Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ups & Downs

Today has been an emotional roller coaster.  Anxiety leading up to an event, great outpouring of my heart and soul in answer to God's call, then disappointment due to technical difficulties.  It is just another opportunity to make reparation for my sins and pray for others in so much need.  Would you like to comment and share a similar experience?  Every single thought or action can be turned over to God for His purpose.  In our human weakness it can feel like an unpleasant tugging in our hearts but maybe it's just the rhythm of life we fight against.  I'm letting go of this today and remembering the message from a canvas a friend gave me last year.  Let go, Let God

Monday, January 22, 2018

Overview of initial apostolate goals

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Save Babies - Save Souls

Below is my initial blog outlining the mission of this apostolate. Please check out the "older posts" for additional prolife resources.
Save babies - Save souls
I have an apostolate called St. Gerard Majella Prolife Prayer Project. It has many components, but it starts with prayer. I have found the rosary to be such a powerful prayer tool and want to share it's benefits with others. It has a calming psyiological affect because of the rhytmn and because you are meditating on the mysteries of Jesus' life and praying for specific virtues on each decade, the prayer is focued. This focus allows God to put different people in mind for intentions based on what they might be going through, or show me a reflection of Jesus' life I did not have before. The beauty and power of these mysteries is infinite. Here is just one example, when I am praying the sorrowful mysteries and get to the third decade of the crowning of thorns (virtue focus is courage), I might think of Jesus' head with the crown of thorns and pray for all those suffering from mental anquish, depression, brain cancer, eye problems, etc) These prayers bring me so much peace and take my mind off of my own problems, giving God the control to work miracles in people's lives and give them strength to carry their own crosses as well as me carry my own. People of all ages need something to hold on to during difficult and joyous times in their lives and I want to give them the rosary. My original work included providing rosary packets to parishes that included the prayer sheet I made up regarding how to pray the rosary (some people do not remember exactly how to do it or noncatholics can learn) - it included the virtue prayed for during each decade which really helps to focus. I always feel that even if God's will is not the specific thing we are asking for, it is definitely His will to help me grow in these virtues. IT IS VERY EMPOWERING! My goal is for the priests to announce this distribution but more importantly, to share with the parishoners of all ages, about the power and benefits of the rosary in reaching personal potential to feel God's love fully and sharing this with the world. This will strengthen the parish over time and I feel, could save a life. There might be a young person contemplating suicide sitting in the pew and this could be just the small piece of hope they need to hear. It could benefit the sick or lonely - any trial is lightened with prayer and hope, especially knowing that you have a faith family that really believes in God's power!
The next step in this project is for the parish to enlist the patron saint of the parish for intercession and introduce or reintroduce the parishoners to the saint, their gifts and mission. The church's are not named after a particular saint for no reason. That saint can come alive and produce those same virtuous results in their parish today. Book/discusssion groups about the saint is a great way to involve people in the parish life, especially teens. I like to put a quote from that saint in the bulletin every week just to perk the interest in them. Blessed medals of the saint can be distributed, novenas started, and celebrations of their feast days honored.
This is just the first couple of steps in my apostolate - I will write more each day. You will see, the prolife aspects unfold as well as personal sanctity strived for. We can change our world - give people hope - love and respect everyone from conception until natural death - and defeat the evil forces in our world with hope and trust in God.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Mass for Children booklet

Who's with me?  Let's buy these in bulk and make available in the back of our churches or better yet in the pews,  I just googled and saw them for 1.50 each.  What a way to engage children at mass and help them realize they are actively participating.  Possibly your parish could fund it or buy through your Catholic bookstore to support them.  I remember my son Eric when he was little, drew some scenes from mass on a little paper booklet we made and he brought it to mass. Encourage a child or MANY today!
It is the Saint Joseph picture books series called The Mass for Children.  You can see a picture of it on my twitter page sharrose@benjmave and one possible supplier.

Padre Pio booklet is back!!!!


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*this is a much requested and powerful booklet that has been unavailable for a time.  Thank you Vincent Falco for producing and promoting it, and thanks to Nan Masters for locating it in PDF for us❤

Friday, July 28, 2017

Charlie's Eyes

I will forever remember and hope you do too, baby Charlie's beautiful, piercing eyes.  God is now in his presence, back where Charlie originated, back home.  Each new life as well as appearance is unique.  Each is handmade by our loving Creator.  If we all truly believed this, there would be peace and only life affirming care for each other and ourselves.  This beautiful baby had so much to struggle here on earth and his parents agonized working to bring God's plan of loving care to their son.  Now they will fight for others but Charlie's life, and their fight was not in vain.  God holds their baby now and God's will is being lived out for his parents and all of us. Will we follow it?  We must offer our sufferings for souls as well as work and pray for the dignity of all life.  Charlie's eyes show a beauty and vulnerably.  They showed me that I could be across the world, yet connected to my brother in Christ.  His eyes, although so beautiful to look at, were the window to his beautiful soul which were a reflection of God himself.  God himself was disconnected from life support as we as a society turn our backs on His love.  I pray so hard for all souls to be reunited, face to face, with God someday.  Look into Charlie's eyes and you will see this future and be given grace to live in holiness and spread it to others.  Thanks be to God for this child's life❤

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The World Needs the Rosary

I have a rosary/pro-life apostolate which has slowed to such a point that I must do something differently. This work is so important more today than ever.  Please pray for me for new approaches to make the apostolate fruitful.  Look over my mission statement in early posts and please pray for discernment.  If you would like free rosary packets, contact sharoncecil2005@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Alex on my Mind

Six days ago I came across a little video greeting from Alex @alexs_journey.  He is a nine year old in and out of the hospital in the UK fighting bone cancer in his leg. I can't explain why I was so touched by him or why I find myself thinking of him and offering lots of prayers every day.  I've sent tweets, received them back, and feel privileged to share in my own little way on his journey.  I have 3 grown children, 2 sons and a daughter and 9 grandchildren -8 of them boys.  This includes 2 sets of twin boys one and a half and 8- one set from each of my sons.  My children and grandchildren have brought a level of love to my life which I didn't know existed.  Children are so pure and full of life.  That is what I sensed from Alex's video.  And beyond that, he reaches out spreading his smile even in the face of this tremendous battle he is fighting.  Love comes through across the miles to me and you through Twitter.  He's in my heart now so I continue to pray for his joy, peace, comfort and healing.  What comes back in return is hope and the greatest example of living in the highest sense.