Monday, August 3, 2015

The Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” John 6:35

Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel is known as the Bread of Life Discourse.  It is here, not at the Last Supper, that we are told that Jesus has been given to us by the Father so that we can be saved and have eternal life.  Over and over in the Gospels Jesus ask his apostles if they have faith, if they trust and over and over again their words say no.  And then, Jesus shows them who he is and their eyes are opened, if just for the briefest moment.  And they see with eyes of faith.  Many of Jesus’ followers left him because of his words in chapter six.  They were looking for signs, something big and flashy.  But Jesus has no need of flash.  He comes to us in the simple, ordinary stuff of life; bread and wine.  All of him is contained in the smallest of crumbs, the tiniest drop and we take and eat and become one with Jesus.  And we pray, as John the Baptist, “I must decrease, he must increase.”

Our challenge is to become a true follower of Jesus.  Our faith and trust in him and his word must override our faith and trust in the world.  What has the world ever given us to compare with what Jesus has given us?  The world wants us to live for the moment; Jesus offers us eternal life.  The world is nonstop motion trying to achieve success; Jesus offers us a peace that is beyond all understanding.  The world says it is all about me; Jesus shows us that if we die to ourselves, we gain life in abundance.

Do we believe he is present in the Eucharist?  Pray to believe and know this with the eyes of faith.  And then, we can follow him.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius!

I have a lovely reflection about how and why I have come to love St. Ignatius.  In my head.  Which is also full of a cold.  So, I've rounded up some links and things for you to enjoy instead!

1.  Six Characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality

2.  A Way to pray the Examen

Church of St. Ignatius in Rome
St. Edward in Palm Beach, FL which was built by Jesuits

5.  A roundup of quotes

6  The book that began my Ignatian Journey.  Thank You, Mona!

7.  If you are on Twitter follow Iggy @FindIggy

8.  A #findiggy post from Margaret Felice

9.  A fun website, Find Your Inner Iggy,  with all the #findIggy posts, tweets and swag.

If you are unfamiliar with Ignatius, learn about him.  He was what the Church needed back in the 1500's and he is what we need today!  

For those who love, nothing is too difficult,                                                               especially when it is done for the love of  our Lord Jesus Christ.                                   St. Ignatius Loyola

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

10 Signs of Summer in Florida

1.  Every parking spot in the parking lot that is under a tree is taken, no matter how big or small the tree is or how far away it is from the entrance.
2.  The smell of sunscreen is ubiquitous.
3.  The cold water from the faucet or that runs into the washer is cold for about, umm, a nano second, then it's warm.  
4.  Rain and lightening and quick power outages. Just about every day.
5.  There is no such thing as wearing your hair down if you spend more than five minutes outside.
6.  In our house: rain=ants; we only turn the oven on early or late in the day so as not to heat up the house; blinds are kept closed to keep the heat of the sun out of the house (haha, as if that works!)
7.  Hazard lights on for rain.  No, this is not the law, as a matter of fact it is against the law, but it happens.  And, as my fellow I-95 drivers will agree, it's annoying!
8.  You grill dinner outside, but eat it inside.
9.  If you want to work up a sweat, stand outside during lunch time.  Just stand there, do nothing; you will sweat.
10. There are less out of state license plates.  

What's on your list?

Disclaimer:   I am not complaining.  I live here by choice and much prefer the heat of summer than the cold of winter.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

St. Ignatius Novena

St. Ignatius in Rome; 
July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola.  He is someone I turn to often for inspiration and guidance.  I will be praying a novena to ask for his intercession on a few special intentions.  Please join me and know that I will pray not only for my intentions but yours as well.

St. Ignatius Novena and Podcast  from Discerning Hearts.  This website is full of information about many saints, prayers, great books and more.  One draw for me is that many of the prayer podcasts  have text you can read if you prefer.  I also have the app on my phone and can listen to talks on my commute.