Sunday, July 4, 2010, 12:41 PM
Dear Fellow Guardian Angels,
There have been many changes, which were mostly a kind of down-sizing in my
life ~ maybe in your lives too.
I lost my stepfather, and also much of the year was either helping with my mother
or my son;same time dealing with an on-going divorce...that just keeps going!
I found much comfort in social events, but mostly in the quiet solitude of prayer.
Also , I learned like St. Terese of Liseaux, my namesake who tells of many trials, and losses..
when we turn these over to God, in both simplicity and in prayer - that He might
turn those losses into joy again... I am reading her book: The Story of A Soul.
If you haven't heard of her, she is declared to be the greatest saint of modern times!
As she also says, and what I am ever learning too: sometimes we must suffer in order to advance although much more positively, from the things we learn we are able to help others, and in so many ways that we never could if we hadn't had the experience.
Today is July 4th, although the holiday is not celebrated in Austria-the day of independence, in October I still had the joy to know my son enjoyed a firework display with his family a few days ago. I know that my family at home is celebrating too, but that I have lost so many of my family lately, that now I celebrate more the reward from making so many NEW friends, and to cherish so many good memories!
I celebrate too the independence of our great land-America, and also the joys of praising God for all things, including the losses - like all those who gave their lives,and those who fought that we might be free to which we must really give thanks!
Last, but not least, I am thankful for all of you too, and the continuance of our Guardian Angels Community ~ please let me know any of your prayer requests. I spend much more time now in prayer - not always posting journals, but always have an open ear and heart for any of your requests - would love to hear from you!
Once again, God bless you and I wish you a wonderful holiday!