Thursday, May 13, 2010


Gospel Reading today John 16:16-20
"A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me." John 16:16

Today in the gospel, we are reminded about how small are our lives here on earth. How many times a day do we tell our children... "In a little while!" or "Just a second, honey!" These times of chasing little ones and changing diapers are fleeting. Our time on earth is fleeting. So what are we doing to nourish the one thing that we will take with us when we die, our souls? In just a second or in a little while, our time on earth could be finished. Before we know it, our children will be raised and working on nourishing their own souls for eternity. One of the main things we are doing daily that is preparing us for eternity is raising children. This is probably (I would guess) one of the main points of our lives that we will discuss with Our Heavenly Father when we arrive in Heaven. What we did with this great task.....did we complain everday? Hand the task off to someone else? Wallow in self pity? Or did we rise up to the task at hand, get tough, grin and bear it? Did we savor the sweet moments of reading books, watch our children dance to their own music, laugh at their silly comments? Hold them and love them as the time was quickly passing away? By savoring this quick life on earth and being happy for what we have is nourishing our souls for Eternity. And when we are on our death bed, we will smile and say we gave it our all. We enjoyed the life God had given us. We raised our children to the best of our abilities and we loved our ever-changing, ever-evolving husband in the Sacrament of Marriage.

So today, take a deep breath and enjoy this quick second of having babies, raising children, caring for your home and loving your husband. In an instant, it could all be over. Blessings to you this Thursday.

In one month, my sister and two precious friends will be traveling across the world on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. For those of you who do not know what is going on in Medjugorje, it is a pure miracle in our midst. Words can not explain what is happening there but if you are interested in knowing, you can visit a website that tells all about it. This pilgrimage is about nourishment of the soul and preparing us for Eternity. Next to giving birth, this for me, is an experience of a lifetime. An experience in this quick second of life that will no doubt change my outlook on this short life on earth.
Today is the Feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. Medjugorje can not be approved by the church until the appartions are over. As Catholics, we do not "worship" Mary as so many mistakenly believe. We simply ask her to pray for us. She is our greatest advocate and prayer warrior we have. Just as she was chosen by God our Father to bring Jesus into the world for all of us to be saved, she is still constantly trying to bring the whole world to her Son to be saved. Her message in Medjugorje is prayer & conversion.

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