Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Today is the last day of my novena. I've been saying the rosary for my novena. Now, I know some of you say the rosary every day or on a regular basis. I hardly say the rosary. Two days ago, my prayers were answered. The solution came from an unexpected source. That's just like God, isn't it? He surprises you. Today I will say a rosary in thanksgiving. I know we are suppose to be saying lots of prayer of gratitude.

HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is
with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

I wonder what non-Catholics do when they're in a crisis? Any non-Catholics out there? What are some of your prayers during a crisis?

I don't know how many times I've said the Hail Mary in an airplane when it has hit turbulence or during take-offs and landings. The Hail Mary is my life line, and so far every plane I've been on has always landed safely: even the time a tire blew out when the plane landed in Seattle.

Click here for directions on how to pray the rosary.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas

Going along with my pastor, Father G., I am still celebrating Christmas because Christmas starts December 25 and ends on the Eiphaney (sp?).

Didn't like your gifts? Don't worry; you can't take them with you anyway. What you can take with you is Jesus and Everlasting Life. Thank God literally for sending His Only Son, through Mary, to earth. If you stick close to Jesus, he'll stick close to you.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent - Time for Preparation

It's really difficult to get into the Christmas spirit sometimes.If someone dies, or if there's family conflict, or if I am just not feeling jolly, I can't really get into the whole jingle, jingle of it. (Someone told me that he hates the whole "forced merriment" of the season. I love that phrase). Usually it takes me most of Advent to get into the Christmas mood, and that's why I've sent out Christmas cards on December 26, 27, 28, and so on.

My pastor Father G. reminded us that Advent is to prepare for the coming of the Lord. It's not Christmas until December 25, and then it's Christmas for twelve entire days (until January 6).

No wonder, I'm not in the Christmas mood yet. I am just preparing, so I am not even expected to be in the Christmas spirit now .Hmm, I thought I was being humbugg-y all these years.We Catholics are suppose to be preparing during these the next few weeks. Hey if you're already in the Christmas Spirit then glad tidings to you. I'll just prepare for and proceed towards Christmas day by day at my usual slow place because I really do need every day of Advent. I have been normal and fine all these years.

By the way, did I mention I have an awesome collection of Advent calendars? One of my dear aunts gave me an Advent calendar every year when I was growing up, and I saved them all. Many of them were made in West Germany (before the wall came down).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mother Theresa Stamps

Today I bought Mother Theresa stamps, and nearly skipped out of the post office. I was thrilled that such a fine Catholic woman was being honored by the United States Postal Service. For a moment I thought maybe I would be thought of as a godly and saintly-like woman since Mother Theresa (or MT) and I are both Catholic. Yes, goodness by association. However, I am responsible for my own saintly-like behavior, which isn't very saintly.

I also bought some cartoon stamps because they're cute. Actually I get a kick out of Dennis the Menace.

I've been feeling guilty of a few things, so I better work a penance/confession/reconciliation into my calendar. If only we could email our guilty feelings to God, and receive absolution in our inbox. But no, I have to go see a priest. That's the way it works. And really, I would feel better seeing and hearing the words of absolution in person the way it's meant to be.

Speaking of recon(ciliation), I have always gone face-to-face. Never have I used that screen. Have you?

I like to say recon for some reason.