In the Midst of Miracles

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My husband’s birthday is August 15, and his entrance into this world was a most miraculous event. Here is the true story of his birth, which highlights two important things: The power of prayer, and miracles.

The setting is a small country hospital, and the time frame is the 1950’s. A place and time that did not offer the now common C-section. Labor was not going well at all and had lasted for hours and hours. Baby, (my husband-to-be) was not coming out, and mom had lost a lot of blood. Since the situation was dire and mom could not pray for herself, family, friends, and neighbors all prayed on her behalf and that of the unborn child. They also asked Mary to pray to her son, Jesus, for the struggling mother and child.

A very rough delivery finally happened, which involved large perineal tears and forceps. The days and weeks afterward were touch and go. The hospital stay lasted over a month! The fact that they both survived was described as a miracle.

Yes, miracles still happen today. They are not reserved for just biblical times. Miracles do not have to be grandiose, extraordinary events. We sometimes make the mistake of looking for God only in the extraordinary and miss opening our eyes to see Him in the everyday miracles of life.

In the poem below, I attempt to honor God, my husband’s family with their strong, prayerful faith, as well as the fact that miracles are all around us! It seems that my husband has an intuitive sense of the miracles around him. Maybe because he is a walking miracle? Or perhaps because he is the product of the power of prayer?  Either way doesn’t matter. I am so blessed to be in the midst of marriage with him and enjoying the mist of miracles all around us.

In the Midst of Miracles

In the midst of a century
full of carnage and decay,
the world strives with hope
to recover His way.

While in the midst of the States,
in the rural mid-west,
a Czech family sends
to the Lady their request.

For in the midst of a hospital,
a young mother lies
in the blood of endless labor,
lacking energy to try.

In the midst of the rosaries,
with the matter turning grave,
the faithful place their trust
in the Almighty who saves.

Then on the feast of the miracle
of Our Lady assumed,
in the midst of joyful tears,
a son came from the womb.

In the years that followed,
as the young boy grew,
in the midst of his youth,
his soul keenly knew

about the splendor of chipmunks
and the wonderment of bees
in the midst of fishing ponds
and enormous walnut trees.

Now the boy is a man
who declares with delight,
in the midst of a millennium
that’s seemed to lose its sight,

that miracles are everywhere —
in every breath and every bloom!
He and the Lady proclaim,
to a world bemused in gloom,

to pray, and to look,
as through life we all trod
for we’re in the midst of miracles,
we’re in the midst of God!

My husband and his mom on the right, and more of his family.

7 Tips for Reverently Viewing Mass from Home

Family prayingWe are in a time when we cannot go to our normal place of worship and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the rest of our church community. Yet the third commandment tells us that we are to keep holy the sabbath day! It has been suggested that we watch Mass online or on TV. This is a wonderful opportunity for the domestic Church (which is the family) to delve deeper into the beauty of the Mass.

Below are suggested tips for reverently viewing Mass from home. Be sure to read them all well in advance and have the children help get things ready. Most all the tips are very kid-friendly, and they will truly enjoy the Mass much more if they help prepare! Continue reading

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MY PARENTS' Very Unususal Christmas Gift

A humongous box of firecrackers? A kitten in a basket? Those gifts may be unusual, but they are nothing like the very unusual Christmas gift I received from my parents. My parents’ very unusual Christmas gift was something that can’t be packaged and tied up with a string. They gave it not only to me but to my siblings as well. It was not something that we touched, but something we experienced. The very unusual gift that my parents gave was Continue reading

“Why Are You So Good To Me?”

Why Are You So Good to Me

My husband Danny and I have been together for over two decades. From the very beginning of our courtship, he treated me so well that I used to ask him all the time, “Why are you so good to me?”   I had recently come off a relationship that was not so good, and the nice things Danny was doing were in stark contrast of what I was used to. His acts of kindness went above and beyond anything I could imagine. From little things like opening the door for me, sending me cards and flowers, and cooking special meals for me, to big things like the day the rabbit died. Continue reading

I Never Knew Happily Ever After Would Hurt This Much

I Never Knew Happily Ever After Would Hurst So Much

And they lived “happily ever after.”  The ending words of fairy tales have become our expectation for real-life marriage. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a “happily ever after” marriage is easy. You walk off the altar with such joy and think that this marital bliss will last forever.  That it will come automatically and be pain free, because we are sooo in love! But the words, “Darling I never knew it would hurt this much to live happily ever after,” are much more realistic. The words are written by my good friend Cinda DeVet in a poem she authored. Continue reading

Make a New Year’s Resolution with the Holy Family

Holy Family into Egypt

If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, or even if you have, the Holy Family has something to offer you. This year, New Year’s Eve happened to fall on the Feast of the Holy Family, which provided an excellent opportunity for me to reflect on this humble family, and to consider what they can teach us regarding the resolutions we usually make.

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THE Job of a Husband and Wife

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

Did you know that husbands and wives have jobs? I don’t mean that they each have their own a place of employment, I mean that they have a job together. Regarding the ‘chief end’ of the sacrament of matrimony, the Baltimore Catechism states that the husband and wife should “aid each other in securing the salvation of their souls.” That means the primary job of a husband and wife is to help get each other to heaven. Continue reading