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Praise accomplishes great things. Lord, let me be your instrument
in touching lives and changing hearts.

Scripture for the day:

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that
you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." ~Romans 15:13

Meditation for the day:

The power of God's spirit is the greatest power in the universe. Our
conquest of each other, the great kings and conquerors, the conquest of
wealth, the leaders of the money society, all amount to very little in the
end. But the one that conquers him or herself is greater than the one who
conquers a city. Material things have no permanence. But God's spirit is
eternal. Everything really worthwhile in the world is the result of the
power of God's spirit.

Prayer for the day:

I pray that I may open myself to the power of God's spirit. I pray that my
relationships with others may be improved by this spirit.

Hello my friends! Today was a nice day, nice rain in the morning, and
tonight we went to our Parish's Appreciation Dinner, he just got home from
work to make it! It was nice, and the weather was nice, our priests did the
grilling, (brats). Had saurkraut, baked beans, salad, and potato chips and
lots of goodies. Lots of fellowship too. Tonight I was blessed by coming
to the computer and there's an email from a member of my list, Barry, asking
for me to change his email address, I deleted his old one, and forgot to
find out what parts of the list he was on. I have 15 parts, so I emailed him
to let me know how many parts he was on and he answered "I'm on all of
them!" So that was a blessing to me, he's been a member for maybe the 12
years I am doing the list. He made me smile. Lots of ordinary blessings
today too, just an ordinary day for me. But a good one. Praying for you
all and thanks for praying for us.

Prayer for True Spiritual Vision
May the Lord Jesus place His hands on our eyes that we may begin to catch
sight of the thing that are not seen more than the things that are seen.

May He open our eyes that they will alight on the things to come more than
on the things of this age.

May He unveil the vision of our heart that it may contemplate God in spirit.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ to whom belong glory and power for
ever. Amen.

Origen, 2nd century Theologian and Educator

Prayer for the Helpless Unborn

Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the
devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who
are not thinking of motherhood.
Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image - as well
as theirs - made for eternal life. Dispel their fear and selfishness and
give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and
all the needed care that a mother alone can give.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.

God's Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to
visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into
complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned
with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic,
glass, crystal, some plain looking, some
expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

"If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving
behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the
best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases
it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously
went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in
society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the
type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God
has provided us."

God brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the
best of everything."

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to
Author unknown

Negative Emotions

When you harbor resentment, anger or
Bitterness, the person you end up harming the
Most is yourself. Negative emotions have a way of
Creating negative energy that destroys
Positive emotions, like generosity, love and joy.
Although the unhappy situation may be long
Gone, you may be allowing it to hold you back
By holding onto the feelings it evoked.

Today, vow to start "cleaning out" that inner
Vault of negativism. Try to forgive those who've
Caused you previous pain, and if you can't
Forgive, at least try to forget.

Break free ! Let go! Move forward with optimism.
It's the best way to find happiness.

Consoling Thoughts
(For times of loneliness)

Dear Lord!
Make me remember,
when the world seems cold and dreary
and I know not where to turn for comfort,
that there is always one spot bright and cheerful----the Sanctuary.
When I am in desolation of spirit,
when all who are dear to me have passed away
like summer flowers and none are left to love me and care for me,
whisper to my troubled soul
that there is one Friend who dies not
----one whose Love never changes----
Jesus on the altar.
When sorrow thicken and crush me with their burden,
when I look in vain for comfort,
let me remember Your words:
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily
burdened, and I will refresh you."

Extra Prayer

When the world falls down around you
And a prayer will see you through,
Say an extra prayer for someone
Who may need it more than you.

For who knows what hearts are breaking
In the silence of the night?
Just that extra prayer you whisper
May help someone see the light!

Every time you help a stranger
With an extra prayer - or two -
You are building secret blessings
That will all come back to you!

Shape Up

During the Great Depression, there was a man who lost his job, his wife, his
home and his fortune. He hung on tightly to the one thing he still had left
. . . his faith in God.

One day, he stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a church. One of
the workers was chiseling a triangular piece of stone. He asked the worker,
"What are you going to do with that?"

"See that little opening way up there near the spire?" the worker asked.
"Well, I'm shaping this piece of stone down here . . . so it will fit up in

As he walked away, tears filled his eyes, for it seemed God had spoken
through that worker to explain the ordeal he currently was experiencing:
"I'm shaping you down here, so you will fit in up here."