Pat came home with 2 surprise overnight guests! Mary and David came to sleep in their former home, and were so easy to have. It reminded me how these 3 bonded at the beginning of the summer with sharing play practice as they were in The Addam's Family Community Theater. They put themselves to bed and asked to join Uncle Johnnie with some tea with their eggs and toast this morning. I used my special Teapot painted by my grandmother, and her cow milk pitcher, and two of her handpainted cups- one pink for Mary and one blue for David!
John was just sharing that Mary is all pumped and talking about the musical next summer and being on the speech team at HRS when she is in 6th grade. He had a huge smile on his face knowing that Mary appreciates the things John valued in school and since. They have so much love and appreciation for each other! It is wonderful to see how this relationship has blossomed through sharing the play. It was fun to share some time with them here.
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/my-most-cherished-cross-patrick-gerard.html ... for the entire story of being open to life and raising LIGHTS!
How I love to join St Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians today as he speaks of how the Holy Spirit from God changes our lives inside and out, but mostly how we think and feel and know and believe and see the Truth that leads to True Happiness - the Cross! Over and over in the last years we have been lifted out of hopelessness and embraced Hope in Jesus and His Cross and His Bride, the Church, as we look at our Cross with spiritual realities and in Spiritual terms... In other words Jesus is in control in the storms of life and all we need do is call on him and give it over to him!
I have heard from some, who although open to life - over 10 children - still share that they feel a perfect family would be 4... They shared with me this idea often, through my childbearing years of loss and pain and finally the 5 that are here with me. And has since about my kids having kids... I am baffled as I look at all their wonderful children and wonder how they can advise others to not be as open and as a result have each precious life here making a difference in their worlds?!? It makes no heart/spirit sense to me, as I ponder how my husband #6 has now and continues to make a huge imprint on this world of sin and darkness with growing LIGHT!
Yes, life would be easier with 4 kids rather than double digits, but life is not about what is easy or comfortable. We are called to die to self and welcoming life demands that we give of ourselves and leave our selfishness behind. Not taking the control of our life into our own hands, and using NFP leave the door open to God to bring spiritualness into our families. I have so much peace knowing that I have all my kids here with me - 5 - and in heaven praying for me and our family - 7! It keeps my eyes on heaven, and each day I ask to put my Faith first and foremost.
Jesus, life is such a precious gift, and how my heart is hurting at the mess of our country! Please, Lord, can this election bring more respect for ALL LIFE! May people see LIFE in Spiritual Terms - St Paul speaks to us this Truth/Spiritual Realities ... We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words of human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms. Yes, Lord, often times I feel that I am alone and not understood as I share the LIGHT of your Truth as taught and held out to us by your Church/The Truth to set us free! Show me how to share The Truth and when necessary to use words! I will embrace my Most Cherished Cross and carry/drag it down the narrow path as you show us the Way, The Truth and the LIFE! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
St Therese sees all with eyes and heart and mind of the Holy Spirit!
Her Cannonization on Sunday!!!!
Mother Teresa at prayer breakfast in Washington DC.
"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to b...e willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."
I was not there, but author and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan was. Here’s what she later wrote:
"Well, silence. Cool deep silence in the cool round cavern for just about 1.3 seconds. And then applause started on the right hand side of the room, and spread, and deepened, and now the room was swept with people applauding, and they would not stop for what I believe was five or six minutes. As they clapped they began to stand, in another wave from the right of the room to the center and the left.
But not everyone applauded. The president and first lady, seated within a few feet of Mother Teresa on the dais, were not applauding. Nor were the vice president and Mrs. Gore. They looked like seated statues at Madame Tussaud’s. They glistened in the lights and moved not a muscle, looking at the speaker in a determinedly semi-pleasant way."