Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Art of Remembering: My Younger Brother

Charlie in 5th grade
up front and grinning brightly
happy and friendly

the photo at the left
my brother, cousin and me
blessing those two on All Souls Day

sharing the sweet souls of my brother
and my cousin
with Rebecca's

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nonnie's Observations: The Art of Remembering: Momma

Nonnie's Observations: The Art of Remembering: Momma: Remembering Momma Vivid memories of my momma range from learning to dance at the Moose  to her cooking at the restaurant she owned w...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Haiku My Heart: Autumnal Glory

autumnal glory… 
God’s rich palette of hues
feeding my spirit

 sharing with Rebecca's

hosted by 
Gemma Wiseman
& Magical Mystical Teacher

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Haiku My Heart: Cosmos' Last Hurrah

 cosmos’ last hurrah
now down, due to storm’s fierceness
spring will bring blooms ‘gain

love abounds 
at Rebecca's 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordle #181: St. Therese de Lisieux

Wordle #181

Peering into the lives of the saints 
provides a connected and vital chain to our risen Lord.  
With that connection, 
my speech takes on a new importance 
in radiating no harm to others.  
For which of us broken humans 
needs a word (such as name-calling) or action 
that strips away any divinity that is left in us?  
Signs of help for us can be found in a poem 
from the likes of St. Therese de Lisieux.   
So let’s raise our goblets to St. Therese 
(who, even as she lay on the sheets of her bed) 
gave us a sense that we too can strive for holiness 
in ‘little ways’ as she did.

As my faithful readers can see, 
I've been drawn back to this place.
I won't be writing here on a daily basis,
but St. Therese and Mother Mary 
are whispering in my ear...

Wordle #181
to Brenda's

Monday, May 26, 2014

Faith in a Bottle's Last Post

Dear Readers,
I  will no longer be posting here.  
That does not mean that I won't write posts of a spiritual nature.  
I just cannot manage to give my full attention 
to this blog and Nonnie's Observations.
So, as of today, you will find me solely (and soulfully)
at Nonnie's Observations.
I am hoping that you will follow me there.

Mondays with Mary: The Magnificat

The Magnificat
also known as
Canticle of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior 
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. 
From this day all generations will call me blessed: 
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm, 
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, 
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel 
for He has remembered His promise of mercy,  
the promise He made to our fathers, 
to Abraham and his children for ever.

linking with pleasure
Mondays with Mary

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: At St. Francis

 I've stopped before the door,
delighting in the play of light and shadow,
I take my shot for posterity;
 then in I go to experience 
the delight of being fed by my Lord and Savior.

sharing with
hosted by

Friday, May 16, 2014

John Newton and "Amazing Grace"

A Reflection on Today's Reading
 In our parish bulletin,
 the Reflection on today's scripture reading
refers to John Newton who wrote "Amazing Grace."
I found this so like the scripture verse
in Matthew 8:26 when the apostles' fear
became so great that they woke Jesus 
that I had to share it with my readers. 

Newton had been a slave trader and a drunk 
when a violent storm threatened to sink his ship 
with all those aboard.  
For the first time in his life, he prayed.
He was saved as were those on his ship. 
After that episode, he quit the slave trade
and spent the remainder of his life repenting, 
writing hymns, 
and eventually becoming a minister.
Remember this tale which sums up the grace 
given Newton by God whenever singing or hearing this hymn.

More details of his life can be found here and here.

Weekend Reflections: Tiny Car

photos taken evening 
before the Easter Vigil
at my parish church

teeny vehicle
 smartly adorned by silver
and luscious cherry

sharing with James'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Signs, Signs: Garden Ministry

inspired sign touting
parish garden ministry
and those volunteers

sharing with

Streams 'N Stirrings: A "Selfie" and God!

Streams 'N Stirrings: A "Selfie" and God!: God knocks at my door seeking a home for his son: Rent is cheap, I say. I don’t want to rent. I want to buy, says God. I’m not sure ...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mondays with Mary: One Little Rose

One Little Rose

I would rather have one little rose
From the garden of a friend
Than to have the choicest flowers 
When my stay on earth must end.

I would rather have one pleasant word
In kindness said to me 
Than flattery when my heart is still
And life has ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile
From friends I know are true
Than tears shed round my casket
When this world I’ve bid adieu.

Bring me all your flowers today
Whether pink, or white, or red;
I’d rather have one blossom now
Than a truckload when I’m dead.

When I googled the title of the prayer,
I was led to a site about 
Little Rose Farron
who was stigmatic and lived her last years
able to consume only the Eucharist and liquid foods.
Little Rose Farron in a state of ecstasy
(image found here)

sharing with

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Haiku My Heart: Mother's Day Blooms

oldest son's present
to his mom, who’s grateful for 
love expressed with blooms

Actually, this is one of his gifts;
the others were 
the one-on-one visit
with him
and... lunch at Panera's.
I am looking forward to 
spending time with my 
other children on Sunday.
with Rebecca's 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Thanks

Holy Card found here

My translation of the Holy Card:
"Mary, by the very gentle Mother, 
we appeal to your intercession,
certain that your Son 
will grant our prayers."

In today's devotional 
Praying the Daily Gospels:
A Guide to Meditation, 
was this suggestion-
"Think of some way 
to let the people you know 
that you are thankful 
for the gifts they bring to your life."
So, here is my way...

Friends in Bible Study…
I give thanks to our Lord for the gifts 
you extend to me through your friendship 
and acceptance of me, 
as I am, 
in this place 
and in this time.  
May our Holy Mother Mary 
and her Son Jesus Christ 
sprinkle blessings on you and your family.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mondays with Mary: An Offering to Mary

An Offering to Mary

Here are my prayers, Mary
You do the rest
Where they are needed
You will know best
Don’t  bother saving
A merit or two
Use them all, Mary,
I give them to you.
It’s the only way, Mary,
That I can see.
For repaying my thanks
For the grace you gave me.
I give them to you,
Without any strings,
Pass them to Jesus
As your offerings,
So take my prayers, Mary,
And all that I do,
With my heart in the Center,
I give them to you.

O Mary Conceived Without Sin,
Pray for us Who have
Recourse to Thee.

sharing with Hettienne's

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Catholic Church Has Two New Saints

The Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
As a Catholic and, having seen Pope John Paul II in person 
in Chicago in October of 1979, 
I was excited to experience 
the canonization of him and Pope John XXIII, 
albeit via TV.
My 19 year-old daughter, 
a close teacher friend from St. Lawrence Elementary School 
and I rode the train to Chicago 
to be part of the sea of people congregated in Grant Park. 

Pope John Paul II greeted 
the worshipers in several different languages. 
There upon he celebrated the Mass 
with more than 350 bishops from North America.  
I think that I surely was not the only person there 
who felt the sensation of goose bumps developing on one’s skin. 
I felt the same phenomenon 
when Pope Francis declared the canonization 
of these two beloved popes.

Pope Francis greeting
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

one of three petitions
for the canonization
of Popes John XXIII
and John Paul II

relics of the new saints

The majority of the photos I am sharing here
 are the result of my snapping pictures 
from the live feed from St. Peter’s Square.  
Two were scanned from my Commemorative Album.
The banner photo is my own taken in our parish rectory entrance.