By Virtue of Being Human

This is the second letter in a series from Regnum Christi member Kelly Suter about her nursing work with Ebola patients in West Africa. Her first letter was published on the Regnum Christi website. (Click here to read it.)

Dear Family and Friends,

Today is my first day off. While I appreciate this time, it is basically the equivalent of being under house arrest here in Liberia. There is no place to go in the county of Bong, and even the small markets that do exist pose a threat as Ebola is so rampant in this area. I have already fixed the toilet and shower drain, “MacGyvered” some curtains in the bathroom, put a bed together so my roommate isn't sleeping on a mattress on the floor, hung some laundry lines and washed all of my laundry. Though it has only been a week since my last update, using the rest of my day off to write down both the heartbreak and hope of this past week seems like a worthy use of the remainder of my day. Read the rest of this entry »


Where are you?

“When they heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. The Lord God then called to the man and asked him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3: 8-9)

Have you been wondering lately where God is? It’s so easy to get stressed or overwhelmed by the steady stream of suffering, evil, or simply put – just bad news. All too often we want to cry out, “Lord, where are you?” But, actually, God is the one who is asking the question – it is the first question He ever asked us in our human history, and He still asks it. “Where are YOU?” God asks each one of us – and He waits for an answer. He wants to know where we are not just physically, but also spiritually, emotionally, psychologically… When was the last time you stopped and listened to God asking you the question? He asks because He wants to find you…He longs for a true encounter with you. Don’t be afraid to tell Him where you are.


The not-so-happy dance

Houston after the dance.

Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Every so often I say something that seems to hint at what the future holds. I don’t think this is because I’m a gifted seer, but if you offer enough advice, well, something is bound to materialize.

For me, fishing is much the same. I’m not especially skilled, but I enjoy it. And by casting a line hundreds of times I eventually make contact with a fish or annoy one enough to take a bite at my lure.

But I digress. Read the rest of this entry »


Tombstones

"What does it cost us to say: "My God help me! Have mercy on me!" Is there anything easier than this?" - Alphonsus Liguori

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, cemeteries are really quiet! Last week I was looking for a silent place to pray while I was out and about in Cheshire and I found this old cemetery. There were tombstones from 1799. The grey and dirtied stones made reading the inscriptions difficult. They also got me thinking about time and eternity. How long will I remain on earth before Our Lord calls me home? I don't know. Am I ready? No way! I feel like I have so much work yet to do to be prepared, that it's overwhelming. "God have mercy on me!"

 

 


Spiritual Virginity

To the pure all things are pure… (Tit 1:15)

Quoted in segment #5 of John Paul II’s 57th Wednesday Audience entitled “The Pauline Doctrine of Purity as Life According to the Spirit” given on March 18, 1981, beginning our late pope’s catechesis on the Theology of the Body.

I couldn’t help but think of this line from scripture (and fondly quoted by St. John Paul the Great) when I watched the first music video released by Sister Cristina Scuccia. Sister was the recent winner of the Italian version of the reality show, The Voice.

Had I seen this nun’s remake of the 1984 pop hit by Madonna (whose name, in my opinion, is not fitting of the original) years ago, I might not have been very pleased. I would likely have been one of those “masters of suspicion” described by John Paul referring to people who judge the intentions of the heart through the lens of original sin and “concupiscence” only. Read the rest of this entry »


Bah, humbug, boo Halloween

Halloween is my least favorite time of year.

OK, when I was a kid I enjoyed roaming about the neighborhood and amassing a shopping bag of candy. And when my own kids were little I enjoyed escorting them on their candy-collection expeditions.

But with a just a week to go before this annual event, my neighborhood is decorated with ghosts hanging from trees, bones sticking out of graves in front yards, headless forms hanging from basketball hoops, giant spiders crawling over rooftops and lines of tombstones along driveways. Read the rest of this entry »


The Power of the Eucharist

"If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist."  -- St. Thomas More

With the daily reception or visit of Christ in the Eucharist, so many fears, problems, anxieties, and internal struggles can be overcome! Christ is there waiting in the tabernacle in every Catholic Church, but he will not force anyone through the door. You simply need to make it a priority.

 

 


An Update on Our Lady of America

On this feast day of St. John Paul II, who was devoted to Our Lady, I humbly request his prayers regarding the subject of this blog.

In August of 2012, I wrote a blog about the modern day Marian apparition, Our Lady of America. (Click here to read that blog.) Two years later, in this month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, I think it’s a good time to write an update.

While perusing the Internet recently, I found this statement concerning a legal decision about copyright burdens being lifted that may help bring about fulfillment of the request attributed by Our Lady:

“The United States Catholic Bishops should soon be able to plan that solemn procession and placement into the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C. of the statue of Our Lady of America.” Read the rest of this entry »


Life the Holy Land: A Pilgrim Journey

Life in the Holy Land is a constant reminder to me that I am a pilgrim…marveling and learning along the way, but not yet having arrived to the final destination. As pilgrims, along the way we experience a multitude of blessings and a few too many challenges from our viewpoint.

At least the present challenges are only opportunities to grow in humility and other blessed virtues…or they simply lend themselves to laughter. The greatest adventures of the past 3 weeks have been learning how to live in a land that does not always speak or write your language. I have bought mystery meat, told strangers good morning when it was nighttime, finagled my way out of a situation with a bad-humored policeman (I think he knew no English and gave up trying to understand me), managed to buy a washing machine in Hebrew, been tricked by a gas station attendant who took advantage of a “rich American”, and I gave a tour of ancient ruins using my newly learned Hebrew vocabulary. Ok, it was a 3 word tour (synagogue, market, and house…in Hebrew of course) with lots of hand gestures. Read the rest of this entry »


Arthritic Hands

“Understand this – there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.” – St. Escriva

My grandmother’s arthritic hands were so swollen and bent that it was difficult for her even to turn on the water faucet. “However,” she said, “I don’t need my hands to pray.” And pray she did – every day all 15 decades of the rosary and the divine chaplet! I believe her prayer became the key for her to unlock the divine in the ordinary.

 

 



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