Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Some of My Best Friends

Today is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, one of the three women Doctors of the Church. She also happens to be one of my favorite saints. This got me thinking about one of the great treasures of the Catholic faith~the Communion of Saints or as St. Paul refers to them, "that great cloud of witnesses."
Before I continue with my musings, I will insert a disclaimer here for anyone who is not Catholic. It is sometimes said that we Catholics worship the saints. Nothing is further from the truth. Worship belongs to God alone. However we do pray to the saints as our intercessors. Alright, now that we have that straight I will continue.
Before my return to my faith, I never really thought much about the saints or the importance of the Communion of Saints. This is one facet of my faith that I needed to learn more about. So in the very early days of my reversion, there was always some biography of some saint on my nightstand. Just to name a few that I have read: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Padre Pio, St. Augustine's Confessions, as well as the woman whose feast we celebrate today.
In the course of reading the lives of these great men and women, what I learned was that what made them great and what would one day help to make them saints was that they were not superheroes but ordinary people struggling with ordinary everyday life. What set them apart from the masses was their tremendous faith and their humility to pick themselves up and begin again after they had fallen.
I now began to see them in a whole new light; they weren't any different than me. The saints have become, in a sense, my best friends. When I need a favor, someone to pray for me or with me, I can call on them anytime day or night just as I would any of my earthly friends.
My re-education about the saints may have come only in these last 7 years, but I remember always having a keen interest in them. As a little girl in Catholic school, I remember having these books that had a short biography of a saint and then there was a sticker with his or her picture that we would put next to their story. This was one of my favorite religion class activities. I'm sure the stickers had something to do with it. It's a girl thing guys~little girls and their stickers. Today I don't have the sticker books, but my bookshelves are lined with their biographies and autobiographies. And if you walk into my bedroom, my dresser mirror is lined with prayer cards bearing their images. I thank God for raising up these humble yet amazing men and women.
So when you need a friend remember to call on your patron saint, the patron of a certain situation or any one in the great cloud of witnesses, whether they are known to all or perhaps just to you. They stand before the throne of God ready and willing to intercede for us.
What follows is an excerpt from St. Catherine's The Dialogue.
Nor is the sacrament itself diminished by being divided, any more than is fire, to take an example. If you had a burning lamp and all the world came to you for light, the light of your lamp would not be diminished by the sharing, yet each person who shared it would have the whole light. True, each one's light would be more or less intense depending on what sort of material each brought to receive the fire. I give you this example so that you may better understand me. Imagine that many people brought candles, and one person's candle weighed one ounce, another's more than that, and they all came to your lamp to light their candles. Each candle, the smallest as well as the largest, would have the whole light with all its heat and color and brightness. Still, you would think that the person who carried the one-ounce candle would have less than the one whose candle weighed a pound. Well, this is how it goes with those who receive this sacrament. Each one of you brings your own candle, that is, the holy desire with which you receive and eat this sacrament. Your candle by itself is unlit, and it is lighted when you receive this sacrament. I say it is unlit because by yourselves you are nothing at all. It is I who have given you the candle with which you can receive this light and nourish it within you. And your candle is love, because it is for love that I created you, so without love you cannot have life.
~The Dialogue St. Catherine of Siena

Happy feast day St. Catherine. Pray for us!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Prayer of Adoration

I found this prayer of Adoration over at Vultus Christi. It is too beautiful not to share. The prayer follows this post. It seems to be written for priests but I believe can be prayed by all of us and offered for our priests. As I know many of you practice the devotion of Eucharistic Adoration, this is a wonderful prayer to bring with you to pray during your Holy Hour.
With all that is going on today and all the attacks against the Catholic Church, reparation is necessary; maybe more now than ever. This prayer touches on many of the things for which we need to make reparation.
If you have never made a Holy Hour, I urge you to spend some time with Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament. As I have said here before, my parish is blessed to have a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. My hour there is the best hour of my week. (Second only to Holy Mass of course) I know not everyone has this blessing, but a few extra minutes before or after Mass in front of the tabernacle will console our Lord's Sacred Heart just as well.
Thank you to Father Mark for this beautiful prayer.
A Sunday Adoration
I adore Thee who art present here before me. I adore Thee with all the love of my heart.
I adore Thee humbly. I adore Thee in faith.
I adore Thee because Thou art God ever worthy of all adoration,and because Thou hast called me to adore Thee in this the Sacrament of Thy Redeeming Love.
Here is Thy Blessed Passion, here Thy immolated Flesh, here Thy Precious Blood, here Thy holy and glorious wounds, here Thy pierced side, here Thy Sacred Heart all-burning with love, here Thy merciful priesthood exercised eternally on behalf of poor sinners,
here Thy adorable Face, so humiliated and disfigured in Thy bitter sufferings, and now so ineffably radiant and divinely beautiful.
All of this I adore so often as I bow low before the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
I adore Thee to thank Thee, insofar as I am able,for all the benefits that flow from this Most Holy Sacrament and, in particular, for those graces of purity, healing, and holiness that Thou reservest here for Thy priests.
All that Thou givest Thy priests, beloved Lord Jesus,redounds to Thy glory, because through them, as through "other selves" of Thine,Thou dost sanctify and speak to souls.
Through Thy priests Thou prolongest Thy saving sacrifice in the world from the rising of the sun to the setting thereof.
Through thy priests Thou givest pardon to the sinner, healing to the sick, hope to the despondent,and peace to those whose hearts are troubled.
I adore Thee, too, to make reparation for those who do not adore Thee present in this the Sacrament of Thy Love.
I adore Thee in reparation for those priests of Thine who,though charged with the Sacred Mysteries of Thy Body and Blood,have lost all sense of wonder, and rarely remain, freely and willingly,before Thy Eucharistic Face, close to Thy Eucharistic Heart.
I adore Thee, O Silent Word, in reparation for the noise and lack of reverence that so often fills Thy sanctuaries, and for the indifference and neglect that has befallen Thee in so many tabernacles where Thou art present, but forsaken.
I adore Thee, O Lamb of God, in reparation for my own innumerable sins and for the sins of my brother priests,trusting utterly in Thy boundless mercy and in Thy readiness to restore by Thy grace whatever we have lost by sin.
I adore Thee, Radiant Splendour of the Father, because in approaching Thee, I approach Thy Father,and because in adoring Thee I glorify Thy Father Who so loved the world that He sent Thee into it,that by Thy Sacrifice all creation might be cleansed and all things made new.
I adore Thee, Victim and Priest,begging Thee to unite me to Thy own oblation.
Draw me to Thy Open Heart by the action of Thy Holy Spirit,that through Thee, and with Thee, and in Thee,I may pass already from before this altar where I contemplate Thee hidden beneath the sacramental veils into the glory of Thy Kingdom where the praise of Thy Father in the Holy Spirit is perfect and unending.
Amen.

Sunday Snippets~A Catholic Carnival #2


It's time for Sunday Snippets again. This week I am highlighting a post called The Worth of a Soul. It includes a poem I remember reading back in my highschool days titled The Touch of the Master's Hand.
I would also like to call your attention to an interview with the newly installed Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan. In the post titled Can't Get Enough of Archbishop Dolan, you will find the link to the video interview at the National Catholic Register. In this interview, the Archbishop gives some straightforward answers to some tough questions arising in today's culture all in the light of the teachings of the Catholic Church. The interview is about 8 minutes in length.
So enjoy these posts and then head over to This That and the Other Thing to enjoy more posts from other Catholic bloggers.

How do you participate? Go to your blog. Write a post titled Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival. In it summarize and link to any posts you want to bring to our attention. You can highlight one post or a dozen. You can pontificate on the subject of your choice, share links or ask for prayers. In your post, link to this master Sunday Snippets post. Also, include the following:
Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival is a weekly opportunity to share our best posts with the wider Catholic blogging community. To participate, create a post highlighting posts that would be of interest to Catholics and link to the host blog at http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com. Go to the host blog and leave a comment giving a link to your post.
Then go visit some of the other contributors. Mr. Linky is now in use at the master post, so it is easier to post your link and read others as well. Thanks Ruth!
Thanks for participating, and invite your friends.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Can't Get Enough of Archbishop Dolan


I found this clip over at Catholic Edition. The New York Post did an interview with the new Archbishop of New York. In it he gives some good, straightforward answers to some tough questions regarding Church teaching. Unfortunately this interviewer, like many people, think that the thoughts and views of the Archbishop on such topics as abortion and gay marriage are his own. They are not- they are the Catholic Church's teachings. Archbishop Dolan handles that as well in the way he gives his answers. This is worth the almost 8 minutes it takes to watch.
Thanks to the National Catholic Register for picking up this one. I tried to copy the video here but could not get RealPlayer to cooperate. Just click on the link to get to the NC Register and you can view it there.

The Worth of a Soul


Sometimes the appearance of someone or something causes us to pass by without a second or even a first thought. The "packaging" doesn't exactly catch our eye. A recent example of this is Susan Boyle; no one gave her much thought until she opened her mouth to sing. And there it was; the treasure of her voice had been revealed. Now her name is a household word. It shouldn't have taken her entering a contest and singing to reveal her beauty, but unfortunately that is our society at times.
I have been thinking about this sort of thing for some time now; in fact long before the Susan Boyle phenomenon. God uses the most unexpected people and events to touch our lives. I have been trying to be more aware of the "God Moments" in my life. To make a more concrete effort in this, I have begun a MEME on my other blog, Blessings For the Day, where I post how I have felt Christ's touch in my life each week. The title of the MEME is The Touch of Our Savior's Hand. It is a variation of a title of a poem I remember reading in highschool; The Touch of the Master's Hand. The poem shows the worth of a soul through the analogy of an old violin being auctioned. No one sees the worth of the instrument until the master musician touches and plays it. God plays the most beautiful music in our lives through various people and circumstances when we let Him. The poem by Myra Brooks Welch follows.

The Touch of the Master's Hand
It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it hardly worth his while to waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.
"What am I bid, good people", he cried, "Who starts the bidding for me?"
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?" "Two dollars, who makes it three?"
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,"
But, No, From the room far back a gray bearded man came forward and picked up the bow, Then wiping the dust from the old violin and tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet as sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer with a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?"
As he held it aloft with its' bow.
"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?" "Two thousand, Who makes it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice, Going and gone", said he.
The audience cheered, but some of them cried, "We just don't understand."
"What changed its' worth?" Swift came the reply. "The Touch of the Masters Hand."
And many a man with life out of tune all battered with bourbon and gin is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd much like that old violin
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, a game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice, he is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought By the Touch of the Masters' Hand.
~Myra Brooks Welch
*Please feel free to join me each Friday over at Blessings For the Day and share your God moment with me and others.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fr. Barron's New Series

Father Barron has begun a new video series called Answering the Skeptics. In this series Mike Leonard of NBC asks father some thought provoking questions regarding the Catholic faith and Fr. Barron gives his usual truthful, thoughtful and insightful answers. In Part1, Mr.Leonard asks about the Mass and comments that it tends to be boring. Father's answer is simple yet hits the nail on the head; he talks about "practicing" the faith. He uses everyday things to make his point~practicing a sport or a musical instrument. Practice of anything can be boring because of the repetition, but it prepares us. I won't say anymore. Go and listen for yourself.
You can view the first video by heading over to the Word on Fire website. While there you can also read Father Barron's article on Obama's appearance and Jesus' disappearance (well His name)at Georgetown University. As always you can catch father on YouTube talking about various subjects. I've posted some in the past, just go to the Fr. Barron label on the sidebar. If you haven't visited the Word on Fire site, it is definitely worth exploring.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Put On Your Dancing Shoes

I swiped this from Matt at Fallible Blogma. This is so much fun I'm putting it on both my blogs. Trust me this will definitely put a smile on your face. So put on your dancin' shoes and warm up those vocal chords. (I know you know this one.)The Belgians know how to make commute time fun!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Snippets~A Catholic Carnival

Welcome to Sunday Snippets~ A Catholic Carnival. Ruth at This That and the Other has begun this Meme version of the Catholic Carnival. She has taken over for Jay who is no longer able to run the carnival. My thanks to him for running it for the last 4 years.
This version of the carnival gives us a chance to highlight as many of our Catholic posts as we like.
Here are mine for Sunday, April 19th:
1. Today the Church celebrates the awesome feast of Divine Mercy. The post, Divine Mercy in My Soul is my own reflection on the feast and God's unfathomable mercy.

2. In Everything is Easier With Jesus, I have reflected in response to another blogger's series on trust. (see the end of that post to a link to her blog.)

3. And finally a post on the sometimes difficult graces of true friendship. There is also a follow up post to that one.

Please support this new version of the Catholic Carnival.
Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival is a weekly opportunity to share our best posts with the wider Catholic blogging community. To participate, create a post highlighting posts that would be of interest to Catholics and link to the host blog at http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com. Go to the host blog and leave a comment giving a link to your post.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Upcoming and Noteworthy


Father Philip Neri Powell, a priest of the Order of Preachers and fellow blogger, has been working on a book of traditional Catholic Prayers. The book, Treasures Old and New: Traditional Prayers for Today's Catholic, is due out on September 15, 2009. For a little more insight to Fr. Philip and his writing, check out his blog Domine, Da Mihi Hanc Aquam.
Looking forward to the book, Father. Congratulations and God Bless!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mercy in My Soul


The Sunday following Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday. This feast is one of the greatest gifts of our Church. The April 5th edition of the National Catholic Register had a wonderful and informative article by Robert R. Allard explaining this great feast as it should be understood and celebrated. The article is a good reminder of how this Easter Week should be celebrated. Mr. Allard tells us that each of the days between Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday are all like a Sunday; they are solemnities.The link will take you to the article, Nothing to Fear on Mercy Day by Robert R. Allard. Mr. Allard is the director of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.
Our Lord Jesus said, "The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.... Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (699) The plenary indulgence that was issued for Divine Mercy Sunday does not change the promises of Our Lord. Rather it provides the Church's highest mark of approval and endorsement and gives souls more time to go to Confession. (Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception) Who could refuse an offer like that! I look forward to this awesome feast each year. As a side note, I also began my committment to Our Lord in my parish's Perpetual Adoration Chapel on Divine Mercy Sunday 6 years ago this month.
Check out the article and then celebrate this beautiful feast of Our Lord's precious gift of His mercy.
If you haven't read St. Faustina's Diary, it really is a must read. It is long, but very easy to read (and reread). It is set up much like the Catechism of the Catholic Church; paragraphs are numbered.
Happy and Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Is Risen!

Heinrich Hofmann's Resurrection of Jesus
He is Risen! What else is there to say, except tell everyone you know.
A Blessed and Happy Easter to all!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My Jesus

Todd Agnew's "My Jesus" is a thought-provoking background for these scenes from
The Passion of the Christ.


The Blessings and Graces of the Triduum


As a child, I remember learning about Holy Thursday, Good Friday and of course Easter Sunday. I don't remember hearing much about Holy Saturday. Although I knew what each of these days was about, I never really celebrated them. Mass, even on a regular Sunday, was not always attended. I ended up leaving my faith for a very long time.
When I returned to Christ and His Church six years ago, I felt like I was learning everything about my faith for the first time. I began reading Scripture along with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I rediscovered the beauty of the Mass and now it wasn't just a committment, but a desire. So much so that I began attending daily Mass.
I remember celebrating that first Triduum after my return. I felt like someone opened up a treasure chest of blessings and graces. The bittersweetness of the Holy Thursday Mass leaves me speechless and in awe. It has become one of my favorite liturgies. Good Friday has become a day to stay close to our Blessed Mother so that I may walk the road to Calvary with Jesus and then stay beneath the Cross with her , Mary Magdalen and John. I now understand Holy Saturday; the day of holy waiting. Waiting in anticipation of what Jesus said He would do~ rise again on Easter Sunday. By truly celebrating each day of the Triduum, the joy of the Easter Vigil is multiplied many times over. The darkness of the church, then the lighting of the Holy Fire. Then the church becomes illuminated by the lighting of individual candles from the Paschal Candle. The bells ringing throughout the Gloria and finally after the long season of Lent, we can sing out Alleluia once again. This is truly a feast for the soul and the senses!
Six years later, I still feel the same excitement and passion I felt at that first Triduum~ maybe even more if that is possible.
Last night's Holy Thursday Mass was beautiful as always with what I belive to be an added blessing. The Mass is always concelebrated by our three parish priests .(yes we are blessed to have 3 wonderful priests.) This year the main celebrant was our new priest who was ordained last May. It was his first Holy Thursday as a priest. I found myself feeling very moved by this. I also found it to be a blessing to be able to be there as he celebrated this Mass where Christ instituted the priesthood. It was evident how happy, yet humbled this man was and is to be a priest. You could hear it in his homily and see it in the reverence with which he celebrated this Mass.
Today is Good Friday. I will go to church to pray the Stations of the Cross and then celebrate the Good Friday liturgy, where at the Veneration of the Cross I always find tears in my eyes.
Tomorrow, Holy Saturday will be kept in silent prayer in anticipation of the Easter Vigil later that night. At midnight I have the awesome grace to be in our Adoration chapel. I feel a little like Mary Magdalen running to the tomb on that first Easter morning. I committed to that midnight hour in our chapel almost six years ago on Divine Mercy Sunday. At the time, it was the only hour available that worked with my schedule. I have come to see so much of God's grace in asking me to be with Him at that particular hour.
The Easter Triduum; the three days that allow me to celebrate and reflect on what my Lord and God did for me.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fr. Barron on Zeitgeist the Movie

After listening to Fr. Barron talk about this YouTube movie, I am curious to view it myself. As always,Father sorts it all out for us. Interesting stuff!

Holy Week Meditation


I found this meditation over at Catholic Spiritual Direction. It is from the writings of St. Bonaventure. As we continue Holy Week and approach Holy Thursday and Good Friday, may our Lord draw us more deeply into his Passion so that we may rise with Him on Easter with renewed Easter Joy in our hearts. This is definitely a site worth visiting if you haven't done so already.

What a Marvelous Exchange
“O sweet Jesus, I understand what You must be feeling! O good Jesus, meek and loving! You suffered martyrdom by the many wounds caused by the scourging and the nails. You were crowned with thorns. How many, O good Jesus were they who struck You! Your Father struck You, since He did not spare You, but made You a victim for all of us. You struck Yourself when You offered Your soul to death, that soul which cannot be taken from You against Your will. The disciple who betrayed You with a Kiss struck you too. The Jews struck You with their hands and feet, and the Gentiles struck You with whips and pierced You with nails. Oh! How many people, how many humiliations, how many executioners!
And how many gave You over! The heavenly Father gave You for us, and You gave Yourself, as St. Paul joyfully says: ‘He loved me and delivered Himself up for me.’
What a marvelous exchange! The master delivers Himself for a slave, God for man, the Creator for the creature, the innocent One for the sinner. You put Yourself into the hands of the traitor, the faithless disciple. The traitor handed You over to the Jews. The wicked Jews delivered You to the Gentiles to be mocked, scourged, spit upon, and crucified. You had said these things; You had foretold them, and they came to pass. Then when all was accomplished, You were crucified and numbered among the wicked. But it was not enough that You were wounded. To the pain of Your wounds, they added other ignominies and, to slake Your burning thirst, they gave You wine mixed with myrrh and gall.
I weep for You, my King, my Lord, and Master, my Father and Brother, my beloved Jesus.”
~Saint Bonaventure

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Not Just One of the Crowd


I don't know about you, but I always find Palm Sunday to be somewhat bittersweet. On the one hand the crowds gather to pay homage to Jesus, but many of these same people will change their "Hosanna's" to "Crucify him!"
I often wonder which I would have been if I had lived in Jesus' time. Would my Hosanna have changed to Crucify him? I realize that through my many sins I have crucified my Lord many times over throughout various times in my life. And though I am more aware of my sins now, I know that it still happens.
Today as I was standing following the Passion Narrative, I found myself telling myself, "Not this time; I don't want to be in the crowd this year."(or ever again for that matter.) I want to do as Mary Magdalene and John the Apostle did; stick close to our Blessed Mother and walk with her as she follows her Son to Calvary. As I had this thought, the Passion Narrative didn't stick in my throat the way it usually does. After this Gospel reading was finished, Father gave us a few minutes of silence to meditate on what we just read. My prayer during that time was to Our Lady. I asked her to keep me close to her, especially as we enter Holy Week, so that I may walk with her, St. Mary Magdalene and St. John and stand at Christ's Cross on Good Friday.
Part of being able to do this will involve making a good confession, which I plan to do on Tuesday or Wednesday evening. I need the grace to keep from stepping back into that maddening mob.
May we all have a blessed Holy Week, spending time with our Lord and remembering and re-entering into those days leading to His Passion. In doing this may we be able to sing an awesome Allelulia on Easter!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Everything Is Easier With Jesus


Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. ~Matthew 11:28


When I think about the way things tend to go in my life, if I am truly honest with myself, I can see that if I struggle needlessly it is because I have ventured to do things on my own. I forget to ask for help from the One who has all the answers. When I keep my eyes on Jesus and ask for His help and grace, things tend to be a bit easier; not necessarily easy, but easier. The peace that comes from knowing that I don't have to do this alone helps to see difficult circumstances through to their end. Everything is easier with Jesus.
I often think about st. Peter when he wanted to walk out on the water. he was fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. As soon as he looked away~ SPLAT! I am often just like Peter; I end up going splat because I take my eyes off Jesus.
If you continue reading the above verse from Matthew, Jesus tells us that His yoke is easy. I need to remember to yoke myself to Jesus throughout the course of each day.
Thankfully, Jesus is more patient with me than I am with myself. I tend to get discouraged when I realize how much I have tried to do without Him. He is always there with His hand outstretched, when I pray like Peter, "Lord, save me!" Sometimes that is the best- the only prayer I can muster. And in one way or another, He always answers.
So when I find myself struggling needlessly, trying to get through a day or situation on my own, I need to remember~ Everything is easier with Jesus.
*This is another post inspired by Michelle's Trust series at She Looketh Well
**Picture courtesy of all posters.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

How Do I Trust Thee?


My Dear Lord Jesus,
You have told me to come to You; I who am weary and burdened. You will give me rest. You tell me to trust in You completely. I know that all You tell me is true. I can and should trust You completely in everything; the small things as well as the big things. I say that I trust You, but what exactly do I mean by those words? Do I mean that I trust You to do as I will; have the outcome of a given situation be as I wish? When I look closely and honestly, that is probably what my idea of trust in You means. But I do know better.
I know that trusting You is to trust that You care deeply for me, and my desire should be that the outcome of any situation be according to Your will not mine. I know that I need to trust that when I cooperate with Your grace, have done all that You ask me to do, I can rest and leave the outcome of things in Your hands. They may not be what I had in mind, but I know and must accept that what You had in mind and have permitted is for the best; for my salvation and Your glory.
Yes, my Lord, I know all of this; yet I still struggle and strive to put more trust in myself and less in You. My actions say I know best.
You have shown me in so many ways, Your Providence all throughout my life. Even when I left You; You never left me. So why do I struggle as I do with this all important aspect of our relationship?
It seems to me, when I really stop to think about what it means to trust~ sacrifice is involved. I need to give up control; I need to surrender. Humility is also required. I have to admit that I am totally dependent on You; I can do nothing good without You.
So my Lord, I pray: Grant me the grace to surrender myself to You completely with all humility. Make me more like You, meek and humble of heart so that I may not only say that I trust You, but act as though I do as well. For when I am finally able to trust You completely in everything at every moment, only then will I find Your peace. May I not put my trust in myself or any creature but in You alone.

*This post is written in response to a series by Michelle at She Looketh Well. Stop by her blog and read her thought provoking posts on trust.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.