Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Road Less Traveled


HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY



“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
 May your heart be as light as a song.
 May each day bring you bright, happy hours.
That stay with you all the year long.”


Took a walk the other day when the weather was unseasonably warm, and reveled in the glory of  God's creation.  I didn't see any snakes, deer, little foxes.  There were no croaking frogs or chirping locust.  Yet in all the silence I heard and felt the "breath of God!"  I was not alone.  Maybe I realized this more that day because I had no time constraints and no particular place to be, but it was a joyful moment on this "road less traveled" with a beloved companion.

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Though the road be long
And the journey's end unknown
Steadfastly go on

Revel in  the breeze
With your silent companion
Experience hope

~~^j^~~

Cathy



Please visit Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon for Haiku My Heart. There is always more beautiful words  there to enchant and encourage!!! 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Lenten Retreat at The Woods

Church of the Immaculate Conception
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

Starting tomorrow I will be on retreat at Saint Mary-or-the-Woods.  The Sisters of Providence have been in Indiana since 1842 when Saint Mother Theodore Guerin set foot in these lovely woods.  The Woods is a place of serenity, peace and quiet.  Yes, and it is the campus of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  It is an amazing place and I am so excited to be able to spend time there with the sisters and other associates. 




I will make my retreat in HOPE.  I'm not sure what I am hoping for but then that is the reason I am making a retreat.  I pray the Holy Spirit will guide me and that I have the willingness to listen.

"But our hope is in the providence of God
which has protected us until the present, 
and which will provide, somehow,
for our future needs. . ."
Saint Mother Theodore

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Hope is in the Spirit
Companion on the journey
He is counselor

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!

Cathy

Please visit Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon for Haiku My Heart. There is always more beautiful words  there to enchant and encourage!!! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Awaiting Sping



A hush is over everything,
Silent as women waiting for the 
spring.
~~Sara Teasdale~~

As the air begins to warm and we enter the month of March, I am thrilled in the anticipation of Spring.  You want to go out and do some spring cleaning in the garden, rake the leaves from between the daffodils so that their beds are clear.  

It won't be long before the trees are covered in their coats of green and the bird nests are safely hidden out of sight.  Oh my, and it's just around the corner! 

~~^j^~~
Thanks be to God!

Cathy
 I'm here to play and invite you to join Mersad at Through My Lens.  Should be fun!





I think you should take some time to visit Imagin-in-ing.  You're sure to enjoy it!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Hibiscus Beauty



Earlier in the spring I was sure this hibiscus bush was dead.  We had such a hard winter and my knowledge of the  hibiscus being nil is was sure there was no hope for it.  Well, as you can see I was wrong.  There was nothing but dead branches and so I cut them to the ground.  Soon, to my surprise and delight, green leaves started to sprout.  Oh, my goodness, I am grateful for the resilience of the hibiscus.  Beautiful, though it is, it is strong and sturdy. 

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What a beautiful star I have found in the center of this blossom.  Nature's beauty is indispensable in the light of hope.

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!

Cathy



Please visit Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday and share in the beauty offered there.



Mosaic Monday

I will also be joining Laura at I Heart Macro to day too.  Why not stop by and enjoy!



Shine the Divine


Monday, December 08, 2014

Hope in Time of Change




Know it's been a long time since I have offered A Bit of the Blarney.  I have had so much going on that the computer has not been part of the plan.  But now, times have changed.  
Changes come in so many ways and the last 6 months have offered many opportunities  for change.  I have learned a great deal about change of late.  

So what has changed?  I have retired.  Yes, indeed, and that is a change.  Friends have asked me what my plans are for retirement?  My answer, "I don't have any plans."  The truth is my plans include just trying to adjust.  I have time to spend doing things I've wanted to do and yet it will have to wait...

Well, because we are moving...not far, but moving nonetheless.  And considering the season it will take some time to get organized.  Those who know me know that organization is something in which I have limited skill.  So, the reason for "hope."  I think that just getting the house decorated will be the first thing I will work to achieve at this early time in my retirement.  

Thanks be to God!!!

~~~^j^~~~

Cathy  

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Sunset on the Ohio


There is something about a sunset that inspires hope.  In its beauty we anticipate the glory of the new day to come.  I have much for which I am to be grateful and in reflection it has been a glorious day!!!

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!

Cathy

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Hoping for Sunlight

Saint Gregory Hall
Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Unlike this Sunday with no sun, only ice and sleet, last weekend was like a refreshing preview of Spring.  There is hope that his weather will not cause problems, but reflecting on this morning's Gospel reading [Matthew 6: 24-34], I should not worry but trust in the Providence of Almighty God.

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!

Cathy

Pleases stop by and visit Karen at Sunlit Sunday and offer your bit of sunshine today.
  

  Today's link to Provident God.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Hoping for Sunshne



It has been gray and gloomy here for so long that any bit of sunshine is cherished. While I sit here the song we sang as kids has come to mind.
"Sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you
'Til you take my sunshine away."

And who can forget John Denver's Sunshine On My Shoulders?

So to all who have the sunshine enjoy and cherish it!  For us who are still waiting for it, find a song to sing that will brighten you day.
~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!!

Cathy

Pleases stop by and visit Karen at Sunlit Sunday and offer your bit of sunshine today.
  

  Today's link to Provident God.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Haiku My Heart and Share the Joy in HOPE






Today I join Meri for Share the Joy Thursday.   For I believe we need to find it in my life every day no matter the realities in which we live.  God is Good in so many ways even in times of trial.

Joy comes in many forms.
And this day has the potential of
being just as grand as
celebrating the beauty in
a diamond thats name is
HOPE


Hope Diamond Taken at the Smithsonian, 2007

must be open to it!

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          With FAITH we learn trust        
HOPE gives life to tomorrow
But LOVE brings us peace
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So, trust in tomorrow gives rise to hope for peace.

At least that's my HOPE.

~~~^j^~~~

Thanks be to God!!!

Cathy

Please visit Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon for Haiku My Heart. There is always more beautiful words  there to enchant and encourage!!! 





Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mosaic Monday


I always feel at home at The Woods.  I'm greeted with hugs and smiles.  The sisters and my friends are alway happy to see me.  Walks and treasured time the Associates allow me to become centered again in my faith.  I become renewed and refreshed.  

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!!!

Cathy


The Little Red House and share in the beauty offered there.   And though I have nothing to offer at  Macro Monday  Lisa has a wonderful time planned for you.  The pictures all are an inspiration!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Haiku My Heart




Lonely waterlily
So beautiful and fragile
Hope for the future


Tomorrow two young men will be ordained here in the diocese of Evansville.  Much like this poor waterlily in a pond that needs tending, these young men will be entering into a life of servitude where tending the garden of souls may be fragile, but oh what hope there is in the future.   They must never relinquish that hope.  Pray with me for them and all those how have answered the call to serve in the order of  Melchizedek.

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!!!

Cathy


Please visit Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon for Haiku My Heart. There is always more beautiful words  there to enchant and encourage!!! 



Friday, February 10, 2012

Haiku My Heart

Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado


Spring in the Canyon
The waters from the High Country
Renewing our hope.

Hope in all beauty
Hope in all things mystical
Holy and divine.

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!!!

Cathy


Please visit Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon for Haiku My Heart. There is always more beautiful words  there to enchant and encourage!!! 










Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mosaic Monday~!Macro Monday





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And the rebirth of beauty


~~~^j^~~~ 
Thanks be to God!
Cathy



Now please visit Mary at The Little Red House and share in the beauty offered there.   Lisa at  Macro Monday  also has much to offer.  The pictures are grand.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Travel Journal Day 2


“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints” ~Wilfred Peterson 

Left this evening after work on the first leg of the journey to Mom's in Montana.  We'll be stopping in St. Louis and stay the night at Rhonda and John's house.  Family is such a treasure.  Because there ave been some highway closing along the route this year because of all the rain an flooding along the Missouri River we called to see if  they knew of any routes to take that would have less delays.  John told us of a route  he had taken recently and then invited us to leave early, spend the night there and in so doing we will arrive at Mom's a day earlier than we had anticipated.  

And to add to the days treasures I found this quote by Saint Brigid of Ireland...


"I would like the angels of heaven to be among us.  I would like an abundance of peace.  I would like full vessels of charity.  I would like rich treasures of mercy.  I would like cheerfulness to preside over all.  I would like Jesus to be present."


And so I wish all these things on this journey!

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God





Thursday, February 17, 2011

~Tea Talk~




No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. 
~Proverb



I'm having...Island Mango Peach White Tea from Lipton.  It's very flavorful.



My teacup...is one I got at Cracker Barrel a few weeks ago. Had breakfast with a friend and we got mugs to savor our tea at home and remind us that friendship is a real treasure.



I'm feeling...So very grateful.  The cabinets are in and the counter top will be measured and in another week or two it will be in place.  The kitchen is coming together and my how wonderful it is.  I am grateful to all who helped with this process from beginning to the middle here...not quite the end.  But the kids and Ron and the contractors from Lowe's have been just grand.


On my mind...is the weekend retreat at St. Meinrad Archabbey.  It's that time of year again when women from the church gather there for two days of prayer, instruction and community.  It's how I get ready for spring.  



Sam's personal inspection of the new cabinets. 

  Wishing all a wonderful Thursday!!

~~~^j^~~~

Now won't you join me and visit Ruth at Celebrate Friendship is hosting Tea Talk at her house?  Share a cup of tea or a cool refreshing drink with us.

Monday, September 06, 2010

~~HOPE~~

The last two days I have seen something I was afraid I would not see for a long time.  I must preface this by saying I am allergic to the blessed bee.  The good thing is that they seem to be more interest in eating than bothering me.

It has been said that the are on the decline and because of that our crops, flowers and trees will suffer because there are not enough to pollinate.  So that is why I am hopeful.  You see in two different places hundreds of miles apart I saw the bee in action and not just one but lots of bees.

 Bees in garden in the Barrington House garden, Roswell, Georgia


Bees sipping, imbibing at the hummingbird feeder at our house today! 

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I'm Disappointed

South Dakota Prairie, 2010


When we got home yesterday, I emptied the trunk/car and Ron went to pick up Duchess at the Dog Sitters. I started the PC and went to sort the laundry. Next thing I knew there was a horrible noise in the office. As it turns out, the computer CRASHED!!!!!

So now I'm computer shopping and hoping the info on the hard drive can be retrieved...so until I can get the new computer I won't be able to offer anything for Mosaic Monday. And so my disappointment. Will still be visiting others tomorrow and maybe you can visit there too.

Please visit Mary and The Little Red House. Her pictures are grand and so are the pictures of others!

~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Picture Puzzle Day

Green and yellow, what lovely colors. They speak of hope and optimism. If there are two things this world need now are HOPE AND OPTIMISM. I think pessimism has carried us through the winter. Now we have to let it go and rise to a new day.




Daffodil yellow
Fragrances sweet and mellow
Spring rises in them.



Click to Mix and Solve
Join me please today as we share a spring day just before we begin to celebrate the beginning of the holiest weeks of the year. Let us begin with hope that comes to fruition in the Resurrection.

I would ask you to share a picture of hope, as you see it, and challenge all of us to enjoy it as we put all the pieces together. Something broken that we can make whole. Enter the world of JigZone and play along today!

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Thanks be to God!

Please share your hope by inviting us through Mr Linky.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Picture Puzzle Day


Do you have time to play today? If you do please take some time to rest here and put together the puzzle. I'm offering you some quiet space in which you can play and not be expected to do anything but enjoy your time here. There are no calculations to be done here or any serious concerns to be addressed. No bookkeeping or bills to pay. Just stay and play! And when you're finished with mine, wander over to the side bar and enjoy the Winter Berries.

Click to Mix and Solve
Backyard Spring

Please join the fun and offer us one of your pictures so we can play along. Please leave a comment and then link us to your Picture Puzzle Day. Thank you!!!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality


The lesson last night was an instruction in how to move our Catholicity to a higher level. I have had this book for two years. In that time, I have used it as a resource in my preparation for my RCIA presentation numerous times.

Quick story...I received my copy of Rediscovering Catholicism two years ago when we visited our son, Jimmy, for Christmas in Alpharetta, GA. His parish, Saint Brigid Catholic Church, gave this book to the entire church, members and visitors alike, for Christmas and was distributed Christmas Day. I took it home, read it and was awed.

A couple of months later I used it in one of the RCIA classes as part of the topic on Reconciliation. When all was said and done, the Director of RCIA, asked where I had gotten the book. I pulled a postcard from the book that suggested one could get 2 free books to share with others and so she took it to see if she could get those two plus purchase enough for the class...about 10 candidates. The next time I saw Bev I asked her if she was able to get the books. She told me that, not only was she able to get those two books, but she was sent free of charge enough books for the rest of the class and each of the sponsors.

Enough said! This man practices what he preaches!

So that brings us to those Seven Pillars...This topic is an entire section of the book.

Those pillars are:

Reconciliation
Contemplation
The Mass
The Bible
Fasting
Spiritual Reading
The Rosary

When I heard these topics explained I realized that by integrating each of these pillars sincerely into my life I can't help but become "The Best Version of Myself." It's got to be laborious, for nothing good can come from stagnation and laziness. I say, "Give it a TRY." You and I certainly have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Wishing you a GRAND day!!


~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!