Hello and welcome!
My name is DEE GRAY and I am extremely honored that you are visiting my website. I am a very happy, faith-filled Catholic -- a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a Benedictine Oblate, Spiritual Director, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Bible study and Adult Faith Formation Leader and Catechist Trainer in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. I received a Certificate in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry Formation from Kino Institute, and was Commissioned by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted on June 10, 2008. I am a graduate of JustFaith, and a student of Vatican II, and St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body.
My favorite Scripture verse is: 'Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.' ~ Romans 12:2 (RSV-CE)
This transformation and renewing of our minds comes through daily prayer, study, community, and service: our faith in action.
In thanksgiving for this day and the gift of life today, come, join me in the Eucharistic journey of prayer, study, community and service to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the words of Patrick Coffin, my favorite Catholic Answers radio show host -- “Be a saint! What else is there?”
'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my Spirit exalts in God my Savior.'
~ Luke 1:46-47
CATCHING FIRE BECOMING FLAME
Ever wonder how some people become enthusiastic and on fire about their relationship with God?
God has a fiery passion to be in relationship with us. God yearns to set us ablaze. As we open ourselves up to this divine love, we discover a fire being ignited and then glowing and sometimes raging in our lives.
God is always trying to awaken a dormant soul and set it on fire with godly enthusiasm. Our deepest impulses and yearnings for the things of God can be God's way of throwing sparks at us. Religious interests, pious aspirations, and spiritual longings that seemingly come out of nowhere do, in fact, show we have captured divine attention and that God is now trying to capture ours. We desire God because God first desires us.
The mere awareness of being attracted to prayer or wanting to make God some part of daily life is the beginning of the process of being transformed. The divine spark of the Holy Spirit - the flint and flame of godly enthusiasm - triggers the awakening. The awakening is God's invitation to a relationship. But it still requires our response. God will never force or put pressure upon us; with utmost respect for human free will, God can only invite us, encourage us, nudge us, and entice us. God tugs at the heart heart. It's ultimately up to us to do something - to respond to God's generous bidding to be in a relationship with us.
The wonderful thing about God's invitation is that we can accept it right where we are - right here, right now. That's part of the contagion of godly enthusiasm and the paradox of catching fire and becoming flame: the extraordinary occurs right in the midst of the ordinary; the marvelous is found amid the mundane.