Seek with All Your Heart

If you’re consid’ring seeking God
And if He can be found

Then know He’s seeking you with love (Luke 19:10)

He’s known as Heaven’s “Hound” (Francis Thompson)


“The Lord rewards all those who seek Him…

…honestly” with trust (Hebrews 11:6)

Christ’s promise, “Seek and you shall find” (Matthew 7:7)

Cures restless wanderlust (Jeremiah 2:13)


Go “look for God with ALL your heart” (Deuteronomy 4:29)

Your search will be anointed 

The Lord has pledged that those who “seek”

Will NOT be disappointed (Jeremiah 29:13)


“For all who search will find [Him]” (Proverbs 8:17) Yes! 

His promises are true

With every step you limp toward God

Ten steps He leaps t’ward you (Song of Songs 2:8-9)

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See You in Heaven


“I’ll see you in heaven… if not before!” said the

Man with a smile, then he walked out the door

His phrase struck a chord so I said to the Lord, “Let me

See him in heaven… if not before!”


“I’ll see you in heaven… if not before!” This neat 

Greeting reminds us of why we were born

To know, love and serve God by loving our neighbor! So… (Matthew 25; Deuteronomy 6)

“See you in heaven… if not before!”


Please pray that like “leaven” we draw  to His Feet (Matthew 13:33) all

Lost souls to the heavenly hope that’s in store (Colossians 1:5)

To strengthen our hope that again we will meet, I say:

“See you in heaven… if not before!”

God’s Plan for Your Joy


When God created you He planned a path of joy all measured out-

A dream for you He dreamed up long ago (Ephesians 1:4)

God planned each detail of your road to lead you to His Treasure! Doubt?-

Then ask Him, “What’s my path, I long to know!” (Hebrews 11)

God foreordained good works for you to do for sundry suff’ring souls- 

Love’s deeds that wait for you and you alone (Ephesians 2:10)

The path the Shepherd leads you on is not without rough rocks and holes-

Beneath His Wings, protection is well known (Matthew 23:37; Psalm 91)

God’s plan for you is full – chock full! – of hope and “welfare, not of woe”-

He’ll show you step by step the path to tread (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 23)

He’ll arm you with the Spirit’s Sword to strike down lies from mankind’s Foe-

Faith’s Shield repels his firey darts of dread (Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 5:8)

The “road is wide” that leads unprayerful souls to hopeless, endless woe

For you, the “narrow road” God prearranged (Matthew 7)

Although this road will lose you friends, with Christ you’ll ne’er be friendless, no!

Cling close by prayer and you’ll not be estranged

Treat Yourself to a Retreat

At least once a year
Go on Retreat
A time to rest in the Shepherd’s Arms
A time to hear your Beloved call you His Beloved
A time to fall in love again
A time for receiving, not giving
A time for “Ora”, not “Labora”
A time for listening, not speaking
A time to be filled, not to be poured
A time for being, not doing
A time to “BE”
A time to “be still and know that God is God” (and you are not)
A time for receiving the Sap of the Spirit as a branch on Christ the Vine
A time to be pruned by the Vinedresser, through solitude, silence, scripture, sacraments, and spiritual direction
A time of “Marian receptivity”, not “Marthian activity”
So treat your body, treat your mind, treat your soul…
Go on retreat

God’s Daughter-Mother-Spouse

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Our Lady’s the DAUGHTER of God our Good Father (Lumen Gentium 5)

She’s MOTHER of God for she bore her Creator (LG 56)

And Mary is also the SPOUSE of the Spirit (Luke 1)

Her love is relentless for you! why evade her?

The more one cries out to Our Lady by name
The sooner the Spirit will “fly” to that one (cf. St. Louis de Montfort)
The more that a man shuns occasions of shame
The quicker will Mary draw him to her Son
Call out to this Mother each time you are tempted
Then beg her to send you her powerful Spouse
The Spirit soon helps all who ask, none exempted
Invite both these spouses into your soul’s house
To pray with the Ros’ry’s like holding her hand
She leads us to Jesus as our Loving Mother (John 2:5)
He yearns to be Spouse of our heart’s hidden “land” (Isaiah 62:1-5)
Through Mary, the Enemy’s plans God will smother (Revelation 12)
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, JESUS. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen!”

 

Thank God Ahead of Time

For more about Blessed Solanus Casey: http://solanuscasey.org/who-is-father-solanus

Born in Wisconsin
Mary said, “go to Detroit”
Joined Capuchins there

Ordained “simplex” priest
Served in New York twenty years
Detroit twenty years

Awful Vi’linist
When his brothers rolled their eyes
He’d sneak to chapel

There he’d play for Christ
Christ in the tabernacle
Jesus loved His tunes

Humble Franciscan
Blessed Solanus Casey
Thanked God for all things

Thanked God in good times
Even thanked God in bad times
Thanked God in advance

He had two great loves
They were, “the sick and the poor”
He saw Christ in them

His prayers won favors
Countless miracles and cures
Ask him to pray now

Casey’s “at the bat”
But this Casey won’t strike out
He’ll hit a home run

Ask him for favors
He’ll take your pleas to Jesus
Thank God in advance

Casey was faith-filled
He often said, “Blessed be God…”

“…in all His designs.”

“Blessed Solanus,
May we love and serve like you.
Pray for us to God!”

The Unseen Guest

(This poem inspired by this teaching: “Christ is the head of the home, the unseen guest of every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.” -anonymous)

*The Risen Christ, the unseen head of every Christian home
And head of every parish home where Christians gather weekly
He’ll welcome back all members if they scatter, flee or roam
As did the Father for his pig-styed son who crawled home meekly

The Risen Christ, the unseen guest of every family meal
He sits at tables flowing over or endowed quite humbly
Inspiring all the rich to share their excess with great zeal
While knowing that they’re feeding Christ by filling tummies grumbly

The Risen Christ, the unseen list’ner to each conversation
May all our words and topics give Him gladness not heart-ache
He laughs and cries with us as we out pour our tribulation
Let gossip never pass our lips, but kind words for His sake

The Risen Christ, the unseen God ‘neath every Catholic steeple
Appearing as plain bread and wine transformed into His Presence
He veils Himself so humbly to transform His haughty people
Who visit Him and feed on Him! Both wealthy folk and peasants

“And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13 ESV)