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Sunday Thoughts: Is Hope a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? #mizmeliz

Sunday Thoughts: Is Hope a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?.

I loved this post from Alisa Valdes!

Never give up on hope, if you believe it will happen it can happen! 

I will be posting a review of my week later today. I look forward to sharing all the experiences I had this week that related directly to creativity, positivity and hope.

Have a fun day!

Keep the faith!

Miz Meliz

Artwork by Amy Garcia at http://mizmeliz.com
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It’s Like My Prayer

Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home

When you call my name it’s like a little prayer
I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel your power
Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there

I hear your voice, it’s like an angel sighing
I have no choice, I hear your voice
Feels like flying
I close my eyes, oh God I think I’m falling
Out of the sky, I close my eyes
Heaven help me

Like a child you whisper softly to me
You’re in control just like a child
Now I’m dancing
It’s like a dream, no end and no beginning
You’re here with me, it’s like a dream
Let the choir sing

Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me, you are a mystery
Just like a dream, you are not what you seem
Just like a prayer, no choice your voice can take me there

Just like a prayer, I’ll take you there
It’s like a dream to me

(Madonna/Like a Prayer)

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The “Naked Faith” of Father Ignacio

Father Ignacio Larranaga’s Novena

You may not end up where you thought you were going….

but you will always end up where you were meant to be……

Father Ignacio is the healing priest of the Rosary. He is an excellent priest and truly cures. He has performed many miracles of healing.

This is a novena of Father Ignacio that he began the 10th of January 2005, and still has not been broken.

If you are reading this, then you have received the Novena . . . just pray a Hail Mary and ask for a special favor. You will see what will happen the 4th day after having received this.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen. (Ask for your favor)

Please do not break this Novena. Share it with others who you know believe in the power of prayer and that you believe deserve justice, peace, love, health, prosperity, and well being.

10/25/2005 – 6:10 AM PST
Interview With Father Ignacio Larranaga on Prayer

MADRID, Spain, OCT. 25, 2005 (Zenit) – A big part of Father Ignacio Larranaga’s work has been trying to teach people how to pray.

Born in Spain in 1928, he was ordained in 1952. For a time he evangelized in South America. In 1974 he began the apostolate of Meetings of Experience of God, which he taught in 33 countries over 30 years. In 1984 he founded the Prayer and Life Workshops, an ecclesial service approved by the Holy See and covering more than 40 countries.

He has now published the book “God Within,” a manual for prayer.

Q: In “God Within” you talk about “adult faith.” Is there a process of maturation in the faith?

Father Larranaga: Of course, the overcoming of a faith that is too rational or centered on the search for securities, [leading to] a faith capable of assuming all kind of risks and fears — that faith which enabled Abraham to walk in the presence of the Lord, which ended up by becoming the inspiration, center and meaning of his life.

Q: Does life without God have meaning?

Father Larranaga: We are infinite wells that infinite finites will never be able to fill. Only the infinite can satiate an infinite well. Modern culture has displaced God from the center of life, a center which has been taken over by the ego.

The consequences? Lack of solidarity; permissive morality; nothing has meaning; no one is worthwhile; the advent of nihilism, the consequence of which is an infinite void that threatens to asphyxiate humanity. And the end is suicide. A society without God ends up as a society against man.

Q: You say that what most disconcerts man is God’s silence. Is prayer the best way to be “in tune” with him?

Father Larranaga: Prayer is a way of establishing an affective current with a You, so that two presences previously known and loved make themselves mutually present, and that current is established by giving and receiving, by loving and feeling loved in the silence of the heart, in faith, in love.

Q: Can one learn how to pray?

Father Larranaga: Prayer is a gift of God, and God’s first gift. But it is also an art, as it is the convergence of grace and nature. And, as art, it is subject to the norms of learning and other psychological laws. To pray well, therefore, one needs method and discipline.

Q: Is it easy to pray?

Father Larranaga: To pray an Our Father or Hail Mary is easy. However, if it is a question of concentrating one’s mental energies on a You, in the silence of the heart, in faith, in love … to pray is not easy.

One must calm one’s nerves, let go one’s tensions, silence interior clamor, and, in the final solitude of one’s being, accept the infinite mystery of God and adore! That’s not easy.

Q: “He who feels loved by God knows not fear,” you say in “God Within.” In our fear-ridden society, does prayer liberate? Does relating to God and experiencing him do away with our fear definitively?

Father Larranaga: To live profoundly the loving and powerful presence of God, to experience his tenderness in all its depth, to live abandoned and full of confidence in his hands … all this uproots inexorably and forever the apprehensions and fears of the heart. And they are replaced by peace.

Q: People complain that they “pray and don’t change.”

Father Larranaga: One must ask if by praying they are as they would be if they didn’t pray. People make constant efforts to be patient, but no one sees it. How many silent successes there are without any one having noticed them! One cannot say so lightly, they “pray and don’t change.”

Q: Did Christ also revolutionize prayer?

Father Larranaga: Jesus called God “Abba,” “dear Daddy,” and he said: “When you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is there alone with you.”

And he also said: “Worship the Father not on this mountain, or on Mount Sinai, or in this or that temple, but in spirit and truth.” There is no greater revolution.

Q: What are the Prayer and Life Workshops?

Father Larranaga: They are a method of new evangelization in which one exercises friendship with the Lord, a radical process of purification and pacification takes place, and one undertakes the path to holiness, imitating Christ.

Q: What are the keys to realize a profound and fruitful prayer?

Father Larranaga: To persevere in patience, in pure naked faith. To remain alone with God in loving and peaceful attention, in calm and quiet. God will do the rest.

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I’ve Come Back Again

I love Facebook!  There are many things that I like about it.  I enjoy posting pictures and sharing them easily with my family.  I like keeping an eye on my kids and seeing what their interests are.  I have been making new friends with other parents at my kids’ schools.  I have reconnected with relatives that live far away or that I have not heard from in ages. I have found friends from college, high school, elementary school, as well as old co-workers and neighbors.  All great stuff!
The most valuable thing that has come from my connections on Facebook has been the mini-reunions that have taken place with these long-lost friends.  But surprisingly, it hasn’t been finding these old friends and catching up with them that has meant the most to me.  It has been the person that I lost touch with somewhere between marriage and baby number three that I have enjoyed getting to know again.  Myself.
I have heard that phrase, “finding oneself.”  I never really knew what it meant.  I did know that I didn’t feel like the real me for a very long time.  Seeing old friends who knew me in school and before I had kids has brought back memories and most importantly my core values and interests have resurfaced due to these recollections.
Just today I got a comment from a high school friend, “I heard the song “True” on the radio today and it always makes me think of YOU!”  How profound is that??  “True” is a song from one of my all time favorite bands, Spandau Ballet.  I still quote lyrics from their songs all the time.  My love of this band defined me in high school.  I had forgotten about it for a while, but it always seems to come up again and again.  She remembers this about me?  Even now, after about 25 years?  We weren’t even that close.  Does she know how much it means to me?  How these words are so very meaningful to me? Even now!
So true funny how it seems
always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul,
this is the sound
I bought a ticket to the world,
but now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be said
These lyrics remind me of my faith, my belief in God, my understanding of the journey that I am on in my life.  Exploring, reaching out, taking chances, yet always coming back and accepting the truth.
I had already considered blogging about my Facebook experiences when I got that comment today.  It was the catalyst I needed to actually get started.
I am in it now.  This is the sound of my soul.  This is the sound. . .