• My heart and my prayers to you, my friend.

    It is hard to navigate those places where we must walk so gingerly as to not disturb a twig or leaf, and to know when we must stomp with more power. My special prayers around this communications element of life and marriage…

    Yes, we must trust, but we must know when to act also. That kind of discernment is difficult.

    Here in the US, we have so many gifts, yet we have this odious and immoral coupling of health insurance and employment. This idea sprung up at a time when no one could consider that jobs might be so hard to find. This hits us in the northeast in a particularly hard way.

    Add to that the notion of what it means to provide, as both practicality and ego. So, so, so many prayers around this.

    That companies are run poorly, influenced with intention or influence, by greed, ends up hurting people very badly. Yes, their poor stewardship results in your husband’s feelings of reduced self-worth.

    I’m going to the one saint who can help the most IMO, St. Joseph. Father, provider, patron of workers. He’s about to hear from me, and I will continue to speak to him, so that he might intercede for your family.

    God bless you.

  • Annette, you and your family have been on my mind and in my heart and prayers a great deal lately. Last week on retreat I carried you to Jesus and, interestingly, this morning prior to reading this post, I added your name to our Book of Prayer Intentions after Mass. These “coincidences” give me faith and the impetus to trust that we are in the hands of our loving Lord and that all will be well.
    I agree with Fran that it is important to know how and when to speak and I know that the Holy Spirit will give you the wisdom and the words. Blessings and prayers.

  • Fran and Lynda,

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and support. They are balm…I am not exaggerating. Lynda, the thought that with everyone you come into contact with that you would remember me during such a precious time is nothing short of humbling. I woke up to Papa Francesco’s words of reassurance this morning. “Every trial we are brought to should bring us joy because it tests our faith…” there was more but I can’t remember it was 3:30am! Haha But what I do know is that everytime something happens that has potential to scare the wits out of me, I am made stronger in my witness of God’s love. Each experience we have can help the next person. I can now speak to something I couldn’t before…that in itself is a gift. As are your friendships here. Thank you both so much. I will remember I am being held in prayer when I am starting to feel anxiety. And I will try not to whine. 🙂