Words from Eli
Words from Eli
|Posted by madrinaeg on 10 May, 2009 at 18:35|
It's so easy to get away from our faith and easier to find excuses as to why we can't make it to Church or some religious celebration. Well while living in Miami I was a very committed Catholic, Mass on Sunday's, Eucharistic Minister and made sure my son would attend all his religious events. Then we moved to North Carolina and somehow got away from the usual routines of my Sunday Mass, and other religious involvements.
Well I have to tell you that as soon as you get some not so good news, its amazing how soon you go back to those faith roots-at least that happened to me. I can share with all of you that through all of these difficult times, my faith has been my strongest support finding in it an inner peace and strength that would be very difficult to explain. But I will share a little story with all of you:
In the middle of December 08 when I had my first biopsy I went to visit my aunt and mom in their home in Whispering Pines and they of course knew how upset and concerned I was. My little aunt (and those that know her can appreciate the fact that at almost 88 years old she is a dynamic lady), approached me with a small little Christmas Ornament of a Virgin of Guadalupe (a/k/a Virgin of the Americas) she handed it to me and I still remember as if it was today she said "I hand you this to help, protect and guide you through these times of distress". Well today this Virgin has become a very important part of my day to day life and commitment to my faith, we pray at nights to her as a family, and I pray to her in my times when I am alone and stressed. We have created a small "Prayer Garden for her" in appreciation and my trust in her. Without this restored faith that I have it would be very difficult for me to work through all of these little dents on the road. Thank you Jose for hanging out there in 40 degree weather planting the garden for the Virgin it is beautiful!
Not only am I blessed with this wonderful experience but at the beginning of my illness my dear and special friend Anna suggested we do prayer times as a group..well to all of you that have prayed with me for weeks on end, together so many times at that 8:00pm mark, what can I possibly say but Thank You its your love and unity that has helped me so very much!