“There are certainly many good things I’d like to share about my mother Jackie, a real gift from God for me. Here are just a few:
Obviously, after the fact of putting up with me for nine months, she (and my father) chose to dedicate me to St. Michael, on whose feast I was born. This was sealed by my baptism on Christ the King Sunday a little more than 25 years ago. I didn’t realize the full providence of this until, well, I was in my white shirt and black tie in Cheshire!
After this, she taught me to pray. I still recall her taking me and my brother to adoration at the parish; just watching her was amazing! As St. Francis said, “...if necessary, use words”. She used THE Word! I am here today as a religious in large part due to this consistent, patient, profound example of her as a woman of prayer.
Also, she taught me to be a good man; in addition to taking us to Sunday school and Mass, she dedicated a lot of time to helping my brother and I make it to sports and our Boy Scout meetings. Character, team life, and helping others were only a few of the things we learned first-hand on the way to becoming Eagle Scouts. My older brother, a testimony of her daily self-sacrifice for us, is now married to a fellow member of the Movement; he and his wife Mandy have brought into the world three adorable little boys.
Finally, she has taught me what suffering with love means. She lost her father, a Marine pilot, when she was only seven years old; after that, she lovingly accompanied her mother, who passed away from cancer some years ago. After she was married, she was diagnosed with a hereditary kidney disease, but even that didn’t slow her down; one example from her marriage helps to illustrate. Her husband (and my dad) Dennis underwent a triple heart bypass operation ten years ago at the age of 47. True to her nature, she was right there by his side, day by day, to see him through the recovery process. Now, retired from 30 years as an RN, she treasures her work as a full-time grandmother (and wife, obviously—that never stops!). She and my dad are constantly on the road with one mission: spoil the little ones! Her love gets stronger the more that gets put on her plate!” – Michael, Rome, Italy
If you missed the contest, “Life in Christ: A collection on hymns in the spirit of Saint Paul” is a great gift to everyone. You find purchase info at the Consecrated Women’s website: http://www.materecclesiae.net/MEC%20Store/MEC%20Music.html.
All revenue generated by the sales of the CD goes directly to support the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi.
About the CD
Life in Christ: A collection on hymns in the spirit of Saint Paul.
A Meditation through Music
Regnum Christi’s Consecrated Women have produced an album with chapel songs to celebrate the faith of Saint Paul through music.
The CD includes 11 songs with lyrics reflecting Saint Paul’s spirituality as expressed in his letters. The tracks include:
• Who Will Separate Me
• Above All
• Only This I Want
• Song of Jesus Christ
• I Heard the Voice of Jesus
• The Gift of Love
• Dwelling Place
• The Cup of Life Outpoured
• Earthen Vessels
• The Supper of the Lord
• Christ Be Beside Me
All songs were recorded by the Consecrated Women choir in the chapel of Mater Ecclesiae College, their formation center in Greenville, Rhode Island.
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