Author Archives: Brigid Ayer

Valentines for You

Looking for Catholic Valentines to share with your friends, family, or significant other? Below are FREE downloadable valentines for you! You can download and print, or share via text, email or on social media. Compliments of All About The Grace.

Enjoy!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU” (LK 6:27)

“For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?” —1 Samuel 24:20

This is a very difficult ask. “Do good to those who hate you”. Just wow! I recently experienced some hate directed toward me on social media. (It’s the risk of being a public figure or one who wants to evangelize in a digital world.) There are always going to be negative people, who say mean things – haters. This is very prevalent in the world we live aka “the Twitterverse”. We are all broken. And out of this brokenness, people lash out (including ourselves at times.) How do we respond? This is the challenge!

Again, the Holy Spirit is always working even when we are not aware of it. Sometimes I become very aware of it, like yesterday. Almost directly after experiencing this mean keyboard lashing from someone behind their screen, I open my daily reflection book and read the following reflection which was just like God was speaking to me. I wanted to share it with you, because we all will encounter haters who are hurting. What we do with that encounter is our choice, our challenge. The reflection beginning in the next paragraph gives us a guide on how Jesus responded, and how we can emulate him. (The reflection below is from Presentation Ministries One Bread, One Body.) And if you are looking for more advice on how to handle digital trolls, CLICK HERE, or to get a full “how-to” evangelize in a digital age, CLICK HERE for my new book “Breaking New Ground: Discipleship Using New Media.” I go into great detail in Chapter 8 on “Tips for Digital Discipleship” including how to deal with negative experiences online.

Jesus and David were both in a position to overcome their bitter enemies, but spared them. David was a seasoned warrior, a man of blood-stained hands (1 Chr 22:8), who had often killed. When he found Saul in a defenseless position (1 Sm 24:4ff), David could have easily killed him. However, David spared Saul, though he knew Saul would continue to seek his life.

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David’s Stones & The Rosary Beads

“David selected five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag.” —1 Samuel 17:40

When David went into battle, he carried five “smooth stones” in his shepherd’s bag. When facing the giant in battle, “David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone” (1 Sm 17:49). The giant seemingly had greater weapons, more experience in battle, and was a formidable enemy, ready to kill David with his might. Yet David used the stone and his war-trained fingers and hands to defeat the powerful foe (1 Sm 17:49ff).

My rosary pouch contains a rosary which has 59 “smooth stones” or beads. Many of us carry similar rosary pouches. When I enter into spiritual battle each morning, I place my hand into my rosary pouch just as David put his hand into his shepherd’s bag (1 Sm 17:49). Then I pull out the 59 “smooth stones” and slide the “stones” between my fingers as I pray the rosary. “Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war” (Ps 144:1).

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Take a Spiritual Inventory in the New Year

“ON MY WAY” – A TOOL TO GET TO KNOW CHRIST? – OUR GUEST CLARENCE GILLES, PARISHIONER AT HOLY SPIRIT GEIST PARISH AND AUTHOR OF A BOOK CALLED “ON MY WAY”, TALKS WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO-HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY, ABOUT HOW TO GET TO KNOW CHRIST AND REFLECTION ON YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY INTO THE NEW YEAR. FOR MORE INFORMATION THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS CG@TRACKINGSOLUTIONS.COM OR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOOK THE LINK IS HERE. THE WEBSITE IS WWW.ONMYWAYTOHEAVEN.NET

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Coping With Holiday Grief

Holiday Grief & St. Dymphna’s Playbook- A Catholic Guide to Finding Mental & Emotional Well-Being – On this segment of Faith in Action, co-hosts Jim Ganley and Brigid Ayer are joined by Tommy Tighe, marriage & family therapist, and author of “St. Dymphna’s Playbook-A Catholic Guide to Finding Mental and Emotional Well-Being.” Tithe offers tips for managing grief during the holidays and how faith communities can help support those struggling. For details see www.catholichipster.com

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