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Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • A warm house on these cold days. It’s frigid outside and I know some people must battle the cold in the winter. I’m grateful to have a warm, cosy home.
  • The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis. I saw this book on the new book shelf at my library and had to check it out. I’ve read about 20% of it and love it. It’s full of wisdom and challenges for Catholics. I really think every Catholic should read it and it would be best if each parish hosted a discussion group about the book.
  • The quiet of the post Christmas season. I’ve become grateful for the days after Christmas that are quiet and still close to the holiday. The nativity is still fresh in my mind and something I can reflect on as our home decorations are still up. Sad to say, but in December Christmas gets lost in the shuffle all too often. Now that the shopping and secular holiday thrills are gone, I feel I can savor the most important aspects of Christmas.
  • Christmas hymns. This is the best season for singing at mass. I love all the songs: O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Nowell, etc.
  • Old friends. I’ve been able to meet up with a few old friends now that I’m back in the US. It’s a joy to chat and share with people I’ve known so long.
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Lyrics: Jesus, Friend of a Wounded Heart

Since I live in China, the internet ministry is really my church. I woke up and decided to listen to Moody Church Hour.  (I’ll go to the cathedral for Pentecost mass this evening, but that will be in Chinese.)

I listened to a recording entitled “When We are Forgiven” and it opened with this powerful song, Jesus, Friend of a Wounded Heart. Boy, I wish we sang this at my church back in Illinois.

Friend of a Wounded Heart

Smile, make them think you’re happy
Lie and say that things are fine
And hide that empty longing that you feel
Don’t ever show it, just keep your heart concealed

Why are the days so lonely?
I wonder where, where can a heart go free?
And who will dry the tears that no one sees?
There must be someone to share your silent dreams

Caught like a leaf in the wind
Looking for a friend, where can you turn?
Whisper the words of a prayer
And you’ll find Him there, arms open wide, love in His eyes

Jesus, He meets you where you are
Jesus, He heals your secret scars
All the love you’re longing for is Jesus
The friend of a wounded heart

Joy comes like the morning
Hope deepens as you grow
And peace beyond the reaches of your soul
Comes blowing through you for love has made you whole

Once like a leaf in the wind
Looking for a friend, where could you turn?
You spoke the words of a prayer
And you found Him there, arms open wide, love in His eyes

Jesus, He meets you where you are
Jesus, He heals your secret scars
All the love you’re longing for is Jesus
The friend of a wounded heart

Jesus, He meets you where you are
Jesus, He heals your secret scars
And all the love you’re longing for is Jesus
All the love that you need, oh it’s Jesus
The friend of a wounded heart

Friend of a wounded heart, friend of a wounded heart
Friend of a wounded heart, friend of a wounded heart


A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. For the warm weather. It’s in the 70s here.
  2. For my dear friend Genevieve, who understands me so well and can make me laugh.
  3. 5. I am so thankful for the Moody Church Hour’s Thankfulness Changes Everything sermon. Yes, this Catholic is a fan of Dr. Lutzer and I learned so much from this particular podcast about how Christians should be thankful in, not thankful for, all things. One portion that really impressed me was the story of Martin Rinkert, a pastor in the 17th century who during the pestilence  of 1637 sometimes had to bury as many as 40 or 50 people a day. He presided over 4500 funerals including that of his own wife’s yet, Rev. Rinkert firmly believed in gratitude and penned the words that became the lyrics for “Thank God from Whom All Blessings Flow.” It’s an older hymn, but in my opinion certainly should be used more.