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When I travel to St Louis, Missouri there is a beautiful sight on the way. I see it every timei drive in the area and decided to take a picture this time. As I sit in the hotel tonight I think about the cross and whyI am so afraid to bare the cross that I have and carry it strongly forward on the journey. I usually do my best to set it aside, ignore it, tell myself it can’t possibly there, it is invisible, it is a fictional thing that is not real, or a hundred different excuses. Not to signify that the cross is a huge part of my life, as it is the cross of salvation, but also the cross of the saving grace that gives peace and the divine.

This cross in the middle of nowhere is a huge reminder to me who and what is in charge of my journey and who makes the plans. It is a bearer of salvation, love, suffering and joy of Divine Love and the Holy Spirit in my life. I must acknowledge this and move forward on the journey with this love and joy helping me to face suffering to assure my salvation.

What do you do to maintain peace and the divine in your life?


Two dozen yellow roses showed up this afternoon at my house, what a wonderful treat. They are both bright and a small taste of the Divine, made by God. A reminder that life has beauty and thorns. I am looking at mine on the table and the thorns are cut off….

A few rose facts:
Early Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ. Despite this interpretation, their leaders were hesitant to adopt it because of its association with Roman excesses and pagan ritual. The red rose was eventually adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. Roses also later came to be associated with the Virgin Mary.

Rose culture came into its own in Europe in the 1800s with the introduction of perpetual blooming roses from China. There are currently thousands of varieties of roses developed for bloom shape, size, fragrance and even for lack of prickles.

Throught each life time – run rivers to cross
What if there’s no life line and you’re sinking or lost
Just believe in your direction
Let your heart explore
Cause you can’t reach new horizons
Standing on the shore

There are mountains – we need to climb
But the mountains standing in the way are only in our minds
And the risk of all
So just listen to the voice that says
I’ll catch you if you fall

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear… is love

For such a long time I put my dreams aside
The tides of change felt dangerous
The mountains seemed too high
But my dreams were slowly fading
As time went quickly by
So I held me breath with every step
Never knowing I would find…

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear… is love

The Other Side Lyrics


Artist: Anne Murray (Buy Anne Murray CDs)
Album: Anne Murray

Ireland Mirror 1800's in our entranceway.

     When there is a mirror, no matter how old, it may reflect what we like, or it may show things we do not want to face, or discuss. Some days are better than others when looking at the relection in the mirror, Some like to look in the mirror, while others would rather not. The important thing is to be comfortable with what you see and have the ability to see the Divine Love that is there to see and wondrously experienced as self.

Mike, my husband also sang in Minnesota, also sang with Michael Joncas in the 1980’s.

I would have to say the time around our wedding day 9/15/84 was a time of vivid imagery, great dreams, and great plans….We were at a time where anything goes, trying so hard to make all our dreams and imagination come to life. It was a time of new beginnings innocence,
laughter, when there was a lot of uplifting and constructive dialogue about life and it wonders.

I am in the process of becoming an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, SSND, who taught me in Saint Paul Minnesota in the 70’s and I now visit Mankato, Minnesota every so often to visit. It is a blessing to go there and have so many sisters in one place, who knew I could have over a 150 grandmothers in one place! They take very good care of me. I sometimes wonder if my path had been slightly different, I would have probably became a Sister working in HealthCare. Being an Associate helps me keep connected with SSND in another way that gives me peace and joy. some of the pictures in the video might look familiar, as I have posted photos I have taken on the Mankato Hill as well.

We have had some classic cars show up today. I thought I would share my first car with you. A 1971 Dodge Dart, it was a 7-year-old car when I got it. This car pictured is very close in color and design. It was really difficult to find a picture online that looked like the original, as most of them have had a paint job or two since then.

My father was a used car salesman. He called me one day and I went down to the car lot. Of course like a 16-year-old would say, I said to myself, “OMG! what kind of car does Dad have picked out, I know I am going to hate it” or “I wanted to pick it out, as I am extremely independent”

Well, let me tell you, I loved it.
Even though I had to pay my own payments, gas, and insurance (I worked at A & W as a carhop, and at a nursing Home as a nursing assistant. The freedom of being able to have my own wheels was awesome. Not to mention my all time favorite color-BLUE.
I INCLUDED HERE ONE OF THE FIRST SONGS I HEARD IN MY NEW CAR TOOLING AROUND THAT SUMMER OF 78’….www.youtube.com

Well I have to say this so bare with me. Twenty years ago tonight I was going into labor with my first-born Amanda, who will be twenty tomorrow. It was a routine time to go to the hospital, however little did I know that after 18 hours of labor the doctor would say we have got to do this another way, my husband retorted, “Well doc, what other way do you suggest?”…..After an uneventful C-Section at 4:08pm on April 5, 1990 Amanda Carol Grady was born. She has been an outright shining example of divine love ever since. Always the best at whatever she puts her passion into, behavior, love, sports, grades, humor, friendships, family,….

Divine Love at its best….

What do you see in the mirror, a reflection of God/the Divine. possibly nothing. Do your actions show the way for others? Do you live you life in a way to reflect the Divine and show that light to others? Is there a joy in your heart that gives life-giving love, gratitude, and laughter to all you touch? Is there a sparkle in your eyes and others of the Divine? If this is what you reflect than you will reflect in the mirror. If not there will just be a plane of glass to behold and a hollow road to lead or follow….


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