Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Journey Continued

Whenever something troubles me, or my conscience, I can usually find the advice and spiritual guidance I need in " The Imitation of Christ". If you don't have a copy of this pocket sized book, I highly recommend it. This passage hit home; I had been thinking about how easily swayed I am with the opinions and actions of people.
Oh, how good and how peaceful it is to be silent about others, not to believe without discrimination all that is said, not easily to report it further, to reveal oneself to few, always to seek You as the discerner of hearts, and not to be blown away by every wind of words, but to wish that all things, within and beyond us, be done according to the pleasure of Thy will.

How conducive it is for the keeping of heavenly grace to fly the gaze of men, not to seek abroad things which seem to cause admiration, but to follow with utmost diligence those which give fervor and amendment of life! How many have been harmed by having their virtue known and praised too hastily! And how truly profitable it has been when grace remained hidden during this frail life, which is all temptation and warfare!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Baby Samuel update

Perhaps this baby is losing his battle for life, but our prayers can only benefit him and his family. Fr. Hardon, please intercede for this baby, and may God's Will be done.

Samuel's mother, Kathlene, who fortunately is a nurse, wrote to my daughter that after 2 rounds of chemo little Samuel Joseph, now 2 months old, is losing movement in his extremities and also losing the strength to nurse. It is difficult to move him without causing him pain even though he is on strong pain medication. All this indicates that the tumor must be growing. He is at home. Kathlene said that the knowledge that so many people are praying for him and for them is what is getting them through this.

Please continue your prayers for a miracle through the intercession of Fr. Hardon, as this is where there is still great hope that the baby will be cured. May God's Will be done, which is all that the parents desire.


God bless,
Margie Mackey

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Supporting the truth

Many people are suffering hard times right now, and in our own problems it is often hard to see the bigger picture. I'd like to draw your attention to one of the best sites on the internet, one I have quoted and linked to often, LifeSite News. Please take a moment to read this link which does a good job of explaining who they are. They are having their fundraising drive right now, and every little bit helps.
For example, if you live in the US and want to know how much tax money -your money- the abortion giants are getting, read this.
Want to read about how scary euthanasia is becoming in Holland? Read this. If you are over seventy, you don't want to go to Holland, they might decide you are "tired of living" and put you to death.
These are just a couple of examples of the stories you can read at LifeSite News. If you value this kind of reporting , consider helping them, even if it is only a "Widows's mite".

Monday, June 14, 2010

Please keep praying....

for this baby I mentioned a couple of posts ago.


Just a brief update on baby Samuel Abraham.

He began his first round of chemotherapy last week and has been home with his family for a few days. He returns to the hospital tomorrow for a second round. He has finally been made generally comfortable, with only occasional breakthrough pain, by very strong pain medication. He has begun to coo and smile, something that was unheard of before he was diagnosed, when he was in constant and crying all the time. He is so new to have gone through so much; he was born on April 15.

The medical likelihood that the chemo will help is very slim as this type of cancer does not respond well to any kind of treatment, but his parents have opted to try at least a couple of rounds to see if any progress can be made. However, they are still praying for a miracle through the intercession of Fr. Hardon and in reality put more hope in success there than in the chemotherapy. Even if the chemotherapy is successful, there is the possibility of serious complications and side effects, so please pray that those will be minimal to none.

Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers. Kathlene, John and their family are touched by the outpouring of support from friends and strangers and truly appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray, not only for a miracle cure for Samuel if that be God's will, but also for Kathlene and John to endure this hardship peacefully and have the grace to accept God's will, whatever that may be.



Prayer

Almighty God, You gave Your servant, Father John Anthony Hardon of the Society of Jesus, the grace of consecration as a religious dedicated to the apostolate, and the grace of consecration as an ordained priest, after the Heart of Your Divine Son, our Good Shepherd.

Through Father Hardon, You provided for your Flock an extraordinary teacher of the faith.

You entrusted Father Hardon into the loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose counsel "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5) he faithfully followed and whose intercession he unceasingly invoked.

If it be Your holy will, please grant the request I now make ...

[the complete cure and return to health of Samuel Joseph Abraham]

... calling upon the help of Father Hardon, so that his heroic sanctity may be recognized in the whole Church.

I ask this through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with You and the Holy Spirit, is one God forever and ever. Amen.

Remembering Joe


It has been 3 years today since my brother Joe passed away from cancer. He was the second oldest of the 3 boys in our family, 3 years younger than me. May his soul rest in the Mercy of God.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

For the Immaculate Heart of Mary

To celebrate this feast day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, what better tribute than a beautiful voice lifted up in her praise.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Please pray for this baby

Please pray for this little baby; this request is from a member of my sister's parish.


A young Catholic couple in Missouri who are family friends and in-laws of my daughter have a seven-week-old son named Samuel Joseph. They have recently discovered that he was born with an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor. In simpler terms, it is a very serious cancerous tumor that is wrapped around nerves and growing into his spine; it is inoperable, and the prognosis is very poor. He is beginning chemotherapy today.

The family has decided to pray for a miracle through the intercession of Fr. John Hardon, a good and holy priest whom many of you may be familiar with from his visits to our archdiocese. The family has said that the prayer for Fr. Hardon's intercession shown below is Church-approved.

Please pray for Samuel and his parents, John and Kathlene Abraham. Thank you so very much. I will be sure to inform you of any changes in the baby's condition.


God bless,
Margie Mackey



Almighty God, You gave Your servant, Father John Anthony Hardon of the Society of Jesus, the grace of consecration as a religious dedicated to theapostolate and the grace of consecration as an ordained priest, after the Heart of Your Divine Son, our Good Shepherd.

Through Father Hardon, You provided for your Flock an extraordinary teacher of the faith.

You entrusted Father Hardon into the loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose counsel "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5) he faithfully followed, and whose intercession he unceasingly invoked.

If it be Your holy will, please grant the request I now make,

[the complete cure and return to health of Samuel Joseph Abraham]

calling upon the help of Father Hardon,
so that his heroic sanctity may be recognized in the whole Church.

I ask this through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with You and the Holy Spirit is one God forever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pro Life Walkers

Yesterday at Mass be were blessed to have some members from Crossroads International attend Mass with us. They are on a Pro Life walk across Canada, they have two groups that take turns- some walk at night, some during the day. These are young men, and I had the opportunity to speak to one of them, Brother Paul, who is in seminary with Christ The King . It is so nice to see young men aspiring to become priests, and especially in the Tridentine rite.
If they come through your community , please welcome them! They will be between Cranbrook and the Alberta border for the next few days; they cover about 80 kilometers in 24 hours.