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Year Of Mercy Begins

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I don’t like to blow my own horn, ever. Today is my 49th birthday. Next to the gift of life, Mercy from our Lord added with the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis through our Lords Church, is the greatest gift any soul can receive outside of Eternal Life with our Lord Himself. Celebrate Life!

Tomorrow, the Jubilee of Mercy begins. For my birthday, I seek to help with Mercy, bringing souls back into communion with our Lord. I ask all my readers to please take advantage of the Jubilee of Mercy and use the grace our Lord is giving YOU ALL, to come home to Him. Seek Him and you will find Him. The door is open! Ask!

Today, I am dedicating my blog and the posts within for the next year, to be used as a tool of Mercy for souls in need who desire time with our Lord. When I first heard of this beautiful upcoming year, I was in awe. For the past twenty years, I have been on a path back to our Lord and have experienced Him living, much alive in all aspects of life. There are souls who do not believe you can prove that He even exists, and there are souls who need no proof as the very fact they have lived, is proof enough. When He reveals Himself in every aspect of your life, that empty hole in your heart, that we try to fill with anything but Him, becomes a place that only He and you, together, can exist in and nothing else can fill you with more joy than this encounter with Him, as it is the foundation to build all life in Christ, on. May our Holy Mother Mary be the model of faith, we all seek to emulate in the sorrow and pain we experience and know that no matter how hard it may be, our Lord has the final word.

When we accept His mercy, we accept His justice. With the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), comes Absolution.

I pray for the conversion of souls this year, as I have been and hope that this Year of Mercy brings a personal encounter with Love to each soul in such a way, turning away from that Love, is never even part of the equation.

Our Lord Jesus Christ loves you very much. Its a love unlike any other. When that Love is placed first, above all else in your life, His life, alive , becomes alive in you.

Peace! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

Let all who thirst come; let all who desire it, drink from the life-giving water (Revelation 22:17)

 

 

 

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Its My Fault Too

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Today at Holy Mass, The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, I was blessed to hear, one of the greatest Homily’s I have ever heard. I must share it. I had to write this to my Priest.

“Best Homily EVER Father Jacob! Although I don’t place the blame completely on you or any Catholic Priest fully. I take blame also as a parent. It’s good to know All Catholic Priests have “Catholic Parents Backs”, while we ALL carry the cross of RESPONSIBILITY of parenting and are Teaching our Children the Catholic Faith, to love God above all else. God bless our Priests.”

Please listen here: Don’t Forget Your Keys

In all honesty, I have been waiting for someone to say these words, and live by them for many years. Waiting for someone to help me back up the “Teaching” that is essential for my children, that we must place God above all else in our lives, no matter what we may think our goals may be. When we do place God above everything, all that was never meant to be in our lives, all the chaos and insecurity and false ideas, fall like dominoes and we can see the path of Life much clearly.

God bless our Priests and may we all come to understand what is crucial in our lives, living in this Secular Society, but separated from it, through our love of God above our love of all else.

“Seek and ye shall find”

With the grace of God, I found what I have been looking for.

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Family

Last night, I attended a meeting at my church in regards to upcoming events. My husbands hours changed and I was left without a baby sitter for the hour long meeting. What a blessing. Earlier in the day, I was forced to bring our young children with me to my Legion of Mary meeting and then to dress the Altar. I have been taking them to Mass and to take care of the Adoration Chapel for some time now and their questions about our Lord are asked on a daily basis.

When I ponder all the heartache I have had in regards to my Catholic faith being troublesome to the family I had been born into, the past days events sheds so much light on the Gospel of Mark: “A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you. “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!”

When I look back on my life and miss my Grandparents and Great Aunts & Uncles, Parents and the family functions we used to have, before they passed away, there used to be such a feeling of emptiness because that life and the people in it, had left and I was still here. I have a very small family now that God has blessed me with. I live far away from the brothers and sisters, cousins and other family I grew up with and the children our Lord has given to me, can not have the daily experiences that I had growing up, in regards to going to family’s homes for everything from birthdays and Anniversaries, but more important, Baptisms, Communions and Confirmations.

Last night, at the meeting, a statement was made from a member of our Youth Ministry on the fact that he had no clue about how much his parents used to give to the church. It was something never talked about between him and his parents. As I sat looking around the room, pondering his statement, I became aware that my children being at this meeting was what God wanted me to do that day. It was as if I was at a family function of my youth. The adults were talking and the children were playing. I looked at the Youth Director and around the table and brought up the fact that all our children need to be included in ever aspect of the Church. This way, when they grow up, they will understand how much to give the church when the time comes. I thought, we are to give everything to our Lord. His parents, gave the church him.

As Catholic Family’s, we need to understand that the very act of giving our children back to God through baptism, needs to constantly reinforced with teaching them how to work for the greater good of God. How wonderful would it be, if every Catholic brought all their children to all the functions of the Church, in order that they learn what our Lord was saying when he referred to those around Him as his family. How wonderful it would be to teach our children that when they leave the family they were born into, or the family leaves them, that through the Holy Church, they have millions of aunts, uncles and cousins, brothers and sisters, who are waiting for them and their children to be welcomed. Celebrating together in our Lord.

Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us.

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