How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 5/14/17

Good Morning Dear Friends ~

Although Mother Teresa lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland.

Mother Teresa’s Family – Her mom & sister to the right

Her dad & Mother Teresa to the left.

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After a year learning English in Ireland, Agnes transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India

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Convent where Mother Teresa was head of the Missionaries.

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Mother Teresa at age 18

Some Family History 

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Have an amazing day & Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms.

Much love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 5/7/17

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Dear Friends ~

Today we talk about Mother Teresa from age 12 thru age 18

Remember we learned last week that Mother Teresa was born with the name Agnes.

Agnes was fascinated with missionaries from an early age, and by 12 she knew that she would commit herself to a religious vocation.

When she was 18, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland.

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Agnes attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, she sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. The congregation made an annual pilgrimage to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice, and it was on one such trip at the age of 12 that she first felt a calling to a religious life.

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As Agnes turned 18, she found her true calling as a nun and left home for good to enrol herself at the Institute of the Blessed Mary Virgin, also called Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. It was there that she first received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St Therese of Lisieux. After a year of training, Sister Mary Teresa came to India in 1929 and initiated her novitiate in Darjeeling, West Bengal, as a teacher at St Teresa’s School. She learned the local language of the state, Bengali. Sister Teresa took her first religious vows in May 1931. Thereafter, she was assigned duty at the Loreto Entally community of Calcutta and taught at St Mary’s School.

Picture of ~ St Therese of Lisieux ~

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Back to Mother Teresa ~

One of Mother Teresa’s first assignments was to teach, and eventually to serve as principal, in a girls’ high school in Calcutta. Although the school was close to the slums (terribly poor sections), the students were mainly wealthy. In 1946 Mother Teresa experienced what she called a second vocation or “call within a call.” She felt an inner urging to leave the convent life (life of a nun) and work directly with the poor. In 1948 the Vatican (residence of the pope in Vatican City, Italy) gave her permission to leave the Sisters of Loretto and to start a new work under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.

To prepare to work with the poor, Mother Teresa took an intensive medical training with the American Medical Missionary Sisters in Patna, India. Her first venture in Calcutta was to gather unschooled children from the slums and start to teach them. She quickly attracted both financial support and volunteers. In 1950 her group, now called the Missionaries of Charity, received official status as a religious community within the Archdiocese of Calcutta. Members took the traditional vows of poverty, chastity (purity), and obedience, but they added a fourth vow—to give free service to the most poor.

 

So much to learn about this beautiful woman.  Such a special woman to give her life to the poor and underprivileged.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Much love,
Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 4/30/17

Good Morning Friend ~

I will be sharing 20 facts about Mother Teresa over the next 20 weeks.

We start with her family picture as a young girl.

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Mother Teresa is a household name for her good works, but many people don’t know much about her beyond “nun who helped the poor.” Here are 20 facts about Mother Teresa.

1. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family (they owned two houses, one of which they lived in). Her father died when she was 8, ending her family’s financial security.

 

  • Born to Nikolle and Dranafile Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Mother Teresa was the youngest child of the Albanian couple. She was born on August 26, 1919 and was baptized the following day as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, a date she considered her ‘true birthday’. She received her First Communion when she was five and a half.

  • Raised in a devoutly Catholic family, her father was an entrepreneur by profession. Her mother had a spiritual and religious bent of mind and was active participant in the local church activities.

  • Sudden and tragic death of her father when she was eight years old left young Agnes disheartened. Despite facing financial crisis, Dranafile did not compromise on the upbringing of her children and raised them with utmost love, care and affection. Over the years, young Agnes grew extremely close to her mother.

  • It was Dranafile’s firm belief and religious attitude that greatly influenced Agnes character and future vocation. A pious and compassionate woman, she instilled in Agnes a deep commitment to charity, which was further affirmed by her involvement in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.

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As I begin my research on Mother Teresa I have such feelings of peace.

I have had this peace since I started my Sunday Reflections.

I hope you follow along with me as we learn much more about this beautiful woman.

God Bless you today & every day.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Much love,

Rose

 

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 4/23/17

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Good Morning Dear Friend ~

I was looking through some of my blogger friends emails today, and came across this post.

This came from a very sweet spiritual woman’s blog ~

I thought, such powerful words to live by ~

ENJOY

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I will share with you just a few ways we can help each other ~

  1. Spouses need encouragement.  Leave “Post-it” notes with words of gratitude and love thoughts in special places.
  2. Pray for someone when they share a hurt or burden.  Right then.  People are more blessed when you pray with them immediately, rather than saying I’ll be praying for you.
  3. Who do you love?  Tell your friend or family member you do.  We all need to hear that we are loved.

Please be sure to see the other 49 ways to encourage others.  They are so worth reading.

http://anextraordinaryday.net/52-practical-and-thoughtful-ways-to-encourage-others/

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection

Good Morning Friends ~

Wishing you a very Happy Easter.  Hope your day is filled with lots of blessings.

Today we are talking about the last Beatitude ~

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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As in the time of Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) and the early Christian Church (Acts 24:5), a Christian in the Middle East today is still called a Nazarene or in Arabic Nasrani or plural Nasara. Middle Eastern Christians have suffered severe persecution since the crises in Iraq and Syria. At least 58 Christians were slaughtered during Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Eastern Catholic Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010. In July 2014 the terrorist Islamic State marked remaining Christian homes in Mosul with the Arabic letter Noon – for Nazarene, Nasrani, or Nasara – and advised residents that they have 24 hours to leave, convert to Islam, or die. Sixty thousand Christians in Mosul have been displaced from their homes, and over one million Christians have fled Iraq since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. It is estimated that the present turmoil in Syria has resulted in over 700,000 Christian refugees escaping to Jordan, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern countries. But the Lord promised those that suffer for his sake will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven!  

How appropriate to have this Beatitude be our last to discuss – on Easter Sunday.

Jesus suffered for all of us so we could be with Him one day in heaven.

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I am truly grateful to Him for all the suffering He has done for all of us.

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There is Hope for this world ~ just keep believing and praying that our world will one day be one.

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Such good words to live by.

We will be learning all about this sweet wonderful woman in our next

Sunday Reflection.

Enjoy your day with each other and never take life for granted.

Happy Easter.

Much Love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 4/9/17

Good Morning my dear Friend ~

We only have two Beatitudes left to talk about.

Today is the 7th Beatitude which is ~

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Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Jesus gives us peace – “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Peace is also a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives but also try to bring peace and friendship to others, and to preserve peace between God and man. But one cannot give another what one does not possess oneself. Praying for peace will help change your heart. The Lord wants you first to be filled with the blessings of peace and then to pass it on to those who have need of it. By imitating God’s love of man, the peacemakers become children of God.

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I truly think this is true ~

When we read the Beatitudes we learn so many beautiful meanings of life.

In the 7th beatitude it is all about the peacemaker, here is one example:

 Nothing disqualifies us in being peacemakers more than talking about people rather than talking to them. The old Spanish proverb is correct: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.” A peacemaker never says anything about another person that she or he has not first said to that person directly. After that, why tell anyone else?

I can find myself doing this from time to time, but I do try hard not to say bad things about another person, because when you do – you always feel awful that you did.  I think this is God’s way of telling us to be the peacemaker – it is in all of us you know.

AND now to one of the BIGGEST  peacemakers of all time ~

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How true ~

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Another BIG truth ~

Enjoy your day friend and remember be the peacemaker.

Much love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 3/26/17

Good Morning Friends ~

We will be learning about the 6th Beatitude today

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Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Moses (Exodus 33:20), John 1:18, and Paul (I Timothy 6:16) all say that no one can see God here on earth! But Jesus says the pure of heart shall see God! To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions and self-seeking desires. What a beautiful goal! How many times have any of us performed an act perfectly free of any personal gain? Such an act is pure love. An act of pure and selfless giving brings happiness to all.

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What is total commitment ~

Commitment means to Love God with our Whole Being

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Which brings me to Mother Teresa

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This is what I love about Mother Teresa ~ to be faithful in the small things because this is where your strength lies.

So simple and true.

If we take each step of our lives this way it truly becomes easier to love one another.

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Beautiful Saint.

Have a wonderful & peaceful Sunday.

Until next time.

Much love,

Rose

 

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 3/12/17

Good Morning Friends ~

Today we will begin to know more about the 5th Beatitude which is ~

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

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A Story of Love

‘The Good Samaritan’ is an example of the fifth beatitude. A man was robbed and attacked on a road, with serious injuries afterwards. Many men passed him on the road; they heard his cries for help. But they ignored him.
A Samaritan man was walking along the road and heard the man. He rushed over to him and helped him, taking him to a shelter and nursing him back to health.
He showed mercy to the poor man, and in return, he received mercy.

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Mercy is the loving disposition towards those who suffer distress. Love, compassion, and forgiveness towards one’s neighbor will bring peace in your relationships. We say in the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. As we are merciful to others, so our Heavenly Father will be merciful with us! Jesus reminds us that whatever “you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me (Matthew 25:31-46).” St. Paul calls for the obedience of faith in the beginning and end of his Letter to the Romans (1:5, 16:25-27). The following are ways to be merciful to your neighbor as well as to be obedient in faith to Christ our Savior.

A definition of the Corporal & Spiritual works of Mercy ~ 

  1. “Corporal works of mercy” which concern the material needs of others.
  2. “Spiritual works of mercy” which concern the spiritual needs of others.

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy
1 Feed the Hungry
2 Give drink to the thirsty
3 Clothe the naked
4 Shelter the homeless
5 Comfort the imprisoned
6 Visit the sick
7 Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
1 Admonish sinners
2 Instruct the uninformed
3 Counsel the doubtful
4 Comfort the sorrowful
5 Be patient with those in error
6 Forgive offenses
7 Pray for the living and the dead 
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I know that Mother Teresa practiced both Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy.

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Just a sweet little 5th Beatitude picture ~

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Have a wonderful Sunday.

Until next week

Much love,

Rose

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Reflection 2/26/17

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Hello Friends ~

Today we will look at the 4th Beatitude which is ~

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

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So one way to distinguish between being righteous and being holy is to say that we are righteous, and are becoming holy. We are righteous through faith in Christ, and we are becoming holy as we grow in faith in Christ. We have been declared righteous because of something that happened outside us: Christ died for our sins. This is God’s work for us. We are not contributing anything to that. We just receive God’s blessing of righteousness when we believe. We are becoming holy because something is happening in us: we are becoming more and more like Christ. This is the work of God in us. It is still God’s work, but we are fully involved, we are living it out.

We may thirst for things to be made right, for those who hate us not to hate us, for those we dislike to grow on us, for reconciliation, for the end of poverty and greed, for the end of division and grief. We may thirst to no longer feel compelled to compare ourselves with others, which fosters the death of both pride and shame, the dissolution of fear and the resolution of all conflict.

 

Jesus says on the Sermon on the Mount, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,” and it is this righteousness, the justice of God revealed in the person of Christ himself, to which he refers. It is a righteousness that not only reveals God to be just, but which justifies those who are in Christ, gradually makes them righteous, and the goodness and peace and justice of God spreads throughout the world, like a mustard seed that grows into a great tree. Being made righteous according to Paul in his epistle to the Romans is therefore the fruit of conversion, a real and living change in one’s heart and behaviors that results in being united to Christ — being in Christ — 
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And one more picture of our sweet Mother Teresa ~
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She sure did love the little babies.
Have the perfect Sunday ~
Much love,
Rose
How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 2/19/17

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Happy Sunday Friends ~

The third beatitude

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

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THE MEEK are those who are gentle, humble, and unassuming, simple in faith and patient in the face of every affront. Imbued with the precepts of the gospel, they imitate the meekness of the Lord, who says, “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”

TO SEE what meekness is, you must look not at meekness but at Christ. Saying meekness is this or that sends you to concepts which are pale copies of reality. Saying “Jesus is meek” sends you to the living reality of it.

IF IT IS the meek, the helpless, the disabled, who will inherit the earth, this is perhaps because the earth, God’s earth, the real earth, can be had on no other terms. It is a gift.

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THE LAND is always inherited; it is not taken. It is not ours to take, but God’s to give. Thus we have no absolute right to it. Our “inheritance” of any land ultimately demands fidelity to God’s vision for the household, how we are to live in the land.

THERE IS radiant meekness in Mary’s response to the archangel Gabriel: “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me just as you have said” (Luke 1:38). … In all its meekness, no other act in human history has had such significance. Through Mary, our Creator became one with us in the flesh.

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GENTLENESS, to be sure, is a fruit of meekness. But the main point about the meek is not their gentleness but their quiet faith and trust in God.
The meek turn again and again to God for help, for direction, and for the sheer joy of it.

Which brings me to my new favorite saint ~ Mother Teresa

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She is perfect in my eyes.

Love you Mother Teresa ~

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose