What you allow yourself
Everything you’ve achieved is what you’ve allowed yourself to achieve. What will you allow yourself to achieve today?
All the actions you’ve taken are based on what you expect yourself to do. What will you allow yourself to expect today?
You have the tools to make a difference in life. What tools will you allow yourself to utilize today?
You can allow the excuses to hold you back, or you can allow the possibilities to propel you forward. You can allow yourself to waste precious time or you can allow yourself to enjoy spending time in productive, creative effort.
Each day in your past has been lived the way you allowed yourself to live it. You now can allow yourself to live today in such a way that you’ll look back on it with satisfaction, and with no regrets.
Through all its ups and downs, life ultimately proceeds in the way you allow. Allow yourself to live today in the most positive, honest and fulfilling way you can imagine.© 2015 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. Many packages, gleaming and bright, will come our way. Help us to know that the one gift that will last will come from you alone. Bless all of us and help us to celebrate your birth. Amen
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day. Tell God’s glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds. Ps. 96: 1-3
Everyone is getting ready for Christmas and that is good, but maybe folks need to be reminded that getting ready for Christmas is called Advent. Remembering about Advent helps us to focus in on the fact that getting ready for Christmas should include the spiritual side as well as the material. How about doing a good deed for someone else? What about visiting that person who can’t get out or is at a nursing home? Have you ever prayed during Advent by using an Advent Wreath or setting up not just a Christmas tree, but a Jesse Tree or using an Advent calendar? An Advent Wreath has four candles which represent the four weeks before Christmas. A candle is lit each week reminding us to focus on the light of Christ coming at Christmas. A Jesse Tree is decorated with ornaments representing the ancestors of Jesus, and an Advent calendar opens a door for each day before Christmas.
You are all welcome at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. While the gift shop is closed on Thanksgiving Day you are welcome to join us in giving thanks by attending the 8:00 AM Mass on November 26, 2015 and the French Toast Breakfast on Sunday, December 6, 2015 after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:30 AM. Tickets are $5.00 for the breakfast.
O bountiful God, you have blessed us in ways that we cannot even begin to number. We are aware that we take so much for granted. Be with us, members of your family, faithful followers of your Word. Bless the food that we share, bless our families and friends and remember those who go without: the poor, abandoned, lonely and forgotten. Help us to be a beacon of your light to them. Amen
Visit the Shrine to find a place to pray and find the Lord. Walk along the path to the Grotto and touch the stones from Lourdes, France. Visit the Gift Shop to find an inspirational item to help direct you or a loved one on your journey to the Lord. Gift Shop hours: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM every day. Grotto available dawn until dusk.
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Short Shrine history: Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio was dedicated in 1926. It is a replica of the Lourdes Shrine in Lourdes France. In 1858, Mary the Mother of Jesus appeared to the young peasant girl Bernadette at Lourdes. Mary left behind a spring of water. Pilgrims, in France, claim cures by drinking and bathing in the water. The Shrine in Euclid is considered a satellite of the Shrine in France. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine has authentic stones from France which Mary, the mother of Jesus, stood upon in 1858. Many pilgrims come to the Shrine to seek the peace of prayer and drink the water that flows over the stones from France.