But the Lord was not in the wind...
not in the earthquake...
not in the fire...
but in a gentle whispering sound.
I Kings 19:11-12

Faith, Prayers, & Quotes

 

I dedicated 2012 to St. Therese of Lisieux
She continues to be a source of profound inspiration to me.
The following are some favorite quotes of hers.

~ Quote from St. Therese of Lisieux for the Month of October 2012 ~
"Prayer, for me, is simply a raising of the heart, a simple glance towards Heaven,an expression of love and gratitude in the midst of trial, as well as in times of joy....Whenever my soul is so dry that I am incapable of a single good thought, I always say an 'Our Father' or a 'Hail Mary' very slowly, and these prayers alone cheer me up and nourish my soul with divine food."

Prayer for October 2012
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;  and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

~ Quote from St. Therese for the Month of May 2012 ~
"We who run in the way of Love ought not to think of sorrows that the future may bring, for then there is a lack of confidence, and that is how we confuse ourseves with imagination."

Meditation for May 2012
We worry ourselves over fears that are never realized, or, if the difficulties which we foresee do come to pass, they do so in a manner so different from what we expected that all our worry beforehand has been of no avail...It is vital to our spiritual life that we be liberated from such fears.   (Excerpt from "Spiritual Childhood" by Vernon Johnson)

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~ Meditation from St. Therese for the Month of March 2012 ~
The supernatural value of the smallest details of human life is one of the most profound of the many lessons that St. Therese teaches us.  “There is only one thing to do here below, namely to offer Our Lord the flowers of little sacrifices, to win Him by our caresses.” (Excerpt from "Spiritual Childhood" by Vernon Johnson)

Prayer for March 2012
Lord, I offer to you all my prayers, works joys and sufferings of this day.  In your great love, you have given me today, and all it contain therein.  Help me to appreciate this gift, and to serve you each moment.  Amen
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~ Meditation from St. Therese for the Month of February 2012 ~

"The retreat father understood me completely, and launched me full sail upon the ocean of confidence and love which had so long attracted me...he told me that my faults did not grieve Almighty God...Those words were comforting and filled me with joy...I had long felt that Our Lord is more tender than a mother."
Excerpt from "The Story of a Soul"

Prayer for February 2012.
Lord, I lay at your feet all that I have done this day - the good and the bad.   I praise and thank You for Your love and forgiveness.  Strengthen me with Your grace that I may more fully serve You.  Amen
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~ Meditation from St. Therese for the Month of January 2012 ~
To see the truth in all things, to see ourselves and all around us as Our Lord does,
is one of the greatest needs in our lives.
This detaches us from our own narrow point of view, enables us to judge calmly and speak without fear of human respect.  This was St. Therese's supreme desire, and she prayed for it earnestly.  "O my God, make me to see things as they really are, that I may not be deceived by any illusion.  Thou knowest, O my God, that I seek the truth."
Excerpt from "Spiritual Childhood" by Vernon Johnson

Prayer for January 2012.
"Lord, teach me who I really am.  That in knowing myself and my intentions, I may be more open to your voice, and so come to know you better".  Amen
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July 23, 2011:

I had a unique opportunity today to meet with one of the nuns from the Missionaries of Charity - the order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  It's kind of unusual how this came about, but I was blessed by the profound wisdom, disguised in simplicity she shared with me.  We were talking about how fear can sometimes invade the heart of the most faithful believer, and what we can do when this happens.  She said fear is from the devil.  Giving in to it causes despair, which shows a lack of trust in God on our part.  We need to remember that God is in control.  We don't know why we are afflicted with sickness, difficult situations, family problems, etc., but we must praise and thank Jesus in all things, even thank Him for the fear.  Doing this takes power away from the devil, because we are immediately turning our thoughts to trust and love of our Lord, giving Him the glory, and not the devil.  Sister also shared a story about a woman who had a very troubled life as the wife of an alcoholic.  She was encouraged to praise and thank God for her alcoholic husband (in her private prayers), but not share this with her husband.  In time, God delivered her husband from his addiction, and worked a great good in their lives.  During our talk Sister also reminded me that the closer to the Lord we come in our lives, the more the devil will try to put obstacles in our way to discourage us, but to continue to praise and thank God for all things.   "Remember the story of Job", she said.  I reflected on all that she had said on the drive home; how giving in to despair leads to mistrust, which leads to loss of love, but when we praise and thank Jesus for these difficulties, we are showing our trust in God, and in turn, our love will increase.  I then realized that love is a force…an actual, real force that brings peace.  There is nothing new here.  I’ve heard these truths before, but never understood them in the light I see them in today.  Let us all, praise and thank Jesus in all things. 

FAITH:


The Apostles Creed ~

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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Eucharistic Adoration ~

In 1999, at my sister Pat's invitation, I attended a 'silent' retreat at the Dominican
Retreat House in Oxford, and there I was introduced to Eucharistic Adoration.  It was an optional activity that would be available throughout the week end.  I didn't really understand it, nor did it sound like something I wanted to do, but I was impressed and amazed that many women signed up to do this in the middle of the night.  I had spent times in my life  visiting a church for some quiet prayer time, usually when facing some difficulty, but did I understand why I chose to do this in church?  Was is just for the quiet space? 
Our Catholic faith teaches that within the tabernacle resides the very person of  our Lord Jesus Christ; body, blood, soul and divinity.  I believe it is Jesus calling us to be physically with him during times of deep prayer.  After the retreat it would be several years until I made a conscious effort to visit a Eucharistic Chapel.  We read in Galatians 4:4, "...when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son", and I believe that just as The Father ordered all of history for the coming of his Son into the world, He is at work in our lives, bringing experiences and people to us, that will witness to the truth, enabling us to draw closer to Him.  In my life, I see now, how His still small voice called so patiently to me. 

Adoration brought me to.....

Daily Mass ~

I was the Vicariate Newsletter Editor for a while, and during that time I always found room to include an advertisement from St. Rene for their Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.  When Fr. Ben from St. Cyril and Methodius became temporary Vicar, I thought it would be nice to interview him for the Newsletter.  During the interview he mentioned that his parish would be instituting a daily 6:00 am Mass.  I had already been going to Eucharistic Adoration for a couple of year, which had been a source of great comfort and strength, especially during a time of family crisis I had experienced, and as he spoke, I felt a little spark of excitement inside me, at the possibility of attending daily Mass.  When the Masses started I went.  If you're not a musician, or someone that music plays a very important part in their life, you may not understand how 'different' it was to attend a Mass with no music and no singing.  It felt odd at first, but as time when on, the beauty of the dark mornings, mixed with the quiet time of prayer, daily readings, and Holy Communion, helped me to know and understand more fully, the Lord's constant presence in my life.  It's so hard to put into words how my love for the Lord has grown these past years - but please understand that He isn't done with me yet - by NO means!  I still continue to struggle with my sinfulness as we all do, but because of putting God first in my life, I find some old habits are beginning to change.  God gives the grace every day, but we need to make a conscious effort to humbly accept His gift, and utilize it in our lives. 
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PRAYERS:
 
 MY MORNING OFFERING

Almighty God and loving Father, I thank you for this day. 
Help me to make choices that will bring me to a closer relationship with You,
that I may be an instrument of Your love and mercy to others. 
I offer to You any burdens or sufferings I may experience. 
May they contribute to my sanctification and the sanctification of others.
Forgive me the sins and failings of my past. 
Help me to recognize and resist temptation,
and to seek and to see Your will in all things. 
I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns in unity with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever . 
Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Karen Zawadzki


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THE ROSARY

It's not just for Catholics.  This prayer, in which we meditate on the life of Christ can bring peace to us and to the whole world.   There are many web sites that explain how the rosary is prayed, but the most important thing to remember is that while we pray,  we meditate on the life of Christ as depicted in each particular 'mystery'.  If you are interested in praying this prayer, or perhaps you have prayed it in the past and would like to revisit it, but haven't got a set of rosary beads, I would be happy to send you one at no charge.  Just send an e-mail request to me on the Contact Page, and include your address.  A group of ladies in my church make these rosaries with the intention of giving them away to anyone in need, and I said I would help in any way I could with this.  If you would like to dialog about this, please e-mail me on the Contact Page.
Here's a nice instructional link I found: http://www.stjosephgreenville.org/how_to_pray_the_rosa.html

 

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 THE DAILY MASS READINGS

The daily Mass Readings have had a huge impact in my life.  You don't need to purchase any special publication for them, they are easily found on-line, and  you can use your own Bible.  If you do a Google search, the first two sites that come up are the USCCB and EWTN, but there are many other sites that offer the readings, along with other prayers and meditative readings.  Immersing yourself in God's word is the best way I know to come closer to the Lord.  If you aren't currently reading the Bible every day, I encourage you to begin this practice.  You will be blessed at how this effects your journey of faith.

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 QUOTES:  


~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~   
                                               

 

"The Lord has given me the grace never to fear the conflict, to do my duty no matter what the cost.”

 

“The only happiness here below is to strive to be always content with what Jesus gives us."

 

“Jesus points out to me the only way which leads to Love's furnace - that way is self-surrender - it is the confidence of the little child who sleeps without fear in its father's arms.

 

“I know that love strengthens every vocation, that love is everything, that it embraces all times and all places, because it is eternal."

 

"No harm can come to me since, in whatever happens, I see only the tender hand of Jesus."

 

"When I am charitable, it is Jesus alone acting in me."

 

"I ask Jesus to draw me into the fire of his love, and to unite me so closely to himself that he may live and act in me.”

 

“How do I react when in my mind's eye, I see the defects of someone who doesn't attract me? I remind myself of all that person's good qualities, all her good intentions.”

 

“I know well, joy is not in the things which surround us; it dwells in the innermost soul."

 
                     ~
Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta ~

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love."

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”


                                         ~ St. Augustine ~

 “Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you."

“For these four virtues I should have no hesitation in defining them,that:
temperance is love giving itself entirely to that which is loved;
fortitude is love readily bearing all things for the sake of the loved object;
justice is love serving only the loved object, and therefore ruling rightly;
prudence is love distinguishing with sagacity between what hinders it and what helps it.” 

"Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. "

        PRAYER OF REPENTANCE:
"Too late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new.
Too late have I loved you!
You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you!
In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made.
You were with me, and I was not with you.
The things you have made kept me from you - the things which would have no being unless they existed in you!
You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness.
You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness.
You have sent forth your fragrance, and I have breathed it in, and I long for you.
I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst for you.
You have touched me, and I ardently desire your peace." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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