Two angels

Every day at dawn God sends two angels to earth.  One angel holds a basket for petitions; the other, for thanksgiving and praise.  Then at dusk the two angels return home to heaven.

Which basket do you think is fuller at day’s end?

We always ask and ask without thinking to thank and praise.  Yet it’s this small change in one’s mindset that makes all the difference.

“When we praise the Lord, THEN increase, abundance, provisions come and God shall bless us”
(Gossett, 1974, p. 43).

August 9, 2012

Lord, I put aside my worries, and I rejoice in you!  I praise you for all that you have done for me! (the Word among us, July/August 2012, p. 66).

October 24, 2012

Jesus, you have done so much for me.  I come before you right now with praise and thanksgiving! (the Word among us, October 2012, p. 47).

June 2, 2014

“When you approach God in prayer and praise do you remember just who he is, the creator and sustainer of all things?” (Bible Study Tools).

October 20, 2015

If we spent time each day thanking God, we would hardly be able to get angry at him.  Instead we tend to take for granted the gifts we have.  For these, we should thank God unceasingly (Fr. T. G. Morrow, STD, Overcoming Sinful Anger).

November 24, 2015

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7).

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Prayer and praise

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During the Gulf War Crisis, I taught a 4th grade CCE class.

On the last class day, Bennye, an inquisitive little girl with great faith, brought me a book she’d gotten from her uncle.  The cover was half torn, its pages splattered with mud.  The book had accidentally been dropped on the way to class that rainy day.

Bennye had wanted to give me something to remember her by, she said.  Her uncle, in his early twenties, had told her how much he’d enjoyed the book; so she’d asked to have it to give to me.

I was genuinely touched, so I told her I’d treasure it always.

Out of sight, out of mind

When I got home, I placed the book in the top drawer of my bedroom wicker chest.  I figured I’d see the book daily, so I’d get to it once the school year was over.  But, even after I taught summer school, the book remained in limbo.

I felt guilty for a while until I simply ignored the book.  I just wasn’t interested in reading Bennye’s book during that part of my life. 

Timely discovery

Five years passed.  I was unexpectedly faced with such an insurmountable dilemma that something made me see the book.  I thought back to the day Bennye had given it to me when I noticed the top right-hand corner of the inside cover where she’d printed her name.

The more I read the book the more engrossed I became.  I just couldn’t set it down!  I read and re-read the 119-page book many times.  It truly was the “treasure” in the “secret place” to which Isaiah had referred in one of his verses (45:3). 

Lost and found

Thus began my journey with There’s Dynamite in Praise (Gossett, 1974) until, sadly, I lent the book out in 1998 and never got it back.

Then, as I searched for links for our church website last week, I found the title online.  I was thrilled!

Monday I ordered it, and Wednesday— just two days ago— I received the copy along with a most delightful note from GramGramWhite (Margie), the seller in Keystone Height, FL.

Dear Book, go upon your way over mountain, plain, or sea.  God Bless all who speed your flight to where I wish you to be and bless all those beneath the roof where I would bid you rest; but bless even more the one to whom this book is addressed.

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Walking in faith

Immediately I emailed a thanks.  I told Margie that I’d waited a long time for this book and wanted to share it with others.  Its simple message— prayer is asking, praising, continually walking in faith— had transformed my thinking!  And my life!

“Amazingly, I discovered greater blessings, more joy and more marvelous things happening as [I] praised the Lord…” (Gossett, p. 16).

So here’s to unabashedly praising God just because.

May 13, 2015

Prayers of adoration, praise, and thanksgiving will echo throughout heaven for all eternity.  If you really wish to become holy, seek to practice this kind of prayer…  The result will be God’s greater readiness to hear and greater generosity in answering your prayers of petition (Lawrence G. Lovasik).

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Gifts

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Call of service

Creator God, life is your gift to me.  Through Baptism, you invite me to share the gift of my life in service to others.  Be with me as I choose each day to show your presence in our world.  Give me the courage and generosity to respond to your love, to your call.  I pray especially for those who serve you as priests, brothers, sisters, deacons, and lay ministers.  Keep them close to you.  Open the minds and hearts of many other men and women that they may accept your challenge to build the kingdom (Roseann Kasayka, OSF).

March 1, 2012

Lord, today I surrender everything to you.  I want to do nothing without you.  May all that I do for others be done for love of you— and in the power of your Spirit (the Word among us, Lent 2012, p. 36).

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours”
(St. Teresa of Avila).

August 6, 2012

If you want to see your offerings to God multiplied, you have an essential role to play.  You may not be working the miracle yourself, but you do need to get out there and do something!  It’s impossible to know what that “something” is in each situation.  We all have different gifts, different life situations, different opportunities that will present themselves today.  But one thing is sure: Each of us will have an opportunity to do something important for the kingdom of God (the Word among us, July/August 2012, p. 49).

September 18, 2012

Lord, show me what my gifts are, and give me opportunities to use them.  Give me the compassion I need to love your people and the boldness I need to reach out and serve them! (the Word among usSeptember 2012, p. 38).

November 13, 2012

Jesus, thank you for giving me a share in your life.  Now I freely give my life back to you (the Word among us, November 2012, p. 32).

December 29, 2012

Lord, I offer you my life.  All my dreams, plans, hopes, and fears are yours.  Give me the faith to follow you today, knowing that you will work all things together for my good (the Word among us, Advent 2012, p. 55).

January 27, 2013

“Our Lord does not care so much for the importance of our works as for the love with which they are done” (St. Teresa of Avila).

February 7, 2013

Lord, I am ready.  You have given me so much!  Help me to give to others both in my words and my works.  Let me show you my love as I do the work of your kingdom! (the Word among us, Jan/Feb 2012, p. 58).

March 22, 2013

Come, Holy Spirit.  Touch me with the fire of your love.  Show me what a tremendous gift you have given me— the invitation to show to the world that you are still working your miracles today (the Word among us, Lent 2013,
p. 61).

April 4, 2013

Jesus, touch my heart and shape my mind with your word!  Teach me, Lord, so I can stand firm in your truth no matter what happens (the Word among us, April 2013, p. 24).

July 8, 2013

Lord, show me how I can touch people with your love and mercy.  But, first, fill me with your peace so that I can be your peaceful presence in this troubled world  (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 27).

July 16, 2013

“Holy Spirit, open my eyes to your ongoing call and training in my life” (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 35).

July 29, 2013

“Father, thank you for giving me a calling that is fitted to my own gifts and personality!” (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 48).

August 15, 2013

Jesus, help me to say “yes” to you today.  Do your will in me so that the world can know you more (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 65).

August 22, 2013

Lord, I want to be your witness in the world today!  Purify my heart, and give me the strength always to put service before self! (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 72).

August 31, 2013

Lord, help me find joy in the gifts you have given me.  Teach me how to use these gifts in a way that brings you and me— and everyone around me— great joy (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 81).

September 18, 2013

Father, great are your works in and through me.  Thank you for your goodness and kindness, today and always! (the Word among us, September 2013, p. 37).

October 13, 2013

There is no one who, with a little bit of thought, cannot but discover many reasons for being grateful to God….  Once we have come to an appreciation of all he has given to us, we will have abundant cause to give thanks continually (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

November 8, 2013

Lord, help me recognize all the goodness and knowledge that you have already given me.  Help me use these gifts to grow into the person that you want me to become (the Word among us, November 2013, p. 29).

December 22, 2013

Thank you, Jesus, for the miracle of new life that you have begun in me.  May your presence flow into every part of my life so that others will hope in you as they encounter me (the Word among us, Advent 2013, p. 40).

April 29, 2014

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” (St. Catherine of Siena).

October 30, 2014

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant” (Robert Louis Stevenson).

November 4, 2014

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God, we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness” (St. Charles Borromeo).

December 2, 2014

“If you wish to go to extremes, let it be in sweetness, patience, humility, and charity”
(St. Philip Neri).

December 3, 2014

“No one can ever excel in great things who does not first excel in small” (St. Francis Xavier).

December 22, 2014

“If you want to be of use to others, begin by taking pains with yourself; the fire that is to enkindle others should be lighted at home” (St. Ignatius of Loyola).

January 1, 2015

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.  But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief… is a fate more terrible than dying (St. Joan of Arc).

January 19, 2015

“Conquer yourself and the world lies at your feet” (St. Augustine).

March 8, 2015

“Labor without intermission to do all the good work in your power while time is allowed you” (St. John of God).

March 21, 2015

“Your heart to God and your hands to work” (St. Mary Joseph Rossello).

April 27, 2015

“The only happiness here below is to strive to always be content with what Jesus gives us” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

August 26, 2015

“Our Lord has created persons for all states in life, and in all of them we see people who achieved sanctity by fulfilling their obligations well” St. Anthony Mary Claret).

September 2, 2015

God is truly humble.  He comes down and uses instruments as weak and imperfect as we are.  He deigns to work through us… to use you and me for his great work (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, The Love that Made Mother Teresa).

September 3, 2015

“Don’t be anxious about what you have but about what you are!” (Pope St. Gregory the Great).

October 27, 2015

A precious crown is reserved in heaven for those who perform all their actions with all the diligence of which they are capable; for it is not sufficient to do our part well; it must be done more than well (St. Ignatius of Loyola).

December 14, 2015

What does it profit you to give God one thing if he asks of you another?  Consider what it is God wants and then do it (St. John of the Cross).

December 29, 2015

“Give all of yourself and God will give you all of himself” (St. Anthony of Padua).

January 11, 2016

“Man cannot fully find himself, except through a sincere gift of himself” (St. John Paul II).

March 9, 2016

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whomever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it” (St. John Paul II).

May 26, 2016

“The joy that God takes in every man, the magnanimity with which he sets him free, should teach us; for God has granted us the privilege of being his image” (Romano Guardini, Learning the Virtues).

May 30, 2016

“Act, and God will act” (St. Joan of Arc).

June 7, 2016

“The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need
our gifts” (C. S. Lewis).

June 15, 2016

All things upon which you set your trust are yours.  Do but expect much of God, and he will be much for you.  Expect but little, and he will do little (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

June 27, 2016

No matter our state in life, each of us is called to use our gifts in ways that benefit our loved ones, our community, and our world.  Even the most mundane task is a gift if it is done well and in a loving manner.  Today, share your gifts, your talents, and yourself with our world (Monday Message by Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau, OSB: “The deans of the monastery –
RB 21
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December 20, 2016

Our Lady said yes for the human race.  Each one of us must echo that yes for our own lives.  We are all asked if we will surrender… to the Holy Spirit and allow Christ to fill the emptiness formed by the particular shape of our life (Caryll Houselander).

February 10, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for giving me a voice and a hope and a purpose, as well as blessings to proclaim.  Thank you for the whisper and the shout and the simple, obedient statement, all of which are mine to sound out and are designed by your hand (Colleen C. Mitchell, Who Does He Say You Are?).

February 20, 2017

God can redeem our past.  It is quite mysterious how he can take any terrible thing and make something far more beautiful out of it than we ever could have imagined (Julie Onderko, Discover Your Next Mission from God).

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