Such a sweet story of Anna today in the Gospel! I can relate to her as I yearn to spend a chunk of time each day in prayer, and it is my constant companion! I attempt to also never leave my inner temple and "worshiping day and night with fasting and prayer." Luke 2:36-40 Even when Life's hard knocks come along - I cling to my prayers - most especially "Hail Marys" I find that I smile inwardly when I am dealt a piece of humble pie and think to myself that I am coming closer to Jesus with this lesson of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/The Cross!
I am enjoying reading from I John for the first readings at mass... today was one that is not real familiar to me, but quite wonderful in speaking to husbands, children, young men, and all of us... Do not love the world or things of the world, the love of the Father is not in them. The world and its enticements are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever. I John 2
Lord, it is good to take a moment to recall your love and unconditional forgiveness of my weak sinfulness. How I need you to find the ability to then turn around and forgive all those in my life - most especially those in my domestic Church/family. Why do we treat those we love the most the worst? Help me to truly make this a year of Mercy in my heart, mind and soul. May I give without counting the cost. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/priest-recalls-the-faith-of-his-grandfather-john-wayne... a neat article about John Wayne's coming into the Catholic Church.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord, and long to be forever with Jesus!
My inner temple began in earnest when I converted to The Church at 20 and Thomas Merton and A'Kempis were huge then and still dwell in my inner temple!