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May 17
Joan's message of hope

DSCF5176.JPGJoan's message of hope​

   Last week, I wrote about my friendship with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and how she taught me more about her Son, Jesus, through the prayers of the rosary.

  I also mentioned a favourite saint, Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. If any of you saw a movie called The Da Vinci Code, you know that the villain was apparently a member of Opus Dei. I did not bother to watch this movie; my spirit sensed it would be a source of negativity so I avoided it. It may have provided amusement for many fans of Tom Hanks, but I prefer to watch him in light, romantic vehicles like Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.

  The point is that Opus Dei was not shown in a good light, which was another reason for my personal boycott. We should all make our own choices and not just follow along with the crowd, especially when our decisions might not benefit our lives.

  Life is a gift. Ask someone who has just been given the diagnosis of a terminal illness. No doubt, they will make plans to experience some of those special things that are on their bucket list because time is now running out for them.

  Every day that we wake up, we should embrace the 24 hours before us, and do and say what we know will encourage others in our family. I have been widowed twice and thank God daily for the opportunity of being married to faith-filled husbands whose example strengthened my beliefs. I also regret that I took their love for granted on occasion; how I would welcome the chance to share one more hug of thanksgiving - in person!

  St. Josemaria Escriva had this to say about how we spend our days: "Sanctity is made up of heroic acts. Therefore in our work we are asked for the heroism of finishing properly the tasks committed to us, day by day, even though they are the same tasks."

  If God is for you, who can ever be against you? And trust me, you will never know a greater advocate!

Joan Levy Earle​