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Blessed by the Cross

These are, the ones who have survived the time of great distress, they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb (Rv 7:14)

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is a model for women and what God asks of each of us. She relentlessly searched for the truth and found it in The Catholic Church where she became a Carmelite nun after St Teresa of Avila. Being Jewish this decision to become a Catholic nun was not an easy one for she knew this would hurt her mother whom she loved so dearly. However, Edith Stein followed her Beloved to the cross, and as a daughter of Israel, she tasted the sweetness of the cross as she gave her life in the extermination camp at Auschwitz. Edith Stein embraced the cross and found strength in bearing the cross of Jesus Crucified. She found God in the prayer of silence, and He drew her close to Him, and she rested in His love. She entered the Dark Night, where Faith was her guide; hope sustained her and love led her to the cross. The Crucified Christ was her life, her joy, her peace. It must be ours also as mothers our vocation is to lead our children to heaven. To accomplish this, we need to search for God in the silence of the heart. In this silence, He will speak to our souls. We cannot spend all day in prayer, but our very lives are a form of prayer to God an active prayer that humbles us making us more obedient to God’s will. As we travel the path of Holy Motherhood, we must be led by God as St. Teresa Benedicta. We must be courageous and embrace the Cross Of Holy Motherhood aiding one another on this Journey. We must reclaim the Dignity of Motherhood imitating the life of the Blessed Mother. The world needs the courageous love that Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross modeled for us. We are made for heaven, and our lives should glorify God, not the world.

“A Scienta Crucis(knowledge of the cross) can be gained only when one comes to feel the cross radically.”
This quote from St Teresa Benedicta is my favorite.  On Sunday, August 2, 1942, she was seized by the Gestapo along with her sister Rosa. She left the convent the last words she uttered were” Come let us go for our people.”

Ave, Crux, spes, unica!
Hail Cross our only hope
(Self-PortraitEdith_Stein_(ca._1938-1939))

 

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Mom-ism Monday

“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.
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