Friday, August 30, 2013

Haiku My Heart: Hummingbird

This is the original shot;
below I played once again
at PicMonkey.

questioning from whence
photographer snapped her shots
inside or outside?

God's delight...
wings of hummingbird,
mine as well!

linking with delight
with our enchanting hostess Rebecca
at Haiku My Heart

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ABC Wednesday: Galilee

my contribution,
for ABC Wednesday meme
front porch
(of a church)

front entrance

our parish patron, St. Mary

always a pleasure
to link with
our host Roger
ABC Wednesday

Thanks also to Mrs. Nesbitt
who originated the meme.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mornings with Mary: Her Titles

Our Heavenly Mother is known
 by innumerable names, just as there are untold
images of Mary.
However one chooses to address her,
or however one imagines her appearance,
she listens.
I know that I think of my own mother
when I seek guidance or assurance.
How much more fitting
to appeal to the Virgin Mary
when seeking comfort, solace
or answers to questions.
She awaits each of us
to intercede for us
to her Blessed Son.

Titles of Mary
Immaculate Mary
Star of the Sea
Holy Virgin Mary
Queen of Heaven
Queen of the Earth
Queen of the Esplanade
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Our Lady of Walsingham
Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Queen of the most holy Rosary
Queen of Peace
Healer of the Sick
Comforter of the Afflicted
Mother of Christ
Mother of God
Mother of Mercy
Mother of the Eternal Word
Mother of Sorrows
Mother of Divine Clemency
Flower of Mt. Carmel
Fruitful Vine
Splendor of Heaven

Our Lady of the Esplanade

Yes, I have used images of Mary
from previous posts,
but I felt that with this one,
I needed them
to illustrate my point.

lovingly linked
to Rebecca's exquisite Mornings with Mary

Friday, August 23, 2013

Haiku My Heart

come, sweet Madonna,
sit beside me and pervade
my being with trust

the soothing water soundscome from here

water rippling, softly
soothing away the tenseness
leaving serenity

linking with love
to Rebecca's
Haiku My Heart

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quotography: Happiness

"Happiness often sneaks in 
through a door
you didn't know you'd left open."
~John Barrymore~

Why did I choose this image?
Pinwheels are inexpensive sources
of things that make me smile!

looking for how others
picture happiness?
then go to Kaylene's

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Holy Day

Today is a Holy Day of Obligation
 in the Roman Catholic Church, whereas
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
is celebrated.  
'Although it is not mentioned in scripture, the Assumption of Mary has been a solidly held belief of our faith since apostolic times. It has been celebrated liturgically since the 6th century AD.
The Assumption of Mary was declared a dogma (a divinely revealed truth) of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950 when he proclaimed, in a document entitled Munificentissimus Deus,' “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.”
I edited, using PicMonkey's Spotlight
on Mary's image.
 I attended the 8:15 a.m. Mass at my parish church.
What a glorious feeling I felt
with a big part of the church
filled with 
the students who attend
St. Mary Elementary School 
and Blessed John Paul II Middle School.
There is no sound better to me than
the voices of children in song and praise.
May Mary bless you day!
Almighty and eternal God, 
who hast taken up into the glory of Heaven, 
with body and soul, 
the immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of thy son: 
grant us, we pray, 
that we may always strive after heavenly things 
and thus merit to share in her glory. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mornings with Mary: My Ramblings

What do I want for myself for the new year?
entrust God
feel his presence
be inspired

host a writing group

be energized to…

these goals were written 
January 1, 2013

did I get them out even once
since that day?
am emphatic NO
is my reply
there is  a proverb
"He who fails to plan,
plans to fail."
that goes for following through
as well as planning
I do pray each morning
and evening
but what happened 
to... exercising
hosting a writing group?

little progress there
when I am brutally 
about myself
I see that I
have few close friends
who live in my town
who enjoy 
the familiar 
lonely state 
I ask not
for sympathy,
just that you
dear devotees
of our Mother Mary,
for me to
envision the positives
in my life
to help 
 lift my spirits 
to turn this 
spiraling downward
into an upward

thank you
for listening with kind ears

lovingly linked
to Rebecca's

Friday, August 2, 2013

Haiku My Heart: Evening Sky

I look to Heaven
to seek my Lord's assistance
in choosing my way.

May I hear His words,
and have clear understanding
to set on my path.

lovingly linked
to Rebecca's
Haiku My Heart

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mornings with Mary: Prayer by Pope John XXIII

diminutive flow'rs
for Mary

Prayer of Pope John XXIII 
Love of Mary
Holy Immaculate Mary, help all who are in trouble.  
Give courage to the faint-hearted,
console the sad, heal the infirm, 
pray for the people, intercede for the clergy, 
have a special care for nuns;
may all feel, all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance,
all who now and always render you honor,
 and will offer you their petitions.
Hear all our prayers, O Mother, and grant them all.  
We are all your children; 
grant the prayers of your children.
Amen forever.

lovingly linked to Rebecca's 
Mornings with Mary