Freely given

“How I long to find the rights words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction!” (Pope Francis, Evangelium Gaudium 261).

Fr Saverio Cannistrà, OCD recently addressed the Secular Carmelites reminding us that “the Church is asking everyone to make a greater effort: the mission of evangelizing, of being a ‘Church which goes forth’, a sign of the joy of the Gospel.”

In response to this, I must admit, there have been many graces given to me by our heavenly Father.  Graces which have transformed me. These graces came from His Sacred Scripture, the Eucharist, through words spoken by priests, friends, patients, family members, and through divine inspiration or revelation, which I like to describe as the dawning of thoughts that unfold effortlessly before me.

Since the beginning of my conversion, which took place in September 2010, I have been in awe of God’s grace. I rescued a dog from the pound about one year after my conversion and I named her Gracie, after God’s grace. She, a loving creation of God, has been a tremendous blessing in my life. In her, I see God’s unconditional love.  Deep down I know all these graces aren’t meant to be kept hidden within me, all to myself. No, they are meant to be shared and to be proclaimed for God’s glory.

My hope is to inspire others who may be struggling to make it through the day or are struggling to hear God’s gentle whisper. He really does communicate with us. He longs for us to hear Him. To catch our attention, drawing us near, eyelash to eyelash like butterfly kisses from a Father who loves us so much.

Talking about these divinely given graces isn’t always easy in your everyday conversation, at least not for me. My hope is to jot these graces down on this blog and reveal them to others.  To share them, as these inspirations are meant for everyone. I can’t keep the love that was freely given contained within me, all to myself. That would be selfish. Nor can I keep them hidden in a journal as has been the case since 2010. So I freely share them with you since it was freely given to me by the Beloved.

To God be the glory.

–Photo : Shore of the Tagus River, Portugal

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