Today has been one of those days and I had to fight back tears.
So much still to be done on the farm (yes, my kids help), school, housework, business, groceries, Pediatric Giving Mission (have had a huge uptick in need), emails, phone calls to be returned, meals, and the list goes on.
I felt totally emptied...like I had nothing left to give.
I paused for a moment and thought...hmmm..what advice would I give another mother?
I would tell her to stop, drop, and pray.
Connect with Jesus, find peace through prayer.
Rest...if only for a few minutes...the world isn't going to stop rotating because you took a few minutes off.
Yes, I think I shall go and take my own advice...easy to give, hard to follow .
Sending our love and prayers to our remnant family...Wendy, Walt and the entire Cukierski family
(PS: Catholic Spiritual Guidance Lessons for you, featuring writings from Rev. Fr. Kilian McGowan
It's a spiritual lifesaver and you can read more HERE )
---GIVING AWAY- My 1st class relic of St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo ---
This is hard to part with, but we desperately need to raise funds for our Pediatric Giving Missions.
I am having a hard time with parting with this because St. Cottolengo continues to inspire me to persevere in helping severely and terminally ill children and their families...even when funds are lacking.
All of this done with help from others, of which we desperately need at the moment.
***You can read more about him at the bottom of this newsletter (scroll down)***
As mentioned, We are asking you to kindly consider helping, if you can.
We stepped in the gap as much as we could and desperately need to raise funds.
We have had to put several of our little ones, and their families, "on hold". If you feel called to help out monthly, call me at 315-761-8381.
We've rescued numerous relics and church items (from closed Catholic churches, estates, etc)
This is one of my personal ones and I'm giving you my favorite ornate reliquary as well!
We will have one of our older children choose a name FriPediatric Giving Missions
We always verify that the person receiving it is a devout Catholic.
St. Cottolengo, pray for us!
Kindly, head HERE
He is the Patron Saint for Diseases
For the living:
FOREVER MASS & PRAYER PAGE!
THIS is for the LIVING! Forever DAILY Mass and Prayer!
For your mom, dad, sibling, grandparent, favorite Aunt or Uncle, dear cousin, niece, nephew, friend, spouse, a child away from the faith...or even yourself!
Lined up the priests, created the page, instructed my children (who will instruct the grandchildren, etc) that THIS is a FOREVER thing!
Shoot, I want MY SOUL prayed for, for all of eternity (and my children's and hubby)!
Something about being in my 50's has really "woke me up" about eternity...and the eternity of all of my children.
For the souls of those who have passed:
FOREVER MASS & MEMORIAL PAGE!
What if I told you, you could have a Mass offered for a loved ones soul...daily, FOREVER
We have left directives for our children... to continue this, then our grandchildren will take over!
Masses celebrated for the release of a loved one possibly in Purgatory... as recommended by Pope Saint Gregory the Great!
What if I told you that your loved ones soul would be prayed for by a devout Catholic family...DAILY.
What if I told you that we have a Nun praying for these souls?
How is this possible? See THIS page
I am begging for your help with The Pediatric Giving Mission.
---HELP IF YOU CAN----
Here is a post, from a recipient of what we do,.
L**** and I were one of the precipitants of This mission. She is right. My parking was 9 per day for 3 months. Then on top of that food cost me approximately 15 per day. That was cheap - I got vouchers for $5.00 per meal. So somedays I did not eat or made meals last for more then one meal. Had to. Parking was $810. Food was $1,300. Then you have normal household bills and I have 3 animals I had to pay to have people come and take care of them. At first I had my dog in the Kennel for 1/2 the time. That was about 500. It is VERY expensive to have a sick child. That was Just ONE hospital stay. We have had numerous ones. Some only a few days, some a week or two. Without their help we would of gone fully under!
From providing necessary funds to actually having families stay with us...we DO what we say we do!
Kindly, head HERE. We always send a nice gift for your help
***MORE ON ST. COTTOLENGO***
He called his house the Piccola Casa, or Little House of Divine Providence, and placed over entrance the words: "Caritas Christi urget nos".
To accommodate the ever-increasing number of patients other buildings gradually arose alongside, bearing such distinctive names as the House of Faith, the House of Hope, Madonna's House, Bethlehem.
I have had dreams about this happening on our family farm.
But it was not only he sick whom he was to shelter in what he sometimes called his Noah's Ark, but epileptics, the deaf and dumb, orphans, waifs and distressed persons of all sorts.
For the various classes he started special homes, besides providing hospices for the aged, many of them blind and crippled.
The great block of buildings constituted what a French writer described as a University of Christian Charity, but the founder continued to call it the Piccola Casa.
He never attributed its success to his own powers of organization, being entirely convinced that he was merely a tool in the hands of God.
That conviction he once set forth in graphic words to the Vincentian Sisters. "We are like the marionettes of a puppet-show. As long as they are held by a hand from above they walk, jump, dance and give signs of agility and life; they represent ... now a king, now a clown ... but as soon as the performance is over they are dropped and huddled together ingloriously in a dusty corner.
So it is with us: amid the multiplicity of our various functions we are held and moved by the hand of Providence.
Our duty is to enter into its designs, to play the part assigned to us ... and respond promptly and trustfully to the impulses received from on high.