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Friday, October 26, 2012

Fruits of the Spirit Novena...

...for our country...for our election!

We are just days away from voting.  Many of us are feeling the edginess of the unknown...the what if!?

This has had me, even more so, praying intently.  Which brought me to this thought:  a novena!

As we draw closer and closer there is a greater need to kick up our prayers...to intensify our sacrifice.

I've been reflecting on the Fruits of the Spirit a great deal the last couple of months.  It hit me: a novena is nine days of intense specific prayer...there are nine fruits of the spirit!  Wow!  That's perfect, that's simple, yet powerful.

Thus the creation...the birth of: THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT NOVENA, for our upcoming election day!

The simplicity of it is as such:

The nine days before the election, including that Tuesday, thus count back 9 days from Tuesday, I will reflect upon one Fruit each day.  With that fruit I will pray how to feel that fruit with our government, to pray our government  our leaders, can also embrace these fruits.  I will then say a Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.  

Day 1:    Love, Lord I will truly love our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 2:   Joy, Lord I will find the Joy in the circumstances, the condition of our country, of our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 3:    Peace, Lord I will find peace with this election.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 4:  Patience, Lord I will demonstrate patience with our Leaders, our country, my fellow citizens.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...


Day 5:    Kindness, Lord I will speak kind things about our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 6:    Goodness, Lord I will find the good in our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 7:    Faithfulness, Lord I will be faithful to You and know You will conquer all.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 8:  Gentleness, Lord I will gently (humbly) respect the office of our leaders, knowing that I am honoring You.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 9:  Self-Control, Lord with out Self-Control I can not act upon any of the other fruits.  I WILL be disciplined in my thoughts, words, and actions.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...



Prayer can be intensified by adding a fast.
Some great fast suggestions are:
a Daniel Fast
no meat and /or alcohol
one main meal a day, with only juices and broths otherwise
give up flavored beverages, drink only water
turning off technology: TV, Computer, devices, etc...
unplugging from social media

May we all join together in great intense prayer as the days draw nearer.

May our LOVE for the Lord shine so intensely we cant help but be enthusiastic to make any additional sacrifices in these count down days!





Tuesday, October 16, 2012

THE YEAR OF FAITH!!!


So as I entered into transitions....changes...revelations...etc...over the last month, I realized a few things:
1.  God doesn't always let you off the hook as easily as you would like.
2.  Faith growth isn't suppose to be easy.
3.  And...I'm being called to write...to share in my faith walk...
Therefore, even if what I post here is an absolute duplicate or a partial repeat of what I post on Examiner, that I'm suppose to share.  After all those of you who read this may not read at Examiner, and so forth.  
So what does this mean for me...I am going to write!  I will be true to my faith, to my beliefs, to what my sharing!  And you can read it here or there or anywhere else you may see my name ;)...but I will write!
I may not like some of the advertisement or gunk we see on the internet; stuff that pops up in the middle of my Examiner articles, or things that scroll on the side as we check mail, but I also can't ignore the fact that I can be a light...a word or encouragement...in the middle of all that gunk!
And I also can write as I would write here on my blog!  I can be real...and if other entities don't like it well they don't have to publish what I write for them!  But I won't stop writing.  Writing is in my blood.  I think mostly cause I want to share!  I want to be able to express to each of you just how much I grow and learn each day.  I want to share my Faith. Maybe through my writing and sharing I can help others just as others have helped me!
Below is my most recent posting on Examiner.com  OR you can go there through the link:
Either way I pray you enjoy what you read...and I pray you have an excellent day!
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Pope Benedict XVI has designated from October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013, as the Year of Faith.
I find this absolutely fitting in the light of all going on at this very moment with our faith, with our lives, as Christians.
We are in the middle of a heated election. This election appears to hold a weight of determining Christian liberties and rights.
We are in the middle of bringing awareness to life issues as the yearly campaign, 40 Days for Life is "marching on".
We are in the middle of a month that screams for attention: Breast Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, Our Lady's month, and who can't forget Halloween (All Hallows-Eve).
Thus, in the middle of all going on, shouldn't we as Catholics, as Christians, really take a moment to really try and understand our faith on a deeper, a greater level?
Shouldn't we stop to reflect on why we pray the prayers we pray?
Shouldn't we stop to study what Jesus intended with His apostles, His disciples?
Shouldn't we stop to strengthen our armor of knowledge for Him?
After all isn't that what we are called to do?