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Dear Grace: A Mother's Diary
This is the bread that nurtures us and gives us the grace we need to become holy and spiritually perfect before our Father in Heaven who is holy and perfect, for nothing that is defile and impure can enter into His kingdom.
Before our Lord's suffering and death, He preached to the people about His flesh and blood being their food through which they will receive life everlasting. At the Last Supper, He told His apostles, raising the bread and wine, "This is my body...this is my blood, eat and drink...do this in memory of me..." (Luke 22: 19-20). We must eat this spiritual food in order for us to possess His life and strength-the depth of His grace and holiness (a personal relationship with Him) now and have eternal life at the end of our life on earth. He feeds us His body and blood in Holy Communion in the person-hood of His priest who is being put aside for this very purpose. At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted both the priest-hood and the Holy Eucharist. To me, the Last Supper was our Lord's very First Mass.
Before His death and after His resurrection, He had chosen one apostle (Peter the, "Rock") to be in charged of His Church by first entrusting him with the keys to the kingdom of heaven, then, commanding him to tend and feed His lamb and sheep (Matt. 16: 18-19; John 21: 15-17). Here, Jesus gave Peter the power over all bishops and priests and the power to enact the dogmas, doctrines, and teachings of the Church.
Those living the consecrated religious life are God's chosen people, our spiritual shepherds, whom He sent into this world to constantly remind us the importance of our spiritual life. Their vocation (their mission) is supernatural. They are the heart of the Church Jesus founded and entrusted to Saint Peter, the first Pope (Matt.16:18-19; John 21:15-17). Upon their shoulders rests the history and role of Christianity. If they fail, it is because they are only human.
Humans are not perfect! We are all descendants of the original sin. We, along with parents, educators, doctors, artists, musicians, politicians, lawyers, businessmen, psychologists, scientists, all fail at some points in our lives. However, if we have Jesus in our lives, we should be able to get back up and keep going, something we see in the lives of the consecrated religious people. Saint Francis de Sales says to us, "Practice patience toward everyone, and
Jesus urges us to pick up our crosses and follow Him. The stronger our relationship is with Him, the more we will disengage ourselves from the world's possessions and concentrate on our spiritual lives, following the, way of the Cross, something that priests and nuns live by in their vocations. In order to master something, we need to practice. We must practice our Catholic Christian faith and the teachings of the Church. Experts were once failures. There are Saints who were once failures-Saint Paul and Saint Augustine were once great sinners. After their personal encounter with our Lord, they repented from their sinful ways and became great instruments of God's grace for others.
God allows temptations, hardships, sorrows, and difficulties in our lives to strengthen us and bring us closer to Him. He is almost like a teacher who tests his students to see how much knowledge they have gained and whether they are ready for the second stage of learning and academic development. He is also like a father who looks out for the good of his children and keeps them away from certain things that will endanger their lives whether they like or not. He longs for peace and justice among us, His adopted children. He gives us laws and instructions for our own good and safety both in this world and in the next. He says those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, make peace, visit the sick and those in prison, and work for justice will enter into His kingdom. He says not to only say, "Lord, Lord," but to also act. Faith without work is dead. He wants us to have faith and also act upon our faith by doing His holy will. We
are His hands
and feet in this world.
God sees our weaknesses, which we sometimes try to overlook. He brings them out and empowers us through them. We must learn and grow from our mistakes.
In, "Dear Grace," you will read the true story of my daughter's trip from the Sacred Heart of God into my heart and of how God proved His love and power to my family and those who witnessed His miracle, including doctors, nurses, priests, parents, and children by turning the most horrible experience of my life into a great joy-a blessing to share with others for His glory. Such a touching love-story of a Father's love gives me tears of joy, even to this day.
As you read this book, you will find that most of my entries are addressed to my daughter as if I were writing to her, and I truly was. My wish was for her to read this diary someday and thank Jesus and His mother personally for loving her into existence and restoring her health and life. Some of my entries are addressed to our Lord and some to my most loving grandmother, the woman who inspired my love and faith in God as a child with her great example, her faith and love for God.
I believe that sharing God's love as revealed in this story of the life of our family will make Jesus happy. I believe God always has a good purpose for performing miracles; these events are for us to share and not to keep to ourselves, "While it is good to hide the secret of a king, it is fitting to reveal and praise the works of God," (Tobit 12:7-). This book is Grace's way of reaching out to others, parents, grandparents, men, women, and children, saying,
On behalf of my family, our humble gratitude goes out to our friend, Father Andrew David and all our family members, especially my sisters Tinia and Keret, my brother Tester and all my brothers and cousins, my American family, "The Luths," Elsyner and her sisters, cousins, Loretta and Jeem Lippwe, uncle Esikiel Lippwe and his family, The Andon family, Carmy, and my in-laws. I must also thank my friends, former colleagues at the College of Micronesia (especially, Alicia Ada, Danny Wyatt and his wife, Lori Nena and her husband, David Style and his family, and my former students), the mother who gave up her son's private room for Grace to use, and the kind parents of the victims of whooping cough in the pediatric ward of the Pohnpei State Hospital, who witnessed these incredible phenomena with great support, love, and prayer.
My humble gratitude also goes out to the prayer group at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska for their kindness, love and prayers for Grace during her time of illness.
Lastly, but not least, I would like to thank Doctor Lupisan, Doctor Conzaga, the nurses (especially my cousins Elsyter and Santiri and the kind nurses who volunteered to watch baby Grace that one night so Scott and I could rest for a little bit), and the medical aid students at the Pohnpei State Hospital in the Federated States of Micronesia for their support, love, and compassion, and determination to save the life of our daughter. My husband and I can't thank you enough for your kindness, support, and God-given gifts and talents.
May the good Lord grant all of you all the reward you deserve for being gifts to us and to our daughter, Grace during the most desperate moment of our lives. You all deserve a special place in our hearts and in the hearts of many.