FRAGRANT PEACE

A Beautiful Plumeria

GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

Relax,  O my soul these overwhelming feelings that I may regain confidence and joy.  Love has not dissipated, emptiness is shaken off and the day is fruitful.  O my soul be faithful to daily things.  Let me live with fiery intensity.

“Seek good and not evil, that you may live.  Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate.”  —The Prophet Amos 5:14-15

 

 

 

SOUL MIGRATION

Art by Freydoon Rassouli

GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

“All the way to heaven is heaven.”  St. Catherine of Siena

How to live a saintly life on earth is an eternal question Fr. Peter Stravinskas has studied well.  He suggests seven steps to live a holy life.

“Unless you turn, and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  –Matthew 18:3

“The Mass is the greatest action that can be done on earth.  The Mass is long, you say, and I reply, because your love is short.”  –St. Jose’ Maria Escriva’

“We could not love the Blessed Virgin Mary too much, if we loved our Lord  a great deal  more.”  –Cardinal Newman

“Doing the ordinary things of life extraordinarily well.   God is in the details.” –St. Therese of Lisieux

“Embracing the sufferings that come our way, redemptive for the one suffering and for any for whom he offers his sufferings.”  –St. Augustine

“Holiness consists in the desire to please God.  Closer to me than I am to myself.”  St. Augustine

“Holiness consists in having a sense of humor, because God is in control.”  St. Teresa of Avila often asked God to deliver her from would-be saints who made a career out of looking miserable.

“Believe me, don’t wait until tomorrow to begin becoming a saint.”

–St. Therese of Lisieux

 

GIFT OF EVERYTHING

A Bing Image of the Everglades, Florida

GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

Each day we are given the gift of everything

A call to serve others even when we are tired or sick

Remembering where we came from and

Whatever we receive be freely given out.

Ask, and God will give you the free gift of Joy

“Nothing is small if it is done out of Love.”

–Chiara Lubich, Founder of the Focolare movement

 

CREATE WHAT YOU LOVE

His Own Garden by Jeff Hanson

GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

My dear heart dwellers, I greet you with joy in discovering a new artist, Jeff Hanson, who is legally blind —  can you imagine this?  By developing assistive methods to paint, Hanson feels his way onto the canvas by applying a thick plastic goop, so that when it dries, forms rigid grooves which he fills with color.  The result is ‘his own garden.” What an amazing inspiration for anyone who may be waffling to accomplish something of significance.

Like Ernest Hemingway discussing a writer’s block, “All you have to do is write one true sentence; write (or paint) the truest sentence that you know, and then go on from there.”  Just like Jeff Hanson.

Happy Sunday!

 

THE WONDERS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Art by Jen Norton

GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

ALLELUIA !  Church is reopening.  May the Holy Spirit shower you with these gifts:

Understanding and receiving knowledge

Accepting counseling

Growing boldly in wisdom

with the help of

Fortitude, piety and the fear of the Lord

May this prayer bless you.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

 kindle in them the fire of your love and you shall renew the face of the earth.