The call from Singapore… a REFLECTION

May 22nd, 2017


As I sat and prayed before Mass, I saw a man come around and pray over a lady. He, then, walked in my direction and I greeted him. He extended his hand and I extended mine only to receive a prayerful blessing myself!  It was so beautiful to receive prayer far away from home. I reciprocated in prayer as the Holy Spirit led. It appeared as if the man basked in God’s presence as he tilted his head backwards with his face gazing up towards Heaven. It was only at the tail end of Mass when I realized the man was a Priest.

I don’t recall much of my prayer, except for asking the Father to continue to extend His love and joy through the man so he would bring many, many, and many more back Home to our Father.  As I reflect back, I now understand why the Holy Spirit led me to pray accordingly.  This precious one is a man after God’s own heart, and his homily revealed how much he yearned for his sheep to have a personal relationship with the Father.

Little did I know that the unexpected, special blessing by this kind and generous Priest would open the doors for me to minister to two confined at hospital later in the morning! We definitely serve a living and loving God! Thank You, Lord!

Father, I continue to pray for the man who is scheduled for gall bladder surgery. Please continue to bring healing, Father God, to both his heart and gall bladder. May you be glorified as they testify of Your healing hand. Father, please continue to heal William, Alloysius’ brother, too! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Father, I continue to be amazed of the Christian love that unites Your children throughout the world. The lady had said that You brought me all the way from Canada just to pray with them. I, too, believe the same. Only You could do that, Lord. With You, there are no barriers!

God bless,

Melissa – May 22, 2017 (Singapore)

“What does it mean that ‘to whom much is given, much will be required’ (Luke 12:48)?”

January 6th, 2017

It had slipped my mind for a moment, but as I attempted to clear my purse while waiting for a lunch gathering, I came across the notes I had taken of Archbishop Miller’s homily.  The first line I scribbled was… “There is a cost to be one chosen by God to serve.”  That statement was profound and I continue to reflect on it.

It has since brought me to the following scripture passage…

“… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Luke 12:48

– With some research, I have found the following to give the best explanation of the passage…

Question: “What does it mean that ‘to whom much is given, much will be required’ (Luke 12:48)?”

Answer: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). This statement of Jesus has become somewhat of an idiom in Western culture and is found, paraphrased, in Uncle Ben’s words of wisdom to Peter Parker in Spider-man: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

The idea of “to whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have. If we are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, it is expected that we use these well to glorify God and benefit others.

In context, Jesus had just told a parable about being ready for His return. His disciple Peter asked if the parable was for just them or for everyone. Jesus replied with another parable in which He defines the “faithful and wise manager” as one who gives out food and other allowances “at the proper time.” When the master returns and finds the faithful servant managing his resources well, he “put him in charge of all his possessions” (Luke 12:42–44). We have been entrusted with certain things, and faithfulness requires that we manage those things wisely and unselfishly.

Jesus continued the parable with a contrast: “Suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows” (Luke 12:44–47). The unfaithful servant mismanages the master’s resources to satiate his own greed, and Jesus warns that judgment is certain for that servant. The Lord then summarizes the point of the parable with these words: “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (verse 48, ESV). A related parable that also deals with stewardship is the Parable of the Talents (or the Parable of the Bags of Gold) in Matthew 25:14–30.

It is easy to assume that only wealthy people have been “given much,” but, in truth, we have all been given much (1 Corinthians 4:7). We have been granted the abundant grace of God (Ephesians 1:3–103:16–21Romans 5:8–118:14–17), the Word of God, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16–2116:13Romans 12:6). “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

We should also not assume that the less we know about God and His gifts, the less we’ll have to do. As evident in Jesus’ parable, we are held responsible to know our master’s will. God has plainly shown us what He requires (Micah 6:8).

God gives us resources such as finances and time, talents such as culinary skills or musical ability, and spiritual gifts such as encouragement or teaching. We should ask God for wisdom on how to use those resources and commit ourselves to expending them according to His will so that He may be glorified. In regards to spiritual gifts, Paul said, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:6–8). This is simply responsible stewardship.

We have been given much, and God desires us to use what He has given to further His Kingdom and proclaim His glory. It’s what we were created to do. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. . . . For the Son of Man . . . will reward each person according to what they have done’” (Matthew 16:24–2527). We are living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), giving the things God has given us in service to others, and in that we actually find life. God, the giver of all good things (James 1:17), gives us everything we need to fulfill His will. “Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.  James 3:1-2.

James 3:1-2New International Version (NIV)

Taming the Tongue

3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumblein many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
First, there is a greater strictness of judgment for ones who teach. This could be based upon Jesus’ statement in Matthew 7:2. It means that a teacher is obligated to teach what is true and then to live up to what is taught. God expects more from church leaders and holds them accountable for what they teach his people. This biblical principle is exemplified in Ezekiel 34:1-10, where the unfaithful leaders of the nation are condemned for being neglectful and abusive shepherds of God’s people, and God declares that he will “hold them accountable.” See it again in Matthew 5:19 and 18:6, where Jesus gives warning to anyone who teaches others to sin. See it repeated in Luke 12:42-48, where Jesus’ parable is about a manager “whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time.” The Lord’s instruction culminates in this principle: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Second, there is failure by all of us. This failure James describes with the verb stumble (ptaio, used before in 2:10). This verb has the literal meaning of “stumble” or “trip,” but it is used as a figure for making a mistake or sinning. (James will repeat the verb in the last half of 3:2; Romans 11:11 and 2 Peter 1:10 are the only other New Testament uses of this verb.) James is saying, “Remember, you are subject to judgment even more if you try to teach others; and you are highly vulnerable in that judgment because we all sin in many ways.”

REFLECTION: A picture paints a thousand words… THE ROSARY.

December 6th, 2016
The reason for the season...

The reason for the season…



I must confess that I have never been a strong Marian follower.  Nevertheless, this morning, I had sensed our Father beckon me outdoors in spite of the snow.  As I hurried outdoors, I sensed Him urging me to pick up my red rosary and other trinkets.The snow had frozen over night and each step brought about a crisp crunch.  The sun now shone so brightly, and yet, the surrounding was cold and hard.  I believe our Father is urging us to use the Rosary to remind us of what Jesus has come to this world for…


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Mother Mary holding the Rosary.

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Use the Rosary to pray for the city of Vancouver…

The Rosary guiding us towards Heaven…

Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

Monday & Saturday

  1. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
  2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
  3. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  4. The Presentation of our Lord
  5. Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary

Tuesday & Friday

  1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
  4. Jesus Carried the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion of our Lord

Glorious Mystery of the Rosary

Wednesday & Sunday

  1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost
  4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
  5. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Luminous Mystery of the Rosary


  1. The Baptism in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist



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Please reflect on each picture and let the Holy Spirit speak.  I must repeat that although I have not diligently prayed the Rosary,  I am now sensing our Father say that we must use the Rosary (while focusing of what Jesus has done on earth) to bring His will for the world.  Notice the picture of the Rosary with downtown Vancouver as the background.  I am sensing our Father’s call to pray for our city.

I believe all the captures were inspired.  I do not feel I have liberty to take credit for any as I believe they are gifts which our Father has sent to speak to our hearts.

May God bless us all,

Melissa – December 6, 2016


December 6th, 2016

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REFLECTION: The angels came and dwelt among us… (at times, some of God’s angels come in human form)

October 24th, 2016

Although I usually end up terribly sore, tired and with “battle scars” from preparing and coordinating our Believe Street Meals, not once had tears been shed over the past 8 years until yesterday, at about 10:30 in the morning.  Our God has a sense of humour and at times, He enjoys drama…

The drama began on Thursday when a wasp and I hip checked each other and its stinger ended up in me.  Although the anti-histamine came in handy, that didn’t prevent some swelling and the horrid itch.   I am one who is overly prone to scratch and so the swelling doubled in size.

Friday and Saturday came and went with a powerful Divine Mercy Retreat held an hour away at Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta, B.C.  Sunday rolled in, and the day began by begging and bargaining with God to give me just a few more minutes when the alarm rang at 7:00.  Two bags of carrots where peeled and sliced and it was off to our Parish industrial kitchen with the rest of the ingredients that needed to be cooked on that final day.

The first angel arrived a little after 9:00 that morning.  Her name was Nicole.  My daughter and I had planned to cook together the night before, but I didn’t realize that the scheduled retreat would bring me back home after 8:00 that evening.  Thankfully, that unplanned delay brought her to where she would play the role of my biggest “angel”

While carrots, pasta and cabbage boiled, we wandered off to the coat room of the parish where a friend had said she would drop off some clothing.  I had anticipated a bag or two , but instead, there were 3 big heavy plastic bins full of items, together with a styrofoam ice-chest and another card board box.  We peaked into one box and saw stainless steel bowls, a plastic container of sugar and a big box of oatmeal.  A peak into the ice-chest brought our eyes across a package of bacon.  Nicole said, “Mom, I don’t think these things are for you.  A group may be going on a camping trip and they left their things here.”  A later encounter with Msgr Greg clarified that all the items donated were intended for us.  The cooked spaghetti still needed to be tossed with the meat sauce and the big tray of sliced cabbage still needed to be sauted among many other things.  My mind screamed, “Where would I find the time to sort the items out and where would we find the space to bring these additonal items downtown???”  Thankfully, God created tears as a stress releaser and the tears began to roll.

As always, God’s timing is meticulously perfect and while Nicole went to bring the items back, the Holy Spirit took over and He and the Father did some serious talking.  By the time the spaghetti needed tossing, we realized that the meat needed more sauce.  Nicole recalled the two bottles of red pasta sauce in the bin and out it came, being the very thing we needed to moisten the pasta.  Later, when the cabbage needed an extra-ordinary flavouring, a bottle of white pasta sauce out of the bin came to the rescue.  Although I was the mom and she was the daughter, each time I began to flounder, Nicole was there to encourage me on.

Later, “angel” Susan arrived to prep the potatoes.  Although her cat had been to the vet 4 times earlier that week and was scheduled for emergency surgery the following day, she came, offering two hours with the potatoes and sorting through donated items.  “Angel” Mariana then arrived with husband, Yanosh in tow, carrying the soup she had prepared.  Seeing for the first time the stack of items that were needed to be brought on site to serve our street meal, he commented, “You need a lot of help, especially from men.”  Together with Mariana, “Angel” Yanosh then took 6 folding tables out to the foyer to fasciliate their loading when the van arrived.  Mariana stayed behind, washing the gadgets used, wiping down the counters and sweeping and mopping the floor!

Four angels had come and gone, easing the burdens I was not able to handle.  But that was not all, three more angels came later on! Retired co-coordinator, “Angel” Mylene had learned that morning that our postponed meal was going to be served in the evening.  Not only did she have a turkey pot pie to donate, but she wrote, “I would like to serve, if that is okay.”  I could have cried a second time, when I realized God was sending another “veteran” to ensure that the meal would flow smoothly!

The final two angels came as a wandering couple.  They had stopped by on-site to enquire what was going on and I had pointed them to our poster.  They were touched and they thanked us for what we were doing.  As they walked away, another Nicole had mentioned that we were low on paper cups.  I beconed the couple back, mentioning our plight and I asked if they would walk the distance to purchase additonal cups, promising to repay them when they returned.  The couple walked 5 blocks away from the direction leading them home and they returned, donating the styrofoam cups that were needed.

Lord, there is no better way to glorify You than to testify to the miracles You brought our way.  Lord, You sent angels in the form of humans to assist when there was no other way!  In Your Word, You promised, ” and we know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28  You also promised…”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13  You knew I had reached my limit.  You knew You couldn’t squeeze one more drop out of me and so You provided the way out.  It was You who brought the perfect individuals, Your angels disguised as humans, to fulfill what I could no longer do!

Father, through Graham Cooke, You taught me that with every trial there are blessings tucked away with it.   Graham encouraged his listeners to look for the blessings.  I was too tired to look,  but my girl recognized every one of them.  She clearly saw how the contents of those bins had the very item we needed to complete our meal and she pointed them out to encourage me on!  Thank You so much Father God!  May You receive all the glory!

God bless us all!


p.s. – As we continued to look through the last donations, God began to help me realize that what was donated were the belongings of Anne, my dear friend who had passed a few months earlier from cancer.  As that reality came to mind, it was as if God was reminding me that even she was “extending a hand” and interceding for us.

– Just as if she knew I was writing about angels, this is an e-mail I just received from Susan…

Angel Melissa,

It is always you who initiated the direction for us to follow and learn from you to live like a Christian.  You Are the One to be congratulated for your tireless, loving, caring, Christ-like supreme devotion to caring for our fellow man.  Your effort will glorify God and we could only do a little bit to assist.  I wish I could do much more for you.  I take pride in your daughter, Nicole who is ever supportive of her Mum.  You are blessed and comforted.  And thank-you very much to all for your prayers for my cat, Jasper.  He is still at the vet as of now.  My love to you and please have a short nap in between the day.  

God Bless,


– please pray for a speedy recovery for Jasper, the cat.  Thanks!



REFLECTION: I see you….

October 12th, 2016

I see you…

You see me?  Who are you?  Where are you?

Yes, I see you!  I am God.  I’m here, right beside you…

I  began this reflection two weeks ago, but I never found the words nor the direction on how to finish it.  I knew the message was clear, that God sees us at every moment of each day, but He had yet to give me the scripture verse and the story to bring the point across.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;  you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down;  you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.  Psalm 139: 1-12

I had come across this scripture passage on Tuesday evening, in the midst of our RCIA (Adult Cathechesis) program.  I had yearned to share it with the enquirers, wanting them to realize how much God loved them and how closely He was with each.  Yesterday, I shared it again with two others, teaching them how to pray the scripture through, especially at times of desolation and despondency.

We have free and ready access to God’s Word, but many of us rarely use it.  We are taught repeatedly that God’s Word is our spiritual sword which will bring us victory during times of trial, but how many use it?

Last night, as I drove back home through the rain, my car hydroplaned while I drove around a curve off Lions Gate Bridge  Rather than moving forward, the car began moving sideways towards the left.  As in the movies, time slowed down and I was very aware of every move I made.  As I turned the wheel, the car spun 90 degrees sideways and I was moving forward towards the concrete barrier.  Thankfully, a few other turns got the car moving in the right direction.  I’m not sure how long the incident took, but it felt as if it lasted at least a couple of minutes.  To my surprise, I didn’t call out for God’s help, but I recall immediaely thanking Him profusely after the car moved in the proper direction,

I had no idea what I was doing, but somehow the steering wheel was going in the direction it had to turn.  I then wondered about the cars behind me and noticed only red lights (the rear lights of cars heading the opposite direction), Undoubtfully, God had kept all the cars away because a horrid accident was there in the making.

As I continued driving home, I told our Father that it felt as if it was merely a dream.  To my amazement, I was not alarmed but at peace.  I e-mailed my daughter to inform her I arrived safely and then I called up my dearest friend.  Even she was surprised of how calm I was.

Today, as I reflect, I write to testify of God’s presence and hand during that incident.. All those who know me personally know of my hyperactive response to just about everything.  But didn’t that scripture passage say that “even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.?  In my heart, I know it was our Father who had held that steering wheel.  In my heart, I know it was God’s peace that continued to radiate onto me.”  Nevertheless, I do wonder how my guardian angel(s) was/ were coping after the fact, but I am amazed that the car survived without a single scratch or bump.  Thank You Lord!

Father God,  thank You for constantly watching over each of us.  Thank You for refusing to remain distant even if we choose to turn our backs on You.  Thank You for continuing to pursue us and for constantly desiring an intimate and personal relationship with each of us.

Lord, help us to recognize Your presence in our lives.  When we are afraid, help us recognize Your presence and help us be aware that Your right hand will hold us fast and guide us step by step along our way.  Thank You Lord Jesus.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN!

God bless us all,

Melissa – October 14, 2016

REFLECTION: Their story, our story….

September 26th, 2016

I have yet to meet one who does not enjoy stories.   Many stories are told and retold, from one generation to the next, not only because they are entertaining, but because there is much to glean from.  I’m wondering if you’ve heard this story…

“Like our ancestors, we have sinned.  We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!  Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.  They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.  Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.  Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.

He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.  So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes.  Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived.

Then his people believed his promises.  
Then they sang his praise.

Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done!  They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!  In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland. So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.

The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.  Because of this, the earth opened up;
it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels.  Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.

The people made a calf at Mount Sinai; they bowed before an image made of gold.  They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull.  They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt –  such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.  So he declared he would destroy them.  But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.  He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.

The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.  Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord.  Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness,
that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands.

Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!  They angered the Lord with all these things, so a plague broke out among them.  But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped.  So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time.

At Meribah, too, they angered the Lordcausing Moses serious trouble.  They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly.

Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the Lord had commanded them.  Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs.  They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall.  They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.  They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder.  They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.

 That is why the Lord’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession.  He handed them over to pagan nations, and they were ruled by those who hated them.  Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power.

Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against himand they were finally destroyed by their sin.  Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries.  He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.  He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness.”

Have you heard this story?  I’ve heard portions of it from other books, but I must confess I haven’t read this story.  This story comes directly from Psalm 106 : 6-46  (;AMP)  Perhaps it is not in the translation we are familiar with, but it is from the Bible in the New Living Translation.

Why haven’t we heard this story?  Could it be because we haven’t made time to open our Bibles?  We’ve all made one excuse after another.  We know the excuses we’ve made and God knows them.

What can we glean from this story?  Do you notice that the relationship between man and God is like a yoyo?  Man constantly tries to run away from God and while He remains distant, man stumbles and falls drastically.

At times, I wonder if man fails to recognize that God is his creator.  However scripture says…19 because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. 21 For even though they knew God [as the Creator], they did not honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation]. On the contrary, they became worthless in their thinking [godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations], and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God for an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles.  Romans 1:19-23 (AMP)

As I read this, all I could say was “Lord, have mercy on us all!”

Periodically God becomes frustrated and He gives man what he asks for.  Because of our shallow and narrow minds, I wonder if mankind truly grasps what we are asking  when we ask God to leave us alone?

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],25 because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading and vile passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural [a function contrary to nature], 27 and in the same way also the men turned away from the natural function of the woman and were consumed with their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameful acts and in return receiving in their own bodies the inevitable and appropriate penalty for their wrongdoing.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge Godor consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive, 29 until they were filled (permeated, saturated) with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice andmean-spiritedness. They are gossips [spreading rumors], 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors [of new forms] of evil, disobedient and disrespectful to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful [without pity]. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree and His judgment, that those who do such things deserve death, yet they not only do them, but they even [enthusiastically] approve andtolerate others who practice them.  Romans 1:24-32

I’m sure you recognize these symptoms in today’s world…  Once again I cry out from the depth of my heart, “Lord, have mercy on us all!”  and I plead with you to join me to cry out in one voice…

47 Save us, O Lord our God!  Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.  Psalm 106 : 47

As we cry out in one voice, I sense our Father respond…13 If I shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence and plague among My people, 14 and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and sanctified and set apart for My purpose this house that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-16

As the yoyo recoils and we are once again close to our Father’s heart, we dare to respond… ” Praise the Lord!  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever.  Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?  Who can ever praise him enough?There is joy for those who deal justly with others  and always do what is right.

Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me.  Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones.  Let me rejoice in the joy of your people;  let me praise you with those who are your heritage.  

48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting!  Let all the people say, “Amen!”  Praise the Lord!  Psalm 106: 1-5; 48 (NLT)

May God’s faithful remnant continue to intercede as Moses and Phinehas did, asking God not to allow humanity. living on planet earth, to pull away once again as a yoyo tends to do.

May God’s mercy and blessings be with us all,

Melissa – September 26, 2016

p.s. – NANCY!!!  Am at awe.  This took only an hour to type out.  Totally prophetic in nature.  We know whose hands were directing this.  Thank You Holy Spirit.

REFLECTION: The practise and the final run (Until we meet again, Anne…)

September 19th, 2016


I turned the alarm off and joined the morning commute eastward, driving patiently as the traffic permitted and I arrived a few minutes before 9:00… only to realize that her memorial service was not until this week.  Since Anne’s passing the 30th of August, I’ve been anxiously waiting to take part in her celebration of life.  She had requested her friends wear colorful garments so we can truly celebrate who she was.  I was ready then, but the others weren’t.  I guess I can say that that was a trial run?

The same routine was repeated this week, but this time, the alarm was set half an hour earlier.  To my surprise, the alarm didn’t ring, but I still woke a few minutes after the time set.  I would have thought waking up a tad earlier would get me there earlier, but I still arrived at around the same time.

Anne’s memorial service was good, but it was different.  Perhaps it lacked Anne’s presence?  Unlike our traditional celebration of life in the Catholic faith, her remains were not present.  But even if her remains were with us, her spirit would not be present, would it?  In my heart, I knew Anne’s spirit would be present when we brought her recent memories back to life.

The first tribute given was  by Anne’s long time friend.  Their journey began at UBC and she revealed how much Anne loved to learn.  Other stories were shared, but what caught my attention was her love to cook and to decorate cake.  Her brother then shared some and so did her nephew.  I had arrived without even the faintest inclination of sharing, but I felt Anne’s last days needed to be mentioned.  So, teeter tottering up the stairs with heels and then to the podium, I explained that I was Anne’s friend, but merely a distant one.  I shared how Anne had beconed me by e-mail 27 days before her passing, greeting me with “What a glorious day!  I am going to paradise!”  This was Anne’s constant view of her deteriorating physical state.

Family and friends were informed that the first thing Anne said to the nurse when she arrived at the hospice was, “I’m hungry!”  Before I left that day, I heard her say “I wonder if I can order Chinese takeout?”  That was Anne.  Unlike the norm, her appetite continued to be enormous!  When I asked, our Father had said that her hearty physical appetite was an analogy of her hearty appetite for His Word.  Daily, Anne lavishly devoured the scripture passages she asked her guests to read out loud and the week before she fell, I had overheard her tell her visiting Pastor that her body was so tired, but she was still so hungry for her spiritual food.

As I closed, I wondered out loud why Anne had tried to get out of bed on her own that Saturday, when in the past, she had always been cautious about falling.  Perhaps… just as the preliminary run I had last week… perhaps Anne had a glimpse of Jesus beconing her and so she decided to get up and run to Him? Anne passed 3 days after her fall…  that was her final run and I imagine she was escorted by her Groom, the One who she adored the most, into Paradise.

Until we meet again my friend…

God bless,

Melissa – September 19, 2016

p.s. – Because I shared, several, who I did not know, approached and thanked me for doing so.  Many had asked which Church I attended and if not mistaken, many were surprised when I said I was a Catholic.  One in particular began to give me her speel of what she “knew” about the Catholic faith and she made sure she told me that we shouldn’t pray to Mary and the Saints.  I gently explained that we do not pray to Mary and the Saints and that we ask them to intercede and pray for us.  She asked why we didn’t go directly to Jesus and I told her that we do, but just as we ask others to intercede for us through prayer chains, we also ask Mary and the Saints to do the same.  (“Then another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incense,with the prayers of the saints, rose up before God from the hand of the angel.Revelations 8:3-4)

She then quoted from John 14:6“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  I agreed with her and I told her that we believe the same truth, but we worship our Father in a different manner.  I did stress that our Catholic faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus.

She thanked me for sharing.  Lord, thank You for our dialogue!

For those who are unfamiliar with the Hail Mary, I share…

Hail Mary, full of grace.  Our Lord is with thee.  (Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, (Luke 1:30)
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


REFLECTION: She’s now in paradise…

September 1st, 2016

She had typed…

“Hi Melissa, what a glorious day it is going to be.   I’m going to be in paradise.  I am waiting at Burnaby General Hospital for the hospice and if you can come by and visit me, that would be great,  see you later; bye bye.  I am currently at A to Z right now, but I’m scheduled to move pretty soon.”    

The e-mail was typed at 4:33 a.m. on August 3rd.  Anne passed on August 30 at 4:00 a.m.  She is now in paradise!  Now liberated from her feeble body that was once weakened by cancer, I imagine her running freely with her hair flowing once again, laughing in excitement as she sporadically runs back to our Father, asking Him about an incident or another of her journey here on planet earth.  If it is possible to be hungry in Heaven, I can also imagine Anne asking for food.

As far as I know, Anne’s appetite never ceased to dwindle.  I once asked our Father about it and I sensed Him say it was symbolic of her hunger for His living Word.  Anne was always so hungry for spiritual food.  Two Saturdays ago, as her young Pastor read to her from the book of Revelations, Anne had mentioned that her body was so tired, but her mind and heart were still so hungry for her spiritual food.  On my last visit with her last Saturday, on the day of her fall, I left Anne with her friend, Bob, reading to her from her Bible.

Several weeks ago, I wasn’t sure why Anne had specifically asked me to read to her from the book of Hebrews.  As I reflect and read through the scripture passages once again, I begin to understand.  She had specified she had wanted to hear about the promises given to each believer.

Hebrews 6.But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 11  13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

Today, these scriptures speak to me of Anne’s life.  I still question why, out of the blue, she decided to invite a distant friend to take the journey with her during her last 27 days here on earth.   Perhaps it was to record the victory of her life?

Through her, I had witnessed one who was graced with the steadfast hope on Jesus and the refuge and anchor He had given to her soul as she patiently waited to enter paradise.  While she waited, she  ministered to those who came to visit, bringing about laughter, amusement (as she consumed huge amounts of food – especially cake), and especially blessing them in return with prayers before they left.  Through her, each one who was asked to read passages from the Bible recognized the strength she drew from God’s living Word.  I am now reminded of her “hmmm” after several passages were read… as if to signify that she had chewed on the Word and now had devoured it.  Anne realized she was merely a passing visitor through planet earth and her desire was a “better country…that is, a heavenly one.”

As if by chance, Bob read the following passage to Anne that last Saturday together…

Jeremiah 31:34  34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord.  For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Having heard Anne pray repeatedly for her loved ones, I claimed that passage for them… that soon, no longer would anyone need to tell Anne’s family to “know the Lord, for they all shall know Him.”

Father, this was one of Anne’s last wishes.  May Your gift of faith be received by each of her loved ones so that, one day, they will all be reunited in Heaven.  Lord, we praise You for being glorified in Anne’s life.  We lift up her reposed soul to You.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

God bless,

Melissa – August 31, 2016


REFLECTION: God delights in me?

August 14th, 2016

Multiple years ago, as I joined two others in prayer ministry, we encountered an older gentleman who asked for prayer.  Delayed by a conversation with the previous recipient, I joined midway, informing the man not to be alarmed as I began praying behind him.  While the two in front ministered, I began to sense that our Father had a message for him  and so I said, “I am not sure why, but I am sensing our Father say He is so proud of you.”  The same promptings came throughout the session and as I received them, I repeated, “Sir, He still wants me to tell you how proud He is of you.”  At one point, the man lifted his right arm and he enbraced me while we continued to minister. By the time we closed, he turned around and said, “Iève never heard that before.”  To that I replied, He gave you a curve ball, didn’t He?  Just remember, God is so proud of you.”  To that, the gentleman, who arrived grumpy and with a stiff arm (I learned about it after the fact) cupped my face and said, “He is so proud of you too!”

Would you imagine yourself returning home after a long day to 3

Did you know God delights in you?  Yes, you!  At times, it seems too abstract to fathom.  How can a God who I canèt see or feel love meÉ  Scripture teaches us that ÈGod is spirit, and His worshippers must workship in spirit and in truth.È  John 4:24.