town have a prayer partner program and several students sign up to be prayer partners with nuns. They treated us to dinner in their cafeteria a few times and allowed us to pray with them in their chapel and had a party for us at the en... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:33:03 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> God's Timing <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reflect on these words of St. Pio, also known as Padre Pio, on how God's timing is always perfect: <BR> <BR> ‘Pray, wait, and do not worry. Worrying is useless. God is merciful and will listen to your prayer… Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to the heart of God. You should speak to Jesus, not with your lips but with your heart.’” <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:33:53 EST A Year of Mercy and dad <BR> Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> Twitter & The Pope <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Explore ways to use social media to deepen your faith. For example, the following are on the Twitter feed for Pope Francis @Pontifex: <BR> <BR> “In this age lacking in social friendship, our first task is that of building community.” 6.7.16 <BR> <BR> “The tendency of God is present in the lives of all those attending the sick and understanding their needs with eyes fu... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:28:57 EST A Year of Mercy Make a Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Looking Glass <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The accidents of life separate us from our dearest friends, but let us not despair. God is like a looking glass in which souls see each other. The more we are united to Him by love, the nearer we are to those who belong to Him.” <BR> <BR> ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Pray for a new friend this week." <BR> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:38:15 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Setting Your Hand to the Plow <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Jesus said, ‘No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.’” (Luke 9:62) <BR> <BR> The words of the Gospel have much to teach us. Please reflect on the following: <BR> <BR> “Plowing gets a field ready for planting. In Jesus' time, a farmer plowed a field by following an ox on foot. The farmer used the reins in his ha... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:58:57 EST A Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Opening my Heart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Lord teaches us a lesson for our own lives too”, Pope Francis said, suggesting that we ask ourselves through a genuine examination of conscience: “Do I remember the wonders that the Lord has done in my life? Do I remember the Lord’s gifts? Am I capable of opening my heart to the prophets, to what they say to me: ‘This is wrong, you have to go there, move forward, take a risk’, as the ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:23:33 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 24, 2016 ~ Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist <BR> <BR> Prepare the Way for Others <BR> <BR> “Perhaps God’s plan for us includes preparing the way for others so that they may come to believe. We are asked to be holy as our Father is holy. By our acceptance of the graces that God so generously places in our paths, this becomes possible. Through our love of God and our care for the needs of our neighbor, we return the gift of our lives to our ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:26:05 EST A Year of Mercy and dad Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> Washed, Anointed, Fed & Ready for Work <BR> <BR> Who has a vocation? Every man, woman, young adult, and youth who has been initiated into Christian life--washed, anointed, fed, and now ready for work. <BR> <BR> Subliminally we imagine that “vocation” is about priesthood or religious life, and therefore someone else’s concern. Yet God’s calling is personal, unique to your personhood, ongoing, ever unfolding as you mature in you... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:51:43 EST dad When dad fell Tuesday night early Wednesday He fell head first and has a black and blue from the eye brows to his chin, hurt his chest , knees swellon and cuts and his hands are a mess.. I spent a lot of time with him today and now off to bed sweet dreams Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:10:13 EST My day went out with dad yesterday he was good .. last night soaked his feet and the went numb of a long while .. took dad to er and was told to see his foot doctor or primary its his sugar causing the problem .. then walking out the area is dark and dad knew the curb was there and went down to fall face first .. back in er from 955pm to 4 10am.. off to see dad will try to get back on later Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:43:27 EST A Year of Mercy Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Prayer for Priests <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests. <BR> Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. <BR> <BR> Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. <BR> Set their souls on fire with love for your people. <BR> Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength <BR> they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. <BR> Inspire them wi... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:28:55 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Father's Day Prayer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you, friend Jesus, <BR> for my father who loves me, <BR> for my grandfather who cares for me, <BR> and for God, your father and mine, <BR> who made me and is always with me. <BR> How lucky I am! <BR> <BR> —from Friend Jesus: Prayers for Children by Gaynell Bordes Cronin <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "You're one of the world's best blessings!" <BR> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:30:30 EST A Year of Mercy and Happy Father's Day Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Lot More Help <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So far today, God, I've done all right. <BR> I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent. I'm really glad about that. <BR> <BR> But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Thank you. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen. <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for To... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST 6/18/16 A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Prayer of Quiet <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "At times prayer becomes silent. Peaceful communion with God can do without words. 'I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother.' Like the satisfied child who has stopped crying and is in its mother’s arms, so can 'my soul be with me' in the presence of God. Prayer then needs no words, maybe not even thoughts." <BR> <BR> The above quote is from an article at the Tai... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:09:42 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Yes, Lord <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Yes, Lord, I believe and I profess that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Take my will, my life, and all that I have, that I may be wholly yours now and forever.” <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Read this Sunday's readings during a meal today. Take time to ponder what you read. What stuck out?" <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:51:24 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> Gift for God <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “What you are is God's gift to you, <BR> what you become is your gift to God.” <BR> <BR> ~ Han Urs von Balthasar <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Judge the Catholic Church not by those who barevly live by its spirit, but by the example of those who live closest to it." ~ Ven. Fulton Sheen <BR> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:34:21 EST Year of Mercy Transforming Tuesday <BR> June 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Do You Gossip? <BR> <BR> <BR> “I struggled to reign in my tongue for years, wanting to be kinder with my speech, but not as much as I wanted to fit in. Then a wise priest gave me James 3 as penance after I confessed my struggles with gossip. Reading that 'We bless the Lord and Father, and curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God' (James 3:9), I was struck that my worship and honor of God was only as authentic as the honor I ga... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:01:30 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 3, 2016 ~ Jubilee for the Sick & Disabled <BR> <BR> The Wounds of Our Brothers & Sisters <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:25:30 EST Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Spiritual Health <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not long ago, a seasoned marathoner had just crossed the finish line with an impressive time when he suffered a heart attack and died. From the outside, he looked to be the picture of health, but a fatal condition was hiding on the inside. Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serio... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:47:55 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Celebration of Devotion & Joy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I propose increased opportunities for Eucharistic adoration. Far from detracting from the celebration of the Eucharist and far from privatizing the Eucharist, Eucharistic adoration increases our capacity to believe in the Eucharistic mystery, to participate in its celebration with devotion and joy, and to go forth in charity to serve the needs of others.” <BR> <BR> ~ Ar... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:44:20 EST A year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Transformation <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Recently I have been alternately avoiding and pondering this quote: “God is not in the business of tweaking. He is in the business of transformation.” ("Rediscover Jesus" by Matthew Kelly) <BR> <BR> I want to be transformed. I am tired. Why can’t I be transformed? It’s not because I am tired. It’s because I am afraid and I keep forgetting who will transform me. I think it’s up to me. ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:30:28 EST