Sunday, March 24, 2019

Saint Philomena [intro]

I am by no means any expert. 
I am simply a woman who feels a great pull towards Saint Philomena.
Join me on an experiential journey- 
l that we may explore a relationship with her and honor her.

St. Philomena, based on  St. John Vianney description

Most all that is known about St. Philomena's life comes from Sister Maria Luisa di Gesu's vision. It's been said that no fear could shake her... except  the fear of loosing Christ. Let's take a quick look at what she went through because she would not renounce her vow as a Consecrated Virgin.

She was:

  • Imprisoned for 40 days
  • Scourged with a whip
  • Stripped and beaten
  • Chained to anchor and thrown over the boat side
  • Traipsed through town and shot by arrows
  • Shot at by hot arrows but the arrows turned back 

Pierced in the neck with a lance

The facts we have are these:
  • Remains of a young woman were discovered in 1802 at the Catacombs of Priscilla on the Via Salaria Nova with three tiles reading "Peace be to you, Philomena."
  • Once her bones were exhumed and miracles began to occur. 
  • Devotion for Philomena spread quickly.
  • Relics of St. Philomena and had them placed in the Church of Our Lady of Grace in Mugnano, Italy.
  • Canonized in 1837
  • Her feast day is celebrated on August 11

A few that were devoted to Saint Philomena :
Venerable Cure of Ars, St. John VianneySaint Damien of Molokai, St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Peter Chanel, St.Anthony Mary Claret, St.Madelaine Sophie Barat, St. Euphrasia Pelletier, St. John Neumann and Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, Pope Leo XII, Pop Gregory XVI, Pope Pius IX, Saint Pius X, Sister Maria Luisa of Jesus

[end. intro]

Monday, February 25, 2019


White Roses
The gift of self sacrifice.

"we sacrifice for the one we love because
through that love we become our truest selves"
 -- Fr. P.J. Cameron

simple and pray.
Sacrifice and Love.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019



The Red Rose 
    of Compunction
 and Painful.

Going forward, I pause to pray each day for this grace.
It is a gift to feel  a flash of pre-guilt when doing wrongly is considered 
or when wrong is done; scruples are a good thing.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Our Gifts

It's nearing Christmas and there is simply one song that I have not ever found a liking for... ....until this week. This may be your favorite tune but I never gave it a chance because of the repetition (and the Joan Jett version). To save others who the same frustration, I've made the important bits darker to point them out.  Also, I've added a video of the BEST ever version I have heard to date!

To make things a bit more interesting and fruitful... I've added a "small exercise".  After all, recognizing our gifts, following a discipline to improve upon them and then sharing them is amazing!

Little Drummer Boy

Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

** Come forward, pull a card and see what gift you are bringing.

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
When we come. 

** Say a brief honoring prayer
Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

** Pull another card, how can you best cultivate your gift?
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, 
On my drum? 

** Pull another card and be inspired to use your gift!
Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

** promise yourself to offer your gift at the very next opportunity!

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum.

** acknowledge that your gift is yours, given to you to give to others

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The gift of living as love

Echoed in the words of Saint Therese, "I applied myself above all to practice quiet hidden little acts of virtue; thus I liked to fold the mantles forgotten by the Sisters, and sought a thousand opportunities of rendering them service.” 

Little ways, little things I do, seen or unseen are an offering of myself from a place of loving connection in a way that pleases the human and the divine that is within myself and others. 

I am in taken to heights by whom I have gifted my surrender to, who understands and allows the effects of this to permeate all the rest of my life.

An element of my own calling is sharing my humanity, my body; creating positive change through pleasurable means. Part of me realizes that internal freedom is inherent, I have not given myself all of the freedom that is. 

The idea I have is that miserly love stunts the growth of love and liberated love creates more love. Another part of me sees this freedom within, surrounded by boundaries of my own making and knows that they are my choice to allow.  

"..the only way which leads to Love's furnace - that way is self-surrender"- Saint Therese

I’m thinking right now of freedom and abandonment of the self, to the Divine, to another, giving all of yourself - opening up all that you are, knowing that love resides but does not entangle. That your love nurtures another’s life and spirit and carry’s on to the next person they meet…can you imagine a conglomeration of love circling the globe?!

I feel to the root of all that I am that … Love, sharing love, being love- a love of All is just that…Well, it matters not what words I attach to how I feel….no words are needed perhaps to relay Living as Love.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

3 Questions

A deck and music experiential

I'm taking a  class on prayer..... eight weeks of exploring new and familiar ways of prayer.
The course leader did something interesting the last week.
 She played a song and called it our prayer.

Now, the tune is totally not my usual music genre but 
I opened my ears +heart .
As I was listening three things popped up, three questions in my heart.

As we paused after the song, others were jotting notes and I did the same. 
I wrote my questions down and then opened up my Gaian Tarot app asking for insights to my questions… messages from the Divine, messages from God.

I'm sharing this experience I had so that I have the opportunity to invite you to enjoy this experience also.

Play the song, shuffle the deck of your choice or open your deck app on your device and draw three cards..

See below video for the 3 Questions.

 Rest  by Matt Maher

  1. How can I walk closer?
  2. How am I given rest?
  3. How is my soul restored?