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Sunday Sermon:) Good Samaritan and a Sunset

15 Jul

“Like the Good Samaritan, may we not be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them with concrete acts of love.”

Pope Francis

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A lovely Sunday morning, and the 7am alarm was more then welcomed. Driving to church, I had the car radio blasting Rod Stewart oldies songs while I sang along. Greeting, hugging, and shaking hands before Mass is the highlight of my day.

This morning, I ran down the three big steps to help Miss Dorothy, with cane in hand, maneuver up the cement obstacles. We walked arm in arm inside. She always has a big smile and a thank you. We both wore pink today, so I said we were sisters.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan. A lawyer asked Jesus how can one attain eternal life, and Jesus replied with the question of what does the law say?

“He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.”

Then, Jesus told the story of a priest and a Levite avoiding contact with a man who had been beaten and robbed and left on the side of the road. But the Samaritan, (detested by the Jews) showed compassion and helped the man.

My take on it… We shouldn’t put labels on people because of their race, religion, origins, or political beliefs. A good compassionate person comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and affiliations. As do the bad people.

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After Mass, I stopped for coffee with Helene and Jerry, a quick stop at Tom Thumb, (eggs and bacon were on sale), then off to water plants for my traveling friend.

I met Linda Grossman, World’s Greatest Realtor, for a quick dinner and catching up at Panera, then home for a walk. Oh, and a little FaceTime with my family.

It was a lovely evening, with a cool breeze, (In the 80’s, but that’s cool for Texas.) and the clouds drifting by.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Skies

8 Jul

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Another hot Texas morning. I woke up well before the alarm, so I walked the dog and did a little extra alone walking before 7:30, then rush out the door by 8:15. I always enjoy seeing the sun and clouds when they first wake up the morning sky.

I arrived at church just as I saw the Chateau Senior Living bus round the corner. So, I ran like the wind, (actually more like a speedy turtle with a bad knee) to the far end of the church to meet and greet the ladies and open the side doors for them. Many hugs were exchanged. Then, back to my front door greeting.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus sending out the 72 in pairs ahead of him to the towns, sending them out like “lambs among wolves.” They were told to go and stay only where they were welcome, bringing peace to them, curing the sick and telling them that the kingdom of God was near. Also, to leave any place where they were not welcome, leaving the same message.

They returned saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”

Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.

Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and  scorpions

and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,

but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

My take on it… We have the choice to accept and welcome the word of the Lord. Again, the free will thing. You can be kind, good, honest and gentle and be welcomed into heaven or you can follow Satan and be evil, and the kingdom of heaven will be closed to you.

I personally believe in heaven, but even for those who don’t, isn’t it better to lead a good life, being good and kind to others, just for its own sake? I always liked this quote…

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”

~Albert Camus

After Mass, I stopped at McD with Helene and Jerry for coffee, then to the store for a few last minute things. Then, a quick stop to check mail and water plants for a traveling friend. It was already pretty darn hot. Helene had asked if I wanted to meet for dinner around 5, and I suggested Braum’s. My dinner would be a large frozen yogurt twist cone.

It was a good day, a hot day, but always a nice ending when I can FaceTime with the grandchildren. The baby was already asleep, but here’s a cute picture from earlier. I just love those faces!

Now, to close with last night’s sunset. I saw this orange glow outside the back window and just had jump up, open the door and take a quick picture. Just too amazing. How does God do that?

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some Awesome Sunsets and Skies

29 Jun

“I can’t help but stare in awe at the sky and soak in all the colors and hues that God painted in the heavens. Perhaps a preview.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Wow, another steamy day here in north Texas. I got up early to beat the summer heat and trim my crepe myrtle tree. I was guilted into it, not being much of a horticulturist, I’ve said this many times. ” I can paint a tree or flowers. I just can’t grow trees or flowers.”

My friend Allison, and avid gardener invited me to go to Home Depot with her yesterday, and she bought a carload of trees and dirt. She talked me into one little tree. When she picked me up, I was chastised for the sad shape of my crepe myrtle and also that it was infested with aphids. Yuk! How would I know? I don’t look at such things,

So, I went out there this morning with those tall snippy cutter thingies, and trimmed the tree. I also trimmed back a few man-eating bushes that were over taking the flower bed. Then, I sprayed the tree with some buggy stuff that she recommended. I was sweatin’ bullets. I do love nature and plants and such, I just wished that God could take care of all that like he does the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Here’s my crepe myrtle all cute and trimmed. It was about twice the size before,

Some of my recent sunsets…

I guess sometimes even Mother Nature needs a helping hand.

Friday Friends, Firemen, and a Fiery Sunset

15 Jun

“There’s something special about a heartfelt hello and a smile. It can brighten up your day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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For some reason, today didn’t feel like Friday. My days are getting all discombobulated. I set my alarm for 7:30, walked over to pick up Bella, then took a quick one mile walk before starting my day. I was meeting my friend Linda for breakfast at 10.

I stopped over at Fire Station 9 on my way with cookies and cake that Miss Pat made for karaoke last night. She always tells me to take the leftovers to my firemen.

I picked up the outside phone and said, “Hi, it’s Miss Toni with some cookies.” I was greeted at the door and escorted back into the kitchen to pick up my previous container. I had to smile as I walked down the hallway past each office. Every doorway I passed, I saw a smile and heard a cheerful, “Hi Miss Toni!” It’s kinda like the TV show Cheers. You want to go where everyone knows your name.” They not only know my name, they feel like family. Nice way to start my day.

I met Linda for breakfast and we spent a good four hours talking, sharing grand-baby pictures on our phones, and catching up.

The rest of the day flew by. I walked the dog again and went for another solo walk, stopping to visit with my neighbor Allison. She invited me into the garage to check out some of her cool Goodwill treasure finds that she’s going to turn into yard ornaments. I was offered a glass of wine. How could I resist? Just one glass and some good conversation. I didn’t stagger home this time. Actually, I continued my walk so I could catch a few late evening sunset pictures. I love sunsets.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Saturday:) Sunshine and Sunsets

10 Mar

“A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

― Crystal Woods

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It was another beautiful sunny day after a pretty rough storm over night. A beautiful calm after the storm. The perfect day for a long walk. Last week I walked with three layers of coats, a hat and gloves, with temperatures below freezing. Today, I wore sunglasses and a t-shirt, walking over 3 1/2 miles. Welcome to Texas.

The Bradford Pear trees are in full blossom around the neighborhood. They are gorgeous, but I was thinking that I was kind of happy that I didn’t have one in my yard. Looks like they make a big mess when all those blossoms fall.

I walked in the late afternoon, stopping at Miss Sandy and Mr. Larry’s garage for a beer and conversation. Time to catch up on neighborhood gossip. On the way home, the sun was starting to make its brilliant colorful descent. My favorite time of day. It was sunset time. Time to chase the sunset.

The last few blocks walking home, in the stillness of the night, the oranges and golden yellows faded into grey. A sliver of moon rose above the wispy streaks of dark clouds. The moonlight guided me home.

Happy Saturday. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight…

Saturday and Some Spectacular Sunsets

24 Feb

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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I haven’t been out walking in time to catch the beautiful sunsets in such a long time. It’s either been cloudy or drizzly or I’m driving off somewhere and miss my photo ops. Tonight, I went for a second walk before dark (I got in 4.6 miles today), and kept strolling until the crimson sun was just barely kissing the dusty dark horizon. I could have stood there forever watching God put on His magic watercolor night-time light show right in my own backyard. (Well, actually down the street a little ways.)

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Jan

“Men are what their mothers made them.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Another sock monkey hat morning. The snow from yesterday was all melted but it was bitterly cold greeting at the door before Mass. The warm smiles and hugs from friends more than made up for the cold. I had my Matchbox cars for three little boys in one pocket and a stuffed alligator for Avery in the other. She is so adorable.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the wedding in Cana.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jn 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 

When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? 

My hour has not yet come.” 

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” ………….

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My take on it… four little words… LISTEN TO YOUR MAMMA.

This was the first of the miracles that Jesus performed. He turned water into wine. Mary didn’t tell Jesus what to do. She only suggested that there was no more wine and left the rest up to her son. She raised her son properly and he respected her wishes. A good Gospel story.

After Mass, a quick coffee with Mr. Jerry and a long stop at the grocery store. It warmed up enough in the late afternoon to go for a brisk walk. Funny, the colder it is, the faster I walk. While I was walking, I received a text from my son asking if I wanted to FaceTime and see the grandchildren. I scurried even faster, but took two seconds to capture a quick snap of the glorious sunset.

“Hi Gamma!”

A glorious grand-daughter and a glorious sunset. A perfect Sunday.