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A Grace-filled Recollection

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A Grace-filled Recollection

I was the fourth child in a family of thirteen. While I was growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, my Dad worked in a Catholic hospital just three blocks from our house. Like every dad, he would return home tired from a day’s work. Those moments before supper were special ones in our family. We always made sure the newspaper was in order so Dad could read it before we sat down for supper. While he looked over the paper, we kids would take turns sitting on his lap. When I occupied that perch I would stroke my Dad’s cheek. Despite my littleness, I felt gigantic. From where I sat, the whole world was beneath my feet—at least in my imagination. Rooted in the awareness that I was safe and loved, I felt happiness and contentment. Like the old song goes, “I was sitting on top of the world!” and loving every minute of it.

A few years ago I was experiencing a sort of soul dryness or spiritual fatigue. One day an inner light switched on as I recalled how it felt to be reigning from Daddy’s knees, carefree and secure. I realized how I had totally trusted my Dad. I was convinced of his love and care for me. That moment of grace also made me realize God’s passionate love for me. He was waiting for me to trust him and confide in him, just as I had babbled my little-girl concerns in my father’s ear.

Holy Saturday is the divine reminder that the Church gives us every year that God can be trusted, that he has a passionate and compassionate love for us. Jesus called his Father Daddy, and he trusted him completely as he approached the most frightful and sorrowful moments of his life. Now Jesus reigns in heaven at his Father’s right hand, ensuring our sometimes frightened hearts that God can be trusted.

I smile whenever I remember my Daddy’s love. Grace revisits me as I recall sitting there, hanging onto Daddy’s neck, reveling in our closeness and affection. How much more am I God’s daughter, sure of his love for me and trusting totally in his loving care for me.

Happy Easter!

Sr. Mary Peter Martin, FSP

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  • //////11) இத எழ த ம ப த என ன ந றத த ல ஆட அண ந த ள ள ர கள ?பத ல : அர ய ல ஒர ஒர ல ங க . உள ள ட கள ஏத ம இல ல . சட ட க ட ப டவ ல ல . இந த ல ங க த ர ப ப ற கடல என ன ம வ ணவ தலத த க க ச ன றப த உள ள ர தற ஒன ற ல க ர ந ற த த வ ங க யத .////ச ப பர ..இத வ ட ம க க ய க பத ல ச ல ல ம ட ய த . என ன கலர ? என ற க ள வ க க அத த தவ ர அன த த வ தம ன வ ய க ய னம ம க ட க கப பட ட ள ளத சங கர /////What is your answer for this comemnt ???????
    6/22/2014 11:38:04 AM Reply
  • Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thanks too for the Easter card! God bless you!
    5/16/2014 11:23:17 AM Reply
  • Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thanks too for the Easter card! God bless you!
    5/16/2014 11:23:10 AM Reply
  • Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thanks too for the Easter card! God bless you!
    5/16/2014 11:22:55 AM Reply
  • Thank you Sr. Mary Peter for sharing such an inspiring annecdota (I don't know how to write this word in English, but you will undersatand it...) It made me feel and it made me think of how much God's love is... I hope you had a Blessed Easter. Please Sister Mary Peter pray for my son Richard to find our Lords way...
    4/24/2014 12:48:26 PM Reply
    • @Yolanda: I am praying for you and your son Richard. Right now I am at our retreat house.
      5/16/2014 11:15:26 AM Reply
    • @Yolanda: I am praying for you and your son Richard. Right now I am at our retreat house.
      5/16/2014 11:15:25 AM Reply
  • I was attending Holy Saturday services and one of the reading brought to mind when we will all be reunited as a family in heaven. A tear came to my eye when I realized I would see my Dad who passed away 22 yrs ago and felt so happy to be close to him again. Knowing the love of your daddy is one of God's great gifts!!!!! Praise God for His love! Anne
    4/21/2014 4:41:24 PM Reply
  • Jay
    I remember my father's love for me. I also liken my father's love for me to God. He was so forgiving, wise and merciful.
    4/21/2014 4:29:40 PM Reply
  • Sister Mary Martin, Thank you for sharing a loving memory and relationship with your Dad in Youngstown, Ohio and Heavenly Father. God bless you.
    4/21/2014 1:00:47 PM Reply
  • Dear Sister: Today I met with a friend of mine at a nursing home. He had fallen and was in for rehab. He told me something that could effect my whole career and whole life and all my future goals. Your message is an important help to me. In surrendering ourselves to God, we leave all things in his control. When something disconcerting happens, how quick we are to accuse God of abandoning us. Yet what I heard may be just a short term set-back rather than earth shattering. Your message helped me to remember to surrender it to Jesus and do the best I can with the situation, allowing Him to work and to work in me as He wills. Thank you
    4/20/2014 2:03:45 PM Reply
  • Sister, Thank-you for your inspirational story about your father and our Father as well. I too have many memories as a little girl with my "daddy" who resides with our Lord in Heaven. Because of your story, I too feel the same when I pray each night to our God. Happy Easter and thank-you again for your beautiful words, God bless!
    4/20/2014 7:38:39 AM Reply
    • @Leticia: Apologies for not answering sooner. I appreciate your response and I promise my prayers for you. May our Dad's intercede for us from their place with God.
      5/16/2014 11:33:17 AM Reply
  • It brought back my own memories. My own father worked at that same hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. I have many memories of king with him to make rounds and being fussed over by nurses. He was also a very spiritual man, and Easter reminds me him a lot.
    4/20/2014 6:38:13 AM Reply
    • @Jim D.: I am happy that you could relate to this story more than many others because your Dad must have worked at St. E's too. Perhaps your Dad and my Dad knew each other. My father was chief maintenance man at St. E's for 14 tears--more than 50 years ago.Now in eternity they are both looking out for us!
      5/16/2014 11:31:09 AM Reply
    • @Jim D.: I am happy that you could relate to this story more than many others because your Dad must have worked at St. E's too. Perhaps your Dad and my Dad knew each other. My father was chief maintenance man at St. E's for 14 tears--more than 50 years ago.Now in eternity they are both looking out for us!
      5/16/2014 11:31:09 AM Reply
    • @Jim D.: I am happy that you could relate to this story more than many others because your Dad must have worked at St. E's too. Perhaps your Dad and my Dad knew each other. My father was chief maintenance man at St. E's for 14 tears--more than 50 years ago.Now in eternity they are both looking out for us!
      5/16/2014 11:31:08 AM Reply
  • Thank you for your inspirational words and I wish you and the Daughters of St. Paul a Blessed Easter.Your story also reminded me of being with my Father who I miss dearly. Today feels like Easter and I am thankful . Sincerely, Mary Ann
    4/20/2014 2:03:43 AM Reply
    • @MaryAnn: I am so glad that my story helped you. Your Dad is with God, so now he can be with you even more than when you could see him. Pray for his soul. I often pray the Eternal Rest prayer for my deceased parents and brother and sister. I believe they can intercede for me--and they do. Be at peace and may God fill you with confidence in him.
      5/16/2014 11:28:11 AM Reply
  • Sister, thank you for today's message. This day I will spend extra time talking on my heavenly Father's ear. Bless you
    4/19/2014 3:15:40 PM Reply
    • @k Holloway: I am glad that these memories brought you to our Heavenly Father. You are in my prayers! May our Father in Heaven guide and inspire you always.
      5/16/2014 11:24:48 AM Reply
  • I wish you would write a book. I could listen to you talk all day long. You are truly blessed with the gift of writing. I can't express how much you have helped me with your complete love for our God. I don't know you personally but I love you! Happy Easter
    4/19/2014 10:48:40 AM Reply
    • @Michele Russomanno: I am slowly working on another book. I wrote one with prayers for healing and coping a few years ago. It is already out of print. thank you for your comment. god bless you.
      5/30/2014 9:25:27 AM Reply
    • @Michele Russomanno: Michele, Thank you for the encouraqeing words. I have a book on the back burner. I keep adding info. and stories. Pray that it will not get old as I add more to it! Blessings!
      5/16/2014 11:21:32 AM Reply
  • Sister, Thank you for sharing your experience of love with both your earthly father and your heavenly father. I'm away from home and family this Easter weekend and your message filled me with peace and comfort. May your Easter be filled many blessing from Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
    4/19/2014 9:48:25 AM Reply
    • @Susan: I hope that you are not too homesick. May our Divine Master fill the void and make you "feel at home" in his heart wherever you are. blessings!
      5/16/2014 11:19:01 AM Reply
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