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“Our Lady of the Place” Santa Maria in Traspontina

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When I first started to turn back to our Lord, I tossed out many things that reminded me of something bad that I did, and things in general that others had given to me. Why? Because I didn’t want to remember those things or those people. Tossing them out did not stop the memories. What did happen, was when I placed my faith and trust in our Lord, the memories didn’t hurt anymore, because our Lord changed my mind.

He took away my “broken mind”, and taught me how to think correctly, trusting His Mind.  Nothing in this world has power unless we allow it to and thus when we do give it power, we take that power away from our Lord and give into sin.

What takes place, when we lose control, without allowing God all control, is devastating to a soul. Peace is gone, terror of everything grabs hold and the souls begin to believe in themselves and not in our Lord. Scrupulosity takes hold. We forget that each soul has “free will” to choose our Lord, and we watch everyone and everything with scrutiny and not Love, knowing that our Lord loved us also, when we were train wrecks.

No matter what takes place, as our Lord has told us, we must remain with hope, faith and LOVE in our Lord, keeping our eyes fixed on what is above, and not on what is below. When we keep our eyes on what is below, we look down on everything. When we keep our eyes fixed on what is above, we realize we are all on a level playing field of sinners in need of our Lords redemption. That takes humility. Pray more, worry less. When we worry, we act on internal illusions that seek to drag us down as misery loves company.

Although our Lord Himself took a whip and knocked over tables, we must always remember, we are not Him. The disciples did not join Him in doing this. The righteousness of our Lord far surpasses ours. I pray for the conversions of the souls who took the statues, and I pray for all who are trying to justify theft in this case. It was a statue. Not an idol. Things (anything) becomes an idol when man makes them idols by “worshiping” them (letting them have any power) and not our Lord. Such in the same way when souls fear them, rather than our Lord. Properly destroying idols also includes destroying the ones in the intellect.

Justifying theft is not good. Fear of anything but our Lord, is misplaced Trust. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Beautiful post by Elijah’s Breeze

“I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.” – St. Teresa of Avila

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Last week while digging through Christmas boxes in storage in the church, I came across a statue of our Infant Lord in the manger. His poor little right arm was broken off. This particular statue had been replaced by another because of the break. I felt a need to fix it. I told one of the men helping me take the boxes out of storage that I was taking him home to fix him. I couldn’t just let him sit there broken. It was a beautiful statue and I knew somewhere, someone could use him.

I informed the front office that I was taking him home to fix him. The receptionists were so happy that someone had come along to take on the job of restoring his poor little broken arm. One of the fathers came in as we were talking and mentioned that I was going to “Doctor Jesus”. We all laughed and I took baby Jesus home. When I got home, my little daughter Violet was thrilled! I had forgotten she had asked me several times if we could get a baby Jesus statue and keep him in her room. Since it belonged to the Church, I told her we were just going to fix it, and bring him back. She reluctantly understood and I was left with the impression that I was in serious need to find one for our home as soon as I could.

My girls and I grabbed the glue and we sat him on the livingroom floor. Assessing the break and making sure we got everything lined up properly. It was a serious “surgery” for a 6 and 7-year-old to watch and we had it perfectly aligned. The glue was placed and baby Jesus was on the road to recovery. For three days the girls would check to see if he was okay. They would ask me, “Is his arm dry enough now Mommy?” I would say test it. They didn’t want to touch him and voiced it so beautifully. They didn’t want to “hurt” him. Day three came and my Chloe worked up enough courage to try to move the broken arm. “He’s fixed Mama!. She tried to move the broken arm and could not. It was all glued back into place with very little showing it had been broken at all. When I reminded the girls he had to go back, they cried.

I brought baby Jesus back to Church today, reluctantly, as my girls are with family until tomorrow and did not get the chance to say good-by. As I placed him in the Rectory Office, Tony, one of the gentlemen working in the office said to me, “You healed baby Jesus!”. We laughed a bit and I left. On my ride home I was reminded of when my faith was in its infant stage and I didn’t know much about anything. I would often beg our Lord to allow me to help heal His wounds. I would ponder them and cry, begging him to forgive me and all of us for inflicting so much pain on Him. I would day-dream about “Nursing” Him in His anguish. Wondering if it could have been done, but now knowing He did it for ALL of us. He had to be put through such anguish in order that we all could be saved. I was reminded of what Tony had said and yes, in some way, after all these years, our Lord allowed me to heal Him as much as I could have.

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