Monday Afternoon Musings

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. We had a guest priest this weekend and he spoke about Perpetual Adoration. Now we at St. Peter are blessed to have a Perpetual Adoration chapel and I have been blessed to be a part of it since we opened the door five years ago. I have to admit that I was surprised to hear that it had been that long! The purpose of our guest speaker was to rekindle the fire in anyone already spending one hour with Our Lord and to get those not participating at this time to sign up for an hour. It takes a lot of folks to fill a week of hours especially those early morning ones. For me there is nothing more relaxing than to spend some quality quiet time with my Lord and Savior. I had forgotten all the blessings to be reaped from that one hour. For instance, I represent all people while I am there. Jesus showers me with graces beyond my wildest imaginings! I carry with me all the sins, cares, and worries of those who don’t even know Christ yet. If you have never been to adoration I would like to suggest that you find a nearby Catholic church that offers it and go…spend one hour of your week with your new best friend! I guarantee you will feel the difference all week long! Blessings to you and know that I will be praying for you on Thursday, between 5 and 6 o’clock!


Sunday Morning Missionary Musings

Enjoyed the musings of a visiting missionary priest from Jamaica, representing MOP (Missionaries of the Poor). Perfect Sunday, it tied in so well with the readings this weekend-the sending out of the seventy two (Luke 10:1-12,17-20). I was surprised to hear his story about a Bishop in a larger city who turned he and his accompanying group away-told them there was nowhere for them to stay-they knocked the dust from their sandals and moved on. They ended up at a monastery with some Poor Clares who took them in and provided for their needs for a week. We Catholics are not all on the same page!

Can I imagine stepping out of my comfort zone with nothing but the clothes on my back, trusting the good Lord to take care of my every need? Heading out into unknown territory taking the gospel message to people I don’t know? I have a difficult time carrying the message to those near and dear to me. I have been spurned by my own family and friends, laughed at and ridiculed. Sometimes it is easier to just stay quiet and not rock the boat when discussions occur. But then my conscience begins to nag, what would Jesus do, what would he say? I struggle with remaining calm and clear-headed, how did Jesus do that? Perhaps I need to pray more…I would like to talk one-on-one with Peter or Paul…what’s the secret to successful evangelization?

I believe that my mission is to trust in the Lord, pray to know his will for me and then to leave myself behind, go out and be Christ to my little world. OK, Jesus, I’m opening the door, be with me…