My family . . . the blessings of my life!

My family . . . the blessings of my life!
Sean, Mackenzie, Pat (hubby), me, Jeneah

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Struggle

Try to be considerate, well-mannered. Don't be boorish!

Try to be polite always, which doesn't mean being affected.
(emphasis added)
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #99

Monday, September 28, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Devotions

Don't omit the visit to the Blessed Sacrament. After your usual vocal prayer, tell Jesus, really present in the Tabernacle, of the cares and worries of your day. And you will receive light and strength for your life as a Christian.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #554

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Scripture Verse of the Day - Matthew 5:11-12

Matthew 5:11-12"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Reflections from the Saints - The Way To The Kingdom

Present sorrow and suffering is the way to glory, the way to the kingdom.
– St. Bernard

One Minute Meditations - Winning New Apostles

You have but little love if you are not zealous for the salvation of all souls. You have but poor love if you are not eager to inspire other apostles with your craziness.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #796

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Pride


Why do you always think that everything they say has a hidden meaning?

By being so touchy you are limiting the action of grace all the time.

And do not doubt that grace comes to you
by means of those who fight to match their deeds to Christ's ideal.

– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #711

One Minute Meditation - PEACE (HILARIOUS timing Lord)

Everything may collapse and fail. Events may turn out contrary to what was expected and great adversity may come. But nothing is to be gained by being perturbed. Furthermore, remember the confident prayer of the prophet: "The Lord is our judge, the Lord gives us our laws, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us."

Say it devoutly every day, so that your behaviour may agree with the designs of Providence, which governs us for our own good.
- St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #855

He Learned Early the Habit of Being True

1 Tim 3:14-16/Lk 7:31-35

There's an old saying, "No sense, no feeling." Of course, the corollary is true as well: If you're awake and alert, you'll gather a lot of pain. That's a part of Jesus' life experience that he's describing for us in today's gospel, a sad awareness of the fickleness and superficiality of the basically good folks he was trying to touch. He wanted what was best for them, and he knew that far richer inner lives were within their reach, but there was so much resistance in them, and no matter what he did, so many of them found an excuse to ridicule or reject him. Yet, he stayed the course, all the way to the end, all the way to the cross.

In that, he is our model.

Steadfast and constant, despite what folks' reaction might be at the moment,
he carried on,
true to his vocation,
true to his Father,
and true to himself.

It's a stunning example of truthfulness in action and not just in words.

And it's a challenge to every one of us,
who face our own share of ridicule, criticism, and even hateful opposition:
Be true, be true! In the short term it's very hard; in the long term it's the only way.

(emphasis added)
Original article link HERE

Liz's two cents (probably more like $1 today):

What an inspiration this article was to me this morning!

This past week I found myself on my knees, begging to lay down my cross of pain from being unable and tired of criticism and even hateful opposition...the accumulation of the past, what, year or two, finally knocked me to my knees. It was not originally in *surrender* on my knees, but in pure disgust, if I am perfectly honest, PURE HURT & DISGUST!!! I was just sick and tired of being blasted, judged, and gossiped about. FED UP. At the end of my rope...and definitely when I find myself at the end of my rope, I WILL LASH OUT RIGHT BACK AT THE PERSON. I am an imperfect sinful Christian - this I know. I couldn't shake this though, tears kept coming, and on my knees I remained.

But my new focus since our summer family pilgrimage is FOCUSING ON MY FAMILY IS WHERE I CAN GRAB THE MOST GRACE THAT THE LORD HAS FOR ME. So instead of lashing out, I cleaned house!!! Tears continued to flow as I vacuumed, washed dishes, etc., maybe not remaining physically on my knees, but my heart was still on the ground.

"Why am I here NOW, though Lord? This has been going on for SO LONG - it's just part of my life now, isn't it? Isn't this just LIFE in the the night of sense? Aren't you just purifying my senses? Haven't I surrendered this over and over again? WHY NOW? I have prayed and prayed for your guidance...and I do believe I heard you loud and clear 'Focus on YOUR VOCATION...PERIOD!' The change has brought me much peace, Lord, and I am thankful. I enjoy the gift of my vocation of wife and mother more than ever, you know that. So why is the pain, anger, and disgust here with me now that I have moved away? I thought I surrendered THIS to you already -- so why am I knocked lower than when I gave this to you earlier? WHY?? I am doing my best to follow your Will. I am trying to be patient. I have refocused. SO WHY NOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME???"

That was my cry to the Lord earlier in the week. I just wanted to know "why now & what are you doing?" -- strange how God works in my life. I was not enjoying the pain, anger, and disgust (duh). But somehow THIS time was different. I did believe I had already surrendered this to HIM. And I had definitely received much grace & mercy. So why did one or two LITTLE things knock me to my knees?

Maybe because this time there was possibly even a TEENY TINY LITTLE SMIDGEN LESS OF ME and He was filling it? On my knees in a fit of tears I cried out to HIM.

Somehow later that day, I found myself hearing the words of a wise servant, "Sometimes the Lord does not intend to lighten the load, but rather you are asked to continue to carry the heavier cross."


I had surrendered.

I will continue to surrender.

And it is by me focusing on my vocation first and foremost that teeny tiny little smidgens will open for him to pour his grace and mercy into my very imperfect self.

Sometimes the grace and mercy come with such pleasant consolations -- and as humans, WE LOVE THOSE!

But oh my, when the grace and mercy come through FIRE in our soul, we want to wiggle out of it.

Maybe I was trying to wiggle out of this one because I thought I was 'done' with this one. Hmmm. Maybe this one will come over and over again? Maybe it will come sometimes through various people & situations? Maybe I will fall to my knees over and over again crying out in pain? I don't know for sure.

What I do know for sure, is that when I surrendered last time, I heard loud and clear:








I will try my best to keep my eyes on you, Jesus.

I will fight hard to remain true, knowing that in the short-term it will be hard, but in the long-term, IT IS THE ONLY WAY.

One of my most favorite songs right now is,
and as I poured out my heart in this blog post after reading such an appropriate article,
I realize, the lyrics fit where I am.

It's time for a healing time to move on
It's time to fix what's been broken too long
Time to make right what has been wrong
It's time to find my way back to where I belong
There's a wave that's crashing over me
All I can do is surrender

Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something heavenly

Time for a milestone
Time to begin again
Reevaluate who I really am
Am I doing everything to follow your will
or just climbing aimlessly over these hills
So show me what it is you want from me
I give everything, I surrender...

(Chorus) Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something heavenly

Time to face up
Clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out
That I've wanted to say for so many years
Time to release all my held back tears

Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but I believe
You're up to something bigger than me
Larger than life, something heavenly

Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but now I can see
This is something bigger than me
Larger than life, something heavenly
Something heavenly

It's time to face up
Clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out


...and keep your eyes on Jesus!

One Minute Meditation - Victory

Jesus says: "He who hears you hears me."

Do you still think it is your words that convince people? Don't forget either that the Holy Spirit can carry out his plans with the most useless instrument.

-St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #671

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Reflections from the Saints - Insults

Some say it is unreasonable to be courteous and gentle with a reckless person who insults you for no reason at all.

I have made a pact with my tongue; not to speak when my heart is disturbed.
- St. Francis de Sales

One Minute Meditations - Troubles


Are things going against you? Are you going through a rough time? Say very slowly, as if relishing it, this powerful and manly prayer:

'May the most just and most lovable will of God be done, be fulfilled be praised and eternally exalted above all things. Amen, Amen.'

I assure you that you will find peace.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #691

One Minute Meditations - Work


You are untiring in your activity. But you fail to put order into it, so you do not have as much effect as you should. It puts me in mind of something I heard once from a very authoritative source. I happened to praise a subordinate in front of his superior. I said, "How hard he works!" "You ought to say", I was told, " 'How much he rushes around!'."

You are untiring in your activity, but it is all fruitless. How much you rush around...
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #506

Saturday, September 12, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Interior Life

Interior Life

Every day you notice that you are more rooted in God, you tell me.

Every day, then, you will be closer to your brothers.

- St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #681

Thursday, September 10, 2009

40 Days for Life in Sacramento

Awesome article HERE - 40 Days for Life in Sacramento

Scripture Verse of the Day - 1 Peter 3:10-11

1 Peter 3:10-11
For "Whoever desires to love life and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil and
his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil
and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it."

Reflections from the Saints - Bl. Mother Teresa

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.

The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.

We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
– Bl. Mother Teresa (emphasis added)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Great article: On the Birth of Mary

On the Birth of Mary
Reflections on Our Lady's Birthday
by Sarah Reinhard in Faith on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 6:00 AM

This year, on Mary’s birthday, I’ll be recuperating from a Labor Day weekend involving a backhoe and at least one cookout and probably tomato canning.

Labor Day seems like the perfect backdrop for a reflection of the Blessed Mother, though. It’s a chance to stop and honor the work and toil we do in our everyday lives, women and men.
We can look to Mary’s example in the house at Nazareth and see a loving model for a fresh approach to what was dull and routine before. We can think of the miracle of her birth—not to mention the birth of her Son—and open our eyes to the miracles that are around us in the bustle of traffic, the piles of laundry, and the demands of children.

The Power of Prayer
Saint Anne’s heart was broken because of her infertility. Saint Joachim was ridiculed at the Temple and even spent forty days fasting in the desert as penance for his childlessness.

All they wanted was a child.

They had lived a good, holy, blameless life. Back then, children were seen not just as a blessing, but as a sign of how much God loved you; if you didn’t have children, you had obviously done something wrong.

I can’t separate myself from the women I’ve known who have struggled with infertility. I think of Anne, alone in her house, and I see so many other faces. I see the red-rimmed eyes and the desire, feel the emptiness, wonder with her ... when? Why? Why?

Anne and Joachim did not give up. It would have been so easy to throw up their hands, to snub the whispering neighbors, to withdraw into their own misery.

Instead, they offered their pain to God in prayer. They remained open, even when everything looked hopeless.

And in old age, at a time when their friends were grandparents (or perhaps even great grandparents), Anne and Joachim were rewarded.

God Asks Great Things…of ALL of Us

Having a child is no small thing. It changes you. But to have a child who is to be the Mother of God…

Anne and Joachim knew their child would be special. Mary’s birth was preceded by angelic visits to each of her parents, and they had promised to dedicate her to God.

But did they know?

We might not feel like God has given us quite the important task He gave Anne and Joachim or other saints. Who am I? I often wonder to myself. Just another woman, just another mom, just another worker.

Except that’s not true. God made each of us for a purpose, and we are the only ones who can fulfill that mission in life. He’s asking something great of each of us, and we can look to Mary for help in following God’s will toward that purpose.

I often have to remind myself that the really important things God has in store for me don’t need fireworks or flashing lights. I might not even realize the impact I’m having.

Mary wasn’t born in a palace, and neither was Jesus. Their lives didn’t follow the pattern we might have chosen, if we were planning out the path for “Mother of God” and “God made Man.”
God had a better plan. We’re all better for it.

A Purpose for Life
At an early age, Mary was dedicated to God. Her mother made sure that Mary took her first steps at the Temple. At age three, we’re told, she was taken to live at the Temple with other consecrated virgins. She had to leave at age twelve, the age of womanhood, because she would be ritually unclean.

She married Joseph, so that she was protected, safe, taken care of, though “the deal” was that she would remain a virgin. Then the plan took an unexpected turn. Gabriel showed up and announced something so far beyond what anyone could have imagined that I think Mary must have just gasped.

Her “yes” continues to inspire us today. I look to it when I’m feeling like the world is too much or that maybe God had someone else in mind for my life.

If a teenage girl can say “yes” to being the Mother of God, then maybe I can say “yes” to the clean-up of a Labor Day work weekend. If she can keep saying “yes” even as she saw where it would take her Son, then maybe I can “yes” my way through splashtime in the bathtub.
If she can hold her Son after standing at the foot of the Cross and still say “yes,” I shouldn’t even hesitate to put down my gripes and pick up my own cross with a smile on my face.

—Sarah Reinhard writes and blogs about Mary, motherhood, and more
at Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering.


When Bush spoke to students, Democrats investigated, held hearings

When Bush spoke to students, Democrats investigated, held hearings

By: Byron YorkChief Political Correspondent09/08/09 7:11 AM EDT

The controversy over President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren will likely be over shortly after Obama speaks today at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. But when President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech on October 1, 1991, from Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington DC, the controversy was just beginning. Democrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush's speech -- they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue.

Unlike the Obama speech, in 1991 most of the controversy came after, not before, the president's school appearance. The day after Bush spoke, the Washington Post published a front-page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president's political benefit. "The White House turned a Northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props," the Post reported.

With the Post article in hand, Democrats pounced. "The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students," said Richard Gephardt, then the House Majority Leader. "And the president should be doing more about education than saying, 'Lights, camera, action.'"

Democrats did not stop with words. Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush's appearance. On October 17, 1991, Ford summoned then-Education Secretary Lamar Alexander and other top Bush administration officials to testify at a hearing devoted to the speech. "The hearing this morning is to really examine the expenditure of $26,750 of the Department of Education funds to produce and televise an appearance by President Bush at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, DC," Ford began. "As the chairman of the committee charged with the authorization and implementation of education programs, I am very much interested in the justification, rationale for giving the White House scarce education funds to produce a media event."

Unfortunately for Ford, the General Accounting Office concluded that the Bush administration had not acted improperly. "The speech itself and the use of the department's funds to support it, including the cost of the production contract, appear to be legal," the GAO wrote in a letter to Chairman Ford. "The speech also does not appear to have violated the restrictions on the use of appropriations for publicity and propaganda."

That didn't stop Democratic allies from taking their own shots at Bush. The National Education Association denounced the speech, saying it "cannot endorse a president who spends $26,000 of taxpayers' money on a staged media event at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, D.C. -- while cutting school lunch funds for our neediest youngsters."

Lost in all the denouncing and investigating was the fact that Bush's speech itself, like Obama's today, was entirely unremarkable. "Block out the kids who think it's not cool to be smart," the president told students. "If someone goofs off today, are they cool? Are they still cool years from now, when they're stuck in a dead end job. Don't let peer pressure stand between you and your dreams.


Monday, September 7, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Troubles


All right: that person has behaved badly towards you.

But, haven't you behaved worse towards God?

– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #686

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Reflections from the Saints - The home

The home must be in accord with the Church,
that all harmful influences be withheld from the souls of children.
Where there is true piety in the home, purity of morals reigns supreme.
– St. John Vianney

Saturday, September 5, 2009

My Labor Day Plans

*My* Labor Day weekend plan is to
For one, he works two jobs to support our family so that I do not have to work outside the home. The fact that I don't have to work outside the home, allows me to do my best to fill my role {vocation} as wife and mother -- and to be the heart of the home (truly with God's grace, because without his grace, I lack so much in my vocations).
It's an easy task to spoil him -- all I need to do is imitate how he treats me...and God-willing I'll be able to spoil him at least half as much as he spoils me every day of our lives! My dad is right when he says, "Lizzy, the Lord answered my prayers for you when he sent you Pat for a husband!" Thank you, Lord!
May this weekend bring peace into your lives
and most importantly bring peace into your hearts!

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Very few people admit they have hatred in their heart...

Awesome article HERE

Prayer: Jesus without you I would be vicious and hateful. Thank you for saving me.

One Minute Meditation - Sincerity

Let us always act in the presence of God
in such a way that we
have to hide anything from men.
- St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #334

Friday, September 4, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Mortification

The world admires only spectacular sacrifice,
because it does not realize the value of sacrifice that is hidden and silent.
(emphasis added)
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #185

Thursday, September 3, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Fruitfulness

We Catholics have to go through life being apostles, with God's light and God's salt. We should have no fear, and we should be quite natural; but with so deep an interior life and such close union with Our Lord that we may shine out, preserving ourselves from corruption and from darkness, and spread around us the fruits of serenity and the effectiveness of Christian doctrine.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #969

Restless Hearts by God's Design, an ongoing study of the Catechism

Original Article HERE

Ever have a moment when just the right song plays on the radio when you need it most? Whenever this happens, I’m blessed or consoled, depending on my mood. Love songs, especially, seem to have this effect on me.

Certain popular songs perfectly express the restlessness of the human heart. A quick survey of iTunes reveals over 100 songs with the word “restless” in the title. To say nothing of country classic from Waylon Jennings, “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.” Or the mega-hit from U2 with Bono crooning “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

Here’s an amazing thought: The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) proclaims that restlessness is meant to bless us. But first we have understand the purpose behind why, in God’s plan, “everybody’s got a hungry heart” (to quote a Bruce Springsteen lyric.)

The fact is that we are designed for relationship. We have a built-in hard-wired desire for God and for others, in that order.

CCC 27 states: “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.”

If God made my heart this way, and He never ceases to draw me to Him, how come I sometimes feel like I keep missing the blessing? The problem lies with me. God made the first move; it is up to me to accept His invitation. But I get distracted. Often, I seek “communion” with other human persons—allowing my existence to be validated by whether or not that love is returned by another. I confuse my longing for love, intimacy, friendship, and joy, with something or someone other than with God first. When I mix up the intended order, I am exchanging the cure for my restless heart with a counterfeit. Usually my own selfishness gets in the way of love.

This order of “God first” in our hearts is key. Human relationships are good, and even wonderful, but imperfect. Desire for communion with another can be a holy thing. When properly ordered and aligned with what God intended, our communion with others imitates what we are destined for: union with God Himself.

CCC 27 continues: “Only in God will [man] find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.”

When my heart hunger is satiated by God’s love, I am transformed. I become God’s own. My dignity as a person rests on the fact that I am called to communion with God, because I was made in his image.

When I trust God’s love, it holds my existence securely, grounding all that I am and do. My restlessness can rest.

What’s more, when I return God’s love, my human relationships become all they can be… better, deeper, and stronger. Even holy. In God’s economy love begets more love.
When I married, my husband’s love brought out the best in me. I have a much fuller life with him rather than without him. Our marriage vows entrust our lives to one another.

In a higher, more transcendent way, we are designed to “fall in love” with God because He first loved us. Ultimately, we are called to entrust our lives to Him. “Man cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love [of God to Man] and entrusts himself to his creator.” [CCC 27.]

The first saint we meet quoted in the Catechism is St. Augustine. A self-confessed restless heart, he, too, looked for love in all the wrong places until he had a divine encounter with God. One day, as he sat under a tree reading the Bible, God’s Word of love changed him. Like the perfect song playing on the radio, it was just the right medicine for his aching heart. Augustine would later write:
“O Lord…You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.”

Resting in God, our hearts sing a different tune.

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CCC 27 also states:
The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.

CCC 30:
Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. But this search for God demands of man every effort of intellect, a sound will, “an upright heart”, as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God.

—Pat Gohn is a wife & mother celebrating 27 years of Catholic family life. Her Catholic writing, podcasting, and ministry life are found at

Reflections from the Saints - Love, Pope St. Gregory the Great

The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.
– Pope St. Gregory the Great

Let Him Tell You Where The Truth Is

Original Article HERE

Col 1:9-14 / Lk 5:1-11

Is there any one of us who couldn’t sympathize with those poor apostles, out all night in the boat, doing their best, and catching nothing, not even a minnow?!

We know the experience well: we think an issue through, we do our homework, we plan carefully and act decisively, and still … nothing. The business still languishes, the spouse is still angry, the child still flunks, and we grow ever more weary.

Jesus intervened when the apostles hit that point of combined weariness and frustration. He said, "Try again, but this time go out to the deep waters." It seemed a stupid idea, but because they sensed that Jesus should be trusted, they did what he asked. And the catch they made was the biggest they’d ever seen.

Perhaps there’s a clue there for us. Perhaps we’ve been "fishing" in the wrong places, where there are no "fish." Or perhaps we’ve been so caught up with our own interests and perceptions of things — OUR OWN AGENDA — that we haven’t seen what’s right in front of us. Perhaps we need a new perspective. Perhaps we need to look at things through God’s eyes, for God sees to the heart of things.

Let God show you what he sees. It’s the ultimate in truth. Then relax in him. Let him guide your hand. He will speak to you in his own silent way. And you will hear him, if you have learned how to listen.

One Minute Meditations - Victory, The Holy Rosary

The Holy Rosary: the joys, the sorrows, and the glories of the life of Our Lady weave a crown of praises, repeated ceaselessly by the Angels and the Saints in Heaven – and by those who love our Mother here on earth.

Practise this holy devotion every day, and spread it.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #621

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reflections from the Saints - Detach...

Let us detach ourselves in spirit from all that we see and cling to that which we believe.

This is the cross which we must imprint on all our daily actions and behavior.
- St. Peter Damian

One Minute Meditation - Spreading the Faith

Do not be afraid, or surprised, to see the resistance of some people's minds. There will always be stupid people who deck out the armour of their ignorance with a display of culture.
- St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #934

Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Teresa of Avila
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.