It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 29, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR




In those times I can’t seem to find God,
I rest in the assurance He knows how to find me.
Neva Coyle
Happy New Year, this is God.

This year, as with every year, I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember, I do not need your help. If the devil happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it Kindly put it all in the SFJTD BOX. (Something for Jesus to Do) It will be addressed in my time, not yours.

Please be patient. Once the matter has been placed in the box, do not hold onto it. Do not become impatient and take it back to see if you can find a solution. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem. You must surrender the problem to Me for proper resolution.

If a situation you think you cannot handle arises, please consult Me in prayer. Together we will come up with proper resolution. If you do not receive what you anticipate as proper response from Me, remember--some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayer.

Because I do not sleep, there is no need for you to lose any.
Rest, my child...if you need me, I am but a prayer away.

Author unknown
A very Happy and Blessed 2008 to you all !
'On Ya' - ma

Monday, December 24, 2007

CHRISTMAS MORNING PRAYER

A Prayer for Christmas Morning
Henry Van Dyke

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven,
and crowns another year with peace and good will.
Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wisemen.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world…
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.
Amen.

It is the gifts of love that are the greatest gifts of all. Jesus’ entire life was a gift of love. As we celebrate His birthday this year then let us all seek to give the gifts of love as well. The gentle hugs, the caring looks, the joyful smiles, and the warm words of love we give will mean more than anything we buy in a store. The time we share, laughter we spread, and kindness we shower on others will live on in their hearts forever. Leo Buscaglia once said that, "Life is God’s gift to you and how you live it is your gift to God." May your gift be a loving one at Christmastime and always.

Joseph J. Mazzella


Have you ever felt down, discouraged, or defeated? I have. I feel this way more times than I like to admit. It happens when life gets crazy and so overwhelming. It happens when I feel like I keep fighting one battle after another. A time ultimately comes when all my strength is gone and all the fight is gone too. What do you do when all of your fight is gone and you start to feel down, discouraged and defeated? I start to remember the battle is not mine but God's (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Sooner or later, I'm reminded that the Lord is king over all the earth (Zechariah 14:9). Sooner or later, I'm reminded that the Lord promises to fight my battles. Sooner or later, I'm reminded I don't need to allow the battles of life to drain me, discourage me, or defeat me. My hope is in a God who is still fighting for me.

Come thou Almighty King! Thank you for always coming to my rescue! Amen

Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

Free from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Following the Star


May the JOY of Christmas stay in your heart throughout every day of every year,
and may PEACE reign in your Heart!

‘On Ya’ - ma



Sunday, December 23, 2007

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 24TH, 2007


December 23, 2007




Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; and suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts.


Malachi 3:1



For children, these last days of waiting are probably the hardest. The goal is in sight now, but it is still far enough away to make the wait seem endless.When we are grown, waiting for Christmas is not a major problem. Nevertheless, as the day approaches even grownups feel the urgency in the air.





Light the same 3 candles as before. Then add the fourth candle - this candle is known as the angel candle. All 4 candles will be lit this week to symbolize the growing brightness of the coming of Jesus




Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people. He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord,let your blessing come upon us as we light all candles of this wreath.



May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.May He come quickly and not delay.We ask this in His holy name.


Amen


O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appears



‘On Ya’ - ma

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

O ANTIPHONS


Begining on December 17, as the final phase of preparation for Christmas, the Church recites or chants the O Antiphons preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours.



The O Antiphons express the Church's longing and expectation for the Messiah, her startled wonderment at the fullness of grace which the Christ-Child is about to bestow on the world.





Their theme is the majesty of the Savior, His wisdom, His faithfulness and sanctity, His justice and mercy, His covenant with His chosen people, who in their ingratitude broke faith with Him. They are concerned with His power and love as King and Redeemer of the world, His relation to every soul as Emmanuel, God-with-us




The "O" Antiphons are the verses for the ancient hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel.




In the first, O Sapientia, we take a backward flight into the recesses of eternity to address Wisdom, the Word of God.




In the second, O Adonai, we have leaped from eternity to the time of Moses and the Law of Moses (about 1400 B.C.).


In the third, O Radix Jesse, we have come to the time when God was preparing the line of David (about 1100 B.C.).


In the fourth, O Clavis David, we have come to the year 1000.


In the fifth, O Oriens we see that the line of David is elevated so that the peoples may look on a rising star in the east,



and hence in the sixth, O Rex Gentium, we know that He is king of all the world of man.


This brings us to the evening before the vigil, and before coming to the town limits of Bethlehem, we salute Him with the last Great O, O Emmanuel, God-with-us !


These beautiful exclamations are part of the preparations we make for Christmas so I thought I'd add them here with the Advent Days.



'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, December 15, 2007

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 16TH, 2007





December 16, 2007

Homecoming. Restoration. Healing. Joy. Some words reside more properly in our hearts than in our minds, because in every age they express our deepest hopes, and some things make more sense to our hearts than to our minds.
The people of ancient Israel, our ancestors in faith, struggled with exile and wandering and a longing for home that included vindication over the enemies that had destroyed their beautiful city and kept them under the cruel heel of oppression and captivity.
When things were at their worst, it must have taken a considerable measure of courage to hope for such wonderful things as homecoming, restoration, healing, and joy.

Advent is getting ready for that impossibility which will permit us to dance and sing and march and thank and drink –and live!


Joy is home…God created us in joy and for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy…


As we journey through these weeks of Advent the chances are high that we will stumble upon some piece of good news or some little break that can help us move forward with our lives. But in the clutter and busyness of these weeks it is so easy to miss the little bits of good news that are happening. They are so important and always need to be nurtured and harnessed. Not to do so means we can miss out on much in our preparation for Christmas.

Thought For Today by Fr.James McSweeney


Light the same two candles . Then light the pink or rose colored candle. Rose is a sign of joy that He is coming soon! Christmas is much closer now


Jesus Others Yourself

If you put Jesus first, others second and yourself last, you will experience true JOY this Christmas season! Celebrate and feel the JOY that comes from knowing Christ!


'ON YA' - MA

Sunday, December 09, 2007

DECEMBER 9TH - 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT


December 9, 2007


Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience.

"The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.
May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives

We light the same first purple candle and add another purple candle.
This second purple candle is the Bethlehem candle.

'On Ya' - ma


Saturday, December 01, 2007

First Sunday of Advent






December 2, 2007



During Advent,take time to see our children playing

take time to see the Christmas lights

take time to hear the carols message

take time to hear the crunch of snow

take time to tell the Jesus story

take time to speak to those alone

take time to feel, smell, and taste

life's too short to grumblelife's

too short to worry

life is a gift . . . unwrap it!





Begin by lighting the first purple candle on the wreath. You will light this candle by itself for the entire first week of advent. The first purple candle is known as the prophecy candle. The color purple is a sign of penance and also represents the longing we have waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. Say aloud as you light the first candle, "Jesus is the light of the world."



Gift of Wonder


Rev. Alfred McBride


"Each year, God asks us to shed one more coat of awareness, one more dream state and come alive to the vision of God’s plan for each of us and the world-at-large.
"The older we get, the harder this is to do. As children we had a sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the fascinating gifts we beheld…Our thirsty souls could not have enough of the wonders of creation.
"Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of the world, or at least grew weary of keeping up with the feast of life, and stepped away from the banquet of life.
"The natural gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be kept alive.…Instead we let wonder go to sleep. We entered the typical dream state of most humans.
"Why else does Jesus tell us today, ‘Stay awake!’…Advent says, ‘Wake up and realize the gifts of love you have received.’


It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness

and thus to open doors of hope.

Pope Benedict


We begin our journey through Advent this weekend. It comes from the Latin word adventus meaning ‘coming' or ‘arrival'. It is time set aside to help us prepare for what's really important and essential this Christmas...

Advent reminds us that the future holds hope but only because God is very much present in the here and now. In the clutter and busyness of the coming few weeks Advent can keep our feet firmly on the ground. But only if we let it!

Thought For Today by Fr.James McSweeney




Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warm of your love
and our minds are search for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour
that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Amen.


'On Ya' ma