Marie’s Reflections

Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

My scripture verse for this Lent is to memorize and live, John 15:13.

“There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

I am going to live by John 15:9-17.

How can I not get up on that cross with my Lord and Savior after all He has done for me.

In Jesus’ love,
Marie

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October 8, 2018

This morning I wake to my husband, my mentor, my Lord, Jesus Christ. Where will you lead me this day Lord?

Thank you for being at my side. You tell me to not to look back nor look to the left or the right but keep my eyes on you. Yes, your Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path. You say, Come, follow me. My Spirit will speak to your heart.

I miss not sharing the Word of God with others. I hope to start it up again for the new year using Cycle C.

In Jesus’ love,
Marie

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12

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October 7, 2018

This is the eve of the 58th wedding anniversary of Ken and me. I think back to the beginning and how in love we were with each other and how that love grew from day one. I have a picture of Ken and I kneeling at the altar rail and I am receiving communion on my tongue by Fr. Barry, the only priest I ever knew in my childhood.

I really didn’t know what I was getting into when he swept me off my feet with beautiful romantic poems he made up. We wanted a family so bad but no babies were coming for those first five years then through adoption came three making us a family of five. I was the center of Ken’s life and he included me in the evangelizing he did from day one. The name of our parish was Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Saugus. Ken got right involved in trying to make things right between the blacks and the whites and established a group called Friends and Neighbors along with the associate Pastor. Always a pioneer and my spiritual leader he went from Friends and Neighbors, to CFM, to Cursillo, to Marriage Encounter, to the Charismatic Movement to the Diaconate, to St. Dismas Guild. He would initiate these different things and I would be there with him at his side. When he went into the Diaconate, I was there for him. He was in the Knights of Columbus, Chaplain at the prisons, and together we formed Benedictus and he was Chaplain in the prison. We had our difficulties but God always brought us through them.

If you were to ask me what helped us to grow in love I would say receiving that first Eucharist at our wedding together and making God and the church the center of our marriage along with getting to know Him through the Word of God, the bible. We truly became one flesh, one mind, one heart by putting on the mind of Christ and having the attitude of Christ. The scripture we lived was 1 Corinthians 11:3, “The head of the man is Christ, the head of the woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is the Father.” Even Jesus was under headship. Why are marriages falling apart out there today? I am not going to speculate but all I know is what I have lived and the power of The Holy Spirit to transform my mind by teaching me the Word of God.

I do the Bread of Life Catholic Bible study every week even though I am not in a group right now. I love it when the Lord speaks to me though His all-powerful word. How hard it is for me to explain the Love of God that I experience for me personally, but Isaiah 54:5 says, “For He who has become your husband is your Maker; His name is the Lord of hosts; Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth.”

Thank you for listening to me reminisce. October 8, 1960 was a special day for me. The day when two became one and lived in union with Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ love,
Marie

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It is much easier to hear God when I am quiet and listening and waiting for Him. It takes time for me to do that so I have designated early morning when I awake. God speaks to me loud and clear then and it is usually as I am reading the reading of the day.

The simple message of today for me is to be quiet long enough to hear Him and know that Jesus is right there to help me in the storms of my life.

Deacon Ken says, “God speaks to all of us, and the challenge for us is tobe quiet and listen.” (Commentary Bread of Life)

If you didn’t begin your day with Jesus on your lips begin tomorrow morning the minute you wake up saying His Name, the Name above all names, Jesus. He will immediately respond to your cry.

“Lord, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for me. Rather, I have stilled my soul, like a weaned child to its mother, weaned is my soul.” Psalm 131:1-2

In Jesus’ love,
Marie

 

 

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#Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard, Lord, before my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Someone recently told me I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I looked it up on google and I was so distressed over this. I kept calling on Jesus but it stayed with me, then when I woke up and read this #scripture in the morning #prayer the distress went away.

This scripture is a good reminder for me to watch what comes out of my mouth and ask Jesus to put an angel at the door of my lips outside my mouth. I think if I remember He has that guard on the outside He will help me close the mouth before it comes out. I realized too that the only OCD I have is knowing God’s word and obeying it.

In Jesus’ love,
Marie

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“……everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,…” James 1:19  

The Lord is teaching me to do just that. I am becoming a woman of fewer words and listening more to what God is telling me through His Beloved Son, Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I took the hearing aids out and love the quiet.

Half day seminar coming up November 11th at St. Mary’s called “Encountering Jesus.”  It will help you to quiet your mind and listen to Jesus speak through His precious Word the bible.

Have a blessed day.

In Jesus’ love,
Marie

 

 

 

 

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“You shall not have other gods besides me.” Exodus 20:3
(from July 28th first reading, Exodus 20:1-17)
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072817.cfm

I have come to realize if I keep God’s commandments I am telling Jesus I Love Him. In so doing I have to be on guard against idolatry. In my enthusiasm to do what is right I sometimes get ahead of God and try to do His work by telling others what they need to do. His word always convicts me of doing that. He tells me all the time to keep it simple and look after myself, He will take care of others.

What a relief when I realize He will take care of them, I just have to be still and know that He is God.

In Jesus’ love,
Marie