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Hope

Posted on May 17, 2022 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (92)

Monday Meditation - Hope 5/16/2022

 

I imagine that every one of us have fallen into a bit of despair (or a lot of despair) when things are not going right for you or a loved one. When we suffer a loss, like the loss of a job, or the loss of a dear friend, we can feel so hurt, and we might even wonder if there is a reason to go on.

 

Hopefully in a situation like this we end up on our knees begging God for help and mercy. Such a prayer is an honest acknowled...

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Spirituality

Posted on May 9, 2022 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (149)

Years ago I used to think of spirituality as something reserved for the mystics, saints and religious who seem to have that special, close relationship with God. It seemed so out of reach for an ordinary person like me. I also associated spirituality with certain religions, with definite rules and guidelines for living.

 

 

These days I believe that while these things are true in part, spirituality is more, and definitely within reach of all persons. When someone s...

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Saying Goodbye

Posted on May 2, 2022 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (50)

I don’t think it’s ever easy to say goodbye to a loved one for the final time, even when you know it will happen soon.

 

My mother-in-law Vivian passed away last Monday at age 101. She had a heart attack six days prior, and once my husband got her to the hospital, the staff was able to keep her comfortable as her body shut down. I was able to visit with her briefly via video chat, and my sister-in-law and my husband took turns staying with her. We are grateful tha...

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Divine Mercy

Posted on April 25, 2022 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (219)

We are continuing in the Easter season, and yesterday we celebrated the Divine Mercy of God. This movement was started years ago by St. Faustina Kowalska when she received a vision of Jesus with rays of white and red mercy emanating from his heart and was told to spread this image throughout the world. Today, images of Divine Mercy, with the inscription “Jesus, I Trust in You” are everywhere, and the first Sunday after Easter is called Divine Mercy Sunday.

 

This ...

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Back to ... Normal?

Posted on April 18, 2022 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (284)

I have a bad tendency to congratulate myself on the good I did during Lent…. This year I lost a few pounds by fasting and giving up certain sweets. I donated a bunch of clothing and gave some extra cash to charities. I did continue my Bible in a Year daily readings, and I attended a Reconciliation service. And now I think can relax my vigilance about these things and slip back into my old habits, or “back to normal.”

 

But that’s not what I should do.

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Easter Sunday - He Is Risen

Posted on April 17, 2022 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (37)

What a joyful day this is! Even if the weather in Minnesota is a bit on the cool side, I am rejoicing! The pain of Good Friday has passed, and the waiting is over. Jesus is risen from the dead!

 

My favorite story surrounding the resurrection is the one in Luke 24, on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-35) The despondent disciples were so disheartened after the shock of Jesus’ death. They didn’t believe the women who went to the tomb and reported that Jesus had been...

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Good Friday - The Cross

Posted on April 15, 2022 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (73)

Today we celebrate Good Friday, when we remember the day Jesus was cruelly put to death. Some people may wonder why we “celebrate” such an awful event. And true, it is a very sad day.

 

However, we can celebrate because we know the ending to the story! The great sacrifice of the cross meant that Jesus had to endure immense suffering, humiliation, and ultimately, crucifixion, all for the Glory of God and for our salvation. The same people who lauded Jesus when he r...

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Holy Thursday - The Passover Supper

Posted on April 14, 2022 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (23)

Have you ever studied the Passover as described in the Old Testament? I have done it a few times now, and I have found the parallels to Jesus’ Holy Week to be very insightful.

 

The Passover ritual is described in detail in Exodus 12. The gist of this passage is that the Israelites were first to procure an unblemished male lamb. In a specified manner they were to sacrifice it, prepare it and eat the flesh, and sprinkle its blood on their doorposts so the Angel of the Lo...

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Passion

Posted on April 11, 2022 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (78)

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday. At church we listened to the reading of Jesus’ passion and death. For me it was a sobering start to Holy Week.

 

The passion in yesterday’s gospel reading is a sorrowful one – describing what Jesus went through following his initiation of The Lamb’s Supper (The Eucharist): a mocking trial, torture, the jeering crowd and the arduous journey to Calvary where he became The Lamb of sacrifice for us. ...

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Lent

Posted on April 4, 2022 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (19)

We are already several weeks into Lent – and in just two weeks it will be Easter. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. I have to say that my Lent has not gone as “well” as I had hoped. I did not do great acts of penance, and I barely managed to keep up with my daily prayers (I had a few slips and catch-ups).

 

I know I need to step up my game, and so I am planning to attend a reconciliation service this week. I will continue to fight to become ...

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