Safari Wallpaper by Alphonse Mucha
June for me is sometimes still bittersweet. It took 35 years for destiny to reunite my mother to her beloved spouse on this day 4 years ago.
There’s no denying – I’m very wired for passionate sentiments. I sympathize with this sultry lady above as she bows down to the bird in her hand while the other three wait for her gentle touch. I was on the phone with the doctor when my mother expired. Her goodbye groan jumped from my ear to my heart as if God had given me the capacity to comfort her in the last moment. The groan was a sound I had never heard before. Soon after the nurse sent me a photo of 3 pigeons perched on the room’s windowsill. The Holy Trinity came to mind.
How astonishing is Mucha’s sentimental lady to encourage me to memorialize my mother with a happier sentiment – the joy of celebrating my marriage on June 4th – 32 years strong.
O, June, I will always embrace you with some bitter sweetness.
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
“Live peace in your hearts and in this way peace will flow from your hearts like a river into the whole world.” –Mary speaking at Medjugorje
My lengthy visit with my Maman in February was especially grand for her birthday in 2014. So I attended a healing Mass for her while asking for healing of black circles in my eyes. Our Lady of Lourdes dispensed many graces as I felt a burning sensation on my face. I rushed home to embrace my mother to share these graces with her. Then I looked in the mirror to inspect my eyes…Lo and behold, they sparkled clear with no black circles as I saw Jesus looking back at me through my eyes. O Divine Mercy! have I received. My eyes remain healthy.
What miracle have you received lately? Tell me!
Remembering the Solemnity of Christ
You reign supreme over all the nations
Compassionate to all mankind
Drawing straight lines out of crooked paths
Protection from all evil
Bringing mercy, peace and justice for all
May your kingdom reign forever
Today we honor all veterans, who fought in World War I, including my French grandfather, with three anonymous quotes.
“Our flag does not fly because of the wind. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”
“To our men and women in uniform past, present and future.”
“Home of the free because of the brace.”
Remembering my Brave Papa
You always soared above the clouds
and when you touched the ground
You made be light-footed and we danced;
I still follow the twinkle of your blue eyes,
You make me brave still.
Sweet love of father
opens door to life’s journey
Ocean of goodness…
…continues to flow over me from his celestial rest, O my dear Papa…
“The candle that gives light to others must itself be consumed. Thus we also have to act. We ourselves are consumed to give a good example to others.”
Saint Charles Borromeo