Monthly Archives: November 2011

Day 97 of 365 Days With God


I have been given relief from temporary pain! I can see the light through the darkness. I know that things will turn around, even when they seem overwhelming! God is good all the time!

If your today has been perfect  then give thanks! If your today has been filled with pain and trials, give thanks and wait upon the Lord to move you or move in you!  If your today has given you perspective, then give thanks and share it with others. You never know how your particular experience may help someone in need.

Each day we wake up and breathe is a new day for us to begin again; it is place of both acceptance and hope. No matter what you face today, know that God is waiting for you to invite him into your unique set of circumstances.

Ask, seek & you shall find his love and mercy in abundance.

God Bless You!

Day 96 of 365 Days With God

For the last 24 hours I have been confined to bed because I somehow pinched a nerve in my back. It was one of those things where one minute I was off  to get a Christmas tree, and the next minute I could not move or take a breath! YIKES!!!!! Heat, ice, pain meds (ok lots of pain meds.) & prayers.  Advent is a great time to offer it up!  Peace to you. I hope to begin writing again tomorrow!

Below is today’s Gospel! 🙂

Matthew 8: 5 – 11

5 As he entered Caper’na-um, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him
6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.”
7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.
11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,



God Bless You!

Day 95 of 365 Days With God

One more quote to contemplate on this Thanksgiving Weekend. Tomorrow is the start of the Advent Season. Think about how beautiful this Advent could be for ech of us if we took this message by St. Peter Chrysologus to heart!

May God Bless You.

Now that we are reborn, as I have said, in the likeness of our Lord, and have indeed been adopted by God as his children, let us put on the complete image of our Creator so as to be wholly like him, not in the glory that he alone possesses, but in innocence, simplicity, gentleness, patience, humility, mercy, harmony, those qualities in which he chose to become, and to be, one with us.

—  St Peter Chrysologus

Day 94 of 365 Days With God

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY For One Another!

Necessity urges us to pray for ourselves.  Fraternal Charity obliges us to pray for others. God finds the prayer motivated  by charity to be more meritorious than the prayer motivated by necessity.

—  St. John Chrysostom

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Day 93 of 365 Days With God

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.   Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have betowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.   Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.   This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen



Day 92 of 365 Days With God

Now this is something to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving Eve!!!!!

Christ, like a skillful physician, understands  the weakness of men. He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring he turns  again to his own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to  those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, he opens  immediately.

—  St. Hyppolytus (Treatise on Christ and  Antichrist)

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Day 91 of 365 Days With God

It is the Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin.  Her story is pretty cool. I wanted to share!

Feastday: November 22 Patronof musiciansThe story of S. Cecilia is not without beauty and merit. There was in the city of Rome a virgin named Cecilia, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, and fasted, and invoked the saints and angels and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, “I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone.” And when he swore, she added, “There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” He said, “Dearest, if this be true, show me the angel.” “That can only be if you willbelieve in one God, and be baptized.”She sent him to Pope S. Urban (223-230), who baptized him; and when he returned, he saw Cecilia praying in her chamber, and an angel by her with flaming wings, holding two crowns of roses and lilies, which he placed on their heads, and then vanished. Shortly after, Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, entered, and wondered at the fragrance and beauty of the flowers at that season of the year.

When he heard the story of how they had obtained these crowns, he also consented to be baptized. After their baptism the two brothers devoted themselves to burying the martyrs slain daily by the prefect of the city, Turcius Almachius. [There was no prefect of that name.] They were arrested and brought before the prefect, and when they refused to sacrifice to the gods were executed with the sword.

In the meantime, S. Cecilia, by preaching had converted four hundred persons, whom Pope Urban forthwith baptized. Then Cecilia was arrested, and condemned to be suffocated in the baths. She was shut in for a night and a day, and the fires were heaped up, and made to glow and roar their utmost, but Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. When Almachius heard this he sent an executioner to cut off her head in the bath. The man struck thrice without being able to sever the head from the trunk. He left her bleeding, and she lived three days. Crowds came to her, and collected her blood with napkins and sponges, whilst she preached to them or prayed. At the end of that period she died, and was buried by Pope Urban and his deacons.

Alexander Severus, who was emperor when Urban was Pope, did not persecute the Church, though it is possible some Christians may have suffered in his reign. Herodian says that no person was condemned during the reign of Alexander, except according to the usual course of the law and by judges of the strictest integrity. A few Christians may have suffered, but there can have been no furious persecutions, such as is described in the Acts as waged by the apocryphal prefect, Turcius Almachius.

Urbanus was the prefect of the city, and Ulpian, who had much influence at the beginning of Alexander’s reign as principal secretary of the emperor and commander of the Pretorian Guards, is thought to have encouraged persecution. Usuardus makes Cecilia suffer under Commodus. Molanus transfers the martyrdom to the reign of Marcus Aurelius. But it is idle to expect to extract history from romance.

In 1599 Cardinal Paul Emilius Sfondrati, nephew of Pope Gregory XIV, rebuilt the church of S. Cecilia.

St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music [because of the story that she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married], and is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand.

From  The Lives of the Saints by the Rev. S. Baring-Gould, M.A., published in 1914 in Edinburgh.