LET OUR MOTHER AND CO. STEAL THE SHOW

HOW OFTEN DO WE ALL FEEL HELPLESS? HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE ENDED UP SAYING TO OURSELVES “THIS DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE”? WHEN YOU TAKE A LOT OF KNOCKS IN YOUR TIME, NOT KNOWING WHERE YOU WENT WRONG, LEAN ON OUR MOTHER, TELL HER ALL ABOUT IT AND PRAY. IF YOUR PRAYERS ARE SAID FROM THE BOTTOM OF YOUR HEART YOU WILL FEEL FULL OF PEACE AND JOY ONCE AGAIN. PEACE IS POWER AND SO IS JOY, AND THEY BOTH COME FROM ABOVE.

WHATEVER HAPPENS TO US, NO MATTER HOW PAINFUL IT IS AND REGARDLESS HOW UNJUST WE FEEL IT IS ALL, THE STRONG ARGUMENT HERE LIES IN THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO EACH OF US IS BECAUSE THAT CIRCUMSTANCE IS A MEANS TO SHOW US SOMETHING WE STILL DO NOT KNOW ABOUT, AND THAT IT IS ABOUT TIME WE KNEW. WE HAVE GOT TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES HERE. SAY WE DO NOT DESERVE THE UNJUST CIRCUMSTANCE WE ARE GOING THROUGH, LIKE IT IS OFTEN THE CASE. SAY THE ONLY WAY FOR US TO REALIZE WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN THIS LIFE, THAT IS, BECOMING A BETTER PERSON EACH DAY AS WE GO ALONG, IS GOING THROUGH THAT BITTER EXPERIENCE WHICH WE CERTAINLY DO NOT DESERVE. SINCE THIS RINGS A BELL FOR ALL OF US, THE RIGHT THING TO DO HERE IS TO GET READY TO TACKLE THE SITUATION. BESIDES OUR MOTHER´S LOVE WE ALL HAVE MORE WAYS TO HELP OURSELVES WHENEVER WE FEEL SO DOWN WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, AND THESE OTHER WAYS ARE LISTED DOWN HERE.

PRAYING IN FRONT OF THE CUSTODIA IS A WONDERFUL WAY OF FEELING RELIEVED FROM WHATEVER GRIEF. GOD TALKS TO EACH OF US IN SILENCE, WRAPPED UP IN LOVE MYSTERY”. GOD´S LANGUAGE IS SILENCE AND AS HE SPEAKS SILENCE “HE TELLS US ABOUT HIS LOVE AND EACH OF US FEELS CLOSER TO HIM”. THIS SILENCE TIME WE SPEND WITH HIM IS A MYSTERY TIME. GOD USES THIS MYSTERY TIME TO GRANT US KNOWLEDGE OF HEAVEN. IN ORDER TO DECODE GOD´S SILENCE LANGUAGE “WE CAN FOLLOW THIS PLAN ASKING OURSELVES THE FOLLOWING THREE QUESTIONS, IN FRONT OF THE MONSTRANCE (CUSTODIA):

1.IS THIS OUT OF THIS WORLD PEACE REAL? IF THE ANSWER IS AFFIRMATIVE IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY GOD” WHO GRANTED ME THAT.

 2.”DO I GET FULL OF TEMPERANCE WHEN I LOOK AT GOD HIDDEN IN THAT SMALL PIECE OF SACRED BREAD? IF THE ANSWER IS AFFIRMATIVE IT IS FOR SURE OUR LORD” WHO GRANTED IT TO ME TOO.

 3.”DO I FEEL MY SOUL GETS A PRESENCE WHICH PROVIDES ME WITH TRANQUILITY AND LOVE WHICH GO STRAIGHT TO MY HEART, AND PUT AN END TO MY FEARS AND WORRIES? IF THE ANSWER IS AFFIRMATIVE” I KNOW GOD IS RIGHT HERE SHARING THIS GLORIOUS MOMENT WITH ME, TRYING TO HELP ME THE BEST WAY HE CAN, BEARING IN MIND GOD CANNOT SHOW ME ALL HIS POWER YET, BECAUSE OF THE WICKED CHALLENGE THE EVIL ONE ISSUED TO MY LORD.

“ONCE MASS IS OVER, PRAYING FERVENTLY IN FRONT OF THE TABERNACLE WOULD WORK WONDERS IN EACH OF US. THAT TIME WE SPEND IN FRONT OF THE TABERNACLE ON THE ALTAR, RIGHT AFTER MASS, IS A MYSTERY TIME WHEN WE ARE GRANTED GRACED ASSISTANCE IN WHAT WE SPECIFICALLY PRAY FOR”.

“FOLLOWING SAINT ANNE CATHERINE OF EMMERICH´S ADVICE IS ANOTHER WISE WAY TO GET THE RELIEF WE MAY NEED. SHE SAID THIS ONCE: “GOD IS ALWAYS OUR PROTECTION IF WE DO NOT SPLIT UP FROM HIM. HE IS ALWAYS RIGHT BESIDE US, BUT EACH OF US HAS TO DESERVE HIS HELP, THROUGH OUR WILL AND OUR ACTS. WE HAVE TO GET TO OUR LORD AS HIS GRATEFUL CHILDREN AND WE SHOULD NEVER PART FROM HIM”.

“RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS. THE EUCHARIST IS ONE OF THE BEST METHODS OF RELIEF SINCE GOD IS PRESENT IN THAT SMALL PIECE OF SACRED BREAD, RIGHT AFTER THE CONSECRATION. TAKING COMMUNION IS SURE RELIEF SINCE IT IS GOD´S LOVE”.

“LOVING EACH OF OUR BROTHERS” AROUND THE WORLD IS PUTTING INTO PRACTICE WHAT JESUS CHRIST ONCE TOLD US: LOVE EVERYONE AS YOU WOULD LOVE YOURSELF.

LET US COMMEND OURSELVES TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL EVERY DAY. HE IS OUR FAITHFUL FRIEND AND MOST POWERFUL ALLY, WHOSE PRESENCE IS CONSTANT IN OUR HEARTS SINCE THE FIRST DAY WE ARE CONCEIVED”.

“CHOOSING CAREFULLY OUR LIFE PROJECTS, MAKING SURE JESUS CHRIST STEALS THE SHOW EVERY TIME, EVERY DAY”.

“LOVING ILL HUMAN BEINGS”, HELPING THEM WITH THEIR NECESSITIES. EVERYONE OF US HAS GOT SOME ILL FAMILY MEMBER. WELL, THIS IS ANOTHER TEST FOR US TO TAKE. WE DO NOT WANT TO IGNORE THE TESTS LIFE SETS US BUT TO TAKE THEM. IN THE CASE OF ILL FAMILY MEMBERS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR NECESSITIES, RUNNING ERRANDS FOR THEM, TAKING THEM FOR A WALK, TO THE MOVIES OR TO A LOVELY PARK, HOLDING THEM IN A WARM EMBRACE, ASSISTING THEM WITH OUR ARMS, SO THAT THEY CAN WALK SAFELY WHEREVER THEY WANT TO, ASKING THEM WHAT THEY WOULD LOVE TO DO, TELLING THEM WE LOVE THEM AND TOPPING IT WITH A KISS, BEING ALWAYS READY TO HELP NO MATTER HOW BUSY WE ARE OR HOW DROWSY AND COSY WE ARE ALREADY IN BED, ASSISTING THEM WITH BATH TIME, TOILET TIME, GETTING DRESSED TIME AND OTHERS. AN ILL PERSON IS LIKE A BABY. EACH OF US IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ILL MOTHER, OUR ILL FATHER, ETC. LET US RECOGNIZE THESE SITUATIONS AS THE TESTS LIFE SETS US. AS MUCH AS WE MAY DISLIKE THE SITUATION HAVING A CHANGE OF HEART  ABOUT IT IS IN OUR HANDS. LET US MAKE A CHANGE HERE SAYING THIS TO OURSELVES : I ENJOY DOING THIS. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. MY MOTHER (MY FATHER, ETC.) IS LIKE A BABY AND NEEDS MY HELP. I AM GOING TO MAKE HER FEEL HAPPY AND AFTERWARDS I WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE BEEN OF HELP.

“LET US OFFER ALL OUR AILMENTS, GRIEFS, TASKS AND WORRIES TO GOD FOR ALL MANKIND”. IMAGINE YOU ARE BEARING THE UNBEARABLE, WELL, THEN SAY THIS, FEELING IT FROM THE HEART: MY LORD, I OFFER YOU THIS UNBEARABLE PAIN (PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL OR BOTH), SO THAT THE GOOD ONES BEAT THE EVIL ONES ALL OVER THE WORLD, SO THAT EVERYONE HAS FAITH IN GOD, ETC. SUCH SUFFERING OFFERED THIS WAY WILL FREE US FROM MUCH OF THE PAIN, IF NOT ALL. IT WORKS WONDERS!

ONE THING IS FOR SURE, THOUGH NEITHER OF US LIKES SUFFERING, IT IS ONLY THROUGH IT, ONCE WE GIVE IT ALL UP TO OUR MOTHER AND CO., THAT WE CAN GET TO A HIGHER SPIRITUAL LEVEL AND CHANGE OURSELVES INTO BETTER HUMAN BEINGS. THIS EVOLUTION IMPLIES KNOWLEDGE. SUFFERING, THOUGH TOUGH, MAKES WAY TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR INNER SELF. OUR INNER SELF IS HOLY WHEN WE ARE BORN. HOWEVER, IT IS GOD´S COMPETITION WHO IS IN CHARGE OF DISTRACTING US FROM GOOD VIRTUES DURING ALL OUR LIFE. AT SOME POINT IN TIME MANY PEOPLE GET SO DISTRACTED THAT SOMETHING FORCES THEM TO CHANGE THEIR PLANS, SINCE THEIR LIVING WAS TAKING THEM TO THE DISTRACTION OF THEIR INNER SELF. WHAT EACH OF US IS HAS TO DO WITH OUR MOST INNER SELF. LET US CHERISH IT LIKE THE MOST VALUABLE TREASURE ON EARTH. LET US ENDEAVOR TO TRUST OUR MOTHER AND CO. TO SETTLE EVERYTHING. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN WAY OF SORTING THINGS OUT. OUR MOTHER AND CO. ARE ALWAYS READY TO PLAY FOR EVERYONE OF US NO MATTER WHAT, AS LONG AS THEY SEE WE HAVE GOT A TRUE HEART. EVERYONE OF US MEANS THE WORLD TO OUR MOTHER AND CO.

LET US KEEP CALM THINKING OUR MOTHER AND CO. ARE ALWAYS CLOSE TO US, PUTTING INTO PRACTICE THOSE RELIEVING FORMULAE, JUST MENTIONED ABOVE, AND GIVING THE BEST OF OURSELVES, THAT IS, FEELING AND PRAYING FROM THE HEART. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN TALK TO OUR MOTHER AND CO. IS NOT BY CELL PHONE OR E-MAIL BUT FROM OUR OWN HEART, THE STATE OF THE ART. TALKING TO OUR FAMILY ABOVE DOES NOT COME CHEAP. IT TAKES QUITE A LONG TIME AND PAINFUL TIMES AS WELL UNTIL WE FINALLY REALIZE OUR CELESTIAL FAMILY IS THE ONLY WAY TO FACE ANY CHALLENGE WE RECEIVE . IT IS FUNNY HOW WE ARE GROOMED TO STEAL THE SHOW, AND YET IT IS JUST THE OTHER WAY AROUND, RIGHT? YES! WE GOT IT.

 

 

THE QUOTES I HAVE SHARED WITH ALL OF YOU ARE FROM CIELO E INFIERNO:VERDADES DE DIOS BY MARÍA VALLEJO-NÁGERA.

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Julia Martinez

Julia Martínez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She lived with an American family in California for that school year. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when she and her family moved to Getxo. At Deusto University she studied English Linguistics for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence. In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University. After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four different high schools, giving lessons to secondary students. In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors which invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love. Apart from painting, she is very keen on music and photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer. Let us add that she is really interested in the protection of animals.

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