Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Good Shepherd Alive In Our Midst

First Reconciliation
“Let us run to her, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”
-Saint Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church-
The Good Shepherd continues to be with us through this week...For this we are especially grateful.  Our daughter Princess received her 1st Reconciliation today.  We were reading together yesterday and
preparing for the day and the first line we read was this: 
"Jesus the Good Shepherd is waiting to meet you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  He longs to hold you close and forgive you.  He wants to help you set things right again."

Princess exclaimed:  "Hey, Mom, this is what we've been talking about and hearing about in our bible readings... and in church!"  Oh what joy when God reveals himself to us through our children.

We have also been blessed to have a pilgrim statue of St. John Vianney this week.  Last night we were reading the mediations and prayers.  In the prayer for vocations, the first line of the prayer read:
"O God our Father, You promised "I will appoint shepherds for My sheep who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble: and none shall be missing." (Jer. 23-4-5)  Hear the prayers of your flock.  Through the intercession of Your beloved priest, Saint John Vianney, we beg You to call to the sacramental priesthood generous men who will desire nothing more than to serve You in imitation of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest.
As we read the words of the prayer, our family's eyes met with a knowing look that this was yet another God-incidence with the discussion of the Good Shepherd and his sheepfold.  We talked afterwards how this pilgrim piece of St. John Vianney was definitely meant to visit our family during the week of the Good Shepherd.  Though we don't know why, we are still grateful.  Princess responded with "God knows what he is doing!"  Yes, He sure does.
Many blessings from our sheepfold to yours!
"Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do."
~St. John Mary Vianney~


  1. Dear Tiffany,
    I am just getting back into visitng other blogs after our internet fiasco. I ahve loved looking back at all the lovely 'feast days' you have had with your family.
    We have had a bit of a hard time trying to get these happening at our home recently.
    I loved reading your though, so inspiring and original.
    Thanks for sharing them
    God Bless

  2. Deo gratias

    Princess and your blessed family will continue to be in our prayers.

    Will she be making her First Communion soon? Sparkles will receive her First Communion on May 8. Please keep her in your prayers.

    Pax Christi - Lena

    JOY is prayer. JOY is strength. JOY is love.
    JOY is a net of love by which you can catch many souls. ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

  3. what a beautiful post. I've been reading your posts, and you have a wonderful family. It's a God-incidence that I came here today, as I have been researching Mary statues, to choose one for making a Mary garden in our backyard. There are so many "Mary" flowers and I'm looking forward to choosing the statue that is right for our family, and then planting Mary flowers. Your statue is lovely. Our lady of Fatima? Congratulations to your princess on makiing her First Reconciliation.

  4. Gardenia~ The Fatima statue you see in this post belongs to our parish. It is a lovely shrine...We are so blessed. Our home Mary garden statue is Our Lady of Grace. A photo of her is in my Mary Garden post;) But I think you are referring to our parish statue. Blessings to you as you prepare a special place for Our Lady! Thanks for stopping by to say hello.


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