Author: Lisa Graas
•5/30/2003 05:08:00 PM
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Today's readings are particularly thrilling for me as today is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



I was raised in a Protestant home and let me tell ya, Mary was hardly spoken of. Now that I have learned some things about Mary, I find that to be very sad. Protestants really have no theology about Mary but the Catholic Church is rich in Marian theology. We see what they do not see, and that is, among other things, that Mary is truly the Mother of God. She is also the new Eve, undoing with her "yes" to God what Eve did with her "no" to God. Now, thanks to Christ, we can be washed clean of the original sin in our souls that we are born with due to the sin of Adam and Eve. Mary is also the new Ark of the Covenant. In reading about the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament, we can learn some things about Mary. The Ark carried within it the staff of Aaron, the Scriptures, and some manna. These are symbolic of "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" which Mary carried within her. The Ark was holy. It was so important to God that anyone who even touched it, even accidentally, would die. Mary is holy indeed and worthy of our love and honor. God has created her to be this way. I never knew these things before and a whole new world opened up for me when I learned these things. To believe that Mary has such a high station, we more fully appreciate the majesty of our almighty God.



God Bless You



Love from Lisa
Author: Lisa Graas
•5/30/2003 04:45:00 PM
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Just as we have the power to bring death if we follow Satan, we have the power to bring life if we follow God. Today, as we read what the Jews did to Sosthenes, we see what destruction man can bring with him if he follows not the light. But despite what men may do, as we read in the Psalm, God is king of all the earth. Jesus, King of kings, shows that He will not forsake us when He tells us that our current grief will bring us joy when He returns. It is often difficult when you are in anguish to remember that joy will come from it. Even many of the saints had their spiritual difficulties at times. Do not let periods of drought in your spiritual life lead you to believe that you have fallen away. Keep yourself open. Follow the light, and the time of refreshment will come to you once more.

God Bless You

Love from Lisa
Author: Lisa Graas
•5/10/2003 12:05:00 AM
Today was not good but I was uplifted when I received a letter from Bernard Cardinal Law. Wow. See, I had sent him an Easter card and he was writing to thank me. Not only that, he asked God's blessing on me and my children. Now what more could uplift someone on a gloomy, sorrowful day? God bless Bernard Cardinal Law.

Author: Lisa Graas
•5/09/2003 01:58:00 AM
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I truly love today's readings because I had an earth-shattering conversion experience and it was Eucharistic........but I'm not going to talk about that. I'm going to talk about God's powerful presence in our lives and our responsibility to do His will. Our beloved St. Paul was a MURDERER who killed Christians and even loved to do so. But God had another plan for Paul. Yes, this murderous man was chosen to preach the Gospel of Christ crucified, "foolishness to the world". He was to preach that we must eat the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ and many more truths of our Faith that many find difficult to accept. This man who was the greatest persecutor of Christ became the most prolific defender of the Faith. Yes, Paul's story is proof of the mighty deeds that God will work in our lives if we let Him. We are called to do different things in the service of the Lord, but our responsibility toward these things in the context of our salvation is no less important than Paul's was. When you are working on fulfilling these things and grow frustrated, remember St. Paul and how far he came in one lifetime. Remember his struggles and his martyrdom. May these things encourage you to forge ahead and do the right thing and not the comfortable thing.

God Bless You.

Love from Lisa
Author: Lisa Graas
•5/09/2003 01:28:00 AM
Thanks for being patient with me while I was sick. I am doing somewhat better now emotionally since my doctor put me on an anti-depressant. I am now on five medications (again) to control my Bipolar Disorder. The medication is working reasonably well but I have bad moments throughout the day, here and there. These pains are not stabbing pains, but they are quick as a stab. I cringe. The pain doesn't leave. I try to relax. The pain doesn't leave. And finally, I pray, and I do get some immediate relief....but it is minimal. In about ten minutes - thirty minutes it goes away. Without the medications I am on, I can't imagine how horrible things would seem to me and how much pain I would be going through needlessly. I thank God for the medications that I am taking to relieve my symptoms. They are nearly all I have in this world to help me.
Author: Lisa Graas
•5/03/2003 11:10:00 PM
I am very sick again and unable to post, but hope to resume in the coming week.

God bless you.

Love from Lisa
Author: Lisa Graas
•5/01/2003 07:57:00 AM
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Today we can read our Bibles, especially today's reading from Acts, and see the rejection of the Sanhedrin, how they wanted to put the Apostles to death, and we can know that there is no victory in their words. We know that their own condemnation brought condemnation upon themselves. In the Gospel, Christ says that "the wrath of God remains upon him" who disobeys the Son.

These are not vague stories from history. They mean something to us. We know what has become of those who rejected Christ and we know what has become of those who built up His Church. Let us, then, apply this knowledge to our own life here and now. God is not bound by time. All is "now" to Him. We, too, can have the courage to stand before the judgments of the powerful, as the Apostles did. God will give us the grace to do His will, and He will not forsake us, even if we are made to suffer death for our faith.

God bless you.

Love from Lisa