SMARGED's SparkPeople Blog SMARGED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to get serious again about my weight! Well, I haven't blogged in months. Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been a stressful and busy year, opening the new bilingual school. But finally the first floor of the first module of the new building is finished... 8 rooms. And classes begun... we have one section of nursery (3-year olds), two secctions each of Pre-Kinder, Kinder and 1st grade... a total of 186 children.... We are really happy with our school. <BR> <BR> But with all the stress and work, I gained back a lot of weight, and so... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:57:54 EST MY 100 DAYS 10+ EXERCISE STREAK MY 100 DAYS 10+ EXERCISE STREAK <BR> <BR> Woo-Hoo!!!! I have reached 100 days in my 10 minutes or more exercise streak!! Celebrate with me! <BR> <BR> I decided to share this because if I can do it, so can you! <BR> <BR> I have always been more or less faithful to exercise, almost always first thing when I get up in the morning, but I have to admit there were more than a few days when I didn’t exercise - either because I had a busy day ahead and “didn’t have time”, or because I got up to... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:58:49 EST God's promises are true! "Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass." (Joshua 21:45) <BR> <BR> "God's Word is trustworthy. His promises are true. What God says he will do, he will do. Have you taken the Lord's commitment to Joshua and the people of Israel to heart? God's good promises to you WILL come to pass." <BR> <BR> Taken from Verse of theDay by Mary Fairchild <BR> <BR> <link><BR>day/qt/verseday171.h... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:41:55 EST Clay in the Potter's hands "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel." (Jeremiah 18:6) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If we truly remain like soft clay in the Master Potter's hands, we will not be crushed or broken when things don't go our way. We'll allow God in his sovereignty and wisdom to mold us, reshape us, and redirect us acc... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:10:44 EST "One does what one can!" "As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things." (Ecclesiastes 11:59 <BR> <BR> "This verse is one of those plain and simple reminders that God is God, and we are not. I don't know about you, but I often need to be reminded of this. <BR> We don't (and we cannot) always understand everything that God is doing, both in our own lives and in this world we live in. When horrible tragedies st... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:31:38 EST Ready to try to come back "But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah 7:7) <BR> <BR> "God sometimes moves mountains one pebble at a time." --Rebecca Barlow Jordan <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, my friends. After being absent for a long time, I think maybe I am ready to try to come back, even if only in a very small way. <BR> <BR> It's been a hectic year... I've had to be a lot busier than I want to be at this stage, and I'm having to ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:48:54 EST Remedies for Stress "Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." <BR> (Matthew 11:28-30) <BR> <BR> So many of us (probably most of us!) deal with stress every day, and it can wreck havoc on our lives. <BR> <BR> I have just been reading and reflecting on a very good article o... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:18:19 EST Happy New Year! May we all welcome 2014 with a grateful heart, and remember throughout the year to thank our God daily for His many blessings! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be fou... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:49:11 EST A very blessed Christmas to each of you! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dear Spark friends, <BR> <BR> You are each in my thoughts and prayers in a very special way today. I will remember you in our Christmas Day Mass this evening, asking the Child Jesus to grant you those blessings you most need and desire! And may our holy Mother Mary keep you wrapped in her arms every day of the New Year, protecting you from all harm. <BR> <BR> These past weeks have not been easy, what with p... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 17:26:07 EST Sticking to the plan "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." (Philippians 4:4-5) <BR> <BR> "A personal, prayerful relationship with the Lord will put you in touch with the mother lode of joy. God wants to share himself with you." --John T. Catoir <BR> <BR> As I reflect on this verse and quote, I found myself thinking of the song "Our God is an awesome God".... He really is! He loves us so much, is so patient and merciful with us, a... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:18:08 EST The Only True Failure Is To Stop Trying! THE ONLY TRUE FAILURE IS TO STOP TRYING! <BR> <BR> This is going to be my mantra for the next few months! <BR> <BR> After losing 33 pounds, dropping from 197 to 164, I have let myself gain most of it back, yo-yo-ing, with each UP a little more than each DOWN, until I am back at 189.4. Needless to say, I feel frustrated with myself, my lack of discipline – especially with the night-time snacking. <BR> But among the many things I’ve learned at SparkPeople, maybe the most important is to NEVE... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:03:52 EST Celebrating Mercy Day - with pictures "For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence." (Psalm 21:6) <BR> <BR> What brings you the greatest joy in this life? Is your daily devotional time a chore or a blessing? Does "exceedingly glad" describe your emotion when you are alone in the presence of the Lord? <BR> <BR> "If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and em... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:58:07 EST Well, I'm still here - even if just barely!! "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26) <BR> <BR> "The Psalmist here is Asaph, one of the great worship leaders in the Bible. Yet, when he wrote these word he was filled with doubt and nearly overwhelmed. Can you relate? Have you "been there, done that?" Maybe right now, at this very moment your flesh is weak and your heart is overwhelmed. But, like Asaph in his time of doubt and failure, you're learning to encourage yoursel... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:21:20 EST Hi! I'm home... "Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!" (Romans 11:33) <BR> <BR> "It's truly impossible to put God in a box. His ways are often deep, immeasurable and unfathomable. Each person who comes into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ comes in a unique way. Why compare your journey to others? It's your journey." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>day/qt/verseday196.htm </link> ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:56:00 EST Humility Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10) <BR> <BR> Humility isn't always easy! I'd like to share a beautiful little prayer I read this morning: <BR> <BR> "Dear Lord, no matter how successful I become, <BR> touch my heart so I may touch another; <BR> for Lord, I am forever your humble servant." <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Not too much new. I do feel the natural medicine therapy is helping... naturally, it's a lot slower than chemical medication... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:44:27 EST You didn't ask... and also a laugh to start off the week "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." (Luke 11:9-10) <BR> <BR> I know we've read this verse many times, but it's one of my favorite verses. I just read a little poem that I'm going to share. I don't usually like poetry (one of my many deficiencies, I guess - my teachers tried hard to make me see the beauty of... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:00:39 EST Prayer, homemade candles, and a laugh for today I want to share this prayer for today... <BR> <BR> " Jesus, again and again, we try to walk with You, but our life gets in the way. <BR> <BR> We start to worry and fret, we get anxious and fearful, instead of just trusting You. <BR> <BR> Jesus, give us the grace to truly trust you. <BR> <BR> Let us truly realize that we don't have the answer, except You. <BR> <BR> You, Christ, are the true answer to all of life, with all of its twists and turns. <BR> <BR> Lord, help us truly realize tha... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:58:06 EST A Laugh for Today "A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." (Proverbs 29:11) <BR> <BR> We all get angry at times. <BR> <BR> " It's not a sin to get angry. Even Jesus got angry at times. It's what we do with our anger that makes all the difference in the world. <BR> <BR> Will Rogers said, "People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing." <BR> <BR> To avoid the bad landing, we must keep our anger under the control of the Holy Spirit. If we are undisciplined i... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:13:04 EST Eternal Life (Also pictures of Mariana) "Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die." (John 11:25-26) <BR> <BR> This is our hope and our faith!! <BR> <BR> D. L. Moody puts it very well! <BR> <BR> "Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don't you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all,... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:46:20 EST Beautiful, soothing song about spiritual healing I just listened to this beautiful, soothing song about spiritual healing.... thought I'd share the link... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There is a balm in Gilead <BR> To make the wounded whole; <BR> There is a balm in Gilead <BR> To heal the sin-sick soul. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel discouraged, <BR> And think my work’s in vain, <BR> But then the Holy Spirit <BR> Revives my soul again. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:32:06 EST FRIDAY MORNING LAUGH "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." <BR> (Matthew 5:14) <BR> <BR> Are we light to those around us? Or darkness, due to our negative attitudes, complaining, criticizing? Somebody once said: "You are the only Bible some people will ever read!" <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY MORNING LAUGH <BR> <BR> Tom was in his early 50s, retired and started a second career. However, he just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day, he w... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:51:00 EST Time for a laugh... Two nuns were shopping at a 7-11 store. As they passed by the beer cooler, one nun said to the other, " wouldn't a nice cool beer or two taste wonderful on a hot summer evening?" <BR> <BR> The second nun answered, "Indeed it would, sister, but I would not feel comfortable buying beer, since I am certain it would cause a scene at the checkout stand." <BR> <BR> "I can handle that without a problem" the other nun replied, and she picked up a six-pack and headed for the check-out. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:28:50 EST Have you ever tried Qi Gong? (a type of exercise) "Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:4) <BR> <BR> This is really what we are all about, if we really are trying to live as good Christians. <BR> <BR> I like Mary Fairchild's reflection on this verse: <BR> <BR> "Sometimes we seek the Lord only for what he has to offer—for what he can give us. In other words, we seek his hand rather than his face. <BR> <BR> Do we treat God more like Santa Clause, or does our greatest pleasure come from crawling up ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:49:49 EST Have begun Natural Medicine Therapy "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way." (2 Thessalonians 3:16) <BR> <BR> What a beautiful prayer - today I pray this verse for each of us... that even in the midst of all the hard things in our lives - be it sickness, stress, work, family problems, whatever... may each of us be filled with the peace that only our God can give us! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm trying something new. Our church runs a center for natural medicine... i... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:37:53 EST Meet Mariana "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3) <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> New babies most definitely are a source of joy in a family! <BR> <BR> This is an update on Mariana, the newest member of our family. Mariana was born on May 2, cesarean. She arrived four weeks early, but after 6 hours in the incubator to be sure she was OK, she was brought to Mariela's room, where she stayed until they went home, two days later. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 19:29:43 EST Past and future ( I hope!!) "Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." <BR> ~ Josh Billings <BR> <BR> Your Inspiration For Today! <BR> Keep your goals visible at all times...literally! Keep your goal list on your desk, mirror, wallet/purse or your refrigerator. This plants the seeds of success in your mind and focuses your attention on things that will help you achieve your goal. <BR> <BR> Stick to it! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I read this this morning and liked it. I know it's ... Sun, 26 May 2013 15:18:59 EST I am not giving up!! "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation." (Psalm 42:5) <BR> <BR> Sometimes we really are "cast down" spiritually and/or emotionally, and that's when we feel an interior turmoil. Maybe we're overtired, or just tired of doing the same thing day in and day out! Or maybe we really do have more serious problems - family, health, whatever. <BR> <BR> For my part, I've been "down" for a while now... I alw... Sat, 18 May 2013 21:02:51 EST A prayer that I really like... Hi, my friends. I just read this prayer, and really liked it, so I'm sharing it.... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Jesus, our lives are so busy, most of us have no time to do what we really ought to be doing, and that is giving You praise and prayer. <BR> <BR> Christ, give us the grace to come to see You in the Eucharist, Your Body and Blood, and let <BR> us just stop all of our activity, and just adore You. <BR> <BR> Lord, let us just sit with You, and let You help us to put our lives in true order. <... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:40:35 EST What You Never Read in the Bible!! Get ready for a good laugh!! (I got this in an email from my brother today!) <BR> <BR> <BR> A Nun Grading Papers <BR> <BR> CAN YOU IMAGINE THE NUN SITTING AT HER DESK GRADING THESE PAPERS, ALL THE WHILE TRYING TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE AND MAINTAIN HER COMPOSURE! PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE WORDING AND SPELLING. IF YOU KNOW THE BIBLE EVEN A LITTLE, YOU'LL FIND THIS HILARIOUS! IT COMES FROM A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEST. <BR> <BR> KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:48:38 EST Update.... Precious in His Eyes <BR> <BR> "... you are precious in my eyes ... and I love you." (Isaiah 43:4) <BR> <BR> "Just before this declaration of love, the Lord told Israel not to fear: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." <BR> What are you afraid of today? Wh... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:34:39 EST BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTION.... "Take hold of the life that is really life!!" (1 Tim. 6:12) <BR> <BR> As I wish each of you, my friends, a blessed and holy Easter, I share this beautiful blog from Salvation Life: <BR> <BR> BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTION.... <BR> By Daniel <BR> <BR> Because of the resurrection… <BR> Death is defeated. <BR> Death itself is abolished. <BR> Its sting is gone, because life does not end in a grave. <BR> <BR> Death’s primary expression, sin, is no longer our master. <BR> We can choose to remain... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:14:48 EST Beginning Holy Week "We enter into a week made “holy” forever by the self surrendering love of Jesus - for us all. <BR> <BR> All week, we remember how He loved us. Whatever we do, no matter how busy or “distracted” we might be, we can let the power of this week be in the background of our daily reflections. He entered into our life - with its profound joys and its punishing evils - that we might never experience those struggles alone. So no matter what we experience this week, we can let it become a “holy” ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:35:32 EST Still low on time, energy and motivation.... Time flies by so fast! It's Holy Week already! My prayer for each of my Spark Friends and Spark Teammates is that this will be a week of grace and blessings for you, for every member of your family and for all of your loved ones! <BR> <BR> For some reason, I continue to be low on time, energy and motivation.... maybe I haven't fully recuperated from the excessive tiredness and stress while we worked on the books.... I'm a person who runs on adrenaline when I have to do something (I ofte... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 23:37:00 EST Never Fear Jesus "But he said to them, It is I; do not be afraid." (John 6:20) <BR> <BR> "When Jesus walked on water, his apostles were terrified, thinking it was a ghost. He immediately identified himself and commanded them not to fear. We should never have any fear of Jesus, no matter what we have done or what happens in life. He is compassionate and forgiving, never condemning. Jesus always wants to restore his love relationship with you. <BR> When you think of Jesus, see him as your friend and rescuer.... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:59:27 EST How do I "take up my cross"? "Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23) <BR> <BR> During Lent, most of us are trying in some way or another to practice self-denial as a way of "taking up our cross and following Jesus." <BR> <BR> I read this week an article that gives some tips on how we might practice self-denial: <BR> <BR> "But to help us take some steps along this road of self-denial throughout this year’s season of ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:26:34 EST How are we doing? "Malice must be banished from your tongue, <BR> Deceitful conversation from your lips. <BR> Never yield to evil, practice good, <BR> Seek peace, pursue it." (Ps. 34: 13-14) <BR> <BR> Lent is a good time to ask ourselves some hard questions: <BR> <BR> Do I avoid all criticism and negative comments? <BR> Do I always speak the truth? <BR> Do I fall into bad habits? <BR> Am I a peacemaker - in my home, at work, in the neighborhood? <BR> <BR> I'll bet we all find areas where we can improve!!... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:29:11 EST Security.... where do we find it? "There is none like the Lord; there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God." (1 Samuel 2:2) <BR> <BR> I subscribe to a site which everyday emails a "Verse of the Day". This was today's verse, and I really liked the reflection, so I'm sharing it and the link: <BR> <BR> "We look for security in many things: our job, our possessions, our relationships. But all those can be lost. In this fast-changing world, you can count on God to be an immovable rock in your life. He is always ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:00:57 EST Our God is a wonderful, loving, caring God! "I rescue all who cling to Me, <BR> I protect whoever knows my name, <BR> I answer everyone who invokes Me, <BR> I am with them when they are in trouble; <BR> I bring them safety and honor, <BR> I give them life, long and full, <BR> And show them how I can save." (Ps. 91: 14-16) <BR> <BR> These verses fill me with joy and confidence. Our God is not only a powerful God; He is a God who loves us individually, with a caring and protective love! He is always there for us. Praise and glory ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:48:00 EST What you might need most... "I am listening. What is Yahweh saying?" (Ps. 85:8) <BR> <BR> As I prayed this verse this morning, it seemed to sum up what our attitude should be this Lent... we need to have times of solitude with the Lord, in order to listen and hear what he wants to say to us. Sometimes it's hard to hear what he's saying, but we will feel little nudges that sort of push us in the direction He wants us to go.. whatever, be it through something we read, or an unexpected thought that comes to us... ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:59:48 EST Make me know the way I should walk... In the morning let me know your love <BR> For I put my trust in You. <BR> Make me know the way I should walk, <BR> for to You I lift up my soul. (Ps. 143:8) <BR> <BR> This morning this verse spoke to me. As I strive to attain a deeper friendship with our Lord during this Lent, I pray to know, to experience His love for me each day. And even though I have made my resolutions for this Lent, I need to be attentive to His voice letting me know what He wants me to do each day. So my part is ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:21:27 EST The name of the Lord is a strong tower... The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10) <BR> <BR> I have been really touched by this verse during the past few days. It's such a powerful image - I can just imagine a really strong fortress, and the safety and security it would provide in times of danger. The name of our Lord - Jesus - is that strong fortress. In His name we can find safety, security, strength, protection. How great to know that whenever we are fearful, or in ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:22:08 EST Hello, my friends Hello, my friends! <BR> <BR> Time to catch up, and make a real effort to come back. Where to start? It's been a hard time, physically and emotionally. That's why I haven't been around. I've made a few attempts to come back, but as you have noticed, not very successful ones! <BR> <BR> The months of working on the math books took a bigger toll than I realized.... I have been exhausted - physically, physiologically, and emotionally. So much so that even though I had less work and more... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:21:25 EST Moving Forward in 2013 I just read this, and wanted to share it: <BR> <BR> From Robin Davis, author of Recipe for Joy: <BR> <BR> "One thing that freezes me is fear of failure—and its sneaky little cousin, fear of success. I mean, we often set goals to lose a certain amount of weight or to pray the rosary every day or volunteer once a week, and most of us have that part of us that says we can’t do it. But there’s also the whisper that’s right behind it: You can do it, but it won’t change anything. That’s the fear ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:49:41 EST Getting to Know Me! A SP friend, Winfield 28, shared this on her page and it was really nice getting to know her a little better. So, I thought I'd share it with any of my friends who would like to know me better, too. <BR> Here goes! <BR> <BR> "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you." <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> It’s sitting right here beside me on the computer table (It's usually in my left pocket!) <BR> <BR> Spouse?... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:33:15 EST How to recognize Jesus "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) <BR> <BR> <BR> "How to recognize Jesus: <BR> <BR> Listen to whatever clues you’re given. For instance, angels told the shepherds to look in a certain town and a certain kind of place. They even mentioned swaddling clothes. <BR> <BR> So . . . it helps to listen to what others have said about Jesus...... <BR> <BR> Let go of preconceived notions..... <BR> <BR> Open y... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:44:00 EST Pictures of Matias' first birthday party Psalm 100 - A psalm for giving grateful praise. <BR> <BR> Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. <BR> Worship the Lord with gladness; <BR> Come before him with joyful songs. <BR> Know that the Lord is God. <BR> It is he who made us, and we are his[a]; <BR> we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. <BR> Enter his gates with thanksgiving <BR> and his courts with praise; <BR> give thanks to him and praise his name. <BR> For the Lord is good and his love endures for... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:52:01 EST I think I'm really back! The LORD bless you and keep you! <BR> The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! <BR> The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! (Numbers 6:24-26) <BR> <BR> This is my prayer for each of you and your families every day of this new year that the Lord has given us! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Hello my wonderful, faithful Spark friends! <BR> <BR> Just when I thought things were going to calm down and I would have time and energy to be back again, I crash... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:14:30 EST "In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT." December 18: <BR> O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, <BR> who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, <BR> who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: <BR> Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> "For then I will change and purify the lips of the people, that they all may call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord." (Zephaniah 3:9) <BR> <BR> "Zephaniah's prophetic dream of unity seems no closer to reality today than wh... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:12:54 EST God's mercy and healing Today begin the Great "O" Antiphons - Each one highlights a title for the Messiah, and also, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah. <BR> <BR> December 17: <BR> <BR> O Wisdom, <BR> O Holy Word of God, <BR> You govern all creation with your strong, yet tender care. <BR> Come, and show your people the way to salvation. <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> I also share this beautiful reflection as we start the third week of Advent. I include the link if you... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:12:00 EST Mary's Impossible Dream I just now read a beautiful meditation from the online Advent Calendar.... and I want to share it with you.... this is just an excerpt The beginning and the end)... I do encourage you to follow the link and read the rest of it... <BR> <BR> <BR> "In the musical “Man of La Mancha,” when Dulcinea asks Don Quixote what it means to “follow his quest,” he responds by singing “The Impossible Dream.” Mary, who awaited the birth of Jesus some 2,000 years ago just as we do this Advent, could have w... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:07:27 EST