August 11, 2012


Do You Believe in Miracles?


I’ve always proclaimed a firm belief that God can and does work miracles in our world today.  I’ve preached this to my children and have rejoiced with friends who have seen miracles at work in their lives.


I never expected a miracle in our own family.  When confronted with one, I’ve been slow to trust in it.  Forgive me Father.  I believe, help my unbelief.


On July 11, 2012, by the power of Jesus through his Eucharistic species and through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Help, some of our family were miraculously healed of food intolerances.  To truly understand the magnitude of this special grace, one has to know the history of their medical issues.


The History


My husband and I recently welcomed baby #10 into our family’s fold.  With her birth came questions: “Will she be able to eat ‘normally’?”  Our first five children could eat foods without problem except for a brief period when our third child was dairy-free due to his propensity to have ear infections.


Child #6, from the time she began eating solid foods, had very runny bowel movements.  On the advice of her doctor, we began to feed her an organic yogurt every day.  Magically, the “end result” firmed and we rejoiced at the simple solution.  Unfortunately, after a couple months #6 developed extremely itchy eczema which we linked to dairy.  A dairy-free diet cleared the skin condition and left her with pasty BM, a problem we just accepted.


By this time, child #7 had arrived and was another happy bouncing baby boy.  When he began eating solid foods, he also had extremely nasty bowel movements.  “Ah-ha!” we thought.  “Yogurt to the rescue!”  As many parents can attest to, what works for one child may not work for another and we learned that lesson yet again when his diapers became even worse.  Removing dairy from his diet helped but his bowel movements were still very far from being firm and normal.

We were at a loss as to what our next step should be until I met wonderful woman at the YMCA.  Our children were playing together and somehow…



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Continued Healing Regarding Anna Cecelia

In 1999, I miscarried a baby whom we later named Anna Cecelia. For more information about the memorial service we had in her honor, please read our article, Mourning the Loss of Anna Cecelia.

When I wrote that article, I thought I was telling the whole story. Unfortunately, I was not being honest and 100% open about my own thoughts and emotions --- with our readers, with my husband, and with myself.

In December of 2000, nearly two years after Anna's brief life here on earth, I attended a healing Mass with a friend who was in a very difficult period of her life. I invited her to join me, thinking she may feel God's peace there.

During the Mass, the priest reminded us that every life is precious, born and unborn. He said that as a priest, he met countless families who needed help mourning and healing the loss of children through abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. I felt rather smug, thinking, "I'm sure that's true, but at least I've already dealt with our loss."

Little Did I Know...

 The priest invited anyone who had experienced the death of baby to envision themselves standing outside heaven and Jesus bringing to them the baby or babies who had died but at the ages they would be today if they had survived.

I pictured Jesus approaching me with 15-month old Anna and with my older sister Mary, the stillborn baby my mother delivered nearly 30 years earlier. Anna had dark eyes and curly wisps of dark brown hair and Mary smiled at me, looking radiant and motherly with flowing brown hair.


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To the man who was trusted with raising the Son of God...

St. Joseph


The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.

Matt 8:8


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.

V. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created,

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructs the hearts of Your faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saints in our Midst 

This section of my rooftop will feature people who have gone before us who made a significant contribution to the faith of others. I am a big believer in the power of saints and although people in our lives will not likely be canonized, their faith can still carry us through today. We all need those models of faith to admire. Please feel free to share your stories of people who have died and have impacted your faith. For stories and more....

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But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven

Luke 5:19-20


 Mourning the Loss of Anna Cecelia

Many couples know the pain of losing a child through miscarriage or stillbirth. Unfortunately, as a society we have not acknowledged that pain or the genuine need to mourn the death of these precious children.

Slowly we are gaining an awareness that we cannot simply "get on" with life, pretending that child never existed. Even when a woman miscarries a baby after being pregnant for a short time, she will remember that child forever.

This past year, we experienced the reality of miscarriage first hand.

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Prolife Links

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Music Links

Anyone who knows me, knows my love for music. Here are some links and thoughts about some of my favorite musicians from the Beatles to Rich Mullins. I've really enjoyed their work and think you might too.  Andrew Peterson and Mitch McVicker have some great stuff.


The Daily Reckoning

A Great resource and commentary on the financial crisis that is coming.  Here is a novel thought for the day, don’t spend more money than you have. 

Bill Bonner is my favorite columnist on money..

Check out Ron Paul’s End the Fed

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Christian Persecution

The 20th century may go down as the "Century of Martyrs." More martyrs died in the 20th century than all the other centuries combined. Currently China, the Sudan, and East Timor are the hot spots although unjust regimes are persecuting Christians throughout the world. One thing that has been clear throughout the centuries is that Satan craves the blood of human sacrifice. In the 20th century he achieved this through abortion and the blood of martyrs.

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 Green Bay Packers and Catholicism

Green Bay t-shirts declare, “God is a Packer fan.”  If that’s true, it may be because Vince Lombardi has been praying for them for so long.

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Reflections on Exodus, Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist 

While up working on my garage roof, I was contemplating the Book of Exodus and its parallels to Jesus and the Eucharist. The book struck me as a prelude to Jesus’ life and ministry. I fully understand that these thoughts have probably been thought before, but here is my spin. There are five main parts: the escape, the Passover, the exodus, the manna in the desert, and the laws.

I. The Escape

Many are familiar with the beginning of Moses life in Exodus 1 and 2. The pharaoh sought to kill the next born boy of the Israelites and Moses escaped. Moses’s mother sends him down the river in a basket. He winds up being taken in by the daughter of the pharaoh, and she adopts him. In Matthew 2:13-18, Jesus escapes the wrath of Herod when Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt during the slaughter of the innocents.

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Reaching Out, Woman to Woman

 Every family experiences challenges, joys and sorrows. Often what determines how a family emerges depends upon the support they receive along the way.

One woman works to help parents give and receive the loving support once passed on from the neighbors next door or Grandma who lived two blocks away.

The Background                

Jeannie Hannemann says that as the pastoral associate at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin, she saw that many young parents yearned for the advice and support of parents who had “been there.”

“In my position as director of the baptism preparation program, I heard many new moms commiserate over their long distance phone bills that were so high from calling their moms, sisters and friends,” who frequently lived out of state, Hannemann says.

She says because people in today’s society move so often, what used to happen through neighbor and family mentoring is missing.

Hannemann began to give her home number to the parents coming for baptism preparation sessions. “The calls were unbelievable, from moms and dads, especially at 10:30 at night after they’d seen all the terrible news on T.V., she says.

Hannemann says that she and her husband, Bruce, knew the importance of support. They suffered through more than eight years of infertility before conceiving their elder daughter. When their second daughter was born, she was born with serious birth defects requiring many surgeries.

From the time their second child was two months to five months old,Hannemann says members of their parish brought them a meal every other day.


Would Rich Mullins Have Become Catholic?

 by Nancy Vande Hey

“I have to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.”

These words of Rich Mullins, a Christian musician who died in a car accident on September 19, 1997, days before he planned to join the Catholic church, will never fade in Fr. Matt McGinness’ memory.

“It’s what will always stick with me,” says Fr. McGinness.

In the Beginning...

Fr. McGinness, vocations director of the Diocese of Wichita, and Mullins became friends while Mullins attended Friends University in Wichita. Fr. McGinness says Mullins asked him to give him instructions in the faith, but Fr. McGinness told him it would be more appropriate for him to attend RCIA sessions at his local parish, Blessed Sacrament.

Five years later, Fr. McGinness says he received that call from Mullins saying that he could no longer wait to receive the Eucharist. Fr. McGinness arranged for Mullins to be received in the church in a private ceremony on September 22, but the fatal car accident irrevocably changed that plan.

Those RCIA sessions in 1992 may have been the formal education that Mullins received in the faith, but his interest reached back nearly 20 years.

“He was always interested in the Catholic Church and that never left him,” says Jim Smith, chaplain and professor at Friends University, who was a close friend of Mullins and has written his biography, An Arrow Pointing to Heaven (Broadman & Holman Publishers).


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