God’s Gift to Us


 

MC900444830Do you  realize that God’s call to have a  special relationship with us is possible. You are good enough and holy enough for God to love us in this personal way. Scriptures remind us over and over again that God’s love is not earned: it is a gift. Talk to God today and tell him your worries, dreams, give him your love today.

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Soul Cakes


Today is all Souls Day. We should pray for departed souls, not just in the month of November, but throughout the year. The practice of remembering the dead is as easy as including a prayer for the dead into our daily prayers. The custom of visiting and praying at the graves another practice. Here’s a short prayer to include in your evening prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

And may perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Did you know that doughnuts were called soul cakes. They were  plain round buns. Boys begged for soul cakes. However they didn’t really pray for the souls. They only thought of their hungry bellies. A clever cook decided to help them remember why they had been given the cake. Instead of making plain round buns, she made buns with a holes in the middle. Back then the circle was common symbol for everlasting life and our passage to it. The result of her cleverness was a doughnut, a reminder of prayer.

Use the receipe below and make some sould cakes for All Souls Day with your family. Have your Mom or Day light a candle, sit and have some hot chocolate. Take the time to remember your family, friends and others who have died. All Souls Day reminds us of our connection with the faithful departed. It’s a connection that isn’t even broken by death.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter or margarine
  • 3-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup wheat germ

DIRECTIONS

Add sugar slowly to eggs, beating constantly. Stir in buttermilk and melted butter or margarine. Mix and sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt; stir in wheat germ. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture. Chill dough until easy to handle. Roll out 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on floured pastry board, rolling half the dough at a time. Cut with doughnut cutter. Fry in deep fat heated to 375°-380°, turning once after doughnuts have risen to surface and are golden brown on the underside. Drain on paper towel. Makes 30 to 36 doughnuts, depending on thickness.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999

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Guardian Angel Day


 

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here.

Ever this night/day be at my side to light and guard, to

rule and guide. Amen.

I’ve believed in guardian angels, since I was small. I prayed the Guardian Angel prayer each night. My Guardian Angel has been with me since I took my first breath and will with me  for my  last breath.  Your angel will look out for and will stay with you wherever you go and what ever you do. You are never alone!

My guardian angel is Jhudiel. St. Jhudiel is the guardian of people born on Friday. He is one of the Holy Archangels and is said to be the bearer of God’s mercy and love. His image is shown to be holding a flaming heart pressed on his chest representing the love of God. In times of confusion or stress I feel comforted to know that my angel is guarding me. Find out what day you were born and then check and see which guardian angel is yours.

A Shared Trust


      “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  1Corinthians 4:2   NIV 

Do you sometimes feel that you aren’t as important as others? I do. Even while I’m praying, I feel that whatever I have to say isn’t as important as someone else’s need. However, if God has put the words in my heart and mind, He trusts me to ask for wisdom and guidance.                                                                        

When we pray and ask for guidance, God  makes our life as important as He needs. When we are faithful to what God requires of us, He helps our lives to be vessels that renew the hearts of other people. 

Our life experiences are used by God to help us relate to others. When this happens, we prove ourselves faithful. The greatest requirement we have is to trust God to show His love through our lives. God patiently waits for the proof that we are faithful to His trust in us. 

Lord,

Help us to open our hearts and be faithful to You. Help others to experience Your love through our lives.  Thank You for Your trust in us.