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Today is NOT an ordinary day

For many people, it will be just another day, but it is NOT because …

Ascension Day is officially celebrated on a Thursday the 40th day of Easter. That is TODAY! Today is NOT your ordinary Thursday; it is an extraordinary Day with Traditional Catholics, as it has continuously since Easter been known as Ascension Thursday.

“Imagine yourself, my soul, present on this day on the Mount of Olives; imagine yourself standing amongst the disciples of our Lord, gazing at your Saviour while He takes leave of His followers, gives them His final blessing, and then slowly rises up into Heaven. When you have vividly realized this marvelous scene, proceed to meditate upon the following points:

1st. At the very same instant in which our Lord was lifted from the earth and began slowly to soar upwards to Heaven, the souls of the just men of earlier times who were in Limbo rose also, in order, together with their Redeemer, with their heavenly King, to make their triumphal entry into the Heaven. Their portals were opened to all believers. What joy, what rapture must have filled the hearts of that saintly band, the venerable patriarchs and holy prophets, the great men and pious women of the Old Dispensation, for whom, released at length from their tedious captivity of a thousand years, the time has now come to enter with delight into the heavenly Jerusalem! And as once before, when Jesus came down from Heaven to earth, the angels ascended and descended, so they doubtless did on this happy occasion when their Lord and King returned to the Heaven He had left. Fix your attention upon the glory, the jubilation, the triumph that attended our Lord’s Ascension, and when you have to some extent realized it you may consider next:

2d. How fully the prediction of the Royal Prophet which the Church takes upon her lips today was accomplished: “Thou hast ascended on high; Thou hast led captivity captive.” (Ps. Ixvii. 19.) Our Lord took with Him to Heaven captives of two kinds. These were the souls of the just, who had for so long a time waited in captivity in Limbo, and there were also His beloved Mother and the apostles, who, being still held in bondage in the prison of the body, could not follow Him actually, though they could follow Him spiritually, inasmuch as they were consumed with longing to ascend at once with Him into Heaven. From the time of His departure, despising all earthly things, they only aspired to heavenly things and yearned more and more after them, anticipating with holy impatience the day when they would see God and dwell with Him forever in Heaven. My soul, if you are conscious of yet clinging with your affections to the things of time and sense, pray God that on His Ascension this day into Heaven, He would take your heart captive and draw it thither after Him.

3d. Consider how a bright cloud received our Lord and gradually veiled Him from His disciple’s sight. There they remained standing, in hallowed silence, for the Scriptures do not mention a single word having been spoken by them; their souls too full for words, divided between the sorrow of parting, regretful desire, and eager aspiration. If you, my soul, experience similar emotions, if with Thomas à Kempis you are fain to say: “When, good Jesus, shall I contemplate the glory of Thy kingdom? When shall I be with Thee in Thy kingdom which Thou hast prepared for Thy beloved from all eternity? “then listen to the reply which our Lord gives you, speaking in the words of this admirable little book: “Wait a little while, and thou shalt see a speedy end of evils; meanwhile labor faithfully in My vineyard; I will be thy reward. Write, read, sing, sigh, keep silence, pray, bear thy crosses manfully; eternal life is worthy of all these and greater combats.” (Imit. iii. ch. 47.) Forget not this saying of our Lord: “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent bear it away.” (St. Matt, xi. 12.).”  

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Mindlovesmisery's, Photo Challenge, Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge

Never Again! A Tiger in the Woods

Interesting photo, with my caption, is loud and clear or a concise 13-word story.

Photo credit Claudia Weijers

My sad attempt at a limerick:

It is said, never say never;
that is true, however
If you see a tiger glaring
Look again who is really staring
It’s Tiger Woods as ever

#MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie

#godoggocafe

Daily Spur

A Photo Story Prompt

Photo Prompt By Nox inspired

Epistle of St.James Chapter 2
[24]Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?  [25] And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
[26] For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
Christian Belief

The New Arc

    Last night I watched a documentary about the Arc of the Covenant and how it is believed today to reside in Ethiopia. It was very interesting and reminds me of a blog I wrote when I started to blog several years ago.

Ethiopia

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The Arc, sanctified (II Paralipomenon 8:11), the making of the Arc with instructions to Moses by God Himself. The Arc of the Covenant, according to the Bible was constructed by precious materials, with gold rings. The Arc was a sign of God’s presence and protection; it contained two tables of stone, which Moses put there, the rod of Aaron and a golden dish of Manna. “Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.” (Psalms 131;8)

The Arc was a prelude to the Church which would keep the law of God, the Eucharist where Christ would live among His faithful feeding them again (Manna) on their journey to heaven.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin, are several invocational prayers, one of which we pray “Arc of the Covenant, pray for us,” because she is the Ark of the New Covenant and who, like the…

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poetry, Ragtag Daily Prompt / RDP, Word Prompts

It’s About Time!

My first query about this challenge is “Clock-Face,” a watch, timekeeper, what else?

However, the word “Clock-Face” reminds me of “Time.” Interesting word time.  Past-Present-Future, to know which one we look at the face of a clock, calendar, or memory. 

“Into Thy Hands, O Lord, I place my past, present, and future.” A little prayer I have been thinking about which brings me much security and or freedom from anxiety.  

Since yesterday I turned 82 years old, my time is running out! The world to me looks pretty bleak these days; therefore, my clock-face looks beckoning! No, I am not at all trying for doom and gloom or a cynic; why not? Because my life has been one of fulfillment. 

Today… let us pray… The Great, Almighty, Powerful God please give peace to all nations and bring your enemies to naught.  

My SIJO poem

GROWING UP or Growing old, too many birthdays, I am told
If you live long enough you can't escape once a year it comes
Cake, ice cream, too many candles all aglow, we call it life

#query

#Clock-Face

#Sijo Poetry

Reena’s Xploration

As We near Graduation — a Conversation we may hear!

Reena’a Xploration Challenge, my story about the image below.

Let’s Shake on that!
"Hey buddy, can you believe it's about that time we will graduate from this place, and have you given it any thought about what comes next?"

"I have many questions but no real answers; what about you?"
"I have a myriad of ideas but just can't quite make up my mind about any of them"!
"I say, ideas are like opinions; everyone has one, but an original scheme and how to execute it might be successful.  
"You're right;  perhaps there are no more new ideas, so we need to find a better way to accomplish them!" 
"It is said that two heads are better than one, right!  Why not sit down, and maybe we can together come up with a brilliant opportunity."
"What the world needs is action, not another idea."
"Today,  all we see are either bad ideas or no ideas, in government, the people we are supposed to look up to."
"See, that might be a good idea; we seem to fit; we either have too many or no ideas."
"Let's shake on that theory; that's where all the money is!"

"Hey Brandon, let's go!
Cosmic Photo Challenge

“Only God can make a TREE.”

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

― Chinese proverb

Reaching down to grab you, it seems!

A holy Tree
Care to dance?
No! Not an elephant trunk, but a tree trunk
Yew Tree, the only image plucked from the internet

Yew-Tree Print Article

An evergreen tree of the genus taxus, allied to the pines, and valued for its wood or timber, is very commonly found planted in the old English churchyards; and was formerly much used to decorate churches at Christmas, Palm-Sunday, and Easter.

This is the Cosmic Photo Challenge

Tanka Tuesday by Colleen Chesbro

Color in Poetry written in Free Verse

I took the challenge to write about color in poetry — a Free Verse Poem I read about here at LITERARY DEVICES. @ https://literarydevices.net/free-verse/

This challenge was inspired by Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry; click this for details.

Hoping this will live up to Colleen’s standards of Free Verse Poetry. It does have a syllable count of 9 per line.

This Big Round World; a coloring book
From the BLUE sky with hints of TURQUOISE,
Far-reaching down to secure BROWN earth!
Seasonal Summer with RED hot sun,
Fall with shades of ORANGE tinted leaves,
Winters are cold, and colored snow WHITE
At last, the time to welcome Spring GREEN!
When the long dark nights are BLACK; it seems
The sun sleeping in-between the GRAY
Soft silvery PINK and PURPLE clouds!
This Big Round World; a coloring book!

May the month of color see here for a fun prompt

Mindlovesmisery's, Photo Challenge

A Poem Without thought

Just a little simple poem with no particular form composed quickly while looking at the photo challenge below. A Free Versed Poem.

All alone, it may seem
Yet, like living, things may be seen
Lonely, we forget that heavenly stream
All alone, it may seem

Weekly Prompt

Good Bye April

APRIL, Bye, bye!

Good Bye April2022,

Never to appear again; yes, we will see April again but never April in 2022. The BEGINNING of a new month today, May 1st!

ALREADY?

Time goes by so fast when we are having fun.
The beginning is always exciting; I expect a new Great grandchild soon, sometime during this new month of May.
Life first, we begin; begin the climb! Upward sometimes; we fall as Christ fell three times as He rose to His destination. We also have a destination, but first, we must BEGIN TO climb those worn steps covered with roses with thorns, sad times, and tearful times.

WE BEGIN

Oh No!