A Joyful Heart

Give thanks to the Almighty

For a joyful heart

A heart that embraces

The good things of our lives

These gifts can’t be seen

But they surround us

Like the air we breathe

And how we feel every passing day

They are goodness, kindness, and truth.

Attributes we feel with our hearts.

So reach out to the splendor that surrounds you

Know that you aren’t alone in this world

But you’re surrounded by the grace of God

Build bridges that enlighten others

Light a lamp that shines in the entire world

And be at peace with everything you do

Put your heart, mind, and soul in the smallest acts

This is the way you’ll find true joy

Small things do matter most in our lives.

“Universal Spirit, guide us in ways to live more fulfilling lives.  Let our hearts be open to those things we don’t see, but know that they will be in our best interest.  Grant us peace, love, and joy.


Pandemic Blues

The coronavirus pandemic

Has struck with some drawbacks

It isn’t always a rosy picture

Like some people working from home find

Working parents are experiencing other trials.

They not only have the responsibility of their jobs

But they are bothered by the additional stress of childcare

Some of these adults are also in a bind of caring for aging parents.

As seniors they are quite vulnerable to Covid-19 infections.

Quarantined parents have to schedule appointments for their loved ones.

It’s stressful thinking about risks, wearing masks, and social distancing

When attempting to shop for the necessities of life, and have doctors’ visits

Its true there has been times when there are online medical visits.

But working parents may have to leave the home to fill prescription medications.

Other problems may arise if some employees are living alone.

Some may feel exhausted by the isolation without communicating with friends.

These individuals have no roommates with whom to share their problems.

So they become distracted and overwhelmed by the demands of the pandemic.

Changes to solo lives caused by the coronavirus add unexpected stress.

Being bombarded by the social unrest on TV might well trigger anxieties.

These swings of emotions could be cause by bad news that floods the airwaves.

There have been natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires in regions of the country.

“Infinite Reality, help us so that we don’t become overwhelmed with the crises in our daily lives.  Guide us to do our best to face all uncertainties wisely that arise when we are quarantined.”


Let Truth Prevail

The United States is at crossroads.

Truth is on the line.

The election of 2020 has focused on this truth.

Still dark forces continue to deny this fact.

More than 140-million voters have spoken.

The results are clear.

There wasn’t any massive fraud.

But still the Trump’s administration

Has decided not to recognize Biden as the winner

Democracy is in peril

False insinuations only undermine

The cherished ideals of the U.S. Constitution

It’s time for justice to prevail

This is necessary for peace in the land

Why isn’t the Trump administration accepting this reality?

People can only speculate

Is it the desire to overturn a legitimate election?

A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll

Shows 70 percent of Republicans support these false claims

This fact doesn’t hover well for the nation’s democratic traditions.

But all good citizens should embrace the truth

And not fan the flames as the hypocrites do

A smooth transition of power will uphold the nation’s ideals.

“God help our nation as Americans see “untruths” masquerading as “truth.”  Banish from our midst all falsehoods that seek to undermine the democratic process.”


The Bread of Life

Jesus gave thanks, consecrated the bread and wine, and presented his body and blood as spiritual nourishment to his apostles, and for the salvation of all (Jn. 6:53-58).  This Eucharist renews the same sacrifice Christ made upon the cross.  The ritual sacrifice under the Old Law was the sign of the covenant between God and his people.  In the New Testament the sacrifice achieves perfection through Christ.  This Eucharist is therefore celebrated as a memorial of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into heaven.  At the Mass Christ is sacramentally present.  He offers his sacrifice in the union with the church; for this reason we call the Eucharist the sacrifice of the church.

The Eucharist is a Sacrament

The Eucharist is a sacrament because Christ offers himself to the Father in the Mass just as he did on the cross, but the offering is made through the consecratory action of the priest.

What does the Eucharist do?

  1. Unites the recipient to Christ,
  2. Gives life – “a true food” (Jn. 6:54),
  3. Shares in the life of Christ – eternal life (Jn. 6:58; Mt. 5:23-24; Jn. 3:19-24),
  4. Builds up Christ’s mystical body – the church (1 Cor. 10:16-17; Jn. 17:2021),
  5. And serves as a heavenly banquet (1 Cor. 11:26; Mt. 26:29; Lk. 14:16; 2 Pet. 3:13).

Scott Hahn’s Catholic Bible Dictionary explained that the Eucharist is also known as the Lord’s Supper.  This is a Christian sacrament that honors the actions of Jesus at the last supper.  It is reported in all the Synoptic Gospels that Jesus took bread and blessed it (Mk. 14:22-24).  This partaking of the Eucharist is called Holy Communion.  In Greek eucharistia means “thanksgiving” – the sacrament in which Christ is really present under the appearances of bread and wine.  Other names for the Eucharist are:  Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the table of the Lord, the breaking of the bread, the unbloody sacrifice, our daily bread, the most blessed sacrament, the sacrifice of praise, and agape.  However the Eucharist is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, and a paschal banquet.

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