Saturday, May 30, 2015

Feast of the Visitation

I chose this post on this special Feast day because Laura obviously learned from her mother and other special women in her life about how important life is no matter what the medical situation.  As Mary and Elizabeth shared their story and special circumstances with each other, we as women need to do the same.  Encourage each other always in the spirit of Mary and Elizabeth.

In today's world most of the babies who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome don't get much further than the diagnosis. Winnie was born into a family where this baby is considered a great blessing from God. When her grandmother Gerri, first told me of the impending arrival I shook with joy, I cried knowing that this was a special person entrusted to a very special family. I have known Laura since she was a baby, then one of only two of the now eleven Goguen children. 

Laura has exceptional parents, who consider every birth a soul to give back to God. They were given two very special sons as well. The cystic fibrosis gene is somewhere in the family. Babies three and four have cystic fibrosis.  As a young couple Ron and Gerrie quickly learned to fully rely on God, with amazing team work to deal with the health issues and growing family. First and foremost daily mass. This family gets into a van and drives almost an hour each way for mass. Their story is very special, but today we celebrate the Motherhood of their oldest daughter Laura.

We thank Jesus for this special young family.

Below a letter from Laura

"It most likely has down syndrome. I'm sorry. You have two options from here, to continue with the pregnancy or terminate it."For about 17 weeks Winnie and I had been doing everything together. Errands, work, visiting family and friends, going to church, praying. I sang to her every day. She danced around in my warm belly. We were so happy. I had prayed and waited for her for so long and she was finally here. And now as I lay in the dark ultrasound room, my husband and I joyfully watching her twist and turn on the monitor, I was being asked if I still wanted her. She may have a learning disability, they said. She may be sick. She may need surgery. And for that, did I want her to be mutilated and thrown away? Was I on the scene of a horror film? I shook my head and muttered "No." Utterly confused as to why this was an appropriate question to be asked. Three separate times we were asked the same thing. But I didn't understand... Is not the best place for a sick child in the loving embrace of their parents? And don't parents want nothing more than to comfort their children, and make them happy? Didn't she deserve a chance at a long and beautiful life just like any other baby?
While I write this, my sweet Winnifred is sleeping on my shoulder. I am so tired. My body is tired. My mind is tired. I wonder if there will ever be a time when I am no longer tired. But my soul, my soul is so alive. More alive than ever before. It's pumping my blood, moving my muscles, keeping me going. It's full of joy, love, the grace of Our Lady, from one Mother to another. My life is just beginning and it already feels so perfectly complete. All because of her. My dear daughter that God so graciously blessed me with.
If only the other parents knew. If only the doctors knew. If only the ultrasound technician knew...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Let the Fire Fall

This picture was taken 7 years ago from my home in Conway, New Hampshire.  I was at my computer writing a letter to the Papal Nuncio very early in the morning.  My husband got up and took a look out the window.  This picture is what he saw.  He called to me and said, "I think you better get your camera and come down here."  I wasn't in the mood for checking out the sunrise.  I did however get my camera and head in his direction.  The picture above is what I saw.  It has not been changed in any way.  I named it, "The Gates of Hell".  I have a great faith and believe completely the words from scripture, "The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it."  

 I believe this Pentecost of 2015 is a powerful out pouring of the Holy Spirit.  It is a time to take a serious look at the condition of our souls and start spreading the good news of repentance.  Lets get our sacramental lives in order and walk the walk of true Roman Catholic Christians. Teach and preach as never before the benefits of Purity,  the Mercy of God through the sacrament of reconciliation that can and will make us one as Jesus and his Father are one. 

God is Love, there is no fear in love.

Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Solemnity of the Ascension

Solemnity of the Ascension 2015 Pope Benedict XVI taught in a 2009 homily on the Ascension, that this solemnity "invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Lord's Ascension...[wherein] we [are] urged to fix our gaze on our Redeemer: who died 'for sins once for all' that he might bring us back to God, ...

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

You Are My Friends (John 15:9-17)

Fr. Bartunek
286. You Are My Friends (John 15:9-17)

“He had no need of us in order to save us, but we can do nothing without him… So let us love one another as Christ loved us and gave himself for us.” - St. Augustine

John 15:9-17: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants anymore, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.’

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Pray Divine Mercy

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Make the Most of May

As we enter the beautiful month of May please note these important reminders:

  1. April 30th marked the 15th anniversary of the cannonization of Saint Faustina and Pope Saint John Paul II's proclaimation of the Feast of Divine Mercy for the Universal Church.  It was the saint's "happiest day of his life" --- how awesome is that!  
  2. Today is the First of May - the Month of Mary.  Begin your Divine Mercy for America's novenas today.  Read more.
  3. Today is Friday, remember to fast for our country.  Read more about Fast Friday.
  4. Next Thursday, May 7th, is the National Day of Prayer.  Spread the word and make plans now to make your day especially prayerful.  Visit National Day of Prayer.
  5. Learn more about St. Faustina's encounters with theBlessed Virgin Mary to help you grow in understanding of her powerful intercession.
We have had an incredible year so far, adding many to our list of teammembers on fire with Divine Mercy and motiviated to better utilize the promises of Jesus, given to us for these times.  Please continue to pray for us and this campaign, and please consider a donation to this most important work.
God bless you and God bless America,

Joan and Dave Maroney
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