Thursday, May 27, 2010

Maria Angelorum Chapel

In the early 19Th. century, a small group of travelers came from the German republic of Bavaria. There were two priest and twelve lay people. This group which would later form the Perpetual Adoration chapel. This chapel still exist since 1870 and known as the order of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

This chapel is built within the St.Rose Convent in La Crosse Wisconsin. It is of Romanesque architecture with many pillars of Corinthian style formed with acanthus leaves within the leaves are figures of praying angels. So much history both secular and religious behind the magnitude of such a magnificent building. This building now is also the novitiate for the Franciscan Sisters.

This is a must see site if you are interested in architech Paintings that speak to you, the Bavarian stained glass windows speak of the life of Jesus, Mary, the angels, bible and of our theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.

You will see ten bronzed statues which are original, no duplicates exist. You can re-live this special time in our church history by visiting this quaint and exquisite convent in La Crosse Wisconsin. This order now consist of more than 350 sisters, who miniters throughout the United States and other countries.

Look and marvel at what a few people who had great faith and a dream can accomplish. What a wonderful testimony of faith.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sister Marie, Servant of the Holy Heart of Mary

I've met Sister Marie, when she was twelve and I was fourteen. We both were at the Aspirancy at Holy Family Academy, in Beaverville Ill. Where we were aspiring to become Sisters of the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary.

Marie became my little sister when I became a senior. Never expecting to see her again after both going our way, we saw each other this past spring. What a blessed blessing to re-kindle our friendship and our memories of the past. How inspiring and meaningful those memories are?

Life was so simple and fun. As we shared, the memories became more vibrant bringing the joys of the past to the life of the present thus adding a reflection of child-like expectancy. The gift to remember is a great gift, when the memories are joyful and when the memories are not so joyful, we realize where we are now and how much life have changed us and yet our FAITH remained.

Sisters simplicities of life and her great faith, made me feel alive. Her devotion to God and great beliefs and understanding of her faith has widened my vision of life.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

We are all born with the Goodness of God instilled within us. We must neither neglect it nor keep it hidden. God is the Goodness, within us. Our faith in God must shine through the goodness we manifest to others in our lives.

If we profess to be filled with the Spirit and yet we do not show goodness to others, we are living a lie. Nevertheless goodness is within you but at times it takes prayer and faith to share it with others.

Faith will assist us to see the goodness of God in others and to be aware and appreciate all the goodness that God has bestowed upon us. I can only speak for myself,

“How easily I forget the Goodness of God
and yet He has provided me with so many blessings,
I take it all for granted,
not realizing that without it,
I would not survive. I would soon exist as a dry twig.
When I felt unloved, He confirmed His love to me through His word and He held me in His arms and encircled me with His love.
When I was lonely and hopeless He reached out and comforted me.
When I was sad, He showered my life with joy.
When I had no strength to continue, He filled me with power and guided me with Goodness and Love.” Poem

Goodness is a fruit that is always in season. Winter spring, summer or fall Goodness brings heaven to earth. A fruit that if allowed to mature can without doubt enrich your life producing a multitude of other fruits, like understanding, happiness and love. Goodness makes a difference our world. Once seeds of Goodness are planted they will flourish transforming our world into a heavenly garden forever, never to wither.

Psalm 27: I am still confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Do we see hear and touch His creation all given to us by His Goodness!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"The impossible dream"

To dream, the impossible dream
To fight, the unbeatable foe
To bear, the unbearable sorrow
To run, where the brave dare not go
To right, the unrightable wrong
To love, pure and chase from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star,
This s my quest, to follow that star
no matter how hopeless,
no matter how far,
To fight, for the right
without question or pause
to be willing to march into hell
for a heavenly cause,
And I know if I'll only be true,
to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm,
when I am laid to my rest.,
and the world would be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
still strong with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable star!
by Joe Darion
This song says it all,
we must dream, impossible dreams, for this is how the world has survived, because of the dreams of many and the help of God.
by fighting we have accomplish our dreams, fighting for truth and justice and freedom for all.
by bearing each others sorrows, we have been united as one.
by running the race to the end, to win a place in the kingdom of God,
by righting what is wrong, to help the poor, homeless, orphans and those who cannot help themselves,
by loving all God's children,
by trying no matter how difficult, or weak because God is the strength within,
help until you cannot help any more.
Fight until you cannot fight anymore.
and always love til the end, with all your heart.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The power within you, A gift from God

This power that is a spiritual gift given to you by God is the gift of hope. Much can be said about hope. Much more has been written about hope but the greatest is that much has been accomplish through hope.

Hope has given life, to those who had nothing else but trust that there would be a chance of something better. Hope has given food to the hungry spirit causing them to hang in there thus bringing survival by them never giving up.

If fear has attacked you, call on hope to rescue you. The fears of the past will be conquered by the hope of the present and producing a better and hopeful future. Live for today with hope for the future. The future hope will become the past hopes the past hopes will enrich the present making all the tomorrows hopeful. Then you will not let your past destroy your future but enhance it.

Hope can change your life, do not stand still for hope lives on and on.Take it upon yourself that life can change if you choose to do it. When life seems hopeless, it becomes dark and void, unlock the power within you and go forth living in the light of hope.

Can you change who you are, yes you can! You have many elements that can help you. Some are faith, strength to do better,others, love, your power to survive, hope,

Give hope to others,
be hope,
spread hope for hope:

Hope sees the invisible,
feels the intangible,
achieves the impossible. Anonymous.

Friday, January 29, 2010

"You are the light of the world"

If only each one would light one candle.
Imagine how much brighter the world would be'.
Then maybe we would see things
more clearly.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

There are many flowers in the Garden of Life

You are one of those flowers
no matter how strange no matter how tall short or different you are,
you are a flower in this garden,
You will grow you will either be liked or disliked by others,
but since we have one creator who created all of us,
you as well as all the flowers are loved by Him.
You have a special reason for being in this Garden called the world.
Live life caring and sharing with others
the gifts that your creator has bestow upon you.
If you fail, do not worry, get up and try again.
God will give you the strength, just ask.
The world is not complete without one of the flowers.
Neither is the world complete without you.
You are the world.
Do what needs to be done to make the world
a Garden with all and for all.

There is good in all

"You are the Light of the world
shine your light
so the world may see the good
that you do
and give glory to God."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"When you serve others, you are serving God"

On Friday January 8th, I was privilege to be invited to be a guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne- Middleton, Wisconsin.

My presentation was pertaining to my latest publication, of my book titled, “The Garden of Life is the Garden of the World”. At first I had a notion that I was to speak about my book be the center of attention, and that there was nothing more significant than to focus on my book. They definitely offer me more than I offered them.

To my amazement I was profoundly impressed with my prestigious audience, an active group of man and woman that share their gifts and talents in a personal and effective way for the enhancement of the world.

Giving of themselves they make a difference by what they accomplish in union with one another transforming the world wherever needed, in such a significant way. What overwhelmed me was their dedication and selfless acts that these prominent people perform. They have captured my attention in such a memorable manner by bringing hope to me as they bring to those they ministered too throughout the world.

Their hard work materializes with devotion throughout the United States extending too far away countries such as Taiwan, Guatemala, China, Russia and many other parts of the world. They unite the world as one in a rotating motion thus bringing equality and quality of life, while spreading goodwill to all they come in contact with.

They actually do in practice what I advocate in my writings in “The Garden of Life is the Garden of the World”, from establishing, funding, operating an orphanage, to educating, sponsoring and encouraging young people that they are part of the world while preparing them for they will be the future of this world.

Later I read that the motto of this organization is “service above all”.

“When you serve others, you are serving God”

The first Rotary was founded over one-hundred years ago open to all who are of good personal character, good reputation. They must be fair and truth filled, build good-will, while beneficial to all concerned.

The four responsibilities of a Rotarian are as follow:

1. Service projects that help serve the local community
2. Service projects that serve the global community
3. Support the rotary foundation financially
4. Member participation

Society changes so do the service projects of the Rotary Foundation. Their accomplishments are numerous, needless to say to reveal all of them we must write more than a few books. There is a great deal more that can be said about this foundation but no one said it better than, Robert Francis Kennedy, brother of the President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy.

“Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there’s nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous arrays of the worlds ills-against misery, ignorance, injustice or violence…..few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man or woman stands up for an idea or acts to improve the lot of others…or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends a ripple of hope and build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls…..”

‘”This foundation continues to be strong and has become a vital ministry in the “The Garden of the World” providing assistance to many in fields of education, medical alleviating poverty, supplying the homeless, and orphans with unsurpassed care, love and devotion.”

Bernadette Pabon

I did finish my presentation that day and sold a few books but definitely left with a greater awareness in world ministry in diverse areas. An essential group of unquestionable people who channel their energy into life creating extraordinary results.