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Daily Positive Thread for Monday

Hello my friends!! My blessings today are in first order - Mass - the Eucharist, and then Lori joined us for lunch, and then we went to Sprint - she got her upgrade and I got her old phone - my first smart phone!! Wow! I didn't have to pay anything for it! It's going to be $20.00 a month more now, but oh! so worth it!! She's been teaching me things, and I caught on! I think I already love it!! I have yet to find Among Friends on it. Can you get this forum on the smart phone? I saw categories but couldn't find the Among Friends one. Another great blessing was that I just got a text from Darla saying they are almost home!!! He works tomorrow and she starts teaching a summer class for six weeks. We are planning on going to Texas for Christmas - already concerned about the winter weather! God will provide, right?

Through the power of God within me, I am stronger than any of my


Lord, I seek, I knock and I ask and You are always there and ready to give


the miracles that I need.

Scripture for the day:

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

~Psalm 119:105

Meditation for the day:

I know that the vision and power which I can receive from God are

limitless as far as spiritual things are concerned. But in temporal

and material things, I must submit to limitations. I know that I cannot

see the road ahead. I can go just one step at a time, because I do not

have a longer view. I am sometimes in uncharted waters, limited by

my temporal and spatial life, but unlimited in my spiritual life.

Prayer for the day:

I pray that, in spite of my material limitations, I may follow God's

way. I pray that I may learn that trying to do God's will is perfect


A Prayer for Today

O Savior Jesus, as Zechariah, the father of Saint John the Baptist, was

ministering in the temple, an angel brought him news that his elderly wife

Elizabeth would bear a child and that this boy would be filled with the Holy

Spirit. But Zechariah doubted, and because of this was struck dumb until

John's birth. I ask Saint John to pray for me when I doubt, that my own

hesitancy to believe in You will be converted into strong faith and true

conviction. Help me to learn from Your promises that I can always trust in

You. Lord Jesus, I do believe; help my unbelief. Saint John the Baptist,

pray for me. Amen.

Like an Only Child

A woman who was dying of AIDS summoned a Christian friend to comfort her,

but it seemed hopeless.

“I'm lost,” she said. “I've ruined my life and every life around me. I'm

headed for H ell. There's no hope for me.”

Her friend saw a framed picture of a pretty girl on the dresser. “Who is

that?” he asked.

The woman brightened. “She's my daughter, the one beautiful thing in my


“Would you help her if she was in trouble, no matter how many mistakes she'd

made? Would you forgive her if she asked you to? Would you still love her,

no matter what?”

“Of course I would!” the woman exclaimed. “Why would you even ask a question

like that?”

“Because I want you to understand,” explained her friend, “that God has a

picture of you on His dresser, too.”


I know not by what methods rare,

But this I know - God answers prayer,

I know not when He sends the word

That tells us fervent prayer is heard.

I know it cometh -- soon or late:

Therefore we need to pray and wait.

I know not if the blessing sought

Will come in just the way I thought.

I leave my prayers with Him alone,

Whose will is wiser than my own.

Lord let me capture the pure spirit of a loving child when I speak Your


Let me pray as a child prays, asking little for myself,

much for other souls and for Your beautiful world.

Protect me, sleeping and waking, from evil.

Lead me by the hand to good works.

Let me praise You in simple words and in glorious silence through all

the days and the nights of my life.


~ Author Unknown ~

Do Not...

Do not... undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is

because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not... set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know

what is best for you.

Do not... take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them

as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Do not... let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor

for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days

of your life.

Do not... give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really

over until the moment you stop trying. It is a fragile thread that binds us

to each other.

Do not... be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we

learn how to be brave.

Do not... shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find. The

quickest way to receive love is to give love; The fastest way to lose love

is to hold it too tightly.

Do not... dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope;

To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not... run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have

been, but also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

- Author Unknown

Finding God Within and Without

How do I find You God?

God is Love.

If you have ever loved,

If you have ever been loved,

You have experienced God

from Within and Without

God is Truth.

If you have ever told the truth,

If you have ever discovered Truth,

You have experienced God

from Within and Without

God is Beauty.

If you have ever helped to create something beautiful,

If you have ever witnessed beauty in any of it's myriad forms,

You have experienced God

from Within and Without

God is Good.

If you have ever done or thought something good,

If you have ever recognized goodness in or through another,

You have experienced God

from Within and Without

All of those experiences, those gifts,

of Love, Truth, Beauty and Goodness

were directly from God through you... or to you.

Glad to Meet You God.

Author Unknown


If a soul can be touched, by what I have to give,

Then let me give unconditionally.

If a heart can be healed by the feeble words I pray,

Then let me pray unceasingly.

If my walk through the fire keeps someone from getting burned,

Then let me walk through the flames without faltering.

If the love that I share can reflect your love in me,

Then let me shine, radiantly.


Mother of God, remember me

To the Heart of Christ, your Son;

Remember me, Mother, through all my years

Till my work on earth is done.

Mother of God, remember me

When I reach the vast unknown,

Remember me, Mother, and plead my cause

When I stand to be judged alone.

Mother of God, remember me

As I pass my final goal;

Lily-white village maid, Mother of God,

Tell Jesus you love my soul.

Mother of God, remember me

In the Court of your Son Adored,

Let me praise and love Him forevermore.

Near that beautiful heart of yours.

(Poor Claire Monastery)

St. Maria Goretti - Her Feast Day today

Compassionate Savior, Saint Maria Goretti was a young girl when a farmhand

tried to rape her. As she warned him that he was sinning, he stabbed her

repeatedly. Before she died, she forgave him. Later, while in jail for his

crime, the perpetrator had a vision in which Maria led him to conversion.

She is the patron saint of teen girls, rape victims, and chastity. I ask her

to pray for the teenagers I know, that they save it for marriage, and for

those who have been sexually abused, that they find the strength and faith

to forgive their attackers. Lord Jesus, heal their wounds. Saint Maria

Goretti, pray for us. Amen.

The Lonely Ember

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services

regularly, stopped going.

After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly

evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a

blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man

welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The

pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence,

he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.

After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up

a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all

alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched

all this in quiet fascination.

As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow

and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and "dead as a


Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.

Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead

ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began

to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around


As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so

much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back

in church next Sunday."

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Re: Daily Positive Thread for Monday

Here's a picture of Sammy taken tonight at Lori's house:

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Re: Daily Positive Thread for Monday

Sammy is so cute. I wish I could give him a hug.

Blessings to all here and those who read. Wish me good luck tomorrow at the specialiat please. Say a pray for me. Thank you.

Shorelady, thinking of you....

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Re: Daily Positive Thread for Monday

Harlene: So glad you got your siggie worked out.

bobbiesue: Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

Gloria: Sammy is just so cute - still love the pic with the piano. A very talented doggie!!!