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.

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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

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Signs, Signs: Garden Ministry

inspired sign touting
parish garden ministry
and those volunteers

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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)

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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.
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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.

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