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Meditations of the Heart
By Carolyn Kenney

Carolyn writes for her weekly parish newsletter. She is the author of "Meditations of the Heart."  This book is available at Amazon.com. She has traveled on many religious pilgrimages including the Holy Land and Medjugorje. She has a strong devotion to Our Lady Queen of Peace, Medjugorje. "Meditations of the Heart" are published weekly on Medjugorje USA.

2017

Weekly Meditation, November 12, 2017

I am sure the majority of us have begun shopping since Halloween ended.  Have you noticed the Christmas songs, displays and numerous items for sale?  Recently, I went shopping to a store and the line of cars trying to find a parking space was incredible.  However, we cannot focus solely on putting up decorations and buying Christmas gifts.  Jesus is the real reason for the Season.  Spend time each day in prayer.  Attend Mass on the weekend and give God one hour out of your busy schedule.  


I am sure we are all aware of the horrific event in the small town of Sutherland, Texas earlier this month.  People, like you and me, were attending their church service when they were interrupted by the unthinkable.  We cannot let something like that affect our relationship with God.  We cannot let anyone or anything come between us and our faith, love and belief in God.  2000 years ago, the unthinkable happened when Jesus died on the Cross; His Mother and the Apostles were in deep sadness.  Now, however, He comes to us each week in the Eucharist.  Celebrate Love this Christmas.  Celebrate the Presence of God in your life.

Weekly Meditation, November  05, 2017

The word "humble" means, "...having or showing a consciousness of one's shortcomings; modest."  In today's gospel of Saint Matthew, Jesus said to His disciples, "The greatest among you must be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."


We are so eager to tell one another of our accomplishments and successes.  We find ourselves even bragging about a son, daughter or family member who achieved a difficult goal which is only natural.  We want to share our happiness for that person with others.  However, t
he first person I thought of when I read this words was Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  Here was a true saint who gave totally of herself day after day to young and old, rich and pour. She did not seek fame.  Because of her love for others - especially the poor and homeless - love shone in her for all people.  A beautiful saying from Saint Teresa of Calcutta is: “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”   Let us be humble as Saint Teresa of Calcutta was humble.

Weekly Meditation, October  29, 2017

The definition of love according to Webster's New World Dictionary is: "strong affection or liking for someone or something."  We love our family members, spouses, children, parents and relatives.  We love our friends and people who are important in our life.  Unfortunately, some people place money, alcohol, drugs and material items high on their list of significance and cherish these things with an unnatural importance and selfishness.


In today's Gospel reading, Jesus tells us, "
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  From His infinite love, God created you and asks you to share this love with others.  Reflect His love in your everyday life.  His love for you is unending

Weekly Meditation, October  22, 2017

When you watch the news do you become discouraged with the turmoil in our cities, states and throughout the world?  Do you ever wonder what is happening and how we have become so unsettled as a nation and as a people?  For one thing, it is the lack of faith which is prevalent and which is so readily apparent in our churches.  We have time for everything else - to go shopping, on a daily excursion, etc.  However, do you take an hour on the weekend to spend with God and to refresh and renew your soul?  Do you take the time to feel His love grow in your heart and soul?  Do you pray on a daily basis?  Do you share your faith with your children?  Or, do other things come in the way and prevent you from accepting God in your life?  


Spend one hour a week with God.  Pray to Him on a daily basis.  Do you realize how much you need Him in your life?

Weekly Meditation, October  15, 2017

In today's second reading, Saint Paul said, "I can do all things in him who strengthens me."  God strengthens us in our daily life and in every problem we face.  However, we cannot automatically expect Him to solve our worries and anxieties.  We must turn to Him and ask for His help through our daily prayers and in our reception of the Eucharist.  The altar is the table of love and is where Jesus, who is true Love, becomes present in the Eucharist in His body, blood, soul and divinity.  


In the Eucharist Jesus feeds us with His Love.  He feeds us with His life and thereby strengthens us.  When you approach the altar of love, contemplate on Jesus alive in the Eucharist.  Contemplate on the Son of God who you are about to receive.  Contemplate on divine Love alive in your heart and soul. 

Weekly Meditation, October  08, 2017

So often in our life we become anxious and upset.  Family members or friends may disappoint us.  As our children get older they may become involved in the wrong group of people.  Situations in our jobs overwhelm us and we want to quit.  In today's reading, Saint Paul writes, "Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."


God knows your problems.  He knows them even before they happen.  Yet, we must pray to God - pray to Him in your own words, from your heart and then thank Him for hearing you.  When we are truly sorry for the sins we commit and ask God for His forgiveness, He will fill us with a peace beyond our comprehension.  When was the last time you took advantage of the sacrament of confession?  Through the person of the priest, God forgives you of your sins.  When you enter the confessional, picture Jesus sitting across from you and open your heart to Him.  "Then the God of peace will be with you" and you will feel His love.

Weekly Meditation, October  01, 2017

In today's Gospel, Saint Matthew relates a parable of Jesus concerning two sons.  One son obeyed the will of his father and did as he was asked.  How many times in our life have we disobeyed our parents, our boss, our spouse and friends.  I would say too often - we disobeyed them and hurt them in our words and actions.  Life goes by much too fast.  We must take advantage of the graces and blessings God gives us - in the love of family and friends.  Do not take advantage of them, but treat them each with the love Jesus showers on you.  We are created in the image and likeness of God, and thereby, we must be loving to others as God is to us.

As Saint Paul wrote in the second reading, "Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others."  It is not easy to look out for the interests of others.  We tend to think of our own self first and others second.  Yet, is that what Jesus did on the cross?  No.  He thought of you first and always will. 

Weekly Meditation, September 24, 2017

In today's first reading, Isiah writes, "Seek the LORD."..call him...turn to the LORD for mercy...As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts."


As a child did you think you knew more than your parents?  As a teenager did you think you would always stay safe and free from harm?  Now as an adult you know better and teach your children as your parents taught you.  So it is with God.  God created us in His image and likeness.  He is a God of mercy and love for you - His child - and desires your well-being.  Seek Him in the church and in your daily prayers.  Call Him when you need a gentle hand on your shoulder and love in your life.  Turn to Him in everything.  He will never forsake you.

 

Weekly Meditation, September 17, 2017

Within the past few weeks, we have witnessed terrible devastation and heartache in Texas and Florida.  Homes and businesses have been destroyed.  People have gone without power, food and water.  Here in the northeast we have been fortunate.  The days have been sunny with blue skies and little rain.  We have been very fortunate and should remember this and thank God for His blessings.  Many people have made donations of either food or money to help those in desperate need.


In today's first Reading, we read, "Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD?  Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults."  Sometimes it is not easy to forgive, yet that is exactly what God asks of each one of us on a daily basis.  Forgive and overlook the faults of those close to you.  Do not think solely of yourself, but as so many saints have shown us - love one another and forgive one another in order that God will forgive you.

 

Weekly Meditation, September 10, 2017

In today's second reading, Saint Paul says, "Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another..."   Has a family member or friend done something good for you?  Have you borrowed money from them or has that person done a favor for you?  Saint Paul tells us to "owe nothing." Instead, he tells us to "love" each other - "love" is the one thing everyone in our world is in desperate need of.  


He continues saying, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Love does no evil to the neighbor..."   We all need to be loved and needed and must treat others as we want them to treat us.  "Love does no evil to the neighbor..."  Love only spreads good to others.  It does not harm, threaten or treat others with contempt.  God gave us the Gift of Love when He sent His Son to teach us and to live and walk among us.  Jesus is Love.  
Meditation of the Heart
by Carolyn Kenney

In today's second reading, Saint Paul says, "Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another..."   Has a family member or friend done something good for you?  Have you borrowed money from them or has that person done a favor for you?  Saint Paul tells us to "owe nothing." Instead, he tells us to "love" each other - "love" is the one thing everyone in our world is in desperate need of.  

He continues saying, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Love does no evil to the neighbor..."   We all need to be loved and needed and must treat others as we want them to treat us.  "Love does no evil to the neighbor..."  Love only spreads good to others.  It does not harm, threaten or treat others with contempt.  God gave us the Gift of Love when He sent His Son to teach us and to live and walk among us.  Jesus is Love.  
 

Weekly Meditation, September 3, 2017

This past week we all watched the news and the terrible devastation in Texas.  Torrential downpours flooded streets, homes and towns.  People died from the horrors of the hurricane.  One young woman and her father had purchased a new home and had not even made the first down payment when the hurricane hit.  What will become of them?  They could have lost their home, but they have one another.  Thousands of people lost all their possessions, but families are together and that is what matters.
 

In today's gospel, 'Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  No matter what hardship, turmoil or devastation comes into our life, accept the suffering and offer it to Jesus.  Offer it to Him for the conversion of sinners and for an increase in faith for all peoples.
 

Weekly Meditation, August 27, 2017

In today's gospel, Jesus asked the disciples, "...who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."   Jesus replied,  "...flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church..."
 

Peter's' answer was immediate and unwavering.  He had walked with Jesus day after day, heard His teachings and came to know Jesus as the Son of God.  If we open ourselves to God and welcome Him into our life, He will also reveal Jesus to us.  We will come to know Him within our souls and will welcome Him into the depth of our life.  Who do You say Jesus is?

Weekly Meditation, August 20, 2017

In today's gospel, a Canaanite woman called to Jesus, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!  My daughter is tormented by a demon."  When she did not receive an immediate answer, the woman said, "Lord, help me."  Again she asked Jesus to help her and her daughter.  Jesus then replied, "O woman, great is your faith!  Let it be done for you as you wish."

 
When you pray, do you demand God to answer your request?  If you do not receive the answer you desire, do you say, "Well that's it.  I will not go to church again."  God knows better than you or I exactly what we need.  God created us from His love and fills us with the graces and blessings we need.  In turn, we need to respond in love and obey His will.  If we attend mass and the sacraments on a regular basis, we will finally know God in our heart and soul.  We will grow in faith which is exactly what we all need in today's world.
 

Weekly Meditation, August 13, 2017

In this week's gospel, Saint Matthew tells how Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee towards the apostles.  Imagine witnessing such a miracle!  What would be your reaction?  Like the Apostles, we would think we were seeing things or perhaps had lost our minds.  However, Jesus said to them,  "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."  Suddenly, Peter was also walking on the water, but he panicked and began to sink crying out "Lord, save me."  

 
Many times we face difficult situations and only when we need help, we say "Jesus, help me."  Like Saint Peter, why do we doubt Jesus?  Why can't we put our trust in Him?  What is stopping us from realizing Jesus is truly the Son of God?  Trust in Jesus.  Trust in His love for you.  You will not sink in despair or misunderstanding.  Trust in Him and "take courage...do not be afraid." 
 

Weekly Meditation, August 06, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.  When I visited the Holy Land in 2007, this was one of the highlights of my trip.  So often I would hear this gospel read year after year at mass and wonder what it must have been like for Peter, James and John to see Jesus "transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light."  If you were with Jesus and His three apostles, how would you have felt?  What would you have done when you heard God say "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."


Although we cannot see Jesus as the Apostles did, He is truly present in the Eucharist at mass.  If we acknowledge Jesus when we receive Him at communion, we will feel His spiritual presence alive within us.  Do not simply walk up the aisle at communion, receive the Host and return to your seat.  This is the Son of God who is dwelling within YOU.  Contemplate this reality the next time you attend mass.
 

Weekly Meditation, July 30, 2017

If God were to appear to you today and say "ask something of me and I will give it to you" what would you answer?  That is what God asked of Solomon prior to his succession as King of Israel.  Solomon said, "Give your servant...an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong."  He did not ask for riches or for a long life, but wisdom to understand the people he would serve.  


What would be your answer to this question?  Would you want untold wealth, beautiful homes around the world, travel wherever you desired?  I would ask for peace - peace in families and peace throughout the world.  Today peace is a richness most people desire.  It is not easy, but with God's grace and love, it can be achieved.  Pray for God's guidance.  Look upon your family, friends and strangers with love and understanding
.  
 

Weekly Meditation, July 23, 2017

Saint Faustina Kowalska was born in Poland in 1905 and died in 1938.  She received revelations from Jesus who asked Sister Faustina to record these experiences.  The "messages" are printed in the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.  The book of the Divine Mercy of God is for all His people.  One of the messages Jesus spoke to Saint Faustina is as follows:  "When I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, my hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul, but souls do not even pay attention to me.  They leave me to myself and busy themselves with other things...They treat me as a dead object."


Do those words sound familiar?  Perhaps you have spoken them to a family member, spouse, child, relative or friend.  With all you do for others, do they treat you as though you were not even aware of their presence?  Guess what - you receive Jesus in Holy Communion every Sunday.  He is alive within you and wants to bestow an abundance of graces upon you.  After you receive Him, do you return to your seat and wait patiently for the final blessing?  Or, do you KNOW WHO is living at that moment in your being - in your soul?  Do you realize you can go shopping or attend a sports event for 3-4 hours with no problem whatsoever?  Can you spend one hour with Jesus at Mass?

 

Weekly Meditation, July 16, 2017

In today's Gospel from Saint Matthew, Jesus said to His disciples, "...blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."  Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to live during the time of Jesus?  What was it like to listen to Him speak?  What was it like to hear the gentle tone of His voice and see the love in His eyes for all those around Him?  

Blessed are the people who saw Jesus.  Blessed are the people who heard Him speak.  I am sure there are an untold number of people over the past 2,000 years who wish they could have seen and heard Jesus.  What was it like to look into His eyes?  The love which shown there was the same for everyone - rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick.  There was no discrimination in Him.  He loves you today.  He loves your family, your friends and your co-workers - equally.  Live as He lived.  Live joyfully and with love.     
 

Weekly Meditation, July 09, 2017

At the end of the day do you often find yourself tired and perhaps a little anxious or annoyed?  Do you have a long commute to work, spend a day in the office doing your job and then face even more traffic on the way home?  Or, perhaps you spend the day at home cleaning the house, washing dishes and clothes, vacuuming and then go outside to water the lawn and your beautiful flowers.  In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest...learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."


We are all burdened and troubled with difficulties and problems.  There is no one who can go through life without facing challenges of one type or another.  Jesus faced His share of difficulties during His life here on earth.  He walked from village to village - there were no cars.  He slept in small homes - without air conditioning.  During His Ministry, He could not call His Mother - there were no telephones of any type!  He walked wherever He went - there were no cars.  Yet, the Apostles saw Him walk on water.  He cured the blind, the lame, the sick and those with leprosy.  However, His greatest gift was His life and the love He gave when He died on the cross.  As Jesus says in today's gospel, "learn from me..."

Weekly Meditation, July 02, 2017

With all the rain we have had in this area the past couple of weeks, it has not been necessary to worry about watering the lawns.  I water the flowers in our yard and even at the cemetery where there are flowers on my parents graves and other relatives as well.  However, too much water can cause ;awns to become susceptible to disease or can cause other ill effects.
 

When we pray, attend mass or receive the sacraments, God fills us with His graces.  There is no such things as too many graces.  When we obey the Will of God, He gladly nourishes us with more blessings which enable us to grow in faith and in understanding of His commandments.  When we were in school, we studied and did the homework assigned to us enabling us to grow in knowledge and thereby attend college and find a good job.  So too, we must study our faith and grow to understand what God asks of us.  Let God rain down graces upon you and come to understand the meaning of the Church and her teachings. 

Weekly Meditation, June 25, 2017

Yesterday, June 24, 2017, the church celebrated the Feast of Saint John the Baptist.  From readings in the Bible, we know that Saint John was a fearless man and boldly proclaimed the message of the coming of the Messiah - Jesus.  In the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Paul writes, "John heralded his (Jesus') coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'"

 
We need to become more like Saint John the Baptist when sharing our faith with others.  We need to be fearless and more self-assured when telling others of our love for Jesus and His teachings.  Saint John knew Who Jesus was - the Messiah.  Do you know Jesus?  In the depths of your heart do you hear Him calling you to share your faith with everyone you meet?  Our world today desperately needs you and me to share the love of God.  As the rain comes down to water the earth and our beautiful flowers, so too we need the graces of God to come upon us and water our souls filling them with His spiritual strength and blessings.
 

Weekly Meditation, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day to all fathers!  Let us pray for fathers, both living and deceased.  Let us also pray to Our Father in heaven.  As we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ today, we read in the gospel of Saint John the words, "Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me."  God the Father sent His Son into the world to die for us, to save us from our sins and to live with Him forever.  The love God has for us is supreme and unequaled.  We will not find a greater love anywhere on earth.  As Jesus has "life because of the Father," we have life when we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  This life is alive.  Jesus is alive in the Eucharist each and every time we receive Him at mass.  Open your hearts to His love and allow Him to come alive in your soul.

Weekly Meditation, June 11, 2017

As I write this, once again we find ourselves offering prayers for the people of London who underwent another attack on their city and its citizens.  England has lived through three attacks in three months.  These attacks are becoming too frequent not only in England, but in other areas of the world including our own state at the Marathon.


We must change the way we interact with one another.  We must grow in our faith and hold it close to our heart.  In today's reading Saint Paul writes "Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you."  Will we "live in peace" again?  The answer is Yes.  We must increase our faith.  We must spend time in prayer.  We must go to Mass - not only on Easter and Christmas, but every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.  
 

Weekly Meditation, June 04, 2017

In today's gospel we read, "When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit...Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem...each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?  Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?"

 
God speaks to each of us in a way in which we understand Him in the depths of our souls.  We are not all asked to become a saint such as Mother Teresa or Saint Padre Pio.  Yet we are called to become a saint in our own individual way - in the way God desires.  We must listen closely to the words He whispers to us in order that we will fulfill His Holy Will in our lives, thereby becoming the person He asks us to be.  Instead of listening to the noise of the chaotic world around us, listen to our Creator who can - and will - work wonders in us if we open ourselves to His Word. 
 

Weekly Meditation, May 28, 2017

This past Thursday, we celebrated the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven, a Holy Day of Obligation.  In the gospel Jesus said to the Apostles, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."


The last words "and behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age," are powerful.  They fill us an abundance of faith just knowing Jesus is with us day after day until the end of the world.  He not only asks the apostles to teach others, but He is also asking us to share our faith and love for God with people we meet - family, friends and strangers.  We need God in our lives.  We need Him to fill us with His love and life which we are able to receive in the Holy Eucharist.  "Go...and make disciples of all nations."

Weekly Meditation, May 21, 2017

Last Saturday my nephew made his First Holy Communion along with a little over 100 other children.  The day was cloudy and cool, but the joy and love inside the church was abundant.  Families gathered together along with friends.  The First Communicants were dressed in white and were extremely well-behaved.  This was the first time they each received Jesus in the Eucharist - in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  So many of us receive Jesus every Sunday at Communion but unfortunately, it seems to have almost become a "habit".

It is so important for us to attend mass with our families, to receive Jesus and ask Him to feed our souls with His graces and blessings in order that we may grow in our faith.  If we do this, we will also grow to comprehend the mysteries of God and the graces He bestows upon us.  Let us set an example for our children and others.  We need God in our lives and in our world now as never before.
 

Weekly Meditation, May 14, 2017

In today's second reading of Saint Peter, he says, "You are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

We are each chosen by God and are holy in His eyes.  He has chosen us to praise Him and to announce Him to others.  He called us from the darkness of sin into the light of His love.  In the first chapter of Jeremiah, the Lord said, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."  Although God spoke these words directly to Jeremiah, He also speaks them to us today.  Someone once asked a friend of mine, "Do you go to church because you have to or because you want to?"  I was very surprised at these words and if asked, I would have said, "I go to church because I love to go.  I go in order to be nourished by Jesus in the Eucharist - by His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Why do you attend Mass?  Remember, God has chosen you and calls you from the darkness of sin into the light of His love.
 

Weekly Meditation, May 07, 2017

In today's second reading we read these words of Saint Peter, "...If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God.  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.  When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten...He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness."

How many times do we become impatient?  How often do we insult a friend, family member or co-worker?  How often do we desire to take out our revenge on someone?  Jesus suffered silently for each of us.  He not lose patience or insult his executioners.  He carried His cross with love.  At that time, He knew the future of our world and understood the type of people you and I would become.  He foresaw our inadequacies, our sins and the lack of love we have at times.  Yet, Jesus suffered and died in silence, but with love in His heart.  Let us each do the same.  Live with love in your heart each day.
 

Weekly Meditation, April 30, 2017

This week, Saint Peter speaks beautiful words of hope and faith in the second reading.  Let the words Saint Peter spoke over 2000 years ago touch your heart and dwell in your soul when he said: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith...In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith...may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Although you have not seen him you love him...(and) you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."  Reflect on these words this week.  

Weekly Meditation, April 16, 2017 

"Alleluia! The Lord has arisen! He has truly risen!"  Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!  For forty days we have reflected deeply on the Passion of Our Lord.  The intense agony which he suffered for you and for me is something which we cannot truly and deeply understand.  Yet we must try.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said to His Father, "Not my will, but yours be done."  Not our will, but His be done in our life.  On Easter Sunday in the Holy Land, Christians greet one another with these words:  "Alleluia!  The Lord has arisen!  He has truly risen!"  As you celebrate Easter with family and friends, remember Jesus who died for all of us.  Never forget His great act of love.

 

Weekly Meditation, April 09, 2017

In today's gospel, we read of the agony and crucifixion of Jesus.  Ten years ago, I visited the Holy Land for the first time.  Although the trip was long, it was well worth going.  During the trip our group visited the Garden of Gethsemane and the beautiful church which is adjacent to it.  Inside the church is the rock on which it is believed Jesus knelt during His agony.  The Eucharist was placed on the altar with the "rock" in front of it.  Our group had a beautiful holy hour.  This reminds me of something which Jesus said to Saint Gertrude (1256-1302): "Each time that anyone...looks lovingly at the Host, which contains sacramentally My Divine Body, he will increase his merits for Heaven, and add to his eternal joys an especial delight, corresponding to that which he devoutly contemplated this precious Body on earth."   

 

Weekly Meditation, April 02, 2017

In today's gospel, we read about Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary.   Lazarus had died and was in the tomb for four days when Jesus arrived in Bethany.  "Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."  Even though her brother was dead, Martha's faith was strong enough that she knew Jesus could restore her brother to life.   One day, we too will physically die.  Although we are alive now, are we spiritually dead?  How strong is our faith?  Do we believe in the teachings of Jesus or do we just go through the motions attending mass, going to confession and observing holy days?  God can - and will - strengthen our faith if we place our trust in Him and ask Him.  Jesus died and rose from the dead for you and for me.  Turn to Him and place your trust in Him as did Martha.  Let your spirituality come alive again.

 

Weekly Meditation, March 26, 2017

In today's gospel we read how Jesus cured a man who was blind from birth.  Imagine if you were blind and suddenly could see the beautiful blue sky, flowers in varied colors, the pure white snow and so many other amazing images.  Like many people, I had a cataract removed from my eye.  I remember how bright everything was after the procedure.  It was like someone had turned on the light switch.  In Saint John's gospel, Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see..."  Too often we are blind to the beauty and love around us.  We see with our eyes, but not with our heart.  When you look at someone or something, look with the eyes of your heart.  Look with love and faith and you will come to see God's love in return.

Weekly Meditation, March 19, 2017

According to Webster's Dictionary, the word Lent comes from the Old English word lengthen which means the spring.  As Spring comes upon us we become hopeful and joyful just as the Apostles were joyful upon learning of the Resurrection of Jesus.  They overcame the obstacles and fears of doubt and of sadness at the death of Jesus and of the distress inflicted upon them by the Romans.  Their faith saved them and helped them to grow in deeper understanding and love of God.  We also have numerous difficulties and barriers which we face on a daily basis and which block our path of living a full and meaningful life.  These last few days of Lent, let us focus on Jesus and His life on earth for He was like us in all things but sin.  Through His love, we can overcome sin as well as our anxieties and fears.  Focus on Jesus as He walked the path to Calvary - for you and for me.      

Weekly Meditation, March 12, 2017

In today's gospel of Saint Matthew we read of the Transfiguration of Jesus.  I remember the first time I  visited Mount Tabor in Israel where this holy event occurred.  The road leading to the top of the mountain was windy with rocks on either side.  However, there is a beautiful church at the top where we celebrated mass; the view from outside was breathtaking.  In this gospel we read how Jesus "was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light."  We cannot truly know how Jesus must have appeared to Peter, James and John but it was unlike anything we have seen in our life.  As we continue reading the gospel, Saint Matthew writes, "then from (a) cloud came a voice that said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."  Today we are also asked to listen to the words of Jesus, to contemplate His miracles and to witness His love in our life.  This Lenten season, God asks you in your heart to listen to His Son.  What is He saying to you?

Weekly Meditation, March 5, 2017

During this holy time of Lent, the church asks us to pray and fast.  Pray daily in the morning and at night speaking to God from your heart.  As a special sacrifice, learn how to pray the Rosary and say it slowly and meaningfully at least once a week.

Fasting is asked of Catholics over 18 years of age up to the beginning of their 60th year.  Fast from anger and from judging others.  Instead feast on love and on "what makes us one with Christ."  Lent is a time for each of us to grow deeper in faith, to learn more about God and His love for us.  It is a time for each of us to understand one another, not to judge others or to focus on negativity, but to focus on each persons value and worth as a human being.
 

Weekly Meditation, Feb 26, 2017

In the Psalm this Sunday we heard the words, "With God is my safety and my glory, he is the rock of my strength; my refuge is in God.  Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him." 

God is our strength.  Trust in Him always.  I remember when my mother passed away due to cancer how hard it was not only on me, but on other family members as well.  She had always been the center of the family, filled with love and life.  I do not know what I would have done had it not been for my faith.  I do not know where I would be today, but my faith in God and my focus on Him carried me through those difficult days.  We all have heartaches and worries in life.  Put your "trust in Him at all times."  He is your rock and your strength.  
 

Weekly Meditation, Feb 19, 2017

According to Webster's Dictionary, the word "perfect" means "flawless, completely accurate."  Are you perfect?  Do you know someone who is perfect?  Unfortunately, we all have many flaws and shortcomings.  The author Leo Tolstoy wrote, "If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.”  However, we know that we will find perfection in God.  In today's gospel of Saint Matthew, Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father...if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?  If you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that?  So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."  This is not an easy task.  But, Jesus asks us to love and pray for one another - not only our families and friends - but all people.  God knows we desperately need love and peace in our world today.  Listen to the words of Jesus.

 

Weekly Meditation, Feb 12, 2017

I think many people - especially here in New England - eagerly watched the Super Bowl last Sunday night.  What a terrific game which offered us so many examples of how to live.  First, do not give up whatever comes your way.   With the Patriots down in the fourth quarter by 28-3, it looked a little difficult for them to win.  However, as many players later said they concentrated on, "one play at a time."  We can look at our life and say "one day at a time."  In 2 Timothy Chapter 4, Saint Paul said to Timothy, "I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith."  Like many of us, Tom Brady went through personal difficulties this year.  It is not easy when loved ones are sick.  Our heart aches for them and we only desire their well-being again.  However, with God on our side we can overcome trials in our life.  Pray to Him daily, morning and night.  Pray the rosary.  Keep the faith. 

Weekly Meditation, Feb 05, 2017

In today's gospel of Saint Matthew, Jesus tells His Apostles "You are the light of the world.  A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden...your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." 

In our world today, we must also be a light for others.  With so many protests taking place throughout our country, we must each be an example of love, patience and understanding for others.  Just as Jesus needed His twelve Apostles to spread His gospel message, He also needs you and me to share this message today.   Through faith, through love of God and through prayer we will be able to know His Will and to share His message of love to everyone we meet.  Open your heart to God and become an example of "light to the world." 

Weekly Meditation, Jan 29, 2017

Faith is such an integral and necessary part of our life.  With everything going on in the world today, we need to nourish and share our faith.  Pope Benedict XVI said, "Dear parents!  I ask you to help your children grow in faith... Please go with your children to Church and take part in the Sunday Eucharist celebration!  You will see that this is not time lost; rather it is the very thing that can keep your family truly united and centered.  Sunday becomes beautiful, the whole week becomes more beautiful when you go to Sunday Mass together."  If you do not take the time to share your faith with your children, who will?  I was so blessed that my parents shared their faith with me; it is the most important part of my life.

Weekly Meditation, Jan 22, 2017

What gets you through the day?  What helps you to start your day off?  Is it that first cup of coffee?  Or, is it a brisk morning walk or run?  Pope Saint John Paul II said, "The Eucharist is the secret of my day.  It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the whole world."   Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist - body, blood, soul and divinity.  His life and divinity gives us the strength we need to overcome difficulties of life.  In her book "Divine Mercy in My Soul" Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska wrote about the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in 1935.  She wrote, "After Holy Communion, I heard the words (of Jesus):  I am always in your heart, not only when you receive me in Holy Communion, but always."  Contemplate on the magnificence and love of Jesus not only at Mass, but always - at every moment of our life.

Weekly Meditation, Jan 15, 2017

A friend recently sent me the following reflection which I wanted to share with you.  "I just peeked out the window and watched the snow falling.  Snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes.  Just think of how God created them.  We are like snowflakes.  We come in all shapes, sizes and different colors.  I thought, wow, God creates such beauty.  I wonder how many people think about how God always makes beautiful things in different ways.  So, today I will ask the angels to keep the eyes of my soul open to see the snowflakes in our lives, people of all shapes, sizes, languages, colors.  Another beautiful creation from God who is the perfect Artist.  May your angel wrap his wings around you, his feathers be your pillow to lay your head upon, the mantle of Our Lady the blanket of Love and the bright white snowflakes the gift of God giving us life."

 

Weekly Meditation, Jan 8, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord.  In today's gospel we read how the three magi were called before King Herod who told them, "Go and search diligently for the child.  When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage."  Of course, we know the magi did not tell Herod where Jesus was born, but instead returned to their homes by a different route.

One of the definitions of the word "epiphany" is "a flash of insight."  Today, we are called to seek Jesus.  We must also "go and search diligently" for Him.  We do not have to travel halfway around the world.  Today Jesus is alive in the tabernacles of our churches.  He is alive in the Eucharist we receive at mass.  Today, turn off your cell phones, your laptops and flat screen television.  Take some "quiet" time and look into your heart with faith.  There you will experience Jesus reaching out to you.    

Weekly Meditation, Jan 1, 2017

Happy New Year.  This is the beginning of a year filled with promises, hopes and dreams for us all.  Today, January 1, 2017 the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Mother of God.  After the birth of Her Son, the Blessed Mother must have gazed upon Him full of love, wondering what the future held for Him.  At this moment, she must have looked upon Jesus lying in the manger, a baby like all the others she had seen in her life.  Yet, her Son was also the Son of God. 
What faith the Blessed Mother had when the angel first appeared to her asking if she would be the Mother of God.  She did not know what the future held for her or for Her Son, but she did not hesitate to say yes.  Upon the birth of Jesus, angels announced His birth to shepherds.  They, along with three kings and others visited Her Son.  As today's gospel states, "And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart."  Let us pray for each of us to say "yes" to that which God is asking of us.     

 

2016

Weekly Meditation, December 25, 2016

As you celebrate the joy of Christmas Day with family and friends, take a moment - or an hour - to give thanks to God for all He has given you.  Tonight the inside of our church was decorated with green wreaths strung with white lights and a red bow.  The altar had red and white poinsettias around the altar along with a large tree bestowed with white lights on either side of the altar.  On the right side of the church was a stunning Nativity unlike any I had seen!  At the end of mass, the children's choir sang Silent Night as the lights inside the church were dimmed.  The setting was breathtaking! The mass was moving!

This Christmas reflect on the true meaning of the day - the birth of Jesus into our midst as a baby.  He was born a baby, but was truly a King.  This Christmas read the Bible which tells of the birth of Jesus.  Like His Mother, Mary, reflect on these things in your heart.  Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Weekly Meditation, December 18, 2016

It is hard to believe there is only one week before Christmas!  Many people find it to be a stressful time of year as they attend to regular errands, doctor visits, decorating for Christmas and buying the right gift for family and friends.  Before we know it, the day will be gone and we will be cleaning up the wrappings.  Why is it so stressful?  Why can't we make it the most peaceful and calming time of the year?

During this final week before Christmas Day, take time for yourself.  More importantly, take time to for God.  Ask Him to guide you and to fill you with His many graces and blessings.  Twice I was blessed to visit the Holy Land.  When the gospel is read next Sunday telling of the birth of Jesus, I will picture His manger and the holy place He was born.  Maybe someday I will be able to visit again.  Maybe someday you will be able to visit it as well.  If so, take my advice and go.  Merry Christmas!
 

Weekly Meditation, December 11, 2016

In the second reading of Saint James we read the words, "Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord.  You...must be patient.  Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.  Do not complain...about one another, that you may not be judged."

Saint James, one of the twelve Apostles, wrote these words over 2000 years ago.  Although we do not know when the next "coming of the Lord" will be, we must be patient until that time.  We must be patient with ourselves and with one another.  "Do not complain" about things over which you have no control.  With patience and love look upon your family, friends and all you meet with an understanding and forgiving heart. 

Weekly Meditation, December 04, 2016

Recently I came across a quote from Saint Teresa of Calcutta who was canonized on September 4, of this year by Pope Francis.  Speaking of Christmas, Saint Teresa said, "Let us pray that we shall be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas not in the cold manger of a selfish heart, but in a heart full of love, compassion, joy and peace, a heart warm with love for one another."  Have a blessed Christmas.

Weekly Meditation, November 27, 2016

Today is the First Sunday of Advent.  In four weeks, we will gather here to celebrate Christmas - the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  Already the stores are decorated with Christmas decorations and are stocked with a variety of items for gift-giving.  If you cannot find something, there is always a gift card to purchase.  I find as my nieces and nephews get older, they outgrow toys and have certain stores they like at the Mall which makes it much easier to shop for them.

We will all be ready for Christmas as far as gifts go.  However, will we each be spiritually ready for Christmas?  We should put as much time - if not more - into our spiritual life as we do into buying gifts.  Over 2000 years ago, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Today it is a larger city than it was at the birth of Our Lord.  Yet, it fills the person visiting it with something that cannot be purchased in a store.  Jesus fills us with His Presence.  We do not have to visit the manger in Bethlehem, although it is wonderful to see.  Visit Jesus in the Tabernacle at your local church.  Visit Him in the sacrament of confession and feel Him fill you with His Presence. 

Weekly Meditation, November 20, 2016

During the month of November, we prayerfully remember those who have gone to their heavenly rest.  Recently, there were three deaths in my family, all within one week.  The husband of a cousin died, along with an aunt and a cousin who was only a year old than myself.  I think we all wonder what our death will be like.  Will we see Jesus or Mary?  Will we perhaps see our mother or father?  As time goes on and I get a little older, more relatives and friends have died.  I now think that one day in the future we will enjoy a family reunion in heaven. 

In the gospel of Saint John, Jesus says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father's house there are many dwelling places...I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be." 

 
on vacation....

Weekly Meditation, October 30, 2016

In this past Sunday's gospel we read, Zacchaeus "...could not see Jesus because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus...The Lord said to Zacchaeus ..."today I must stay at your house.  And he came down quickly and received him with joy."

If Jesus were to appear today in Wilmington and asked to stay at your house, would you say yes?  Would you be ready to accept Him?  Would your house be dusted, cleaned, dishes put away and clothes cleaned and ironed?  More importantly, would you be eager to have Him in your home?  Would you receive Him with joy as did Zacchaeus?  Or, would you be worried that you are not worthy enough for the Lord of all creation to enter your home and be part of your family life for one meal?  As Jesus said in the gospel, "...the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”  You and I.

Weekly Meditation, October 23, 2016

In today's first reading, we hear "The LORD is a God of justice...he hears the cry of the oppressed.  The one who serves God willingly is heard; his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds..."

Many of us have recently heard on television or the news what some politicians think of the Catholic faith.  We do not need anyone telling us how to pray or what to pray for.  We pray to God, Our Father in Heaven, for guidance, for love, for peace and for forgiveness.  We should also pray for wisdom to know the Will of God.  We do not need to blindly follow the instructions or desires of a certain political party.  Over 400 years ago, people sailed across the rough Atlantic Ocean in search of religious freedom.  If you do not defend your faith, who will?
 

Weekly Meditation, October 16, 2016

In today's gospel of Saint Luke, Jesus said "...when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"  Is your faith important to you?  Does your faith shape your life and define who you are, thereby showing others of your love for God, His church and all His people?  We are not saints, yet God calls each of us to become saints.  People are not "born" saints.  With God's love and guidance, they grow in love and understanding of Him.  They pray to Him for daily guidance in every aspect of their life.  Who else can help you, can calm your fears and anxieties?  God can and does.  Slow down, look into your heart and talk with Him on a daily basis. 

Once again, "...when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"  My answer is Yes, most definitely.  

 

Weekly Meditation, October 11, 2016

 

In today’s gospel of Saint Luke, we read how Jesus cured ten lepers.  One of the lepers “…realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.”     

 

We are so quick to ask God for help in times of need, but how often do we thank God for the many gifts he has given to us?  Do we even realize the gifts we have – the blessing of our family and friends, the blessing of a good education, the blessing of a job and the blessing of a roof over our heads? We do not always have exactly what we want, but maybe that is a good thing.  Look to God with an open heart for He alone knows what we need to make our life complete and fulfilled.

 

Weekly Meditation, October 02, 2016

Today, before I wrote this meditation, I realized after watching the daily mass on Boston Catholic Television that it is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.  I have been blessed to visit Assisi twice in my life.  It is a small village in the Italian countryside and despite the pilgrims who walk the streets and visit the beautiful church there, a peace permeates the small

town where Saint Francis lived and established his order.  There is so much to see and to learn about Saint Francis not only when visiting Assisi, but at any time in our life. 
The priest who celebrated mass on Boston Catholic TV said in his homily, "We cannot give peace to other people if we don't have peace in our lives."  In today's world, we desperately need peace in our lives and in our world.  We have the latest and greatest of so many things to help us perform daily chores both at home, work and school.  Yet, we cry out for a life of harmony and calmness which was lost long ago.  In order to attain peace, we should pray 15-20 minutes a day; pray to God, read Sacred Scripture and simply talk to God.  He is waiting and will gladly listen to you.
 

Weekly Meditation, September 25, 2016

This past weekend, we read the First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy in which Saint Paul writes, "...you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called..."

After reading this over, we realize Saint Paul is calling not only Timothy, but all of us to live a life of justice, decency and honesty.  He tells us to "pursue faith and love...pursue eternal life..."  In this day and age those are not easy tasks to accomplish, yet God calls each one of us to live in a state of grace.  We must be gentle and patient with one another; do not jump to conclusions.  Strive to increase your faith in God and thereby to increase your love for your fellow man.

Weekly Meditation, September 18, 2016

Tonight at Saint Thomas in Wilmington, my home parish, we attended a prayer vigil for peace.  I was pleased to see it so well attended by various churches in the community.  With so much unrest and discord throughout our world today, we need to pray more fervently.  We need to place God in the center of our lives.  We must grow in our faith and enliven it within our heart and soul, thereby enabling each of us to pass it on to our family members, friends and especially children.  We must practice our faith and live it each day in order to make our world one of harmony and love.  Place your focus on Jesus.  Pray to Him.  Never forsake Him.

Weekly Meditation, September 4, 2016

In today's gospel, Saint Luke said, "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple."   So often we attend mass on Sunday and immediately upon leaving we enter another world.  We seem to forget everything we heard and witnessed during the mass - the homily, the readings and even the reception of the Holy Eucharist. 

Today the church celebrated the canonization of Saint Theresa of Calcutta!  She certainly carried her own cross and became a disciple of Jesus.  She is shining example for each of us to follow in the difficulties of today's world.  Let us look at one another as Saint Teresa did - with a smile and with the love of Jesus in our heart.

Weekly Meditation, August 28, 2016

On Sunday, September 4, 2016 Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, thereby raising her to sainthood.  I never met Blessed Mother Teresa, but I wish that I could have.  She was truly a living saint in our lifetime.  On October 7, 1950 Mother Teresa received approval from the Vatican to establish the "Missionaries of Charity" which was well-known in India.  She willingly and with tremendous love served the "poorest of the poor."  Mother Teresa once said, "“Holiness is not the luxury of the few.  It is a simple duty for each one of us.”  Let us follow her loving and holy example with all whom we come into contact.

Weekly Meditation, August 14, 2016

In the gospel on Monday, The Feast of the Assumption, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist.  Upon meeting Elizabeth, Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.  From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.”

 

Mary was truly overjoyed that God had chosen her to be the Mother of His Son.  Throughout her life she had both good times and difficult times.  What was it like to be the Mother of Jesus?  What did Jesus tell her about God and His many mysteries? Today Mary sits in heaven with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Almighty has indeed done great things for her and desires to do great things for you and for me – if we open our hearts to Him.     

 

Weekly Meditation, August 07, 2016

In today’s gospel Jesus said to His disciples, “…where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” 

I think this is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible.  What makes you happy?  What do you cherish and value?  What is truly important in your life?  Is it your family?  Is it your friends?  Is it work? Is it the amount of material possessions you can accumulate?  No one can answer these questions for you.  Look into your heart.  Is it God speaking to you and looking upon you with His immense love?   

 

Weekly Meditation, July 28, 2016

In today’s gospel Jesus said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” 

Do you have numerous material possessions?  If so, are they the highlight of your life, or are your family and friends your primary focus?  We need food, clothing and shelter.  However, we do not need to overdo other aspects of life such as buying the latest cell phone, laptop, car and even homes that cost too much to take care of. Focus first on the spiritual aspect of your life.  Pray morning and night.  Attend mass on Sunday.  Go to confession on a regular basis.  Most importantly, see that your children are raised in the light of God.

 

Weekly Meditation, July 14, 2016

 

In today’s gospel of Saint Luke, the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray.”  Jesus said, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test."

 

As children our parents taught us to pray.  Morning and night, we would kneel on our knees and say an Our Father and Hail Mary.  Do you pray today?  Do you think it is necessary to pray?  Perhaps you pray only in times of distress or heartache.  Jesus, who was like us in all things but sin, constantly prayed to His Father.  We need to pray every morning and every night for ourselves, our family and an end to the terrible incidents happening almost weekly in our world today. 

 

Weekly Meditation, July 17, 2016

 

In today’s gospel Saint Luke writes, “Jesusentered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.  She had a sister named Mary who sat be side the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving…said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”  The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

 

Are you like Martha or Mary?  Do you constantly worry or do you listen to Jesus in your heart?  Life is too short to constantly dwell on the negative.  We all know there is a great deal of turmoil throughout the world.  We all have turmoil in our families, neighborhoods and towns.  Pray to God for peace among all peoples, for peace in our families and to know and spread the peace of God to everyone we meet

Weekly Meditation, July 10, 2016

In today’s gospel of Saint Luke, Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

 

Jesus is asking each of us to undertake something difficult in this day and age.  He is asking each one of us to love.   Love God and love your neighbor.  Martin Richard, one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing was shown holding a sign he had made prior to the bombing which read, “No more hurting people.  Peace.”  This eight-year old child summed it up best.  We should all live by his words of wisdom.

Weekly Meditation, July 03, 2016

This weekend many cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and our country will celebrate the 4th of July.  Fireworks, carnivals, concerts and many other events will take place.  In my home town, we will have a concert, carnival and events for three nights.  A terrific fireworks display will take place on the last night.    Children laugh as they join in different events such as the Water Balloon Toss, Three-Legged Race and many others.  People smile at one another and truly enjoy celebrating this holiday together because it is the one time of year when everyone gathers together in the same place.

 

With so many terrible incidents happening throughout the world, we need to stay focused on our faith – our faith in God and in one another.  We must keep alive the principles our forefathers instituted in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  Most importantly, we must keep our dependence centered in God. 

 

Weekly Meditation, June 26, 2016 

If you are like me, one of the first things you do upon waking in the morning is to check the weather.  This week looks very nice in the Boston are which we are all happy about.  There is a chance of a little light rain on Tuesday, but the rest of the week will be in the 80’s and sunny.  With all the July 4thcelebrations going on, people will be happy to get together and enjoy the festivities.

On Sunday and holy days, do we eagerly look forward to attending mass?  Do we get excited when we realize that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity?  Jesus, the Son of God, comes to us and is truly present in the Eucharist.  He alone can comfort us.  He alone can console us and encourage us.  However, we must acknowledge and affirm His Presence in our life. 

Weekly Meditation, June 19, 2016 

Have you ever been at a restaurant or store and recognized someone?  Did the person you were with ask their name and how you knew that person?  In today’s gospel, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Immediately, Peter said, “The Messiah of God.”  Peter was not shy about admitting to Jesus and the other disciples that they were indeed in the Presence of the Messiah for whom they had been waiting. 

What is your relation to Jesus?  Do you recognize Him as the Son of God?  Do you acknowledge His Presence in the Eucharist?

Weekly Meditation, June 12, 2016 

In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches the Apostles and others who had come to hear Him about forgiveness.  After the woman had anointed His feet with oil, kissed them and wiped them, Jesus said, “…her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love.”

Love and forgiveness go hand in hand.  Forgiving someone is not easy yet God asks us to do just that.  His Son died on the cross after undergoing terrible pain and suffering.  Jesus said to His Father while hanging on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  When we are hurt in some other way, God asks us to forgive.  We must forgive as Jesus forgave.  We must love as Jesus loved and as He continues to love everyone.

Weekly Meditation, June 05, 2016 

In today’s gospel, Saint Luke writes of Jesus visit to the village of Nain.  Nain is a small village which lies about six miles southeast of Nazareth with very few Christians living there.  On my second trip to the Holy Land, our group stopped here on our way to Mount Tabor which is the site of the Transfiguration.  Nainis a quiet village with a Muslim family living beside the church; they keep the church clean and have a key to let in tourists. 

The gospel reads, “a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”  Today Jesus is “moved with pity” for us; He touches our soul and tells us to “arise” and go forth to share the faith He has bestowed upon us. 

Weekly Meditation, May 29, 2016 

In today’s gospel we read of the multiplication of the loaves and fish.  With only five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus fed a crowd of well over 5,000 men, not counting women and children.  At the end, twelve wicker baskets were filled with the leftovers.  This is only one of the miracles of Jesus.   
 

Today the Church celebrates the feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Every time we celebrate mass, the bread and wine become the true body and blood of Jesus through the mystery of the Transubstantiation.  Jesus appears to us on the altar just as He was present to the Apostles, men, women and children when He multiplied the loaves and fish.  Receive this gift of Jesus in faith and He will work a miracle for you.     
 

Weekly Meditation, May 22, 2016 

According to God’s holy Will, we have been blessed with the gift of life.  We are alive at this time to find our spiritual fulfillment, attainable only through God‘s help.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator…”  How best can we live our life?  What will we accomplish with our life?  How can we help one another to grow spiritually closer to God?  Your life has a unique meaning and purpose.  Use it wisely.

 

Weekly Meditation, May 15, 2016 

On the Feast of Pentecost, which we celebrate today, we read in the Gospel of Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles.  Despite the locked doors, Jesus came “…and stood in their midst…”  Imagine the surprise and joy as the Apostles realized Jesus was with them once more.  “…He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  
 

Jesus desires each of us to “receive the Holy Spirit.”  We received the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of love between Father and Son, at Confirmation.  This pure, holy love is one of the most precious gifts we will ever receive in our lives.  God loves us so much that He sends His Spirit of love to us to fill us with faith and peace.  Feel the Spirit of God move in your hearts on this beautiful day.
 

Weekly Meditation, May 08, 2016

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day.  Whether our mothers are living or deceased, we will remember them with love and will pray for them.  On this day, we should also remember Our Blessed Mother.  At the Annunciation, Mary’s faith did not waiver for one instant when the angel Gabriel announced she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.  Our Blessed Mother loves us with the same motherly love she gave to her Son.  If we only ask for her guidance, she will bring us closer to Jesus.    

 
The Blessed Mother stood at the foot of the cross as her Son was crucified.  She suffered untold agony as she watched Him suffer for three hours - her Son who was the absolute meaning of purity and who had never sinned.  Mary now shares eternal life with Jesus in heaven.  Her desire is for us, her children, to one day share the same joy and love.  Open your heart to God as did Our Blessed Mother and let His Will be made manifest in your life.  You will grow holy with His love, and remember, His love for you is immeasurable.
 

Weekly Meditation, May 01, 2016

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.  You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’  If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.”

 
How many times in our lives do we encounter situations that cause us to become troubled or anxious?  At such times, we may see no way out of these circumstances.  However, Jesus is there ready to fill us with His peace - His divine peace.  If we open our hearts to Him, we will truly feel His love and the love of His Father.    
 

Weekly Meditation, April 24, 2016

As the sun rose on the horizon this morning, I noticed it was a stunning golden-orange color.  Ever so slowly, it has started to grow lighter.  Summer will soon settle in upon us.  Already buds have begun to show on the trees, which is a testament to the beauty of nature and beginning of new life.

 
God’s Will speaks through the entire world in the beauty of nature which remains obedient to Him.  One season slips into the next.  So too, our life slowly glides from baby to child to teenager to adult to senior citizen.  During all this, God calls us to follow His holy Will day by day.  In prayer, we can become more aware of the Will of God and our purpose in serving Him.  Seek God.  Pray to Him.  Find His Will and He will fill you with His love.  
 

Weekly Meditation, April 03, 2016

According to the dictionary, the word Family means “a group of people who are closely related by birth, marriage, or adoption.”  I feel that it also means those who are “closely related” in love and caring for one another.  A few weeks ago, I underwent a serious operation that hospitalized me for three weeks.  Hopefully, I will never undergo that procedure again.  
 

From the moment I was out of surgery, my family was by my side for which I am eternally grateful and thankful.  So many people are not blessed like most of us with family members who truly care for us.  So many people go through difficult surgeries with no one by their side.  Let us remember all those hospitalized and in rehabilitation facilities.  Let us take as our model the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  
 

We are sorry that at this time Carolyn is unable to write the Meditations of Heart. We do hope and pray she recovers soon, after a medical procedure.

Weekly Meditation, Feb 21, 2016
 

Today’s gospel of Saint Luke, which speaks of the Transfiguration of Jesus, is one of the most beautiful in the Bible.  Jesus, along with Peter, James and John climbed up the rocky mountainside before finally arriving at the summit. When they reached their destination, Saint Luke writes, “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep…”  Upon awakening “Jesus’ face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.”
 
Our journey through life is not always smooth and easy.  Like Peter, James and John we face many rocky paths and uphill climbs whether physically, spiritually or mentally.  In your daily life, listen to the voice of God the Father when He speaks in your soul, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
 

Sorry Carolyn has been a way the past few weeks.

Weekly Meditation, Jan 31, 2016

In his epistle, Saint Paul writes, “Love is patient, love is kind…it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered…It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”

 
Are you patient?  Are you kind?  Do you bear all things you encounter; do you endure what life throws at you?  Jesus loves us despite our weaknesses and shortcomings.  His life on earth was not one of ease and comfort.  He is true love and showed us by His example how to live and love everyone we meet.   
 

Weekly Meditation, Jan 24, 2016

Two weeks ago, the lottery was worth $1.5 billion.  Did you have any numbers?  I bought two tickets, but did not have one single number!  If you seriously think of that much money, what would you do with it?  Seriously think about it.  New friends would come out of the woodwork.  Your telephone would ring constantly for donations.  All you and I want is to get ahead, to pay our bills and care for our family.

 
Each time we attend mass, Jesus comes to us in the Eucharist.  The graces and blessings He fills us with are worth so much more than money can buy.  As we receive Him, He touches our soul with His soul.  He touches our inner being with His holy body and blood.  The next time you receive Holy Communion, contemplate Jesus, the Son of God within you.  How blessed you are.

Weekly Meditation, Jan 17, 2016
 

“When the time comes and we cannot pray, it is very simple - let Jesus pray in us to the Father in the silence of our hearts.  If we cannot speak, He will speak.  If we cannot pray, He will pray.  So let us give Him our inability and our nothingness.”  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
 
When you feel distressed over a certain situation, turn to Jesus.  When you receive heartbreaking news, turn to Jesus.  Simply offer Him your worries and afflictions and He will guide you through any circumstance.  Remain connected to Jesus and He will show you the way to His Father.
 

Weekly Meditation, Jan 10, 2016

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”  St. Francis de Sales
 

We all undergo difficulties and distress.  No one is exempt.  Even Jesus, the Son of God, present at the dawn of creation faced struggles during His life on earth.  As Saint Francis says, “Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever…”  Place your hardships into the sacred hands of Jesus.  Ask Him to guide you and to keep you close to His Sacred Heart where love abounds.   

Weekly Meditation, Jan 03, 2016

It is hard to believe Christmas is over.  For weeks we were busy with gift-buying, decorating and so much more.  Too often we overlook the true meaning of the Christmas season which is the birth of Jesus.  Jesus is present today and every day in the Holy Eucharist.  He is as alive and present to us now as He was to Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and magi.  Open your eyes and your heart to His Presence in your life.   

 
As Saint John Chrysostom has said, "If we approach with faith, we too will see Jesus ... for the Eucharistic table takes the place of the crib. Here the Body of the Lord is present, wrapped not in swaddling clothes but in the rays of the Holy Spirit."  

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About Carolyn M. Kenney
Carolyn writes for her weekly parish newsletter.
She is the author of "Meditations of the Heart."  This book is available at Amazon.com She has traveled on many religious pilgrimages including the Holy Land and Medjugorje. She has a strong devotion to Our Lady Queen of Peace, Medjugorje.

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"Meditations of the Heart" will be published weekly on Medjugorje USA. Meditations of the Heart are used by permission.

Comment by Medjugorje USA Founder
As of 2011, I have known Carolyn for about 20 year. In these weekly meditations readers will quickly understand (as anyone who has read her book) that Carolyn has a unique way of connecting spiritual thoughts to every day life.