A walking prayer while at the Shrine at Dusk.

My Dear Father in Heaven,

Remove my ability to speak if my words cannot be selfless and charitable,

Mame my face if it cannot cause another person to smile by looking upon it,

Cut from me, my hands and feet if they do not serve you and my family,

Let all my deeds to be in Thanksgiving to You for this life with which you have blessed me.

Help me  to always find solace, peace, hope and most importantly forgiveness at the foot of Your Beloved Cross.

Without you as my focus and beacon of light,  I would be eternally lost in this world of the soulless existence.

Lord I ask for forgiveness and plead with you to have mercy on me a selfish and desperate sinner.

I know that You have put this all  into being and have set in motion a perfect plan for me in this life.

I ask that my eyes be opened,  my lips be quieted,  my thoughts to be still so that I might know your will and desire of me.

I pray that one day I will be with You in Your home in Heaven accompanied with all those that I have known and loved, those that have passed before me and those yet to come.

Please send them to guide me, my steps and my thoughts so that one day as enter into Your Kingdom,  You’ll engulf me in Your Arms with a Fatherly Embrace and say. ” Welcome home my Daughter, my child”.

For these things I humbly and devoutly pray and with complete certainty know that the Holy Spirit has published these words from my lips and they now reside upon Your Heart until I can be there with You.

With all my love your ,

Maria Christina

Our Lady of Snows Shrine at dusk… August

Lord forgive me as I have grown weary in this life,  forgive me for becoming too enthralled in my human” being”,

Forgive me for not seeing the lashes on your back, as I focused on  each person that has hurt me,

Forgive me for not seeking to always use my tongue to soothe and nurture,

Forgive me for not using more of the minutes and hours in the day to do your Will,

forgive me for not being open to spending more time alone with you in your Home of the Adoration Chapel,

Forgive me for not trusting more completely in the power that only You possess!

Forgive me as I naïvely think that I alone am in control of my life and have enough wisdom to know thy Will for me,

Forgive me for the times that “I”  have hurt someone with the things that I have said or not said,

with a look or with the absence of a kind act.

Forgive me for living in the memory of those who are with you now instead of using the time to pray for the poor souls in purgatory,

And using their lives as an example with which to live this life more fully and intentionally.

Forgive me for seeking comfort for myself, forgive me for seeking companionship for myself, forgive me for not doing more quietly  and being more willing to just  listen.

Forgive me for ever thinking that the little person that “I” am could have such a huge effect on anyone around me,

Forgive me for not remembering to begin the day with you and laying myself at your feet to do with as You Will,

Forgive me for all this and more~

Only you have the power to cleanse my heart and soul and make me  new in this moment, to fill me with all that I need to serve you sincerely and honestly in this life.

Protect me if You Would, from anything that would separate me from you and my final destination which is to reside with you in heaven.

For this and for all the lost souls,  I pray never take your life away from me.  Amen

Crickets at Moontime

I know this sound, I have heard it before,  So many summers and night times ago

Always me in the night, the wee hours of twilight, and my little fey friends, so nimble and bright

Tossing and turning, sifting and sorting, dreaming and waking in search of some shore

Everything has changed, nothing is the same anymore,

 Save the song of the little ones, amidst the dim light

A gift you see,  music orchestrated just for me and the night

They are singing,  amidst the trees, always with a warm greeting and a tune for thee

They sing of the forest and meadows of mine, a place called fairy valley, where I went all the time

In the distance the cars race and dash to get by

But for me only silence as I swim the nights sky

While its true that life is in a constant state of change,

There is you and me as there will always be

The me who is creating, my world from my dreams

And the you formed from the essence of what used to be me

And the crickets at moon time with their serenade

And my magic at night time to balance out my days~