ROCK SOLID

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Our Times

The times we live in today are dramatic and often dangerous

Norms shift and change quickly and people resist realities

Advent invites us to examine our personal foundation

Are our houses built on rock or on sand?

The Prophet Isaiah (26:1-6) gives this promise:

“A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.  Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith.  A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you…Trust in the Lord forever!”

Christ is the Rock and Advent is the time to rebuild the house

…Lord keep us firm in our resolve to stand on firm Rock….

MURMUR

An Ancient Prayer for the 21st Century

People today seem to hunger for healing and love without knowing where to go for it.

The Prayer of Jabez may just be the antidote for deliverance.

For three years, Jesus roamed throughout the desert guiding and rescuing the Israelites from all their sufferings with abundant miracles and acts of mercy, yet he persevered to his crucifixion, death and resurrection.

Jesus on his final journey to Jerusalem said, “Even if you do not believe me, believe the works.”

Offering a prayer like the Prayer of Jabez, and asking for courage and strength to stand on holy ground when confronted with darkness, does work, because God will do the rest, it’s that simple.

 

THEOTOKOS

Mary by Stephen B. Whatley

Inspired by John Paul II

MARY IS

Theotokos, Woman and first Disciple of Jesus

Portrait of persevering silence

Repository of prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Model of Faith, Hope and Charity

Mary has a universal spiritual motherhood for every person born on earth

destined for eternal life

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Watercolor by Cynthia Maniglia

Mary, Mother of all Peoples, Pray for us

 

MARY ASSUMED

The Assumption of Mary

by Nicolas Poussin

Today August 15, the Roman Catholic Church honors Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, who was assumed body and soul into Heaven after 69 years on earth.  This event took place in Jerusalem’s Upper Room with the Apostles and followers of Christ gathered together.

Details of Mary’s life and glorious transition is contained in the book entitled “The Mystical City of God.”  Through visions given by Mary to a 17th century Spanish nun, Mary of Agreda, Mary’s history is recorded.  Most everything one could wish to know and encounter about the Mother of God is found in this magnanimous text – each time I re-read this book, I am singularly transformed with reverence and awe.

Mary’s lasting prayer to the world

“Dearest Children, always have I kept you with that tender love and charity, which was given to me by my divine Son, whom I have seen in you, his chosen friends…I now go to the eternal mansions, where I promise you as a Mother I will look upon you by the clearest light of Divinity.”

“My Children, love the Church, and love one another with that bond of charity, which your Master has always inculcated upon you.”

(Chapter VI, p. 768 and John 13, 34)

Holy Mother Mary, Pray for us

‘IN THE MIDDLE’

“MAN IS IN THE MIDDLE BETWEEN GOD AND NOTHINGNESS.”

Quote by Saint John Paul II

FREE VERSE POEM

WHEN DEAR MAMAN SPOKE

‘BEST TO BE IN THE MIDDLE

SAYING

‘WITH YOUR LEFT HAND

YOU CAN HELP RAISE SOME ONE UP

WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND

SOME ONE ABOVE

CAN PULL YOU UP’

SHE WOULD TELL ME

EITHER WAY, IT’S BEST TO STAY IN THE MIDDLE’

HER WISDOM PURSUES ME…

your scribe for love