Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Random thoughts for today

Today, September 11, 2013.  Every generation has that moment when their innocence or naivete is stripped from them in some way.  Two of the most traumatic ones that come to mind in recent history, that really changed America: 9/11/2001, of course, and Columbine school shooting.  I had always believed that my children were safe in school, and that we were always safe in the US.  Both of those things ripped away those illusions.  Growing up, the most catastrophic thing I can remember of a similar vein was the Challenger explosion.  I'll never forget my emotions on 9/11 and the days following, nor of Columbine. God bless and keep all those directly impacted by these, and other tragic events.

There is argument I've heard that God doesn't hear your prayers when you have sinned and have not repented, especially mortal sins/grave sins.  I don't agree with that, but I could be wrong.  Sometimes when I feel like I'm hopeless because I'm a sinner and so far from perfect, I still pray, and I've still been shown and given signs and Graces that are obviously His work. I'm so thankful that He reminds me of His love that it makes me want to work even harder to grow closer to Him.

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, pray for us.
St. Anne, pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, Lourdes and of Good Counsel, pray for us.
All saints and angels in Heaven, pray for us.
Lord, please hear our prayers, and forgive us our sins.

1 comment:

  1. This is Simon.

    I still had your blog in my favourites and thought i'd pass this on. I know you won't publish it like you won't anything i write but i'll just say this.

    I recently met someone who is Catholic, who has offered friendship, true friendship. She didn't just tell me to find Jesus, she offered to me what he would have offered when he said love others as you love me.

    There were no if or buts, she knew all that i'd done. There was no excuse with the usual "Friendship must me earned" or being "Picky about my friends" rubbish. She simply said YES!

    The fact that she says she's had a vision of the Trinity,that Our Lady was there too and that i didn't believe her didn't deter her from offering her hand in friendship. She's even offered to send me a Rosary, which i've refused, but at the same time would love to have if i knew i could truly be a good person and a good Catholic.

    I know my past actions and the thoughts that try to enter repel(as i repel you) people but...Wasn't it St. Francis who kissed a Leper? Maybe some people can learn from others in this way,even if is hard to do, hard to trust a wretch like me. If one person like her can, than so can others.

    The St. Francis prayer is familiar to me from childhood where we used to sing a version of it with slightly altered words..The beginning went something like..."Make me a channel of your peace"

    Pope Francis's words are also very touching. If only i could see Jesus through all my tears shed...Perhaps,one day.




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