Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Smile...it's good exercise

Today has been a busy day for me. I spent the morning instructing Faith in English, then had to transport a forgotten water bottle to my son in gym class, 20 minutes away, and then I visited my mother-in-law, who is recovering from hip replacement. On the way home I realized I had taken care of two Corporal Works of Mercy and one Spiritual Work of Mercy today, so it was all good. ;-)

I wanted to take a minute and post this quote from today's mediation in the Magnificat. Written by Elisabeth Leseur (an incredible story there!), it is probably the most profound thing I have read in months.

"Silence is sometimes an energetic act, 
and smiling is, too."

Hope you're having a great day. 



  1. Aren't you a sweetheart?

    I have that book; I can't remember if I ever actually finished, but I love it.

  2. i just copied that meditation VERBATUM to my journal...i have a hand cramp to prove it! i have a collection from magnificat of her little sweet writings...they really should canonize here ASAP!she gives meat and potato meditations...i really enjoyed that too..alms from the heart. my favorite part:
    "look around oneself for proud sufferers in need, find them, and give them the alms of our heart, of our time, of our tender respect."
    have a lovely day, dear kindred spirit...i have a bit of snail mail i hope to post to you today. nothing spectacular. just wanted you to know i was thinking of you!

  3. oops, i meant canonize "her". i was typing at warp speed. not necessarily very effectively!!!

  4. Now there's some news I can use.

    thank you! :)

  5. Sara,
    I'm not sure why I'm a sweetheart, but thanks! :-)

    We must pray to her so she can get her miracles. Have you read her diary? I have not, but plan to very soon. Her husband, who was an atheist, apparently found her diary after she died and converted to Catholicism, then became a priest! Sounds like one miracle already!

    You are very welcome, FSM!

  6. oh, barb, this is soooo good!! yes, we must pray to her. i was just thinking that yesterday! and her book is my next amazon order list...i am itching to order it. but can't wait! i loved that wiki link you gave! i learned more about her in that short article and can't wait to know more!

    have a blessed day, friend!

  7. That's a good way to measure the day--how many works of mercy did you accomplish? Great idea :)

    BTW, I am reading "The Forgotten Garden" on your recommendation. Started off a little slow, but I am HOOKED now.

  8. Wow. I read that wikipedia link for Elisabeth...what an amazing lady.


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