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J.M.J.

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In Ireland, Geimhridh (sounds like gevre) is the word for Winter, which begins on the 1st Day of November!

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Oh, my, I feel cold in the air…

It does seem right that I should share!

November 1, 2016

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A blessed All Saints Day to you!

God bless you now, and always, too!

November 1, 2016

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Their Sun and Moon share light each day,

Each day and night in Nature’s way!

November 1, 2017

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No matter where in Éire I be,

I thank God when rainbow’s near me!

(Lower right picture taken in Southwest Ireland in the Dingle area)

November 3, 2016

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On this Feast of All Souls Day, we pray for all souls who have passed from this life to the next, and ask the Saints to pray with us and for us!

Thank you, Jesus, for loving each of us so much you suffered and died on the cross.

You are the Light of the World!

November 3, 2017

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Walkin’ around, me eyes can see,

Such lovely sights as there could be!

November 3, 2017

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Where did these precious 28 years go?

Happy, happy Birthday to a wonderful woman!

November 3, 2017

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Sun shines on Irish pubs, you know,

And like my hair, some flowers grow!

November 6, 2017

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Those birds are flyin’ high o’er me…

Are they tryin’, my gold, to see?

November 7, 2016

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Today is the Feast of All the Saints of the Order of St. Dominic!

Amazing Grace!

Thank you, God!

November 8, 2017

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Sun rises, flowers bloom, birds fly…

As lovely Autumn days go by!

November 8, 2017

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The leaves are fallin’, one by one…

Fun to get warm when day is done!

November 9, 2016

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Come Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring,

‘Tis grand the beauty roses bring!

November 10, 2017

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Just love the Fall!  Just love the Sun!

Let’s laugh & play & have some fun!

November 11, 2016

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The Sun does diff’rent things some days…

It shows itself in funny ways!

November 13, 2017

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What lovely sights the eyes can see…

The beauty…colors…wondrous be!

November 15, 2017

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From ancient time, ’tis still the way,

That sea waves crash on every day!

(You are looking at the ancient prehistoric stone fort called Dun Aengus on the island of the Aran Islands called Inis Mór, as well as the Atlantic Ocean waters that crash on its shores and the Island’s flowers that are so beautiful!)

November 16, 2016

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On their long journeys, geese do rest,

Tho’ travellin’ far, they do their best!

November 17, 2017

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The Sun went down so bright that day.

I went to bed in my same way.

But then the “Supermoon”* did shine!

I left my bed to watch…so fine!

November 18, 2016

*The “Supermoon” occurred on November 14, 2016.  It will not occur again until 2034!

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The following twelve pictures were taken on November 18, 2017, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, in the USA!  The occasion was the celebration of the Beatification of Bl. Solanus Casey….a Irish American Franciscan Capuchin Priest who passed on to glory in 1957 A.D.   Approximately 66,000 folks gathered to celebrate and we were there for a very special and blessed reason.  Let me explain…

The young woman in the instagram pics, our daughter, Molly, was stillborn 33 years ago, on May 18, 1984. She died in my womb and it was approximately one half hour later that her heart began its beating.  I hung a picture of Bl. Solanus (then Fr. Solanus) by her in the neonatal intensive care unit where she hovered between this life and the next. We thank God for the love and prayers of Fr. Solanus for Molly.  Molly will tell you, if you had the chance to speak to her, what a wonderful life she has had, and she is fully aware that God gave her life back to her for His special plan for her and those around her.  She was invited by the Franciscan Capuchins to be a part of the Beatification Celebration in the Procession of the Relic.  If  you would like to see this wonderful celebration for              Bl. Solanus, the Archdiocese of Detroit has made it available for all to view on YouTube.  Go to YouTube and search for the Beatification Mass Bl. Solanus Casey.  Look for the video that is 3 hours, 13 minutes, and 5 seconds.  Hope you can check it out and God bless you and Bl. Solanus, please, pray for you!

 

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This is Molly! The top part of the picture shows her kneeling at the tomb of Bl. Solanus in Detroit at the Bl. Solanus Casey Center!

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Molly next to a huge welcoming visual of Bl. Solanus at Ford Field!

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Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, welcomes all to the Beatification Celebration for    Bl. Solanus Casey!

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Molly holding a sign telling all where her work is on this heavenly day!                       Thank you, God!

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The music for Bl. Solanus’ Beatification was like Heaven!  The upper pic is the orchestra…the lower pic is the choir!

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Molly with Br. Richard Merling (upper pic) and Fr. Larry Webber (lower pic).  They are the co-vice postulators for the Cause of the Canonization of Bl. Solanus Casey!

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Molly with Bridget from Co. Clare, Ireland.  Bridget has worked in support of Bl. Solanus’ Cause for about 60 years.  Bridget was given the honor, privilege, and blessing of receiving a copy of the Beatification Decree from the hand of Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Committee for the the Cause of Bl. Solanus’ Canonization.

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The Bishops and the Cardinals enter for the Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  In the upper pic, they are wearing their mitres (hats).  The lower pic shows the colored skull caps after the removal of the mitres.  The scarlet caps belong to the cardinals and the more rose colored caps belong to the bishops.

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Molly has just placed flowers by the image of Bl.. Solanus…her part in the Procession of the Relic…an honor and privilege she treasures, and is so happy to be able to do for the lifelong Friend and Protector she has in Bl. Solanus, thanks to God’s goodness and love!

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Cardinal Angelo Amato came from Rome for the Celebration!

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This is Molly with Paula Zarate from Panama.  Paula’s healing at the tomb of Bl. Solanus was the miracle that lifted him to Beatification!

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Molly’s life shouts the Glory of God!

Bl. Solanus please pray for each of us!

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My little Friends are fun to see!

I love when they come visit me!

November 21, 2016

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Apples and pumpkins…bright blue sky…

Grand to see, as each day goes by!

November 22, 2017

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Happy, happy Thanksgivin’ Day!

God bless you all’s what I do say!

November 23, 2017

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We Leprechauns would like to say,

God bless you on Thanksgiving Day!

November 24, 2016

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The rainbow’s work is never done…

Brings colors grand to Autumn’s fun!

November 24, 2017

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The flowers of a purple hue,

Are a grand sight for me and you!

November 27, 2017

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Fall’s changed to Winter…’tis grown cold.

Hearth’s fire warms…old tales are told!

November 28, 2016

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The colors of a leaf can be,

Like flowers are…lovely to see!

November 29, 2017

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From ancient times…from days of old…

Some secrets do remain untold.

November 30, 2016

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Exquisite is the lovely rose,

And, to the world, its beauty shows!

December 1, 2017

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With fountain stilled, and flowers gone,

I, Finney, am a Leprechaun,

Who loves this time of Christmas lights!

Come see my home’s lit on all nights!

December 2, 2016

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‘Tis little frosties we now see,

As colder weather comes to be!

December 4, 2017

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‘Tis Christmastime with lights and pine…

Sharin’ hearth’s warmth can work out fine!

December 6, 2016

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Happy St. Nicholas Day from Finney and Me to YOU!

God bless each of you!

December 6, 2017

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The Christmas cactus’ blooms are here,

To welcome Baby Jesus Dear!

December 6, 2017

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St. Patrick taught us of God’s Son.

He taught us that God’s Three in One.

At. Christmastime we know to say

To Jesus, Son, “Happy Birthday!”

December 8. 2016

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‘Tis Christmastime!

December 8, 2016

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God bless each of us on this

holy Feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother Mary!

You hear us pray… Oh Mother dear…

Asking your prayers…you always hear.

Knowing ’tis so, we have no fear,

That your Heart’s Love is always near.

December 8, 2016

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

God bless us all!

December 8, 2017

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The holly berries…frosty leaves…

Bring Christmastime to mind…with ease!

December 8, 2017

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Christmas angels and winter’s snow,

Help bring Santa! I, Finney, know!

December 11, 2016

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Happy Feast Day to Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Dear Mother Mary, please, your prayers…

For each of us and all our cares.

Jesus, your Son, hears what you say,

In such a very special way!

December 12, 2016

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With Christmas gettin’ closer now…

To decorate…I know just how!

‘Tis sprinklin’ gold dust’s on me mind,

To brighten any place I find!

December 13, 2016

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Light the hearth!  See the brights of lights!

Winter brings grand Christmas-y sights!

December 15, 2016

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‘Tis comin’ soon…Jesus’ birthday!

So much is now in Christmas’ way!

December 19, 2016

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I’m restin’ on the Angel’s wings,

And I know soon the Angel sings,

To tell the world of Jesus’ birth…

He Who brings Love to all the Earth!

December 20, 2016

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The Christmas reds, & golds, & greens…

So grand & lovely are these scenes!

December 20, 2016

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I’m patiently waitin’ to see

Dear Santa’s gifts under my tree!

December 21, 2016

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The Christmas lights…the quiet night…

The Winter’s moon…can shine so bright!

The stocking’s hung with so much care,

And Finney wants to be right there!

December 21, 2016

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I hope that Santa sees my light,

In my window, from candle bright!

December 23, 2016

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Our Finney says “I just can’t wait!”

He knows that Christmas won’t be late!

December 23, 2016

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I hope St. Nick does see the star,

To guide him, whether near or far!

December 24, 2016

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Our Finney says…

“To good St. Joseph, I’ll move near,

to see Lord Jesus, nice and clear!”

December 24, 2016

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Our Finney says…

“This shepherd’s gotten close to where

Our Little Lord will lay…right there!

I think I can be closer still,

If I stand by Shepherd…I will!”

December 24, 2016

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Our Finney says…

“I’ve now found the best place to stay,

To see our King on Christmas Day…

Right by our Mother Mary sweet…

Right by Lord Jesus…at  His feet!”

December 24, 2016

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The King of Kings has come to Earth!!!

He’s come in way of humble birth!

Let’s have great joy and fun today,

With good St. Nick leadin’ the way!

December 25, 2016

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O Holy Night…our King’s been born!

‘Tis happy homes on Christmas morn!

*Picture of tree and fireplace is used through the courtesy of Stevie Towne!

December 27, 2016

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The Angels…they are all around!

Singin’ for Jesus…Heav’ns sweet sound!

December 28, 2016

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The shepherds saw on that fine Night…

The King of Kings!  A Mighty Sight!

December 31, 2016

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The shepherds saw on that fine Night…

The King of Kings!  A Mighty Sight!

December 31, 2016

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“Behold your Mother”  (John 19:27)

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God,

and

World Day of Peace.

May each of us be blessed to bring Peace to our own places in the world!

God bless you in this New Year of 2017!

January 1, 2017

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Now that our King is safely here,

All of good will, need have no fear!

January 2, 2016

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‘Tis “Gloria” the Angels sing…

This way they praise our newborn King!

January 4, 2017

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One day a donkey would serve Him,

And bring Him to Jerusalem!

January 5, 2017

*Picture of light with poinsettia is used courtesy of Stevie Towne

Photograph of Missie the Donkey (bottom left) is used courtesy of Kevin O’Hara, author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

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The Star’s grand light’s leadin’ the kings,

To Him for Whom each Angel sings!

January 7, 2017

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The kings have come!  They’ve come from far,

Led by the mighty Christmas Star!

We call them wise…and kings…and three…

King of the Jews, they hoped to see!

January 8, 2017

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The wise kings brought Him gifts so fine.

They brought their best to Him Divine!

God bless each of you on this Little Christmas!

January 8, 2017

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This little Babe has brought great LIGHT!

God’s Son brought us His Heaven’s “BRIGHT!”

And…

His Name is Jesus.

January 8, 2017

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As shepherds’ lambs so gently lay,

The Lamb of God was born that day!

“Behold the Lamb of God”  (John 1:29)

January 9, 2017

*Picture on lower right was taken at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock in Co. Mayo, Ireland!

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Tho’ there’d be snow and frosty air…

No matter that…Shamrock’s still there!

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The next Parish o’er, I can see,

In my mind’s eye…’tis real to me!

And some might say, where could this be?

Well, I just say…across the sea!

January 14, 2017

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Our Finney says,

“The night has passed; the Sun brings cheer!

Hello, ‘Today!’  I’m glad you’re here!”

January 16, 2017

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Let’s heat up the hardwood!

January 17, 2016

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Our Finney says,

“Always warm, the Sun shone so bright,

Right on Squirrel…who’s in plain sight!”

January 18, 2017

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Viva il Papa!

January 19, 2016

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Tho’ leaves may wither in the cold,

The blooms still come…never gets old!

January 20, 2017

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Sacred Heart of Jesus, please bless each of us…

January 22, 2016

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January 23, 2016

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‘Tis winter still…’tis cold outside…

Air feels fresh…cozy warm inside!

January 23, 2017

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The Winter has some snow and ice,

But still has scenes that are so nice!

January 24, 2017

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January 25, 2016

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…need a moment to rest…   -_-

January 26, 2016

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‘Tis fun to see where golden glows,

Might show up in the Winter’s snows!

January 26, 2017

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Zzzzzzz…

January 27, 2016

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That golden glow just may be seen,

In funny spots of Winter’s scene!

January 29, 2017

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Finney just does not want to take his Christmas tree down!  He likes to look at the lights when he is lying in his bed at night!

January 31, 2016