prayers for my dad April 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 4:24 pm

Please pray for my dad’s health. His name is Ron. He was just scheduled for surgery to remove a kidney cyst and a solid mass on the kidney that they believe to be cancer. If so, this is his third cancer, in addition to having had open heart surgery not so long ago.

 
 

Update on Curtain Climber January 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 1:55 pm

He’s doing well, healing remarkably quickly. He doesn’t act like he’s in pain except occasionally. Thank you all for the prayers. I know that they have helped a LOT.

 
 

Prayers for Curtain Climber January 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 7:12 pm

Please pray for our Curtain Climber (aka Hot Stuff). He just spent the afternoon in the emergency room after grabbing a mug of hot cocoa and spilling it down his front. He’s not in any danger, except for infection, but he has a lot of pain from second degree burns. He’s currently sleeping through morphine, but he’s going to have some suffering over the next few days. So please pray for him, that his pain won’t be unbearable, and that he’ll heal extra fast. This is no way for him to ring in his new year or approach his first birthday. Thanks.

 
 

Carmelite Final Promises December 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 10:03 am

You may have noticed I’ve been more absent than usual recently. I’m trying, in addition to holiday cleaning, to prepare spiritually for OCDS Final Promises. For those who don’t know, OCDS refers to the Secular branch of the Order of Carmelites, Discalced. A secular, sometimes referred to as “Third Order,” is a member of a religious order who is not a nun, friar, monk, sister, or brother. In other words, we are attached to our order by prayer, spirituality, study, work, and charism.

The Discalced branch of the Carmelites was founded by St. Teresa of Avila, with the help of St. John of the Cross, in response to a need for reform in the then lax attitude toward the Rule of Life of Carmelites. In a time of great religious upheaval, Teresa found herself heading a convent where benefits and privileges were granted based on family wealth and favoritism, and where the rules were practically ignored. One of the rules that she reinstituted was the traditional habit, which included sandals, not shoes. Her reform was originally known by many popular names, but the name “discalced,” meaning shoeless, was the one that stuck. St. John headed the male reform, at St. Teresa’s request.

Today, the original Carmelite order (OC) and the Discalced Carmelites (OCD) make up separate orders with separate lines of authority and slightly differing spirituality, but they share a history and charism, as well as maintaining mutual “authority” over the Brown Scapular. The Brown Scapular, the symbol of both Orders, represents a smaller version of the brown habit of Carmelites. Both Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross have been named Doctors of the Church, and recently so was St. Therese of Lisieux, another Carmelite saint.

My name in Carmel is Mary of the Feet of Jesus. Please pray for me as I prepare to make my promises permanent on Saturday.

 
 

Update on Oldest Daughter September 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 9:45 am

I’m sorry I didn’t update sooner, but I figured those who really wanted to know either had already been informed (family) or had read the news on the blog of my Charming and Patient Husband. But for anyone who may have been missed by these two methods, I wanted to let you know that Firstborn Grandchild was born mid-afternoon and in good health, by emergency c-section. We haven’t been able to see them yet, but they are in our prayers and hearts, and we can’t wait to meet him.

Thank you to all who prayed or sent good wishes, and may God bless Mommy, Daddy, and Baby abundantly with joy, good fortune, and the meeting of every need.

 
 

Prayers and news September 11, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 2:38 pm

Just a quick prayer request for Oldest Daughter. Tomorrow she’s having labor induced. Please pray that everything goes well, and that it’s not too difficult. They’re also moving household, so please pray that the baby’s dad is able to be there when she gives birth.

 
 

Prayers for Pat April 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 12:24 pm

Please pray for the repose of Pat, a lady from my parish who was a truly incredible lady. She was a dynamic leader, a wise Christian, a friend to all, and an inspiration to the parish. She will be so very sorely missed. Please pray, also, for her family’s consolation.

 
 

Divorce August 25, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 5:00 am

No, not mine. My Charming and Patient Husband continues to sweep me off my feet. What I want to ask is for prayers for people who are going through divorce.

I know that divorce is a lamentable and destructive thing. I know that it hurts families and that many people view it far too lightly; but I don’t want to talk about that right now. I want to discuss what people going through it experience.

Regardless of fault or blame, divorce is an extremely painful experience. Debilitating, even. It shakes the core of one’s faith, hurts the soul like a bruise that won’t heal, and rattles even the very self image. Anyone who is going through this trial, regardless of the reasons, needs prayer.

Divorce also frequently tempts the person — even the person of strong convictions — to do things he or she normally would not do. The combination of ache, loneliness, and sudden self doubt leaves a hole, one that many people try to fill with activity, pain relief, and new love. The unhealed soul is not ready for new love, and it can be far too easy to substitute physical intimacy for spiritual intimacy. Especially when feeling completely undesirable. Six months of raw pain and irresponsible behavior can lead to lifetime repercussions.

I know a couple who are going through a divorce. I won’t go into details; those belong to the people involved. But I will say that they are both good people. And I know that they are about to be shocked by reactions they never could have anticipated. Please pray for them.

I am sure you know someone going through a divorce, too. Who doesn’t, anymore? Pray for them, too. They need a special protection right now.

 
 

Doctors and Lab Tests and Sonograms, Oh My! August 6, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 6:33 am

Well, last week was stressful, and this week promises to be at least as much so. I took the triple screen last week, which I do know has a possibility of false positives. It came out showing higher than usual odds of my baby having Down Syndrome, so tomorrow I’m scheduled for a level II sonogram an hour and a half away. (Our medical facilities here in town are pretty limited. Everything out of the ordinary is out of town.)

I’ve never been worried about Down Syndrome before, even though my last two pregnancies were also past age 35. I declined the triple screen for them; but this time, I’ve had this nagging worry that I should at least be prepared for the possibility. It seems like everywhere I go online, I am seeing people discuss Down Syndrome, how they found out, and how they wouldn’t trade their child for anything. I appreciate that sentiment, and if I have a child with Down Syndrome, I think I will feel the same way. But for now, not knowing, I am really hoping and praying that this child does not have any problems.

Partly, I’m selfish. We have two children over 18, one of them moved out. We’ve been married 4 1/2 years and have not been able to have a honeymoon, or even a weekend alone, since we married, because we are constantly surrounded by our blessings. I’ll be the first to say every child is a blessing, but it would be nice to be able to spend time with my charming and patient husband sometimes, too, without it being interrupted by bickering, diapers, and “can I haves.”

And let’s face it: I’m 40 years old, arthritic, overweight, tired, and depressed. I love being a mother, but I would dearly love someday to retire from being a mommy. I want to be grandma; I want to turn bedrooms into offices and libraries, and to send children home for dinner. I want to have a guest bedroom that it’s a treat for a child to sleep in. In other words, I dream of the day I can move on to the next stage of parenting: grandparenting. I would love to take a honeymoon, and as it is we might be able to do that for our 25th anniversary.

The thought of having a child who will likely never move out daunts me and haunts me. It isn’t that I don’t love my children, you know. But I’ve spent the past three years in the same three rooms almost constantly, listening to electronic toy computers singing the alphabet, in-depth discussions about the merits of one handheld gaming system over another, and demands that I choose sides in arguments over whether a child did nine minutes in the kitchen or ten. Most of my adult conversations have been limited to a half hour, over coffee, before Joel leaves for work. Is it so selfish that I just want to think that one day — some day — I will be able to have adult conversations on a regular basis?

I find myself looking forward to tomorrow, for that reason. Three hours in the car with a grownup, and not a single child to interrupt. A chance to see the baby in greater detail, probably to find out if it’s a boy or a girl, and ease my mind or learn to adjust. One way or the other, it’s better to know than to worry.

And perhaps selfishly, I pray.

 
 

Urgent prayers July 31, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 8:06 am

I think I’m about to get some crushing financial news, and if I’m correct it will mean losing our home. Not only that, but we will not be able to afford any other home, purchase or rental, and will be on the streets. Please, please pray.

update: Evidently you did. I won’t go into the situation, but suffice it to say that I got better news than I expected, and we’ll be able to keep our heads above water for another month. Thank you, pray-ers, and thank You, God!