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The host Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark interviewed Ellen Edmonds who wrote a book called “Embracing Dementia”. Ellen Edmonds wrote this book after haven taken care of her husband when he had dementia. She wanted to help others who are taking care of mothers, fathers, husbands, wives or grandparents who have dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. I know SR has been helping her dad take care of her mom who has Alzheimer’s Disease. It can be rough or tough to see a parent or spouse going through these diseases, not remembering who you are or their thinking you’re still a child in their minds. When I was in high school my Pop Pop had Alzheimer’s Disease. When we would visit my grandfather he would think my dad was his brother and would call my dad his brother’s name. I could see the how much this hurt my dad. This is an extremely tough disease for everyone, the person that has the disease and the people taking care of those who have this illness. We are called to love, and specifically sacrificial love. Just remember God is with you as you go through this. He will give you the strength to get through this tough time. This was a great interview, well worth the half-hour listening time. Here is the website for the book Embracing Dementia. I hope listening to the interview helps SR and all those who are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. This book sounds like it would be very helpful for those who are taking care of loved ones with either dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. My thoughts and prayers are with SR, her family, everyone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, and all those taking care of family members who have dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. God Bless.
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Today there were 50 to 60 people injured when a car drove into hikers in a parade in Virginia. Yesterday evening there were two trains in Conn. that collided with one another during evening rush hour. There were dozens injured in the train collision. The victims and their families are in my prayers. May God’s healing touch come upon them. Here is a prayer for those injured in the two accidents and all those who need healing. God Bless.
O Lord our God and Savior, You rule over all things; You are our physician and comfort in sickness; You deliver us from pain. You stretched forth your hand to save your apostle Peter as he was sinking in water. Grant now your merciful aid to all those in need of healing. We trustingly call on You, to restore health in your loving kindness. O long-suffering Lord, show us your compassion and mercy that I may glorify your divine power and bless your holy Name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 58:8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Luke 9:11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him; and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those who had need of healing.
In #55 of Sister Faustina Kowalska’s Diary she received spiritual counsel from Father Adrasz, S.J. This is one of Father’s instructions for St. Faustina:
“Let God push your boat out into the deep waters, toward the unfathomable depths of the interior life.”
Are we afraid to let Jesus into the deep depths of our interior life? Do we allow God into our lives enough so He can change us? So the Lord is able to transform each of us into better beings? Do we stop our boat from entering into deep waters? Do we put limits on what we will allow God to do in each of our lives? Do we put a shield up because we are afraid to change?
I pray, talk to God, trust in the Lord’s will for me more than I used to but. . . I find myself asking whether I allow God into the deep waters of my soul. Do I only allow God to enter the shallow depths of my interior self? Do I stop God from pushing my boat into deep waters? I am guarded to a certain degree because of past events which happened in my life. While I trust in God more than I used to I know that I need to allow Him enter the deepest depths of my soul. I need to not push back and stop my boat from entering deeper waters. God Bless.
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This video has become an online hit – 300,000 hits in about a week. Samuel wears priestly garments as he ‘celebrates Mass. He is adorable!! It is totally awesome to see the tremendous faith of this little one. Samuel lives in Colombia. He is an orphan who lives with his grandmother and an aunt.
His relatives told reporters that last Christmas, Jaramillo did not ask for toys like most kids his age. Instead, he wanted “priest’s clothes” and the objects necessary to “celebrate” Mass.
He has learned to recite the Mass from memory with the corresponding pauses, intonations and gestures of an experienced priest.
In a reflection published by El Colombiano, Father Daniel Monsalve noted Jaramillo’s “passion for what he says and the tenderness that inspires him” in the videos.
“Amid a changing world that is at times indifferent to religious matters, this child appears as a testimony of love for God and fascination for sacred celebrations, most certainly fostered by those who care for him and by the priest of his parish,” Fr. Monsalve wrote.
Cases like that of Jaramillo “should not only awaken religious fervor but also serve as an example for the promotion of priestly and religious vocations, supported always by the encouragement of parishes, seminaries and houses of formation,” he added.
Jaramillo’s aunt, Elizabeth Rojas Arango, said, “This isn’t something we taught him, and we don’t even attend church,” but Jaramillo goes to Mass every Sunday and on Tuesdays with his grandmother, Rosa Eva Arango. CONTINUED
And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
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This is from the book Song of the Sparrow by Fr. Murray Bodo O.F.M.
To slow down and let the healing happen. How hard that is when the very sickness is a fear of slowing down, of not being able to function as well as we could, of paralysis of will. Healing is most impossible when we cannot forget the sickness long enough for healing to start.
How does one forget their sickness when they are enduring extreme pain? How does one forget their illness when the shaking in their hands and arms has gotten worse? I certainly am unable to forget this but I am able to cope the best I can by knowing that God is with me, and by uniting my pain with Jesus on the Cross. I can give my pain over to God and ask for His help as I go through all the various symptoms while doctors figure out what’s causing them. I could be frustrated or angry since my health has taken a turn for the worse since my hysterectomy but I’m not. I trust in God. I trust that Christ has a plan for me. I am going through these health issues for a reason but am waiting to find out for what purpose and where God is leading me.
I’m sure it is hard for people who have been active most of their lives to slow down as they get older. How hard it must be to accept the symptoms associated with the developmental process of aging. May God comfort those persons who are dealing with illness and symptoms due to aging.
Is it possible to forget your illness? Maybe during certain moments I can but after that I feel the symptoms related to my illness. Do you really have to be able to forget your illness to be able to heal? Or is it impossible to heal when you remember your illness and feel symptoms caused by the sickness? I believe that persons can pray to God for healing and try to forget their illness as much as possible, go about living life the best they can but I doubt that persons can completely forget the symptoms they are going through which are caused by their illness. I believe that God is the Ultimate Healer and with Him all things are possible. God is able to heal us even of we do remember our sickness.