Do You Believe In Miracles? – Good News for February 2

2 02 2009

Luke 2:22-32

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”

The Daily Path: Yesterday, two parents followed the tradition of Mary and Joseph by presenting their children to the Lord. My wife Anne and I joined so many other parents who have asked God to welcome His children and hold them close through Baptism.

On this Feast of the Presentation, I want to thank God for making that possible. As recently as a year ago, I couldn’t have seen this day being so close. I’m grateful to all those who prayed that these children, and their parents, would set out on the path to God. Especially my own parents who presented me so many years ago and never stopped praying that I would return. And to all who have gone out of their way to welcome our family into the Catholic community and stand by us, I send my sincere and  heartfelt thanks. 

February 1, 2009 was the day that an entire family came together and was presented to the Lord. Do you believe in miracles?

Room to Chat: Find an opening in your day to let God talk to you. All He needs is the tiniest crack. Seconds you won’t miss, and can’t afford to miss.



One response

2 02 2009

February 1, 2009 – A Holy Day

Dear Son,

In 1958 I attended a weekday Mass at Old St. Mary’s in San Francisco. when a priest in his homily said we should give our children to God. After Mass I told him we were expecting our first child (and only) and how do we go about giving you to God? He looked perplexed, paused for a moment – perhaps he had not thought this out – then told me that your mother and I should take you to Mary’s altar and give you to Mary.

That evening, I shared this with your mother and she was agreeable. So that’s what we did. We did not tell you until recent times because we wanted it to be your choice.

I recall in the 1980’s telling Mary I’ve waited long enough!

In 2006, when you were in the hospital and they discovered you were missing a major blood vessel in your heart, we sent emails to about a dozen friends we knew to be reliable pray-ers.. Our friend Karen replied that they would certainly pray but could we keep them informed of your progress. Each day for about a dozen days we send to these friends a daily chronicle of each day’s challenges and each day’s grace. We sent this daily chronicle to you son. We think it helped all of us see clearly how God is active in your life.

You began to make some choices about your work and your faith. All this continues to unfold..

Yesterday, February 1, 2009 you gave three of your children to God in Baptism at St. Monica’s. Donovan told you he wanted to be baptized in the River Jordan. He and Kelly and Carly-Claire took the event seriously. Fr. Wayne Campbell mentioned that your wife is in the RCIA program following her own inquiry, and he explained each of the Baptismal symbols in a very personal way. He is a gift as well.

After being released from the hospital you started making visits to the chapel at St. Mary’s College. I recall you relating how you were attracted to the light steaming through one stained glass window. It was Our Lady of Guadalupe! It brought to mind how as a child you read her story many times. You renewed your relationship with Mary since 2006.

Full Circle!

Love POP’s

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: