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Jesus I trust in You!

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Eternal, Holy God, I come to You burdened with worries, fears, doubts and troubles. Calm and quiet me with peace of mind. Empty me of the anxiety that disturbs me, of the concerns that weary my spirit, and weigh heavy on my heart. Loosen my grip on the disappointments and grievances I hold on to so tightly. Release me from the pain of past hurts, of present anger and tension, of future fears. Sometimes it’s too much for me Lord, too many demands and problems, too much sadness, suffering, and stress. Renew me spiritually and emotionally. Give me new strength, hope, and confidence. Prepare me to meet the constant struggles of daily life with a deeper faith and trust in You. Let your love set me free, for peace, for joy, for grace, for life, for others, forever. Amen.

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“Before I Formed you in the Womb, I knew you. “

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Today is the 47nd anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade which legalized abortion. Today we remember the millions of lives lost to legal abortion in our country.

Think of the future generations that have been wiped out. There are literally millions of souls who were never given the chance to be a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or friend. Look at your children, grandchildren, spouse, or best friend, and ask yourself – what if they were aborted and never existed?

As Catholics, we believe that ALL human life is sacred and needs to be protected from conception to natural death. We care about pre-born and born children (at all stages), we care about women, men, families, the poor, the elderly, the orphans, the sick, the disabled, the weary, the immigrants, those who have been harmed by human trafficking . . .

ALL human life.

If abortion wasn’t the killing of a child, then why do we look away if we see a picture of an aborted baby? What’s the big deal if it’s just a clump of cells, and not human? We look away because we know we are looking into the window of the womb where a human life was once growing. We are looking Truth in the face, and the reality of what an abortion really is – the slaughter and killing of a human being.

Abortion turns the womb into a tomb.

The womb should be the most sacred and safest place on earth, but instead is the most dangerous.

According to Catholic teaching a faithful Catholic must not support abortion. The Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2270, is:

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

The March for Life in Washington D.C. is this Friday, January 24th and will end at the Supreme Court steps. The United States is 1 of 6 countries allowing abortion after 20 weeks. China & North Korea are two of them. We are better than this.

Please continue to fight to end abortion. Please continue to fight to protect all life from conception to natural death. Keep praying. Keep marching. Keep supporting women who think they have no other option. Keep voting to protect life. Do not rest until this great human rights struggle of our time is overcome. Be Bold. Be Catholic. Fight the good fight and protect the innocent.

God bless all those who have lost their lives to abortion, those in danger of abortion, and for all post-abortive parents who have been so wounded by this terrible injustice.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5 

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In Sickness and in Health

My dad (Bill) will be 88 this year and has suffered from Dementia for the last 7 years. He’s also a (retired) PGA Master Golf Pro – (He received a full golf scholarship to the University of Florida over 60 years ago!) – and when he was in his 20’s was the Head Golf Pro at the Naval Air Base in Pensacola, FL – teaching many golf lessons to several of the Blue Angels and many servicemen and women over the years. (This is the same place where that awful attack and killings took place last month.)

Recently my sister asked my dad “If you could do five things, what would you want to do?” He replied, “Well, I would marry Claire, then I would marry her again. Then I would marry her again and again. Is that five?” 

My Mom & Dad will be married 64 years this May, have eleven children, 26 grandchildren, and pray the rosary together every day. Their love for each other is such an inspiration – in sickness and in health! Dementia and Alzheimers is not easy for anyone, yet my mother takes wonderful care of him with such style and grace, and I have a sister and her family who live right down the road who are truly his angels. All of my brothers and sisters visit and help so much – we are truly blessed! He also has some wonderful help that comes to their home during the week to help with physical therapy, breathing exercises and extra care – they are all such a blessing to our family.

Last week after he finished his exercises (he does them somewhat willingly ha ha) – he looked at my mom and told her he was crazy . . . then with a grin and twinkle in his eye he added “I’m crazy in love with you!”

My sister  and I took this short video of my parents last week when I was down in Florida visiting them.  They turn 88 and 86 this year – and this is one of their favorite songs. There have been good days and bad days as my dad battles Dementia, but this dance made his day. He loves to dance and is always holding hands with my mom. (Who is a saint here earth!) My mom (Claire) also has a really strong devotion to St. Joseph, and says her daily prayers every day – one of the prayers she says is a 12 year prayer!

Just thought I would share this with you all. Dementia can be so scary – and sad,  but there are also so many special moments of grace like seeing the love and care my parents have for one another that are truly a gift from God.  I am so thankful to God for the gift of my parents and family – and all of you!

In Christ, 

Liz