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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

6 Jul

“Burdens become light when cheerfully borne.

-Ovid

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This morning, well, another morning Mass in my pajamas. I guess the archdiocese isn’t televising the Bishop’s Mass at 11 anymore. The good news is, St. Gabriel records Mass on Facebook that can be viewed any time. Plus, this weekend, we welcome our new Parochial Vicar, Fr. Jacob Dankasa.

Today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that all those who are burdened who seek comfort in the Lord will find rest.

Mathew 11

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for yourselves.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

My take on it…. our burdens are very heavy if we carry them alone. We have family and friends to lean on, but someone who will always be there, day or night, thick or thin, is God, no questions asked. Nice, right?

The rest of my Sunday was uneventful, except for lots of loads of laundry, a few phone calls, and some social media mania. I didn’t even go for an evening walk, too steamy hot. But, I did pop outside to check out the evening sky.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and A Sahara Sunset

29 Jun

“When the thing that your heart strongly loves to do is the thing world hungers and thirsts to see done, then that’s what you were called to do. You must never leave it undone!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

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Today, was the last day for Father Robert to say Masses before his new assignment at St. Williams in Greenville. His farewell homily was moving and I believe he sniffled a little, holding back some obvious emotions. I watched the streaming video on Facebook at 9am, and then watched the live streaming of Bishop Kelly and our own Father Don at 11 on television.

Father Robert will be greatly missed. It was sad that he couldn’t get a proper send off and farewell party.

Bishop Kelly celebrated Mass at 11, with Father Don giving the homily.

Today’s Gospel tells us how Jesus explains how we must live our lives…

“Whoever receives you receives me,

and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.

Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet

will receive a prophet’s reward,

and whoever receives a righteous man

because he is a righteous man

will receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water

to one of these little ones to drink

because the little one is a disciple—

amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

MY take on it…. it’s not for us to seek a reward for the sake of a reward. Even a cup of cold water to someone in need, a selfless act of kindness, will be noted and worthy of a reward.

The Archdiocese of Dallas has allowed the opening of Sunday Masses now, with explicit safety instructions, of course. But, I still don’t feel comfortable attending with the possibility of large crowds. I’m not sure when or if we’ll ever get back to normal.

Well, a Sunday highlight is getting to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters. I appreciate the technology that can keep us connected during these disconnected times.

Then, my evening walks to savor the sunsets are always uplifting. With the Sahara sands clouding up the skies the last few days, the sunsets have been most unusual to say the least. This was last night, rather a hazy eerie sky.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

15 Jun

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

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Another exciting and busy morning, rolling out of bed, walking ten steps into the family room, and watching Mass in my pajamas. So exhausting!

Today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Sunday is from John 6:51-58.

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

My take on it… just like bread is a simple and basic way to sustain our bodies, the consecrated bread is a simple way to nourish our souls. Christ said that consuming the blessed bread and wine was the same as His flesh and blood, allowing us to live forever, instead of temporarily. A very difficult concept to comprehend, but true faith doesn’t require absolute comprehension.

The rest of my Sunday, I was busy doing squats… DIDDLY SQUATS! A very lazy day. Bit, the day is still young. Oops! No it isn’t. It’s after 7 pm. The day is done. But, I will get out for an evening walk shortly.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

8 Jun

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

― Mitch Albom

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Another Sunday service in my pajamas. I had my cracker and cup of tea at the ready for when Bishop Burns consecrated the bread and wine. I forgot if I mentioned this, but I had a discussion with some of my elderly friends who said that they really miss going to church and receiving communion. I told them that I hold up a cracker or cookie, and then my cup of tea when the priest consecrates the bread and wine. I said that Father is giving his blessing virtually on TV, so it’s basically the same thing. Miss Vi, from the Chateau Senior Living Complex, said that she never thought of it that way. I told her that I always think outside the box. (I hope that gave her an idea and some comfort.)

Today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity was very brief and to the point. God sent His only Son to save the world.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him might not perish

but might have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but that the world might be saved through him.

Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,

but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,

because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

The Bishop had a special message and prayer for our community and country, stating that racism is a sin. God loves us all equally, all races and tongues. And, as the Holy Trinity is united, we need to make a world where we can all live together as one. The Mass ended with a special prayer to the Virgin Mary, praying for “The dignity of every person.”

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It was pretty hot again today, so I didn’t venture out till almost sunset time and my walk. Instead I listened to a whole bunch of videos and podcasts on empathy, narcissists, unlocking the power of the brain and heart, and a Suze Orman on retirement planning. Basically, I wasted away my day. But, I think I did learn a few things to use in life. So, not a total loss.

Then of course, my favorite part of the day, FaceTime with the cutest granddaughters in The whole world.

Ending my day with another walk, about 2 1/2 miles, and capturing the evening sunset.

Feeling blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, A Spectacular Sunset, and Other Stuff.

1 Jun

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Yet another Sunday morning Mass in my pajamas. This is getting too easy. I was thinking that when we finally get back to normal, we should all go to church in our pajamas, just for old times sake, or for us old timers who actually will forget to put on clothes.

Today’s Gospel on this Pentecost Sunday was the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples who were scared and hiding in a locked room. He said, “Peace be with you,” and showed them His wounds, so they would believe it was Him.

“The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord,

21 and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’

22 After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.

23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”

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My take on it… Jesus proved to the disciples by showing them His wounds that it was really Him. Sometimes we are also scared and hide from the world’s realities. Jesus gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit and told them that He was sending them out into the world to preach His word. We are ALL called to continue the work of the disciples. During these very trying times, between the pandemic and civil unrest, we may be scared, but need to hold our beliefs strong and show through our examples and actions the faith that guides us. The TEN COMMANDMENTS boiled down to two: LOVE GOD and LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

As Jesus said to his disciples…”PEACE BE WITH YOU.”

Sunday is usually a pretty lazy day for me. Oh wait… every day has been a pretty lazy day. I did get out for a couple of walks. Of course, my late evening walks right before sunset are the best. Tonight did not disappoint.

When I got home, I went out back to water some plants when I saw a spectacular sky. I ran out the front door for a better view. Look at these snaps right outside my door.

Wow! Only God could paint such a masterpiece. I really should try to capture some of these in watercolor or on canvas.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, a Sunset, and Some Other Stuff

25 May

“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.”

~ Matt Chandler

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Another day of morning Mass in my pajamas. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Today’s Gospel reflects the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord.

1 After saying this, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you;

2 so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity, he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him………l.

11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.

My take on it… we are all called to continue the work of Jesus here on earth, because He entrusted us with this ministry after He ascended into heaven. You can continue His work by following His Commandments, sharing His word, and teaching by example.

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The rest of my lazy Sunday was just filled with making a few phone calls, FaceTime, Facebook and emails. Then, instead of tackling some housework, I did some marathon binge watching of “Indiana Jones” movie episodes.

Ending my day with a nice evening walk. The warm steamy temps earlier cooled off. The clouds rolled in, and I actually needed a jacket. The sky always displaying a beautiful painting at sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

18 May

“I guess it’s true, you really can’t appreciate the sun until you’ve been in the darkness.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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God never said the road would be easy but he also said he would never leave you nor forsake you.

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After and endless gloomy rainy Saturday, Sunday morning was glorious, sunny, and warm, a complete contrast to yesterday. I guess it’s true, you really can’t appreciate the sun until you’ve been in the darkness.

I didn’t set my alarm, so I didn’t wake up in time to catch 9 o’clock Mass, but I did get up in time for 11 o’clock Mass on TV with Bishop Burns and Bishop Kelly.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples that He would never leave them.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

And I will ask the Father,

and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,….

Whoever has my commandments and observes them

is the one who loves me.

And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,

and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

My take on it… Just follow the Commandments. And, in my view, there are only two Commandments…Love God, Love your fellow man. That pretty much covers it all. The rest is governed by your conscience, and your heart. You are free to choose.

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After a leisurely morning, and about an hour of meditation, I actually got dressed and went for a nice long walk. I got a phone call from the kids while I walked, wanting to FaceTime. So, I sat on a bench in the park and enjoyed talking to my little angels. The babies are getting so big, and I love that I can watch them grow even though I’m so far away. This is always the highlight of my Sunday.

After I got home, made some dinner, I decided to enjoy another leisurely walk before sunset, taking advantage of the beautiful evening. After all, I didn’t get a walk in yesterday, as it rained ALL day. I put in about four miles today.

And the sunset did not disappoint.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Spectacular Sunsets, and Some Other Mother’s Day Stuff

11 May

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

~ Abraham Lincoln (My favorite quote of all time.)

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Another morning of 9 o’clock Mass in my pajamas. Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples not to be troubled, and that if they believed in the Father and in Him, a place will be prepared for them.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,

and will do greater ones than these,

because I am going to the Father.”

My take on it…Jesus tries to tell us that if we believe and follow His example, He will prepare a place for us.

Shortly after Mass, a call and Mother’s Day wishes from my family. My little granddaughters are so adorable, blowing me kisses and saying I love you.

Then, so many texts and calls from friends, exchanging Mother’s Day wishes.

When my son in California called, he said he wanted to surprise me, but he needed to let me know that something was going to be delivered at my door at 7 pm. I thought, I wonder if it would be flowers. I told my sons that flowers are so nice, but really, they only last such a short time. Just a card or call was more than fine. So was he sending flowers? Nooooo! Rosati’s Chicago style pizza. Delivered hot and delicious. Oh man! Missing my Chicago pizza. Perfect!

So, after sampling some decadent cheesy delicacies, it was time for my evening walk. Oh… and the sunset. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who make the world a better place, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, and wonderful friends. But most of all… to my beautiful “ANGEL MOTHER” who smiles down from heaven.

Sunday Sermon, Some Other Stuff, and a Spectacular Sunset

4 May

“A good shepherd is not afraid of the storm for himself, but for the herd!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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This morning I was able to watch Mass with Bishops Burn and Kelly on channel 4. They were live streaming at St. Monica’s. It was a very nice service.

Today’s Gospel was Jesus telling the parable of the gate keeper who lets the shepherd in through the gate….

“The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.

But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”

He explained, 9 “I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: such a one will go in and out and will find pasture.”

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My take on it… We need only recognize the voice of the true good shepherd, and not follow the imposters and liars, and those who tempt us with evil. How do you recognize that true voice? That little voice inside you called a conscience, that’s the shepherd’s voice, installed inside each heart. Unfortunately, not everyone listens.

The rest of my day was pretty lazy, with meditations, exercise, phone calls, and endless hours of wasting time on Facebook and emails. I sure can flit away a day.

Then, the highlight of my Sunday is Face-timing with the granddaughters.

Blowing kisses to Gamma. Love it!

To end a lovely steamy day, (I guess it got into the 90’s today) a nice evening walk around the pond, just in time to catch the beautiful sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff~ Quo Vadis

27 Apr

You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.

Maya Angelou

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Well, another Sunday going to church in my pajamas, tucked under my covers with a nice cup of green tea. I’m getting awfully lazy. It took me a few minutes to get the live streaming going because the Facebook page wasn’t working, so I had to get to the St. Gabriel website. I miss my greeting of friends, and hugs, and smiling children. I can’t imagine how long it will be until we can gather again.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus joining some disciples on the road to Emmaus, but they didn’t look up nor recognize that it was Jesus. As they talked, Jesus asked about their discussion. They said that people were talking all about how Jesus was sentenced to death and crucified, yet two days later, the tomb was discovered empty.

When they got to the village, they asked the stranger to stay and eat with them…30 Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them.

31 And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight.

32 Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

My take on it…. sometimes the truth or the obvious is right before our eyes and we don’t recognize it. Remain strong and faithful and all will be revealed to you.

Today, the theme of the Third Sunday of Easter is Quo Vadis, translating to where are you going? That’s a very good question, isn’t it? That’s a good question to ask ourselves today and every day. Where are YOU going on this journey we call life?

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After my tedious adventures of getting to church on time, I checked my emails and Facebook a little, then rolled over and went back to sleep. Now, that’s pretty lazy. I lolligaggled and dillidallied for a couple of more hours, then did my meditations before starting my day.

My goal was to try and get up, showered, hair washed, and dressed before 5 pm. 🤦‍♀️ Didn’t make it today! It was about 5:45 before I got those goals accomplished.

Then, the highlight of my Sunday, FaceTime with my grand babies.

I celebrated my Sunday later with a toast to good health and happiness for all. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. CHEERS!!!!🍷

If you’re starting to worry about me drinking too much during these trying times, don’t worry too much, it was cranberry grape juice in one of my pretty hand-painted wine glasses. CHEERS!