DEE107's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEE107 DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241373 <BR> Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 24, 2016 <BR> <BR> To Look at the Sacred Host <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” -- St. Teresa of Kolkata <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Give to a parish food drive." <BR> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:31:15 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240909 <BR> Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> "Virtues Are Formed By..." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Virtues are formed by prayer. <BR> Prayer preserves self-control. <BR> Prayer suppresses anger. <BR> Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. <BR> Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, <BR> and raises man and woman to Heaven.” <BR> – St. Ephrem of Syria <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Fast from watching sports today.' <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:49:41 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240416 <BR> <BR> Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> "Where do I dwell?" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, But God declared: 'Go down again — I dwell among the people.'" – Cardinal John Henry Newman <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Turn off the TV and sit in the quiet. Ask God to spend that time with you." <BR> <BR> <BR> Forward this message to a friend! Visit LiveMercy.org to sign u... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:34:18 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239947 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> Love Multiplied by Love <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Christ said, 'Go and give all you have to the poor and become the servant of all,' for if you do that, you'll become a thousand times richer because your happiness won't be made just of good food, rich clothes, satisfied vanity, and appeased envy. Instead it will be built on love, love multiplied by love without end. And then you will gain not just riches, but the whole world!”... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:52:45 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239401 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Power of Song <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "To sing is to pray twice." <BR> - St. Alphonsus Liguori <BR> <BR> Take a moment to sing a song to the Lord today. <BR> Sing it Loud! Sing it Strong! <BR> Join with the heavenly host <BR> and surrender to the loving embrace of God. <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Donate canned goods to a food pantry." Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:36:58 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238837 Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Contemplate God's Mercy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Always turn your eyes from the study of your own sin to the contemplation of God's mercy. Devote much more thought to the grandeur of his love for you than to your unworthiness toward him, to his strength than to your weakness. When you have done this, surrender yourself into God's arms in the hope that he will make you what he requires you to be and that he will bless ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:48:58 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238226 Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Clouds Disperse <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Are you troubled? Think but of Jesus, speak but the name of Jesus, the clouds disperse, and peace descends anew from heaven. Have you fallen into sin? So that you fear death? invoke the name of Jesus, and you will soon feel life returning. No stubbornness of the soul, no weakness, no coldness of heart can resist this holy name; there is no heart which will not soften and open in tear... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:35:23 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237660 Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Heroic Catholicism <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.” -- Bishop Daniel R. Jenky <BR> <BR> For insight on how to live our faith heroically, look to the Gospels and the lives of the Saints. They reveal models of a life lived with purpose for others in union with God... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:21:34 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237162 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Enemies & Neighbors <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” <BR> – G. K. Chesterton: Writer, Poet, Catholic Convert <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Today, give up the thing that is really difficult to give up." <BR> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:29:53 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236620 Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> Into Our Heart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Let us ask our Lord to work in us and through us, and let us do our utmost to draw Him down into our hearts, for He Himself has said: 'Without Me you can do nothing.'” -- St. Madeline Sophie Barat <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Pray Morning, Evening, or Night Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. You can find them on www.divineoffice.com . You can listen and pray... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:20:17 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236073 <BR> Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 14, 2016 <BR> Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross <BR> <BR> The Very Spring of My Life <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Devotion to the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was, and still is, for me a source of patience, perseverance, refuge and consolation; literally, the very spring of my life. Without this mystery of our Savior's love, which He has left for us in the Church, I would have perished long since.” --St. Raphael Kalin... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:40:48 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235489 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Our Neighbor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We cannot be sure whether we are loving God, although we may have good reason that we are. But we can know quite well whether we are loving our neighbor.” -- St. Teresa of Avila <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Take time to read a good Catholic book." <BR> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:40:54 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234930 Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Empty Ourselves <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.” -- St. Teresa of Kolkata <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "This week pray for all service men and women." <BR> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:33:47 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234320 Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Time for Peace & Mutual Respect <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division. Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, & receives the impossible." <BR> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:26:55 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233688 Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Most Loving Friends <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends.” – St. Alphonsus Ligouri <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Renew your baptismal promises today by taking advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation." <BR> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:15:44 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233161 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> In God's Company <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “If a man wants to be always in God's company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.” -- St. Isidore of Seville <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Fast from procrastination today." Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:18:29 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232594 <BR> Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 8, 2016 <BR> Feast of the Nativity of Mary <BR> <BR> The Conscientious Reader <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The conscientious reader will be more concerned to carry out what he has read than merely to acquire knowledge of it. In reading we aim at knowing, but we must put into practice what we have learned in our course of study.” -- St. Isidore of Seville <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "God is love. Tell someone y... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:22:09 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232036 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> Dear Friends <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord had allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, His name will continue to resound throughout the world.” -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Joy is the net of love by which we catch souls... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:24:27 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231419 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> There is Time <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.” -- St. Basil the Great <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Help neighbors care for their homes and repairs." <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:20:28 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230826 Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 5, 2016 <BR> Labor Day <BR> <BR> Living Life to Every Minute <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” – Pope Paul VI <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "This week, pray for all teachers." <BR> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 00:26:38 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230281 <BR> Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 4, 2016 <BR> Jubilee for Workers & Volunteers of Mercy <BR> <BR> The Eyes of Joy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Every one should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes. It appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious.” – St. Teresa of Kolkata <BR> <BR> Let us rejoice to... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:22:39 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229773 Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> However Small <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.” -- St. Gregory of Nazianzus <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Buy an item at a garage sale that you can donate." <BR> Sun, 4 Sep 2016 00:22:10 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229248 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Noble Work <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “What kind of work can be more noble than to cultivate the minds of young people, guarding it carefully, so that the knowledge and love of God and His holy precepts go hand-in-hand with learning? To form young Christians and citizens — isn’t this the most beautiful and noble-minded way to make use of life, of all one’s talents and energy?” -- St. John Cantius <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Ca... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:31:31 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228714 Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Greatest Attribute <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “And I understood that the greatest attribute of God is love and mercy. It unites the creature with the Creator. This immense love and abyss of mercy are made known in the Incarnation of the Word and in the Redemption (of humanity), and it is here that I saw this as the greatest of all God’s attributes.” --- St. Faustina Kowalska <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Re... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 00:41:58 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228089 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 31, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Life of Action <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.” -- St. Vincent Pallotti <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist." St. Gregory the Great <BR> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:22:31 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227456 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> Saying "No." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Saying 'no' to self is not popular these days, and thus is a modernist affliction upon ascetical living — even spirituality can become one more 'I-centered' promotion of commotion. Think of it this way: When I say 'no' to self (to food or drink or anger or entertainment) then I am saying 'Yes' to God.” -- Fr. John Lombardi <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Send cards or... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:34:11 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226850 Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Saints <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God, as John the theologian and evangelist says: 'But as many as received him, he gave them the power to be made the sons of God....' Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope,... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:43:11 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226234 Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> "A Christian Should..." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to toe." ~ St. Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> Are you an "Alleluia" today? If not, ask for the help of the Holy Spirit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thought for Today: "Be strong and courageous; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9 <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:36:17 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225693 Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Meeting Place <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Christianity is the meeting-point of earth and heaven. It lays claim to the whole man, body and soul, intellect and will, inducing him to raise his mind above the changing conditions of this earthly existence and reach upwards for the eternal life of heaven, where one day he will find his unfailing happiness and peace.” -- Saint Pope John Paul II <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Ca... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:36:00 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225164 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Yours Are... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth, yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.” -- St. Teresa of Avila <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Fast from secular music today. <BR> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:45:53 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224624 Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Exhausting Myself <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Would that I could exhaust myself in thanksgiving and gratitude towards this Divine Heart of Jesus, for the great favor He shows us, in His willingness to accept our help making Him known, loved and honored. Know that he reserves countless blessings for all those who devote themselves to His work.” -- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Coun... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:42:32 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224070 \Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 24, 2016 <BR> <BR> Carrying Jesus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We must carry Jesus in our hearts to wherever He wants to go, and there are many places to which He may never go unless we take Him to them. None of us knows when the loveliest hour of our life is striking. It may be when we take Christ for the first time to that grey office in the city where we work, to the wretched lodging of that poor man who is an outcast, to the nursery of that... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:29:16 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223459 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> 24 Carat Gold <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “When gold has been purified up to twenty-four carats, it can no longer be consumed by any fire; not gold itself but only dross can be burnt away. Thus the divine fire works in the soul: God holds the soul in the fire until its every imperfection is burnt away and it is brought to perfection, as it were to the purity of twenty-four carats, each soul however according to its own degree. W... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:26:31 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222860 Make a Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Greatest Poverty <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” -- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: This week, pray for parents who have lost a child. <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:18:32 EST my knitting projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222656 my Latest Knitting projects <BR> <BR> bubble gum grape and lavender <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f4f9273-37c8-4634-8557-39dcdf26fd2f.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b83b94fe-40e4-4a5f-844c-3b3ac5c45a47.JPG"> this is while with white and silver yarn <BR> <BR> white and pink <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58f64c5d-7ada-45ba-b603-e71b975bff5b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> all white one <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:36:06 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222251 Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Burden <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Let us trust in Him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For He is all-powerful, and He tells us: 'My yoke is easy, and my burden light.'” --St. Boniface <BR> <BR> Take a moment to gently lift up a prayer of gratitude for the Lord and all those people, that He sends, who help you carry your burdens in life. <BR> <BR> Year o... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:36:52 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222182 Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> Rays of Peace & Comfort <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I like to find at least a few moments each day spent in doing good for others out of love for God. These few moments, almost unnoticeably used, bring something like rays of peace and comfort behind them; they unite us with people and God by a pure feeling of tender sweetness.” -- St. Raphael Kalinowski <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Make a homemade meal for y... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:51:56 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221206 <BR> <BR> August 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Praise & Thank Him <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Take a moment to think of everything you're proud of about yourself and your life. Then ask yourself if you would have any of this without God's permission and aid? Give credit where credit is due; praise and thank Him, not yourself.” -- St. Francis of Assisi <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Fast from a hot shower & prayerfully consider those who have no running water. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:28:21 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220643 Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Deeper Spiritual River <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “While doing penances you may not feel happy and light; but you may be joy-full, which means, accessing a "deeper spiritual river" of contentment in the Holy Spirit, a Grace of God that you are in accord with his Divine Will.” -- Fr. John Lombardi <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Ask yourself, "When people look at my life, do they see a witness of faith?" Conside... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:27:37 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220037 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Into the Light <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God's own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God.” -- Pope St. Leo the Great <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Pers... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:35:27 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219388 <BR> Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> It Must Be Told <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The story of Jesus is to be proclaimed and celebrated. Some will hear and rejoice, some will remain indifferent, some will become hostile. The story of Jesus will not always be accepted, but it must be told.” -- Fr. Henri Nouwen <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Give $5.00 to a local organization that helps the hungry. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:33:22 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218749 Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 15, 2016 <BR> Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary <BR> <BR> Think of Mary <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; invoking her, you shall never lose heart.”... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:47:34 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218108 Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Compassion <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Charity to the afflicted must be dear to the heart of Jesus, who knew so well how to sorrow with those he loved. I hope we shall ever bear this in mind.” -- St. Mary MacKillop <BR> <BR> Thought for Today: Like the Good Samaritan, determine a corporal work of mercy that you can perform today, and do it. Spread the love of Jesus. <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:41:42 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217552 Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Love's Reward <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.”—Thomas Merton <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "If possible buy lemonade from a lemonade stand run by children. Be generous." <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:16:18 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217504 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> One Great Thing to Love <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Fast from "Smart" devices tonight. Ins... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:33:35 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217503 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> One Great Thing to Love <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Fast from "Smart" devices tonight. Ins... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:33:21 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217501 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> One Great Thing to Love <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Fast from "Smart" devices tonight. Ins... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:32:34 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216461 Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Love For Neighbor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.”-- St. Basil the Great <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Listen to a Lighthouse Catholic Media CD today. Don't have one? Visit www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org ." Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:12:28 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215896 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Eternal Life <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We cannot keep to ourselves the words of eternal life given to us in our encounter with Jesus Christ: they are meant for every man and every woman. It is our responsibility to pass on what, by God's grace, we ourselves have received.” -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:18:48 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215276 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Deep Awareness <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Salvation brings the soul a deep awareness of God’s Love. Life takes on more meaning for it now has a purpose. Trials and crosses are no longer mysteries but caresses from the Crucified Lord.” -- Mother Angelica <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Help clean up your parish inside and out." Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:16:11 EST