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Blessed Are You

   Happy Mother's Day to all the women in my life who have touched my life with kindness, love and compassion. I am so grateful to all the women in my life today who are there in the good times and in the most heartbreaking times. Your love and friendship are helping me to be a better woman of God. May God richly bless you today. Who are the women in your life that have touched your heart?

    It is a great day to be Catholic. Today, May 13th is the feast day of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and it is the feast day of “Our Lady of Fatima,” and for icing on the cake it is also Mother's Day. It just doesn't get any better than that!

    I am so grateful to my dear mom who had a simple faith and had a beautiful devotion to Our Blessed Mother and to the Rosary. In times of challenges, heartbreak and difficulties, she would pray the Rosary. As an adult I thought the Rosary was just an old ladies pray. But my mom's devotion to Our Blessed Mother finally penetrated my heart especially when I began caring for her when she was so sick. I began once again to pray the Rosary and seek a closer friendship with the Blessed Mother. After my mom died, I became especially drawn to Our Lady. She truly became my spiritual mother.

    As a little girl, my grandparents did not live in the same town as I did. However God provided me with another grandma who lived right across the street from me. Her name was Lenna. She was an elderly woman who seemed to spend a lot of time alone. Her husband worked a lot and seemed to drink a lot too.

   I would go over to her house and we would just sit and talk. She would make me a peanut and jelly sandwich. She had the warmest smile and was so kind to me. I was a very shy kid, and had a hard time talking to people. Grandma Lenna and I would just hang out together and sometimes I helped her bake goodies.  Lenna would give me her grocery list and some money to go to the little neighborhood store two blocks away. Grandma Lenna would always give me some extra money to buy a soda pop, or ice cream cone.

   One time when I was walking home with the sack of groceries, the sack broke and the glass jar of jelly broke. I just sat there and cried. I told Lenna about it and she said, it was okay, gave me a hug, and said it was just jelly. She sent me back to the store to get another jar of jelly. This time the jelly and me made it safely home without any mishaps. I thank Grandma Lenna for loving me and helping me to open my heart to love.


At the moment of the Annunciation, the Blessed Mother Mary was commissioned to bring Jesus into the world.... And yet, in a certain sense, God extends the call He issued to Mary to each of us. God the Father is asking each of us: “Will you bring my Son into the world? Will you carry Him in the womb of your heart as Mary carried Him in the womb of her body? Will you birth Him into the lives of others, that all might come to experience the grace of redemption and eternal life?” Full of Grace by Johnnette Benkovic.


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Jill Caldwell | Reply 13.05.2018 17:40

What a beautiful story about Lenna. May she celebrate with Jesus as we engender her.God bless you, Connie. You have been a beautiful nurturing friend to me.

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21.06 | 13:10

So true.

28.02 | 07:56

Yes -- be quiet and listen.

14.02 | 12:50

Well said

13.02 | 19:05

Not so easy.

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