Regrets…..Rebirth

20130406_123205Last week I stopped by and visited a friend I have had for years.  She lives in another state, so we do not get to see each other often.  We had a very nice visit which included sharing with each other our Christian faiths.  That day my friend shared a very personal experience from her past with me that I have found to be one of the most profound and dramatic narratives of God’s Love and Mercy.  She has given me permission to now share her story with you.

My friend, about forty years ago, was nineteen, married, and pregnant with her first child.  The pregnancy left her extremely ill.  She did not eat much for two months, and when she did she became very nauseous.  There were further complications of bleeding.

Her doctor met with her and her husband and advised an abortion.  The doctor claimed that the pregnancy was making her too sick; and he insisted that the loss of blood would create a brain-damaged baby.  My friend’s husband at the time, a preacher, was extremely pro-child.  He wanted a wife and family as soon as possible; however, he did not want any “damaged” children.  The preacher insisted upon the abortion.  My friend was heartbroken and was unconvinced that the pregnancy would not turn out a viable child.  She asked her husband that they take one night to reflect.  All agreed.

Upon leaving the doctor’s office, my friend became hungry.  Her husband took her to a restaurant, and she had a hearty meal without becoming sick for the first time in two months.  She took this as a sign.  She begged her husband to reconsider and let the pregnancy progress.  He adamantly refused.  The preacher said his mind was made up, the procedure would happen the next day.

She cried all night.  She climbed onto the hospital gurney the next day crying and cried up until they put her to sleep for the procedure.  When she awoke, her doctor told her matter-of-factly, “It’s a good thing we terminated; you had triplets in there!”  Well, those words finished her off!  Not only did she end one child’s life, she ended the lives of three.  The pain in her heart was greater than she thought could be possible without the heart just tearing in two.  It seemed as if the life had been ripped out of her body; that she was a shell, broken.

She cried for a year.  The grief of the loss of her dear triplets was compounded by the fact that her mother had lost triplets in a miscarriage.  After a year with no conception and little relief from the pain in her heart, her husband informed her that she had two years to conceive his child or there would be a divorce.  No child came and the husband was true to his word.  The marriage ended.

Turning to her faith and her God, my friend prayed for healing and the grace to one day bring another life into this world.  She received an answer.  After a Sunday service, a fellow church member told her that the Lord had spoken and told them that she would one day conceive and have a child.  The messenger told her God had promised.

She married again, and for 12 years they lived a married life with no protection against pregnancy.  One day at age 38, my friend was feeling ill and for fun took a pregnancy test.  The test was positive.  Her husband was in disbelief and accompanied her to a doctor visit.  The doctor confirmed – she was seven weeks pregnant.  She knew this was the promised child.  Her husband was still in shock, but she was on top of the world.

Until the phone rang the very next day.  She had to return to the doctor.  She and husband were again handed news.  This time the news was bad, cervical cancer.  Once again she was told by a doctor to terminate her pregnancy.  The words stung like a knife in her heart.

Immediately she asked the doctor two questions: 1 – Do you believe in Jesus Christ? and 2-Do you believe cancer can go into remission or be cured?  Her doctor said yes to believing in Jesus and said in “most cases cancer.”.  She stopped him. She asked him again and warned him that the wrong answer would prevent him from continuing as her doctor.  He finally said yes, cancer can go into remission.  Her husband by this point had found his voice and was asking for termination of the pregnancy.  She told the doctor, “congratulations, you have a patient”… and come hell or high water she informed both the doctor and the husband that she would be carrying the child to term.  She did not care about what would be happening to her body; she knew this was God’s promise and it would be fulfilled.

She called her prayer warriors, starting with mama, and told everyone “pray for this baby, do not pray for me.  I accept God’s will for me, but I want this baby to live.”

That baby and his mother survived.  She now has a son who has given her two beautiful granddaughters.

I sat stunned at her story.  I was in awe that God saw fit to put her in the same situation nearly twenty years later.  She not only got a second chance at giving life, but she also received the chance to make the right choice.  Most facing her decision, would have said it just wasn’t in the cards and would have put themselves first.  She chose life and self-sacrifice and God’s Mercy rained down upon her!

Her three little babies in heaven must have been so proud!  Their mother was willing to give the ultimate sacrifice to save a loved one’s life.  One day in heaven, she will be surrounded by her children; her family will at last be reunited in Christ.

God always has a plan.  It is up to us to follow, although the road may be treacherous and hard, He is with us and helping us.

Thank you my friend!  You have lifted me up!

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

God, the Author of Life

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January 22, 1973, Roe vs Wade was decided by the United States Supreme Court.  January 22, 1973, Life in the United States drastically changed.  In a country that was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness”, LIFE was taken out of that Declaration which was signed July 4, 1776 by our founding fathers.

If God is the sole Author of Life, man is the author of death.  And so the deaths began…

A February 2008 issue of Scientific American, posted an article entitled, “Your cells are my cells“.  The article revealed that research has proven that women carry cells from every child we have ever conceived for the rest of our lives.  Surviving children also carry our cells and any subsequent children who follow the loss of a sibling carries cells from that sibling.  We are all connected because we all have one Creator.  The moment we are formed in our mother’s womb we have been created.  The moment we are formed in our mother’s womb, we are a human being, and as such, we should have the same rights and protections as all humanity deserves.

There are millions of babies who have never had a choice; never had protection under the law.  It is time that society stands up for these babies and the countless more who have yet to be created.

I met a remarkable woman this past week.  Her name is Brenda DesOrmeaux and she founded the DesOrmeaux Foundation.  After the tragedy of 1973, Brenda felt a calling and decided to act.  She became an active member of the Acadiana Right to Life, working for the Pro-Life cause.  Her years of participation in this Fight for Life led to her running the Women’s Center of Lafayette.  After forming the DesOrmeaux Foundation, Brenda gave up her role in the Acadiana Right to Life and devoted herself to defending Human Life, the sanctity of marriage, and promoting chaste relationships.  Through her efforts, Lafayette, Louisiana now has a Pregnancy Center which offers free pregnancy test, family planning counseling, free ultrasound and financial assistance; the St. Marguerite d’Youville home which provides women with a peaceful, secure setting to help them process their needs, emotions, and choices; and the Baby and Me Boutique which specializes in selling maternity and baby items at give-away prices. Brenda heard God’s calling and she responded.

These are urgent times.  The more we advance with technology, the more technology points to the fact that a pregnant woman does not hold a blob of tissue. Each person is created unique and in the image of God.

Jesus said it best to Nancy Fowler in Conyers, Georgia, January 6, 1991: “Oh what a terrible, grave sin abortion is.  Man does not know the destiny of each child conceived, does not know the destiny of any child conceived.  So popes are murdered, priests are murdered, nuns are murdered, and on and on. Does this grave sin not bring about the wrath of God?

And again to Nancy on February 6, 1993: “You must know that abortion is murder. I am the Creator, you are not.  I am the Author of Life, you are not. Do not kill who I have created.  The commandment of God is “Thou shall not kill”. You will battle with each other over laws that you create apart from Me.”

We are all called.

Romans 11:32 “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind.  Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to Him and is proper.”

September 29, 1992; Our Blessed Mother’s message to Nancy Fowler for America: “America pick up your Rosary, kneel down and pray.

This week marks the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  Do something.  Go to a March for Life; attend a prayer service or mass; contact your state representatives…. Together we can give hope to all the children of God who are yet to be.

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

 

 

 

Handcrafted Prayers

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Rosary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

rosary house  The Rosary House in New Iberia, Louisiana has been family owned since 1946.  The store features handcrafted rosaries, statues, Bibles, artwork, holy cards, and so on.  It is located at 200 Ann Street and there is a candle manufacturing facility across the street.  The founder, Robert Minvielle, saw a need for the Rosary House in this largely catholic populated area.

It is a favorite shopping spot of mine.  A baby is getting baptized – I go shop at the Rosary House.  A wedding – I shop at the Rosary House….

I know many people have questions about the Rosary.  They point to the fact that it is not found in the Bible.  They are wrong.  The rosary is centered on the mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ.  It is a prayer that invites us to look at Jesus through the eyes of the disciples and His mother.  The rosary consists of the prayers “Hail Mary”, which comes directly from Scripture, the “Our Father”, which appears twice in the Bible, and the “Glory Be”, which also appears twice in the Bible.

When we pray the rosary we are not praying to Mary, but through Mary and with Mary to Jesus Christ.  While praying the rosary, we meditate on the life of Jesus through the four mysteries of the rosary.

It is the most beautiful and powerful prayer that exist.  The rosary was a gift to all of mankind by our loving mother.  She intended it to be a prayer weapon for all people of all faiths.

For an indepth study of the power and meaning of this handcrafted prayer, I recommend “The Rosary” by Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell”.  Her story of survival of the Rwanda genocide is an unbelievable account of evil and the power of forgiveness.

If you ever get down to south Louisiana, I recommend you stop by the Rosary House.  It is a spiritual adventure!

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

A fish named Starlight

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English: An image of a Common goldfish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My grandkids are a six-year-old girl and a four year-old boy.  They live a little over an hour away.  About once a month they get to spend the weekend at Grams and Pop’s house.  There is usually a whirlwind of activity as the girl is very dramatic and the boy is perpetual motion.

Recently, my granddaughter has discovered that we as humans have a limited time on this earth.  That has made her very sensitive to the subject of death.  I tried to talk to her about the lives of the Saints and how they are in Heaven.  She covered her ears and wanted none of it.

Imagine my horror when Saturday, my daughter arrives with the grandkids who are proudly showing off two goldfish they have won at the local fair.  My daughter whispers to me that we will just put the fish in a tank of water and they “will probably die anyway”!  So began our weekend with the grandkids.

My granddaughter named her fish Starlight.  I tell her that is a beautiful name for a beautiful fish!  Five hours later all of us are watching Starlight  struggle and then the poor thing loses her life.  I watched my granddaughter grab the little fish net and ask her mother to fish out Starlight so that she could flush her down the toilet.  I thought she was acting very brave and that  she must not have the same sensitivity with death of an animal or fish as with a human.

Later on she brings a picture that she has drawn.  I look down at her art tablet and see a gold fish floating in a toilet!  I could not contain my laughter.  It was such a surprise!  Well, immediately my granddaughter began bawling and ran to the back of the house.  Oh no!  I looked at my daughter and said, “time for a fish prayer service”.

The four of us (myself, my daughter and two grandkids) gathered around a Crucifix.  My granddaughter said we should say a “Hail Mary”.  My grandson reminded everyone to make the Sign of the Cross.  He prayed for God to Bless him, his sister, and his whole family.  We all said the Hail Mary prayer.  Then my granddaughter picked out several prayers from a prayer book, which I read while she held the book.  My daughter said some nice words about Starlight.  We ended with the Guardian Angel prayer.  It was quit lovely.  My granddaughter and I actually had a talk about dying.  I was able to share with her that people never die.  Our bodies do die; but we have a soul that lives forever thanks to Jesus.

All of this reminded me that Jesus often taught using fish.  Matthew 14:17  “All we have are five loaves and two fish, they replied. ..then He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and gave thanks to God.  He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. Everyone ate and had enough. Then the disciples took up twelve baskets full of what was left over. The number of men who ate was about five thousand, not counting the women and children.”

Mark 1:17 “Jesus said to them, Come with Me, and I will teach you to catch men. At once they left their nets and went with Him.”

God works in mysterious ways.  A fish named Starlight won at a local fair has helped my granddaughter get over her super sensitivity to death and all topics related to death.  Thank you God!

In case you are wondering…the boy’s fish made it through the weekend.  Raphael is swimming safe and sound back at my daughter’s home.  When it is Raphael’s time to go, we know exactly how to handle it!

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

The Family that Prays Together…

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rosary (Photo credit: rebeccavalfl)

“Henceforth all generations will call me blessed”  Luke1:48

The special prayer of The Most Holy Rosary was given to St. Dominic by Our Blessed Mother in the year 1220.  St. Dominic was asked to spread devotion to this powerful prayer, which is a meditation on the life of Jesus Christ as seen through His Mother’s eyes.

As a child, I learned to say the Rosary; however, it seemed to me that it was a prayer that was recited by old women who had a lot of time of their hands.  My grandmother said the Rosary over and over again in her final years on earth.  It is only now that I see and understand the value of this Holy Prayer.  I hear others my age talk about their grown children as having lost their faith, or as having delved into other “modern, new-age” faiths.  My three children have all held onto their Catholic faith.  I do not take credit for it.  My mother-in-law twenty-one years ago became inspired to host a once a week family Rosary.  My children and my nieces and nephew have grown up leading these weekly Rosaries.  It has become imbedded in their souls.  Over the years we have prayed for many sick, dying and departed.  We have given thanks for healings and blessings.  The spiritual growth that has occurred in this family has been awesome.  My mother-in-law has three children, all of them still married to their first and only spouses.  All of the grandchildren seem to have a deep understanding of their faith and are all witnesses to that faith.

Pope Pius IX once said, “If there were one million families praying the Rosary every day, the entire world would be saved.”

St. Pio of Pietrelcina said, “The Rosary is THE WEAPON.”

I can now say thank you to my grandmothers for all their Rosary recitations.  To my mother for her daily Rosaries on behalf of her family.  To my mother-in-law for laying a solid foundation for her grandchildren that is being carried on in the great-grandchildren (my grandchildren).

The power this prayer yields is strong beyond belief.  Pray the Rosary.  Form Rosary clubs or weekly family Rosary nights.  Together we can change the world – one family at a time!

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry