I got to hear two speakers this week speak on the importance of mom's taking their daily sufferings and uniting them to Christ for the salvation of our families and for Priest.
Here are some notes I took. Make sure to check out their website here.
Fr Jordi Rivero
Through suffering we share deeper into our relationship with Christ.
Our faith has to be contagious!
Don’t be embarrassed to be catholic (Catechism:#853)
The narrow way of the cross is hard.
Early Christians believed in the power of the cross…so do we!
We must proclaim the truth and bring other closer to Christ.
At times when we are so wounded we need to embrace suffering not just walk away.
Jesus faces His cross and embraces it; we need to unite our sufferings to His cross.
He is empowering us to embrace our cross and the Love of God.
Suffering is our greatest tool to love.
It sounds strange but rejoice in suffering.
Say to the Lord, “I know you are with me”.
We are set free when we give ourselves to Christ in suffering. It is a terrible injustice by not trying to change our ways.
Let the burn in our hearts and we can change others.
"I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze!
Let our fire consume others to fall in love with Christ.
We must learn to DISCIPLINE ourselves.
Become victims of love in our everyday life.
Nothing can stop us and our love for Jesus.
Our entire life belongs to Christ. Are we really ready to say yes and offer up our spirit to him?
Mrs.Lourdes Pinto (spoke on Spiritual Motherhood)
We must embrace our calling in life as women and mothers…this is our vocation.
Our most ordinary daily life actions…the tedious things that annoy us, we must united them with Christ.
Our prayers and sacrifices can help others, especially priest. The priest that God put in our lives as well as the priest we don’t even know.
St Terese the little flower at age 15 offered up many sacrifices for priest all over the world.
We live in a Domestic Monastery; this is where our lives can be transmitted by just hugging our children and doing our daily, mundane tasks for Christ.
A mother’s hands…there is infinite power in a mother’s hands. We must use our hands to bless our Children. Just as a priest’s hands are sacred so to a mother must transmit the love of Christ to her children with her hands.
As mothers we must make our life pure.
Turn everything into a prayer. Then we are in constant prayer turning everything to God for the purity of our family and for priests.
Try to make time for prayer. The sacraments, especially communion, also try to get to holy hour.
Satan wants to destroy motherhood and disregard our small tasks of love for our family.
Our mission field is our family and home…it is our Domestic Monastery.
Motherhood of the cross: Behold the handmade of the Lord
At the cross Mary is called Women…Christ gives her womanhood to all mankind. She becomes our mother and we become her children.
Mothers have so much to offer the world through their daily trials and struggles…we must use it to bear fruit.
Venerable Concepción (Conchita) Cabrera de Armida
She found joy in the cross, asked for souls, and had pure love.
John 15: How does Jesus love us?
We must be at the foot of the cross so our maternal heart can expand with love!
When we enter our spiritual mothering we can have room to add our intentions for priest. Priests are chosen instruments of God. They need our prayers and sacrifices; they are being attacked by Satan. They are our shepherds who lead us to heaven. We need priest to transform us to be holy and become saints!
God is choosing ordinary women like us to become warriors of love for our family, priests, and the world!
Mary crushed the head of Satan, we must be her heel!!!
To become prayer warriors, we must desire to become saints and live heroic lives in our HOME.
We will obtain a crown of glory in place of our suffering, provided we remember to offer up our suffering for Christ.
WE all have interiors suffering in our souls, even just offering up our hurt feelings is redemptive, when we unite our pain with Christ and offer it all up for our family and Christ’s beloved priests.
When we enter into Jesus’ heart we will find our pearl of great treasure.
When our children are complaining and we don’t have anything left to offer them ask Christ to turn our hearts of stone into soft loving hearts.
When a child refuses to eat or complains about food, don’t be bitter. Offer it up for those who don’t believe in the true presence of our Lord in the Eucharist.
Simple actions like these will turn our days into fruit for our family, priest, and the world.
THY WILL BE DONE!!! +JMJ+