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Marthe Robin, God's Love, the Future, and Prayer Wins

Marthe Robin was a French stigmatist and mystic, who died in 1981. Though she never left her hometown, for she was afflicted with an illness, she spoke to one author about how she “traveled”. She described America and Russia as though she had been there. So what did she mean by “traveled”? She obviously had the gift of bilocation. She also seemed to know just what each person who visited her needed to hear. Interesting, isn’t it?…

So why am I mentioning Marthe again? Because she said something I’d like to quote here, as it appeared in this year’s list of saints given out by a religious group. (I have mentioned the practice of choosing a saint for the year before in this blog.) Here’s what Marthe has to say, and I think she’d very much like for me to post this in view of the quote:

Fear of the Future?

A friend of mine today expressed concern for the future. He’s really worried. As I listened to him, the words of Jesus to Faustina immediately resonated in my mind. He told her to have a painting made of the way she saw Him in that apparition, and He told her to sign it, “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!”…

Those words bring a great deal of solace to us immediately. The portrait of Our Lord, His hand raised in blessing, stepping toward us, is my most favorite view of Our Lord. It is a promise and an expression of His great love for us. He told us that there is no sin He will not forgive, and He gave us the conditions of His mercy:

A – Ask for God’s mercy; B- Be merciful to others; C-Completely trust in Jesus.

But what does this have to do with our fear of the future? If we place ourselves comple

New Year, New Hope, New Everything!

We are now approaching the New Year. For some of us that means making new resolutions. I’m not sure I’m going to go that far. I mean, I’m still working on the old ones. I don’t know about you, but some of them are not so easy to master. It just depends on what they are.…

One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of a New Year is to review my old prayer intentions. I keep many of them throughout the years, like prayers for loved ones, as well as those who are a challenge. However, every year, I like to pick new intentions. I’m helped out in this by a practice of a religious community to pick a saint’s name for the New Year, with an intention related to the work of that saint. This practice was observed by St. Faustina, and the community who now publishes saints’ names for th

Christmas and the Life of the Earth

First of all, I want to say that someone is limiting my ability to answer comments at times, and this is one of those times, so don’t feel too bad if I don’t reply. Having technical problems.…

Secondly, I hope all of you have had a WONDERFUL Christmas time, whether it was filled with family and friends, or whether you spent it alone with the Baby Jesus. I can recall a Christmas I spent alone, and it was one of the most profoundly wonderful Christmases I ever had. Jesus can be with us in any time or season, but I believe He is especially with us at Christmas. Perhaps we feel this more profoundly when we spend more time alone on that day. Granted, it’s really a family day and a day of giving, but sometimes we can make it a special day in another way when we don’t have family with us. W

Christmas and Life

First of all, I want to say that someone is limiting my ability to answer comments at times, and this is one of those times, so don’t feel too bad if I don’t reply. Having technical problems.…

Secondly, I hope all of you have had a WONDERFUL Christmas time, whether it was filled with family and friends, or whether you spent it alone with the Baby Jesus. I can recall a Christmas I spent alone, and it was one of the most profoundly wonderful Christmases I ever had. Jesus can be with us in any time or season, but I believe He is especially with us at Christmas. Perhaps we feel this more profoundly when we spend more time alone on that day. Granted, it’s really a family day and a day of giving, but sometimes we can make it a special day in another way when we don’t have family with us. W

Merry Christmas!

This morning as I was reading morning prayer, I came across something I’d been mulling over for a week or so. The writer said, “Blessed be God, our Father, who protects his children and never spurns their prayers.” (“Christian Prayer”, liturgy of the hours, pg. 829) This is a profound truth. We are NEVER too far away from the Lord to be afraid to pray to Him for help, no matter what our situation may be. We may be far away from Him, but we STILL have access to Him. I wanted to write this for those who may feel overwhelmed by their own mistakes or faults. St. Faustina wrote, “It is never too late to become a great saint, as long as you are alive.” Therefore, you can become a great saint, even on your deathbed! WOW! Therefore, no matter how far from God you may think you are, He is s…

Fall Alive!

What a great time of year it is! November edging into December! I was walking along a little line mall the other day, everything in a line until you reach the short part of the L. It was a very strong wind-gusty day, and the wind happened to be blowing down the strip side. When it reached the short part of the L, it picked up fallen leaves and began to swirl into a leaf tornado, pulling the leaves all the way up to the roofline of the building, creating a whirling, decorated wall of leaves. It gave me the most wonderful sensation of being able to see the wind, as the leaves rotated. Sometimes there were two leaf tornadoes dancing in harmony with one another, each doing their own ballet. I had to just stand there and admire them for a while.…

Nor was that the only wonderful thing about

Conception Produces Light

It occurred to me that some may not have understood what I meant by “the twinkle of God’s divine light” in my previous entry. I’m sure I mentioned this before, but at conception, when the little energetic guy meets the little egg and connects, there is A LITTLE SPARK OF LIGHT! AWESOME! It’s so very much what we always suspected. God vivifies the connection and there is given a new life.…

Now some suggest, “it’s the zinc.” The zinc? You mean zinc created all the life on the planet? I suspect that is a gross simplification. Let me give you an example. There was a man who made a wager with God. He said, “I, too, can make a man.” God replied, “Oh? You can? All right…go aheald. I’ll watch.” So the man picked up some dirt, and God said, “No, no, no! Make your OWN dirt!”

He’s GOT A POINT

A Rose of Thanksgiving for Life

A beautiful article from a Catholic web site at Thanksgiving. The idea is to offer a rose to Our Lady for the protection of the unborn. Remember what our Lady of Guadalupe told Juan Diego,…

" “Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle?”

I have a real life story about this quote. I bought a t-shirt of Our Lady of Guadalupe and was wearing it. On the back of the t-shirt was the above quote from Our Lady. Riding the bus in Albuquerque, a couple behind me sounded excited and finally tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and they told me they were so happy, because they had been on their way to get an abortion, thinking that they had no money and had to abort their child. There

My Thanks Given This Holiday

In light of the caravans of people from South America at our borders, I find this Thanksgiving a little strange. I am indeed thankful to God for my life and for all the years He has given me, as well as for all the blessings and all the hard times, for the maturity that all of that brings, the growth, the understanding we all develop over time (which we THOUGHT we had when we were younger). I’m thankful for all the people who have been in my life and those in my life now, especially my family and friends, benefactors and acquaintances, for all the people in the hood where I live. And at the moment, I’m especially thankful for all those generous folks who cook up a fantastic turkey dinner for those who cannot afford to make their own. Tonight is the first such meal offered at Palmer Ce…

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