Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Word About Keeping the Faith

It was a great joy to visit our oldest living relative.

Born in 1917.  Wed in 1940.  She was a nurse for many years in labor and delivery at our local Catholic hospital.  Mother of 7 children.  Still going strong.   

Now in her 97th year, on the stand next to her chair was her St. Joseph hand missal.  It was edifying to hear her speak of her love and devotion for family and friends.  She says she watches EWTN and that Holy Communion is brought to her at home.  She asked of the new pope if he is as good as people say he is.  Keeping the faith gives us so much solace.  This lady is as happy as ever.  God bless and keep her always.   

One of the most beautiful prayers of the Latin Church is this one, at the end of the Nuptial Mass, which would have been prayed over her as a new bride in September 1940: "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob be with you, and may he fulfill his blessing in you, that you may see your children's children to the third and fourth generation, and then have eternal and unending life: with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, God for ever.  Amen. 

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