MeiDei Just received the most amazing email regarding the statues at Groom, TX. I wanted to share it but this will have to do - as a Holy Week entry, one man with a vision and another to donate the land this is on: "The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is depicted here in 14 stages at the Cross of Jesus Christ. The giant Cross near Groom Texas just off I-40 and 42 miles east of Amarillo Texas. The cross itself stand over 19 stories tall or 190'. It can be seen from over 20 miles away and is beautifully lit during the night hours. The 14 stages of the crucifixion begin with Jesus before Pilate and ending with Jesus being taken down from the cross and moved to the tomb. The figures at each station are life sized and the artistry and detail is stunning. The scene of Christ on the cross with the two thieves resides high up with a long run of stairs leading to the foot of the cross. I have witnessed many kneeling there before Jesus. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life". Here's your visit via youtube: https://youtu.be/7B_BNWEgOVY
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Escaped commieny We have a long time L-dotter that needs kind thoughts, she suffered a stroke and can't type at this time.
Escaped commieny well Sunday was the Ides of March, it marked 2 years since we lost our cap Tet 68, my beloved Kevin, he was just a treasure, it is hard to let go. Amy, Melissa we love you and your Dad. L
Not sure how many will have the time to spend over an hour but very interesting. The God of Wonders Documentary
March 13 at 16:04 EST .
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MeiDei Had thought to watch this in increments but was so captivated that when I went to pause it for another day - found only 10 minutes remained. Wonderful presentation proclaiming how awesome our God is. Sharing this with my email friends, so glad you posted it.
To all of you who have been supporting my friend Jolly in his bout with a brain tumor. I received an email last evening which reads in part --
" Thank you for all the kind words and prayers. I feel great and my doctors tell me that I'm setting new records on handling the treatment. I think I may just beat this type (brain ) cancer for a good while "no brains no problem". Wife has been with me every step of the way and it has helped me tremendously."
I thank all of you who have prayed for Jolly and his wife as they complete this detour in their life's path, May God Bless You.
March 8 at 17:10 EST .
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Escaped commieny Tell them we are a powerful group with LOVE and Faith in our hearts, sending our prayers to the One and Only, I am so glad to hear this. L
March 9 at 19:57 EST .
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BirdsNest This is such good news, thanks for updating us.
March 11 at 08:14 EST .
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HopeandGlory PTL and thank you for the new information . . . still praying that all will go well for Jolly and his wife in the future.
MeiDei "A few year s ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush to catch the plane home, and with tickets and briefcases in hand, one of the men accidentally kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or even looking back, they all managed to reach their plane in time for their "nearly missed" boarding. All but one! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, and told one of them to call his wife when they arrived home and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did. The girl with the apple cart was 16 years old, and was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration as she helplessly groped for her spilled produce. The crowd swirled around her with no one stopping to help, or even to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl: "Here, please take this $50 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears. He continued on with: "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly." As the salesman walked away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him: "Mister..." He paused and turned to look back into those sightless eyes. She continued: "Are you Jesus?"
He stopped in mid-stride...and he wondered. He went back and softly said "No, I am nothing like Jesus - He is good, kind, caring, loving and would never have bumped into your display in the first place. The girl gently nodded, and said "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me. Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister." Then, slowly, he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul. "Are you Jesus?" Do people mistake us for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.
If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and
February 19 at 16:24 EST .
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MeiDei CONT'D: going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.
You are the apple of His eye, even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit".
Timber Queen Happy Lent to my fellow Catholic Ldotters. Lent is my favorite liturgical season. I'm giving up smoking. I'm expecting lots of spiritual challenges to my willful self as I reflect on the psychological need smoking fills and giving that need to Christ. What are you giving up for Lent this year?
February 17 at 22:05 EST .
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Straitpath Before I came to this site I asked a question on The Lobby. Should have come here first. Would love all experiences regarding Lent and how the whole event is celebrated.
February 19 at 00:44 EST .
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Timber Queen As Lacta already shared, the forty days is in imitation of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert just before starting His public ministry. The 40 days begin on Ash Wednesday by observing a day of fasting and abstaining from meat, as well as receiving the ashes to remind us of our mortality. Sunday’s during Lent are excluded from the 40 days, as the Lord’s Day is a day for glory, worship, and joy, not fasting and penance. Lent is a time to turn our weaknesses into strengths and our vices into virtues. Catholics are called to focus on three main spiritual exercises during Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity ). Fasting often takes the form of “giving up” something you either enjoy or is a bad habit. Besides something temporal it’s also good to fast from interior things like anger, frustration, or holding grudges. There are many devotional aids available with a daily Scriptural meditation, prayer, and a penance for the day to offer for personal sins or the sins of the whole world. A sample penance would be, “Do something kind for someone who does not like you.” As part of our fasting, on Fridays during Lent we abstain from meat. On Fridays most Catholic churches offer a devotion known as The Stations of the Cross where we follow Jesus through His persecution, passion, and death. Beginning with His condemnation to the cross by Pilot, we follow fourteen stations (episodes ) along the road to Calvary, His death and burial. We become intimate with the price He paid for our redemption. Lent ends on Holy Thursday night at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which begins the Sacred Triduum (three days ) including Good Friday, Holy Saturday evening/Easter morning. I am a certified catechist. My email is available for more information. God bless and a happy Lent!
Papasparky Thanks EC, and all others who are keeping Jolly before the The Lord.
I email Jolly and his wife every other day or so just to help them remember they have friends everywhere.
I can't imagine what the chemo and radiation for his condition would do to your daily routines so I'm not alarmed about their temporary disappearance -- I'm sure "Mrs. Jolly" will check in when she is able -- Jolly thanked me and by extension, all of us, just before he started treatment.
I will post the good news here, as I receive it . . .
February 14 at 10:03 EST .
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Surfhut The power of the Holy Spirit, living and breathing in and among so many people who have never met in the physical world fills me with awe. And joy. And hope. Ldotters from New York, New England, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and who knows where else are here, praying for each other. Beautiful.
February 8 at 11:44 EST .
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Phooey Surfie, you unashamedly bear your soul for the world to see.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Surfie, someday you will hear these words: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
February 8 at 22:31 EST .
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Surfhut Remember praying for my oldest and dearest friend Karen when she had an 18-hour surgery to remove a softball-size brain tumor? It took a long while, but she came back. Full speed. Last week, she had trouble waking up. When she did, her speech was garbled. She recognized it (good thing ). Long story short, her brain has begun to swell around the itty bit of tumor they could not remove because it is wrapped around her carotid artery. She is in the best of medical hands. I now request that you place her in the best of faith warrior hands. Please pray for Karen Sue.