Friday, August 10, 2007

Moments when Heaven Touches Earth

Many of you have read A Special Mother is Born, my article about how Our Lord spoke to my heart to prepare me for giving birth to Christina. I am constantly amazed at the richness of His grace, lifting us up when day to day life overwhelms us, and we struggle to pray with confidence.Recently, I was blessed with another moment of grace. We were at the Holy Hour of Youth 2000 with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, held outside Kellenberg High School, in a tent.Christina was very restless, and we were keeping her outside the tent so she wouldn't disturb the reverence at the Holy Hour, which had been going on for hours. As Fr. Juniper passed our row, holding Jesus in the Monstrance, we were invited to 'touch the hem of His garment', which he explained was the Humeral Veil.
I took the end of the Veil, and wrapped around Christina's kicking leg, and she instantly calmed down, looked up at the Monstrance and whispered, "Jesus". My heart soared, because I am reassured that she continues to recognize Jesus in his Body and Blood. Only five years old, hardly verbal, yet her faith surpasses that of many Catholic adults who don't have her gift of simple innocence. Fr. McCartney once told me that he thinks that people with Down syndrome feel sorry for us, as we don't understand things as clearly they do. The important things, like where Jesus is, and that He loves us.
I'm beginning to see what he meant.

1 comment:

Nephesh said...

"Fr. McCartney once told me that he thinks that people with Down syndrome feel sorry for us, as we don't understand things as clearly they do. The important things, like where Jesus is, and that He loves us.

I'm beginning to see what he meant."

Leticia, I recently read "Angel Unaware", the story of Roy Rogers' and Dale Evans Rogers' daughter, Robin, who was born with Down syndrome.

It is a humbling book, written by Dale Evans Rogers days after Robin passed away, and it is written in Robin's voice.

In Robin's conversations with God, we learn that she never "belonged" to Evans Rogers, but instead was given to her, and the family, to teach them.

It was comforting to read her book despite the heartache involved when losing a child.

Anyway, your words ring true to me as does Evans Rogers's beliefs.