Saturday, July 24, 2010


In my last post, I alluded to some of the turnabout events that may occur during the novena by comparing them to the unattractive wrapping that may be our first sight of the gift of God's answer, with the real goods hidden inside to be revealed in full later.

I was cautioning others not to be discouraged because when God works, things sometimes have to be stirred up and look like they are getting worse before they get better. This is the point of temptation to give up praying. 

Instead we must press on just as the friend who comes to the neighbor's door at night, insisting on waking the household because he has a dire need of bread.  Rather than rebuke him for his annoying and tenacious efforts to get his needs met, the Scriptures congratulate him when the door finally opens and bread is given.

Apparently, we are to keep knocking no matter how many times and how hopeless it seems when the first few NO's come back at us from the other side.

Right after I wrote my last post, my package arrived - a soiled and ugly wrapping, as if the box inside was full of dead fish, wafting with the familiar fumes of my stinking thinking: "Oh no, there can't be anything good in that package. Were my prayers  just wishful thinking?" I wanted to run the other way - down the dark ol' rabbit hole.

The circumstances  in answer to my prayer for my son's relationship and communication with his father had taken a nasty and angry turn, with my son blaming his father for his lost years and impossible future.  This was causing major havoc in my heart and much confusion as to how to handle the escalating friction between them.

My thoughts went quickly to that image of   greasy wrapping paper, the kind that a butcher may wrap fish in, and fish that I may have inadvertently left in my shopping bag overnight!

As the hours progressed, every time I was    tempted to go down the dark hole, imagining the worse, I would see that nasty package once again. 

After a few more hits from the underworld, a picture of that soiled parcel would appear as if (?) on angel wings, to rescue my thoughts, re-routing them back to an image of the luminous gem, under wraps inside..scheduled for delivery from Heaven's Parcel Service.  HPS - handled by angels - with uttermost care.

Persistent prayer makes the wait of faith more transparent, bead by bead.

Pray with me, please, to continue waiting in trust, no matter what happens next!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Strike while the SPIRIT is hot!

Today I am starting a brand new 54 dayer and here, for the record, are my intentions:

1.For my older daughter's health and well-being and for her continued maturity in Christ.

2. For work for my recovering son who, although sober, seems to feel really lost. 

3. I am asking that God removes the stumbling blocks to my son's full recovery in the area of relationships and responsibility, healing him of all his wrong thinking about himself. 

I know, that's a lot of intentions, but I have a whole 54 days to pray and wait...

I don't know what the answer to this new 54 days of prayer will bring and how its surprise package will be wrapped. Sometimes the wrapping is a turn-off, maybe the ribbon is bunched in knots and snarls, or maybe it is dirty and used and frayed. The paper may be nothing special,  even torn and wrinkled. It may even looked soiled and re-gifted.  

Yet I chose to trust that inspite of the presenting wrinkles, fading colors, and the snarls that may tempt me to throw the gift out in disgust and unbelief, I will be given the strength to wait it out in 54 days of faithful Hail Mary's, through joyful, sorrowful, luminous, and glorious mysteries!!!   I know that I will again be bright shining the end.

Why the rosary?  Why Mary - because it is through the rosary that she gets us to look - where she looks- at Jesus.  For us Catholics, live religion is not a belief system, but a living person. That person is her son, Jesus Christ.  

If we look at Him throughout every aspect of His life, as described in the four mysteries, we can know Him..and to really know him, we cannot help but share in his mother's love for Him.

If you have a pressing need, please join me starting tomorrow in the first 54 days, leading to your miracle.  Why not?

There is power in numbers. Please join me in solidarity by starting your own 54 day commitment today! For where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am.