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 From February 2015 Magnificat


Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection


    His spirituality has come down through letters he wrote and notes of conversations, which were compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort and first published shortly after Brother Lawrence’s death.  Now known as ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’, the book is a small gem of a spiritual classic.


    Whether Brother Lawrence was turning a frying cake, picking up a straw from the ground, or washing dishes, he “resolved to make the love of God the end of all his actions.” He wrote:

Lord of all pots and pans and things

Make me a saint by getting meals

And washing up the plates!


    Let’s not forget God is also Lord of being stuck in commuter traffic, answering emails, and shopping for office supplies.  Instead of fighting against our daily chores, whatever our station, Brother Lawrence invites us to lose ourselves in Christ: “Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love….Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”


    We sometimes erroneously think that the contemplative life can take place only in silence and solitude.  These words of Brother Lawrence are as relevant to our multi-tasking times as they were almost four hundred years ago: “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament.”


Heather King


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It Is Midday

It is midday,I see the church
open. I must enter.
Mother of Jesus Christ, I do
not come to pray.
I have nothing to ask
and nothing to offer.
I come only, Mother, to look at
you.
To look at you, to cry for joy,
to know that I am your son
and that you are there. Only
for a moment while everything
stops. Midday!
To be yours, Mary in this
place where you are.
Saying nothing, but looking at
you and letting my heart sing
in its own language….
because it is midday, because
we are here today, because
you are always there, simply
because you are Mary, simply
because you exist, Mother of
Jesus, be thanked.

Jean-Pierre Prevost
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I am going to try posting my 2 wedding videos. Both are short. The first was in front of a Justice of the Peace back in 1992. (I punched at Tom because he was making his eyes jiggle at me!) and the second was our convalidation last October.

1992


2013
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I haven't logged on here in a very long time. My life has settled down in some spots and been uprooted in others, but such is living. I am still in Florida, however my son moved back home in August which has caused us to have to change our family dynamics. I think we are past the initial growing pains (at least I hope so!) and we are settling in rather nicely.

My husband, Tom, had his first marriage annulled and joined the Catholic Church last Easter. We had our marriage convalidated on October 28, 2014. We were shooting for Halloween but I guess God had other plans! Now we have two anniversaries to contend with!

I began discerning with the Secular Franciscans but have stepped back for a while. Life issues with my son and other situations made it difficult to put as much attention into it as it deserved. I have also found that since I am now fully Catholic again there are many charisms out there to explore. Our Pastor is Augustinian and I am very drawn to the writings of St. Augustine. I am also very drawn to the Jesuits. As much as I love St. Francis I think I need to explore my other inclinations before I settle on anything definite.

I'm still a CPA and this tax season looks to give me plenty of opportunity to practice patience and using work as a form of worship :D

We still have 5 dogs - Nellie - 12 year old basset hound, Tabitha - 7 year old corgi, Maggie - 6 year old boston terrier, Lily - 5 year old corgi and Roxie - 3 year old boston terrier.

We also have 4 fish tanks in our living room. It looks like a pet store in here! We started out with two. One was Tom's (200 gallon) and one was mine (40 gallon). I had a betta fish in mine and we decided to get another betta for Tom's tank. Then we got a small tank for Tom's mother but she liked her original one better so we had another betta tank (10 gallon). We eventually decided the 200 gallon took up too much space after Tom found a 55 gallon tank that a neighbor put to the curb. We ended up not using that tank but Tom traded the 200 gallon for a 55 gallon and a double stand so we went and bought a second 55 gallon to fill the space. So our current set up is two 40's side by side on one wall and the two 55's stacked on the double stand. I'm so glad Tom knows what he is doing with them. One of these days I need to take the time to learn.

I'm going to leave you with a picture from our convalidation ceremony. Hopefully I will be less scarce for this new year.


Tom, Father Dennis and me
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Take all my freedom
My liberty, my will.
All that I have
You've given to me
So I offer it up to You

CHORUS
I surrender it all
to Jesus
I surrender it all
to God's will
I surrender it all
for the Kingdom of God
I surrender my life
my all

Your grace
and Your love
are wealth enough
for me.
Grant me these, Lord Jesus
And I'll ask for nothing more.

CHORUS 2x

I surrender my life
my all
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Let nothing trouble you.
Let nothing frighten you.
For everything passes but God will never change.
Patient endurance will obtain everything
Whoever has God, wants for nothing at all.

God alone is enough.(2x)
Whoever has God, wants for nothing at all.
God alone is enough.(2x)
Whoever has God, wants for nothing at all.

Lyrics from God Alone is Enough by John Michael Talbot



Psalms 61:1-2, 5-8

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.

Now what?

Jan. 25th, 2012 12:51 pm
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I'm starting this journal as Live Journal seems to be self-destructing. Several of my friends have migrated here also. It may be some time before I am up to speed here, but then again maybe not.
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Sep. 24th, 2011 08:19 am
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  • Wed, 14:27: Busy today with unexpected work. Work is good and I am sooooo grateful for it!

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