Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Time To Pray...

It's been a time to pray this weekend... Around our house we are praying for a Father, who is also Father-in-law, Grandpa, and Husband.  Rudy is my husband's Dad who suffered a heart attack, followed by several "episodes" that are keeping him in the ICU for the weekend.  This isn't the first time he has had this type of scare but of course we never know if it will be the last.  Times like this call a family together to reflect.  What is really important in this life?  Ultimately it boils down to relationships and those we love, doesn't it?  
For Rudy, he isn't ready yet.  He told his son (my husband) that he wants more time...
His race with time is a reality check for the rest of us.
How are we using our time in the here and now? I once read that all the treasures of the earth cannot bring back one lost moment...Hmmm, I should know better.
Funny how time seems to slow down at these moments though, as if to give us a brief reminder that it does not keep it's rapid pace forever.  When it is our time to move out of this world and on to the next, the mystery of time shall be unveiled.  As Christians, we prepare our whole lives for this, crosses of time and all.  But what about those we love who might be unsure?  For that matter, even the most faithful Christians have moments of doubt at the time of death...
I am simply thankful for the opportunity to pray for Rudy's peace in this moment of time.  He knows God and talks to Him but he isn't a church-goer.  I pray that God will know his heart and offer His mercy and love to Rudy, despite the outcome of his situation.  There is still "time" for that and that is God's grace.  It is never too late to pray and I shall never underestimate its power.
Time is fast but there are slow moments to be savored, and life to look forward to, now and forever, lest we forget the reason for our existence: to know, love, and serve God.  This is my deepest prayer for all time.
"Make sure your life does not contradict your words.  
Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and your lives...
If you desire to praise Him, then live what you express.
Live good lives and you yourselves will be His praise."
~St. Augustine~

9 comments:

  1. what a wonderful lesson this is to read, Tiffany. St. Augustine's "Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you." relates to my own interior life I sometimes think, knowing my purpose on this earth, and yet, when did I begin in earnest to live it out ! God bless your father in law and family, and I too will pray for his healing.

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  2. Tiffany, I'm keeping your father in law in my prayers! It is a reality check when a loved one is sick and it helps put our priorities in check. I love the quote from St. Augustine!

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  3. Prayers for physical healing and spiritual conversion.

    St. Camillus de Lellis ~ ora pro nobis.

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  4. Tiffany I will keep Rudy in my prayers and and him to my list of people that I say the Divine Mercy Chaplet for. That is so powerful and so beautiful. I hope that he is well soon and back home. I know that I always seem to be in a race with time. Although I consciously try to slow down and live in the here and now, there are many days where it is difficult to do. How ironic is it that we all race against time and that time is totally irrelevant in Heaven. Thanks for sharing that quote from St. Augustine. I love it! He and St. Monica are two favorites of mine.

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  5. I'll be praying too. How sad that he doesn't have that peace we all hope and pray for at the end of our lives.

    The Pieta prayer book has some beautiful prayers, powerful for sick and dying persons--do you have one of those?

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  6. Prayers for your father-in-law and for all the family. God bless

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  7. Prayers for your family at this time Tiffany. May your father in law have the blessings of all prayers being sent to our Lord. God bless.

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  8. Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers. They mean a lot to me and our family. Rudy has a procedure this afternoon so we will know more after that. He has been stable in the hospital up to this point. Thanks again and all God's blessings to each of you:)

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