I Thirst

This is a reflection by Mother Teresa of Calcutta entitled, “I Thirst for You”. I hope you all enjoy.

Imagine Jesus saying these words to you:

I Thirst for You…

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” (Rev. 3:20)

It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.

I want you to know that whenever you invite Me, I do come—-always, without fail. Silent and unseen I come, but with infinite power and love, and bringing the many gifts of My Spirit. I come with My mercy, with My desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you beyond your comprehension—-a love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father; “As much as the Father loved Me, I have loved you…” (Jn. 15:9)

I come—-longing to console you and give you strength, to lift you up and bind all your wounds. I bring you My light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with My power, that I might carry you and all your burdens; with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life; and My peace I give to still your soul.

I know you through and through. I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you—-even in your wanderings. I know every one of your problems. I know your needs and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I love you—-not for what you have or haven’t done—-I love you for you, for the beauty and dignity my Father gave you by creating you in His own image. It is a dignity you have often forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by sin. But I love you as you are, and I have shed My Blood to win you back.

If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and all its destructive power. I know what is in your heart—-I know your loneliness and all your hurts—-the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations, I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory.

I know especially your need for love—-how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passing pleasures—-with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? “Come to Me all you who thirst…” (Jn. 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine—-to the point of dying on the cross for you.

I Thirst for You. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you—-that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials: I THIRST FOR YOU.

You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give Me your life—-and I will prove to you how important you are to My Heart.

Don’t you realize that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life—-and I will. I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why would I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU. All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest. Even now I behold the place My Father has prepared for you in My Kingdom. Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey home.

Sin can never satisfy you, or bring the peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of Me has only left you more empty, so do not cling to the things of this life. Above all, do not run from Me when you fall. Come to Me without delay. When you give Me your sins, you give Me the joy of being your Savior.

There is nothing I cannot forgive and heal; so come now, and unburden your soul. No matter how far you may wander, no matter how often you forget Me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life; there is one thing I want you to always remember, one thing that will never change. I THIRST FOR YOU—-just as you are.

You don’t need to change to believe in My love, for it will be your belief in My love that will change you. You forget Me, and yet I am seeking you every moment of the day—-standing at the door of your heart and knocking. Do you find this hard to believe? Then look at the cross, look at My Heart that was pierced for you. Have you not understood My cross? Then listen again to the words I spoke there—-for they tell you clearly why I endured all this for you: “I THIRST…” (Jn. 19:28).

Yes, I THIRST FOR YOU—-as the rest of the psalm-verse I was praying says of Me: “I looked for someone to console me and I found none…” (Ps. 69:20). All your life I have been looking for your love—-I have never stopped seeking to love you and be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search for happiness; why not try opening your heart to Me, right now, more than you have ever done before.

Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit: “No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake. Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and your needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU…” -Mother Teresa of Calcutta

With Christ in mind,
Faustina Bernadette

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Mother Mary IS Biblical

Just the other day I was checking out a site that was completely un-Catholic. Besides the fact that everything they said was misguided and off, there was one post that really got to me (and I didn’t really know the answer to). The basic gist of it was Mary is only good for bringing Christ into the world and that Mary is un-biblical. Granted, bringing Christ into the world is not something to scoff at but as Catholics, we believe she is much more than that. After reading this article, I knew I had to find some answers. I wasn’t about to let this guy talk trash about my Mother! So my thesis statement is this: Mary is more biblical than we can even imagine.

Obviously Mary is mentioned in the New Testament countless times. The Annunciation, Wedding Feast at Cana, and at the foot of the cross are just a few examples (She is mentioned 14 times to be exact). Apparently that makes her un-biblical, but I guess this guy wants more. The funny (and awesome) thing is, Mary is all over the bible. The guy said that Mary brought Jesus into the world, that she did, thus making  her the center of the Universe! Micah said  that SHE is to give birth…and he will be the shepherd (5:2). Which is ironically quoted in Mathew 2:6. Isaiah 7:14, “She will bare a son and call him Emannuel”, meaning God is with us, also quoted Mathew 2:23. There are other examples, but what Matthew is getting at is this: Mary is the centerpiece of God’s plan. She is the long waited sign of the new covenant God is making with us now.

As you can see, Matthew is a big Mary fan. But Luke has some good stuff too. The Annunciation is a pretty awesome scene, if you haven’t read it please do. But who knew that the Annunciation and the dialogue spoken by the Angel, is fulfilling a prophesy. WHAT!!! Yes, the angel used the Old Testament to talk to Mary.

Luke 1                                                   Zephaniah 3

Hail,                                                        Shout for joy,
favored one!                                          O daughter Zion! .
The Lord                                                The King of Israel, the Lord
is with you….                                          is in your midst…
Do not be afraid, Mary                          Fear not, O Zion…
You will conceive in your womb         Your God is in your midst,
…[the] Son of the Most High                a mighty savior.

Mary is the Daughter Zion sent to save the People!! Isiah 62:11, Say to Daughter Zion, Your savior comes!!

In Luke, Mary says I am the handmaid of the Lord. Now I’m guessing you know what is coming next. In 1 Samuel, Hannah pleads for a son, (a barren woman). Three times she calls out “I am the handmaid of the Lord!” Her son Samuel, is a priest and a prophet, who anoints David as king, who is the descendant of Jesus Christ.

These are only a few of the awesome ways that shows that Mary is the sign for all generations. I would encourage you to look at the St. Paul’s Center for Biblical Theology Website. There are 6 lessons all talking about Mary in the Bible, I used merely a little from lesson 1. Mary is the center of salvation. As Catholics, we are extremely lucky to have the fullness of truth about our Blessed Mother. To anyone who says that Mary is un-biblical and unimportant, I would say, “Don’t mess with my Momma!”

Mary, take us in your loving heart so that like you, we may know and love your Son, Jesus Christ, even more!

To Jesus through Mary!

Vincent D

Angela Merici the Saint

Today is St. Angela Merici’s fest day. St. Angela Merici was born in 1470. Both of her parents died and she was then left as an orphan but then she lived with her uncle and her sister. Her sister fell very sick, and died. St. Angela was disturbed with her sister’s death because her sister had not received her last rites. She then joined the third order Franciscans. Together with her friends that were tertiary Franciscans, they began to gather girls and to teach them. St. Angela thought that the education of girls was very important and wanted it to be available to all. So when the Pope asked St. Angela to become a nurse, she said “no”.

St. Angela Merici created the Ursuline Order of Nuns and they went to the Holy Land. When she went to the Holy Land, she fell ill and became blind when she visited, but she continued her trip to the Holy Land. When she returned to the spot where she became blind, her eyesight came back. She passed away in 1540.

Prayer:
Saint Angela, you were not afraid of change. You did not let stereotypes keep you from serving. Help us to overcome our fear of change in order to follow God’s call and allow others to follow theirs. Amen

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Do you really know The 12 days of Christmas?

We all know the song that goes “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….”. I mean I have heard it a million times but have you ever know what the song I about?
The twelve days of Christmas is from December 25 to January 6 when the wise men visit Jesus. The reason for the song was to teach religion. Each day has a symbol!

1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

So now you know! I heard my priest talking about it in his homily on Sunday and I wanted to share. I got all of the days from http://holytrinitynewrochelle.org/yourti102896.html go check the post out it talks more about the song too!

God Bless
Adelaide
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Dating as a Catholic.

Dating. Ahh yes, boys and girls you are going to want to read this.
As you get older you start to spiritually mature as a person. Everyone matures at a different rate. You can kind of compare it to puberty how it is different for every person and is never the same. One of the biggest things you will go through on you spiritual journey is the transition from single life into the dating world. At first it can seem scary but trust me you will persevere. I am sure even persists have had relationships before. Although for some at this transition may not feel a call to dating life, be open to what God has in store. It is perfectly okay to have never had a date before. I personally have never had a relationship, I am going through the same things you are. I am figuring this whole dating thing out as you are I just thought I would share some things I have learned so far!
Just think about this, some saints are married 😮. I know shocker right? The Catholic Church isn’t against dating like she is not against sex. 😮 The church is only against it if it is for the wrong reasons. Here are some tips for your transition:
1. Be happy without a boyfriend or girlfriend. Too many times I see people have their sole happiness dependent on a guy/girl when in reality your happiness is through Christ and a relationship should just be a blessing and someone to share God’s love in a different way then normal. So be happy with your life and fall in love with our savior. Let God be your rock and let your special friend be there to share his love and remind you about his love when you are down. A relationship with God at the center be number one.
2. Find your morals. What do you stand for? What don’t you stand for? There are some stages of dating and the first relationship or flirtationship you have will most likely not be your sole mate it takes time. Also, I have discovered that when you are starting to date you will sometimes find your morals. I had a flirtationship with a guy who was an atheist. He was a sweet guy and so thoughtful and caring there was nothing wrong with him being an atheist. I accepted him and he accepted me and my religion, that’s what we are called as Christians to do! While going through this relationship I realized how important God was in a relationship and I figured it out, it is all a process.
3. Figure out what you look for in the opposite sex. Honestly you are never going to find that perfect person. There will be some give and take but you have to make sure the things that the things you definitely must have are in the relationship. Like my story above I know I need a Christ centered relationship,
Now it is time go out and date. Meet some people, flirt a little. You are not going to marry every single person of the opposite gender that you flirt with. Just make sure God is in the center. Dating is a good way to help strengthen your morals and maybe even find ones you never thought were important. The Catholic Church believes that you should be dating but only to lead to marriage. This does not mean that date you went on a week ago that didn’t work out is now a reason why you are sinner, you are not. Dating is not wrong when it is for the right intentions. You meet a member of the opposite sex and you get to know he/she and it doesn’t work out. It’s okay it happens life happens as long as you are just dating to hook up with them but to see its potential marriage.

So as I end this post I wish you luck. I hope that the dating world doesn’t scare you too much. Also don’t feel left out if you want to go into religious life or stay single that’s okay too. If God made us all the same with the same exact life we wouldn’t be blessed by communities with so many different gifts.

God Bless
Adelaide
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It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later!

There are few things harder than losing a loved one. Losing someone on a special holiday is perhaps even worse. No one wants a day that is supposed to be filled with joy full instead with sadness and the gut-wrenching realization that a loved one will never again walk on Earth. No one wants to endure saying goodbye to family on days when you’re supposed to say hello to visiting loved ones. No one wants their Christmas Day to be their grandmother’s last day on Earth, but unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want. We always, however, get what we need.

I lost my grandmother on Christmas Day this year. She had been sick for a while, and had already escaped death multiple times. I knew that she was probably not going to live much longer, but I never imagined that I would lose her on Christmas Day.

My morning started off earlier then expected, as my family was going to open presents around 9:00 a.m because we had gone to midnight Mass. Instead, my dad came in to my room around 7:00 to wake me up and told me that we were going to go visit my grandma later (she lives a couple hours away). After going through our normal Christmas routine, we got ready to leave for our visit. Just minutes before we were going to head out the door, my mom received a call from her brother. My grandmother had died. My entire family immediately broke down. I remember saying “We’re too late,” to which my father immediately responded that we weren’t too late, that my grandmother would be with me forever.

My father was right. It was very hard to lose my grandmother that day, but she got a very special Christmas present: eternal life with Jesus received on the day of His birth! Think of the party in heaven that day! My grandmother needed to be free of her pain and suffering on earth, so God fulfilled that for her.

Losing someone is hard, but it’s our selfish desire for them to be with us that makes us sad. We don’t want their time to end yet, for we still want to be with them. But God knows what He is doing. My grandmother no longer has to feel the pains and sufferings of the world. She received eternal life!

Some of you may be wondering how I know she went straight to heaven and bypassed purgatory. Well, my grandmother’s favorite color was purple. She loved purple. So I asked The Lord for a sign of something purple. I received several signs, including the following two. When opening presents at my other grandmother’s house later that day, my sister turned to me when she pulled a toothbrush out of her stocking and said simply, “It’s purple.” Later, I was looking at the new suitcase I got for Christmas. When I saw it Christmas morning it looked more pink than purple, but when I saw it the next morning it looked very purple. God gave me the signs I needed. These night seem like silly, simple things, but The Holy Spirit filled me with conviction and understanding so that I could recognize God’s signs.

It can take a while to actually come to turns with losing a loved one & deal with their death. The most important thing to do is pray. Pray for them to receive eternal life. Pray for peace. Pray for happiness. Also, don’t dwell on being sad for too long. Think of how your loved one would want you to act. Would they want you to be sad and mope around? I know for a fact that my grandmother would want me to continue to be happy, to go on with my life. So, that’s what I need to do. I need to pray and continue with my life, keeping the memory of her close in my heart.

So don’t dwell too long on the sadness of losing a loved one. Celebrate their life, pray for them to reach Heaven, & thank God for giving them eternal life. Live your life happily, and always praise God. Don’t forget that it’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later, for we are all called to live holy lives that allow us to reach Heaven!

Stay strong!
💜Cecila Liz

Tips for a Fabulous, Faith-Filled New Year

As the final days of December meet dawn, we begin to look forward to the next major event after Christmas: New Year’s and the Solemnity of Mary! As for the secular holiday and celebration of the new year, many people create New Year’s resolutions that may or may not last through the dragging days of February. But, nevertheless, it is a new year, and a fresh chance to start new. If you don’t have a New Year’s resolution planned, you might find a spark in some simple yet life-changing ideas below.

Instead of trying to banish an old habit, create a new and beneficial routine to deepen and strengthen your faith. Try going to Confession or Adoration more than you normally would (or if you want to go above and beyond, make time for daily Masses). If you only visit the Confessional twice a year, for instance, before Easter and Christmas, make an effort to make a good Penance once a month. You’ll find that the refreshing cleanliness of Reconciliation will bring a calm peace to your days, and frequenting monthly will keep you in check year-round! Adoration has a similar effect; make a promise to visit the chapel as opportunities present themselves. Spending time with the Blessed Lord changes your mood, and you will come out of the Adoration chapel refreshed and at peace. Even if it is just to say “hi” or sit in silence, God loves to see you in His House.

If you want to focus on exiling a certain sin, take this opportunity to do so. Take time to thoughtfully pray, asking God to grant you the serenity and grace to distance yourself from this sin. It may be hard at first, but the key is to immerse yourself in prayer, positive thinking, and positive actions, instead of that awful habit. A New Year’s resolution stays at the back of your mind, and having God to hold you accountable makes for a stronger bind to sticking to your resolve.

Simply enough, make a resolution to pray more. You can never cease strengthening your prayer life. An organized resolve could be to say a rosary or divine mercy chaplet daily or weekly. Perhaps if you start out with a Sunday rosary, you could progress to saying the prayer twice weekly, then three times. The frequency of prayer always has room for growth. Maybe if it is not a specific prayer, resolve to devoting times throughout the day solely to quiet prayer. Wake up fifteen minutes earlier to thank and praise God, asking for His intercession throughout your day’s adventures. At mealtimes, extend your usual prayer to include personal devotions. Conclude the evening with your deepest intentions, and scatter messages to God during the course of your entire day.

Ultimately, what you get out of a New Year’s resolution depends on what you put in. Make an effort, and God will be on the other side to pull you through. Just a slight addition to your lifestyle can make all the difference. Watch as God multiplies your offerings and raises you up—a sincere attempt can only make you stronger. I am praying for all the best for you; happy New Year’s!

Viola Joan