Monica’s Praise Report 12-27-23

Post Date: December 27, 2023
Author: Monica Hebert

Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever. Praise be His holy name. All Glory Be to He who was, is, and is to come. Glory and Honor to the most high God.

Thank You, Lord, for all thy benefits. Thank You for the Sacraments, and for the treasury of Grace from which Your people may draw. Thank You for your guidance through Your Word, Your Church, Your Mother, Your Holy Spirit.

Forgive me, Lord, for my short-sightedness and my moments of worry, anxiety, and despair. Forgive me for my lack of trust, hope, and faith amid trying situations. Forgive me, Lord, especially when I forget that You have a plan- a perfect one- of which I am not always privy to the details.

Tis wedding season; it seems to me. Many of the young adults I know are at that stage in life, and I have been honored to witness the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and to share in the joy of many moments that entails. I don’t know about you, but I always cry at weddings. My children will tell you that I cry for everything!

There are tears of happiness and joy. There are tears that come from the fact that this means change – and change can shake us up a little. There are tears because many are overwhelmed with emotion. Some tears are bittersweet because when a couple says “I do” to each other, it often means they will be moving out of their family home.

God revealed something to me when my first child was married that will stick with me for a long time. One of the pictures from his wedding include his wife in a posture that reminded me of an image of our Blessed Mother stomping on the serpent. When I saw it, I could sense in my soul that God will defeat the enemy through the Sacrament.

The more I pondered this, the more I could understand why the enemy attacks this Sacrament and the family this Sacrament creates. My thoughts at this point ran away from me and I began to feel overwhelmed and worried. That’s when God reminded me that this Sacrament gives exactly the graces needed to accomplish His will. I believe we are called to participate in this Sacrament, because every couple needs encouragement and reminders that their vocation is essential.

At the latest wedding, I found myself sitting in a chair holding my grandson with tears flowing. I was literally holding the first fruit of my son’s Sacrament after just witnessing another young couple enter into their vocation. My daughter and her new husband were serving in this wedding as well, and many of our precious memories from their Sacrament flooded my memory as well. It was all so beautiful and a wonderful reminder that God is still working to defeat the enemy, and how overwhelmingly honored I felt to be just a small part of His plan.

It is a reminder, too, that the Sacrament is witnessed by others, which means we should be dedicated to praying especially for those couples. I believe the enemy prowls and attacks families because he understands that he will be defeated through them; they are a huge threat to darkness because they foster hope and are a school of holiness. Let us not forget to lift all families in prayer; let us support and encourage them in whatever way we can. It may be our part of God’s battle plan, so let us soldier on!

Photo by Megan McFadden on Unsplash

Recent Posts

A Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, June 9, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, June 9, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 9, 2024 Reading 1: Gn 3:9-15 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 Reading 2: 2 Cor 4:13—5:1 Gospel: Mk 3:20-35 Our first reading is the Genesis account of “Original Sin” or “The Fall of...

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Reading 1: Ex 24:3-8 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18 Reading 2: Heb 9:11-15 Alleluia: Jn 6:51 Gospel: Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi Sunday. It is the...

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

First Reading: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 Second Reading: Rom 8:14-17 Alleluia: Rv 1:8 Gospel: Mt 28:16-20 The Holy Trinity is a mystery of faith that is inaccessible to reason alone. It is a mystery that cannot be...

6th Sunday of Easter – May 5, 2024

6th Sunday of Easter – May 5, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2024 Reading 1: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 Reading 2: 1 Jn 4:7-10 Gospel: Jn 15:9-17 As mentioned previously, it is in the season of Easter that our readings each...

Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 28, 2024

Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 28, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2024 Reading 1: Acts 9:26-31 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 Reading 2: 1 Jn 3:18-24 Alleluia: Jn 15:4a, 5b Gospel:Jn 15:1-8 Chapter 9 of St. Luke’s “The Acts of the Apostles” tells...

Monica’s Praise Report 4-23-24

Monica’s Praise Report 4-23-24

Praise You God! You are Holy, Mighty, Merciful, All Knowing, Ever Present, for You are God! You know our comings and our goings, our joy and our sorrow. You know every hair on our heads, for we were wonderfully and fearfully made by You, our Creator. Thank You Lord...

Fourth Sunday of Lent, April 21, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Lent, April 21, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, April 21, 2024 Reading 1: Acts 4:8-12 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 Reading 2: 1 Jn 3:1-2 Alleluia: Jn 10:1 Gospel: Jn 10:11-18 This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is also known...

Divine Mercy Sunday 2024

Divine Mercy Sunday 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2024 (Divine Mercy Sunday) Reading 1: Acts 4:32-35 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Reading 2: 1 Jn 5:1-6 Gospel: Jn 20:19-31 The first thing we should notice about our readings for...

Palm Sunday 2024

Palm Sunday 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/032424.cfm Palm Sunday celebration begins with a processional gospel proclamation of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem from the Gospel of Mark, with an optional proclamation...

Monica’s Praise Report 3-22-24

Monica’s Praise Report 3-22-24

Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever! Praise be His Holy and Venerable Name! Praise Him, who was, is, and is to come. Praise Him in the morning; praise Him in the noontime. Praise Him when the sun goes down! Thank You, Lord, for all thy benefits. Thank You for the...

Local Angels

(Our Sponsors)

For more information on how to showcase your business and sponsor this site, please send us an email.

Sergio's Landscaping  Logo
Authentic Brain Solutions Logo
Steve Eggert, Financial Advisor Logo
H-Wheel & Tire Logo