December 31, 2009
December 27, 2009
Also December 26th the Feast of St. Staefanie. I learned about this lovely saint from my Italien friend Cecilia. I couldn't find any information so I will use her words. (I really do feel cheated when I can't find these old historic gems of saints kept so deeply hidden!)
According to a pious old legend, there was also a woman, named Stefanie, at Bethlehem. She was prevented by the Angels to visit the Creche (in order to allow some rest to the Virgin Mary).But the day after Christmas, she succeeeded in her desire, pretending to be a mother herself. She wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes and said it was her infant baby.
I could see me doing that :)
Perhaps St. Stefanie was the one who brought the practical gifts ;)
December 25, 2009
Sacrifice is a word our society does not accept. To the world it means weakness, lacking, impoverishness, defeat, failure... God thinks otherwise...
Luke 2: 25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon: and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was in him. 26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28 He also took him into his arms and blessed God and said 29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace: 30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: 32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted. 35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
And thy own soul a sword shall pierce. Those are some of the most beautiful words in Sacred Scripture. Simeon was speaking of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, she who was Full of Grace, she who had no sin. Her heart would be pierced. In her Fiat she said yes to God and all swords that would pierce her soul. Mothers of many also accept this life of sacrifice, not for their own merit but for the greater honor and glory of God.
I met a beautiful priest, Fr. Alfonso, at Thanksgiving time and he spoke so beautifully of the large family and his joy at seeing a large family. I wanted to share a few pictures with him of beautiful families. Luke 2: 19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
This is another one of my favorite verses in Sacred Scripture. Mothers have the privlige to have a great number of things to ponder in their hearts.
No matter the sacrifice offered, great or small, all is for the greater honor and glory of God. Here the Mother of God has nothing but the smallest sacrifice to offer. Mothers are the means to the future Saints and these saints are brought about by prayer and sacrifice.
May God grant the grace to families to raise their children full of strength and wisdom in the eyes of God, rather than the eyes of the world.
Even Our Lady did not fully understand the Will of God but she accepted it, she carried it as a cross upon her back and suffered for His Sake. We do not need to understand we need to trust in God even when we cannot at all see what He means. All will be revealed in time.
When we do not understand God's Will, turn all things into a means to save souls, particularly, I might add, those who persecute us. And the large family is greatly persecuted in our society today.
The Son of God "was subject to them". In this age of the "rights of the child", we can ponder greatly on this short little passage HE, the Son of God himself, was subject to His creatures. A child has a right to a happy home, a child has a right to see the face of God through his parents, a child has a right to know how to live a good life, a child has a right to know, love and serve God in this world, that he may be happy with God in the next. (Yeah, I think I should be the president too...)
Be Fruitful and Multiply. Notice the word *fruitful*. Fruits tend to be the things we want to get off the tree. Instead in our society, children are not considered *fruits*. We consider them fruits.
December 23, 2009
December 19, 2009
The "Dr." of Child Protection Services said she called us in on the false grounds that we medically neglected our child by taking her in "so late." Obviously this "doctor" doesn't know much about this kind of brain tumor. Since it is a slow growing tumor, there may be very subtle indications but it is only in the last few days that the deterioration really happens. By then she was under the care of the doctors. There is a 14% rate that once the symptoms appear that the person is dead within 2-3 days. Now if this is a medical case then why are they sending a social worker who didn't have a clue about this kind of tumor.
We are well aware that this is just an excuse as one of the "risks" for children is having a large family. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?! They are always so concerned about friends and we have plenty of those as well, but in a large family there is always a playmate to have fun and bicker with :)
CPS is coming in to our home on Wed. Dec 23rd to interrogate our entire family. It's preposterous, I know, but we live in a very sick world, where those who try to live a good life and provide a good life for their children in the eyes of God are persecuted.
I cannot express to you how deeply painful this is to go through. To know that in an instant these people can destroy a family. A FAMILY.
God must have some Plan in all this. I do not see it at this very moment, well, other than a very intense scourging. I am offering up the horrible pain for all those who have been instrumental in this horrific event.
I never thought I'd say "All I want for Christmas are my beautiful children!"