Lately, I have been spreading my wings and trying to write short stories. So I begin with this beautiful photo ABOVE. One day an angel from heaven overheard a mother and her tiny child speaking as they walked through the forest. "Do you see those beautiful rays flowing down from heaven upon God's earth? Those are graces He gives us always, but sometimes like now, when the sun is waking up and peeking through the clouds and trees, we can see those graces. Yes, they flow down, but I feel like they can be thought of as a ladder-like daddy has to climb up. Up, up if only we could, like the birds we would see so far overall these treetops." The little angel was so happy to listen; the angel flew back to tell God how much they appreciated Him and His gift of grace. God said, "If only the entire world could be so wise. Peace would be the reward."
The theme of today EXCITEMENT its at AlwaysWright.
My little story may not be appreciated but still it is my story just the same!
After really thinking of all the events in my life, of which many were quite exciting. The one that, even today, gives me excitement the average person might not relate to is the day I found the Traditional Latin Mass.
After being led into through Vatican II, a man-centered service and not knowing where to turn, except to pray! Praying I did, finally after a long time, several years, in fact! Quite miraculously, I found Traditional Catholic Latin Chapel, the feeling was I was lost, but now I came home! It was and IS VERY EXCITING.
“Nun. Thy prophets have seen false and foolish things for thee: and they have not laid open thy iniquity, to excite thee to penance: but they have seen for thee false revelations and banishments.”
Breaking News happening concerning the Traditional Latin Mass
Francis has dropped a bombshell on the traditional Catholic community with his latest declaration in “Traditionis Custodes” severely restricting the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass (also known as the “extraordinary form”)
That news too is exciting to me, because we may be seeing the Second Coming of Christ soon, NOTICE I said MAY BE, what do I know! Not much but hoping!
Here at dVerse, Hemingway’s idea sparked the idea for today’s challenge.
While considering if I should or skip this challenge, the decision came quickly while watching a UTube video about a teaching from a particular Orthodox elder. Although I follow the Traditional Catholic teaching before Vatican II, I find the Orthodox elders often are very wise with their words.
Writing the poem quickly after being inspired by the Orthodox elder, choosing the True Sentence from Hemingway came second as per dVerse suggested quotes.
It is very hard to write this way Beginning things backward... ======= Where is my time? I need more time It can't be over! I see something ahead The next world is before me Everything is behind me. I am leaving taking only Conscience and my will. That is all I take! My freewill I leave behind, It is fixed; fixed forever with That last breath. Beginning of eternity!
A Favorite white rose, living now, a flower! Combine that thought with mystery of today; hidden, a secret of the rosary! The Coronation! Imagine the Mother of God forever crowned as Queen; no! Not ... a crown made with yellow gold; we call precious metal. Think —a sweet fragrance saturating the air with several white vivid roses all aglow and strung together in the form of a crown — a crown of perpetual flowers that will never die. Glory of a rose Enduring everlasting A Crown for our Queen
My parade of poems is based and inspired by The Baltimore Catechism. Catholics born before the Modern changes in the Vatican (approx. 1960) will remember learning their catechism from these text books.
One day not very long ago, (last week) I was thinking of the Haiku, a form of poetry that is popular here on WordPress and fun to write. Thinking of a theme, why not The Baltimore Catechism!
I thank dVerse along with other experts as Tanks Tuesday with Colleen for introducing several forms of poetry to me, now; in my advanced senior years. Not sure if she will approve an entire parade of Haiku’s or are they Senryu forms? Whatever! But as I said, inspired by the Baltimore Catechism … here is my parade.
Haiku number 1 *** Created by God Purpose to Know, Love, and Serve Eternity Waits Haiku number 2 *** Trinity One God Creation — Angels their fall Sin entered the world Haiku number 3 *** Forbidden by God Willfully crime against Him Beg daily prayer Number 4 *** Help! Saviour needed Jesus born — dies to save us Grace a gift from God Number 5 *** Faith, Hope, Charity Virtues Gifts ours to receive Third Person awaits Number 6 *** Peace of soul to win Treasures realized are yours Mission accomplished Number 7 *** Be smart do your part All you have to do is ask Think Pascal's wager
This weekend challenge inspired the memory of looking back through the adventures of my life. The past seems to surface as we age!
Yes, and all that junk that slipped through my life, both in my mind and hands. Thinking now of all the yard sales, with all that junk scattered, yet, not all was junk to me, perhaps to the seller, yes; buyer a treasure waiting for discovery.
My best experience was finding this work of art, two statues of the Holy Family, about 12″ tall, one of Blessed Mother, the other Saint Joseph holding Baby Jesus, dressed with several paint chips proudly vintage.
As I purchased, the seller remarked, “I knew someone would come along and appreciate these.” He did not know how actual his words were.
Not the best picture below, but to give you a glimpse of my prize.
Catholic accused of worship of statues how ridiculous and they who accuse know it!
Most of us/all of us have treasures that reminds of this or that! We feel bad if it gets lost, stolen, or broke. Admit it!
Religious pictures, statues are meant only to be an inspiration to a Catholic. Amen!
In the meantime, I enjoyed repairing the few nicks and chips on these statues, knowing they are only made with ceramics of sort.
My post today is combining two inspirations from our popular Marsha Always Write and dVerse introduction with Verse Epistle (poetic letter;} my letter can be read near the bottom of this post, you can’t miss!
Quotes on family
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
“with your family in the beautiful land of life!” -Albert Einstein
There are evil people today who want to destroy the family. We must not allow their narrative to rule. You know who and what they are!
Families are gifts from God, a mother, father, and if God blessed you with little ones, take care of their souls and bodies. Perhaps it was God’s blessings and His will that a loving couple adopts.
Four adopted grandchildren are a vital force within my family. I love them, and they, in turn, give love. I often wonder what life would be without them for all of us.
From the Bible, we read in Mark chapter 10, verse 6:
“But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.”
Below I am inspired by dVerse suggestion to write a poetic letter; my attempt at the Verse Epistle
Letter to God, Dear Master, did I ever thank you for my family? Whatever would I do without this gift from you? It is true they keep me quite busily. My mother would often say when children are young, they step on your toes; when older, they step on your heart. Isn't that what we all do to you? Did I ever say sorry? Thank you for another day, an opportunity to say just that. How sorry I am for having offended you. Of all the gifts you have blessed me, is my family defined as LOVE, the greatest gift of all. Thank you, I can't say that enough; I am so grateful. Continue pouring down your grace on this world, never give up on us, PLEASE! With returning love, Just me again!
My letter above in poetic form below
Mom's words I remember well Wise in what she wanted to tell Family steps on toes and hearts I, too, like a child, offended you Isn't that what we all do? Thank you for another day Did I ever say sorry dear Lord? Today together in needful accord. Sorry always for offending you This greatest gift of Love you gave Even when I misbehave My family, my treasure all from you One more thing before I end Continue; your grace we depend Never give up, trusting you !
Beads to hold between fingers.
Living, breathing, life’s weapon!
We pray first through the short links—
Represent — our life, short! Next
The endless circle — Eternity!
Suggesting infinity! Never-ending beads
Slip along the ring around a blessed
String. Perfumed as the scent of a rose
Rising to heaven! She offers us her
Baby Son! It all began with the angel’s
Words, “Hail Mary full of grace.”
God’s creation perfectly as His Mother
Must be! She gave us the rosary!
Today, Monday, October 5, Eugi’s Weekly offers us an interesting PROMPT, designed to inspire! The word MYSTICAL, a creative writing is in order. Mine below is a form of poetry known as Haibun with Haiku. Click here to join
“Time,” time is mystical in the sense of its meaning. What is TIME?
Past, Present, and Future three in one a trinity!
The past FINISHED
The present NOW
The future TO COME
Reminds me of another Trinty, Father, the Creator of all; past!
Son, the Redeemer of all, presently now on earth we know, love, and serve Him while the Holy Ghost guides us to Heaven’s future home. Indeed, this is mystical and a mystery of our Faith.
Our time now look, seek
Mystery of Truth to find
(Continuation of my series beginning here). Series of why I believe in God.
The story you are about to read now written without exaggeration. For a believer, not a good idea to lie or stretch the truth; it would be equivalent to hammering the nails in the hands of Jesus. I mention this since I hope the following story will always be believed since our family miracle story is one reason I believe in God.
Years ago, my daughter, with her husband, was told they would not conceive, disappointed as they were, they chose to adopt. A miracle itself, it is challenging to adopt babies. However, they successfully adopted not one but two babies, years apart. (Not twins)
When the second child a boy, I will call Denis. Denis was healthy and loving, but after three years, we lost him. He passed away quite suddenly. (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) The couple is devasted and confused as to why God allowed this to happen, why take our child?
The sadness that followed, there are no words to describe it. My daughter grieving, asked me who she could pray to intercede for her to God. All she wanted was consolation! A reason to go on living!
I told her to pray to St. Therese of the Child Jesus because her parents lost all their male children, and St. Therese promised that she would help those still living when in her eternity. Her feast day on the Traditional Catholic calendar is Oct. 3. (Vatican II council while adapting to the world changed much of the Traditions one was the removal of some Saints, changes to the calendar of saints sometime in the ’60s.) BTW, Catholics do not worship the Saints; rather, we look to them as an example of their life. We are not praying to the dead; Catholics believe Saints are alive living their eternity.
Trying to brief this long story into a shorter version, I continue.
The family prayed a novena for a consolation to St. Therese. Shortly after that, the Vatican II religion allowed her relics; relics of St. Therese carried throughout the world in 2000, for veneration. My daughter read in the news that these holy relics were coming to a nearby Church. While there, they pressed their loved one’s picture to the relic and asked only for help to get on with their life.
Now the miracle!
Ten months later, my daughter gave birth to a boy, and to add to the joy; his birthday is on the feast day of St.Therese, Oct.3. Oct.3 on the Tradition Catholic calendar. God in heaven loves the number three. Therefore He graced her with two other children totaling three.
No one will ever take the place of our Saint-Denis, who also has answered many prayers for us. He was only three, but it is a pious belief to imagine the souls who reside in heaven are at the prime age of 33, the period Jesus Christ died for the world.
(Series why I believe in God, to be continued)