Monthly Archives: November 2012

Advent is coming…

Today is November 30th, the feast of St. Andrew.  One of the traditions for the feast of St. Andrew is to say the following novena prayer 15 times daily until Christmas Eve.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold.  In that hour, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires.  (mention intentions here)  Through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother.  Amen.

Besides praying this prayer each day, I also intend to post on the blog daily through Advent.  My intent is to be mindful daily that Advent is about asking for the grace to see Jesus coming in the here and now.  I always saw it as almost a desert time (similar to Lent) where we were preparing ourselves for Jesus’ birth on Christmas day and we needed to repent and prepare ourselves.  While I was on retreat a few weeks ago, our retreat director challenged us to look at Advent differently.  The reality is that Jesus was already born.  He lived on the earth, died and was resurrected from the dead.  But, through the Holy Spirit, He is still with us every day and in every situation we find ourselves, good and bad.  So, my goal throughout Advent is to reflect on His presence in my life more directly than usual and in doing that, I will be going through my prayer journal and noting the things this year I have read or heard that were ‘light bulb’ moments and helped me to see Him in a way I hadn’t before.  Some of them will be analogies, some will be reflections.  All will hopefully lead myself and others (who might be reading this blog) to reflect a bit more on Christ’s presence in the here and now.  Till Sunday and the first day of Advent….

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trying to gain perspective…

 This being election day it seems appropriate to point out that, no matter what, Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the True Light that came into the world; the Light that shines in the darkness, that the darkness cannot comprehend or overcome. No matter the government, no matter the forces of the world arrayed against the Church and her Lord, the darkness cannot overcome, because darkness is merely the absence of light. When light shines, darkness scatters. Let the Light shine into your heart and mind and soul and you will know, with Julian of Norwich, that “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Christ reigns.                                    from the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Facebook status November 6, 2012

I know that I have friends who disagree with me, but I need to say clearly that I do not believe in the slightest bit that re-electing Obama to another term is a good thing.  Not for our country, not for the beliefs that this country was founded on, nor for the lives of the millions which will be forfeited if he is re-elected.  In the days preceding this election, it has been easy to get caught up in the emotions of the issues.  I have friends who will lose so much including their businesses which they will be closing due to the restrictions with Obamacare.  These are business owners who are faithful people and who do not believe in abortion.  Period.  As business owners under Obamacare, they will have to provide for their employees an insurance plan which provides these services or pay stiff fines.  Rather than going against their consciences, they will choose to close their business.  This country’s economy is supported by small business owners like this, let alone by the Catholic Church and other organizations which will also be closing their doors.  The ramifications are mind-blowing.  Our country was founded by the faith of our forefathers.  That Christian faith has been, in so many ways, thrown out like old dirty dishwater.

The concept of this happening makes my stomach churn.  And yet, I know the reality is that it can happen.  We don’t know just yet as the polls haven’t closed yet.  So, do we sit and worry?  NO!  I was until I saw the above Facebook post from FUS.  This post brought me some perspective.  It is SO true!  No matter what happens, life will go on.  Life will change — either for the worse or for the better.  But, it WILL change.  Life is always changing.  We were given free will as a free gift from our creator God.  That includes free will regarding who to choose as our president.  We should celebrate that we have the opportunity to exercise that free will!  Many others in other countries don’t have that right.  So, we should celebrate it, not fear it.

My friends who disagree with me about Obama are still friends.  We see things from different perspectives due to our backgrounds and our experiences.  I can’t take away their free will to vote their beliefs.  I have tried to educate them on the issues, especially the non-negotiable issue of life.  But, I also recognise that none of us are at the same place emotionally, spiritually, or financially.  We all look at things from the perspective that our lives have led us to.  It is really no different from how my perspective has changed over the years.  I remember sitting and “debating” contraception with the priest who presided over our wedding Mass.  I was educated to be a Community Health educator and believed strongly that we needed to educate everyone on all of the options available to them, including contraceptive measures.  Today, I would present a totally different program because I am a different person who is much more educated on the topic than I was then.  Who I am today is not the same person I was even 10 years ago.  Ten years ago, I was an alderman on the town council of a small community of 1600 people.  My children were public school students and I was very involved in our small community and our Church.  I had no idea then of the changes in store for my life including pulling our kids out of the public school and starting to homeschool them, my leaving town politics, the death of my mother, my own health issues and then buying our own business with all of the pressures and challenges with that, and then moving to a more metropolitan community where I don’t even know my neighbors, let alone the whole town.  Also, in the midst of all of that, two more children were born to our family which grew from a family of 5 to a family of 7.    ALL of these events have changed me drastically.  All of the them have had an impact on who I am, what I believe in, and how I look to the future.  I believe I look towards the future now with hopefully a bit more wisdom albeit not as much wisdom as I will hopefully have at the end of my life.  But wisdom in that I understand and accept much more readily that life changes.  And change is not bad.  Some changes might not be good.  But, I do believe that all can be made good.

But Jesus, gazing at them, said to them: “With men, this is impossible.  But with God, all things are possible.”      Matthew 19:26

So, whatever happens over the next few days, we just need to remember that God is our light.  With God, all things are possible.  And hope…

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