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Sunday Sermon and Women of Steel (Stihl)

14 Oct

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”

– Nancy Rathburn

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A dark and gloomy Sunday morning, but this afternoon, the sun is out. Yay!

Today’s Gospel from Mark was the story of Jesus being asked by a wealthy man, what he must do to inherit eternal life. The wealthy man said that he followed the commandments as he was taught.

“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,

“You are lacking in one thing.

Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor

and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

At that statement his face fell,

and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,

“How hard it is for those who have wealth

to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words.

So Jesus again said to them in reply,

“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle

than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

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My take on it… my concept of what wealthy truly means here is not that you can’t have any possessions or have money, but if you are so obsessed with money and so greedy that you don’t help those less fortunate, then you have only accumulated treasures on earth and will not be welcome in heaven. When you are blessed, you need to share your blessings. Words to live by.

After Mass, I stopped and had coffee with Mr. Jerry. We laughed and joked around, shared of few family stories, and looked at each other’s grandchildren pictures on our phones. Then I said, “Mr. Jerry, you’ve known me for a long time, I want to ask you a serious question, and I want you to be perfectly honest. Do you think I’m goofy?” I thought it would be interesting to get an honest perspective on what a male friend thinks about me. I know all my girlfriends would say I was wonderful, but girlfriends are not always going to tell you the truth. I wanted in unbiased opinion.

Mr. Jerry thought a while and didn’t know what to say. I rattled off, “Do you think I talk too much? Am I too silly. Is it weird that I talk to strangers or hug people at church?” He thought a few more seconds and said, “I don’t think you’re too silly or goofy. BUT… There is that one time you crashed that Mexican man’s funeral at St. Michael’s.” We laughed. Oh, I forgot about that. I saw all the cars and thought it was an Ash Wednesday service. Well, it turned out to be a funeral, so I just stayed for the Mass and prayed for a man named Juan that I never met.

Jerry said, “Those are all good things and what makes you a nice person.” Okay. Well I guess that was honest enough.

Mr. Jerry went home to watch football, and I stopped at the store to get groceries and stock up on some sales. I like to get great sales on canned goods, etc. so I can take them over to the food pantry or share with the new moms over at the Bella House shelter.

As in today’s Gospel, it’s important to share your blessings. I don’t consider myself wealthy, but I sure have been blessed.

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As I was sitting here writing and flipping through the channels on TV, I noticed a show called STIHL TIMBERSPORTS. I was fascinated because I have a couple of friends who are pretty important people in the STIHL Corporation. Stan Crader and his son Justin are a couple of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. When I was watching the show, there were these strong powerful women competing in different events using chain saws, and axes, in rather dangerous looking situations. I thought to myself, “Now, those are some women of STEEL”

As women, we need to be strong inside and out. And, I guess it doesn’t matter what other people think, as long as we know what we’re made of. Steel… we’re made of steel.

Sunday Sermon and the St. Gabriel Church Picnic

8 Oct

“God doesn’t send you the obstacles, He guides you through the hurdles.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.”

Unknown

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It was a gloomy dark morning with rain threatening. Oh no! Today was the St. Gabriel annual church picnic at noon. I greeted at the door before 9 o’clock Mass with Jerry and Mary. I had a small stuffed animal for Avery in one pocket of my sweater and a Matchbox car for Liam in the other. Little Avery gave me a big hug, but today, my young friend, Liam, had a gift for me along with his hug. I was honored. A rock and two tree seeds or nuts. Not sure what kind, but they are very pretty.

Today’s Gospel Mark 10: 2-12 was about, well, one of my least favorite subjects, DIVORCE. The Pharisees were testing Jesus and asked Him if it was lawful for a husband to divorce his wife. We are all familiar with His response, usually a quote used in most wedding ceremonies.

“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother

and be joined to his wife,

and the two shall become one flesh.

So they are no longer two but one flesh.

Therefore what God has joined together,

no human being must separate.”

In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.

He said to them,

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another

commits adultery against her;

and if she divorces her husband and marries another,

she commits adultery.”

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That was over two thousand years ago, and it still applies. The concept may still apply, but the world hasn’t changed, and people still get divorced, all too easily and often. It hits pretty close to home. It has been over five years that I’ve been struggling with this, and being Catholic, it’s not an easy concept to deal with. That’s why I’m still in the process of getting an annulment, because according to my church, even though I’ve been divorced for four years, I’m still married. That hurts. But, as I said. He didn’t send the obstacles, He helps me through the hurdles. I get stronger every day. Pretty soon, I’ll be able to leap over those hurdles with ease. After the Gospel reading, instead of getting all misty with tears slipping down my cheek, today I felt stronger and empowered. Yay!

The church picnic started at noon, but I went over early to take my brownies and to volunteer at the Bella House Ministry table with Mary. All the many church

ministries had tables in the gym to share information for volunteer opportunities.

The rain not only held off, but the sun burst through, and it was a beautiful sunny day. There was plenty of food, fun for the children, and time to visit with friends and families.

It was a good Sunday, a fun picnic, then later in the evening, the dark gloomy clouds returned. The warm day cooled into a pleasant night, and all is well.

HAPPY SUNDAY TO ALL.

Sunday Sermon and Some Fun at Oktoberfest on the Square

30 Sep

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”

~Anne Frank

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A really lovely Sunday morning at church. The sunshine and cessation of rain had everyone in a festive mood. Little Avery always has a big smile and a hug when I hand her my little gift for the day. She is so cute.

Today’s Gospel was about John complaining to Jesus that someone who was not a follower was casting out demons using Jesus’ name, and asked if he should be stopped.

But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.”

Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

Oh gosh, my take on it may not be very Catholic, but personally, I feel that a good person, someone who loves his fellow man, does good works, and is kind to everyone, that person will see the kingdom of heaven. Whoever is against evil is certainly for good. The Bible is a little more specific, but I think we are allowed our own interpretation.

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I decided to check out Oktoberfest on the Square this afternoon. It wasn’t crowded at all. I heard Friday and Saturday were busy, so I chose wisely.

My first stop was The Cove. I missed the cool, (actually very hot) raku firing last night, but Minda and Steve Macias were there finishing up and polishing the pottery from the firing.

This weekend, The Cove featured some amazing pottery by some VERY talented artists.

Alex Macias is away at school, but her pottery was on display and “Flat Alex” was there to take pictures with friends and visitors.

Then, off to the Square for Oktoberfest. I don’t drink and drive, so no beer for me. But, I did enjoy snapping pictures and people watching, and visiting with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery and The Last Gallery. Oh, and then there’s always the handsome firemen.

There was plenty of activities for families.

The petting zoo had all kinds of fun animal including a….COMO SE LLAMA? A little Spanish animal joke.

Have a great Sunday! I sure did!

Sunday Sermon and Other Grandma Stuff

17 Sep

“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.”

~Lois Wyse

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Another fine Sunday. Greeting before Mass summoned many hugs and handshakes.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus asking His disciples who the people thought He was, as many thought He was just a prophet. Jesus told them that He was the Son of Man who would suffer, be killed, then rise on the third day…

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,

take up his cross, and follow me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for my sake

and that of the gospel will save it.”

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My take on it… We are asked to take up our cross, figuratively. If we follow His teachings, denying the worldly evils and temptations, follow the Gospel, this is how we gain eternal life. I don’t think we all have to physically die, losing our life, but rather take up a life following our faith.

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After church, I stopped for coffee with Mr. Jerry. I had iced tea. I decided to stay after he left to have a quick lunch. As I sat people watching and eating my $1 Big Mac (coupon), a police officer came in and ordered lunch. Just as he was reaching for his money, I got up, walked over to the counter and swiped my credit card saying, ” Thanks for all you do. It’s much appreciated.”

The officer smiled and said, “Your appreciation is much appreciated.” He ate his lunch pretty quickly and when he walked out, he gave me a big smile and a wave and said, “Thanks again.”

If I can make just one person smile and feel appreciated, I’m very happy and blessed.

I stopped at Sprouts and Walmart after lunch. At Sprouts I bought some fruit and vegetables and good healthy things. Well, some wine too. At Walmart, I stocked up on more brownie mixes, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and junk food. I like to keep a well balanced diet.

Oh, the instant coffee is for a painting project, but that’s another story.

In the evening, I went for a nice long walk, catching another spectacular sunset.

But, the BEST part of every Sunday is FaceTime with my beautiful Belle.

I love being a grandma.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

10 Sep

“The only way to keep a secret is to keep it to yourself.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.”

*Elbert Hubbard

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A cool refreshing Sunday. I wore a sweater to church this morning, Yes! A sweater. A brief relief from the Texas heat. Everyone was so cheery and friendly as I greeted, shook hands and dispensed hugs at the door before Mass. As always, I had a little gift, a stuffed toy for Avery, and a Matchbox car for Liam. I love those precious genuine smiles as they walk into church. I’m sure their parents enjoy the smiles as much as I do. It’s been fun to watch these youngsters grow up before my eyes, from Sunday to Sunday.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being begged to heal the deaf man brought before Him. He performed this miracle but ordered the people not to tell anyone. They did not obey…

then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,

“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —

And immediately the man’s ears were opened,

his speech impediment was removed,

and he spoke plainly.

He ordered them not to tell anyone.

But the more he ordered them not to,

the more they proclaimed it.

They were exceedingly astonished and they said,

“He has done all things well.

He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

My take on it… As I said, “The only way to keep a secret is to keep it to yourself.” Sometimes, the people you try and help don’t always appreciate your efforts. They get what they want and don’t respect your wishes. It’s all about them.

After Mass, I met Mr. Jerry for coffee at McDonald’s, then stopped at Tom Thumb for groceries. I met another friend at Sweet Spot Bakery in the afternoon, then home for a walk. Well, my neighbors Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy weren’t sitting in the garage in their usual 4-5pm spot, so I rang the bell. The garage opened soon after, and we sat in the garage for conversation, catching up and a cold beer.

It was a good day for visiting and chatting with friends. Happy Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunrise

3 Sep

“Beware the self-righteous man, for he will destroy the world many times over before he sees his folly.”

― Stewart Stafford

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Another lovely Sunday. It’s always inspiring to catch a magnificent sunrise first thing in the morning on my walk. Then, off to church and greeting at the door with Mary and Jerry.

Today’s Gospel was about the people who complained to Jesus that some of His disciples were eating with unclean hands and not observing the traditions of the elders. Jesus said…

“This people honors me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me;

in vain do they worship me,

teaching as doctrines human precepts.

You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

MY take on it… it’s not important what you do and say just for show, while people are looking at you. What’s important, what’s genuine, is what you do and how you act when no one is watching. God knows what’s in your heart.

Yep, it’s what’s inside that counts.

Sunday Sermon, Scandal, and International Dog Day

27 Aug

“What people need to remember is they are eternal beings and that they never die.”~Kuan Yin”

Hope Bradford

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It has been hot, hot, hot here in Texas. But, greeting at the door before morning Mass is always refreshing. It was exceptionally crowded at 9 o’clock Mass. I think all the back to school hub-bub and chaos has settled down and the families are back into their routine. Lots of hugs.

I’m sure you all are aware of the news, controversy, scandal and pain the Catholic Church is going through right now. We were all asked to pray for our church and all the people involved. So, today’s Gospel is very appropriate for what’s going on.

Jesus spoke to the disciples, knowing before hand that not all would believe in Him and that some would betray Him. He didn’t stop them from leaving.

My take on it…Man was given free will. Not all will believe in the word of God. Not all will be honest and good. It’s not just priests. Men and women have choices. There are good and bad priests, ministers, politicians, teachers, doctors, husbands, wives, men and women. I think Jesus was telling us that we have a choice to follow Him and have eternal life, or leave Him and only live an earthly life. There will be a judgement day.

“The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.

But there are some of you who do not believe.”

Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe

and the one who would betray him.

And he said,

“For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me

unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this,

many of his disciples returned to their former way of life

and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

We have come to believe

and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

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The other stuff… I found out on Facebook that today is international dog day. I no longer have dogs of my own, but I did for many years. I know about their unconditional love and loyalty. Mankind could learn a lot from a dog.

But, I am the proud doggie auntie of little Bella. She belongs to Mr. Mike, my friend and neighbor. He travels a lot for business, and I have Bella stay with me when he’s gone. She loves me. Sometimes it seems like I have her at my house as much as her own. The funny part is, Mr. Mike and I have the same house model, so she’s very much at home in both.

Isn’t she cute?

Here she is saying…”Not another walk! I’m not going one more step. It’s too hot!” Not really. She likes to roll in the cool grass on a hot day. She loves her walks. She would go every hour if I took her.

“If your dog is fat, YOU need more exercise.”

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