Jenny's parents were desperate for a gift. Being a craftsman and knitter for small business, there wasn't much of an income, yet they held on. Meanwhile a Christmas party was being organized for the town. Decorations, food, music, and of course a Nativity scene, it was Christmas after all. It was planned, that towards the end of the celebration, parents would give their children a gift. Jenny's parents sighed at the announcement, but resolved to gather what they had left for Jenny. The celebration came, the townspeople came, even Father Brown came. It was celebrated with joy and friendship. Songs sung from the crowds heightened in volume while musicians accompanied in harmony. Growls from hungry stomachs were heard above the din, and Father Brown said the blessing. The food was warm and delicious. Many declared it the best party the town had held and wanted it to become annual. The time passed. Jenny and her friends sang, danced, and laughed along with their games. She was a tiny girl, Jenny, but her laugh was the happiest of all. At its near end, the presents were given out at that wonderful party. Gamecubes, remote control cars, dolls, ipods, CDs, sketeboards and much more were given out. Jenny opened hers with all the glee of a seven year old, for the sculpted animals and the child her parents made were simple, yet beautiful. Jenny's friend's stared with pity, and her parents bit their clutched their hands. Jenny took no notice of these, and ran to hug her parents. Her friends looked with puzzlement, and asked, "Doesn't it bother you that your present isn't as nice?" Jenny cocked her head. "Oh, no. It doesn't matter if a gift comes from the store, as long as it comes from the heart."
It's been such a busy week, I almost forgot to post this. Can't remember where this was from, though. :-(
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Even though we stayed up until 2 in the morning because we attended the Midnight Mass, I still can't stop saying it!!!! :-D I hope everyon e has a very blessed and merry merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. -Saint Teresa
All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.
-Saint Edith Stein
Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing. -Saint Therese
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
-Saint Francis of Assisi
It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.
-Saint Teresa of Avila
Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price.
"The idea… it’s a game of tag with a difference, rather than looking inwardly, we look outside ourselves and bless, praise and pray for one blog friend. By participating in this endeavour we not only make the recipient of the blessing feel valued and appreciated, but we are having some fun too. We’re going to see how far the bloggin’ blessings can travel around the world and how many people can be blessed! Recipients of a bloggin’ blessing may upload the above image to their sidebar if they choose to. To read more about the bloggin’ blessing please click HERE."
I bless Kaila, Mrs. Micki, and Grandmak! Kaila because she is always posting wonderful blessings on her blog as well as music. Mrs. Micki because she shares her holy cards and posts along with them words of inspiration. Grandmak because she is always leaving joyful comments! :-)
May the blessing of almighty God, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, come down upon you and remain with you forever.
Now, it's your turn to bless 3 bloggers. :-D Total Blessings sent so far: 7 (? sorry, I don't quite understand that part) So, all Kaila, Mrs. Micki and Grandmak have to do to is: a) bless 3 blog buddies each. b) Include the ‘God Bless you’ image in their post. c) Explain briefly why you selected the people you are blessing. d) Pray/include in the post the prayer for the recipients of the blessing. e) Then type in the com box of Deb's Bloggin Blessin' that a blessing has been sent to the three you have chosen to bless so we can keep track of how many blessings are being given.
One book that changed your life: My Life With the Saints by James Martin S.J. I kind of read a bit of it when CT wasn't looking, thinking I wasn't going to bother with it after that. It turned out to be so good, that she just let me read the rest of it. Thenceforth, saint's books have never been the same; in fact I appreciate them more!
One book that you’ve read more than once: Lord of the Rings by (you know :-D ) J. R. R. Tolkien. Almost once a year since I was nine.
One book you’d want on a desert island: Ummm...I don't think I'd ever be on a desert island... ...but the same as everyone, The Holy Bible.
One book that made you laugh: The Story of a Soul by Saint Therese. She and her family remind me of ours sometimes.
One book that made you cry: Um....well, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee almost did.
One book that you wish had been written: The ones me and my friends haven't yet written.
One book that you wish had never been written: Whichever one is the worst
One book you’re currently reading: Just one? Ok, The Story of a Soul. That's terrible, I'm still not done reading it. (The book isn't not the one terrible, me not being done with it is) I guess, though, it's better to read some books more slowly than others. :-)
One book you’ve been meaning to read: The rest of the good books yet to be explored!...oh wait, just one? Ok, The Interior Castle by Saint Teresa
#2 Eight Random Facts meme
List 8 random facts about yourself, then tag 8 others.
1. I've actually met (in person) 8 other bloggers.
2. I can cross stitch without getting cross eyed.
3. CT and I once made a parody of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" It was about dreaming of a big pizza. :-D We couldn't help it....we were hungry...and it happened to be Christmastime...
4. I (and the Mom and Dad and CT) used to live a block away from Disneyland.
5. Puzzles are fun, especially the 1000 piece ones.
6. I wanted to call Lilo and Stitch the names Mango and Blueberry. It would've fit too. :-)
7. I don't find classical music boring.
8. To practice writing Latin sentences, I make a storyboard out of stick people saying stuff in Latin.
8 people who want to do either one, go right ahead. :-D
(i know...that's cheating, but everyone else has done this already.)
Thanks Aunty Esther for the really neat animated wreaths! :-D
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. -Saint Augustine
However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of. - St Vincent de Paul
Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. -Saint Therese of Lisieux
Don't permit your misery or defeats to depress you. Rather let them be steps by which you descend the deep mine where we find the precious gem of holy humility. - Saint Paola Frassinetti
We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self. -Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us. -Saint Teresa of Avila
If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me. -Saint Patrick
In detachment, the spirit finds quiet and repose for coveting nothing. Nothing wearies it by elation, and nothing oppresses it by dejection, because it stands in the center of its own humility. -St. John of the Cross
Believe me, the writing of pious books, the composing of the most sublime poetry; all that does not equal the smallest act of self-denial. -St. Therese of Lisieux
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
-Saint Francis of Assisi
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
I cannot write novels, it's too hard. I will try chapters instead, yes, that would work! Oh, chapters hurt. They evade me like fish! Oh, I know! Paragraphs! Yes, lovely! No, paragraphs leave me in a vertigo. Yes, yes! Sentences, now that's surely to work! Sniff...sentences are too long. Words! Now just words ought to work! Yes, words are easy!
With God's help, they'll prosper into sentences! Oh, don't sentences make paragraphs? Paragraphs make up chapters! Chapter create novels! Maybe it's not as hard as I thought.... "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." -Saint Francis
I really really like this song I had borrowed it from the library, then a visit to Kaila's blog reminded me of it. (thanks)
I know LOTR is old...but here are the words to the song as found on the Song track case:
May it Be By Enya
May it be an evening star Shines down upon you May it be when darkness falls Your heart will be true You walk a lonely road Oh! How far you are from home
Mornie utúlië (darkness has come) Believe and you will find your way Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen) A promise lives within you now
May it be the shadows call Will fly away May it be you journey on To light the day When the night is overcome You may rise to find the sun
Mornie utúlië (darkness has come) Believe and you will find your way Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen) A promise lives within you now A promise lives within you now
We probably will never have to travel to a place as dark as Mordor to save the world. Sometimes, though, we become discouraged with the entire world, or just trying get through the day's problems. That's where confidence arouses. We are confident that God will lead us through our troubles, however many. We trust Him to lead the way through the dark. Darkness is longer this time of ending year, but the light of Christmas drives it away. We must prepare ourselves for the coming of light during the Advent.
There are four main parts of Saint Therese's Little Way and four weeks (well, mostly) of Advent. Hopefully the posts match the readings of the Sunday...but here goes...
It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
-Saint. Francis of Assisi
If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.
My hope is in Christ, who strengthens the weakest by His Divine help. I can do all in Him who strengthens me. His Power is infinite, and if I lean on him, it will be mine. His Wisdom is infinite, and if I look to Him for counsel, I shall not be deceived. His Goodness is infinite, and if my trust is stayed in Him, I shall not be abandoned. -Pope Saint Pius X
For one pain endured with joy, we shall love the good God more forever. -Saint Therese
I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God. -Saint Dominic Savio
To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.
-Saint Teresa of Avila
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.