Thursday, June 13, 2013

SUPPORT SYSTEM

As I said goodbye to my oldest daughter and her family tonight, on their way back home, it occurred to me again that I have been abundantly blessed by an extensive support system of family and friends who have been there for me whenever I have needed them, since long before my husband got sick.  This daughter drove down from LA just for two nights to be able to spend time with me as well as to pick up the much-needed car seat-stroller that I first saw in action when I went to Minnesota with my second daughter and her one year old.  She also made my favorite dinner, Cuban Chicken, for me as well as my son, his girlfriend, and a couple from our days with World Wide Marriage Encounter who were coming over to share with me about our Plan for Growth, where we consider our spirituality, family, and (for them) their couple relationship.  It was an evening full of joy as well as happy memories (and extremely good food)!  How very blessed I have been by an extended family and a circle of friends who have stood by me throughout the last difficult year and have helped me to go on to live out "Chapter Two" of my life.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

THE VISITATION

Almighty ever-living God,
who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb,
inspired her to visit Elizabeth,
grant us, we pray,
that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit,
we may magnify your greatness
with the Virgin Mary at all times.

I remember a bus ride to Ain Karem from wherever in the Holy Land we had been staying (I think it was Jerusalem rather than Nazareth because it wasn't as long as it might have been), and it seemed long to me.  But Mary went on foot I presume, on a much longer journey, probably with a caravan. I can imagine the noise, the dust, and her weariness when she arrived, yet her first words were such ones of praise that they are prayed every day in the Church.  How fitting it was that Elizabeth said to her, "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

And I remember several years earlier, when I was still in college, I think at a daily Mass, and after I received Holy Communion, I suddenly realized that, like Mary, I was carrying the Son of God within me.  Those few moments didn't last long, but when I travel back to my much younger self, I remember the awe of my union with my Lord.

The prayer which is the Collect from the Mass for the Visitation, combined with my memories, have prodded me to realize that I also need to magnify the greatness of the Lord who has lifted me up in unimaginable ways since my beloved husband died--and I believe went on to heavenly greatness--through His grace and the prayers and support of my dear family and friends.  And although it has taken eleven days to get the prayer I wanted to open my next blog entry, I think that I will try to write more often here, since there are so many ways the Lord reveals his greatness to us every day.