Invoking the Name of St. Jude Thaddeus, Our Patron Saint of Miracles and Hopeless Causes

I humbly invoke and praise thy holy name St. Jude Thaddeus. Your miraculous power has graced my life once more. I want everyone who believes in you or have yet to be graced by your saintly touch to be truly blessed and thankful of your sacred heart. I embrace your holy name.

St. Jude I am grateful for the your power and strength,

I want to pass along how the saying of your St. Jude Novena for 9 straight days, 9 times a day, has never been known to fail to be granted on the 8th day.

I am truly blessed to know and love thee St. Jude Thaddeus.

Here is thy novena for others to recite and share seeking a miracle in their lives.

Trust in St. Jude Thaddeus. He will not fail you.

The Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi

Today we celebrate the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a student, and practitioner of non-violence. His teachers were Jesus Christ and Mahatma Gandhi.

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May all our hearts embrace the teachings of non-violence and peace from this day forward.

As an educator and practicing Catholic, I call upon the strength of my faith to help guide me to follow the path established by Christ, Gandhi, and Dr. King. For it is their joint tutelage my spirit willingly pursues.

“Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.”
Songwriter: Richard Holler
Abraham, Martin And John Lyrics © Stonehenge Music, Regent Music Corporation

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Let us forever be students of non-violence and peaceful practice.

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Journey to the Heart

Music of our Heart, We are one

Reflections of the heart

Right from the very start

Our faith will never be undone

It is Sunday and all is still in the house. I listen in spiritual appreciation to Kitaro’s newest CD, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 5. The next leg of the journey commences.

I am rewarded with a new tapestry of sounds and sensations. It is the perfect backdrop as I prepare my soul to renew my lector assignment at the 11:30 mass. I have been absent from God’s altar for 113 days and I’m eager to renew my stewardship in Christ’s teachings.

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter and the readings support the Gospel according to John, 20:19-31. “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

A gift included with Kitaro’s CD is  Journey to the Heart III, “Music for Healing”. A sampler CD that ties the journey together starting the initial track “Tabiji” from Kitaro’s An Ancient Journey.

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Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia – The Monks of Norcia

CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on this morning’s show, “Chanting monks become best selling recording artists“.

I became intrigued on several levels  by what I heard and felt. I learned that Father Cassian Folsom hailed from Connecticut with a passion for music and reviving the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy.  Being a practicing Catholic with a sense of religious music devotion I couldn’t help but be enchanted by the story and its message.

Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia – The Monks of Norcia is a superlative recording. In my quest to write and share the wisdom of spirituality and the healing power of music, Marian chant strikes just the right religious chord in the  music of our heart.

The chanting and prayer put me at such peace. I hope you will allow the light of this recording into each of your respective hearts.

The Ear of the Heart: An Actress Journey From Hollywood To Holy Vows

When I look back on what influenced me about music I reflect upon singing in the church choir. I was fortunate to raise my voice in song at church and at regional choir competitions. I love hearing and singing hymns at weekly Mass.

This morning’s entrance hymn was “How Great Thou Art” which is my favorite Elvis Presley song of all time. I reflected on the Elvis Presley Gospel vinyl recording  How Great Thou Art (RCA Victor 1967). I was always impressed with how humble and religious a person he was in life.

Little did I realize that our celebrant would deliver a sermon that involved Elvis Presley and his first on-screen kiss with an actress. The actress’s name was Dolores Hart and the movie was Loving You in 1957.

Dolores Hart entered the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, at the peak of her career, not to leave the glamorous world of acting she had dreamed of since childhood, but to answer a mysterious call she heard with the “ear of the heart”. While contracted for another film and engaged to be married, she abandoned everything to become a bride of Christ.

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Our celebrant provided us with valuable insight into the contemplative life of Mother Dolores Hart by telling us more about her book, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress Journey From Hollywood To Holy Vows.

I identified with her conversion to Catholicism when she was younger for I too am a convert to the Catholic faith. (38 years now) I began to realize that Mother Dolores Hart through our celebrant was in turn communicating with the music of our heart. It brought me great peace.

I just noticed there was also an HBO special filmed about Mother Dolores Hart, God Is The Bigger Elvis. This documentary was nominated for an Academy Award and is available on DVD.

I hope sharing what I have learned today about Mother Dolores Hart will bring your life and heart solace. Peace Be With You, this Sunday and Always.