Friday, August 30, 2013

Baby Jesus

On Twitter the other day, I saw a post by Teresa Tomeo about the Real Men Pray the Rosary 33 day rosary challenge. As a woman who prays the rosary every day, I decided to join this challenge too - I was especially intrigued by the meditations being 33 days, one each year Jesus lived on earth. I decided also to meditate each day on Jesus at the age each day associated with it. The day prior, with the intercession St. Augustine gave me, I meditated on the time Jesus was in the womb, praying to end abortion, thinking how Mary lived carrying him, her total submission to God’s plan, how he developed and possibly heard things in the outside world. He was nourished by what she ate and was loved even though it was not a pregnancy that would be considered ideal. Yesterday, I meditated on Jesus at birth through age one and the blessings and insights grew. I have an eight month old grandson so I tried to relate to Jesus learning to sit and crawl, smiling, learning, and growing. I prayed that all children would get the chance to be born and that baby Jesus would surely be interceding in these prayers. It was such a blessing to imagine Him at this age. Thoughts came to mind that Joseph was a huge part in these incidences and asked him also to pray with me. I thanked God the father who sacrificially allowed His son to come to earth and how immense His love is for each of us. The meditations these past two days were so awesome and I can’t wait because today’s meditations will be on Jesus from age one to two. I wonder what He will do today!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

My introduction to sidewalk counseling

I'm guessing it was about 15 or 16 years ago when I was invited to join in with others who were sidewalk counseling. I really didn't know much about what they did other than a vague impression of maybe picketing or being somewhat agressive in front of abortion clinics. I just wasn't ready for anything like that. But - somehow I was invited to join others in praying the rosary in front of the abortion clinic. I felt very safe with this task and was happy to go. This took place in front of Planned Parenthood on Auburn Avenue in Cincinnati all those years ago. I prayed with others and alone. I was on the receiving end of nasty remarks from cars going by. It was a lot to take in but I just prayed and felt brokenhearted knowing what was going on inside and felt blessed to be present in some small way. I knew the prayers were powerful. I paced a little in front of the place as time went on, getting somewhat anxious about everything. As I walked passed an elderly lady at the other end of the property line a couple of times, I became intrigued about what she was doing. I was finishing up my prayertime and was getting ready to leave. I noticed some of the pamphlets she had in her hands and that she was actually approaching young women humbly. I mentioned to her that I wished I had brough some of my materials as some were the same as those she had. She began to tell me about how some women would take them from her and she was able to speak to them for a bit. Then she motioned for me to come over by her car with her so she could show me something. She opened her glove compartment door and opened a tattered but full envelope. She began to show me the pictures and letters - pictures of the babies she helped save from being aborted by being present to the women - heartfelt letters from the mothers thanking her. I could not believe my eyes or ears. I truly felt like this was a huge turning point in my life. It was her witness to me that sidewalk counseling was nothing more than lovingly reaching out to a mother in a hopeless situation. It was not confrontational or sensational or illegal. I could no longer have an excuse not to join in this lifesaving effort. I wish I could remember her name - maybe someone out there knows who I am talking about. I've been told that there was a lady who has since passed away named Mae that fits that description. Her witness to me was LIFECHANGING and her witness to countless others was LIFE-SAVING. The countless names of the babies she helped save are unknown also - but they were able to be born and named. What a gift - an identity - one stamped by the hand of God. I have been involved with sidewalk counseling over the years and wish I could say I am more involved than I am. I pray that I can have the opportunity to begin it again regularly. I invite you to become involved in sidewalk counseling in your city. Even if it is just to silently pray. Life will never be the same.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Jesus Was (Is) Homeless

Jesus Was (Is) Homeless Posted by Sharon Rose on March 22, 2011 at 9:40am View Blog .* This is a post I wrote just before Christmas last year from another site. While this "homeless bag" idea is such a blessing to others at Christmas, it is also a wonderful thing to share all year round. My family and friends try to keep a filled bag in our car so when we encounter a homeless person or someone on the street asking for help, we can share the bag, along with a short personal encounter and opportunity to show that person Christ's love within in. We see the homeless people on the streets and in the news. It must be the most hopeless feeling to watch as the world goes by you stand begging for help, or even worse, hide away to find a little shelter. If you are like me, it saddens you see these people and you wish you could, in your own little way, do something to help other than hand them a dollar or two. Jesus suffered this same plight - not even having shelter at birth. This, along with the empathy we feel toward the homeless today, is unimaginable. God loves us so much that He shares in every suffering and relates even on a human level. He went through the suffering, the cold, the dangers, and every other pain. He is within everyone of us still today and He is living inside the hopeless, homeless. As we prepare for Christ's birthday, let's give Him a birthday present this year that shows His people that there is hope and love, even from unexpected, supernatural interventions. We can make up a backpack or duffel bag filled with items and distribute to people we see on the streets. My family and I do this on Christmas day, after mass, downtown. There is no shortage of people wandering and lonely. This bag can contain some food items like tuna pouches, crackers, nuts, candy, juice, etc. We include a warm blanket and possibly one wrapped item like gloves or socks. A card is a nice touch along with personal care items and a small bible or prayerbook/rosary. Be an angel to one of your brothers and sisters in Christ this year. Imagine the hope the person will feel that there are people who care, that God cares, and that they may be able to overcome some of their struggles.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

virtual walk

How many times do we hear about people participating in walks to donate money to worthy organizations? Well, this is my virtual walk - a walk which is actually a work. I'm hoping to raise money to work my ministry - any money donated will be translated into hours I work to donate bulk rosaries and devotions to parishes, groups, and even random places like shelters, hospitals, rest stops, etc. Look at early post St. Gerard Majella mission statement about details. contact sharoncecil2005@yahoo.com to support this and many other evangelical outreaches I do. Some others include making up bags handing out to homeless people, scripture booklets distribution, blog and twitter (example praymorenovenas.com and comepraytherosary.com), sidewalk counseling, saints discussion group, etc. I can validate any donations made regarding hours spent/activities completed.

random poem

RANDOM POEM I WROTE TODAY WITH LITTLE 5 YEAR OLD I WAS BABYSITTING Posted by Sharon Rose on November 27, 2012 at 9:00pm View Blog .It's November 27th and all is well Thanksgiving is over as you can tell My thoughts are of Christmas - the Baby's birth When God saved the world - heaven to earth I like to think about Jesus - how He lived When He lost His first tooth and maybe cried a bit I wish I could have been there to dry the tears And be by His side over the years, lessen His fears But instead I am happy to let Him help me And await the great day that together we'll be As I patiently wait for December twenty five I'll prepare my heart as a gift to present to Him ALIVE!

a birthday present to the child Jesus

Our Christmas Presents Posted by Sharon Rose on December 16, 2011 at 9:58am View Blog .Our Christmas presents that we give and receive help us to show love to each other and remind each other of the joy we share in Christ's birthday. The anticipation, celebrations and love shared among family and friends during this time of year are beautiful. It even serves as somewhat of a rhythm in the cycle of a year - a certainty and structure in time we know will come and go. The lights we see help remind us of the STAR that led to the Christ child and the light that He is to our world. All of these things strengthen us and lift our spirits serving as power to help us through struggles and rough times. It's another example of the balance in life. In reality, Christmas and the gifts that it brings are part of the pure joy that we have been given by means of being a Christian. It's the innocence of new birth, hope and finally the acceptance of struggle that leads to salvation. Back to the concept of the Christmas presents - one that you may not have together yet is the present to Jesus for His birthday. Make Him a birthday cake and get the box ready that His gift goes in. Put in it, either tangible items that reflect what you want to give or do for Him, or written notes of love or sacrificial acts done in His honor. Wrap it beautifully and put it under your tree. If there are things in it that someone could use, present that gift anonymously to someone. By this I mean, maybe you might place warm gloves in the box offering the work of your hands to God, possibly a food item, representing a food you might give up during the season, maybe something red, to represent your heart. He is alive an we can treat Him as though He is right there in the room joining in our Christmas celebration and gift giving. Merry Christmas - blessings!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Help Me Ronda

This was my blog entry on iCatholic yesterday - just trying to spread the good word.

Do you remember that oldies song? It came to mind when I was preparing to share this post. Ronda Chervin has an awesome 100 day blog journey I am going to start today and I want you to join me. I know Ronda will be helping us grow spiritually during Lent and enrich our lives in many new and unexpected ways. This always happens when we grow closer to Christ, right? Begin here http://www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2011/nov/18/way-love-one-step-time/ and it shows where to click on day one, etc. I'm so excited about this and can't wait to get started. Ronda explained this on ewtn on Ash Wednesday which I looked up and watched, you can also watch it on youtube. Her book "Quotable Saints" has been great blessing to me over the years so I know I will relate to this project and hope you will too. We can add each others prayer intentions with each days prayer in the blog. Let's pray the three A's - end abortion, abuse and addictions - as well as to release souls in purgatory, healings, homeless, and especially pray - the people who will die today. Remember to keep your eyes open today to see God's blessings, no matter how small, as a love signal to you today.