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All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
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Friday, March 11, 2011
Today begins the Novena to St. Joseph. Head on over to Praymorenovenas.com and find the novena prayer. You can also sign up for a novena reminder via email. Join the over 600 people who will be offering this novena for all husbands. I will be remembering my oldest son, a husband and a father, as I pray this novena. He deploys today for Afghanistan.
Do you know how the tradition of praying for nine days began? After the Ascension, Mary and the Apostles went to the Upper Room to pray for guidance. They were unsure of what they were expected to do next. They prayed for nine days. Then the Holy Spirit came to them on Pentecost. So a nine-day prayer is modeled after the nine days of prayer of Mary and the Apostles.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Keep this gorgeous family in your prayers. That is my oldest son Wesley who heads to Afghanistan, probably tomorrow. My daughter-in-law Misty and my granddaughter Trinity are staying with me. I am trusting Blessed Mother to wrap them in her mantle and St. Michael to strike down the evil that pervades the war-torn region. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.
"Today we begin the liturgical period of Lent with the emblematic ritual of the imposition of the ashes by which we intend to take on the task of turning our hearts towards the horizons of Grace", said the Pope in his homily. "This is not some superficial or transitory conversion, but a spiritual itinerary which has a profound effect on our conscience and involves a sincere intention to amend our lives".
"This means undertaking an authentic conversion to God - returning to Him - recognising His sanctity, His power, His majesty", the Holy Father went on. "Such conversion is possible because God is rich in mercy and great in love. His mercy is regenerating. ... God, in fact, does not want the death of sinners but their conversion to life. ... He offers us His forgiveness, ... so as to give us a new heart purified from the evil that oppresses it, so as to lead us to participate in His joy. Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs His pardon, His love, it needs a new heart".
Friday, March 04, 2011
The last time I watched a loved one deploy it was my husband. He was off to Desert Shield. The "Shield" was soon replaced by "Storm". On the night the combat began we were glued to CNN. All we could see was the map of Iraq and all we could hear was the voice of Bernard Shaw, Wolf Blitzer, and Peter Arnett. I was crying. Wesley marched up to the TV map and in his four-year-old voice said, "Mom, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Daddy has to be there to make things right." I never dreamed that twenty years later he would be deploying to the same region in a continuing effort to make things right.
So I am shedding a few tears today. And I am busy chatting with the saints. Today we are raising our hearts and hands to Heaven. Our Lady of Victory, Pray for us. Jesus, Our Savior, make things right.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I have watched my own husband deploy. In some ways it is harder to send a son. I think this is more difficult for my husband than it is for me. When duty calls, he is the one that has always left and I have stayed behind holding down the home front. Now my husband is left behind to carry on. It is not that easy. But this is who we are and what we do. I have no regrets.
In addition to offering a prayer for my son and all our men and women who are deployed, please take the time to read these links.
The Washington Post ran this article yesterday that includes remarks by Lt. Gen. John Kelly who notes that most of the United States population is unaware of the military sacrifice in the current war. It was a very hard article to read with my son deploying tomorrow, but it was an article that needs to be read.
Lisa Douglas captures the pain of military goodbyes in this this article.
Not too long after September 11, 2001, I wrote this essay.
In 2007 I wrote this essay about being the mother of a soldier.
Finally, please consider offering this Rosary for soldiers and their families.