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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.

Saturday:) Sights and Sounds and a Sunset

21 Jun

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”

Lewis Mumford

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Last night, when I went for my late evening walk, the looming dark clouds were rolling in. It stormed during the night and through the early morning hours. The wind rattled the windows and thunder lit up the sky. Cool!

This morning, the sun was out, and the cooler temps busted out into the mid 90’s later. So, I took several shorter walks, and I’ll probably get out one more time before dark. Love my sunsets.

I stopped past Miss Bernadine’s house, and I gave St. Francis his mandatory pat on the head. Got to!

A couple of little butterflies fluttered around me on my evening walk. And, since I’ve been challenging myself lately, I tried

another challenge today. I finished a 5 Day Meditation/Writing Challenge. Then, I signed up for a Coursera on-line course offered by Yale called, The Science of Well-Being. It’s long and involved, but I’m up for the challenge, and part of the homework is challenging yourself.

Today, instead of my usual 2 or 3 mile walks, I decided to shoot for at least 10,000 steps. When I reached that goal, I walked a little more. Amazing! (Yes, I am,)

Then, a beautiful sunset to end my day.

Happy Saturday, 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.

Friday:) Four Fiery Sunsets From My Walk and 5,000 Steps

6 Jun

“If there’s no challenge in your life, then there’s no enjoyment in your life.”

― David Tian Ph.D

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Wow! It was a really hot day today. I asked my Google assistant (little round talking thingy) OK, Google, what’s the temperature? She said, ” In McKinney, the temperature is 86 degrees, it with the heat index, it feels like 105 degrees.” Well, that made my decision of not going out for a walk until sunset.

Now, here’s a question for you? Do you ever give yourself these little challenges, like I’m going to do so many push ups or sit ups, or get the kitchen cleaned before watching tv? Little challenges. Well, I couldn’t do a single push up if my life depended on it, but I make other self-challenging goals. I try to get out every evening to take pictures of the sunset, often driving home really fast to get out for my walk. (Like today)

Tonight, as I was making loops around the neighborhood pond, I took a picture after each loop, from the same spot, capturing the stunning setting sunset.

Another challenge I make is trying to walk every night and increase my step count. I have that heart ❤️ thingy on my phone that counts my steps, so tonight when I looked at the count, it was around 3,000. So, I told myself, I’m going to get at least 4,000 before I go home. Now remember, it was still hot out there. I checked after a few more loops and I was almost there. Guess what, I’m going to try 5,000 steps. I sometimes push even a little more. It felt good to accomplish this little goal. 👍🏼

Now, for my last challenge and tradition. YEP! It’s Black Russian Friday.

CHEERS!!!!! Happy Black Russian Friday, 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.

Sentimental Saturday:) Sunsets, Sonnets and Such

31 May

“I find myself becoming increasingly nostalgic for the past, but after all I suppose that is the only thing one can be nostalgic about.”

― James Rozoff

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I am nothing, if not a product of my sentimentality. I love my art, my writing, my poetry, my family, and friends. I surround myself with constant reminders and memories of the people and things that I love. I display gifts and keepsakes from friends and family all over my house.

That last few days, when I open my Facebook page, the first thing I see is that page of memories, so nicely provided. There to greet me is the beautiful face of my angel mother, now smiling from heaven. What a great way to start my day.

Another memory came up of a sunset and a short poem I wrote about the photo. When I saw that sky, all I could think of was that it looked like a red velvet ribbon, and therefore required a poem for such a lofty poetic thought. Not quite a sonnet, but close.

Here are a few more recent sunsets. Perhaps they are in need of some lofty thoughts and poetry. Feel free to give it a try.

This one cries out… “wispy tangerine sky.”

Happy Sentimental Saturday, my friends. ❤️

Tuesday:) Time To Get Off the Sofa And Plant

27 May

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

Meister Eckhart

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I’ve gotten pretty comfortable sitting around in my pajamas all day every day. Yesterday, I got up early and watched a Zoom Zumba class. My daughter-in-law has a friend teaching a free class, so I logged in and had a blast dancing along. Exercise is a good way to energize your day.

After the class, a shower, and run some errands, I stopped into Lowe’s to check out the plants and get a new vacuum cleaner belt. There’s nothing like looking at plants and flowers in the pouring rain. The plants like it, me… not so much.

So today, my goal was to avoid another couch potato day. I ventured out again after a morning walk, and ran over to Sprouts for some long needed fruits and vegetables. When I got home, the cloudy skies faded away to a nice sunny evening. Yeah! Now I could plant my azaleas.

I get easily distracted. The front yard grass was looking shabby because too many fallen leaves had smothered the grass, leaving bare spots under the trees, so I needed to rake. Oh no, some of these branches need trimming. I really should spray the trees with insect spray. I think some bug has invaded the trees, that’s why the leaves look bad. Easily distracted.

Oh, okay, time to take the six azalea plants from the garage out back to the two barren flower beds. I planted something last fall but… I killed it all. Did I mention that I can’t grow ANYTHING? Everything dies. Well, gonna give it another try. Wish me luck.

I have two identical empty beds in the back, so I wanted to have them look the same, three in each. The soil was so yucky with clay, so I added a lot of potting soil. Seeing as I’m an old lady, it took me a long time to dig the six hole, take the yucky clay from the holes and transport it to some open spots along the fence line where the bunnies come in. It was a big job, and I almost quit after one bed. No! I can do it. No quitting until they’re both done. Tada! Just one photo. They’re both the same.

I sat down for a couple of minutes and noticed the sun was starting to go down and the orange glow was calling me. Off for a walk…

Now, I’m pretty darn tired. But, it feels pretty darn good.

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, 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.