Shared thoughts… is about building community, so how better to stay connected than through the stories of the places we visit and the people we meet?

So, whether you share your thoughts or not, let’s build community nonetheless.

Added note

Visuals embellish text, so a cluster of oleanders (from the plant in the back yard) came to mind as the perfect header for my blog.

ST42409-2Beautiful, exquisite, resilient, each flower shares space with the others, enhancing its special grouping yet maintaining its uniqueness the same way bloggers from different walks of life strengthen our Christian ties through shared space online.

September 20, 2013

Broken links, typos, errors, comments, and/or questions?

Please contact me, as I have sole responsibility for this blog.

If (when) a photo appears distorted, just click on it for the photos on that page and/or post to revert to normal.  Thanks for your patience and understanding!

April 3, 2014

Searching online today I discovered that St. Isidore of Seville is the patron saint of (for) the internet, so I entrust both my blogs and my blogging to St. Isidore!

All spiritual growth comes from reading and reflection.  By reading we learn what we did not know; by reflection we retain what we have learned (St. Isidore of Seville).

God, through the intercession of St. Isidore, the holy farmer, grant that we may overcome all feelings of pride.  May we always serve you with that humility which pleases you, through his merits and example (Catholic Digest, May 2014).

Links of interest…  St. Isidore (more)…  about (more)…  bishop (more)…  everyman…  farmer…  lessons…  memorialorganizer & writer…  patron saint: internet / technology…  prayers (internet users / more / readings)…  schoolmaster


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22 Responses

  1. This is Ritagail (of the Franciscan Crown). I wanted to leave you a note about finishing the first round of illustrations for the Franciscan Crown, but I’m so silly. I can’t find a way to just contact you personally.

    So, here is a link to one of my FB posts.

    And here is the link to the slideshow on YouTube.

    I have to do other projects now, but I will probably be refining these the rest of my life. I still hope to make them into murals in a chapel or perhaps peaceful garden setting or something similar some day but, as I age, that’s getting less likely.

    Hope you have a blessed day or, if having a tough one, hope this brightens it.

    In Jesus’s sacred heart,
    Ritagail B.

    • Dear Rita,

      Thanks for your patience. We were traveling someplace when I first read your comment and then simply forgot, remembered, forgot— you know what I mean. I just now left a comment on your facebook page and emailed you as well.

      Your pastel illustrations are very sweet, totally unique.

      We’ve been connected through the Franciscan Crown for years now, so there’s joy in knowing that the Blessed Mother is inspiring you to do great things with your gifts and talents.

      I visited your WP blog a bit ago and noticed that it’s still a work in progress. There are simple tutorials to help you figure things out. The Happiness Engineers are very gracious assistants, too.

      From time to time I’ll check to see how you’re doing. May you find all the resources to complete your heartfelt endeavors.

      I’m cheering you on! God bless you sweetly, abundantly!

  2. Deli, it was so nice to meet you at St. Joseph’s healing Mass on July 20, 2016. Ruben and I were so blessed with your acquaintance. Your website will be an everyday event for me. It is so beautiful that it calmed me so much that I couldn’t close it. I loved it. Thank you so much. Looking forward to staying in touch. God bless you and Steven.

    • Yolanda and Ruben, what a joyous time we shared at this evening’s Mass! Truly unforgettable. God certainly had us at the right place at the right time, down to y’all occupying the pew in front of ours. Who could’ve known that God planted the seed (had us spot each other at OLPH) weeks ago only to have us harvest the crop (meet) today?!! I got home feeling wired from exhilaration. God is so totally awesome, amazing, and generous! God bless you sweetly!

  3. Hi Deli, I just wanted to thank you for the very kind comment you left for me earlier. I appreciate it!

    I love the oleanders up top; they’re very pretty.

    Your blog has made me think about the movie, Millions, where a little boy who can recite the names and history of all the saints finds a suitcase of money. I’ll have to look for that on Netflix!

    Love and blessings,

    • Dear Christy, ours is a very small world. Think of it. Where (how) else would you and I have connected (met)? WordPress is not only a safe place to hang out, but also a really nice venue for meeting fine folks with heartfelt stories to share. Thanks for you! And thanks for the courageous, resilient person that you are! Love & hugsss, kiddo!

  4. Deli,
    I love… love… love your site. So many things to read and learn from. I need to visit more often. Question: On the right side of your page are pictures of saints. One of pictures is identified as St. Peregrine, but is that the picture of Padre Pio?

    • Oh, Alice! You have me rolling on the floor with laughter!!!

      Yes! Absolutely. It most certainly is the photo of our cherished Padre Pio that I took at the St. Jude Shrine at Most Precious Blood Church.

      This is priceless! What a breath of fresh air you are to me today! What a pick-me-up from the doldrums I’ve been in of late!

      I was thinking about Padre Pio because of a woman from the shrine in San Antonio while wishing, mind you, that I’d taken a photo of St. Peregrine. Talk about the ol’ pea brain being thrown for a loop, eh? Gotta love it!

      In fact, two Sundays ago when we attended Mass at St. Pius V in Chicago, we visited the St. Jude gift shop across the street specifically to buy a St. Peregrine card. I picked up one in Spanish, set it down to find one in English, then realized just a few days ago that I bought a St. Benedict card instead.

      Oy vey. See what I mean, jellybean?!!

      P.S. By the time you read this, I will have changed the widget.

      Thanks again sooo much, Alice! You’re a sweet love.

      Oh! The quotes below are just for you!

      • “Charity is the measure by which our Lord judges all things”
        (St. Pio of Pietrelcina).

      • “God will not allow you to be lost if you persist in your determination not to lose him” (St. Pio).

      • Rest assured that the more a soul is pleasing to God, the more it must be tried. Therefore, courage, and go forward always. Let us do good while we still have time; and we will render glory to our heavenly Father, sanctify ourselves, and give good example to others (St. Pio).

      • May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions. May he sustain you in dangers, watch over you always with his grace, and indicate the safe path that leads to eternal salvation. And may he render you always dearer to his divine heart and always more worthy of paradise (St. Pio).

      • May your heart always be the temple of the Holy Spirit. May Jesus always be the helmsman of your little spiritual ship. May Mary be the star which shines on your path, and may she show you the safe way to reach the Heavenly Father (St. Pio).

      • “May the mother of Jesus, our mother always, smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her most holy son, every heavenly blessing” (St. Pio).

      • Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer (St. Pio).

      • “Our present life is given only to gain the eternal one” (St. Pio).

      • O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in your divine mercy and [for] the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of your Church.

        Help us to love you with a pure and contrite heart and to humble ourselves beneath your cross as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads us to heavenly glory.

        May we receive you with great faith and love in Holy Communion and allow you to act in us as you desire for your greater glory.

        O Jesus, most adorable heart and eternal fountain of divine love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty (St. Pio).

      • May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions. May he sustain you in dangers, watch over you always with his grace, and indicate the safe path that leads to eternal salvation. And may he render you always dearer to his divine heart and always more worthy of paradise (St. Pio).

      • Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact, on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart
        (St. Pio).

      • “Don’t allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely” (St. Pio).

      • “We must never separate the cross from Jesus; otherwise, it would become a weight, which in our weakness, we could not carry”
        (St. Pio).

      • “The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrificing, and with extreme effort” (St. Pio).

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