Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth.
Thank You for Your tender mercies.
Thank You for giving us friends and family to share joys and sorrows with.
I ask You to bless my friends, relatives, brothers and sisters and those I care deeply for, who are reading this right now.
Where there is joy, give them continued joy.
Where there is pain or sorrow, give them your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence.
Where there is need, fulfill their needs.
Bless their homes, families, their goings and their comings. Amen.
Jack put out an album to my surprise in April (2016) and even let me name one of the songs…A thriving young lad who lightsmyway.
“A collection of songs written over the course of winter 2015, my self-titled debut features a variety of genres. Although inspired by numerous people, this album’s creativity draws from the nature around me.” -Jack Moody (April, 2016)
released April 10, 2016
It is good to have holy places in the world and good for us to go on pilgrimages. Ultimately it is what you feel from the place that is lasting. Visiting the place is to plant a seed, to change within yourself is to watch it grow. When people visit a holy place, some say that the spirits of the place speak to them, others remember the sites and sounds of the exotic landscapes and traditions. Letting your heart be moved by what you experience allows you to receive the true treasures.
Pope Francis said, “Our life is fully secure in the hands of Jesus and the Father, which are one single thing: one unique love, a unique mercy, revealed once for all in the sacrifice of the Cross.” Addressing the faithful in Saint Peter’s Square, after having ordained eleven new priests on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Holy Father focused on the figure of the Good Shepherd, which “indicates the close relationship that Jesus wants to establish with each one of us. He is our guide, our teacher, our friend, our model, but above all He is our Saviour.” But “no one can call himself a follower of Jesus, if he does not listen to His voice.”
Jesus proved we don’t really die, this is a world where we learn how to live. Our real home is called Eternity not planet Earth. Truth is we don’t even have to wait, we can live the real life now. We are children of the resurrection! Jesus told sin and evil, they are tempters but not our ruler. Go and live! Be not afraid, Jesus defeated the weight of the world and opened a door for us to follow.
Jesus is alive and well! We so often view him nailed to the cross. But truly we should visualize him resurrected. He triumphed over sin, death, and the weigh of this world (tyranny). This life is not the end. Its the beginning.
Icon of the Resurrection, with Christ, having kicked down the gates of Hades and pulling Adam and Eve out of the tombs. Christ is flanked by saints, and Satan, depicted as an old man, is bound and chained.