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   Iacta alea est  Mom is home from the hospital
Yesterday at 20:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  PTL, our prayers continue ...
16 hours ago .

   Iacta alea est  As always, thanks Mei and everyone else
9 hours ago .

   Bettijo  I am taking a course "Experiencing God." The material is written by Henry and Richard Blackaby. Amazon has a book "Hearing God’s Voice" By Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby on sale.

"Are you ready for a deeper relationship with God? In these pages you’ll find priceless guidance on how to listen to God’s voice and respond to what He says, until it becomes just like talking with a close friend."

The Kindle version is just $.99 for now. Sometimes these sales just last one day. I downloaded it, but have not had a chance to look at it yet.
Yesterday at 17:02 EST .

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   Timber Queen  Thank you for that referral. What is so wonderful is how the more you listen and converse with Him, the easier it becomes. Driving is great fun now. I don't listen to the radio, I talk things over with God. I am so grateful for the gift of Faith, and that He pulled me out of the pit.
Yesterday at 01:10 EST .

   Papasparky  I received an email from my daughter last evening informing me that her husband's nephew was seriously injured in an auto accident. and is now paralyzed from the neck down.

He can now breath on his own for short periods and has been stabilized sufficiently to be moved to Craig Hospital in Denver for intensive rehab treatment.

His name is Chris and his mother Teresa, who is at his bedside constantly, need our prayers urgently.

My daughter, who has had extensive experience in the paperwork involving the SSD and private insurance is working tirelessly to remove this burden from Chris' parents -- she could use our prayers also.

Thank you all for your prayers and steadfast devotion to God's Work, Papasparky.
Yesterday at 08:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Prayers joining in.
Yesterday at 08:38 EST .

   Timber Queen  May our Lord heal Chris in body, mind, and spirit according to His Will, and may the Holy Spirit give strength to all family members. Amen.
Yesterday at 12:55 EST .

   Iacta alea est  I will be praying
9 hours ago .

   Bettijo  I just wrote a long post, complete with Bible verses from 1 John 3, and when I clicked on "Share" and waited a while while the little circle spun in the tab that says "Welcome to theConnection," it vanished. I cannot rewrite all this, but do read 1 John 3 and I think you will come to the same conclusion I did.
Wednesday at 15:27 EST .

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   Timber Queen  Bettijo - Let me take a shot at it. Since all things came into being through Christ that includes "the good" and what we perceive to be "the bad." Even though evil entered the world through Satan and The Fall of Adam and Eve, it cannot be victorious for long because God's Plan inevitably turns every circumstance to His Good Will. For those who live In Christ this earthly journey is our opportunity to physically manifest His Love and Salvation for the singular purpose of saving souls.
Yesterday at 12:48 EST .

   Timber Queen  I’d like to share a Pentecost testimony. This Pentecost Sunday was the 20th anniversary of my return to the Catholic Church after the Holy Spirit whacked me over the head, and He’s this Pentecost also. Two weeks ago my husband and I took home Communion to a dying 93-year-old woman, being cared for by her 71 year-old daughter. I felt compelled to go back the following Wednesday before Adoration. The daughter answered the door and told me her mom had passed Monday night. She also told me that she had never practiced the Faith as an adult, but in caring for her mother the last six months, with EWTN on every day, she wanted to come back to the Church. I stayed with her as long as I could. I called her that weekend and she came to Adoration last Wednesday and afterwards made her first confession in 40 years. I'm going to help her plan her mom's memorial Mass and the internment of her ashes. Along the way, I'll be giving her informal instruction. Another lost lamb has been found. Alleluia.
Wednesday at 00:54 EST .

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   Bettijo  That is wonderful, Timber. I came to this site today to post something I awoke to when studying for my Bible class tonight. Your post has prompted me to say something more. In our class "Experiencing God," we are learning that we are to be alert to where God is working and to meet him there. We are to do what God does, not necessarily what we "think" God wants us to do. God took you to this lady's home because he had a job for you to do there. You went to minister to the 93-year-old and God used that visit to get you to do what he wanted you to do, draw the daughter back to the fellowship of Jesus Christ. God works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform. God took you to where he was already working.
Wednesday at 14:53 EST .

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   Timber Queen  Bettijo - Yes, being alert to where God is working and then allowing Him to use us as His instrument is truly a joyous experience. The Catechism identifies His promptings as the "signal graces" because they will signal us when to proceed, when to be cautious and when to stop. As I have grown in faith and grace I am able to recognize them more readily. I have never returned to a home Communion stop during the week, but I heeded "the call" and immediately knew why I was sent. To know for certain that you are doing His Work is humbling and exalting at the same time. I very much like your observation between doing what God does instead of "thinking" what He wants us to do. Often times its two entirely different things!
Yesterday at 12:32 EST .

   Timber Queen  Then after Pentecost Mass I was approached by one of the young men in my RCIA class who came into the Church at Easter Vigil. His mother had been raised Catholic but also had not practiced the Faith since graduating high school. She flew out from Colorado to see her son receive his Sacraments, and participated in all of the Sacred Triduum liturgies. They both stayed the entire three hours between noon and 3 on Good Friday, and she made a personal Stations of the Cross. She recently went on a cruise to Spain and developed a friendship with the priest on board. He heard her confession and she's returned to the Church. She called Saturday night to tell him. A prodigal daughter returned. Alleluia.
Wednesday at 00:54 EST .

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   Timber Queen  And, finally, in the last two weeks I've had phone calls from my nephew and Godson who is 38 and never connected with the Faith despite 12 years of Catholic schools. He professed no belief in God for many years. Recently he has had some mystical experiences and wanted my advice on how to discern the Truth. He now knows God is real and wants to know which religion is right. I told him to buy a Catholic Bible, the Catechism, "Mere Christianity" and "Surprised by Joy" by C.S. Lewis, and anything by G.K. Chesterton. I also advised him to go to confession. He was supposed to call me Sunday afternoon, but didn't. I'm sure your prayer lists are long, but slide one in for Scott, will you?

God is good.
Wednesday at 00:53 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Amen.
Wednesday at 20:32 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Mom is being moved out of ICU today. God be praised. And once more I thank all of you for all your prayers. Much love to you all.
May 26 at 16:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am going to ask you all to send up prayers for Hagar. His surgery is Tuesday and he found out Friday that he is anemic. Do you think that could be the cause of his lack of energy for the past 8 months? They have done every blood test known to man and I cannot understand why that one was missed. I do not want to have to come back up here and tell you all that he did not survive surgery, so prayers are needed. So many folks here have added him to their prayer list we are humbled by the gesture. No such thing as too many prayers. Many thanks.
May 24 at 09:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  Never took you guys off my prayer list, in fact every post you write causes a prayer to go up. Are they addressing his anemia with supplements? If they are going ahead with surgery as planned then they have that considered; please don't worry, it's contagious. Let's turn this set-back into a come-back & be ready to rejoice.
May 24 at 11:51 EST .

   HopeandGlory  Continuing Prayers for Hagar and Birdie.
May 24 at 18:15 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Birdie, Hagar and you both are being prayed for here.
May 25 at 14:48 EST .

   Jerseytomato  Birdie, Praying for Hagar, and for you.
Wednesday at 20:31 EST .

   MeiDei  From friends in Wash. State:
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now,' he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column.
Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!
May 22 at 12:41 EST .

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