somebodylovesmeblog

Sharing God's love with the world, one heart at a time.

About

I am a very happily married woman, who is totally blessed with an amazing husband, two strong and loving sons, and their wives, who are each a wonderful addition to our family.  Faith has always been important to me.  My husband and I would never have the marriage we have today if God was not the foundation of our marriage.

I am a cradle Catholic, and received twelve years of Catholic Education.  My parents made sure to take my sisters and me to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.  One of my sisters is quadriplegic, and “back in the day”, disabled people didn’t get out much.  That led to Masses in our home, and some “Charismatic” Catholic functions (which I did not understand).  We also said an occasional rosary as a family.

As I grew in faith, I wanted nothing to do with the rosary.  I believed that a person should pray straight to Jesus, that it was blasphemy to pray to the Blessed Mother.  That belief would change drastically…about a year and a half ago, my faith started to deepen as never before.

In the Spring of 2012, my husband and I happened to drive past a group of about 25 people, who were praying, at the Pro Life 40 Days for Life, at a local abortion clinic.  I wanted to quietly show our support.  As we were getting closer to the group (who were standing in an oval shape on a grassy area), I could feel the Holy Spirit so strong that it made me cry. The spirit was so intense that it felt like a wall of love.  I saw a woman holding a sign that stated “I regret my abortion”, and I felt great admiration for her courage and deep empathy for her pain.  I continued to feel the Spirit while we drove past the group, and then once we passed them, it disappeared.  I looked over at my husband, and he had tears in his eyes…he felt the Spirit too.  I realized that they were praying the rosary, and it was the Holy Spirit around them; they were standing on Holy Ground.

A little while went by, and I wasn’t even thinking of the event at 40 Days for Life.  I was trying to figure out what I could do for Lent that would be meaningful.  I was literally PULLED and DRAWN to pray the rosary.  It was like I had no choice…I started to say the rosary almost every day. (Remember how I had previously avoided the rosary?) To make a long story short, I have been praying the rosary almost daily ever since, for the conversion of sinners, and for the hearts and souls of the people the Holy Spirit whispers to me every day.  The meditations and prayers have increased my faith immensely – our Blessed Mother has led me closer to Her Son.  My relationship with Jesus is more intense than ever, and I look forward to the revelation of each new day, to bring us even closer.

Relationships have always been my life’s focus.  I truly believe that the love of Jesus is shared through the people we interact with every day, starting with immediate family, and then branching out all the way to the people we may casually pass on the street.

The ability to feel a person’s inner struggles comes easily to me.  Often times, I actually feel a person’s pain or conflict.  Up until recently, this ability to take on people’s emotions left me very confused.  My mood would swing from feeling happiness in my day-to-day life, and all of a sudden, would change to extreme anger or sadness.  I did not understand I was picking up the emotions and spirits from others. Now I realize the empathy that comes naturally to me, is a gift from God.  This gift allows me to know when someone is in need.

Where is this all leading?  I believe that Christ’s love is shared through each one of us.  Every day, I try to keep open to the prodding of the Holy Spirit.  When a name pops up in my head, or I feel or see a person in need, I try to do SOMETHING to share God’s love with them.  It may be a prayer, smile, hug, card or some help to fill a particular need.  I am learning to take one day at a time to absorb and share God’s love with a world in need.  Many times, someone needs to know that “somebody loves me” before they can accept that “God loves me.”

This blog is my little way of sharing the love of Jesus, one heart at a time.  We will see where the Lord leads…

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  1. I just discovered your blog and you are very inspirational! Your stories are written from the heart and are entertaining as well as spiritual and informative. Thank you so much for posting how God is working in your life. I pray that God will continue to grow and bless you!

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  2. Thanks, Abby, for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I believe we all have a story to share to touch and uplift eachother, and share the love of Jesus. I LOVE your blog…very honest and heartfelt sharing of your journey with Christ. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and continue to bless you and your family.

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  3. Thank you for the re-blog. I appreciate it. Isn’t serving the Lord fun? 🙂

    \o/

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  4. It sure is fun and exciting!!! You never know where He is going to lead you: – )

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  5. Thanks for stopping by and like our roll with it Wednesday 😀. You are welcome to stop back anytime 😀 God bless you!

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  6. Thanks so much for the reblog. Blessings

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  7. Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking “First Cousin Twice Removed.” 🙂
    I read your blog post about your experience with God’s angel and agree, God sends His angels to protect His children. Something happened to me that can only be explained as intervention from an angel of God.

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  8. Lyn, I think it is so important to know each others’ stories. I would love to hear yours. Blessings to you!

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  9. Thanks for your visit at Wings of the Dawn and for your encouragement there. I appreciate your sharing a part of your life and walk with Jesus here. God bless you.

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    • It is wonderful getting to know new friends through the sharing of life stories/journeys. I feel that God is blessing me immensely….each day I am filled with inspiration and love through so many different, unique perspectives. The commonality is the search for Christ’s peace and love in our lives, in order to share it with others. May God bless you, too!

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  10. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my post. I hope it was of encouragement and blessing to you!
    I am really encouraged by your blog and it’s name for it speaks volumes, especially regarding Christ. Many blessings to you as you continue to encourage others!

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  11. Just wanted to say thank you so much for coming by my blog, and to ask you if you might be able to possibly come back and re-read this post. I added something to the next to the last paragraph that I think is very important to my point.
    http://robinclaire.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/love-heals/
    blessings always,
    robin

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  12. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for “liking” my latest post, which, apparently, you read before I had finished posting it! 🙂 Ain’t WordPress amazing? 🙂 Thanks, again.

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  13. Your story is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Isn’t it wonderful how much prayer can enhance our lives with the Holy Spirit! Love reading your blog. So blessed to have found it!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. Yes, it is amazing how the Holy Spirit directs us and fills us with His love, when we invite Him in. Have a blessed day.

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  14. What a blessing to find your blog today and I look forward to reading more! Many Blessings, Hannah

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  15. Hi Bernadette! Thanks for stopping by and following me on Reflections From the Heart and on my Twitter! I read some of your material as well and have reciprocated 🙂 I am now one of your fans. Blessings!

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  17. HI Bernadette, I love your posts! So much insight. Was it you who told me she looked for my book “Sometimes Marriage is a Real Crime” but couldn’t find it on Smashwords? If so, I thank you so much if so, for it got me motivated to submit it to Amazon.com for Kindle users. It was fun and exciting to do so. Blessings to you,

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  18. Hi Bernadette! I love your posts! Thank for leading me to your blog. I will definitely follow your writings and may even start my own. I have had many thoughts, testimonies to share and I think you have led me to decide to write them. Nothing is a coincidence and our meeting through Joe is definitely not an accident. You have touched me in a very special way. May the Lord richly bless you and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide you that others may feel God’s presence and experience God’s love in their lives! –Maria

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  19. Maria…thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I would love to hear your thoughts and testimonies, and look forward to reading your blog in the future:-) I believe it is very important to share our stories of how the Lord has changed us and worked through us…there is someone out there who REALLY needs to hear the words God gives us. Love, Bernadette

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  20. Hi there! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you & was wondering if you could please email me when you have a free moment. Thanks! I really hope to hear from you soon and appreciate you taking the time. ☺ cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com

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  21. Thanks for finding me and stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading yours! Judy

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  22. Bernadette, I love that name. I am just so excite to read that you read the book of Sister Patricia of Called by Joy. Thank you for reading the book! Blessings to you and yours. Perpetua.

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  23. Yes, I thought so but wasn’t sure:-). I am reading “Bernadette Speaks” by Rene Laurentin now. I thought your picture looked like the one on the cover of my book.

    Do you have a special devotion or interest in Saint Bernadette?

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  24. Hi! You are such an inspiring blogger that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. http://maryaperez.com/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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    • Hello Mary,
      I am so sorry it has taken me this long to respond. Thank you for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It was totally unexpected, and really humbles me.

      After much thought, I decided against accepting awards. Although, it is an honor, I am focusing on writing what the Lord inspires me to write, written in the way that He guides me to.

      I was thinking, that maybe in the future, I will share a post that shines a light on some of the blogs that are inspiring to me. Thank you for giving me that idea:-)

      I enloy reading your blog, and look forward to getting to know you more through your posts.

      Love and blessings, Bernadette

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  25. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I was inspired with what I have read so far. I hope you will continue sharing your heart and faith with the world. Let’s continue to Know Him and Make Him Known.

    Warm regards from the Tropics,
    Mary

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  26. One never knows what power that a kind word or gesture will have….
    I had 8 years of Catholic education and my family said the rosary together every night (my poor knees on the hardwood floor).

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    • You are so right…we usually do not see the power and effect of our kindnesses done in love.

      Wow…a family rosary every night! That is a blessing, although, I do understand about your sore knees:-)

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  27. I’m so happy I landed here! I, too, feel other people’s pain…sometimes very profoundly! I fought this “gift” my entire life…until very recently. Now I am just trying to put it all together…sort out what’s mine and what is not. And I am beginning to believe that it is a gift…and I honor it!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • Hi Lorrie, I am happy you stopped by, too! It is wonderful to know someone who understands what this gift feels like. I’ve had it for my whole life too, but like you, did not understand. About two years ago, I was finally enlightened, and am also learning to distinguish what is “mine” and what I am picking up from someone. And that “someone” may be in a different location, or I can pick it up through writing. Are you also very good at reading body language? I never was aware before, that I am constantly reading body language. It is second nature to me.

      I am positive it is a gift. (discernment) If you ever would like to “talk”, my email ios blmaluso@hotmail.com

      I would love to get to know you, and I may have some info that would be helpful to you:-) I look forward to reading your posts.

      Bernadette

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      • Oh Bernadette. ..that is so wonderful for you to offer! Yes…I read body language too. From a very young age I could walk in to a room and know exactly what is going on. I can tell when people don’t like each other even if they pretend really well. I also get energy from reading and from loved ones out of state.

        It can all be very confusing sometimes. I think I now understand that throughout my life there were times I would suddenly get so sad…and I wouldn’t know why.

        I fought this…or just didn’t understand it most of my life…but I am embracing it now…and it feels much better!!!

        Thank you so much for your kindness 🙂 I’m so happy to meet you!!

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  28. Bernadette:

    Thank you again for hearing the cry of my heart and reaching out. I am doing much better, mostly thanks to your encouragement and insight. I shall never forget your kindness!

    Love in Christ,
    \o/

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  29. I have left a comment on your Post about forgiveness blmaluso and yes I often speak to Jesus and my Abba Father and I feel compassion for those who are hurting and I also stand up for God’s Truth, including the evil of Abortion, not because I have to but because I want to, I Love Him.

    The Scripture tells us we have one Intercessor, Jesus Christ, He is the only person who was sinless.

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    I would appreciate blmaluso if you would please share the Scriptures that confirm we are to pray to those who are dead to have our sins forgiven, like Mary and those that the Roman Catholic Church called Saints, which is what we all are in Christ Jesus and where does it confirm repetitious prayers are acceptable like when you use the Rosemary.

    It is not Love or kindness to allow others to believe and teach error.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

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    • Just to clarify if you are making fun of the rosary…it is a rosary, not the rosemary.

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      • No blmaluso, I was not making fun, I think using the rosemary is very sad, it has no Scriptural foundation, in Truth it opposes it . I’m Dyslectic and often spell words wrong, it’s something I have lived with all my life, I also can’t write in detail without the Lord’s leading and with being a cracked vessel I’m thankful He is the Super Glue and what He fixes never comes unstuck.

        Blessings – Anne

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    • I have never claimed to pray to Saints or Our Blessed Mother for forgiveness of sins. Only the Lord can forgive our sins, and our salvation is found in and through Jesus.

      Maybe you do not understand what the Rosary is. (please stop calling it “rosemary.” I understand what you are doing, and I do not accept the spirit that is promoting these barbs.)

      http://www.rosary-center.org/howto.htm#loaded Make sure to click on the mysteries…Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious to see what the meditations are.

      The Rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus. When I pray the rosary, I ask Mary to pray for me, and also to lead me closer to Jesus, her son. I also pray for the conversion of sinners; for the opening of eyes, ears and hearts to Jesus’ saving love and peace.

      Be very careful of what you believe and “teach” regarding Church error. I pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide you and lead you on your journey to Him.

      In the meantime, the Lord has lead you to this site. Maybe now is the time to follow the whispers of divine guidance, and do some research. Scott Hahn’s books are very informative, and scripturally sound. Please see info below regarding his knowledge of Scripture. ( I don’t claim to have the knowledge that he does regarding scripture.)

      Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly). Some of his newest books are Many Are Called, Hope for Hard Times, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Signs of Life.

      Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

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  30. Anne, thank you for your comment. I know you are speaking from your heart, although your “knowledge” is misdirected and misinformed. When I have a few moments to answer more in detail, I will answer your concerns about the Catholic Church.

    That being said, I will not debate back and forth the validity of the only Church that was started by Jesus himself. All other churches are man made, being led by different “leaders” or led by the people themselves. Why would I trust someone other than Jesus who entrusted the Church to Peter? Why would I trust your interpretation, instead of putting my faith in a Church that traces back to The Lord Himself?

    If you are truly searching for THE TRUTH and not just throwing daggers, please look up some Scott Hahn books about the Mass, and other aspects of the Catholic Faith. You can check out my Books page if you are interested in learning about the Catholic faith, instead of perpetuating what you believe the Church is.

    Again, thank you for reading, and thank you for your comment. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  31. Bernadette, yes I like your real name much better than blmaluso, but it probably has meaning for you like Freedomborn does for me. I also believe that you feel you are right but your About message is all about feelings, there is no Scriptural confirmation for what you have been taught by your Church, in regards to Mary, the Rosary and other untruths, what you believe it only based on man’s own fleshy understanding and what they have propagated sadly for many years.

    I too believe in God’s Universal Church, not meaning the Roman Catholic Church, as we know they were established later but God’s Church, which is World wide and includes people from every Country and Denomination as well as house Churches etc because it’s of the Heart, it’s not made of bricks and mortar or the traditions of men.

    Something that is often misquoted by Catholics, is Jesus was saying that God’s Church would be built on what Peter said not on Peter “Jesus is the Rock ” (see below) and He is The Head of God’s Church, not a man and we are the Body of Christ and so was Peter and so is the Pope and when we pray in the Spirit and in Unity (Matthew 18:18-19) (Ephesians 6:17-19 – Acts 1:13-15 – Matthew 16:19 ) as you can see by these Scriptures our prayers are answered. But the Unity God wants is not based on man’s fleshy understanding, reasoning or logic but on His Truth.

    Deuteronomy 32:3-5 Because I will publish the Name of the LORD, ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of Truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.

    Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.

    1 Corinthians 10:3-5 And did all eat the same Spiritual meat; And did all drink the same Spiritual drink: for they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

    Something that is very important is we are to ask for and believe you have God’s wisdom and empowering by The Holy Spirit or we will continue to Trust in fleshy, or worldly understanding and remain in darkness, it’s a choice!

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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    • Anne, before I write to address some of your questions and accusations, I pray that the Holy Spirit opens our eyes, ears and hearts to each other in love. I ask that The Lord fills our hearts with His love, wisdom and understanding, and that we are open to His truth. I pray in the name of Jesus that we are used as vessels of his love and his direction.

      I will address the Catholic Faith first. As I shared with you before, if you would like to learn the truth of the Catholic Church, please check out Scott Hahn. He has written many very informative, scripture based books on the subject. He also shared your questions and concerns regarding the Catholic Faith. “The Supper of the Lamb” would be very beneficial for you to read. Again, it is based in scripture.

      It truly makes me sad that you are under such misconception and error regarding the Catholic Church. I understand where you are coming from…I had many of the same issues and questions for a few years. Until my heart filled up with the mercy and love of Jesus, and he opened my eyes of faith. My relationship with Jesus becomes more intimate every day, in a way I never even could have fathomed. The Catholic Faith allows me countless ways to journey with him and worship my Father in heaven. The key is the relationship we form to him, and how, when we are united with him, he fills our hearts with an overflowing love that spills out to all souls in need of conversions…the souls that need Him.

      Even when I was riddled with questions and confusion regarding the Catholic Church, one thing kept me from leaving…..that is the Real Presence. (Catholic Church is the only Church that institutes The Holy Eucharist) Yes, the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and I am privileged to be called to His banquet that He sets before us at the Mass.

      I will not turn down the invitation to be one with Jesus.

      How can you refute the following when you are a “Bible Believer?”

      John 6:50-65

      50“This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
      52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

      Words to the Disciples

      59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

      60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? 62“What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

      Pay special attention to verses 52-58

      Do you see anywhere after the disciples started grumbling because they could not accept what he was saying…do you hear him tell them, Oh wait, “it is only a symbol?” He never says it is just a symbol, he goes on to say:

      “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

      Read those last verses…how many times does Jesus say “eat my flesh and drink my blood?”

      I for one will not argue with Jesus and His gift to us to PARTAKE in the Last Supper with my Lord. Jesus was sacrificed ONCE for our salvation, and we offer that sacrifice at the Mass. What a privilege.

      A little about Mary:

      The phrase “hail Mary” (recited in the “Hail Mary” prayer of the rosary) is actually biblical! Take a look at Luke 1:28. The following are various renderings from various translations of the Bible:

      And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” – NAB
      The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” – NIV
      And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. – KJV
      And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” – NASB
      And he came to her and said, Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women! – Amplified

      There are common themes among the various translations. Let’s compare.

      It seems that the spoken part by the angel Gabriel starts off with a greeting – “Hail” in some translations “Greetings” in others. I suppose it depends on what the translator was comfortable with and who is the target audience for each specific translation. According to Dictionary.com “hail” (in this sense) is a term that is used as a greeting for someone, sometimes signifying importance of that person.
      So, saying “hail Mary” could really be considered another way of saying “hello Mary.”

      How is Mary holy?

      We see in that same verse that Gabriel calls Mary highly favored (by God). We also see in Luke 1:42 Elizabeth calls Mary “Most blessed among women”.

      Mary is ‘most blessed among women’ and ‘highly favored’ by God. How many other people in Scripture have received such designations – none.

      But why is Mary holy or favored?

      Mary is considered of such high favor with God and Elizabeth recognizes that she is special only because of Jesus. Mary was chosen to bear Jesus by God, so God singled her out from all other women on the planet. Elizabeth recognized that she was bearing the son of God and so recognized that she was special.

      Mary was not just as normal as you and me – she was highly favored by God and greatest of all women. Not too many people have angels coming in the middle of the night to proclaim such things to them so I would say that Mary is a tad more than ordinary
      Without Mary’s free acceptance of her calling from God we would not have Jesus in human flesh. (have you ever considered that Jesus has Mary’s DNA…she is the Mother of God…He is a part of her???)

      The core of Catholicism is Jesus, not Mary. We ask Mary to pray for us and she LEADS us to Jesus. From personal experience, this is exactly what happened in my life. I always believed, but I did not have a relationship with Jesus. Since I have been meditating on the mysteries of the rosary, my relationship with Jesus has become more intimate.

      We cannot simply neglect Mary. She plays an integral role in the redemption of the world. She said yes, Jesus was born and we were redeemed (by Jesus of course). One cannot simply talk about Jesus without being grateful to his mother. God did not choose to just place Jesus on earth as He could have; he chose for Jesus to have a real mother, and his mother is Mary. Also, if God is our heavenly father, and Jesus is his son and our brother, wouldn’t that make Jesus’ mother OUR MOTHER too? Wouldn’t she love us and want what’s best for us, which would be to lead us to Jesus?

      Catholics do not put Mary on par with God; we just do a better job at recognizing the role she played in Christian history. Mary is certainly worthy of reverence, but not worship.

      The Hail Mary is not a prayer of worship, but it is a recitation of Scripture and then asking her to pray for us to God; much like asking our other Christian brothers and sisters to pray for us.

      You say I base my faith on feelings. No, my faith is a gift from God. I will NEVER deny the all-consuming love I am surrounded and filled with because the Holy Spirit lives within my heart.

      http://www.scotthahn.com/mary.html Information and answers to questions regarding the role of Mary and where she stands in the Catholic Faith.

      Again Anne, my faith is a gift from God, and I choose to be a part of the one True Catholic Church on earth…that was instituted by Jesus himself. It is your choice to accept these truths or not. Although we are sisters in Christ, I do not choose to follow your interpretation of the scripture of what you believe truth is. Jesus instituted The Church so that we would not be left to fend for ourselves here on earth.

      I am joy filled that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, and stand firm on His Word. Be sure to keep your eyes, ears and heart open to The Holy Spirit’s whispers. You have all these “feelings” about the Catholic Faith because of misconceptions you have about what Catholics truly believe. You did not come across my blog site by accident. Make sure to pray, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and read some of Scott Hahn’s books. You will find more books, if you are searching for answers to your questions, on my favorite books page.

      “Surprised by Truth” by Patrick Madrid may be very helpful to you. (Eleven converts give biblical and historical reasons for becoming Catholic)

      If you would like to continue our discussion, you may email me at blmaluso@hotmail.com. I do not wish to cause unnecessary division that would harm relationships between brothers and sisters in Christ.
      I will keep you in my heart and prayers, Bernadette

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    • Anne,

      I have removed your latest post, for there are so many errors and misconceptions that I do not want them to even be seen on my site. Much confusion.

      In my previous post I asked that our conversations be private, and you did not respect my request. After reading your last post, I ask that you do some of the reading by Scott Hahn that I suggested before contacting me. That would tell me that you are interested in actually having your questions answered rather than just slinging mud.

      I pray that the Lord keeps you in his care.

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  32. I really enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing your experiences with praying the rosary – so beautiful! 🙂

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    • Joan…thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment:-)

      Praying the rosary has changed my life…and also the lives of the people I have been praying for…it would be very hard for me NOT to share!!!

      Bernadette

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      • Bernadette,

        You’re welcome! 🙂

        I have struggled with praying the rosary at times (I used to find it more like a chore than a prayer), but I’ve lately been praying it while driving and have been finding it to be very fruitful.

        Looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

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  33. Bernadette, I want to thank you for stopping by my little blog, cookiecrumbs, and for wanting to follow along. I greatly appreciate your blog, and for the sharing of your faith. I was raised an Episcopalian but have grown very disheartened with the church and its liberal leanings which, in my opinion, have drifted so far away from the true Word of God. I have always leaned to the very deep Catholic roots of the Anglican Church feeling drawn very much to those roots. I look forward to exploring your blog and the sharing of your faith—thank you so much—blessing and Grace—Julie

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    • Julie,

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts, and getting to know you through them:-)

      As you read, I am a cradle Catholic. However, in the last few years my faith has been strengthened in a way I could never have even imagined. It’s like my eyes and heart have been opened to the sheer beauty and depth of the Catholic faith…and all the ways The Catholic Church offers us to grow closer to Jesus. The more I learn, the more my spirit is filled with love, and the knowledge that there is so much MORE to learn and grasp:-) Praise the Lord and all His wondrous works!

      Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like for me to refer books/CDs/movies, etc. I also try to keep some media/info on hand, and will mail to you if requested. My email is blmaluso@hotmail.com if you would wish to contact me.

      May God bless you on your journey. I will pray for you!

      Love in Christ,
      Bernadette

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  34. My goodness. I can really relate to you, especially in the sensitivity/empathy. It’s a burden at times, feeling all those emotions; but, as we both know, it’s a treasure to be able to sit along side a friend in need and help lighten the load of sorrow. Being a loving witness to both joy and pain – it is a gift from God. Only he can sustain it. On my own, I’ll run it right into the ground (as I did for decades). But under the control of the Spirit, it is my most treasured blessing.

    I’m glad you found my blog. I hope we stay connected.

    blessings,

    Lori

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    • Lori, for so many years I just assumed everyone could “feel” what I feel. Actually, up until a few years ago I did not understand it at all. Looking back, I have been blessed with this “gift” since I was very young. I could feel the spirit and mood of the day from my father and became very sensitive to it. So many other memories through the years that I experienced without knowing what I was experiencing. Does that make sense???

      Now I definitely know that I have been blessed by God with this gift, as you have been. As you said…”it’s a treasure to be able to sit along side a friend in need and help lighten the load of sorrow.” It feels that many times I am called to actually help to carry the crosses of my brothers and sisters, I feel their heart’s burdens so intensely. Each time that I am made aware of someone’s need or suffering, I try to be there for them and help in any way I can. However, for me, I find that I am most called to pray for those ones that God reveals to me. And I pray for many conversions of hearts and souls to Jesus…

      May God continue to bless you. I look forward to getting to know you:-)

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      • Yes. Yes. Yes. I completely understand what you mean. As a child, with no evidence or proof, I would sense something was happening in a situation (that still happens quite a bit). I didn’t know it was a gift. And then the thing that I thought was happening comes to light and I’d say, “I knew it!”

        Now, because I’ve learned to listen to what the Spirit shows me, I can pray (and sometimes intervene).

        I’m glad we share this experience and can encourage each other.

        ❤️

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  35. Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. May ever day draw you closer to and more like Jesus in every way. May God bless your family and your blog richly.

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  36. Hi Bernadette, thank you for reading and following my blog! Nice to meet you!
    SueAnn

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  37. Hi Bernadette, thanks for liking Beauty Sleeps Inside at my Angie Mc’s Reblog Love https://angiemcreblogs.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/beauty-sleeps-inside/ .

    I’m always glad to meet friends who love Mama Mary; what’s not to love?!

    My main blog is Family Love Does More https://familyanswersfast.wordpress.com/ . I do hope you’ll visit and I’ll look forward to reading more from you 😀

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  38. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment:-) I truly appreciate it. I also look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  39. Czy chodziło Ci o: Ciesze się że trafiłam na twój blog
    I’m glad that I came across your blog

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  43. Beautiful story, you are evangelising one person at a time. I try to say the Rosary too everyday. I do it through the relevant radio app. God bless you, Terri.

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  44. Enjoyed reading this post. I also found that I was drawn to the Rosary despite my reservations and have received a lot of comfort from it. Wrote something about it here: https://scotinprogress.com/2015/02/08/can-i-do-catholic-lite/

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  45. Canach…what a beautiful testimony about your Catholic journey regarding your conversion to the Catholic Church, and then how you were drawn to the Rosary. Love and blessings, Bernadette

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  46. Hello, I read about your faith path and right away thought about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I had taken an inventory of my Gifts of the HS last year and found it to be truly telling. Please check out the Charism of Mercy. It sounds like what your are talking about, feeling others pain and wanting to soothe it. http://www.maineholyspirit.org/charisms.html explains it briefly. It sounds like you could have some other charisms along with it. Ask your Church if they have The Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory by Sherry Weddell. Blessings to you.

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    • Thanks so much for leaving such a thoughtful comment. Also, I love the list of Charisms….thank you! Yes, mercy is probably the very strongest for me, and there are more, including Discernment of Spirits. May God especially bless you today!

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  47. Thank you for liking my recent post https://guiltygrace.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/why-i-abhor-abortion/
    I am totally feeling your heart because it is very reflective of what God has also deposited in me. I think what makes the difference is what we do with the heart of God when he reveals it to us and your writing does express much of his love. Thank you also that you know that faith without works is dead so continue to help and make a difference in the life of others.
    I humbly request if you could review my blog and perhaps make a comment on particular post that grabs you. I am doing this for my God who has revealed to me what he requires and I dare not to conceal this from the world. God bless. Gg

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  48. Simon, You are already on my prayer list. I don’t argue with the devil, however, I pray that the Lord will open your eyes to The Truth. I will not expose my readers to your spewing of darkness. Did I ever say I did not love you? Although I do not know you, you have been created in the Image Of God. It is sad to me that you do not accept this Truth.

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  49. “Many times, someone needs to know that ‘somebody loves me’ before they can accept that ‘God loves me’.” I completely agree! So very well said. Thank you for showing some of that love to me by stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts. What a blessing!

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    • Thank you for stopping by!!! We are all interconnected, and are able to help each other on our journeys, by sharing our stories and just loving each other. I look forward to getting to know you through your blog posts:-) Bernadette

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