To Give And Not To Count The Cost


"The bread you store up belongs to the hungry;

The cloak that lies on your chest belongs to the naked;

The gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the Poor."

St. Basil the great


 If I Forget The Poor

Lord, If I forget the poor,

Because I am Busy running around,

If I close my eyes to their plight

Because I am anxious about my own life,

Forgive me, and help me 

To be more mindful, in future.

May I pay back Your love to me with love to them.



Prayer For the Transfiguration Of Our Lord

At the Transfiguration, Father, You showed

Jesus in glory, a glimpse of what His disciples

would see in His risen life.

Bless us in our humanity,

with an awareness of Your presence,

leading us to share in Your divine life

even in our daily struggle.

Help us to deepen

our knowledge of the Law and the Prophets,

channels of Your grace throughout history,

and signposts for our journey.




For Loved Ones Departed


Light Happiness And Peace


Treasured memories of joys once shared, cherished moments with one who cared, precious times now held so dear, gentle walks, quiet talks, times all gone, now only the pain of parting and moving on, and sweet sadness in every lingering tear.


The many memories glow,


but now how heavy the heart, and slow!


At times too heavy to carry a smile.


On my darkness, Lord, shine your light,


help me through every unsettled night. 


In your goodness that will never cease


please give to those I dearly miss your light,

happiness and peace. Amen.



Here is a Letter from Robert Ritchie of America needs Fatima

in which he offers all readers a spiritual gift, 

The Immaculate Heart of Mary and God’s Plan for America.

an Excellent book to understand the core of the Fatima message



Dear Mrs. Cully,


     Have you ever asked yourself: What is the core of the Fatima message?


     The answer to this question you will find in our new book, 


The Immaculate Heart of Mary and God’s Plan for America.


     Yes, click here to order your Free book. 


     I LOVED this book and I am eager to get it into your hands as soon as possible.


     Why?  Because the information you will read in this book will transform

your life and the way you think about Fatima.


     Click here to order your FREE copy, now!


     Please don’t just take my word for it; read what others who have

read the book have to say:

  • “Excellent book! Do print more to spread the word.
  • All Catholics should have one!”  L.S., Scarsdale, NY
  • “Even though I am not of the Catholic Faith, I have appreciated reading God’s Plan for America. I will pass this book on to a Catholic friend.” M.H., Lancaster, PA

     And this is perhaps the best response yet. It comes from a Brother religious of the Sons of Mary Missionary Society:“Many thanks for your spiritual gift, “The Immaculate Heart of Mary and God’s Plan for America.” Certainly it’s a precious book to reveal the important message of Fatima. It can be a great help for converting souls in America and beyond. May Our Lady of Fatima continue to bless you and your ministry.” Bro. E. De L., Framingham, MA

     “…converting souls in America and beyond.”  Well, if that’s not our mission here at America Needs Fatima, then I don’t know what is.


     Listen, we both know America is in trouble, big trouble. 


     Just look at this transgender nonsense, and so many Millennials leaving the Faith that in another 20 years our churches may be empty…


Click here to order your FREE book on the Immaculate Heart of Mary 


     Our Lady gave us the antidote to this sickness—it is devotion to her Immaculate Heart, which is the topic of your FREE book.


     But the book goes even deeper.


     The author analyses how devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, indicated by Our Lady as the means to her triumph, relates to and opposes the neo-pagan world in which we live.


     Dot, I guarantee that as you read this analysis, you will feel a subtle transformation taking place in your soul.


     You will grow in confidence in Our Lady and the power of her peace plan of—




     And you will experience the grace to want to share this analysis with friends, family, everyone you know.


     But first you have to click here and order your FREE book!


     As a true child of Mary, you will treasure the words of wisdom and comfort (and challenge!) found within its pages.


     And, along with the author, you will see that,


     “However much the horizon is now obscured, confidence in the promise made by Our Lady at Fatima that her Immaculate Heart will triumph is the reason we can be calm during the looming storm.”




I remain your friend,

In Jesus and Mary, 




Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima



PS: We are half way through the Fatima Centennial Year of 2017. Let’s us make good use of the special graces coming from the Heart of Mary at this time.

Click here and order your FREE book today



A Report from America Needs Fatima - 10,000 Roses

A Multitude of Roses in Fatima for the Centennial

On May 13th, as we approached the city of Fatima, Portugal, it was difficult to know what to expect. This was the privileged place chosen by the Mother of God to appear exactly one hundred years ago.

The celebration of its first Centennial, the visit of the pope and fears of a possible terrorist attack made the usual unusual in this small Portuguese village. The police and army joined forces to bring security to the highest level.

The Virgin had come 100 years previous to announce the end of a war and the beginning of another. She came asking for prayer and sacrifice and, if her request had been answered, world peace would have been the reward. The presence of soldiers in Fatima was yet another sign that peace still evades mankind.

Road blocks did not allow us to drive the usual pickup truck full of large baskets of roses to the spot where Our Lady appeared. We attempted to talk the soldiers into allowing us through, but our plea was turned down and the only alternative was to walk.

So the first question was how to move 10,000 roses from the florist to the shrine. These baskets were huge and the distance considerable. If I did not know how much 500+ roses weigh, I know now; at different times my arms felt as if they were falling off. To top it all, rain began pouring down in the middle of our enterprise.

But difficulties aside, the multi-color rose offering to Our Lady of Fatima was made in the afternoon of May 13, 2017 and it was beautiful!

This amazing rose offering was a result of America Needs Fatima’s online effort. People were given the opportunity to choose one or more roses in one or more colors as an offering to the best of all Mothers on the day of her 100th Fatima anniversary. The result was a magnificent series of bouquets expressing…

Love with red roses
Gratitude with pink roses
Warmth and friendship with yellow roses and
Reverence for her Purity with white roses.

As one can plainly see, Mary, the best of all mothers, was given a spectacular Mother’s Day gift from America Needs Fatima and its devoted supporters.

Pilgrims from all over the globe came to inquire as to the reason for so many beautiful roses and if they could take some of them home. A frequent and repeated commentary was, “Oh, this is for Our Lady? How appropriate!”



Novena To Our Lady Of Fatima Begins Tomorrow May 5th to 13th May


N O V E N A  T O

Our Lady of Fatima

May 5th TO May 13th


 Say this prayer every day for 9 consecutive days May 5-13


      Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with sincere love of this devotion.  

      By meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in your Rosary, may we gather the fruits contained therein and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, the Peace of Christ for the world, and this favour that I so earnestly seek of you in this novena....


(here mention your request)


     I ask this of you, for the greater glory of God, for your own honour and for the good of all people. Amen


Say the 
Our Father, 
Hail Mary 
Glory Be (three times each)





The Virgin Mary Book

Dear Readers,

Here is a letter from Robert Ritchie offering us The Virgin Mary book by Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent, a master of the spiritual life; an acclaimed author. This book offers us an opportunity to deepen our understanding and love of Mary during this year’s

Centennial Celebration: ….


 With so much confusion and uncertainty in the news and world these days,I want to offer you something very special, something

unique…’s something to help you deepen your understanding and love of Mary, so pleasing to Jesus as He watches His children participate in this year’s Centennial Celebration of Mary’s motherly appearances at Fatima, Portugal.


     ...and it’s something very, very soothing to your mind and soul!


     It is a book – at no charge – on the Blessed Mother that you will want to savor, piece by piece, or won’t want to put down.


 I couldn’t.  And so couldn’t many people who emailed me about it.  


“Mr. Ritchie, as long as I live, you will never know just how

grateful am to have this book, “The Virgin Mary”. It is the

type of book that one can read and re-read, and still find

something new in it.

Thank you and may our Father in Heaven always bless you

for your thoughtfulness.” K.F., Weymouth, MA


“Thank you so much for this book. I couldn’t put it down!  

Beautiful!”  Mrs. B.V. B., Wonder Lake, IL


“This book is a marvel!! I have never read such a lovely

history of Our Blessed Mother that has touched me so deeply

– so very deeply! God bless you for sending it to me. I shall

read it often with deep love. Thank you!” Mrs. G.D.M.,

Wappingers Falls, NY


     These people are not just pleased. They really loved 

The Virgin Mary book by Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent,

a master of the spiritual life; an acclaimed author.


 One of my friends was so impressed that she and her best

friend decided to read a chapter together every night.  


The author’s inspired words flow so easily, that when you read

The Virgin Mary, you have the impression you are

“being carried”.


     This book is exclusive to America Needs Fatima.


     And we’ve only got a limited number of copies left.

Order now


     First come. First served.


It is really amazing.


 Never have I read a book about Our Lady that quite stirs one’s

heart like The Virgin Mary. Father Saint-Laurent’s insightful

knowledge and love of the Blessed Mother fills every page,

convincing us that with Mary in our lives, nothing can harm

us–no matter what we are going through.  


The Virgin Mary is not only beautifully bound with a stunning

cover, but perfectly sized for taking anywhere: adoration chapel, church, school, or for lunch breaks at work.  


“I felt blessed just holding it! America and the world need

this book so badly. Thank you for your leap of faith. Blessings!” Mrs. M.M., Athens, GA


“Dear ones, Thank you so much for the wonderful gift book

of “The Virgin Mary” that you sent me. I wish I had read it

sooner; now I want my families to have their own copy.

Thank you for making this book available. God bless you.” 

Lois W., Wall Lake, IA


 Order your free The Virgin Mary today, and you too will be



 If you feel so inclined you may give a small donation and it will help us cover the printing cost. But it is optional, and please don’t let

that stop you. You must order this booklet.


     It will change your life for better and for good! 


 In her renowned historical apparitions in Fatima, Portugal,

in 1917, photographed and reported on worldwide, Our Lady

of Fatima made it clear that devotion to Her Immaculate Heart 

is the solution to today’s problems.


     Why? Find out for yourself.


      Order your FREE The Virgin Mary book now, while our

exclusive supply lasts.


“The book is fantastic. I’m on Chapter 4, and can’t wait to

finish it. I’ll read it over and over before I’ll give it to my children.” Mrs. M., Miles, TX


      Click and order.




I remain your friend,

In Jesus and Mary, 




Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima



PS:  I found the following paragraphs in the introduction of 

The Virgin Mary particularly moving:  


How does the Holy Virgin sweeten our lives? She intercedes with Our Lord to ward off the pains and punishment we so often merit. As at the wedding feast of Cana, she is moved by our distress and compassionately intercedes for us to her divine Son. The tender heart of Christ is often moved by her prayers.


There are times when trials arise in our lives, for suffering is the great law of life. Mary obtains such an abundance of grace for all those who call upon her that they do not feel the burden that weighs upon them.


In your troubles, cast upon Mary a prolonged look of hope and love. Learn from your own experience what the great servants of Our Lady have so often felt. Yes, crosses are often bitter, but as Saint Louis de Montfort used to say, our divine Mother steeps them in the honey of divine charity.



Order The Virgin Mary book today!




The Whole World urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima.

The Whole World urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima. Above all, we need a clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to achieve it. The admonitions, requests, and warnings of Mary Most Holy can rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual.


By spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, throughout the Centennial Year we can win the heart and soul of the whole world for Mary.

Below is a letter from Robert E Ritchie who provides the opportunity you can use:


We are well into the first week of Lent 2017.


    And almost 40 days of Lent still stretch out before us.


    Do you have what it takes to make Lent 2017 the best Lent ever?


Click here to order your free Lenten prayer Power Pack!


    This is the Centennial of Fatima. Graces and supernatural assistance abound!

But a few practical items would be helpful, too.


    And that is just what I want to give to you today—for free! You do have the option to donate to help me print more. But it is only optional if you can help. 


    What I care about is that you get your Lenten set. 


    First of all, imagine walking the Way of the Cross this Lent

with none other than St. Francis of Assisi.


    The man who was so like his Blessed Redeemer,

he carried the stigmata on him until the day he died.


    Through the heart of St. Francis, you will participate in Our Lord’s

passion with true contrition when you use the 

FREE booklet – The Way of the Cross by St. Francis of Assisi.


    But that is not all I would like to send to you.


    I also have a gem of a little book. It is called 

The Golden Key to Paradise; Perfect Contrition.


    What is “perfect contrition?” It is a special grace we receive in the depths of our hearts when we are truly sorry for all our sins. By our sins we helped crucify Our Divine Savior.


    Perfect contrition opened heaven to the good thief, St. Dismas. It can do the same for anyone.


    In this little book, easy to read and easy to carry, you will read about perfect contrition, how to attain it, and what it does for your soul.


    Read it and pass it on to your family and friends.


Click here to order your absolutely FREE Lenten Prayer Power Pack


    Dot, I pray that Our Lady will bless you this Lent and throughout

the Centennial Year. You are her most dear child and she wants

you to approach the foot of the Cross with her this Lent.


    That is why she is calling you, now, to join her in the

Way of the Cross and to grow in perfect contrition. 


    To say, with her, “We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou has redeemed the world.” 


    Be assured of my prayers, and as we enter into the season of Lent,

please join me in prayer for the Catholic Church and all that is good

upon this earth which is under constant attack.


    And as Our Lady of Fatima requested, pray especially for the

conversion of sinners. 




I remain your friend,

In Jesus and Mary, 






Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima


Prayer for the Sick

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presense.

Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed.



Prayer Direct From Lourdes

Prayer of the Day for Sunday, January 15


O Master and holy God, who are beyond our understanding: at your word, light came forth out of darkness. In your mercy, you gave us rest through night-long sleep, and raised us up to glorify your goodness and to offer our supplication to You.

Now, in your own tender love, accept us who adore You and give thanks to You with all our heart. Grant us all our requests, if they lead to salvation; give us the grace of manifesting that we are children of light and day, and heirs to your eternal reward. In the abundance of your mercies, O Lord, remember all your people; all those present who pray with us; all our brethren on land, at sea, or in the air, in every place of Your domain, who call upon your love for mankind.

Upon all, pour down your great mercy, that we, saved in body and in soul, may persevere unfailingly; and that, in our confidence, we may extol your exalted and blessed Name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, always, now and forever.


MARCH FOR LIFE! And Reminder For First Friday


If you cannot make it to Washington D.C. on January 27th we will carry a banner with your name and thousands of others to MARCH FOR LIFE!

By joining us you will reject the sin of abortion and show your support for the millions of innocent babies killed every year.




Reminder: Today is 1st Friday. 3 simple steps to receive the 12 promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus … #ANF #Catholic



10 Tips for Better New Year’s Resolution

Dear Friends, this New Year let us ask God what his way is for us to become holy, and then let us follow that way to holiness.


2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima and I just know it is going to be a very special and memorable

year for you and me and all Our Lady’s children.  You and I know that Our Lady came to Fatima for one reason only – to give her children

the SOLUTION for the troubles in our world today.


New Year’s is a time to evaluate our journey. 

Are we moving toward the kingdom of God by our own means and following our own thoughts,

or are we relying on God to lead us and following his ways?


If our New Year’s resolution is to become holy we must do so in God’s way. Any other way won’t work.

Moreover our individual path to

holiness is not the same as anyone else’s.

This New Year, may we ask God what is his way for us to become holy, and then

may we follow that way to sanctification.



10 Tips for Better New Year’s Resolution

1. Be honest. Know yourself. What is your strongest virtue? What is your worst vice? Therefore, tailor your resolution so it strengthens your good side and fights your bad one. A one-size fits all resolution is useless. 


2. Be specific. Don't use generalities. They don't work. For example, if you need to be more humble, just saying "I am going to be more humble," is useless. You need to zero in on one situation where you need to practice humility and resolve to improve in that one situation.


3. Be simple. Don't make it complicated. Focus on something you can see and measure easily and that does not overwhelm you each time you try to obtain it. Otherwise, you will become distracted and your energy will be dispersed and misdirected.


4. Be reasonable. Don't try to do too much at once. You won't become a saint in one day. Remember: you have one MAJOR point upon which is hinged your entire fidelity to God and His Holy Laws. This is a called your primordial light. Find out and work on improving it. Everything else will improve if you improve on that one major point.


5. Be consistent. It's far better to do something small every day to improve on that one key point in your soul than to make a big resolution that you cannot keep for more than a week or two. Slow and steady wins the race!


6. Be humble. Recognize that you cannot do any good action which has value in the supernatural order without God's grace and the intercessory help of the Blessed Mother. Beg God's grace through Our Lady's intercession constantly in all your thoughts, desires and actions.


7. Be disinterested. Remember that God wants us to defend His rights and interests, and to share His thoughts and ways. And therefore, to focus on things, happening and events that are very close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that are not necessarily linked to our own personal interests.


8. Write it down. It's important to write down your resolution so you can refer back to it often during the year. Also, by writing it down, you will be able to review it when the year is over, and to evaluate your progress since the time the resolution was made.


9. Public expressions of faith. Don't hide your faith. That's just what the devil wants. He knows when you express your faith publicly, others see you and are encouraged to follow your good example. Say grace openly and proudly before meals in a restaurant so people can see. You'll be surprised with the good reactions you will get.


10. Devotion to Our Lady. Have more devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Devotion to the Mother of God is a panacea. Saint Louis de Montfort said that devotion to Holy Mary is the easiest, safest, fastest, most secure, and surest path to Jesus and to our own salvation. If you can do nothing else, resolve to say the Rosary every day. Saint Louis de Montfort wrote:

"If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins 'you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.' Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if-- and mark well what I say-- if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins."


May the New Year be filed with Faith, Hope and Charity.

Sweet renewal I find When all to You I give;

~New Year Prayer~

Dear Lord, I'd like to thank you
For helping us through this year
Guiding us through the many trials
The struggles and the fear.

Thank you for your blessings
For our families and each friend
Just one more short message
To you I'd like to send.

You have blessed each one of us
As each day slipped slowly by
Given us times of laughter
Been with us when we cry.

Thank you Heavenly Father
For your love and tender care
May the New Year bring more blessings
That each of us can share.



A year is ending,
A new year awaits,
I think of You, Jesus,
Behind Heavenly gates.

In the year ahead
May I be more like You;
Take my heart, my mind,
My entire life too.

Sweet renewal I find
When all to You I give;
So for You, my Jesus,
I choose to live.

In my heart
Melt the blankets of snow;
Allow the flame of love
In my heart to grow.

Plant flowers of virtue,
Trees of grace too;
Shine in my soul
With light pure and true.

And as snowflakes falling,
Make my soul white;
You make all things new
In Your perfect Sunlight.


Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday of #Advent. Let's remember to prepare our hearts and minds for the #Christmas season. #TisTheSeason

 Join with me in making this novena from America Needs Fatima, I have given you the first days prayer and you can click below for the daily prayer for all nine days - 



Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment

In which the Son of God was born

Of the most pure Virgin Mary

At midnight, in Bethlehem

In piercing cold.

In that hour, vouchsafe I beseech Thee, O my God,

To hear my prayers and grant my petitions

Through the merits of Jesus Christ and of His most blessed Mother. Amen.


Day 1

Prayer: O Great Son of God, you have become man in order to make yourself loved by men. But where is the love that men give you in return? You have given your life blood to save our souls.

Why then are we so hard-hearted, repaying your love with our ingratitude? More than others, I have myself ill-treated you in this manner, Lord.

But your Passion is my hope. For the sake of that love which led you to take upon yourself our human nature and to die for me on the cross, forgive me all the offenses I have committed against you.

I love you, O Word Incarnate. I love you, O infinite goodness. Contrite and repentant, out of love for you, I could die of grief for these offenses. Give me, O Jesus, your love. Let me no longer live in ungrateful forgetfulness of the love you bear me. I wish to love you always. Grant that I may always persevere in this holy desire.

O Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, pray for me that your Son may give me the grace to love Him always. Amen.




Listen to this favourite Christmas Carol and Bring

Christ Back into Christmas

O Holy Night By Susan Boyle With lyrics and Pictures


Paramount Picture's blasphemous film “Office Christmas Party.” - Petition


I just signed a petition against Paramount Picture's “Office Christmas Party.” This movie mocks Our Lord and His Nativity in ugly, impure ways.

You can sign the petition HERE.

Let us pray and act to protect God's honor this Christmas season.

Thank you, and God Bless!


Sign a protest against Paramount Picture's blasphemous film, “Office Christmas Party.” 

According to sources, this movie:


  • Mocks Christ and His Nativity
  • Features a cursing Santa who knocks down a nativity scene
  • Is full of profanities and cursing


Christ came to redeem mankind, and this movie is an attack against Him!


Add your voice to the petition. Defend Christ's honor.

You can sign the petition HERE.


Ways To Honour The Holiness of Jesus' Birth

Keep Christ In Christmas

Christmas is for troubled times; Jesus did not come because all was well, but to make all well.

The first Christmas came in troubled times.  But Mary and Joseph both gave themselves, sacrificing whatever plans or dreams they had for their own lives to make Christmas possible,by accepting God’s plan at the visitation of an angel.

Just look at the heart of Christmas: it’s Jesus Himself,

come to give Himself.

This Christmas we should remember the Holy Father’s advice that what is most important is not to seek Jesus, but rather allow him to seek us.

When we welcome Christ’s light, we are also called to welcome the smallness of the incarnate God. “How do we welcome the tenderness of God? 

Do we allow ourselves to be taken up by God, to be embraced by Him, or do we prevent Him from drawing close?

The question put to us simply by the Infant’s presence is: do I allow God to love me?

We need to open our hearts to him, and beseech him: “Lord help me to be like you, give me the grace of tenderness in the most difficult circumstances of life,give me the grace of closeness in the face of every need, of meekness in every conflict”.

Nurturing the family is one important aspect of Christmas, giving your love which is the most precious gift for children, and not just things, but your love as a parents.

Not forgetting that marriage is a living reality in the life of parents, and the love between themselves is good for you and also for your children.

In the hustle and bustle of the season it is all too easy to lose our spiritual bearings, we need to constantly remind ourselves that Jesus is, after all, the reason for the season. 

Christmas has deteriorated into a commercial assault on the spirit, but by stressing the reason for the season which is one of love, joy, kindness and peace,

we can bring Christ back into Christmas for our family and home.

Let us try asking ourselves better questions than: are you ready for Christmas with shopping, presents and decorations done? These are important questions with spiritual focus for Advent,

like have I remembered the poor? Have I made time to take a spiritual inventory in Advent? Am I making room for daily meditation and prayer?

Am I doing the things necessary to let Christ be reborn in me?

The Advent season is our annual wake-up call, throughout these weeks we are reminded to wake up and be vigilant calling us to repentance and conversion.

By the sacrament of penance we can “prepare the way of the Lord” Jesus offers us gentle miracles of healing, of reconciliation, of interior peace and consolation,

we need only to approach with trusting faith.

So let us Give rather than Receive, and during the high stress of holidays for many people, let us sow seeds of peace.

All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honouring the dead.

The History of All Saints and All Souls Days

A brief overview of the historical and scriptural basis for All Saints and All Souls days. This video also briefly summarizes Church teaching on the reality of the Communion of Saints, which includes those in heaven, those on earth, and those "under the earth" (purgatory). (click the link above to watch video)

According to Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice. The intermediate option is purgatory, which is thought to be where most people, free of mortal sin, but still in a state of lesser (venial) sin, must go.

Purgatory is necessary so that souls can be cleansed and perfected before they enter into heaven. There is scriptural basis for this belief. The primary reference is in 2 Maccabees, 12:26 and 12:32. "Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out... Thus made atonement for the dead that they might be free from sin."

All Saints Day Pep Talk (Click to Watch Video)

Published on 28 Oct 2015

What does a triathlon have to do with the Communion of Saints? Fr. Mike Schmitz draws parallels between his experience of completing a triathlon and the believer’s experience of journeying to heaven. In our spiritual race, those who have gone before us are encouraging us at every turn. Fr. Mike reminds us that if we find ourselves struggling in this journey, we should remember that we are surrounded by “a cloud of witnesses” that is more impressive than a stadium filled with sports fans.

Fr. Mike is a presenter in Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed ( and Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation (


Tell The National Museum: STOP This CONTEMPTIBLE Attack On Mary.



The totally reconstructed, brand-new Estonian National Museum opened on September 28 with a blasphemous attack on Mary, the Mother of God.

Here’s what’s happening, according to several news outlets:

  • “Visitors at Estonian National Museum [are] offered to kick Virgin Mary’s image” - - and it’s definitely true. I’ve verified it.
  • “The National Museum which opened in Estonia in the presence of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves last week, is offering its visitors to kick one of the exhibits, an interactive image of Virgin Mary, causing the picture to fall into pieces.” [my emphasis]
  • The display is “a depiction of Virgin Mary on a big light screen almost the size of a human being. It is static until someone kicks a specially marked spot at the bottom of the picture, causing the virtual figure fly into pieces and the word "Reformation" appear on the screen.”
  • Then the image “resets” to Our Lady of Graces again, and the whole thing starts anew.

Join us.
Tell The National Museum: STOP This CONTEMPTIBLE Attack On Mary.


The totally reconstructed, brand-new Estonian National Museum opened on September 28 with a blasphemous attack on Mary, the Mother of God.

Here’s what’s happening, according to several news outlets:

  • “Visitors at Estonian National Museum [are] offered to kick Virgin Mary’s image” - - and it’s definitely true. I’ve verified it.
  • “The National Museum which opened in Estonia in the presence of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves last week, is offering its visitors to kick one of the exhibits, an interactive image of Virgin Mary, causing the picture to fall into pieces.” [my emphasis]
  • The display is “a depiction of Virgin Mary on a big light screen almost the size of a human being. It is static until someone kicks a specially marked spot at the bottom of the picture, causing the virtual figure fly into pieces and the word "Reformation" appear on the screen.”
  • Then the image “resets” to Our Lady of Graces again, and the whole thing starts anew.

Join us.
Tell The National Museum: STOP This CONTEMPTIBLE Attack On Mary.


I ask you to please SHARE this petition with your friends.

Simply forward to them the following link; it is all they need to sign the petition:

Please join me in defending Holy Mary against a CONTEMPTIBLE attack

May Our Lady reward you!


So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Let us allow the voice of the Word to resonate within us. 

The text: 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

 Conditions of discipleship of Jesus
Luke 14:25-33

25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, 26 "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, 'This man began to build, and was not able to finish.' 31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. 33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

A moment of silence:


Lord, as you turn around and look at me, your words go through my mind and challenge me with everything that is my life. It is as though a pair of scissors unhesitatingly but sweetly cut the umbilical cords that nourish me to keep me going. And this certain and necessary action restores my full breath and my freedom. Scripture says in its first pages of the human race: Man will leave his father and mother and will go towards a new fullness, all his, towards the unity of one person, capable of bearing fruit and new life. But we have not grasped the key word of this magnificent project, a word that inconveniences because it is like the waves of the sea where you cannot let yourself go with no security, the word: movement. Life does not stop. A love and a life received from a father and a mother. Yes, a full love, but one that does not limit horizons. Man will leave… and will go… A man and a woman, two in one, children who will be the face of their meeting of love, but who tomorrow will leave to go in their turn… if you stop to grasp life, life dies in your grasp. And with life also your unfulfilled dream dies, the dream of a full love that is never exhausted. Lord, grant us to understand that to love is to follow, to listen, to go, to stop, to lose oneself in order to find oneself in a movement of freedom that fulfils every desire for eternal possession. Let me not, for the sake of possessing a part of life, lose the joy of belonging to life, to that divine Life that comes and goes in me for others and from others to me to make of the days that go by waves of Freedom and of gift from God within the limitations of each life. Grant that I may always be the beloved disciple of your dying Life, capable of welcoming in inheritance the sonship and guardianship, in your Spirit, of every authentic motherhood.

Mother of Mercy Hail Our Life, our sweetness and our hope.



For the one who is Tired

Dear heart, God does not say today ”Be Strong”

He knows your strength is spent; He knows how long the road has been,

How weary you have grown; for He walked the earthly roads alone,

Each bogging lowland and each long steep hill, He can understand,

And so He says “Be still and know that I am God”

the hour is late and you must rest a while,

And you must wait until life’s empty reservoirs fill up

as slow rain fills an empty upturned cup,

Hold up your cup dear child, for God to fill,

He only asks today that you be still



The stolen moments from our

busy day to spend in prayer.

Let us reflect for a moment on God’s presence around us, and in us. Creator of the universe, the sun and the moon, the earth, every molecule, every atom, everything that is: God is in every beat of my heart, God is with me now.

We need to realize what God would make of us, if we abandon ourselves into his hands, and let ourselves be formed by his grace, we need to ask for the grace to trust ourselves totally to God’s love.

So let us unwind the past day, starting from now and looking back, moment by moment, we gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude. We attend to the shadows and what they say to us, seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

What is stirring in us as we pray? Are we consoled, troubled, left cold? We imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at our side and share our feelings with him.




Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy - Begins on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2015 and ends on the Feast of Christ the King 20 November 2016



Lord Jesus Christ,

You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

And have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money,

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness in created things;

Made Pete weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the

Samaritan woman: “if you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

Of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

Let the Church be your visible face in the world,

its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

In order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

Let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven byGod.  

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to the captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.



Sixteenth Sunday 19th July – Black Sheep

It is easy to be kind to a poor person who deserves it. But our reaction is usually different when we read of someone who has made themselves homeless through drink or drugs, we consider it as self-inflicted and feel they deserve the consequences of their actions.

God loves all the sheep of his flock. But he has a particular concern for those who have got themselves into difficulty.  Today through Jeremiah he berates the shepherds that have allowed the sheep to be scattered, and Jesus looks out on the crowd and sees sheep without any shepherd at all.

If God is going to be able to pasture his flock in our day, then it must be through the Church taking seriously its shepherding role.  How do we react to those in our flock who have got themselves into a mess? Do we join the tabloid chorus and denounce the unfashionable of our society, the beggars, the homeless, those addicted to drugs or alcohol, those who are refugees or asylum seekers?  Or do we see it as part of our calling to rehabilitate those who have wandered onto a barren track?  And if so, how do we go about it without throwing in the towel and blaming it all on the social services or the lack of government funds?

How we react to the “undeserving” is the acid test of our shepherding skills.  For God there is no such thing as a black sheep of the family; only a lost sheep that needs bringing back into the fold.


Feast of SS Peter and Paul

Sunday 28th June 2015

The feast reminds us that the apostles Peter and Paul were entrusted, with handing on the faith to their successors. Our task today is to take Christ’s message to the world. A tradition of ordaining priests and deacons is exercised by some churches around this time .

The greatness of these two saints make us feel that ordinary people we are, cannot live up to their high standards.  But on a second look at their lives they were not different from us, in that they had the same daily problems, and had to try as hard as us, to love and follow Jesus.

In trying to identify with Peter we find he is a down-to-earth honest and willing person but has all the foibles that we have.  What Jesus, in effect, said to Peter he says to us: “It is not you who have chosen me, but I who have chosen you. Peter, it is not human wisdom that makes it possible for you to believe, but my Father’s revelation”.  These words of Jesus make us realize we need to allow the Spirit to work through us, to enable us to be effective Christians.

The driving force of the risen Jesus which Paul experienced on the road to Damascus made him the most zealous, dynamic and courageous ambassador of Christ the Church has ever had.  The carrying of his cross, of persecution, humiliation and weakness transformed him. We too, have the same weaknesses, and lack of spiritual energy, especially when we sight of the fact that we are called to present Jesus to our world, rather than carry the world on our back to Jesus.  Peter and Paul are role models for us.


Have a Blessed Day  
Look back and thank God. 
Look forward and trust God. 
Look around and serve God. 
Look within and find God!" 
God closes doors no man

can open and 

God opens doors no man can close.


Without God our week would be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday,

Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday

& Shatterday.


Trinity Sunday 

Lord Jesus, send your Spirit to help us to read the Scriptures with the same mind that you read them to the disciples on the way to Emmaus. In the light of the Word, written in the Bible, you helped them to discover the presence of God in the disturbing events of your sentence and death. Thus, the cross that seemed to be the end of all hope became for them the source of life and of resurrection.

Create in us silence so that we may listen to your voice in Creation and in the Scriptures, in events and in people, above all in the poor and suffering. May your word guide us so that we too, like the two disciples from Emmaus, may experience the force of your resurrection and witness to others that you are alive in our midst as source of fraternity, justice and peace. We ask this of you, Jesus, son of Mary, who revealed to us the Father and sent us your Spirit. Amen.

For Loved Ones Departed

Light Happiness And Peace

Treasured memories of joys once shared, cherished moments with one who cared, precious times now held so dear, gentle walks, quiet talks, times all gone, now only the pain of parting and moving on, and sweet sadness in every lingering tear.

The many memories glow,

but now how heavy the heart, and slow!

At times too heavy to carry a smile.

On my darkness, Lord, shine your light,

help me through every unsettled night. 

In your goodness that will never cease

please give to those I dearly miss your light, happiness and peace. Amen.

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

When I wake up feeling heavy and weary,

Lord please help to lighten me.

When I struggle through the day feeling empty and weak,

Lord, please give me the strength to keep going.

When I’m downhearted, unable to

deal with things, even the most ordinary,

Lord, please help me to cope.

You won’t leave me abandoned,

Lord for you said to your disciples

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. 

Trust in God always, and trust in me.”

Yes, Lord, you reach out to comfort all who mourn,

to calm every fear. 

You it is who will wipe away our every tenderest tear. Amen


For Loved Ones Departed
Lord be good to them and show them all your love.
Be kind to them,
And grant them peace above
Be merciful to them, and wipe their sins away.
Be generous to them, for good that they have done
Be gentle with them, for sufferings undergone.
Lord, may we meet again,
When heaven’s crown is won. Amen

Lord May We Find Rest In You
Lord, at holiday times I ask you to look after my family
As they enjoy themselves, as they journey, as they
swim or sail, or rest, or whatever they do.
Please keep them safe from harm, especially the children,
That they may return home refreshed.
Lord, refresh me in your love. Like a gentle summer ‘s
afternoon, may your calm surround me.
Keep me safe in the haven of your love,
so that I may find rest in you.
For indeed our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

Lord, I’ll try my Best
Jesus, I’ll try to be brave, with you as my friend
I’l l try to be good, through the spirit you send.
I’ll try to be faithful, with you as my shield.
I’ll try to be true to you as my friend.
I’ll try my very best to the very end.

 If I Forget The Poor

Lord, If I forget the poor,

Because I am Busy running around,

If I close my eyes to their plight

Because I am anxious about my own life,

Forgive me, and help me 

To be more mindful, in future.

May I pay back Your love to me with love to them.



The Exaltation Of The Holy Cross

On this the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (or Triumph of the Cross) we honour the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world.

The miraculous discovery of the cross on 14th September 326, by Saint Helen mother of Constantine, while she was on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is the origin of the tradition of celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on this date.

The cross is a symbolic summary of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ  - all in one image.  The cross is the most potent and universal symbol of the Christian faith.  It has inspired both liturgical and private devotions: for example, the Sign  of the Cross, which is an invocation of the Holy Trinity; praying the Stations of the Cross; and the Veneration of the Cross by the faithful on Good Friday by kissing he feet of the image of Our Saviour crucified.

Placing a crucifix (the cross with an image of Christ’s body upon it) in Churches and homes, in classrooms of Catholic schools and in other Catholic institutions, or wearing this image on our persons, is a constant reminder and witness of Christ’s ultimate triumph,  His victory over sin and death through His suffering and dying on the Cross. 


Corpus Christi - 22nd June 2014

 Eucharist Past, Present, Future

Today we Christians have a living memorial of that saving action of Christ.  It is the Eucharist.  Over the centuries Christians have never ceased to follow that command of Jesus at the Last Supper.

As we eat and drink from the one bread and cup the Eucharist becomes a sign of the unity that we share and at the same time it also makes us one in Christ. The Eucharist is food for our journey, medicine for our health and strength for our future.  Not simply about the past and present it directs us towards two futures.  The first future means that the Eucharist is a sign of our commitment to building up the kingdom of God here on earth.  So receiving the Eucharist is not just an act of devotion; it commits us to action.  Through the grace of the Holy Spirit we pledge ourselves to playing our full part in the Church’s work of bringing about a world in which justice, peace and holiness reign.   And the second future is the afterlife.  The Eucharist is a pledge of the heavenly banquet that God has promised to those who listen to the voice of his Son.  The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ allows us to thank God for this wonderful gift. 

Pentecost Sunday

Today Pentecost Sunday celebrates the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit who is ever present to the Church, guiding, sustaining, and inspiring us in the myriad circumstances of our modern world.


To celebrate Pentecost is to remember that Jesus is still alive and active in his Church through the Holy Spirit.  We call Whitsunday the birthday of the Church because on that day the proclamation of the gospel took place after Christ’s death and resurrection.

And the apostles were just as daunted at the prospect as we sometimes are.  They feared for their lives.  Yet the tongues of fire which is the Spirit gave them the courage boldly to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

For the Church is the living Body of Christ and anything we do as the Church will produce results only if it is grounded in the Spirit.  We cannot boast of our own efforts;  it is the Spirit of God working through us that is effective.

So if we are reticent about bearing witness to our faith, if we want our prayer to be more heartfelt and our worship to come alive, if we feel that we need to recapture the joy and first commitment of our faith, then Pentecost is for us.  Our prayer is that he Church throughout the ages;  Come, Holy Spirit,  fill the hearts of your faithful!



The Ascension of the Lord

In celebrating this feast of the Ascension  we need to accept that we are far from being abandoned by Christ Ascension into Heaven.  We celebrate the virtue of hope , conscious that our prayers are to the God whose Son has now passed from our sight, but our songs vibrate with the faith-filled  conviction that where Christ has gone we will surely follow.

The Ascension is very much an Easter Feast, in fact the “Easter Mysteries” include the passion of Christ, his resurrection, his ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Every time we take part in worship we are recalling some aspect or other of these four elements in the Easter story.

Christ who has risen above death and evil, ascends on high, not to leave us desolate and alone, but to send us the ever-present help of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Christ ascends to the Father to claim a share in God’s life for each one of us.  Where he has gone we hope to follow.  That is why Ascension deserves a new song.


Easter Sunday

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this:  You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!

The Resurrection is more than just a one-off event, it is a sign for all humanity, God's pledge that death will not triumph over us.

The difficulties and pains of life do not stop just because it is Easter, but if I can accept this sign, and trust in God's love for us, then we can have a real sense of joy and peace. 

Outwardly, we are not necessarily bubbling over with joy, but deep inside us there is a reassurance and an enduring hope that is a solid foundation for my life. 



Welcome To My Site

Here you can find many way to increase your spiritual life.

Dear Lord

Let me welcome the challenge of this new year;

With hope in my heart, and faith in Your goodness.

Let me look forward to each new day,

As a many splendid gift from You


A Prayer for the Beginning of Lent

Do no limit the benefit of fasting merely to

abstinence from food, for a true fast means

refraining from evil. Loose every unjust bond,

put away your resentment against your neighbour

forgive him his offences. 

Do not let your fasting lead to wrangling and strife.

You do not eat meat, but you devour your brother,

You abstain from wine, but not from insults.

So all the labour of your fast is fruitless.


The Lord does not want the sinner to die

but wishes him to repent and find life...

If you have fallen then pick yourself up,

if you have sinned, then you must repent.

Do not remain on the path of sin, but get off it.

Once you have corrected and have groaned in pain,

then you will be saved, for it is only after sweat and toil

that you can be restored to health and find salvation


"The bread you store up belongs to the hungry;

The cloak that lies on your chest belongs to the naked;

The gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the Poor."

St. Basil the great

"The merit of good work increases when someone does or suffers for God what he would not will for its own sake; for we can recognise that a will is more kindled by the fire of divine love, the more opposed to our will are the things we do or suffer for God."

St. Thomas Aquinas

"Sow, sow God's word!

Make good on the talents entrused to you!

God has given you, and your neighbours as well,

not merely one talent but ten.

These are the ten commandments, the very life of our soul.

So be enterprising in your use of them."


2014 Your Year For Change

No one is ever too old to change and grow, change is always possible and consistently encouraged in the Bible and Especially in the New Year.

Here are changes you can try in the coming 12 months through which you can progress to transform your life in one year.

For January: Overcome

Many people live a limited, cautious , hesitant life because of fear. This month overcome your fear by confronting it directly. Don’t use it as an excuse to stop your progress forward.

For February: Gratitude

Increase in happiness, academic performance and life satisfaction is revealed among teens who display gratitude.  For 30 days focus on your blessings. Identify them and offer thanks to God. It will enhance the quality of your life.

 For March: Healthy Diet

Protein, vitamins and minerals which is energy consumed and expended in a healthy diet that will vary with age and gender. Maintaining a healthy diet gives you more energy to enjoy life.

  For April: Positive Speech

Hold back the negative and harsh remark your change in attitude can lead to success. Accentuate the Positive, eliminate the negative, and let you speech be a joy to others.

For May: Kindness

Kindness counts. You might be the smartest person in the room, but if you are not the kindest you will not get far. Your highest priority every day this month will be to do at least one act of kindness.

 For June: Smile

 Smiling is the easiest but most profound way to make it an action of love, not only will your smile benefit others but it will reduce your own stress levels.

For July: Forgiveness

 This month work on extended forgiveness for individuals who have hurt you, they don’t need to be aware of your forgiveness, but in doing this you are setting yourself free and releasing the anger in your heart by forgiveness.

For August: Judge Favourably

 When you assess a friend, do not rely exclusively on their bad points, be influenced instead by the good things you know of their significant goodness, reverse the habit of adverse judgement and give them the benefit of the doubt.

  For September: Wisdom

 Focus in cultivating wisdom “Cleverness is not wisdom” Seek it out with writings of wise women and men, learn from bad mistakes, start again every time you fall, learn from a spiritual friend, Pray for it and be worthy of it.

 For October: Enthusiasm

 Enthusiasm is an often contagious joy and energy, try to bring enthusiasm to everything and everyone in your life, even when things are not going your way.

 For November: Prayer

 Prayer is God’s way to transform us, add the discipline of prayer to your daily life and pray to dear Lord to see more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day.

 For December: Lighten Up!

 Don’t take yourself so seriously. Laugh a little, smile even more when life is not all you wish.

In the heart of every Christian God has planted the desire for spirituality.

No matter how unfit your life may seem, in striving for holiness God gives us sufficient grace and if we correspond, it brings us sanctity.

Every effort for any one striving after holiness gets its reward.

God deals with our efforts for holiness, with great generosity.

He bestows us with graces to overcome all obstacles, and only permits trials which are never beyond our strength.

We can draw spiritual gain from our daily life and return God’s generosity.

 We harden ourselves against God’s call “Come Follow Me”  

“My Yoke Is Sweet And My Burden Is light”. 

The reason that we fear the yoke of Christ is that unimportant ideas occupy the stronghold of our minds, our zeal is spent on gains and pleasures that give us a rapid return, and leaves no room for holiness.

We need to alter the fact that we undervalue holiness and realize that it is the most important thing in our lives to strive after it.

In order to change our outlook, we must give our minds the chance to raise it self from the unimportant things in which it is immersed, and face the facts of Death and Eternity and immortality of our soul, and realize our insanity in preferring the temporal to eternal.

When we fall.......HE PICKS US UP.
When we are low.......HE ELEVATES US.
When we cry.......HE GATHERS OUR TEARS.
When we are broken.......HE PUTS US BACK TOGETHER.

Our Savior. ♥

When you are drowning.......I will lift you out.
When you lack faith......I will erase your doubt.
When you are slipping.......I will restore control.
When you are dying.....I will embrace your Soul.
I am your Savior. Will you grab my outreached hand?

When we are drowning He lifts us out

When we lack faith He erases our doubt

When we are slipping he restores control

When we are dying He embraces our Soul

Grab Our Savior’s outreached hand

 My prayer for all my family and friends is that we will take time to pray and open our hearts to the gift of the Holy Spirit, asking for our faith to be deepened, for confirmation of our hope in God’s promises, and help to increase our generosity in our love for God and one another, especially to open our eyes to the needy and suffering of those around us. It is in the suffering in our midst that we meet the suffering Christ, and it is in them that we truly serve him. 



It's a POWERFUL PRAYER! When you are DOWN to nothing ...

God is UP to something'

Father, in the Name of Jesus, bless me even while I'm reading this prayer

and bless the one that sent this to me in a special way.

Open Doors in our lives today, Save and set free!

Give us a double portion of your Spirit as we take back

everything that the devil has stolen:

·       Emotional Health

·       Physical Health

·       Finances

·       Relationships

·       Children

·       Jobs

·       Homes

·       Marriages

I cancel every plot, plan and scheme the enemy has devised against us in



I speak LIFE into every dead situation.

And, I thank you that nothing is over until YOU say it's over!

Speak prophetically into our lives and to our situations:

·       our households are blessed;

                                        ·       our health is blessed ;

·       our marriages are blessed;

·       our finances are blessed;

·       our relationships are blessed;

·       our businesses are blessed;

·       our jobs are blessed;

·       our children are blessed;

·       our grandchildren are blessed;

·       our parents are blessed;

·       our siblings are blessed;

·       our ministries are blessed;

·       our decisions are blessed;

·       Our friends are blessed.

·       Mortgages are paid and debts cancelled;

our hearts' desire is on the Way; According to

YOUR perfect will and plan for our lives.

You Said You Would Never Forsake Us!

To Follow You Is To Move Beyond Ego-Trips.




Something to think and pray about this week

What did Jesus mean when he urged self-denial? ‘Deny yourself and take up your cross daily.’ I used to think this meant looking for mortifications. Lord, you have taught me that my cross is myself, my ego, the pains in my body, my awkwardness, my mistakes. Hopkins put it starkly: I am gall, I am heartburn. God’s most deep decree Bitter would have me taste; my taste was me. To follow you is to move beyond ego-trips. It means coping with the business of life without trampling on others or making them suffer. There is a world here to be explored. To deny myself – to reach a point where my self is no longer the most important thing in the world; to be able to take a back seat comfortably; to be happy to listen; to accept without resentment the diminishments that come to me through time or circumstances; to see your hand, Lord, in both the bright and dark places of my life.

We need to pause for a moment and think of the love and the grace that God showers on us: I am created in the image and likeness of God; I am God's dwelling-place.

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Let us pause for a moment and think of the love and grace that God showers on us, creating us in his image and likeness, making us his temple. Everything has the potential to draw forth from us a fuller love and life. Yet our desires are often fixed, caught, on illusions of fulfillment. I ask that God, through my freedom, may orchestrate my desires in a vibrant loving melody rich in harmony.