Ash Wendseday a lifetime ago….
Today Lord you make the perfect sacrifice for me a sinner. I know you offer grace freely if I but ask. I know I must accept justice for my sins against my fellow man and your creation. I know my sacrifices here can never be as perfect as your was in antonement for my sins. So I humbly beg for your Devine Mercy, to which I am not entitled but can only receive through your devine will.
I also ask you provide this final gift to the all souls in purgatory…so they can participate in glory of the eternal mass in heaven today.
St. Faustina pray for us!
The commisioning of priests and institution of the Eucharist…two great gifts
The beauty of Holy Thursday never escapes me Last night as even more beautiful because of the lessons taught to me by so many God seeking people over the last year. Lessons from people who past over 1800 years ago, and lessons from those living amongst us now filled my mind, heart and warmed my soul as we heard the liturgy of the word and celebrated the liturgy of the Eucharist
Father Tri, of St Brigid Catholic Church, reminded us the story of each life is what makes the church breathe the world. The story each life brings to the church helps pass on its’s lessons and beauty from generation to generation These stories allow the priesthood of the family to connect with the priesthood of the Church. To make this occur we all must listen, observe and react to the wisdom of God as it works its way into our lives throug everyone around us.
The Holy Eurcharist is the foretaste of heaven, the perfect mana, needed to nourish our souls with the grace to navigate e challenges of a fallen world. When taken in concert with reconciliation it enables us to stay on the path to heaven. It keeps Christ within our very blood…commingling a bit of heaven with our life here on earth..as we go about our day. So when we say take Christ with you wherever you go, if we partake of this holy nurishment we can do exactly that. No other God before or since offered such a gift to mortals. In fact no other God offered to make lowly man part of himself, and join in perfect communion in heaven, for all eternity if we choose to do so.
Pray for our priests that they may lead all souls to heaven. Pray for our priesthood in the family, that each man will be willing to lead their family to the best of their ability to the altar of God. Pray each mother makes their home a place where the stories of old, new and the future will enable The word of God to reach fertile ears and move those souls to Christ. Pray for the religious, that by their concerted life they make offerings the rest of us cannot for the salvation of the world.
So let us begin our Triduum journey, and honor the sacrifices made to bring us all the way to heaven.
Kalen helping bring the gifts forward with our Decon in formation Randy Ortiz
It is an interesting week in our house. Most of the normal home life continues. Dance, Robotics, and letting the kids play outside….normal life. After a few months being under so many guns it was nice to also have friends over and see a movie with them…and eleven kids had a pizza night! Then there was the opportunity to just for a few minutes enjoy John Paul getting to settle down on my chest for a nap…after a few minutes of ear piercing complaining!
Life is still crazy, but it needs living and sound of worship to abound for it to have meaning.
The proof of the crime
As promised I continue the portrait work…here you see a portrait with a story. In this case, ” How do you make sure you can beat Dad?” It is quite simple actually. Play Go Fish with a twist. Deal Dad a six, leave two sixes in the stack, and sit on the fourth one. My boys are genius!
P.S. What I think actually happened was Son #2 dealt the card fast and flung it at his brother, Brother missed the card and did not notice it hit the seat. He moved once and it went under his thigh….and Dad did not see it until we cleaned up and he stood up! Photo taken with the Fujifilm XT-1, 23mm lens and processed in Capture One…