Looking at life through the eyes of faith... and finding HOPE in a "hopeless" world!

You've given me, Lord, the gift of WORDS, allowing me to give voice to the journey... from darkness to light... from death to re-birth... from despair to HOPE!
THANK YOU... for this gift and for the journey!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Remembering a Prayer Warrior

Seven years ago today, I wrote about the great privilege I had of praying at the bedside of one whom I will always know as my 'prayer warrior.'

Here is what I wrote:
I met her not long after I moved to the area (where I lived at the time). I was a cop then, distracted by many things, and still a number of years away from allowing the Light of Christ to begin to dispel the darkness in my soul.

This woman seemed always to be at prayer. She led the Rosary before Mass. She led us in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament every Monday evening, a Holy Hour in reparation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. It was she who taught me to, after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, place Him in the arms of His Mother, Mary.

Whenever I would see her, this wonderful woman would smile from ear to ear, open her arms wide and say, "I need my hug," the Light of Christ shining through her eyes!

My prayer warrior has been confined to a bed for the past eight months, since she was involved in a car accident on Ash Wednesday. Surgery... Infection... Extended stays at the hospital... I think one of the first and most powerful sufferings she endured was her inability to attend any of the services held during the Triduum this year. Her suffering has continued, as she has been moved from the hospital (with only a brief stay at home) to a nursing home. Actually, this is the second nursing home...

As I stood beside her bed last Sunday evening, I knew that she was in pain. Her hip hurt her so that she could hardly sit up to eat. She has a new infection now and is recovering from pneumonia. As we talked only briefly of these sufferings, her eyes lit up as she looked at me and said, "I'm offering it all up!" I knew in an instant that she was. 

As promised, I returned to see her on Monday evening. As I sat at the foot of her bed, she led us in the prayer of the Holy Rosary and I found myself lifted out of that place. As I listened to her voice, I could see us there before the Tabernacle once again. In the Presence of God...

Please pray for my 'prayer warrior,' as she continues to pray for all of us. Especially dear to her heart are the Holy Souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them. I thank God for my 'prayer warrior' and all those who fight alongside her for the salvation of souls. These precious ones teach me what it really means to pick up my cross each day and follow Christ! 

Following the example of the prayer warriors in our lives, may we continue to grow in holiness and one day become the saints God is calling us to be!
As you probably guessed, my dear friend - my prayer warrior - did eventually go home to Jesus.  I have no doubt that, even now, she continues to pray...  for souls...  for you and for me.  Please continue to pray for her.  May God bless you!

Praised be Jesus Christ!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

7th Blogoversary!

For those who've known me since the beginning, do you remember this post?:


Getting ready to head west and I just remembered...  Saturday, September 11, 2010, is my first Blogoversary!  : )  I can't believe it has been a year since I published my first blog post!

In the time-honored tradition of my sisters in the blogosphere, I'd like to give something away...

a copy of the Catechism signed by Fr. J.ohn Cor.api

If anyone is interested, post a comment by the end of the day on Saturday and I'll draw a name when I return from Omaha. 

May God bless each and every one of you...  this day and always!

Praised be Jesus Christ!!
Well...  Guess what today is?!  ;)

I have been away from the blogosphere for far too long, so I'm not sure if the tradition has held.  If it has...  Awesome!  If it has not...  Maybe it's time we resurrect it.

This year, I'd like to give away a spiritual bouquet.

Instead of choosing a particular reader to send a gift to, I am committing now to pray for each and every one who reads this blog during a Eucharistic holy hour this evening.  (If you have a specific prayer request, please leave it in the comments below and I will pray for your specific intention in a special way.)

Please pray for me as I continue to discern God's will for my life and this blog.  Thank you SO much!

Praised be Jesus Christ!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

a healing gift

When I write, I heal.
So much of my life I've navigated through the written word...  Reading it.  Sitting with it.  Letting it go deep into me (soul deep).  Putting pen to paper and letting all just pour out...  In joy.  In tears...
Two days ago, I wrote these words (and more) in my journal.  Tonight, I am struck by the line...
"When I write, I heal."
This is absolute TRUTH.

THIS is what Alive in Hope! was created for.  It is a HOME for HOPE and HEALING.  Such a home it must remain.

Praised be Jesus Christ!

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When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust
to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering you each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory.

St. M. Faustina Kowalska

Your Cross

The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His Holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.
~St. Francis de Sales


Oh, my Jesus... I thank you with all my heart for the abundant graces you have poured out upon me. I thank you for the precious soul you have chosen to journey with me in this life. May we see one another safely into the arms of the Father for all eternity.

You have given the gifts of Life and Love that have brought us together. We are forever indebted to You. PLEASE be always at the heart of our marriage.

My Jesus, you have entrusted us with this cross of infertility. You are also the source of our strength. Lord, trusting in You, we take up this cross every day and follow You.

If it is in Your will, we ask for the gift to become co-creators with You, bringing into the world a precious soul who will love and serve You for all eternity.

Whatever You will, know that we love You and we trust in You. In all things, may Your holy will be done.


St. Michael the Archangel...

St. Michael the Archangel...
...defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. AMEN.