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August 22, 2006



DD, I do believe we need advocates, and I think many of us have a core group of saints to whom we turn time and time again. The Blessed Virgin, as well, is our powerful and gentle advocate. Mary, in her role of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, I truly believe is my own.


Deacon Dan is awfully good to us. How'd God know to blossom him here in so very many ways?

Gabrielle, about a core group of saints, I cannot help but include my grandmother in mine..perhaps others ought to include theirs, if for other reasons. It has so consistently proved true, that whenever a friend has a sweet devotion to Mary, they had a saintly grandmother..


A saintly grandmother - you are right again, Ms Honora. When I was a teenager, after both my maternal grandparents had passed away, my aunt asked everyone to take home whatever they'd like from the house. I was one of the last to go through, but what I was hoping for was still there: her icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which I cherish to this day.


An icon.. you have spoken of St. Rafqa.. your grandmother was a Maronite?

Well, everyone else was given first call on both of my grandmothers' treasures.. one of my grandmothers (the extraordinarily wealthy one) had only one grandchild, but my father, already ostracized by her second husband, was on a huge bender and missed out on contesting the will. He and my mom went in and took just 3 things: 2 pineapple beds, and the Infant of Prague statue.

From my beautiful and once very poor Fr. Canadian Mere Mere, however, with whom we all lived many years due to tragedies and due to my father.. I was able to take two items she loved. Her "Dominique" (Singing Nun) album, which I, too, loved, and a small costume jewelry cameo brooch. Later, I received from the granddaughter two other items she was going to heave out: An enormous sculptured wall crucifix, and a statue of St. Ann de Beaupre holding little Mary (both in horrendous condition) -- and yes, eventually, her Rosary beads which glow in the dark, which spooked my cousin too much. :-) We, her two holy little Bernadettes, lol, used to pray our morning prayers beside her rocker in the kitchen each morn. Oh, how she suffered. Oh, how she appealed to Mary..


Honora, no, not a Maronite, and t'was yourself who told me about St. Rafqa, you silly goose. I'm going to e-mail you, okay? Too many coincidences for here...

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