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Angels we have heard on high! Has this ever happened to you?

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Sometimes we wonder why we have to do something we don't want to do. And then, we find out...
Like the Saturday night I decided to get a haircut. Saturdays are typically ‘date night’ for my husband and me, so it broke routine. But something kept nagging me to get a haircut that day. Finally, late afternoon, I dialed the salon.
“They’re probably closed,” I thought. But the receptionist said they could take me if I came right away…. ……………..
Simultaneously, a hefty woman, with unkempt, dark curly hair, stepped outside her tenement, looked to the heavens and heaved a great sigh. She began shifting one foot in front of the other, laboring her way past sub-shops, clothing stores and restaurants. Cars, trucks and buses dashed by, oblivious to the lone, lumbering figure. When she finally stopped to rest at a roadside bench, shoppers zipped by without a smile or kind word.
Odd, what she needed the most surrounded her, but she had no way to get it. She was hungry, but she had no food. There was…

Go ahead! Give up the sweets for Lent!

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Go ahead! Give up the sweets for Lent! 

But just don't stop there...

While fasting is a necessary part of Lent, its not the only component...Lent is a three- legged stool composed of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (performing acts of charity).

1.  So go ahead and fast. Abstain from your favorite foods. Deny yourself.  

Why? Because when you hunger..you can embrace the words of Jesus...Man shall not live on bread alone...but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matt 4:4)...

2.  So...get to know what comes from the mouth of God. Study God's word. Pray.And pray more. Listen to holy music. Lift your heart and your soul to God...

3.  And give...because when you deny yourself...by fasting, eating lighter meals, giving up the Starbucks coffee, the chocolate shake, the dinner out... you can donate the money you save...or you can volunteer the time you gain...

No matter the amount. Just do it. Give it away. Help someone else.

Abandon yourself. Put others first. Each day. Love...jus…

Ever wonder if anyone is listening when you pray?

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My heart is heavy. So many prayer intentions...so many prayer requests...for a family member struggling with cancer...for the family of a young man who died in a car crash this week...for a friend who is unemployed...for a cousin who had surgery...

I'd gathered my rosary beads and headed outside to pray. A gentle breeze welcomed me as the late afternoon sun cast streaks of white clouds against a vibrant blue sky.   

I slipped the beads through my fingers with each Hail Mary. Take care of my friends, I'd pray. We trust in you. You are Lord. 

Around the third decade, I leaned back in my chair and looked up.  

Surprisingly, two white lines had formed a cross against the stark blue sky. At the time, the dimensions and clarity of the cross were perfect! (I wish I hadn't waited so long to snap this picture, as the image already lost some of it's shape in the picture attached here.) 

My heart jumped! It was clearly a cross. Nothing more. Nothing less. It was definitive. It was dis…