Fighting Cancer with Prayer

Meditation:  You need not cry very loud  God is nearer to us than we think.
Ponder:  living with cancer can bring us to our knees as we wonder where God is in all this pain.
we often feel alone and think no one understands, however that is so far from the truth. Jesus is with us in the pain, fear and the loneliness. He doesn’t stand outside the pain but within it. He understands you and wants you to come to him in prayer, he longs to wipe away all tears.
Pray: Psalm 16 today. Take time throughout the day to enter into the presence of God. Let him speak to you, surrender all to him.
Prayer References: Brother Lawrence, Psalm 16
Surrender: Your health to God for he holds us in his hand. Pray for inner peace.

                  

 

True Rejoicing

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:5
My body is broken from my battle with cancer.  I battle numerous infections, decreased mobility, sleepless nights. I am on oxygen as my lungs are weak. There are days when I have no strength to move and must resign myself to the bed. I am unable to do anything and I ask myself how can I give all to the Lord when I have so little to give. I recall the words of Jesus to St. Faustina and I entrust myself completely to His will by praying”Not as I want , but according to your will, O God let it be done unto me.”  It is in this moment of brokenness that I can give the Lord all. And this fills my soul with joy. My broken body and aching heart rejoices in the Lord. This is my gift to the infant Jesus. There are times in our lives when all we can give to Jesus are the broken pieces of our lives and it is in these moments of surrender that we can exclaim with St Paul: I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.
Dear Infant Jesus I come before your manager in Bethlehem help us to remember that real worth is not so much found in activity but in the silent surrender of our will to yours. We pray for the gift of perseverance to endure all things for the glory of your name. Jesus, Mary and Joseph make our homes another Nazareth where peace and love reign. Blessed Mother be a Mother to our children when  illness prevents me. Wrap them in the Mantle of your love. Help us to always remember the great dignity we have as mothers and illness can never take that away.
Ponder in your heart how much you are loved and the life you live is one of joy to God. Do Not be Afraid. let go of all anxiety and Trust in the Infant Jesus to heal you.
Let your prayer be one of peace. Listen to some Advent or Christmas songs and sit in silence before the Christmas tree and manger, hold the infant Jesus next to your heart and let love do as love wants.

“We are able to go through the most terrible places fearlessly, because Jesus in us will never deceive us; Jesus in us is our love, our strength, our joy and our compassion”
Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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” That all Christians be Truly One’

Pope Francis calls all Christians to unity during His General Audience Catechesis. He challenges us not to remain resigned to this division, but to take the step towards reconciliation and full communion. “Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou has given me, that they be one, even as we are one,” (John 17:11)
We live in a world filled with so much division, hate, and anger. There is a evil fueled by a desire to erase God from families, marriages,  schools, and we go on as though nothing is wrong. We have become lukewarm, we want to remain in our ” comfort zone.” and Jesus is shoved aside.as families fall apart, marriages are destroyed, abortion is rampant,  no one cares about the family. We stop praying and going to church because we think God doesn’t care. But it is our pride that has shoved Him aside.
holy_family12“Every attack against the unity of faith is an attack against Christ Himself”  ( Saint John Paul II)
What is the cause of the division? It is the desire to do thing’s our own way, without God. This causes a weakness in our souls because we can only see what we want to see. We fail to see the person that is in need sitting next to us. We refuse to listen to another’s point of view.We think we are right, division steps in. This individualism is the enemy of union. When we begin to live outside of God’s will, we say “Non Servium,” I will not serve. In refusing to serve our fellow man, we say no to Jesus. This then is where our prayer lives weaken and slowly diminishes  This is when we must turn to the merciful heart of Jesus, and ask Him to teach us how to love the way He loved. We also must stand with the Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross, for the devil flees from the cross. Christ wants us to remain in union with the church, to help each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Finally, you are one with Jesus as the body is one with the head. He must be your breathe, heart, love, life, your all. These great gifts in the follower of Christ originate from baptism. They are increased and strengthened through Confirmation. Through the Holy Eucharist they are brought to perfection.” -St. John Eudes
 
“Faith lifts the staggering soul on one side, Hope supports it on the other. Experience says it must be,and love says-let it be. Let it be.”   Saint Elizabeth Ann Setonses

 

 

 

“Mom-ism Monday # 3!

Here are my “Mom-ism” moments from the week. Thank you Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for hosting this linkup for mothers

  1. My house is a center of constant activity and I love every minute of it. I just wish I had more energy to keep up with the children.  The girls worked in our Mary Garden, planting and pulling weeds. Every summer we try to add a different flower to our Mary Garden. I love to work in the garden but my health tends to limit what I can do. So my daughters do what I cant.  As a family we pray the rosary in our Mary Garden and I love to sit on the bench and watch the children as they play and I pray.
  2. Five of my children are in the Legion of Mary for youth. Lexi, my 16 yr old started the First Praesidium for youth in this diocese. Last Friday they attended the Annual meeting of all the members throughout the Diocese. Lexi had to give a presentation on what their praesidium is responsible for. They pray for priests and pick one each week to pray for and they say a daily rosary for them and send a note of thanksgiving for all they do. They also pass out Miraculous Medals after Mass and distribute them as part of their ministry.
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     Today we spent preparing for the 4th of July. The entire family and many friends come to our house for the day. The children put on a parade, there is swimming and games and alot of food. We also have pony rides for the little ones. Emily and Lexi groomed the pony’s and put ribbons on them for tomorrow. On Sunday my two youngest boys will be serving at Queen of Peace parish. Anthony who just made his first communion asked Joshua to practice with him. Joshua loves serving and has always wanted to be a priest. When he was little he would kiss the statue we have of Our Lady of Fatima before bed and say: “Good night Momma Mary I love you.” He is the youngest member in the legion of Mary. Joshua helped his younger brother by dressing as a priest.10494345_333612593456969_373010171_o890500_MomismLogo and made our living room into a altar.