Sunday, September 18, 2016

Suscipe

[Photos from a morning jog through the fog]

I recently learned that "suscipe" is the Latin word for "receive."
St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote a prayer titled Suscipe:

Receive, O Lord, all my liberty. Take my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Whatsoever I have or possess Thou hast bestowed upon me; I give it all back to Thee and surrender it wholly to be governed by Thy Will. Give me love for Thee alone along with Thy grace, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.


Now Playing: Touch The Sky by Hillsong UNITED

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

To the girl without a father


I pray for you.
I long for you to know your worth.
I pray for you to realize that you are beautiful.
I know that you may be confused, frustrated, exhausted.
Sometimes you may feel lonely, fighting the good fight alone.
and that you have to keep eyes on your back, to always be on guard.
As if in this world, you are unprotected.
You may have fallen into the trap of letting the words of the wrong man define you.
You may experience that deep sense of longing.
A long for protection, affection, through love.
My fear is that you fell into the lies that this world feeds on.
Or settle for a man that cannot see you as God sees you.
What could have first looked as assertiveness could turn to possessiveness and aggression.
Yet that spark in your eyes and that hole in your heart keep steering your sight.
and what you  deeply want is
just to see the truth.
and sense of courage
and to be in sync with the Spirit that guides your soul to the path of the Cross.
But at times, the days look dull.
Yet you pull a front face, while in truth, how delicate are your bones.
It is a fact, that growing up fatherless  can pierce a part of child's life. 
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God please,
heal the souls of the broken. 
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God is with you.
He will hold you.
He will protect you.
and He will always love you.

Maybe we all are like this butterfly that has a broken wing.
Nevertheless, beautiful creations. 
Only made complete through Him. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Vocation to Charity


"Love to be real, it must cost-it must hurt- it must empty us of self."
-Mother Teresa

Missionaries of Charity convent in DC.
Back in 2011, a group of friends and I got the opportunity to visit the Missionaries of Charity in DC. We had a short project to help with the garden and we even got to pray in their chapel.

A gift from the sisters.

“The task which the Lord gives us ... is the vocation to charity in which each of Christ's disciples puts his or her entire life at his service, so to grow each day in love,”
-Pope Francis
(News article from C.N.A.)

This picture makes me so happy. I remember the sight of it all.
"Perhaps I don't speak their language, but I can smile."
-Mother Teresa

Dios mio, please grant us the graces to become the best versions of ourselves in Your image. Help us to radiate Your love, so that each time we encounter someone, they see You. That we may be use as instruments, surrendering it all so that our wills become Your will. Please teach us to trust You and never forget to love.  And that each day, we may grow to know You better. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Evening Post

Today's homily reminded me:

To be honestly grateful.
The look of DC through lenses


Not just to wait until someone asks me how I am doing, but to already have the mindset and attitude that we are truly blessed.

As a silly side post. I am preparing myself for another day. A gift. Truly thankful for coffeeeeeeee!

video
Notice the caption. Some may say it is true for them too. :P 
Buenos Nachos,
Ahhhh-meee.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Graces For Every Day

Here is a prayer (revised) from a book titled "Graces For Every Day" that captivated my heart when I heard it this past week. Thank you to Sheryl for introducing it to me:

Summer sunset in the Midwest

"Lord, fill us with Your love. Help us to look at others as You look at us, for we never know what another soul is feeling or going through. Lord, keep us from becoming cold and hardened by the world. Teach us Your compassion; may we always be willing to help our neighbors without first having to be ask. Please bless us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen."


Foggy morning
with love,
Ahhh-me

Monday, August 15, 2016

Smile

We are made in His image



The music video really hits my heart. May we never forget to love. May we never forget to pray for others.