"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
It’s a blessing to go to Israel and walk where Jesus walked. It might be your dream to go to the Holy Land. To see it, to feel it, and to be a part of it. We want to help you experience your dream. We want you to experience it as a pilgrim not a tourist!
There will be distractions and challenges. There will be crowds, buses of tourists, vendors and large groups. The normal everyday life will be all around you. So how?
How do you feel like your on a pilgrimage amidst the noise and crowds?
How do you take in the Holy sites in a peaceful and quiet way?
How do you not be stressed out?
You want to "Walk where Jesus walked" - with Jesus!
We want the same for you. We want you to walk with Jesus, to experience the risen Christ in our midst. We don't want you to feel like tourists or to hurry or to feel overloaded in anyway. We want you to just be, be present with Our Lord and to be present on your journey.
Let us make your dream come true. Join us on our beautiful pilgrimage. You will be walking along the countryside from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee, you will be actually walking where Jesus walked. Walking where Jesus did most of His ministry work. You will be sitting under the tree or along the water. You will have quiet time. You will have time to sit with Jesus.
We will come together as a group and have Scripture meditations and prayers to engage our hearts with the Lord. Each morning we will start with prayer.
We will set aside time at the holy sites and through out the pilgrimage to find that quiet spot to pray and reflect. We will share our hearts with one another. Our pilgrimage family will come together and you will make lifetime friends.
Please pray about joining us. We choose to go to the Holy Land and to walk this journey during Lent. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
Walk the Jesus Trail this Lent, let this journey bring you closer to Christ and leave you changed by this beautiful encounter with him!
I have decided to keep a gratitude journal. They are available everywhere now, titled and ready to record your thanks. But any kind of notebook will work. I’m feeling blessed right now. God has given me so many gifts and graces and I find that sometimes, because life gets in the way, I can forget to say a simple “thank you.” And because my needful prayers can sometimes consume me, that “thank you Lord” can easily be left hanging in the air. So, with pen in hand, I will pray my thank you in writing it down.
The other morning sitting in my prayer chair, a book that had been closed for many years, caught my eye. I hesitated (don’t know why) but then picked it up and opened it to the daily reading. The book is called, "Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" it was written by Sarah Ban Breathnach. My mom gave me this book years ago. I had read it then and it became one of those books to keep. One that you don't want to get rid of because you know whenever you are called to open it, it will speak to you. Well yesterday was that day!
There it was, Gifts of the Magi. It was written with such simplicity and beauty.
She lists seven sets of gifts, saying that the real gifts of Christmas were wrapped in miracles. Here are the miracle gifts that she writes about.
The first gift was of Spirit, the Spirit of the Unconditional Love of God for mankind.
These miraculous gifts are not to be found in malls or on the internet. These are gifts we cannot order online. They are only welcomed and appreciated by an open heart.
And in the spirit of Christmas, we need to share these gifts of little miracles, to family, friends and even to casual acquaintances.
Never forget that we are God’s hands on earth. And never forget that there are many times when God works his miracles through us.
Awesome, isn’t it!
I hope each and everyone one of you has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones!
Love and Peace to all,
Mary Maddox/Prayerful Path
"According to an article a few years ago in The Wall Street Journal, the Holy Land is "enjoying an unlikely wave of religion-based tourism even as the Middle East's wars and terrorist attacks scare away most leisure visitors." In 2014, the number of tourists visiting Israel tripled over the previous decade--from about 1.1 million to 3.3 million visitors. 56% of this increase was represented by Christians." ~Peter Economy, The Leadership Guy
I traveled to the Holy Land with a tour company and although it was amazing, I felt like I was being herded around from one spot to the next, on and off the bus. So that is why we have designed a more intimate way to see the Holy Land.
Last summer my son and I walked the Jesus Trail. We met and talked with many of the local businesses and were able to fine tune our Jesus Trail pilgrimage. Fine tune it in such a way that we feel we will be helping our pilgrims and the small businesses along the way, giving back a little to the small guy. We know what it feels like to be the small guy so helping out our fellow small business owners comforts our souls.
We do things differently than large tour companies. We will walk a part of this pilgrimage which will allow you to see the country side and to enjoy the land that Jesus walked. You will be able to interact with those who have lived their lives in this Holy place. Those meetings in themselves were unique and uplifting experiences. I will never forget their kindness and the encouragement.
We also will give our pilgrims time in Jerusalem. Time to explore, time to walk the streets and to experience this beautiful city. Time to find that hole in the wall restaurant that has the best Shawarma. Psst, we have a few places to share with you! We have handpicked all the sites, all the places not to be missed, all the wonder you could want to enhance your journey to the Holy Land. The more nitty gritty details can be found here:
You could go to the Holy Land with a big Tour Company with three buses or with a well- known author in a huge group and I'm sure either way would be amazing. But our pilgrimages will offer you a more intimate experience of the Holy Land. We believe in our small group experiences; time for sharing, time for reflections and time for prayer. In other words, time to make your pilgrimage days a special time with the Lord.
With Prayerful Path you will explore all the nooks and crannies and all the caves and dwellings in the country side. You will sit under a tree in a field watching the horses or cows or the local farmer and enjoying time to rest in the shade. Just like Jesus and his disciples must have done as they walked the countryside.
We will start our Lenten Journey differently this year, we will be in the Holy Land. So if you want some time for reflection, self-examination, repentance and time to deepen your relationship with God, then join us!
March 9-21, 2019
$2599 pp, dbl occupancy *land only
We can arrange all flight arrangements at an additional cost.
Want more information, please email or call us today!
As I sat in my prayer chair this morning, my eyes were drawn to this picture I have hanging on my wall. This work of art has Jesus in the boat with His disciples during the storm. As I looked at this picture, I realized the eyes of the disciples. They have fear in them and they are all looking at Jesus. They are depending on Him. Yet, He is sleeping.
"Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." ~ Matthew 8:23-26
Our life’s journey is similar to the sea of Galilee that night. We can all relate to the disciples. We seem to have a strong faith when all is well, but when we see everything turning against us we fail to keep our eyes on Jesus and start to Panic.
You always hear on TV, if you fall into quicksand "don't panic". Now I hope we never fall into quicksand, but our lives can be just like quicksand. The more aimlessly we move around the more we sink. The more we depend on our own resources the more we sink. So keep your eyes on Jesus. Just like when Peter was walking on the water, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and saw the waves of the oceans around him he started to sink. Stay focused on Jesus and allow Him to calm your storms.
This then brought me to the song by Hillside United called 'Oceans'. If you know it, then listen again, It is always a good one to hear again and again. If you have never heard it, I hope you enjoy.
You call me out upon the waters The great unknown, where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep, my faith will stand
"Yes . . . St. Nicholas was known to ride a donkey laden with gifts for children before he graduated to flying reindeer!"
Today, December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children.
St. Nicholas of Myra is a major saint in many European and Eastern countries. Saint Nicholas would spread good will and charity towards the poor.
"It has been told that St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, threw bags of dowry money, either through a window or down a chimney, into the home of an impoverished family to rescue their daughters from being sold into slavery. This was just one of his many acts of good will and charity towards the poor, especially poor children." ~ Gretchen Filz
From this act of kindness, a tradition grew. Children would leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas would fill them. He would come and fill the shoes with special fruits, candies and other small gifts.
Let us follow in the steps of St. Nicholas and help someone in need. I am sure each and everyone of you already have ways that you help others but this Advent lets try something new. Here are a few ideas.
Here are a few organizations you might wish to donate to.
A Prayer to Saint Nicholas of MyraO
Good St. Nicholas,
you who are the joy of the children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood,
which the gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me.
You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas,
open my faith to the mystery of God made man.
You good bishop and shepherd,
help me to find my place in the Church
and inspire the Church to be faithful to the Gospel.
O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless,
watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs,
as well as over those who humble themselves before you.
Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem,
when true joy and peace are found. Amen.
By: Mary Maddox
I will never forget my first pilgrimage. It changed my life forever. This is one of the reasons, pilgrimages hold such a dear place in my heart. I have seen what happens when we give ourselves to God. When we step outside of our comfort zone, leave our homes, sit in prayer and walk with Our Lord on a journey.
"Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage." Psalm 84:5
It was here on this pilgrimage to Medjugorje, where Our Lord grabbed hold of my heart. Sitting in the crowded church the song started. Here I Am, Lord. I started to sing the song which I had sung my whole life, yet this time it was different. I started to cry, not tears of sadness, no these were tears of joy!
I felt Our Lord, I felt His love, I felt Him hold me, I felt Him say, I am here!
I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart
Make this Advent a pilgrimage, walk this road to Bethlehem with the Holy Family. Give yourself some prayer time. Are you finding it hard to find your time?
The goal of Anthony Bloom’s classic book Beginning to Pray is to address the problem of praying within the speed at which our lives are moving. It's amazing because this book was written almost 40 years ago! His book continues to be an inspiration to people for prayer today. He says, “I will spare you any description of the way in which one can make time: I will only say that if we try and waste a little less of it, there will be more of it. If we use crumbs of wasted time to try to build short moments of recollection and prayer, we may discover that there is quite a lot of it.”
Once we have found that wasted time, be it 5 minutes or more, we can redeem it for reflection and prayer by being silent.
Lets break it down:
Don't get frustrated, start small. Enjoy your time.
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart
By: Mary Maddox
I just spent a year of walking. In 2018, I walked approximately 1000 miles across Europe and Israel. Let's break this down:
In April/May, I walked a portion of the Camino from Samos to Santiago. (10 days)
In May/June, I walked the full Camino from St. Jean to Santiago. (34 days)
In June, I walked the Jesus Trail in Israel. (4 days)
In September, I walked a portion of the Camino from Leon to Santiago. (14 days)
In Sept/Oct, I walked the full Portuguese Coastal Camino. (14 days)
It was my most amazing year. I found so much joy in all of this walking. I knew I had truly found my calling... leading others to Our Lord through walking meditation. Healing and love happens in every step.
So, why am I telling you this?
Because, I spent approximately 76 days with Our Lord. Over two months of walking across the world. In all that time, in laughter with others, in quiet prayer and in walking, our Lord kept repeating the same words to me, "Open your heart, I need you."
"Open your heart, I need you." What do you mean Lord? I thought you had my heart, I thought it was open. I pray, I do mission work, I help others, and I walk in faith. So, what do you mean, "Open your heart, I need you."
His words came on a very ordinary walking day. We were walking from Catrojeriz to Fromista. It was sunny and warm, one of the few warm weather days we had on our full Camino. We had 25 kms (16 miles) to hike. Toward the end of the day, we were walking along some canals. They were built in the 1750's, now they are used for irrigation. It was peaceful to walk along the water. Our group had separated, everyone walking at their own pace. I started to pray. As I walked step by step, I felt Our Lords presence next to me. It felt like He was walking beside me. This is when I heard Our Lord say, "open your heart, I need you.". I walked in silence and pondered those words. It was on this day, walking in the sunlight that I realized that my heart had been closed.
So, what happened? What closed my heart up tight and locked it? For me, it was my first experience of betrayal, a painful and scary time. (I know some people will say, you’re pretty lucky that it was your first) but the number matters not. It was a crushing blow to my heart. I know you can relate. All of us have been hurt by someone.
I thought I had forgiven my trespassers and I thought I was moving on. Yet, on this day, He reminded me that yes, I had forgiven but my heart was not open. My heart was not open to making new friends; my heart was afraid. I had retreated into His love. It was a good place. I needed the assurance of His love and care. I didn’t want or need to open myself to the outside world. His friendship was enough. But on this day his words were loud and clear. And maybe because of so many walking days and prayers, my little brain slowly saw the truth. My heart was not open! I was too complacent knowing I had forgiven, and once that was done, I stayed there. I concentrated on protecting my heart. I was stuck. But on that day, in that moment, I understood His simple call. OPEN YOUR HEART. He needs me. He needs me to give my heart freely. God needs me to not be afraid any more.
It's funny, Our Lord kept giving me signs along the Camino. I was hearing the same words over and over, spoken to me from strangers, "you radiate kindness and love" Wow! What? How could that be? I think the Lord was reminding me of the open hearted person I used to be. He was touching my heart with words from strangers, preparing me for His message.
I knew it was time. Time to heal and time to come back to the person formed in my mother's womb. As I walked, I chipped away at all the things that were holding me back.
You might ask, how did I do that?
I let go of pain.
I let go of pity.
I let go of trespasses and trespassers
I let go of comparing myself to others
I let go of expectations
I let go of being tough
I let go of fear
I let go and choose love again
I know we don't all have time to walk 1000 miles with God but maybe for me, it was needed. He got my attention that one warm sunny afternoon along the canals. A quiet, solitary place ... we all need that. Find yours … maybe it's at Church, at Adoration, or on a walk. Listen as you go about your day.
Chip away at your blocks. Allow the healing to take place and expect love, peace and joy to enter into your hearts.
Open your heart, let go and choose love again.
The season of Advent is a waiting time. Waiting with hopeful anticipation. Waiting with joyful hearts. The Blessed Mother Mary is on her way to Bethlehem.
As a child, I couldn't wait for Christmas. In my child’s heart it was all about Santa. Of course, we had the stable set up and the Advent calendar to count down the days, Jesus was coming. But so was Santa.
Every Christmas, I was probably the most impatient of the four children. I remember bugging my parents and my grandparents so much, that they started a new tradition. The story our parents told us (in order to get some sleep on Christmas Eve) was that Santa would start his journey at our house. We would be his first stop. Our house! Out of the entire world, our house! He would stop early on Christmas Eve, (yeah, I believed them, not my brother, but my two sisters and I were sold.) That meant that we would get home from Mass, have our Christmas Eve supper... and then my Dad would take all four of us for a walk. I'm glad we lived in Florida because it was usually perfect weather. As we walked around the neighborhood, we would be looking for Santa in the sky. My Dad would always see him and but just as we returned, he would see him fly away. What an amazing night! After we opened gifts, I would fall asleep so happy and in peace because my wishes had come true.
What a joyful time? Now as an adult, the magic of Santa long gone, the waiting Advent season takes on new meaning. We wait, we prepare and we look for readings that will fill our souls with comfort in this season of waiting. We are reminded of the times in our lives when waiting was difficult. It’s in those times that we hold onto words of wisdom. “All will be well.” “This too shall pass.” “Nothing is impossible with God.”
I understand the frustration of waiting. I have had days when the words, “Jesus I trust in You,” were my only comfort. Even now I find myself in a personal season of waiting. At times I wait joyfully, knowing and trusting that all will be well and at other times I feel lonely. I'm sure you can relate.
But in this season of Advent, I am reminded that Christmas is all about the plan of God unfolding, in God's way and in His good time. Mary’s story is unfolding as we patiently journey with her through Advent. God’s plan is unfolding for our salvation. And in faith we believe a way for us is unfolding.
Because of this, I sit in my prayer corner and prepare my heart for Christmas joy. Entering into a time of deeper prayer and reflection during this Advent season, has brought me to a good place. I know that I feel closest to Our Lord, when I give up the call of the world and give my time to Him. Especially in our fast-paced, technological society, we need our quiet time, a time to enter more fully into the joy of Christ's birth. We must now wait patiently like Our Blessed Mother. She is a perfect example for us. Mary surrendered to the workings of Divine Providence.
After conceiving Jesus at the Annunciation, Mary had to exercise great patience with Joseph, her betrothed, and had to wait for the Lord to direct him. Since Joseph feared taking Mary to be his wife, she might have wondered if Joseph understood the great role God was asking him to play in the Incarnation and the salvation of the world.
In order for us to experience Christmas joy, we are invited to wait patiently like Mary. So, join me in asking the Blessed Mother to help prepare our hearts for Christ.
God calls us to "holy waiting" as we look for the fulfillment of His promises. May we follow the Blessed Virgin Mary, who models this patience and holy waiting for us. She is our mother and guide during this Advent, leading us on the way to Christmas joy!
May we sleep peacefully during this Advent waiting time, happy to know in our hearts that Our Lord is fulfilling our Christmas wishes and prayers.
Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright. Round yon virgin, mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
“Prepare your hearts to receive Jesus the Savior.”
— Pope Francis, General Audience, Nov. 27, 2013
As Advent begins, reflect upon how ready you are to receive Jesus.
Are you preparing for it with the same passion and drive that you are preparing for Christmas through shopping, cooking, decorating, etc?
Are you preparing for the spiritual celebration of His birth?
Are you awake and aware of the numerous ways that God speaks to you on a daily basis?
As Pope Frances says.,"Prepare your hearts to receive Jesus the Savior", make this Advent the time to prepare your heart.
Make some commitments to prayer, spiritual exercises, reflection and attentiveness to His gentle and glorious voice.
Our Lady Calls us to Bethlehem
First Sunday of Advent
It’s All About Love
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Message from December 13, 1984
"Dear children! You know that the season of joy is getting closer, but without love you will achieve nothing. So first of all, begin to love your own family, everyone in the parish, and then you'll be able to love and accept all who are coming over here. Now let these seven days be a week when you need to learn to love. Thank you for having responded
to my call."
What happened to us? And when? When did we become so careful about who we choose to love, thinking we can judge someone's intent. Mary knows that our life experiences can dim our spirits. She knows that when someone hurts us we tend to keep a closer hold on our natural loving ways. And so she asks us again to think about opening our hearts and letting our love show. If we were truly on this road to Bethlehem with Mary, our loving hearts would embrace this young pregnant girl and her unborn child. No questions asked. Today there are many on the road with us. And no matter how strong and bold some may seem, I bet if we could see their hearts and they could see ours, it would be all about love.
…this Thanksgiving, we do not give thanks. We choose it. We will make this choice of thanks with courageous hearts, knowing that it is humbling to say “thank you."
God, there are days we do not feel grateful. When we are anxious or angry. When we feel alone. When we do not understand what is happening in the world or with our neighbors. When the news is bleak, confusing. God, we struggle to feel grateful.
But this Thanksgiving, we choose gratitude.
We choose to accept life as a gift from you, and as a gift from the unfolding work of all creation.
We choose to be grateful for the earth from which our food comes; for the water that gives life; and for the air we all breathe.
We choose to thank our ancestors, those who came before us, grateful for their stories and struggles, and we receive their wisdom as a continuing gift for today.
We choose to see our families and friends with new eyes, appreciating and accepting them for who they are. We are thankful for our homes, whether humble or grand.
We will be grateful for our neighbors, no matter how they voted, whatever our differences, or how much we feel hurt or misunderstood by them.
We choose to see the whole planet as our shared commons, the stage of the future of humankind and creation.
God, this Thanksgiving, we do not give thanks. We choose it. We will make this choice of thanks with courageous hearts, knowing that it is humbling to say “thank you.” We choose to see your sacred generosity, aware that we live in an infinite circle of gratitude. That we all are guests at a hospitable table around which gifts are passed and received. We will not let anything opposed to love take over this table. Instead, we choose grace, free and unmerited love, the giftedness of life everywhere. In this choosing, and in the making, we will pass gratitude onto the world.
Thus, with you, and with all those gathered at this table, we pledge to make thanks. We ask you to strengthen us in this resolve. Here, now, and into the future. Around our family table. Around the table of our nation. Around the table of the earth.
We choose thanks.
By: Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. This prayer is based on a prayer published in Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.
Who doesn't love to get cozy? Nothing beats cuddling up under a blanket, sipping on a cup of hot tea and reading a book. It's even better when you can share that blanket with a loved one. Sometimes when it's cold and rainy outside, all I can think about it is getting on my couch, grabbing that blanket and getting cozy. Just as much as we love getting cozy with our loved ones or with a good book, Our Lord enjoys getting cozy with us as well.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~Psalm 46:10
God desires us to sit with Him. He wants us to get wrapped up in Him, not just that cozy blanket. He yearns for private time with us. When we sit in God's love, we receive a sense of tranquility. This is His peace flowing freely. And what do we have to do to find this peace? One simple thing, we just need to be still.
Do you have a sacred space in your home? A place where you can be intimate with God. A place where you can find His peace. It could be the corner of a room or the whole room. It could be your front porch, a swing in your yard or it could even be your hiking path that you walk daily. Wherever this sacred space is, it awaits your prayer time. If you don't have a place already that you can call your very own, look around, pray about it and let God inspire you to find and carve out your very own sacred space. A place where you can surround yourself with divine inspiration to help you grow closer to God. A space to nurture your spiritual life and get cozy with God. Blanket and all!!!
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6-7
When you have found your holy space it's time to get cozy with God. Turn off the TV and cell phone; tune out the chatter in your head and turn your attention to Our Lord. You will find your way. You will find your prayerful path.
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”~ Colossians 4:2
Here are some ideas that will help you enjoy your sacred, cozy time with God.
These are just a few ideas. Don't get discouraged if you are distracted. Give yourself time. Our Lord is there for a minute or an hour. He is patient, He waits for you. He will be with you whether you pray in your sacred space or not. The purpose of your sacred time is to build your relationship with Him. This prayer time spent with your Father will also help you in so many other ways. It will help you fight temptation and it is crucial in discerning Gods will. Quiet time will help you to find the God within. It will bring you to your real self and give you the strength to go forward in faith to accomplish God’s will in your life. It is the weapon that fights our spiritual warfare. It is our conversation with the Divine...food for our souls.
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11
Here are a few essentials for your sacred prayer time:
Life is busy, so busy we often neglect to find time to nurture our inner selves. This sacred space is your space to nurture and grow. To grow closer to God and to enrich your lives. God wants you to get cozy with Him, sit and be His child. Remember we are all children of God!
By: Mary Maddox, your fellow pilgrim.
“What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.” ~Pope Saint John Paul II
Wow, Pope Saint John Paul II said it so well; not sure if there is anything left to say.
But I will try ...
The ultimate purpose of our life is to love.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” ~ Mk 12:30
Love God!! Love God with a pure and humble heart. Empty yourself before Him. When we let go of ourselves and allow Our Lord to use us, His graces will flow! When we empty ourselves, we will discover something beautiful. We will be filled with a joy so abundant and powerful, so natural that our real selves will shine. We will be moving along on our spiritual journey letting our love show...ready to use our gifts for the love of our God.
As it was written by Saint Faustina in her diary, “The Lord answered me, “My daughter, love has brought Me here, and love keeps Me here. My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love, for this is the goal of the life of your soul. This act is an act of the will. Know that a pure soul is humble. When you lower and empty yourself before My majesty, I then pursue you with My graces and make use of My omnipotence to exalt you.” (Saint Faustina Diary, #576)
Listen to these words again, “Constantly unite yourself with Me through love, for this is the goal of the life of your soul” Love unites us, love binds us together, humble love calls God to pursue us with His graces. We are blessed and made whole by His love.
We hear this verse below all the time, but this time I want you to read it slowly. Reflect upon these words, reflect with humility, reflect with emptying of self.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We all have that kind of love in our hearts; the choice is to let it out and into the world.
“Truly, every person was created with a desire and need in his or her heart to love God and feel His love. But it is what we choose to do with this desire—act upon it or ignore it—that draws us closer to the Father or away from Him. There are three specific reasons the Lord placed this desire for Him in our hearts. First, when we enter into a loving relationship with God, He is able and willing to offer His wisdom to guide us (James 1:5). Second, when we accept the Father’s love, we will be open to becoming the people He created us to be, living to our fullest potential. And third, when we embrace the Lord’s love, we will begin to see people and circumstances as He sees them—from the vantage point of His love. In light of this, why would anyone choose to refuse God’s love? If you are ready to reap the benefits of God’s perfect love, reach out to Him in prayer today. Ask Him to help you overcome the hindrances so that you may rejoice in His everlasting and tender care.” ~ SOURCE: In Touch Ministries
Let us pray,
Lord, I know my love is not perfect for You. I know you have placed the desire within me. Help me, this day, to open my heart more fully to You. Purify my love for you, allow me to love You above all things. You deserve my total and pure love. I thank you for the joy you have blessed me with, may I share this joy with others. If today, I do not feel your love, allow me to trust in you. Allow me to know Your love is there and is always there for me. Allow me to choose Your love and to accept it with open arms. Allow me to understand and feel Your mercy. Thank you, Jesus. Jesus I trust in You because I know that in my heart and in my soul, Love is all that matters.
Day 7 ... Los Arcos to Logrono ... 30 kms, 19miles
Today was one of our first full sunny days. Sunny but blessed with lots of clouds and cool breezes. Still it made for a long day into Logrono. Those last few kms are always a killer.Your body is tired and your brain knows it is close. So guess what, the body aches a little more than usual. For me, the most mental part of the day is those last few kms.
So here we were, about 4 kms outside of Logrono. Luca who was walking with us and from Argentina, decided to start calling Albergues to make a reservation because it was getting late in the day. Due to the number of pilgrims on the path nowadays, it doesn't hurt to make a reservation. This is when I learned that some Albergues take reservations.
As we continued walking in the late afternoon with the sun beating down on us at this point, we were all ready for a shower and a bed. We kept hearing Luca say, "Ok, Gracias" each time you could hear the disappointment in his voice. He kept trying one right after another. Only to find out that every Albergue and some of the smaller Hotels were booked for the night. We then realized it was a Saturday, this big town had a lot going on this weekend, and this town had no rooms. After walking for seven days, we had picked up our own little pilgrim family. There were eight of us. Which made it even harder to find a reservation, but you know what? We never thought of splitting up, we were a family and we were going to do this together!
We walked into Logrono with tired feet and a weary heart. We stayed positive and headed to the Church. We all had heard, when there are no beds, go to the church.
I will never forget the moment we knocked on that door. We were tired, hot, sleepy, thirsty, hungry and just wore out. I remember looking at the gentleman when he opened the door, we probably had desperation in our eyes. I believe I even held my hands in a prayerful manner as we asked if they had a bed. He said, "he wasn't sure he had 8 beds, but some could sleep on mats." He then said, "come on in and relax, while we see what we can do" He led us into a room, I think I floated into it.
I didn't care if we had to wait, it was air conditioned with chairs. We sat, took our shoes off and some of us even headed to the showers.
I remember sitting there and saying a short prayer. After about 30 mins, the gentleman came into the room and said he had 6 beds and they could put two of us on mats. We had are own little celebration. Now for the big surprise, the cost. Nothing! Donation only! It also included a community dinner, breakfast and a private prayer service in the church after dinner. It was absolutely perfect, we couldn't ask for more.
We were fed an amazing dinner of Paella. We ate as a family, shared where we were from, and sang a song for prayer "Ultreria"
After dinner, we gathered in the choir seats of the church for our prayer service. They handed out prayers in all different languages. We each took a turn saying a prayer in our own language. This community of the church was overwhelming. To hear all the prayers said in all the different languages, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean and even more! It was beautiful.
Tears of joy were definitely streaming down my face and many others!
After prayer it was time to clean up the kitchen and head to bed. We all took turns washing and drying. When one was washing, we formed a massage line. Everyone was getting their shoulders massaged! We all learned who gave the best massages.
Here again, the Camino has reminded me to always trust in Our Lord. He always takes care of us. Jesus, I trust in you!
Even when we didn't think there was a bed for our head, all we could do was walk. Moment by moment, step by step we made our way into Logrono. Praying every step of the way, trusting that all will be well. Not only was it well, it was beautiful.
So let us remember, when its looking like the path is getting difficult.
step by step,
prayer by prayer
trusting in Our Lord.
Our Lord will give us an answer better than we could imagine.
He always makes a rainbow out of a storm!
Pope Francis tells the inmates at Regina Coeli prison present for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper that Jesus risks himself by serving others because he loves so much.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp
Pope Francis, speaking off the cuff during his homily during the Mass of the Lord's Supper at Regina Coeli prison, contextualized the Gospel passage from John in which Jesus washes his disciples’ feet.
Jesus does what a slave does
He explains that this was a task done by slaves. After having dirtied their feet on the dusty roads, people would return home. As soon as they entered their house, a slave would provide the “service” of washing their feet. “Jesus wants to do this service to give us an example of how we must serve one another,” Pope Francis says.
Those who command must serve
The Pope then brought up the passage where two disciples “who wanted to climb the corporate ladder” asked Jesus to give them the most important places. After looking at them with love like he always did, Jesus told them they didn’t know what they were asking. He described what those in positions of power do: “command and make others serve them.” In thinking of times past, Pope Francis says that there have been many kings and cruel people who have made slaves of other people. But Jesus says it must not be this way with us. “The one who commands must serve,” the Pope reminds us. “Jesus overturns the historical cultural habits of that time, but also of our own day.” If only the kings and emperors of the past had understood Jesus’ teaching and had served instead of commanding and killing, "so many wars would never have happened," Pope Francis observes.
Jesus serves today in me
Turning to those present, Pope Francis told them that Jesus tells those discarded by society that they are important. “Jesus serves us today, here in Regina Coeli.” Jesus risks himself for each person. Jesus does not know how to wash his hands of people. He knows how to risk for his name is Jesus, not Pontius Pilate. In going after the lost sheep, Jesus risks being wounded, Pope Francis asserts.
“I am a sinner like you. But I represent Jesus today,” Pope Francis confessed. He then invited the prisoners to think of the fact, as their feet were being washed by him, that “Jesus took a risk with this man, a sinner, to come to me to tell me that he loves me. This is service. This is Jesus. Before giving us himself in his body and blood, Jesus risked himself for each one of us—risked himself in service—because he loves us so much.”
Ash Wednesday is just around the corner. Yes, you heard me. Ash Wednesday is next week, Feb 14th to be exact. Valentines Day is Ash Wednesday. I can't believe its already here.
Are you ready? What will you do for Lent?
So, here we are again. 40 days to prepare. We are called to deepen our spiritual lives. We have been given the tools, fasting, prayer and almsgiving. So what are you going to do? Lets join this gym for our spiritual life and get to work. Participating in these practices improves our spiritual well being. Lets strip away all that is unnecessary. Lets focus on God. Lets open our eyes and our hearts and become more mindful of how God is working in our lives.
Are you ready to walk into the desert?
(As I was writing this, I found this writing below on another blog. It was perfect, so I hope you enjoy it)
The desert is a dry, dusty, desolate place. Our winter landscape covered with snow in some ways resembles a desert of sorts. The monastic tradition of desert connotes caves, silence, solitude and a withdrawal from people. The desert offers a place for inner reflection and contemplation to encounter our relationship with God and self.
Do you remember singing this song as a child? I do and I loved singing this song. It always made me feel so special. I would sing it in the car, riding my bike, I would sing it everywhere. No matter where I was, if I started singing this song my friends would join in.
How about you? Did it make you feel special? Did it make you feel like a child of God and so proud to shine?
My question is this, when did we lose this? When did we stop shining? When did we stop singing?
Lets go back to that childlike love, that childlike enthusiasm, that childlike joy. Sit and remember that Child. Let go of what the world has told you or showed you. Let go of what you think of yourself (if its not loving). Let go of all the lies you have told yourself. Let go of the fear and lets shine!
Now repeat after me and lets sing together:
Marianne Williamson says it so well in her book, A Return to Love...
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
By: Melody Beattie
One day, a friend called me on the phone. He was going through a difficult time and wondering if and when things would ever turn around and improve. I knew he was in a lot of pain; I didn’t know then that he was considering suicide.
Dear Fellow Pilgrims,
We have an exciting new year ahead of us. I love to look at the new year as a clean slate. The beginning.
Our slate is filling up and we have many adventurous pilgrimages planned. I will actually be travelling for two months straight, I have back to back pilgrimages ahead of me. This is both exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. In between the April Camino Pilgrimage and the June Medjugorje pilgrimage, my son Cale and I will be walking the complete Camino de Santiago. St Jean to Finisterre(890kms). I will be starting a personal blog. So stay tuned!
Our First pilgrimage for 2018 is exciting because I have planned this with my parents in mind. They have been wanting to join me and walk the Camino. They both are worried about their age and health. My dad is ready to go, he walks every day, he is in good health and he loves an adventure. My mother on the other hand, is doing this for her husband. Yet, once she said "Yes", now she too is feeling the call and the pull to walk the Camino. I have added a few extras on this pilgrimage that I usually don't include in the price. I have included van support and luggage transfer. Even though they are transferring their luggage, they have both committed to packing light just like they were carrying their pack. My Mom thinks I should of named it, The Silver Edition Camino! If you are interested in joining this motley crew, email me or give me a call! The dates are April 29-May 9.
My parents have started their training and I am helping them along the way. This is how the Lord opened my eyes to the idea of Camino Coaching. I receive so many questions about the Camino, planning, how to and so on and I thought what better way to help people walk the Camino. I have even met people at REI to help them shop. If you want to walk the Camino but don't know where to start, let me help you out! Camino Coaching, walk it alone or with a group, its your Camino, its your way! If you sign up and join me in a group, all the benefits of Camino Coaching are included.
Along with the Silver Edition Camino, we have many others planned. One of my favorites is the Enchanting Camino Frances. We will be doing this one, September 4 - 22, 2018. I love this one because it is half of the Camino and you get to experience so much of the true Camino. Anyone can walk 4-5 days, but when you walk for 13 days you enter into another place. With this pilgrimage, you walk days before you reach the Iron Cross, you walk the climb up to O'Cebreiro and so many other feats. This route will bring you beauty and wonder. You will experience the mental (meseta) and spiritual (galicia) side of the Camino. This pilgrimage is filling up fast, great weather and great time to walk. If you are interested please email me or give me a call.
We are still in the planning for our Portuguese Camino, dates and information will be coming soon.
Enough about all the Camino talk, lets jump over to Medjugorje. I have two pilgrimages planned for this year. Join me, lets walk where heaven touches earth and truly feel the presence of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother!
37th Anniversary Pilgrimage: June 23-July 3, 2018
Celebrate the 37th anniversary of Our Lady in Medjugorje. Be present for the anniversary message and for Mirjana’s apparition at the Blue Cross on July 2, 2018.
Quiet Fall Retreat Pilgrimage: Nov 6 – 10, 2018
Join us for this quiet time in the village. Perfect time for reflection and quiet time with Our Lady and her Son Jesus!
Please don't hesitate to call, email or text me if you want more information:
Cell Phone: 706-835-7994
As I sat in prayer this morning, I was drawn to Martin Luther King, Jr. I know Monday is the Holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. so I was praying for inspiration from him. My morning mantra was love, kindness and peace. All that Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~ MLK JR
I just love how Our Lord works! As I started writing and researching, I came across a blog post by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It said everything perfectly. So here I give you, Dr. Wayne Dyer:
A Simple Experiment, by: Dr. Wayne Dyer
There is no greater power in heaven or on earth than pure, unconditional love. The nature of the God force, the unseen intelligence in all things, which causes the material world and is the center of both the spiritual and physical plane, is best described as pure, unconditional love. This God force is the oversoul to which we are always connected because we are localized extensions of that force.
I suggest you embark on an experiment in which you practice only unconditional love for several days. Vow to yourself that you will only allow unconditional loving thoughts to emanate from your consciousness. Make an intense proclamation to live unconditional love. During this time, refuse to have judgmental or critical thoughts. In your quiet time, think only peace and love. In all of your relationships, think and act in only loving ways. Extend loving thoughts and energy wherever and whenever you encounter anyone or anything. Become unconditional love for this period of time.
By pouring love into your immediate environment and practicing gentleness in all of your thoughts, words, and actions, your immediate circle of friends will begin responding in a whole new way. This act becomes expansive very quickly and you can radiate this love to your whole community. You become detached and loving toward all. You are not loving the hostile acts of others, but you are loving the spirit that is blocked in those who are harmful and unloving. When you can live this way and reject all thoughts and actions that are not of an unconditionally loving nature, you will experience the essence of your spirit and discover how to overcome limitations in your life.
What can you expect as you practice a few days of being total unconditional love? If all of your meditations are devoted to love, and if you pour love into every single situation and every single person you meet, and beyond that to everyone on the planet and to the infinity of the universe, you will feel yourself becoming a different person. You will sleep more soundly. You will feel at peace virtually all of the time. Your relationships will be more deeply spiritual. You will begin recognizing the “coincidences” of your life with greater regularity. Your thought forms of unconditional love will begin to produce what you desire without your even being aware of how it is happening. Your dreams will be more intense, and the vision of your purpose will become clearer
The time has come again. The day where we re-evaluate our lives. We examine how we lived in the past year and make resolutions about how this next year can be better or different! The top of the list is usually, weight loss, eating healthier, going to a gym and so on... This year lets make some spiritual resolutions as well.
Examine your spiritual life this past year and lets make a spiritual resolution for this coming year. Just make a few, baby steps. Don't put too much on your plate. One step at a time. If you fall, don't get discouraged. Remember, "it doesn't matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you let God pick you up" Don't be hard on yourself. Everyday is a new day, every moment is a new moment. So just be present in the moment and just be.
Here are a few ideas:
Pick a Patron Saint for the New Year
There are so many other ways to ignite your spiritual life. So many little things we can add to our life to help us on this prayerful path.
Trust where God is leading you and have faith. Remember when Peter stepped out into the water from the fishing boat and then took his focus off of Jesus? He saw the wind and cried out: “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" We all struggle with having the stamina to step out in faith.
Let us have the stamina to ignite our spiritual life, let us have the stamina to say "Yes" to God, and let us have the stamina to strive to love the Lord more each day this year by putting Jesus at the center of our life.
Let us grow in holiness this year!
THE OTHER WISE MAN
By: Kathleen Aparo
On that sacred night of nights
A barn owl watched it all
He saw the woman bending there
Then heard the angels call
He watched the shepherds bow their heads
The sheep in wonder stare
And when the star moved over all
He saw the baby there
He wondered at the scene below
As he whispered in the night
Whoo whoo whoo
And the Babe smiled with delight
He did not know just how he knew
Perhaps it was the star
Or the wisemen on their camels
Who had come so very far
But the owl knew this little child
Would change men through the years
And that the love within his words
Would comfort all their fears.
Then an angel looked upon the owl
And spoke as in a prayer
“your wisdom is a special joy
To the blest child laying there
And so dear owl through out the years
You shall be known as wise
And in the darkness of the night
You’ll see with special eyes
And every time you whisper soft
Your gentle whoo, whoo, whoo
A soul will find his way to God
Through the Babe who smiled on you.”
Christmas reflection: Make room for Jesus in your inn
By Fr. Erik Esparza
Each Christmas we are offered so many opportunities to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. What helps you to reflect on Christmas? Is it when you put up your Christmas lights or tree? Is it through your gift giving for family, friends, or for those most in need?
Is it in your kitchen where you take the time to bake surprises for others to feast? Is it while you volunteer at a local soup kitchen to ensure all have a warm meal to eat? Is it at the celebration of Christmas Mass where God’s family comes together?
Wherever you are and in whatever you do, take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
One way to more deeply reflect on Christmas is to gather around a nativity. In fact, I encourage you to spend some time during the Christmas Season with your own nativity scene at home. Take a moment to read chapter two from both the Gospel of St. Matthew and the Gospel of St. Luke to hear once more the story of Christmas. This can be done in private devotion or gathered in prayer with your family. The time to read scripture and for prayerful reflection gives you a quiet moment in the midst of the hustle and bustle of these days to reflect on the great gift of love, the Incarnation.
One part of the Christmas story that comes to mind for me can be found in the Gospel of St. Luke (2:7) when Joseph and Mary upon arrival into Bethlehem were unable to find any room for them in the inn. In response to this lack of room for the Holy Family, Jesus is born and laid in a manger. There is a deeper meaning to this part of the story besides there simply being no room in the inn. You see, there is an invitation to consider this question: is there a part of your life where there is no room for Christ? We can easily look at this scene from the Christmas story and comment on how horrible it was that no one offered a room for the arrival of the newborn King. The true meaning of Christmas includes making room in our own hearts and lives to receive the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is a temptation to love Jesus, yet deny his presence in certain aspects of our lives. We celebrate Jesus’ love yet we deny that love to others. We are grateful for the blessings from God yet do not share those blessings with others. We bask in the mercy of God yet do not offer the same mercy to others.
This Christmas use the time to reflect on where you might not have room in your inn for Jesus. What door needs to be opened or what space needs to welcome the newborn King? Jesus comes into the messiness of our lives just like that first Christmas to bring his presence of light and love. Do not miss out on this presence, for we are all in need of more light and love in our lives.
Now go forth and be a joyful witness!
Fr. Erik Esparza is Associate Director in the Office of Priest Personnel for the Diocese of San Bernardino.
Advent Reflection: Resting in the Womb of Mary
By: LILLA MARIE LOTTINGER AND SR. MARY CLARE WAX
Recently I found myself longing to hold baby Jesus as I was contemplating this Advent/Christmas Season; but in discipline I chose to wait till Christmas Eve to “unwrap” this great gift. And in doing so I immediately found myself turning to Mary and placing my hand on her womb, opening myself to connect with baby Jesus there.
Since then I have found myself uniting with Jesus in the womb of Mary… first from outside; but then, while spending time with Jesus in adoration I found myself imagining that the chapel I was in was Mary’s womb; and I began spending time in the womb with Jesus, opening myself to being still in His presence, resting in the love of a perfect Mother and Father (Mary and our Heavenly Father), as Jesus did… soaking in the truths of my own dignity and identity as a “child of God”.
For this is why Jesus came… to open the gates of Heaven to us, and invite us back into communion with our Heavenly Father. By His Blood we have been redeemed and drawn back into the dignity and identity that we had before the fall, if we but choose to receive.
My prayer this Advent/Christmas Season, is that we will all have the grace to rest with baby Jesus, to become one with Him in opening ourselves to the “marvel [we] were made” the truth of who we were created to be. May we enter deeply into the graces of this Advent/Christmas Season, that we may come to know the love of God, the love of Mary, in a deeply intimate and profound way.
Our God longs to bond with us as His Children. He wants us to rest in the womb of His love for us, as Jesus did throughout His life here on earth; that we may know the infinite, unconditional love and acceptance of our perfect Heavenly Father.
He wants us also to rest in the womb of Mary’s love for us as Jesus did throughout His earthly life; that we may know the love of a perfect Mother as He did; that we may experience our Heavenly Father’s unconditional love and acceptance for us also through the Maternal Heart of Mary.
Mother and father wounds are the deepest wounds we can have, because our mothers and fathers are the first to reflect and draw us into God’s love. Their ultimate purpose in loving us is meant to incline us toward receptivity to the Love of our Heavenly Father and Mother, that we may know God’s perfect, unconditional love and acceptance of us.
But our parents fall short in life to varying degrees, due to their own wounds, passed down from their own parents, tracing all the way back to Adam and Eve. And so, we can remain depleted, not realizing how deeply, unconditionally and infinitely we are loved.
May this Advent/Christmas Season be a time for all of us to go to the source from which all love and truth flows, by becoming one with Baby Jesus, in opening ourselves to receive and reclaim our true dignity and identity as “children of God.
As I shared with Sr. Mary Clare my reflection of entering into the womb of Mary with Jesus, she felt drawn to enter in as well and later shared a little taste of her own experience:
“I meditated on the utter silence of all Creation as It waited upon Mary’s ‘Yes’, when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that She would conceive and bear a Son and His name shall be Jesus. When Mary gave her ‘Yes’, light entered into her womb and into this world! As I meditated on entering the womb of Mary, I saw a bright light and realized that I was with Jesus, the Light of the World! I then invited Mary to form me as she was forming Jesus, in her womb. In Her womb was Love personified, joy and peace. I found myself resting in this Love, Peace and Joy! I was also aware that Jesus and Mary were asking me and all of us, to make reparation for the darkness in some mother’s wombs, caused by the sin of abortion. Too many mother’s say ‘No’ to life in their wombs, and their wombs become a place of darkness, void of love, peace and joy.”
Challenge: Rest in the womb of Mary
Lilla Marie Lottinger and Sr. Mary Clare Wax are Missionaries of Our Mother of the Eucharist, stationed in Houma, LA. There website is: www.ourmotheroftheeucharist.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pic: (l to r) Sr. Mary Clare and Lilla Marie
"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lords’ feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!
“Martha, Martha “ the Lord answered, “ you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." ~ Luke 10:38-41
Challenge: Simplify, are you Martha or Mary?
When we think about how Jesus came into the world that first Christmas, we must remember he was born in a stable, in poverty and simplicity. He came to us in a simple way and He lived simply. He has asked us to choose the better way. Let us remember the words he spoke to Martha, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Lord make us smaller and more humble, help us choose the better way so that You may be glorified!
“Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace. Give me, amidst the day's confusion, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of singing streams that live in my memory. Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking "minute vacations"...slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book. Remind me of the fable of the hare and the tortoise; that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than measuring its speed. Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew slowly and well. Inspire me to send my own roots down deep into the soil of life's endearing values...that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny. Slow me down, Lord.” (~ Wilfred Arlan Peterson)
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen