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Am I wasting God’s gifts?

In this week full of Thanksgiving, I wanted to give you some food for thought in regards to how we sometimes waste our God-given gifts.

This isn’t about guilt or our shortcomings or “should-ing” on ourselves.

Instead it’s about finding the motivation to do better.

We know when we’re falling short. Just today I procrastinated on this email and didn’t use the gift of time wisely. I fettered away hours with distractions.

The strength to overcome my own bad habits and shortcomings doesn’t come from myself.

It’s the sames reason we shouldn’t be prideful when we fast. It’s not about what I can do alone for myself. It’s the opposite.

God gives us this strength. I find that so comforting  that I don’t have to rely on myself. He is with me.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Love to all,
+Megan

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I love old hymns (“old” meaning what I grew up with in the 80’s)

This weekend at Mass the music ministry brought out an oldie-but-a-goodie: Glory and Praise to Our God.

I haven’t heard that song in years, and it’s been traveling through my brain ever since.

We’ve all heard the phrase “like gold that’s tested in fire” a hundred times.  This time it really stuck out at me.

“In His wisdom he strengthens us, like gold that’s tested in fire.”

In that moment, I understood that the trials in my life are meant as exercises in becoming stronger and sloughing off the weaknesses and sin that keep me from a closer relationship with Him.

How often do I cling to what is meant to be burned away – hold on to my weaknesses as if they’ll protect me from ridicule and failure?

I think it takes a bit of courage to let them burn away. Courage is never easy. If it were easy it wouldn’t be courage.

Love to all,
+Megan

P.S. Way back in the 80’s we had a hymnal that had an orange sunset on the cover (maybe… my memory might be failing me – I just remember it was orange).  It was volume 2 or something like it. I was about 6 years old and I would go to CCD with my mom because she taught it. 

A woman there would play songs from this book on her guitar and we’d sing along.  There was one song in particular. I can’t think of it and it’s been bugging me for a few months now. 

Does anyone know what hymnal this may have been and where I can get my hands on a copy?

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The beauty of Advent.

We had an advent wreath for years that sat as a decoration on our dining room table, but we never lit the candles. Don’t let this happen to you!

Advent wreaths are meant to be used! And here’s how:

At the dinner table after you say grace is when the advent wreath is traditionally lit.

(Remember to have your advent wreath blessed by a priest or deacon.)

Each evening following, begin by praying over your food, praying the advent prayer, and then light the appropriate number of candles. (The candles stay lit until the meal is over).

Week One: 

Leader: O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, and come, That by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Week 2

Leader: O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure minds. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Week 3

Leader: O Lord, we beg Thee, incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Week 4

Leader: O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy Grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

So gather the family together and make the Advent Wreath part of your Christmas preparations. It will help you quiet your heart, regain peace amid all the festivities, and focus on the real meaning of the season.

Have a Blessed Day!
​+Megan

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