A TEACHING MOMENT-OFFER IT UP

This was not the Blog I had planned for this AM but our Deacon Dave wrote in the church bulletin about a subject I have been talking about ever since I had breast cancer in 2001 or 2001.  My mother used to say this to me, it may be a Catholic way of praying that goes back hundreds of years, but it makes sense. OFFER IT UP…offer your suffering up for another, here it is:

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“I remember when I was much younger when I would stub my toe, get a cut on my finger, had a stomach ache, or just plain felt ill, my mother said I should, ‘offer it up.’ I often wondered just what that meant. Through the years, I would use those those words often, but her meaning never really sunk in deeply until I had encountered other types of sufferings later on in life.

Her explanation still rings in my ears. “Offer up your pain and suffering to God as a sacrifice.” My reply was often, ‘to what? For what?’ The teachings of the Church had not been firmly embedded in me at the time. I had no heard of ‘REDEMPTIVE SUFFERING’and if I had, I probably wouldn’t have understood it fully.

In short, redemptive suffering is attaching whatever pain, suffering, or discomfort you may have to Christ’s suffering on the cross for relief for the souls in Purgatory, for the specific relief of someone else’s pain and suffering, or given to God to be used as He sees fit.

It isn’t that Christ did not suffer enough, so that he needs our miseries to be added to his: it is just that he allows us to be part of the healing out of pure love.  The simplest and clearest analogy I’ve heard is that of a mother, baking a chocolate cake in the kitchen. She has everything she needs and doesn’t need anything or anyone else to help. In comes her little three year old daughter who says, ‘Mumma, can I help?’ And love receives. Love doesn’t say, ‘No thanks, I have enough, goodbye.’ So mother says, ‘Sure, honey.’ and the little girl throws in her attempt with a half beaten egg and mess of flower.

Shift gears. God doesn’t NEED our help. But if we offer our painful feet, our pesky cold, our cancer , our heart problems, our annoyance with the person who just cut us off in traffic to God and say, ‘GOD, PLEASE TAKE THIS___________as a gift and unite it to your suffering on the cross. Use it for.._____________or whatever way you wish.’  That is making the best possible use of suffering. WHY WASTE IT?”

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And there you have it.  WHY WASTE IT? Don’t think this is easy. Sometime the pain and suffering is so much you can’t think…teach others in your family to help you think about “Offering it up” when you are in extreme suffering that never seems to end. This is what is so wrong and so hard about assisted suicide, which is so wrong, and devastating, but sometime may seem the only answer for you or those who love you. Remember GOD HAS A PLAN, so offer up your suffering for someone who is worse off than you. Teach your family to do the same things.  It does mater, God does listen, He does have a plan for you and He is in control. (Suffering on this earth may get you straight to heaven, we won’t know until we get there)

PRAYER;  Heavenly Father, you cannot be outdone in generosity, for you have given us the gift of life in the Spirit. Give us the grace to be open to this gift, that we may serve you and our brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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BETSY DEVOS: EMPOWERS WOMEN

BETSY DEVOS IS EVERYTHING THE LIBERAL WOMEN SAY THEY WANT IN A WOMAN. She is educated, smart, hard working, independent, positive and a moral person. She is the type of woman they say they want their girls to become. As Pres. Trump said, “She is a brilliant and passionate education advocate.”  Isn’t that what they and all of us want for our children?  So why don’t they like her? She’s rich? She and her family worked hard to get what they have.   She’s never been Sec.  of Education before?  Good, because the Dept. of Education is not doing a good job of education. Our children placed 24th this year compared to other countries and we spend more than any other country. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH OUR DEPT OF EDUCATION. We need someone new to make changes.

SHE BELIEVES IN SCHOOL CHOICE. Isn’t that what we want for our young women and men in the poor sections of our cities and states? We want them to be able to go to Charter Schools and Private Schools that will help them to be the best they can be. We want the  black and Spanish girls to get out of the bad schools where they spend their lives pregnant and having abortions. We want them to know there is something else. Betsy DeVos can make that happen.

SHE BELIEVES COMMON CORE IS BAD. IT IS BAD FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. She can change that. “She said she, “SUPPORTS HIGH STANDARDS, STRONG ACCOUNTABILITY, AND LOCAL CONTROL. But Common Core became a federalized boondoggle. She believes, ” Every child, no matter their Zip Code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.”  ISN’T THAT WHAT EVERY PARENT AND EVERY LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE WOMAN WANTS?

SHE STRONGLY SUPPORTS SCHOOL VOUCHERS. She has been active in playing a major role in expanding the number of school choice programs available to students across the country.

SHE SUPPORTS CHARTER SCHOOLS. She and her husband Dick have been actively involved in promoting charter schools for over two decades. Charter schools are publicly funder and open to all students, but able to operate with more autonomy than traditional public schools.

SHE IS AN OUTSIDER IN WASHINGTON D.C.. Didn’t Pres. Trump promise to “drain the swamp? Isn’t the Dept of Education a great place to start?

SHE SUPPORTS HOME SCHOOLING. Is that what Liberal women have a problem with? Homeschooled children are more disciplined, more respectful, way ahead of their peers in public school and are not brainwashed with liberal propaganda. Is that the problem?

NOW THE DEVOS FAMILY. They are a true American Dream Family. Isn’t that what we want our children to see. It’s what I wanted my children to see.  Betsy’s Father in law, Richard and his partner began their little business with one Biodegradable Cleaning Product in his garage in the 50’s. It became the Amway business which is one of the most successful businesses in the world. Why?  They teach positive, moral, honest business techniques. They help individuals and families build small businesses and sometime huge businesses. They help SINGLE WOMEN AND WOMEN WITH CHILDREN along with families and Single men to build businesses to support their families.

HOW DO I KNOW THIS? Because the DeVos family helped me and some of my children build businesses. None of us built huge businesses, but, my business supplemented my income when I was raising 4 children. It gave me and my children the ability to learn what we could do with a positive attitude. Except for a short period of time, none of my children or grandchildren, men and women, have never been on welfare or food stamps. Why? Because Amway Corp and the DeVos family set examples and TAUGHT US HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL. Which we all are. Amway Corp. along with Richard DeVos, Dick and Betsy Devos and the incredible successful businesses that were began because of the DeVoses have help thousands and thousands of single women, women with children, men, and families become middle class and wealthy.  Betsy is part of that family. ISN’T THAT WHAT WE WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN? WHO BETTER TO TRUST WITH OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION.

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Some of this information came from an article in Newsmax by Kelsey Harkness. Some of it is my observation and knowledge of the DeVos Family, Betsy DeVos and my personal experience.

I hope this will be food for thought for all those that opposed Betsy DeVos and also, for those who championed her.

 

MARY, MOTHER FOR LIFE

O Mary, Mother of the Life Within, all life we entrust to You: the life of every expectant mother and the child within her womb, the life of every human body, the life of every human soul, the life of every newborn child and the life of all grown olf. You held the Lord to Your own Heart and drew Him so close in. So draw us now in all our needs, O Mother of the Life Within.

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF HOPE

O Blessed virgin Mary, mother of grace, hope of the world. Hear us, your children, who cry to you.

Oh Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress. You are all-powerful with your divine Son. He can refuse no request of your immaculate heart. Show yourself at true mother to me by being my advocate before His throne.

Above all I pray, O dearest mother, that through your most powerful intercession my heart may be filled with holy hope, so that in life’s darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of heaven.

Mary, our hope, have pity on us. Hope of the hopeless, pray for us.   (from the Novena to Our Lady of Hope.)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL, PRAY FOR OUR PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN CHILDREN, THAT THEY MAY IGNORE THE WORLD, SEEK HELP, AND BRING GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN INTO THE WORLD.

 

 

PRO LIFE -MARCH FOR LIFE

FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH IS THE CRY OF EVERY CATHOLIC AND HOPEFULLY EVERY CHRISTIAN.

THE MARCH FOR LIFE ON FRIDAY, JAN 28, 2017 WAS AGAIN VERY SUCCESSFUL AND VERY ENERGETIC. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE ENTIRE 44 YEARS OF THE MARCH, SINCE THE YEAR AFTER ROE VS WADE WAS PASSED THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. SPOKE FROM THE STAGE. I DIDN’T HEAR HOW MANY WERE THERE, IT REALLY DOESN’T MATER, THEY MADE THEIR POINT. AND THERE WERE CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ALL AGES OF ADULTS. THERE ARE MORE EVERY YEARS AND THEY COME FROM EVERYWHERE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE PRO LIFE.

A NEW SLOGAN:  ADOPTION NOT ABORTION.

IF ANYONE READING THIS NEEDS HELP OR KNOWS OF SOMEONE THAT NEEDS HELP TELL THEM TO CALL CATHOLIC CHARITIES. They are listed in the phone book. They will have names and addresses of safe places to go for help.  Most neighborhood clinics will have names and addresses.   There are places to get free mammograms. There are places to get free birth control and there are places that will help women to keep their babies, finish school, get a job, or help them put their babies up for adoption. They do not need Planned Parenthood.   I thought the meditation  and prayer below  from the  book: THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA apply.

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JESUS, HAVING CONQUERED LIFE WITH DEATH AND SIN WITH LOVE ,appears to the women and his followers at various times and in various ways to deliver a PRO LIFE MESSAGE that goes beyond what this finite existence is able to contain.  Christ’s power is over life and death in this world and in the next!  LOVE is more powerful than death;  LIFE reaches beyond the grave for those who believe. Suffering has saving power.  Penance, and remission of sins in Christ, saves souls.

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OH MARY, MOTHER OF THE LIFE WITHIN,  ALL LIFE WE ENTRUST TO YOU: THE LIFE OF EVERY EXPECTANT MOTHER, AND THE CHILD WITHING HER WOMB, THE LIFE OF EVERY HUMAN BODY, THE LIFE OF EVERY HUMAN SOUL, THE LIFE OF EVERY NEWBORN CHILD AND THE LIFE OF ALL GROWN OLD. YOU HELD THE LORD TO YOUR OWN HEART AND DREW HIM SO CLOSE IN.  SO DRAW US NOW IN ALL OUR NEEDS, OH MOTHER OF THE LIFE WITHIN.

 

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

This was on Jan. 23, Monday, but I thought you would all like to know, since the Pro Life March is coming up soon.

In all the dioceses of the united States of America, Jan 22 (or Jan. 23, if the 22nd is on a Sunday), shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.

GOD, OUR CREATOR, WE GIVE THANKS TO YOU, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant ion safeguarding the dignity of every human life. THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON.

WE VALUE LIFE THROUGH CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH.

SHE PNDERED THESE THINGS IN HER HEART (Luke 2:51)

MARY HOLDS CHRIST AGAIN- by Rachel Oberman
One Sunday after Mass, I approached a woman whose husband had died to offer my condolences. she proceeded to describe, in loving detail, her husband’s final hours: how she had stayed by his side in prayer and held him in her arms for a long while after his death. She spoke with great emotion and, when I looked to my side, I was startled to see my eleven-year-old daughter Lily listening intently. My first instinct was a desire to shield her from the powerful emotions she was witnessing. I worried that Lily might be overwhelmed by the woman’s sorrow, and too immature to sense her underlying joy at having loved her husband to the end.
When we talked later I could see that, without my planning it, something beautiful had happened: Lily had been moved by the widow’s words. A few days later she was given an assignment to write about and illustrate an act of kindness. Without hesitation, she described the woman holding her deceased husband as having reminded her of Mary holding Jesus after the crucifixion, and drew a diptych with the Pieta’ on one side and the widow holding her husband on the other.
My human instinct to shield my daughter from sorrow might have deprived her of an encounter that revealed something a mere discussion of love and death never could. MAY I TRUST LESS IN MY OWN STRATEGIES AND MORE IN GOD’S CAPACITY TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO MY CHILDREN IN THE REALITY OF THEIR DAILY LIVES.
Rachel Oberman lives in Brooklyn with her husband and five daughters. She is an adjunct professor of English at New York City College of Technology.
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My thoughts after reading this…..out of the mouth of babes.. wow, God works wonders in our and our children’s lives. LET GO AND LET GOD seems to apply. What do you think?
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I also have another thought. What if this husband had decided to opt out of life early by committing assisted suicide? Or what if the wife had decided he should die early by assisting him to die? How much love would both she and her husband lost? What comfort would she have missed had he died early? What would Lily have missed had the woman talked about assisted suicide? Your thoughts?

GOOD HAS TRIUMPHED

The Republicans have taken the US House and Senate, Goodbye Harry Reid.
I say good has triumphed because at least the candidate we in Maine sent to the House is Pro Life and Pro Traditional marriage and a very good man. Our Gov. remains and is also Pro Life and Pro marriage. I trust that a good many of the new Congressmen and Women will be pro life and pro marriage. Perhaps they will also be pro Constitution and we may get our Country back. Pray for a return to Religious Freedom, which we are loosing rapidly.
I know that their are a lot of important decisions they have to make and get done, but if we don’t get our country back on the side of Good, not Evil, we will be lost.
But, they have a lot to do in a very short (two Years) time.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM THAT THEY WILL ACT WISELY AND DO GOD’S WISHES NOT THEIRS.

Prayer: May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones. Amen.