Archive | April 2012

Praise God!

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I’ve been learning in prayer how to praise God in the hard times as well as the good times. It is something that is very unnatural for us as human beings to do. The natural inclination is to complain and become bitter that your life is so hard. I guess I just want to encourage you to keep a realistic perspective about what suffering you’re experiencing. and remember that God is always with you in every moment of every day. 

~Maggie Rose

Thought for the day: 

“Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” 
― Mother Teresa

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Mary, Star of the Sea.

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First I would like to share this beautiful poem that my friend Sister Angelique sent to me. 

 

And the name of the Virgin was Mary.” 

Let us pause for a moment at this name which we say means “Star of the Sear,” which applies so perfectly to her, the Virgin Mother.

Yes! She is the brilliant and marvelous Star which necessarily must rise above the immense ocean of this world by the brightness of her merits and radiance of her example. 

Whoever you are, understand that your life, far from being a journey on firm land, resembles more an adventure on the moving waves of the words. 

So do not take your eyes from the light of this Star, so as not to fall under the tempest. 

If the winds of temptation arise and difficulties also surround you: Look to the Star! Invoke Mary!

If you are tossed back and forth by ambition, pride, envy, wounding words or jealousy, Look to the Star! Invoke Mary! 

If anger, avarice, the seductions of the flesh come to shake the frail boat of your soul: Lift your eyes to Mary!

If, troubled by the atrocity of your crimes, ashamed of the stains on your conscience and frightened by the thought of judgement, you begin to sink into the abyss of sadness and despair: Think of Mary!

In peril, anguish, doubt: Think of Mary! Invoke Mary!

May the name of Mary never leave your lips or your hearts. 

To obtain the favor of her prayer, do not cease imitating her life.

In following her, you will not go astrat.

In praying to her, you will not know despair.

In thinking of her, you will avoid taking a false step.

If she sustains you, you will not fall.

If she protects you, you will have nothing to fear.  

Under her guidance, you will not know lassitude. 

Thanks to her favor, you will reach the Goal. 

~Saint Bernard. 

 

On a completely unrelated note today was my second couch to five K run. I only went for fifteen minutes instead of twenty because my joints have been hurting in the past few weeks so I didn’t want to put too much extra stress on my knees but I also didn’t want to totally not run today. I am really enjoying running even though it is hard sometimes. I feel so much better emotionally and physically just from doing it for two days. I’m really excited to keep on going. 

~Maggie Rose

 

Thought for the day: 

“Sometimes it seems so complicated to do the right thing…but simple trust solves all things.” ~Sister Angelique

Oops, sorry.

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I had a blog written out in my head during Adoration and I’m sorry to say that I’ve totally forgotten what I was going to post. I guess I’ll talk about this instead. I in the past have had a really hard time accepting when things didn’t go my way. I would get really upset if I missed my bus and didn’t make it to Mass or if I couldn’t remember what I was going to tell someone when I finally got in contact with them, or when like this blog post, I had something I was going to write and totally forgot what it was when I arrived at a place where I could finally get it down. In the past year I’ve grown a lot in that area because I’ve had a number of things go different than I had planned. One of the biggest things that didn’t go as planned was Lent. I had a few things I planned to do/not do and by the second Sunday of Lent I had not done/done each one of them. I was a little bit upset but I felt God say to me in Adoration that I had enough struggles going on that I didn’t need to add any more to my life because He was going to teach me through what I was already experiencing. After having these few weeks to ponder and pray about Lent and Easter I realized that the biggest thing He taught me was how to go with the flow a little bit better. There’s a fine line there in that you don’t want to be so with the flow that you become worldly and start seriously sinning but at the same time you don’t want to be so rigid that you can’t embrace God’s will in the little things in life. 

I’m not sure if that makes sense because I’m a bit tired but I’ll edit it tomorrow if I have to. 🙂 

~Maggie Rose. 

Thought for the day: 

God’s will is perfect. He doesn’t always give you what you want but He will always give you what you need. 

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I don’t have much left to give you anything other than this thought. 

 

Thought for the day: “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.” Don’t ever give up because He is ALWAYS with you. ❤ 

God’s Love.

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I heard a talk today about God’s transforming love. In it she shared an experience she had were God said to you “I understand everything and I love you anyway.” That hit me really powerfully because I had a very intense year in that I had many health issues caused by stress and lack of sleep due to school and work. For a long time I’ve been struggling to believe that I am His beloved daughter. For a long time my thinking was along the lines of “Of course God loves me, He’s God, He loves everyone” but it wasn’t personal for me. In May of 2010 I was on a retreat with the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor MI. On their discernment retreats they have each retreatant pick a litany title for the Blessed Mother and then figure out during the weekend why they got that title. My litany title was Mary Beloved Daughter of the Most High God. During Adoration I felt a lot of comfort from that title. That was the start of my truly learning in the deepest part of my being that I am His beloved daughter and He loves me for being me. The next phase of the learning process was when my friend was ordained. After the ordination they had a reception in the parish hall. The three men who had just been ordained were in a line giving first blessings so I got in line to ask Father for a first blessing. I don’t remember much of what he said in his blessing but I do remember very clearly that he started with “May God grant you the grace to know that you are His beloved daughter.” As time has gone on and I’ve experienced both struggles and joys I’ve come more and more to understand just how much He loves me because I am me and I am His beautiful daughter and bride. On Wednesday I was in Adoration and the Deacon said “God didn’t die for all people, He died for each person”, then today I heard “God said to me, and wants to say to each one of you ‘I understand everything and I love you’.” I can’t say that I’ve got it now and am done learning that He loves me because I don’t believe that is true, I believe that it is going to be a long process for me but I know that something has changed deep inside. I know that I am much more confident in who I am as His daughter. I have struggled with my self-esteem for a long time and I can tell that, thanks to the grace of God, I am different. Praise God for He has made me fearfully and wonderfully! He has done the same for you! God has made YOU fearfully and wonderfully made! Don’t ever forget that you are His beloved child! I said a prayer today for each person who will every read this that you may understand in your deepest self that you are His and He loves YOU for being you. 

God bless you each and every day. 

~Maggie Rose 

 

Thought for the day: 

Did you know that one hundred percent of fashion models are not satisfied with how they look? 

You are fearfully and wonderfully made so why should you complain about how you look? God made you as you and loves you as you so don’t be bitter that you don’t look perfect. 

Death where is your sting?

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I went to a funeral today and it was a very interesting experience to go to a funeral on my birthday. My friend posted a birthday greeting on my wall and said “One year closer to seeing the Lord.” It had given me cause to stop and ponder death and dying. Many people view death as a sadness and an ending. While it’s true that she is no longer with me physically she is still with me. The pastor at her church said during the funeral that people like her never have a past tense. I know that the relationship the two of us had is something very special and the fact that I was able to take care of her while she was approaching death is something that won’t fade.

Though it may seem like a sadness and a loss death is merely a passing from one to the next. I know that we’ve all heard it many times before and sometimes when we are in the midst of sorrow it’s hard to grasp the truth of it. Right now I am both happy and sad which is something I’m sure those of you who have lost a loved one can understand. I’m sad because I’ll miss playing cards with her and I’ll miss sitting on her bed talking, laughing and joking with her. I’m happy because I have the faith to trust in God’s mercy and believe that it’s not going to be forever.

I don’t know exactly where this post is going but just remember this, death isn’t an permanent ending, it’s a temporary separation and a birth into something new.

~Maggie Rose

Thought for the day: Oh death, where is your sting? By death he conquered death and to those in the graves he gives unending life.

5K color run.

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So I just signed up for my first ever 5K run. It’s going to be the middle of July and I’m doing it with my classmates, TAs and teacher. I’m really excited about this because I know it’s going to help motivate me to get healthy. Here’s the website http://thecolorrun.com/annarbor/#volunteer 

I’ll keep y’all posted on my couch potato to 5K experience. 

~Maggie Rose 

 

Thought for the day: 

With God all things are possible. He is my strength and my salvation!