Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Poor Man is the "Sacrament of Our Encounter with Christ"

On today's Gospel Reading...
"The poor are not only brothers and sisters to be loved in a brotherly way because they are our brothers and sisters, they are also 'our lords the poor' because the poor man is Our Lord. He is the sacrament of our encounter with Christ, of our love given to Christ..."
Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel
There are many kinds of poor, not just those without money.
They are the poor souls who have lost their way in life.
They are the poor souls who no longer believe.
They are the poor souls who believe that all happiness is found in material things.
They are the poor souls who have no family.
They are the poor souls struggling with addiction.
They are the poor souls who have no identity outside a corporate office.
They are the poor souls who struggle to live like Christ in a secular world.
They are the poor souls who struggle to live in a secular world like Christ.
They are the ones who do not fit inside your social circle.
They are the blind, the sick, and the weak.
They are the nerds, the geeks, the weak.
They are the competitive, the tight-fisted, the vain.
They are the ones without earthly cares that care for nothing outside their own security.
They are the one you avoided today.
They are the ones you thought or spoke ill of today.
Every man you meet is an encounter with Christ.
How do you meet Him outside Yourself?
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Power of Gentleness

"When your enemy falls into your hands, do not consider how you can pay him back and let him feel the sharp edge of your tongue before sending him packing; consider rather how you can heal him and restore him to a better frame of mind. Continue to make every effort both by word and deed until your gentleness has overcome his aggressiveness. Nothing has more power than gentleness."
~ Saint John Chrysostom

Friday, September 20, 2013

{Domestic Day} Friday

It is Friday.
A very wet, rainy Friday.
Which calls for a fresh pot of coffee.
And a sweet cup of café au lait.
Scentsy warmers are plugged and charging sweet scents of "warm crackling spices" throughout my home.
I put a load of laundry on just to make me feel productive.
And I'm completely ignoring what's on the other side of the laundry room.
A rainy day and a fresh ream of paper demand a little bit of writing. Right?
Short the 15 minutes do type this blog post. ;-)
And a rainy day at home always makes me think of this sweet book.
I read it in my teens (along with all the Anne books) and it is perhaps one of my all-time favorites.
What do rainy days call for you to do? to read?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Baby Viewing {One Week Old Today}









One month left. It's a countdown from today to forever. :-)
To us they've always been so young...
 ...with older minds.

They've grown up so much in these past five years.

People tell young people to wait to get married and we did want them to wait.
In hindsight, I think they would have been fine all along. 
{Garrett wearing my favorite shirt. It's as old as the hills. Probably older than me...was Yoohoo around in the late 60's?}

Prayers for the couple as they make their marriage retreat this weekend and vow before God and family to...
"...honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives" and "...accept children lovingly from God..." - See more at:
{Romero & Romero Photography}


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