Here’s to Sunday afternoons

 

It’s a lazy first Sunday in April, watching baseball, back from the dog park, contemplating getting the grill ready. Thank you, Lord, for blessing me in so many ways. Been doing more video than photos, but stills are still my greatest joy.

Here are two of my favorite video’s in preparation for this year’s prayer breakfast, Hilary Joy Duberstein and Beatrice Orns.

 

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It’s been a little while …

I haven’t done an entry for quite sometime, actually the better part of 10 months. Lots has happened.

Praise God for work, both paid and volunteer, for play, and most of all for family. Here are just a few images from the past several months that I like.

There are also a few videos that I feel good about sharing here: Chapel Hill members in ministry, Tiffany Blackman on prayer, people joining the Catholic Church, Sam Bussler on prayer.

The Lord has blessed me beyond compare.

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Intercessory Prayer

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As a Catholic Christian prayer is a very important part of my life. I pray directly to God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and I ask for help through the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Who better to ask than the Mother of our Lord? A Jewish mother no less.

On this, the one year anniversary of my Mom’s passing from this world, I thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on me and my family. And, I know that I can always count on the Blessed Mother.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.

I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

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Two Weeks from a Friday the 13th

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It has not always been true for me to say that I realize every day is a gift, life is precious, and I should be grateful for every moment that God gives to me. I need continual reminders of this.

My life has been a sine curve, like everyone’s, but I know who rescued me and continues to do so every day, Jesus Christ. I thank God for sending His Son and the Holy Spirit, who continues to come to my aid. I am grateful the communion of saints, the great cloud of witnesses, who throughout human history and mine, have interceded and continue to do so on my behalf.

I am far from perfect, but I pray today that Our Lord will use me to reflect the glory of Christ in everything that I do, and that I may further the Kingdom of God.

It’s not too late to get tickets to this year’s Community Prayer Breakfast on May 1 at Kellogg Arena. You can get them here: 

God bless you.

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Friendship and Brotherhood

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I confess that I have not always been as good a friend and brother as I should have been. Today I was briefly reunited with three of my college friends when we attended the funeral of another friend of ours at Notre Dame.

Without going into deeper waters I was pretty lost for many years; didn’t really know where I was, spiritually speaking. While I’m still far from where I should be I thank God for never giving up on me.

May I see Jesus in the face of friends, present and past, and everyone I meet.

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First Friday of the New Year

It’s a sunny insanely cold Friday afternoon in January. Ms. Iz is chewing on a bone, giving me a break from play time. Just thought I would throw a few photos and thoughts together for a quick retrospective of the month just past.

How blessed, or fortunate I am.

I spoke too soon. Playing with Iz has resumed. Let me just say that through it all I know that the Lord is with me, and has been. And, will. As Father John says, “Praise be Jesus Christ. Now, and forever.”

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A Time to be Thankful

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It’s been a busy couple of months. Summer ended, fall arrived, and now it feels like winter.

Thanksgiving Day is in two days and as I write this sentence I await the arrival of the window installers. Yikes! We’re doing two turkeys for eight people and one pooch. It might be enough.

Can I ever be grateful enough? I fear that I haven’t always that way.

Wake up, Johnny, and embrace your Linda and Ms. Iz!

Thank you, Lord, for the abundance of your blessings. Use me today to reflect your son, my savior, Jesus Christ.

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