Monday, 28 October 2019

It's early but get ready to: Put Christ back into your Christmas cards!

Hello dear friend,

Thank you so much for stopping by! It cannot have missed your attention that though Christmas is still a couple of months away we are already being bombarded by consumerist adverts. Get your sofa ordered, plan your meals, buy the children’s toys, and so on. Although I personally don’t like this extra-long build-up I only have one reason for today’s blog: I would like to encourage all Christians to send Christmas cards relevant to the birth of Jesus.

Many Christian friends and relatives have said they do not send religious cards as they can’t find any. So my early plea is coming to give you plenty of time to source them. The place I buy mine is at the church I go to. So do check yours out as the first port of call. After that, if you can’t find any in your local shops, there is a list of links below to make it easier for you to get your hands on something relevant to the religious celebration this year.

What it really takes though, I feel, is a decision to only send these relevant cards instead of usual robins and tinsel. Hands up – I used to send these too! Robins happen to be my favourite birds by the way, and I love a lot of tinsel decked around my home and Christmas tree. The decorations sit happily beside my nativity scene crib. But some years ago I made the decision to stick to the point of Christmas in my cards: a religious festival. And when I visit friends and relatives at Christmas and see that often the only religious card among the strings of cards on display in their homes is mine it makes me sad…

You know it would make you feel better to start the celebrations in the right way: commemorating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Come on, let’s put Christ back into Christmas!

Blessings
Teresa

Here is a selection of the links I found on Google for religious Christmas cards. I have not bought any from them so I have none to recommend personally. But I do read Our Daily Bread daily and can vouch that it is an inspiring read so I’ve put them at the top of the list.














Sunday, 6 October 2019

Fearful of the future? Try this for peace of mind!



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#St. Faustina Kowalska
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faustina_Kowalska

Hello dear friend,
Thanks for stopping by!

The 5th October is the feastday of St Faustina Kowalska, a Polish Catholic nun and mystic who died on this day in 1938, aged 33, and was sainted in the year 2000. Her apparitions of Jesus have inspired great devotion in the Universal church to Christ's Divine Mercy. And the saint bears the title Secretary of Divine Mercy.

To find out more about this saint you can visit, for example, the website dedicated to her by clicking on this link. https://www.faustyna.pl/zmbm/en

I recently found a copy of her book among my late-father's belongings. Dad had a great love of Divine Mercy. Today I began to read Divine Mercy In My Soul, a diary by Sister M. Faustina Kowalski, published by Marian Helpers Press.

Following on from my last blog on poetry I wanted to share one of the saint's poems. I hope that, like me, you are impressed that a saint is but a human being who tries hard to rise above the trials of this life. It it also a good reminder to try to stay in Today instead of galloping headlong and fearful into the unknown tomorrow.

O My God
By St Faustina

When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must trust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory. []


Wishing you a blessed day!

Teresa
PS Don't forget to take a look at my other blog: 
https://creativelivingforthebestyou.blogspot.com/

Also, for further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk  
where you can find out about my inspirational book 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - a practical guide to joyful living! 

See the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns

PPS Currently reading, as well as the above Diary (I always have more than one book on the go), #If I Stay, a compelling novel by Gayle Forman - Living is all about making choices. Dying is no different... Enjoy!





Thursday, 3 October 2019

National Poetry Day: Give Him a Chance!




Hello dear friend,
Thank you for stopping by!

Today is National Poetry day so I took a look through my small collection to pick one out to share with you.

Also, though, my lovely friend Jan sadly lost her mum this morning... Yes, it's another one of those 'I don't quite believe it' moments.

For this reason I chose the poem below. And for this reason too I chose the photo above of an angel on a chariot which I took when visiting Rome with Jan some years ago. It seems fitting.


13th February 19 Despair
By Teresa O'Driscoll

What do you do when you’re in despair?
I turn to God ‘cos I know He’s there.

But what about you?
Do you know Him too?
If the answer is No
He’s still the place to go.

You don’t need fancy words
He’s heard them all before.
What He wants from you is a chance.
With me? You might ask. Yes, you!

Just speak from your heart
And tell Him your all –
The pain, the doubt, the fear.
Be open and trust
after all He is Love

And give Him that chance
to let you know He’s near.

And you will find that’s all you’ll ever need.

God bless,
Teresa x