Resurrection

The day before yesterday I saw a rather large yellow butterfly dancing around me while I was taking a walk. I stopped to watch it flutter about, landing just a few feet from me on the ground. Looking at him, I thought how beautiful he was and how rare it is to even see butterflies anymore, then he took flight again, circling around me until eventually disappearing into the nearby woods.

Certainly seeing a yellow butterfly isn’t an usual event, even with all the pesticides we can still manage to see one now and again, but for some reason this one seemed special. I mentioned to my son that I had seen this beautiful yellow butterfly earlier in the day and he stopped short, looked at me a bit surprised and said he too had seen one just a few hours ago when walking a few miles from here. Strange, we both agreed, but again not totally out of the ordinary.

I just couldn’t get this little beauty out of my mind so I decided yesterday after praying my rosary that I would open my bible and see if the Lord had anything special to say to me. This is not unusual for me to do, but today I thought I would just see if my little visitor had any special meaning. As many probably know the butterfly in Christian tradition represents the Resurrection. This is because of the transformation the butterfly takes from caterpillar to butterfly.

Closing my eyes I said a prayer and opened my bible not knowing where it would be. 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, The Resurrection. “Oh wow” I thought. Then I read slowly through St. Pauls first letter to the Corinthians to see what the Lord was wanting me to know.

The message I took away from this is Jesus is Risen and He will indeed make all things new! I’ve been feeling called to write but I’m a hopeless procrastinator. God has been so good to me and showered me with more Grace than I deserve. It is my responsibility as a believer to be a witness and to not ignore His call for my help anymore.

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the word of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

If procrastination doesn’t take hold of me again, I’ll be back soon with more! Peace!!

John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live…”

Feast of St. Cabrini

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Feast of Saint Frances Cabrini

Today, Nov. 13, is World Kindness Day! It is also the feast day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, our first US citizen to be canonized. What was she canonized for? Her kindness of course!

In 1880 Mother Cabrini’s bishop requested that she found the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in service of hospitals and the poor children. Then in 1889 she left her homeland of Italy with 6 other sisters and settled in New You working with immigrants.

In 1902 she moved to Denver, Colorado and settled in Golden. By the time of her death in 1917, she founded 67 institutions worldwide including schools, orphanages and hospitals.

There is a beautiful shrine in Golden that is well worth the trip. There is a magnificent 22 foot tall (33 foot with base) statue of Jesus dedicated to His Sacred Heart. 373 steps were placed up the side of the mountain to reach the statue. It is said St. Cabrini loved being here “I am happy to have a mission in the Rocky Mountains where I always desired to go, May God be praised!” – Mother Cabrini.

The two miracles that secured her sainthood include restored vision to a child who was blind and the healing of a nun that was terminally ill.

She was made patroness of immigrants in 1950.

In memory of this great saint, let’s go out and do something kind today!

 

 

Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, September 12th,  we celebrate the feast day of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Blessed Mother loves us and desires to protect us. Her mission is to guide her children toward her son Jesus so that we may know Him and see how much He loves us.

This feast day began in Spain in 1513 and spread throughout the region. In 1683 muslim forces were pushing their way into Poland and John Sobieski, the king of Poland, entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary. After that, they easily defeated the muslims. Pope Innocent XI then extended the feast to the entire Church.

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