Already well on the way
The achievement is already in place. Allow it to unfold through your actions.
It’s not a matter of whether you can do it, because you can. The possibilities, the time, the resources and the pathway are all here now.
It’s a matter of whether you will. Set aside fear, rise above doubt, throw out hesitation and do what you know you can do.
Laugh at how flimsy your excuses now appear. Smile with confidence as you get the job done.
Crush old negative assumptions with new positive actions. Transform time and possibility into progress and value.
Feel your passion as it grows stronger and more engaged with every action. You can do this, and you’re already well on the way.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, OH 44117
Convent: 216-481-8232 Gift Shop: 216-481-0900
Our last installment of the story of Lourdes left off when Bernadette was brought before the prosecutor. Although we look at that as a sorrow for Bernadette, it was a good thing for us. Just think because these interrogations were written down as an official document we have a complete story of the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. So when bad things happen something good just might happen. The “Beautiful Lady” as Bernadette called her asked Bernadette to come to the grotto to pray every day for two weeks. The Lady did not promise to appear each day, and she didn’t. The crowd would go with Bernadette some to pray others were just curious. At the end of the two weeks the Lady did appear to Bernadette and gave her three secrets. Bernadette tells us that the secrets were for her alone and were to be kept secret. She never revealed the secrets, only that they were personal. Over the years two of the secrets have been speculated to be that Bernadette would become a Sister and that she was given a prayer to help her in difficult times. These secrets made Bernadette very sad and it has been said that the other secret was that she would suffer much. What would we do if Mary told us that we would suffer much for Her Son? Would we accept it? Bernadette’s suffering had already begun during the apparitions when people doubted her. That two-week period of prayer before the next apparition was very difficult. Folks ridiculed her for going to the grotto to pray. Why go if the Lady wasn’t there? Maybe Mary wanted her to pray for two weeks to prepare her soul for the secrets that she would be telling Bernadette in the next apparition? Mary calls us to pray also. Mary calls us to our novena at the Shrine. Nine days of prayer. When we lift up our voices and present our petitions to the Lord through His Mother.
Fish Dinners: Ash Wednesday, Feb10th, Friday, Feb. 26th. and March 11th from 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM. Tickets are $8.50. Hope to see you at the novena, the Fish Dinners.
Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my request. I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.
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Bible Vs.: Tobit 3: 16-17 “At that very time, the prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So Raphael was sent to them both…”
Prayer: Angel of God my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen
Spot Light: To help tune yourself into your guardian angel come to spend some time here at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Road, Euclid, Ohio 44117. Ask your guardian angel to protect and enlighten you to God’s will for you. Visit the beautiful Shrine, pray in the Chapel or at the Grotto and look in the Gift Shop.
Faith page: We are fast approaching the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. That is important to us because it is who the Shrine was dedicated to and named after. In France, on February 11, 1858, Mary, Jesus’s mother, appeared to a young girly the name of Bernadette Soubirous. Mary appeared to her 18 times. During one of those appearances, a miraculous spring of water was discovered where Bernadette had been praying. Since 1858, miracles have occurred at this place calle Lourdes. Millions of people continue to visit the Shrine. Here in Euclid, Ohio. our Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, commemorates these visits of Mary to Bernadette by having a novena which is a period of nine days of prayer. You see, the message that Mary gave to Bernadette was not about the miracles. Mary gave Bernadette the specific message to have the people pray to her Son, Jesus. There are so many problems today and the only solution is prayer. Join us!
Bible Vs.: 1 Jn. 5:4 In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.
Prayer: O, dear Lord, please accept my humble prayers. Help me to know your will and to do it. I beg you to help me to carry out the tasks that you set before me. Help me to love all as you did. Amen
Spotlight: Please come to our Shrine and pray. It is only in humbling ourselves before our God that we can accomplish anything. The novena will begin Wednesday, February 3rd and go through Thursday, February 11th. Rosary will begin at 7:00 PM each evening followed by Mass. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117, 216-481-8232.
Bible Vs. Ps 89 Forever I will maintain my love for my servant. “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: I will make your dynasty stand forever and establish your throne for all ages.”
Spotlight: Come on down to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and surprise your loved one with a different type of token of love purchased from the gift shop 216-481-0900. Also begin to prepare for Lent by attending our Lenten Fish dinners, February 10th, February 26th and March 11th. See our website for details www.srstrinity.com
Bible Vs. Ps. 34:5 “The Lord delivered me from all my fears.”
Prayer: We pray, almighty God, that receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Amen
Local Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to get the Lord’s perspective in your life. Just come up and visit from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM (see our website for specifics www.srstrinity.com) or attend our novena February 3 until February 11, 7:00 PM rosary followed by Mass. As Pope Francis tells us, it is time for Mercy. Hungry? We also have the French toast breakfast Sunday, February 7th after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:45 AM.
Great living to do
Stop waiting for the right time and make this the right time. Stop begging for permission and give yourself permission to live an outstanding life filled with all the experiences and joys you want to have.
You don’t have to hope for a lucky break. You just have to step forward, take your destiny in your own hands, and do the work to give your own unique vision to this world.
Right now, right in front of you are actions you can take and positive differences you can make. Don’t hesitate another minute to get started making the most of what you already have.
Throw the doubts and excuses out the window and throw yourself into creating new value and goodness. You know you can do it, and you know how great it will feel.
You’ve already made the massive investment of your whole life to get to this point. Now, do something worthy of all that time and effort.
Raise your expectations, step beyond your doubts, and engage your passion. You have a lot of great living to do, and now is when to do it.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
We will soon be celebrating the unofficial holiday called Valentine’s Day February 14th. Known as the day for lovers. Even though the greeting card companies have made it an obligation to send your loved one a Valentine’s Day card the day is all about a different kind of love. Valentine was an actual person. He lived in Rome in the days when it was against the law to be a Christian. Valentine would send messages to Christians who had been arrested. These messages were in the form of a heart and they were even dyed red to symbolize the love and sacrifice of Jesus for these Christians who in most cases would rather give up their lives than their faith. The hearts would be smuggled into the prison so that these Christians would be aware of the prayers and support of the Christian communities. Eventually it was discovered that Valentine was the person responsible for this and he too was killed. So Valentine’s Day has a deeper meaning than what we attribute to it. Why don’t we put a little more meaning into this day then the one dictated to us by society? Come up to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, visit the gift shop and send out that Valentine’s Day card, but give it a religious twist. It would have a much deeper meaning.
Live where you are
Stop worrying over things you can do nothing about. Instead, put your awareness and energy into positive efforts to improve those things you can influence.
You have what it takes to successfully get through this minute, and then to get through the next minute, and the next. One moment at a time, one hour at a time, one day, one week, one month at a time, you can move forward.
If you feel overwhelmed, keep in mind that much of that feeling comes from focusing on things outside this moment. Pull your focus back into the moment you’re in, and see all the good things you can now do.
It’s great to plan for and work toward the future, but it’s draining to attempt to always live there. Live where you are, when you are, making good use of what you have when you now have it.
Don’t waste the possibilities of today fretting over the uncertainties of. You are alive, aware and able right now, so put it all to good use.
Be inspired by the beauty, empowered by the abundance, and urged on by the possibilities of now. Live now, live fully, and put yourself in the best position for all the good things to come.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to get the Lord’s perspective in your life. Just come up and visit from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM (see our website for specifics www.srstrinity.com) or attend our novena February 3 until February 11, 7:00 PM rosary followed by Mass. As Pope Francis tells us, it is time for Mercy. Hungry? We also have the French toast breakfast Sunday, February 7th after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:45 AM.
If you try to make it all better all at once you’ll end up frustrated. But you can make it a little bit better, and then a little bit more, and then a little bit more.
If you are fifty pounds overweight you won’t be able to lose all that weight by next week. Yet you can lose a pound or two, and then more the next week, and so on until you’ve reached the goal.
Just because you can’t do it all at once is no reason to be dismayed. In fact it is a good reason to go ahead and do what you do can right now.
Time will dependably pass and you can use every moment of that time to make progress. The incremental progress you make will quickly add up.
An hour from now, you can be one step closer to your goal than you were before. Take that step now, and then be ready to take the next one.
Put time on your side by putting it to use, doing what you can, when you can. Start now, take control of your destiny, and keep going.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Prayer: Almighty God, help me to see myself as I really am and to put things into perspective. Help me to forgive myself so that I can forgive others. Let me see with your eyes. Help me to get out of your way. Amen
Recently the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted an exhibit of the impressionists Monet to Matisse. Cleveland was the only location of this particular exhibit in the United States. Tickets were very difficult to get. The museum extended the hours of the exhibit and still it was sold out. The emphasis of the display was on the garden works of many impressionists. The art work was simply breathtaking. It was explained that many of these paintings were created in response to the ugliness of war. If you know anything about impressionistic art when you look at it close up, you see splotches of colors. When you stand back you see the subjects of the work: family, flowers and a sense of appreciation of God’s gift to all of us. That is like life when we look at a situation up close we only see a small fraction of it. Not until we stand back and look at it in perspective do we really see what the picture actually is. We see not only the problems, but also the gifts that God has given us. Let’s put life in perspective.