Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thursday 3/4/10 - "CONVERSATIONS"

"CONVERSATIONS"


Tuesday night Father Fred led the first of three Lenten services titled "Conversations with Father Fred". Father Fred says mass in our church once a week and his spirituality fills that beautiful place to overflowing.

Our evenings with Father Fred will be conversations about the sacraments. This week we talked about the sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Steve and I were asked to present the gifts, bringing the bread and wine to the altar. It was a lovely honor and I was happy. It was also a blessing I will cherish that he and I were in church together - sitting together. Just before the mass ended, the prayer I posted yesterday appeared in my mind. One moment I was totally involved with what was happening in the sanctuary and then like a sudden breeze the spirit placed the prayer in me.

Next week our conversation will be about the healing sacraments; the Sacrament of the Sick (anointing with oil) and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If anyone reading this would like me to specifically take them in my heart to this healing service next Tuesday, let me know here or in an email.

The following appeared at the end of the insert to the weekly church bulletin;
In keeping with our Lenten theme: Give up, Give in, Give back, "Let the spirit of God open your hearts to hear every word God speaks in your midst in the days ahead." I say, "Amen".

The following came to me a different way. They are things I heard in an Al-Anon meeting.

Just because I am invited to a fight, I don't have to attend - not physically, mentally or emotionally.

God is my doctor, Al-Anon is my medicine.

Love and prayers,
Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: Spring Breeze by woodsac@deviantart.com)

17 comments:

Gabriella Moonlight said...

I like the "invited to the fight" quote. I usually say this: "I have no dog in that fight" and that seems to keep me out of trouble. I have a higher power who helps me to see each day the power of my now and the blessings of my day. You are most definitely one of them PG.

Also, I was thinking about the oil annointing, I have been to a few wonderful services where that has taken place and it is absolutely divine.

Keep us posted on your conversations.

G

Kristin H. said...

Good stuff, PG. A great way to start my day.

clean and crazy said...

very serene, and yes how wonderful the picture of both of you together in church. that is very sweet.

Brian Miller said...

just because i am invited to a fight does not mean i have to attend...i like that...

Shadow said...

i like your train of thought...

Syd said...

I like what you write here about not having to participate in an invitation that makes me feel uncomfortable. I also like to say that if it doesn't have my name on it, then I don't pick it up.

Andrea said...

Thanks for another great post!
Blessings, andrea

Jennifer said...

OPG - I would like for you to hold me in your heart next Tuesday. I thank you for allowing me to request this of you.

Blessings.

Kim A. said...

What a lovely share! I can tell you were there completely in the moment. The sanctity of rituals helps to calm my spirit and reminds me that God is in Heaven and all is right in the world.

Namaste

Garnet said...

Nice spiritual thoughts for today. Give up, give in, give back. YES. Thanks.

Lou said...

I take great comfort in the rituals..

Cat said...

Oh I do like what you said about the : just because you are invited to a fight, you dont have to fight.

Perfect!

have a great week!

Wanda's Wings said...

Wonderful thoughts.

g-man said...

You are such a cool, sweet person.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, I found this site a while ago, and I come to read it often. Please keep my daughter Brianna in your prayers for healing.

sarah said...

I like that...give up, give in, give back....powerful.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

PG, if you would take Shawn with you I'd be heart-glad! He's been sick with this cough-respiratory thing for a month and truth is he's just seems to be resigned to feeling bad. I wish and pray for his healing and a re-invigoration of light.

Also: http://chuckfor.blogspot.com/2009/03/so-long-my-boy.html