Chapter 15 – Transformation! Stand For Something Or You Will Fall For Anything
I say this to my children often so I need to live it. I don’t want to be a do as I say person, I want to be a do as I do person, because everything I do, God willing, is following in the footsteps of Jesus!
I am a sinner, fallen creature as all humanity is from the beginning of time due to Original sin. I do not despair however, I have hope and joy! Because God, Our Father, sent us Jesus, who came to save us from our sins!
I Live, Love and Laugh!!!
I cherish each day and moment spent with family and friends. I am thankful for my job and for my profession which I have worked in for almost 30 years and has been an incredible blessing in my life.
I have an attitude of gratitude and my altitude is determined by my attitude. I am thankful to all those along my life’s journey who have loved, helped and supported me in any way.
I was transformed starting on March 18, 2015, the day I admitted myself to the hospital due to chest pain.
I received three sacraments while in the hospital, Confession and Communion, which I choose to receive on regular basis, always have and always will.
I was incredibly blessed to receive Anointing of the Sick by my friend, Fr. Ugo. This was the first time I received the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. A sacrament is an outward sign, instituted by Jesus, to provide God’s grace or His life within us, and it is supernatural.
The Anointing of the sick healed me and cleansed me in every way including from concupiscence, like I have never experienced before. I encourage you to receive it if you are gravely ill, near death or elderly and extremely frail as the Church requests but advises in its guidelines to follow the administering of this great sacrament so always go to your pastor to get his permission and read the guidelines stated in this link, https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/anointing_of_the_sick.htm.
You don’t have to be near death to receive it. Go and ask your priest if your condition falls under the guidelines to receive. Since we are all fallen and sinful by nature it can and will heal you physically and spiritually; this does not mean you will miraculously recover. You must cooperate with God’s grace. This does not mean you nor I will never sin again or be tempted, but it helps us.
I received this sacrament on the evening of March 19, 2015, also the feast of St. Joseph, who is the foster-father of Jesus and who I am devoted to and ask his intercession to be a better man and father every day!
The next day, March 20, I had my procedure where a stent was inserted into the circumflex artery of my heart to help clear plaque that had built up and was stopping blood flow to my heart.
The procedure did not go smoothly and had to be completed twice. This time period was the middle of lent. I was in the process of my Lenten sacrifices and experienced great peace and mercy from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while I was in the hospital these four days.
Sue and the kids were great and there for me, as well as friends. The prayers and thoughts were very important to my outcome.
I was alone, but not alone! Jesus was always with me! I held my rosary in my left hand throughout my procedure. The nurse taped it to my hand because she knew I was not letting it go.
I was blessed to experience and meditate on the wounds of Christ, which I experienced in miniature in and on my body as both of my wrists had to be pierced at separate times due to the first procedure not going smoothly. In addition most of my upper torso was marked up and bruised from the monitors that had to be placed on and stuck in and on me and the intravenous and needles that had to be inserted.
I lay in a cold white room on a skinny table during the procedure. The doctors and nurses were great.
Transformation started that day and continues daily with the help of prayer from the supernatural Angelic Warfare Confraternity as well as my “brothers” and “sisters” in faith and the support and love of my children, mother, family and friends.
We journey together even if not all on same page and headed in same direction all the time and I am incredibly blessed, so much so, it is overwhelming and difficult to put into words.
God will never be outdone in generosity if only we let Him in, even just a little bit! He is the greatest running back of all times! Reason being, just like a great running in football needs a little crack or space from his Offensive line and blockers to burst through the line of scrimmage on his way to the end zone, God gives us free will to choose Him or reject Him. He never forces us to follow Him. So, if we give Him a little crack or opening in our hearts, He will do the rest!
Hence, I have been transformed by His Love and Mercy, changed forever for the good, and walking daily toward Him. Won’t you allow His Holy Spirit to transform you as well! It is a process, take baby steps and keep growing, learning, praying and studying our faith and go deeper every day!
Always cultivate a positive outlook and attitude, even in the face of persecution, rejection and evil. Accept the things you cannot change, change the things you can, pray for the wisdom to know the difference!
I started this chapter by stating I tell my children often to stand for something or fall for anything. I stand for Jesus first and foremost, and the teachings of The Catholic Church through its Catechism. How about you? What do you stand for? What will you stand for?
I am called to serve, called to witness, called to preach.
Love, Peace, Truth and Mercy!!!