Beads of Joy 01-28-11
Visitation - Assist Someone
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
DECADE OF THOUGHT: "Visitation- Is God asking you to help or assist someone in your life; either friend or family member ?"
Our Lord never intended for us to walk to Him alone. We need to work together, no only in our prayers and emotional support, but also in all other aspects of our life. Our first ministry is our family, in our family we have been blessed with one another, for love, encouragement, support and to turn to when we are down the most. As a family, let us work on keeping our communication open at all times to one another. Our Blessed Mother shows us how important it was for her to be there with her cousin Elizabeth. In Mary's day a long journey like that wasn't a quick jump on a bus or a simple flight at the airport. It was a combination of on foot and on a donkey. The nights were cold and very dark and the days were long and probably very dry. There were no rest stops, bathrooms, or even restaurants. This journey was a journey of love. I don't think many people in today's world could have done this journey. We are spoiled and we tend to want more comfort than discomfort.
Sometimes helping others isn't always pleasant or fun; maybe its cleaning up after a mess I'd rather not describe that has to be cleaned up. Maybe it's an ill family member who desperately wants the love and presence of their family around them as they suffer. Yes that one tweaks a nerve, and I know from others who have shared with me, that I do not experience this alone. God is so good to all of us, let us try to be the best family member we possibly can be. If we are the parent, let us be the parent, every child would adore to have as their parent. If we are a child and or a sibling, let's do our best in that family position, to be unmatched as the best. These examples are not referring to dish cleaning, or housecleaning, rather this is all about comfort; just like our Blessed Mother comforted her cousin Elizabeth. What matters the most to us in this life? Come on really think about it, what matters?? Relationships !!! The ones we have, the ones we are born into, and the ones we create. Family is the center core, we can't change that or replace that.
Can anyone truly understand why we need each other? I'm not talking about the technical, physiological terms. I am talking about what goes on in our hearts when they ache and they hurt. What causing, the feelings of missing one another? Is it comfort, a look from the others eyes? What is it that breaks a heart, heals a heart, mends a heart? How do we know that we know that we love someone one? Does it happen in a day? a week? a month? a year? or many years? Who really knows, but how does it happen? We don't really know I guess if we are honest with that answer. But what I do know is when you have an established long time love for someone; you heart can break, it can hurt, and all of that can easily be fixed only by the one breaking it. Does all this make sense? We really need to be there for one another like our blessed mother was with her cousin.
Just as Mary shared Jesus with Elizabeth, we to must do all we can when we comfort others; that is to share Jesus with them. The sharing of Jesus basically, is sharing love, in its purest form, unlike anything else we can possibly share with anybody. Simply allow the Holy Spirit to guide your heart. Always talk lovingly to those you love and kind to those you don't. That's just good advise, and it's not mine, my dear long time friend and Spiritual Director Fr. Gerald Mullally always come true in my life, as man of that seeks only to share ways to keep the peace, and share God's love. A peace and love God wants us to share and spread around. May God richly bless and show you the way to His will and His intention in your life with those in your family and the friends you have been surrounded with. Simply trust Him with all of you heart and you will be so thrilled of the outcome.
"Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus