The Gospel today where Andrew speaks the words - "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" He answers his own question after meeting Christ and realizing that he is God! Yes! I just had a most amazing Holy Spirit moment! I accidentally left my prayer book at mass yesterday morning, and so went back there today after mass at the school looking for it... it was nowhere to be found, so I went into the Adoration chapel and had the best hour of my week there lifting up our over 200 members of our families to Jesus and placing them each in the monstrance with Jesus. I did this after doing my chaplet of Divine Mercy for the dead and dying... so powerful to me after sharing it with my mother-in-law at her deathbed a few weeks ago. Afterwards, I thought I would just stop in at the church office to see if it had been turned in there... It wasn't there, but just at that moment a friend came in smiling at me and speaking about how the Holy Spirit works and held out my prayer book to me! He had found it the day before, and was unable to find my number, but saw me walking into the office and quickly came in to give me my Magnificat! It was pretty miraculous to me! "I pictured you at home saying your rosary." "No, I was in the adoration chapel praying." "That is where I am headed next, but I saw you come in looking desperate, so I thought I had better get in here quick!" I had a picture of Hallel inside, so he knew it was mine!
Dear Lord, how I love to see The Church being embraced by our family as we share our Faith starting in our domestic Church and then supported by our wonderful Catholic School, and the young people saying "yes" to your call to them to consider the priesthood, or religious life! "You have your Hallel because of your call!" Yes, how I rejoiced to realize that my own love and consideration of religious life led to my encouraging each one of my kids to know that it is a beautiful option! Now the grandchildren are already witnessing it close at hand and speaking about the beauty they see there as a possibility for them! We are so blessed to have The Church assisting us each day of our journey as we carry/drag our Most Cherished Cross and follow you down the narrow path. We have you in The Word, and Sacraments, the Saints - St John Neumann pray for us and thank you for the great help we have with Catholic Education for our young families! Jesus, we trust in YOU! Our Lady is our spiritual mother always there to bring us to her Son! Amen and Hallelujah
So blessed by starting to get to mass each day!
20 + C + M + B + 17
On January 6th following the Epiphany Mass in the Extraordinary Form was the traditional practice of blessing the church door. Blessed Chalk is used with the initials of the three Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) surrounded by the year.
An additional meaning then for the C + M + B is 'Christus Mansionem Benedicat' (Christ, bless this house!)
http://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/newborn-found-cathedral-st-paul/ A baby left in The Cathedral - baptized by Cathedral Rector as Nathan John... praying for a Catholic home!
Yes! Talk about smart - he spoke 6 languages!