From the Heart of Mary
Being ALL You Can Be
January 22 2010
I was watching television the other day and heard the most prolific message coming from it, a message that resonates profoundly and makes one to look inward to reflect on the real reason why God has placed them to be here on earth. The message:
Be who you were born to be and not what you have become
To be able to experience this phenomenon of being who you were born to be, Faith plays a crucial role in the ability to be able reach your true destiny. Remember scripture Jeremiah 1:5..
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations
Faith is essential when facing any type of storm without it you are left naked to wander aimlessly through life. We all during life face one type of storm or another, that is life.
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Christmas Jug of Memories
December 27, 2010
Memories, in my opinion is another example of God’s love for us. The photo above symbolizes such a memory. It is not the “jug” that is the memorable aspect but it’s content.
As a child I couldn’t wait to go to my maternal grandparents farm, located in rural Kentucky to celebrate Christmas. There wasn’t the fancy decorated trees with all the trappings. My grandpa would scour the farm and find a pine tree suitable to bring home to decorate. The tree had garland and tinsel, ornaments adorned the branches.
Underneath the tree we found
boxes of assorted fruits, nuts and candies. Grandpa loved peppermint or candy canes and we were delighted when we were able to find him the humongous logs of peppermint for him to chisel and hearing his laughter as we clambered about with excitement of the coming day as family would gather to enjoy each other but also enjoy the many joys my dear Grandma would be conjuring up inside her “country kitchen.”
The “joy” I most looked forward too is pictured above; Grandma’s boiled custard, a recipe that has been handed down from one generation to another.
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December 19, 2010
They shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us“
Christmas is a favorite time of year for me, not because of the gifts we open or the great food we enjoy with our families and friends. It is a favorite because I so loved as a child the moment my Mother would gather us all up on her bed and read to us from the Bible the “Christmas story” from Luke 2: 1-20. We were mesmerized by the story and was something to this day I cherish.
The story now has so much more meaning today as it did to that child so many years ago. No longer is it a tale of a woman who rode a donkey into Bethlehem or that a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was laid to rest in a manger. Or is it about how the shepherds watching their flock had come to visit or how the three Wise Men had followed the Star of Bethlehem to the site of our Beloved Savior’s birth.
The story is about Faith and teaches us how to believe, to embolden us to follow her example and turn our hearts to God. This, to me, is the true meaning of this saga. Turning our hearts to God and succumbing to his will as Mary did when she offered herself freely believing that it was God’s will.
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When In Doubt
December 13, 2010
Doubt is something that we’ve all experienced at one time or another. Could it be that it isn’t the doubt we are experiencing but that our Faith is wavering? This is possible, for often especially in the fast times we live today, it is an instant type of gratification that we have grown to expect. I know from my own personal experience that I have battled with doubts and my Faith. I, then turn to the Word Of God:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways
James 4: 7-10 says, “purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Faith is belief without doubt. We all have the gift of “free will” and are able to discern for ourselves if we choose to believe. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; only believe “
Whenever I have feelings of doubt overcoming me, I am called to re-read the prayer hanging on my bedroom wall. The Trust Him prayer, this gives me an inner peace and only serves to make me not only stronger as an individual but stronger in my Faith.
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Saw this piece and thought it would be PERFECT for the Feast of Saint John of the Cross…
I am a Registered Nurse that works in a faith based hospital. I am a devout Catholic who only wishes to serve and honor God with all that I do. I may stumble along the way but it is my strong faith that I know I will be redeemed.