Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Thanks & Gratitude

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

I want to post something simple today.

Thanks and gratitude for my life.

This is a simple post in many ways, but I want to share, I begin…

I give thanks for the ability to receive love.

I give thanks for the ability to understand love.

I give thanks, for each part of my body, my mortal shell, that operates at its best efficiency.

I give thanks, for the numerous markets near me, to pick and choose, what shall land on my family’s plate.

I give thanks, that I can share my earnings to other family, beyond my immediate circle.

I give thanks, for the state of mind, that allows me to keep earning.

I give thanks for the ability to walk out the door, go to a store, and buy essentials that make my life easier.

I give thanks for the ability to smile in the face of adverse circumstances.

I give thanks to remember that I smiled in just such circumstances.

I give thanks for the ability to use my fingers to play across this keyboard.

I give thanks that I can stand, sit, dwell, hear and ask to pray for those that are without hope.

I give thanks that I live and was born within a county that does not stone people for adultery.

I give thanks that I can stop here and ask all of you to use the power of word and the power of prayer to hope, that only God, and not practicing mortals, decides the fate of the nine in Iran sentenced to die by stoning for alleged adultery.

I give thanks that I have the courage to ask you to stop what you are doing and send a positive prayer to the universe to save those people, our brother and sisters.

I give thanks that someday we become united again, outside the dictates of society.

I give thanks that you took a moment of your day to stop in.

Peace to you.


A call for prayer

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

A day of jubilation turned to trauma:  BBC reports.

I call this evening to pray for those in Pakistan.

There is no need to do this to each other as fellow human beings, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, in-laws…………

there is no need.

Join me, take a moment, ask whatever divinity you believe in to remind us of love.

It’s ok to ask and ask again…

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

This is what I saw today, in a Catholic message, it’s ok to ask and ask again.

You don’t have to say, no, it’s not my time, millions have it worse than me, you don’t have to say, oh, hi God, I’m just stopping in to see how you are, because really, You and I know I really shouldn’t be asking for anything.

Rather, I saw what I wanted to see today, and perhaps that’s the only way I’ll ever be able to see, my way.

Taken from:

The Catholic Calendar for Sunday, July 29, 2007
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

remember a student from Italy who attended Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, NY, many years ago. He was quite unaccustomed to the ways of Americans. When he tried to bargain over the price of a comb at the local pharmacy, the manager almost threw him out! Americans aren’t as used to bargaining over small purchases as Europeans are.

God seems to encourage bargaining in today’s First Reading. Abraham is disturbed when he learns that the Lord plans to destroy the evil city of Sodom. After all, he knows that his nephew Lot and his wife have not given in to the sinful deeds of their neighbors. He succeeds in getting God to spare the city “for the sake of ten just men!”

Jesus not only allows us to bargain with God, He actively encourages us to do so. After teaching His apostles how to pray in the beautiful words we know as the Lord’s Prayer, He urges His followers not to give up if at first the Father doesn’t seem to be listening. To paraphrase, He says, “Don’t give up, keep knocking! Do you think my Father would refuse anything to His children?

It’s an important lesson that we often forget!

– Msgr. Paul Whitmore — email: pwhitmore29(at)yahoo(dot)com”

I added the emphasis, the underline above, to share with you where my thought came from…I look forward to hearing where it leads you to…………


Abducted Children

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Updated thoughts from virtual earth:

I’m searching for new news, it’s not the media I’m finding, it’s blogs…

Quaequam Blog

May 11, 2007:

The original post follows below as well as the compassionate comments of readers praying, hoping and wishing for the return of this young girl to her family. In the meantime, for those of you still hoping, wishing and thinking of the truly unfortunate calamity that blindsided this family, I have provided more recent news at the top. For those looking for further background or the original post information, scroll down………… reports:

Police stress ‘no suspicions’ on McCann family.

Police searching for missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann tonight confirmed that family members and friends had been interviewed again today, but emphasised: “There are no suspicions upon them.”

In a statement the police also confirmed that CCTV images had been collected in several locations and have been looked at to check possible leads.

The statement issued by Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa said that there had been no arrests either in Portugal or abroad.

The statement added that ‘countless’ hypotheses flowing out of information which has arrived into the PJ each day continued to be checked.

It said that the searches were continuing with around 150 people involved each day.

It added that more than 200 kilometres square had now been searched more than once.”.

There are many differences of opinion. I found yet another right now on More A Way of Life who of course raises a question in many of our minds whether we want it to be present, it was the parents’ fault somehow, yes? The author raises a pertinent analogy, suppose something had happened to the family’s children because there was a fire in the hotel and no parent was present to assist? The author of More A Way of Life points out in that case the parents would be hounded by the media and/or charged with negligence. In our society, this point is a valid one. Here though, it is apparent, there is someone else to blame so it does not seem the media will go in that direction.

I wonder at the sliding scale of morality. It’s ok for me to stand at the edge of the yard, 50 yards from my front door, another 20 from where my child lies napping…how do I know someone has not come in the back window or door? (Yes, this depsite the fact that most likely they would all be locked as precaution). Suppose something happened, would I be negligent?

In my heart I would, if something happens to our child, we always feel at fault to some degree. Another child taunts them, our child cries, we didn’t teach them to be more socially acceptable or to be stronger not to be hurt by the words, etc.

A very light example, but viable…….where do the shades of morality begin and end?

I simply have no desire to judge this family, believing that positive thinking and prayer hold greater strength than negativity, gossip and judgment. And yes, I say this realizing many millions of prayers remain unanswered to our knowledge day in and day out. But some do get answered, maybe this one could too.


Unusually quiet today, I found there was little I wanted to type or say.

Taking a break from work, I checked out a horoscope site I like, Jonathan Cainer’s site, and saw a picture of a young girl, but quickly clicked away to my horoscope. I barely read my horoscope when I felt compelled to click back to the girl. This is what I found, that I didn’t know, that many of you probably do…a young girl was abducted while on a family holiday in Portugal. Her eyes from the photograph on this site are haunting me.

There is so much atrocity in the world, but I cannot begin to imagine, someone else taking your child.

Just today, I cut out the protective corners around the updated photos of my children to use in the event of abduction, complimentary snapshots with information as to what to do in the event of abduction, provided by the schools. I looked at my children in those photos and saw their beauty and wondered at the sickness in the world that would want to do anything but let them live unspoiled with their families.

The man who runs the horoscope site said that maybe when all else fails, (paraphrased), prayers can work.

I’m praying then, I am praying, this beautiful child is returned unharmed.

Madeleine McCann, abducted on holiday in Portugal

Like every other parent on the planet, I am deeply concerned about poor little Madeleine. I have been making astrological inquiries this weekend. So far, the charts confirm much of what already seems to be known but reveal little new that might be of use. I usually find that, when a horoscope appears unhelpful, it is because it relates to a situation that can turn on a sixpence in an instant. Whenever we face such circumstances, we also enter a realm where prayers and positive wishes can make a big difference. I’m sending all my love to all involved.”

Source above, Jon Cainer’s horoscope.

BBC Reports:


Toddler ‘abducted’ during holiday

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine disappeared while her parents were at a nearby restaurant

Sniffer dogs have been brought in to help search for a three-year-old from Britain who may have been abducted on holiday with her family in Portugal. Madeleine McCann’s parents, from Leicestershire, were at a restaurant near the Mark Warner Ocean Summer Club in Praia da Luz when she went missing.

Kate and Gerry McCann returned at about 2145 GMT to find an empty bed and the apartment door and window wide open.

The apartment has been cordoned off and local people are helping with a search.

‘Devoted family’

Gill Renwick, a friend of the family, said Madeleine’s parents – both doctors – had been having a meal in a tapas restaurant a few hundred yards from the apartment and had been checking on the little girl and her younger brother and sister (two-year-old twins) every half hour.

“They’re a devoted family and love their children to bits. They live for their children.”

Madeleine was reported missing at about 2200 BST on Thursday and tourists joined the police in an all-night search.

McCann family

The McCann family had been holidaying with a larger group

Her aunt Trish Cameron, who lives in Glasgow, said she felt certain her niece had been abducted.

“They last checked at half past nine and they were all sound asleep, sleeping, windows shut, shutters shut.

“Kate went back at 10 o’clock to check. The front door was lying open, the window had been tampered with, the shutters had been jemmied open or whatever you call it and Madeleine was missing…

“She’s an absolutely beautiful, wee blonde girl, blue-green eyes – one distinguishing feature is that one of her pupils runs into the iris of her right eyes. She’s an absolutely gorgeous wee girl.”

She added: “We feel that what’s been going on in Portugal has been ineffectual.

“My brother and sister-in-law are absolutely distraught.”

But the manager of the Mark Warner resort in Portugal, John Hill, said about 60 staff and guests at the complex had searched until 0430 GMT while police notified border police, Spanish police and airports.

Officers sealed off the area of the apartment for forensic checks and extra police teams were brought in from Lisbon.

‘Sensitive case’

“As you can imagine Madeleine’s parents are distraught and not doing very well at all,” Mr Hill said.

“It’s still questionable as to whether it’s abduction,” he said.

“We are hoping that Madeleine is found as soon as possible and safe and well.”

Map of Praia da Luz

The holiday firm has offered to fly other family members out to the resort.

A spokeswoman from the Portuguese police said they were being careful with the information being released.

“It is a sensitive case, it involves a child and we cannot give more information for now.”

The British Embassy confirmed it had been informed about the toddler’s disappearance.

The family was on holiday with a group of nine adults and eight children.

The toddler’s father is a consultant cardiologist at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.

Doug Skehan, another consultant cardiologist there, said: “(Dr McGann) is a popular hard working colleague, for whom we have great affection.

“The mood in the hospital is one of great concern and we hope that Kate and Gerry will have their daughter back very soon.”

Many of you out there, may say, what were you thinking? I wouldn’t leave my kid ten feet away, let alone a “few hundred yards”, but that would be beyond the point, right now, wouldn’t it?

Another report from Reuters states the couple were 50 meters away and there were signs of a forced entry into where they young girl and her twin siblings were sleeping.

I can believe, I cannot believe, I can read scientific studies, only some mind you, that refute the power of prayer. Right now I’m thinking, it’s worth a shot, why not pray with us?

Further resources:


The Observer


BBC News: May 6, 2007


NZ Herald


May 7, 2007:


United Press International: The Washington Times

News Monsters & Critics

News Monsters & Critics, additional article




The more I read the less I can post, as much as I wanted to give you further updates.


Is there one certifiable psychic out there that can track this girl and get her back to her family?

Page two of today, May 7th’s Reuter’s article, contains a link to a video of the prayers that the family joined in with thousands of others praying with them. If you watch the video, use the deepest part of yourself to pray along.


May 8th:


May 9th: Journals UK: Even More Unpopular Views


The author of the post above has written what I wanted to but could not articulate. Haven’t many of us parents and/or sitters done what the McGann family has done? Been lulled into a false sense of security…and yes, I recognize many of you may say…what false sense of security…they simply didn’t care. I have to be honest, I’m not much interested in exploring that position, I prefer to believe that this family did in fact love its children and did feel it was safe to leave them sleeping 50 or 100 yards away.


Does it matter whether I as a parent would have done it or not?




I believe as the author above in the link provided stated, that there are many ways, conscious or not, where many of us, could have been victims of fate. A stroller next to us; yet, absorbed by the cell phone conversation; a resistant weed bed in the ground, believing we were safe in the garden or yard with our beautiful child “not far” from us….the examples would exhaust me to provide. For any of those out there that wish to condemn these parents, search yourselves with the best part of you and see….could it have been you, but under “slightly” different circumstances?


Convert that judgment to prayers or warm wishes or hope for this little girl and her family, and let that same energy embrace all others similarly afflicted.






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