Jonathan and Courtney came with me so that we could pray together and so I could rededicate them to Our Lady for another year of her prayers of intercession, protection and grace. It was the best decision I have made in a very long time. The history of this great church is astounding. The quiet within these walls call a soul to be reflective and to listen to God speaking through the silence. You know that you are on holy ground walking through the different chapels. It restored the HOPE in my heart that everything would be OK once again.
Do you see her smile? We were at the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. Courtney was dedicated nine years ago to her patronage during our trip to Lourdes. We pray for Our Lady’s intercession to her Son Jesus every single day for Courtney. That wonderful look on her face, the peace, that gives me HOPE that she is going to be OK, no matter what happens or where God directs our path. Those moments praying and rejoicing in that chapel will stay with me for a very long time. If there is life, there is HOPE!
I watched as my son took his sisters hand and held it while they talked to Our lady begging her to take their cause to her Son. I actually had the presence of mind to take a picture so that I would remember the tenderness of that moment because I don’t know how many more we may have. There is HOPE in those hands. I see it now and tears spring to my eyes and joy leaps into my heart. I am so blessed! I am! As I stepped back and watched these two miracles that God has blessed me with, I was struck by a wonderful calm in my heart. As long as I gave honor and glory to God, work hard to preserve my faith and my family, He would grant me the desires of my heart. HOPE is a decision I must make each day to rely on God for all He has promised, whether I see it or not. It is a choice to believe in my unbelief. I was sure of it that day and I am even more sure of it now.
I knelt down and prayed for the perseverance to come, for the HOPE to remain in my heart forever and always. God is HOPE, now and forever. I will place my trust in HIM.
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