7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 3)

September 9, 2011 by  
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1.

This can be a difficult prayer for me to pray, but I think St. Ignatius hit the nail on the head with this one.

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.

St. Ignatius Loyola

2.

Does anyone have a good recipe for grilled cheese? I know, simple right? But I am talking about REALLY GOOD GRILLED CHEESE. I have to cook for 50 people and we are making a variety of grilled cheeses (with tomato, bacon, ham), but when it comes to the kitchen I am like a ballerina on a football field, I just don’t belong.

{Speaking of football and cheese, did you know that God is a Green Bay Packer’s fan? Don’t argue, just nod your head and smile. You know it’s true. Here is a great quote from the first Packer’s coach:

Lombardi said, “Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers-in that order.”}

3.

Three is one of my favorite numbers. I love the Trinity and feel like the Holy Spirit gets the shaft sometimes as we were catechized in the church. Read this wonderful little book by Jacques Philippe a member of the Community of the Beatitudes. It’s short, simple and filled with the sweetness of the Holy Spirit. A MUST READ! You can order it online, or read it here for free. (I prefer a paper copy, more tangible, you can take notes, easier to pray with in a chapel, unless you printed off the entire thing, but that would be plain silly). :)

4.

My 17 year old niece was baptized this week and on the date of the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing. It is a beautiful day for her to be baptized because she is such a caring young lady and is like Mother Teresa in that she cares for the poor and sick.

She comes from an evangelical family and they look at baptism a little different, but nonetheless it is a baptism! I think they see it as just a statement of faith on their part and not as an entrance into God’s family where you receive His life into you! Did you know, as Catholics, our most important day of our life is our baptism?! I’ve been talking to my niece the last couple of  years about it and she was finally dunked last Monday. I am sooo happy for her! What a gift!

5.

Birthdays: another year to celebrate life and thank God for our Blessings.

Yesterday was my niece’s first birthday and the feast of the Nativity of Mary! I celebrate my birthday this weekend and am reminded that though, I am getting older and I may not have a husband, children, etc. I am in a great job, have great friends and am so thankful for my faith. I pray that this year brings me another year of trusting, believing and accepting. Giving everything to God and quoting St. Ignatius above: Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.

6.

Let us unite in prayer for rain in Texas and within. This song reminds me of how much we all need rain. How we are all in need of His mercy, His grace, His love, His life. Physically, materially, spiritually, let it rain.

7. 

Here is one of my all time favorite prayers.

(seriously, if you pray this everyday, it will change your heart, your life)

I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself.

Then in the sanctuary of your Baptized soul, (which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit) speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him:

Oh, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul. I adore Thee.
Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what I should do . . . give me Your orders.
I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me
and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
Let me only know Your will.

If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely and full of consolation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be proportioned to the trial, giving you the strength to carry it and you will arrive at the gates of Paradise, laden with merit.
CARDINAL MERCIER
This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.

Cardinal Mercier

Thanks Jen @ Conversion Diary for hosting!

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One Response to “7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 3)”
  1. Deanna says:

    Favorite prayer. Love St. Ignatius

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