Monday April 9, 2018

Quick update on my mother.  She fell on Thursday, had surgery Friday and is already up and moving around – albeit with a walker, but none the less moving around.  The doctor’s have cleared her for release and will head home this morning.  Thanks for all your prayers.  A special thanks to my brother Jay and his family for the hours of “overtime” they had to put in last week and now the coming weeks.  A special thanks to my sister Janice’ who dropped everything she was doing in St. Louis to head out and help with Mom in Yelm.  I was able to talk to my mom on Saturday and she was in very good spirits.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Sitting at Mass yesterday and hearing the second reading, I thought this will be a good topic to write about Tuesday.  I don’t know why I thought Tuesday because I nothing in mind to talk today.  The divine providence of the Holy Spirit was why I thought Tuesday.  When I opened up the readings for today, I honestly had no idea today was the Feast of the Annunciation.  Shame on me.  I could tell you I’ve been so wrapped up with all things Easter and then preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday but truth be told I look at the website this morning and was shocked to see today’s Feast.  Immediate panic set in thinking was I supposed to plan music for a Mass tonight?  So I looked up our Holy Days of Obligation and although today is a Solemnity, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  That shouldn’t matter – get to Mass today should your schedule allow.  The church celebrates a number of liturgies throughout the year – solemnities, feasts, memorials.  What is the difference you ask…here you go.

Solemnities, Feasts & Memorial Masses explained

Today’s Readings

Today would be a good day to do the following…

Go to Mass; say the Rosary contemplating the Joyful Mysteries; recite the Divine Mercy chaplet; spend some quiet time in prayer; examine your conscious; invite someone you know who has fallen away from the Church back; evangelize.  God calls each of us to greatness — how will I/we respond?  Dedicate your day, your life to the greater glory of God.

God’s will, not mine be done.

Be not afraid.

Jesus, I trust in you.



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