Thank you Tom Benson

Pelican stained-glass window, First Congregati...

Pelican stained-glass window, First Congregational Church, Amherst, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Upon the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season, owner of the New Orleans Hornets, Tom Benson, announced that he had officially changed the nickname of the team to the Pelicans.  I did not think much about it at the time. I thought that it was appropriate; the pelican is the Louisiana State Bird; but gave it no other thought.

Until…my husband and I visited the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.  The Temple is throughout designed to give glory, honor, and praise to our Lord.  Every feature of this Temple was carefully thought out from the angels to the intricate marble flooring, the 55 foot, 24 carat gold-leafed sanctuary wall, to the main altar.

My eyes were jetting back and forth between multiple beautiful and glorious objects when I caught sight of the image on the main altar.  My goodness, it was a Pelican!  I did not understand the significance of this image until I later picked up and read a Shrine brochure.

The brochure states, “The altar is inlaid with a glass and gold mosaic of a pelican, piercing its breast to feed its young.  It was long believed that if a pelican could not find food to feed its young, it would sacrifice itself to nourish them with its own blood.  The pelican is considered a symbol of Christ and His Sacrifice on Calvary. The pelican is ofter depicted on altars, since it is from the altar that we are fed the very Body and Blood of our Lord.”

I was stunned. All these years living in a state where the pelican is the state bird and on the state flag and I had never heard of the pelican being a symbol of Christ.  I quickly shared this discovery with my husband, who promptly stated that we needed to thank Tom Benson.  I gave him a puzzled look, and he explained that Tom Benson had named the Hornets the Pelicans, and now the state of Louisiana had not only the Saints but also the Pelicans.  Of course…..Saints….Pelicans….now I saw a great significance in this new name!

So, thank you Tom Benson!

When I see and hear of the Pelicans, it will forever more remind me of my Lord and his great sacrifice for me and for all of mankind.

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

English: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament ...

English: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, Alabama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Heaven on Earth

20130703_125454My husband and I recently took a trip to Hanceville, Alabama, near Birmingham.  We wanted to see the temple accomplished by Mother Angelica; commanded by the Divine Child Jesus.  Words cannot describe its beauty.  The two mile ride to the temple where the Body of Christ is perpetually adored by the nuns is stunning and leads one to believe they are entering another world – a holy world.  Looking back over the years, I can remember similar feelings at other holy sites.  Our visits to Conyers, Georgia; Caritas, Birmingham;  and the shrine of Blessed Father Seelos and are few places where we felt peace and God’s presence.

These places are awesome and great reminders of the power of prayer.  But, as I sat in my own parish church yesterday, I became overwhelmed with the real presence of Our Lord.  I realized, if one truly believes that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist, then every time one steps into one’s  own church, especially during Eucharistic adoration, the soul should leap with joy and know that heaven is here on earth.

I encourage everyone to attend adoration.  I cannot describe how peaceful the experience, and how easy I find it for Jesus to speak to my heart.

Message to Nancy Fowler from Jesus, April 21, 1995.  “I am the center of this church, but I am not in the center of My children’s lives.  I am like an “ornament”.  My children come and see and they leave Me hanging there.  My children need to take Me into their hearts.  The doors of their hearts are often closed to Me.”

John 14:27  “Peace is what I leave with you, it is My Own peace that I give you.”

Let’s all make Jesus the center of our lives.  Let us all live a life to make our Lord and Savior proud.  Let us give ourselves over to His will.  Let us consecrate our families to Mary’s Immaculate Heart and to Jesus’ Sacred Heart.  Walk with Him and you will walk all of your days in peace and harmony.  It starts at home.

As the individual family lives, so lives the immediate community, the parish, the city, and state, the nation and the world.” Mother Angelica

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry