“Stay With Me, Lord!”

Stay with us, Lord. Luke 24:28

Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.  CC BY-NC-ND 2.0   “But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24:29-31 Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my Savior, my Lord; or maybe I’ve forgotten how to pray. Like the disciples, I look at…continued

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Singing Alleluia Through Our Tears

Image by Amanda Rose 2012 Petite Jean State Park, AK Easter is our season to rejoice, for our “Alleluia” to resound after forty penitential days preparing for our Savior’s Passion, death, and resurrection. But can we rejoice when we feel no joy? How do we sing “Alleluia” through our tears?  We each have suffering in our own lives that cannot be measured or compared. Whether it is the physical and emotional suffering experienced by victims of an unexpected explosion, the suffering of a mother holding a terminally ill child, the agony of a body wracked by cancer eating away within…continued

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Feelings Come, Feelings Go: Loving God Anyway.

 photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, OPView more of Fr. Lawrence’s Photos on Flickr St. Francis de Sales observed two common mistakes among spiritual people. “The first is that they measure their devotions by the consolations and satisfactions that they experience in the service of God; so much so, that if theses are lacking at times, they feel that they have lost all their piety. No, this is nothing but a sensible devotion.”   We usually think of “sensible” as meaning “practical” but in the spiritual life it is used to describe something that is experienced by the senses, through our bodies.…continued

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Don’t Let Go, Lord!

“Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10 Lord, my light and my love, be my Consolation in distress; be my Rock when the waters rage around me; be my Deliverer when the string of confusion tightens around me, entangling me so that I cannot find where it begins or end. At those times I am like a little bird caught up and so entrapped by a piece of thread that I can barely…continued

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Prayer against Depression – by Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Prayer against Depression – by Saint Ignatius of Loyola – Prayers – Catholic Online: “O Christ Jesus,when all is darknessand we feel our weakness and helplessness,give us the sense of Your presence,Your love, and Your strength.Help us to have perfect trustin Your protecting loveand strengthening power,so that nothing may frighten or worry us,for, living close to You,we shall see Your hand,Your purpose, Your will through all things.” By Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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A New Song

I was thinking about Psalm 40 today. Of course, I cannot find the translation that I love of it, and have searched through various translations online. I will use my version mixed in with the RSV translation I found at EWTN’s website. 40:1″I have waited, waited on the Lord, and He leaned toward me and heard my cry…”It is so very hard sometimes to wait. The tears come, the sorrow exists, the loneliness surrounds. The burden feels so very heavy, the cross is very real. But I can picture Him leaning toward me to listen, to hear me, to love…continued

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Hopefully Waiting on the Lord

Reflecting on Psalm 4040:1 “I have waited, waited on the Lord, and He leaned toward me and heard my cry…”It is so very hard sometimes to wait. The tears come, the sorrow exists, the loneliness surrounds. The burden feels so very heavy, the cross is very real. But I can picture Him leaning toward me to listen, to hear me, to love me..40:2 “He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”This desolation is a pit with slippery sides. I cannot grasp to pull myself…continued

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