Wednesday, June 08, 2011

My Life in Transition

So, in the next month, these things will be happening to me - my son Chad is getting married, my other son Brendan is leaving for the Army and my daughter Erin will be learning how to drive. A lot of transitions in my life upcoming.

Change is so much a part of everyone's life. And my life will have many changes in the next month, all for the better. Chad is marrying his soulmate Jillian on June 30th and I am very excited. Brendan is leaving for Ft Benning on July 18th and I am so proud of him. And Erin will be my last to learn how to drive and I am very nervous about that :)

Amn I really old enough to be the mother of a newlywed, a soldier and a new driver?

Monday, May 02, 2011

They Shall Call Him Blessed

Yesterday, Pope John Paul II was beatified and will now be known as Blessed John Paul II. Whya does this matter? Because it puts him one step closer to sainthood.

John Paul II is very important in my faith life. It was him that got me to return to the Catholic Church after 20 years away. It was his last moments of suffering on this earth that brought me back to the church and to God. I owe him my spiritual life.

Now, in my own physical suffering that causes me so much pain, I can pray to Blessed John Paul II to intercede with God for my suffering, not to make it go away, but for the graces to accept it and use it for others' welfare. Offering my pain for others is the way that I get through the hard times and there are many of those.

Seeing the 2 million people at St Peter's yesterday and knowing that millions more were watching on TV or online confirms my feelings that John Paul was a saint that walked among regular people. He will be canonized someday. He was an amazing person that God graced our world with.

And his feast day will be on October 22 - my wedding anniversary day. Wow.

Blessed John Paul II, you taught others to suffer with grace and dignity. Help me to do the same in Jesus' name. Amen

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why is it so hard to forgive?

It's been almost a year since Fr Jack betrayed me and it still hurts. I have such a hard time forgiving him like Jesus commanded us to do. I still can't understand why God allowed this all to happen. I was being selfless and offering my physical pain for his Priesthood and he just threw it back in my face. He basically called me a liar claiming that I was not offering my pain for him.

I am still so hurt by it all.

But it is Lent and I am called to forgive and sacrifice. I am hoping that by going to confession, I can finally put this pain behind me.Only God's great mercy for me can help me to heal.

Lord, help me to truly forgive Jack and allow me to get past this painful episode in my life. Let Your will be done,

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Is the grass always greener on the other side?

The other day, I went to a retreat with my second grade CCD class about Communion. One of the Deacons there stood up and told a story about how Jesus appeared to him after much praying on a certain area of his life.

My first impression - it always sounds a little crazy.

But my second reaction was - I am a little jealous of him.

I wish that I could have that kind of experience with Jesus or God but it hasn't happened for me and probably won't in the future. But, if I am secure in my faith, I don't need that "proof". I live by faith and not by sight.

So, I will continue to pray, read Scriptures, attend Mass and teach my precious second graders. I will listen for God's will in my life and be so greatful for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me.

God is with me always, even when I don't feel His presence. I don't need Him to appear. But if He ever did, I would only be able to say one thing -Thank You.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow

It's supposed to snow tonight about 4-8 inches. While most people get nervous and see it as an inconvenience, I see it as God's way of slowing everyone down. We all need a break at points and God is there to provide us with an opportunity to just stop and enjoy the beauty of nature. Snow quiets everyone down. It makes our landscapes beautiful.

Thanks be to God for His gift of snow. Enjoy the beauty that He has provided for our pleasure.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Inspiration

A friend of mine is taking a year off to go overseas to help people in need. Rich is quite an inspiration to us all. I wish I had the resources to do such a thing. It is truly amazing in this age we live in to see someone who truly cares for others. Rich is definitely living by God's Golden Rule. He is helping his neighbors in need.

May God be with Rich in this rewarding adventure.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

2011

Has it really been 6 months since I posted? My bad!

2010 was a difficult year on many fronts, but I am glad that I went through all the hardships. Through it all, God was always there. Everything has a way of working itself out if you put your trust in God. Not only did He give me life, He gave me everything important in my life. My family, friends, pets, job, house, food, clothing, music, sports, and church. Not only does God love me, He gives me everything and He solves all my problems for me if I just allow it.

May 2011 be a good year for everyone and I thank God so much for all the gifts He has given to me. He is truly wonderful and merciful toward me.