It was so wonderful to live so close to The Community for 3 years for Nancy and Bill and family. We were talking to Nancy last night on the phone and she was bemoaning leaving the wonderful weather at this time of year in KC. "Even if there is a tiny dusting of snow they have to wear snow boots or they have to stand against the wall at recess." Snow boots or pants or even heavy coats were rarely needed in KC!
My life is very complicated with need of me to help out and attend meetings... so I am continually asking the Lord to show me the path and help things to fall into place if I am supposed to be there for my mother. It appears that I am getting the "no" sign with all that continually comes to block my trip.
A year ago I had my knee replaced and knowing all that I had to get behind me for the coming of our 3 new grandsons... I am kind of in awe! I was there with bells on in mid February just 3 months after my new knee! The warm happy memories are flooding me when I consider the amazing time I was gifted with two of my daughters and a new baby boy!
Yes, George was #5 for Nancy after two hard losses. Two years ago as we were with them in KC for Thanksgiving she lost her 20 week pregnancy - Maximilian. Then in April she lost her 12 week/miscarriage, whom she named, Catherine, shortly after returning from a trip to Fatima. Many would say that her 4 were a very large family by today's standards and she should not have more. Some would say that it was too painful to go forward asking for more children. In many ways all of my kids are "foreigners" in this land of the perfect family having 2 children and all the "stuff" to enjoy life with!
Yes, I could go down the list of my girls and how they are open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS! So foreign to the thinking of this world and makes them outsiders and weird in the eyes of the world! But we all are united in our Faith, and that Faith is made stronger by our going forward no matter the cost and the suffering we are called upon to endure! We come back filled with eternal gratitude for our being cleansed by The Cross in our lives!
My own story is one of loss and yet so much gratitude and how I come back...
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."
Luke 17 of the 10 lepers healed!
It is hard to feel that suffering losses is healing to us, but I see how sharing that pain as a family brought us to the point of loving each other, and appreciating them so deeply as well as loving ALL LIFE!
Praying each night with Nancy and her family is so very special and powerful and raising them as LIGHTS in action and deed! A decade of the rosary, intentions and litany of their special Saints! So beautiful and not a night goes by without prayer together as a family!
How we rejoice with her in this most special gift of having Jesus as her beloved spouse! How we all fall at his feet so thankful for his special touch upon us and the healing that results! Our Faith indeed saves us and all those we have in heaven, including my 7 children and 5 grandchildren keep our eyes on heaven and our forever goal to join them someday forever in heaven with Jesus, Mary, the Saints and our dearly departed!
Jesus, how we love you and long to be forever with you in heaven. Being "foreigners" in this world has filled us with so much gratitude as we recognize the Truth that has set us apart, and that fills us with that much more gratitude for your being at work in our lives, hearts, minds, souls, domestic Church/family, ups and downs... Your Bride, The Church is such a gift to us each new day and we see that our Faith is saving us and helping us struggle down the narrow path carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Happy Feast Day
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
1850 - 1917
Feast day: November 13
Patronage: immigrants, hospital administrators
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C., also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian Religious Sister, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious institute which was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. She was the first citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Catholic Church.
My heartfelt prayer is for the protection of ALL LIFE from conception to natural death. For me this is the main issue in voting and in the platform of the party! How can anything else even come close to the taking of innocent life in the womb? Nothing can touch it with a 10 foot pole! Lord, help this world of the culture of death! I can see Satan laughing at this hell of a mess!
So beautiful showing the LOVE of sisters for their Spouse, Jesus!