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Motherly Love

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of eating lunch in St. Threse Plaza, next to my church. My daughter Violet was able to attend Vacation Bible Study and after lunches were passed out to all children and younger siblings. She asked me if we could have a picnik. My younger daughter Chloe had been feeling much better and I said yes. We said our prayers and began to eat.

Children of all ages were playing around us and one little boy who looked just over a year old was playing with the older children. He was staggering a bit as he walked and I coudl tell, he had not been on his feet for very long. He was adorable! With that, an older child who had been running from another child, plowed directly into him, knocking him to the ground where his tiny little head bounced on the cement. Without even batting an eye, I ran to him. I picked up this little one and was overcome with so much love. I didn’t feel any anamosity to the children who knocked him down. I did not even see them. All I could see is this little child in pain and needed to help him. I held him in my arms and asked where his mommy was. She came over as I comforted him and I handed him back to her. Leaving him to her, knowing what love truly is. I felt myself completely detached from everything, including my own children sitting, watching the event take place, with the exception of ensureing this child be comforted.

In the time it took to see this playing out, and act on it, I was brought to The Road to Calvary at the exact moment of Mama Mary meeting our Lord for the first time. Running to Him with open arms. Wanting to holding the child Jesus in her arms, trying to comfort Him in agoney and then releasing Him again to complete what He was born to do. Seeing completely the love Mary had for her Son, our Lord. To share Him with all, knowing He did not belong to her alone. She could not keep him to herself. Moreso, not placing the balme on anyone, but understanding fully, it was what He needed to do, to ensure all humankind, could be picked up by Him and comforted in His love for all time.

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The Surrogate Spouse

The successful marriage:

In pondering, or, thinking deeply about St. Josephs role in the lives of Mary & Jesus, I couldn’t help but write today about The Surrogate Spouse.

St Joseph provided for Mary & Jesus, the earthly needs along with the spiritual needs, to his ability, and was head of the household in the world. He was a carpenter, who in his day, earned a living and provided a home for Mama Mary and the Child Jesus. Although the Holy Spirit is the true spouse of Mary, through the union of providing her with THE Son, The Surrogate Spouse was needed to provide for the needs in other ways. Companionship comes to mind. The need for him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. The need to provide for food and shelter and someone to be there as a protector from the world. But a companion who also shared the faith in God. I couldn’t see Mary being a working mother in the sense of having to ditch her motherly duty’s to provide for herself and the Son. Placing oneself in the working world, places more temptations on the soul, that I don’t believe God wanted her exposed to.

Although the Holy Family shared a household, the true bond that was the center of their lives, was God. Mary, spouse of the Holy Spirit in all her humility, did everything for God and St. Joseph because of his faith, tasted the harvest along with the rest of us. Meaning, her deep love for God drew her into a deeper humility with every action she performed. Every work of her hand, changing diapers, cleaning, holding the Child, feeding, teaching, came from being obedient to God, and was contributing to the relationship of Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

How do we make our marriage with our spouse in this world successful?

Know that our Lord is the Spouse of your soul. If everything is done for Him, and you are in love with Him, every relationship you have in life, will be born in humility and love for Him. If the union of two, is not tied to the Third (God) and the Third placed above the two, the union becomes tiresome. The union of the two becomes easily led astray. Nit picking about everything become yelling and screaming with that comes deaf ears and selfishness. Followed by divorce of self from the relationship.

When God is the focus, love is unending as God is the powerhouse where love is generated from to share with each other. Therefore forgiveness comes from the Creator and it is much easier then for the two, to offer it to each other. Life becomes much more easy and less burdensome when everything you do, you do for God.

Your relationship with others stems from your relationship with God who seeks a personal relationship with you first. He is your first love. He gave you life. When He is made The Spouse in your marriage, and your spouse becomes the Surrogate and I do NOT in any way mean by the flesh, you come to understand He is the only one who knows whats in your heart and where your efforts to love more are coming from and going to. Even when they are overlooked by your spouse, you know He knows and you are satisfied. Love is never wasted when placed back in the hands of God. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

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New Shoes

“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15

Standing on The Gospel

Reaching Ephesians 6:15 “and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace”

We need to be “readied” by the “shoes” of the “death, burial, and resurrection of Christ”, which is the Gospel that brings peace.

I had a dream last Wednesday night, after Wednesday’s events and blog post, that has left such an impression on me, much as the same dream that I had before my conversion in which I now see as the beginning of my conversion or departure from self and the world. This dream last week, however, was a dream of arrival into the arms of my Lord.

When I was young, I would focus on the wounds of our Lord and pray to God to allow me to heal them for Him. To sit at his side and nurse his wounds. I could see His broken body so clearly, suffering in so much pain. I wanted to cleanse them and dress them. Administer ointment to them and kiss Him and make Him well, then I would pray that I could be the horse that our Lord would ride into battle to take out all the sin from the world. Good Lord, when I think of that now, I understand the gravity of my asking that of Him.

The Dream:

I was in a dim lit maze. I had reached the end. I was blocked in on three sides. To the left was a solid wall. I was wrought with worry. I didn’t know where to go. Turning around was not an option as the entire maze had been full of terrors at every turn. In front of me there was no way to move forward. To the right, was a wall. Cut into the wall on the right was a passage that was outlined with bright light as it was cut through before but looked solid. It wasn’t me who had been there before, but the way was made easy for me to pass through. I pressed my shoulder on the cut out and broke through. I laughed so hard because it was so easy. The wall went from looking as solid stone, to being only made of something like Styrofoam. It was a Styrofoam facade maze I had been traveling through.

When I broke through while laughing after, I was in the parking lot of my Parish. It was packed with people. There was a Man and a small group of souls waiting for me. I can not identify the souls waiting with Him. The worry left me immediately and was replaced with utter peace. He smiled and I was full of so much love for this Man. I had reached the Man I had been searching for my entire life. He grabbed me and bent down to lift my right foot. The soul of my boot was warn away and my toes were exposed. He continued to smile and grabbed me by the hand and told me: “Come on, lets get you your new shoes.” and led me away.

I woke up after, immersed in the love and peace I had in this dream, which is still with me, looked at my crucifix smiling and said out loud, It’s You!

“18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.* 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.m 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.n 21 Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”o 22 Judas, not the Iscariot,* said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.”

Immersed in Thy love;
Fresher than morning dew;
Here I’m kept away from every earthly care.
Such tender feeling;
Caressed by my Beloved;
You’re the loveliest, much fairer than the fair.
Moments with You,
How affectionate!
Now I seize this opportunity to say
That I love You.
I will be with You
All my days, come what may.
I cannot help it;
I’m so in love with You
For I’ve tasted Your divine heavenly wine.
I’m soaked with Thy love,
I pour my all on You.
What my future holds for me, my Lord are Thine.
I’m so attracted
By Your constraining love,
And Your Name is sweet as ointment poured forth
I’m captivated by Your dear Person, Lord.
Draw me from this age to pursue only You…

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!

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