Monday, June 23, 2014

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

My Companions pray with me: We adore You Lord as we seek to find you in all things. We humbly seek Your forgiveness for missing the mark of living fully in Your love. Thank You for all Your gifts, especially those we so often take for granted. And please help us with all our needs, especially our health. Help us to have the passion of Your great Saints, Peter and Paul.

Birthdays Nancy Mulligan (6/23), Leo Albinak (6/28).
In memoriam: Patricia Mayer (6/19/14).

Keeping In-touch: Although the days of sunlight are the longest of the year, we seem to "run out of time" and "get be-hinder and be-hinder" on all we wish to accomplish. We had camper-trailer issues that needed to be fixed, it rained again on Wednesday flushing-out my tennis match, but we had wonderful meals with special friends this week.

The Readings: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.

My comments and an invitation for your comments: Peter responds correctly to the most important question of all that Jesus asks, "Who do you say I am?" The words of Peter's answer are correct. He really doesn't understand (more dramatically presented in Mark's Gospel). But he continues to follow Jesus and becomes "Rock." Paul persecutes the Church, then pours out his whole life for the glory of Jesus. Would that I could keep the passion and fortitude of these great disciples/apostles.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

My Companions pray with me: We adore You and bless You for all Your glory... all the goodness of life. We confess our failures to serve and to become a member of Christ's Body in our interactions with others and with our world. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all Your gracious gifts. And we ask for all we need to grow in love and service to all in Your name: we pray for renewed health for those on our list and we ask for Your perpetual light on those who have gone before us.

Birthdays Jim Frodl (6/19), Stephen Lay (6/19), Greg Serveiss  (6/20), Andrew Kornacki (6/15);  In memoriam: John Kilday (6/17/1972)

Keeping In-touch: We delighted in the grins and screeches of joy from Nathan on our Colorado River Raft Trip. Now we've returned home and work on the "honey-do" lists. And we're enjoying some mild, summer days with even a little moisture! We pray that our Companions-in-Prayer, likewise, enjoy some recreation.

The Readings: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.

My comments and an invitation for your comments: How can we see the Body and the Blood of Christ in our celebration of Eucharist? Only with the eyes of faith: our belief in Jesus allows commitment, expectation, and knowledge of Him. We find God in all things. We are given this gift of unity in Holy Communion. "Lord, I am not worthy to receive You, only say the word and we shall be filled with Your life."

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

My Companions pray with me: We adore You as the Most Holy Trinity, a Community of Love. Forgive our failings by omission or commission to live fully in that love. Thank You for all the blessings we receive. And please provide for all our needs, especially for health to Dave Larson and all on our list. May all our loved ones rest in your love and peace.

Birthdays Amanda Dixon (6/9), Julianne Stevens (6/10), Patti Schoeninger (6/13), Andrew Kornacki (6/15), Gina Feely (6/15); Anniversaries: Mary (Norton) Weed (6Deacon Antonio Sandavol (6/11/73); In memoriam: Mary (Norton) Weed (6/12/2009), Grace Blake (6/6/2014) see below.

Keeping In-touch: We have been camping in the high desert (Moab) with our grandson and his parents. We have enjoyed the natural beauty of our National Parks (Arches & Canyon Lands). The heat takes it's toll, but we have hiked to some beautiful sites... we're still young at heart, if not the rest of the body.

The Readings: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.
My comments and an invitation for your comments: How do we understand something as mysterious as Love?  How can we understand the Trinity. We can only approach an understanding (like a function in math). But my best image of the Trinity is the community of Love: The Lover (Father), the Beloved (The Son), and the Love (Holy Spirit) between the Lover and the Beloved. This is still very abstract... so I pray to just live in that Love!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Grace C. Blake (1934 - 2014)

 Please join me in my prayer for my Aunt Grace. I lived with her and Dick one summer when I worked on the road with my Uncle Bob and Cousin Paul. Here is the obituary from Colonial Funeral Home.

Lina, Grace, Michael... Grace Birthday 10/2013
Grace C. Blake (1934 - 2014)

Born: Oct. 4, 1934; in McHenry; Died: June 6, 2014; in McHenry

Grace C. Blake, 79, of McHenry, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at home with her family by her side. She told them God had come to her. She saw a gold cross and God's face. He said he had come for her, she smiled, but he didn't tell me when. She was ready.

Grace was born October 4, 1934, in McHenry the 6th child of John and Lina (Wasser) Kilday. Grace was the loving wife of Richard who she married Nov. 16, 1963, in Woodstock. She was the mother of Lina (Edwin) Hettermann and Michael Blake, grandmother to Jason (Joedee) Hettermann, Hilary (Justin) McAndrews, Chad Hettermann and Taylor Blake and great grandmother of Jayce Hettermann. She was a loving aunt who cherished time with her nieces and nephew and would light up when family, friends and neighbors came to visit her and a special thank you to her care giver Iris Hernandez.

Preceded by her husband Richard, parents, brother Bob Kilday, sisters Louise Smith, Aileen Hogan, Helen Low and Betty Lay.

Loved reading the newspaper every day, staying informed of local sports and community events. Member of St Patrick Catholic Church, McHenry VFW Auxiliary where she enjoy playing bingo with her many friends also knitting, compassion for every one caring for others. Through the years she worked for the Telephone Co, McHenry Sand and Gravel, City Wide Carpet, McHenry City Hall and Police department.

Grace had very strong faith and loved reading inspirational stories and always had her rosary with her.

Visitation will be on Monday, June 9, 2014, from 4 to 8 PM and on Tuesday from 9 AM to 10:15 AM at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, going to St Patrick Church for at 11 AM Mass. Interment in St. John Cemetery in Johnsburg.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pentecost Sunday

My Companions pray with me: As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives, may we bring You glory by living fully in Your love. Forgive us the times we have blocked the Spirit from passing Your love by our sins of commission or omission. May our gratitude for life show love to others. Please provide for all our needs, especially the needs on our "for renewed health" list.

Birthdays Al Hardy (6/2), Kris Fitzgerald-Rohr (6/4), Ann Romadka (6/5), Milenda Felix (6/6): Anniversaries: Ann & Bob Romadka (6/8/74), Melissa & Neal Cyrus (6/8/??), Renee & Randy Lumpp (6/8/75), Marge & John Lay (6/8/73); In memoriam: Lori Stabile (6/3/2011).

Keeping In-touch: Except for Friday I walked to Mass each day this week. And I had a lunch meeting or appointment each day (I guess that evens-out). Marge's busy in her garden. And we're preparing the camper for summer. We're enjoying the warmer weather and looking forward to our camping trips this year.

The Readings: Pentecost Sunday

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.

My comments and an invitation for your comments: This

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