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A Journey of Faith 3

The following is the 3rd in a series of talks by one of our employees relating the amazing healing power and love of God in her life.

The truth is that we cannot remain prisoners of the past; people need a sort of healing of memories” so that past evils will not come back again. This does not mean forgetting past events; it means reexamining them with a new attitude and learning precisely from the experience of suffering that only love can build upwards, whereas hatred produces only devastation and ruin.” Lessons for Living by John Paul II

Dear Readers,

Have you ever felt so completely alone in this world? I believe this is when we find our Lord ever closer to us. When I heard myself say aloud, “I hate you, God”, I was shaken to my very core. Hatred is born of fear and fear is not of God. The very God I said I hated was about to teach me all about love.

What did my family do to deserve this?”, I asked. But, in reality, had it not been my family, it would have been another family, perhaps even your family, and I would never wish this kind of suffering on another human being. Yet, brothers and sisters all around us in this world have faced and are facing terrible trauma and suffering in their lives every day. So many people are affected in this life by the wrong choices of others. Evil will always exist and human beings, having been given the gift of free will by God, will either choose in Love or in Fear. We all have made wrong choices in life and our loving Father always invites us back to set things right. This kind of love is all but impossible for our finite minds to comprehend; to be loved with no conditions. Yet, this is how God loves each and every one of us. And, as I was to learn, all I had to do was begin to open my heart and allow Him to enter with His all powerful love, compassion and mercy.

I began to pray. And I wept. I prayed some more. And I wept. I prayed even more. And I began to look to the Blessed Mother. And through my tears, I contemplated her life – a life of love, a life of suffering, a life given over so completely to the will of God. I found a beautiful book entitled “The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics”, compiled by Raphael Brown. This book was quite possibly the most beautiful love story I've ever read. Having lost my earthly mother, I sought the love and guidance of our Heavenly Mother and she would become for me the source of strength and courage that would bring me into a deeper relationship with her Son, our Savior and God.

God bless you,

Aline

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11 comments

  1. Congratulations on this news of God’s latest blessing on your family! With prayers for good health & happiness.

  2. You know, you can get a Ford 12 passenger van that is a few years old with a Triton V10…

  3. Then again, you don’t want to scare the kids…

  4. I love blogs, I really do. You find out lots of interesting information. For example, I just found out my brother and sister in laws are pregnant! I can’t believe I had to find out through a blog!
    🙂

  5. Congratulations!
    I will pray for a priest to be born! We have good friends with 10 children. The two oldest (girls) have become nuns in a cloistered convenant!

    God Bless!
    Bob

  6. Congratulations to you both. I’ll keep you all in my prayers for a safe and comfortable pregnancy and birth. Blessings!

  7. What a happy reason to need a new van!

    Blessings!

  8. Congratulations! Big families are so beautiful! How I wish I could have one! 🙂

  9. Congratulations on the news of your newest blessing. May your mother’s advent be one of great peace and trust in Jesus. I have a very special devotion to the Divine Mercy Message: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! I also beleive in the power of the communion of saints.

    Two years ago, my husband and I learned that we were expecting Blessing #6, we had a sedan and a conversion van which accomodated 7….so we had an issue with adding another blessing, which meant a third car seat. So, I began to pray for the intercession of St. Rita (Saint of the Impossible) and any other saints willing to intercede! We told my husband’s parents that we were going to start looking into getting a larger van and his Dad said he’d keep his eyes open. Well, the very next Sunday, in my in-law’s parish bulletin was an announcement that the church was selling a 15 passenger van and would use the money to invest in a bus.

    To make a long story short, we now drive that very HOLY van from ALL SAINTS Catholic Church. It was exactly available in the price range we felt we could afford and was in excellent condition, only having been used for church related transportation. God is so merciful.

    Our family will pray for your family in this matter….maybe a 15 passenger is in your future too….to be filled with ALL the blessings the Lord has waiting for those who love Him. May God Bless You!

  10. Are you still looking for a van? Where are you located? We have a 12 passenger van we need to sell. Email me for details if you are interested.
    Paulette

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