“The Black Mermaid”

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#21 Aug 27, 2012
Pax et Bonum wrote:
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There was a whole book on the "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People". It was written by a rabbi. I read it and it was interesting but since Jesus didn't enter into the rabbi's thought process the book didn't go far enough. I read somewhere that Jesus didn't come into the world to take away our pain and suffering but to enter freely into it so He could understand what it does to us and lift us up when we were in the midst of it. Life in this world does go by very fast. Losing friends and family to death has been hard for me since I am now at the age where death keeps breaking in. It has given me a greater appreciation for this life. I have been blessed with the understanding that things don't end here with death but continues in a way I can not fully understand. I have felt the presence of those who have died. Not in a spooky paranormal way but a deeply comforting one. Has your husband heard any more about his legs? Have you been able to talk with sister? She sounds like a gem. Do take care. I continue to think about you and pray for you and your husband. I also wish for peace and happiness to be with you. Take care. School starts for me tomorrow.
Dear Pax, I had an appt with Sister Thomasina at 12:00 noon today and it was a huge comfort - I just love that woman! I go back on Sept. 4. She is very intelligent, and although didn't go to medical school she has many degrees in Psychology. And very easy to talk to.

I wish you the best of luck and peace on your first day back to school - I'm sure it's a very tense time. I remember taking my son school clothes shopping every year - we'd make a day of it and then have a nice lunch. I got most of his wardrobe at J. C. Penney's or Sears. I miss those days!

I'm sure you'd like Sr. Thomasina. She's an amazing person. Never stops working and I think she's in her late 70's. She's helped so many people. And Pax - she's a very pretty woman. I keep telling her she should have been a rock star, LOL. She agrees there would be a lot more money in it :)

Please continue to pray for my husband, and for me, that I will develop more faith. I WANT to believe, honestly, that's true. That's the entire reason I come here and I think you realized that a long time ago.

God bless you always - you are so special. You're one of the few people who really reaches me. And I'm SO grateful for that.
PAUL SHYKORA arts

Calgary, Canada

#22 Aug 27, 2012
...BEIEVE On to Thyself.....GOD is GOOD...
Pax et Bonum

United States

#23 Aug 27, 2012
PAUL SHYKORA arts wrote:
...BEIEVE On to Thyself.....GOD is GOOD...
There is this chant I heard for the first time at a National Catholic Youth Conference:
God is good!- Leader
All the time!- Young people
All the time" - Leader
God is good!- Young people.
Pax et Bonum

United States

#24 Aug 27, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
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Dear Pax, I had an appt with Sister Thomasina at 12:00 noon today and it was a huge comfort - I just love that woman! I go back on Sept. 4. She is very intelligent, and although didn't go to medical school she has many degrees in Psychology. And very easy to talk to.
I wish you the best of luck and peace on your first day back to school - I'm sure it's a very tense time. I remember taking my son school clothes shopping every year - we'd make a day of it and then have a nice lunch. I got most of his wardrobe at J. C. Penney's or Sears. I miss those days!
I'm sure you'd like Sr. Thomasina. She's an amazing person. Never stops working and I think she's in her late 70's. She's helped so many people. And Pax - she's a very pretty woman. I keep telling her she should have been a rock star, LOL. She agrees there would be a lot more money in it :)
Please continue to pray for my husband, and for me, that I will develop more faith. I WANT to believe, honestly, that's true. That's the entire reason I come here and I think you realized that a long time ago.
God bless you always - you are so special. You're one of the few people who really reaches me. And I'm SO grateful for that.
Today was the feast day of Saint Monica. She was the mother of Saint Augustine. He had become involved with a heretical group. She just prayed and prayed for him to come back to the faith. She prayed for I can't remember how many years. He did finally come back to the faith and in now considered a Doctor of the Faith. Keep up your prayers for your husband and yourself. My prayers are with you both. Remember faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Sr. Thomisina sounds so wonderful. These sisters anre the backbone of the Church in so many ways. I have my room ready and a plan for the three days we will be in session. Did I tell you I teach third graders. They are so cute. all scrubbed and ready for the first day of school. May your day go well. Peace and goodness.

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

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#25 Aug 28, 2012
Pax et Bonum wrote:
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Today was the feast day of Saint Monica. She was the mother of Saint Augustine. He had become involved with a heretical group. She just prayed and prayed for him to come back to the faith. She prayed for I can't remember how many years. He did finally come back to the faith and in now considered a Doctor of the Faith. Keep up your prayers for your husband and yourself. My prayers are with you both. Remember faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Sr. Thomisina sounds so wonderful. These sisters anre the backbone of the Church in so many ways. I have my room ready and a plan for the three days we will be in session. Did I tell you I teach third graders. They are so cute. all scrubbed and ready for the first day of school. May your day go well. Peace and goodness.
Third graders - how adorable some of them must be! That's such a cute age. Although I eventually got sick of my Admin Asst job, they were great about people with kids and I was actually a Class Mother when I worked. Plus I worked the "school store" for the PTA - they sold a lot of different school supplies - my son LOVED it that I worked there and I'd buy him anything he picked out, which usually came to no more than 2 or 3 dollars.

I'm always glad to see you. The baby shower went perfectly yesterday, except the elevator wasn't working and you should have witnessed the horrible time I had getting up and down four flights of stairs! My son and his friends helped me. Once I got to the party room I did well. My husband and our best friends who drove us there went fishing for a couple of hours, then came inside later to eat. I think it did my husband good to get out and he actually looked better today. I slept most of the day because my muscles were horribly sore from having to use stairs. I've been looking up info on CHF and it depends on how badly a person has it I guess. We're still waiting for his test results.

Have a great time with those cute little kids!! They are so innocent and sweet :)

Hugs, Pax!
Pax et Bonum

United States

#26 Aug 31, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
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Third graders - how adorable some of them must be! That's such a cute age. Although I eventually got sick of my Admin Asst job, they were great about people with kids and I was actually a Class Mother when I worked. Plus I worked the "school store" for the PTA - they sold a lot of different school supplies - my son LOVED it that I worked there and I'd buy him anything he picked out, which usually came to no more than 2 or 3 dollars.
I'm always glad to see you. The baby shower went perfectly yesterday, except the elevator wasn't working and you should have witnessed the horrible time I had getting up and down four flights of stairs! My son and his friends helped me. Once I got to the party room I did well. My husband and our best friends who drove us there went fishing for a couple of hours, then came inside later to eat. I think it did my husband good to get out and he actually looked better today. I slept most of the day because my muscles were horribly sore from having to use stairs. I've been looking up info on CHF and it depends on how badly a person has it I guess. We're still waiting for his test results.
Have a great time with those cute little kids!! They are so innocent and sweet :)
Hugs, Pax!
Hi,
Made it through the first three days of school and now am ready for the Labor Day weekend. Hope all is well with you and your hubby. I am glad you were able to get up to the shower. Stairs and I don't get along very well due to arthritis setting in. I am sure if I dropped a few pounds it would help but it just is not that easy. Getting out is always a nice way to feel better about life. I have a nice group of students. It looks to be an interesting year. Peace.

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#27 Sep 1, 2012
Pax et Bonum wrote:
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Hi,
Made it through the first three days of school and now am ready for the Labor Day weekend. Hope all is well with you and your hubby. I am glad you were able to get up to the shower. Stairs and I don't get along very well due to arthritis setting in. I am sure if I dropped a few pounds it would help but it just is not that easy. Getting out is always a nice way to feel better about life. I have a nice group of students. It looks to be an interesting year. Peace.
I'm so glad things went well for you!!

Happy Labor Day weekend to you also - I can't believe how quickly summer goes by :( Not that I get out much.

I've been in a very bad state; I feel terribly isolated mainly. I don't know how to lift my own spirits. Pax, I just want to give up. I have no more strength or fight in me. No, I assure you I'm not suicidal, but I see no improvement in sight. I think I just haven't accepted the fact that I'm pretty much an invalid and that's that.

I wish you the BEST - you're an inspiration to anyone who knows you.
SHYKORA ARTs paul

Calgary, Canada

#28 Sep 1, 2012
Pax et Bonum wrote:
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There is this chant I heard for the first time at a National Catholic Youth Conference:
God is good!- Leader
All the time!- Young people
All the time" - Leader
God is good!- Young people.
...I's ''like'' it....eh..

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#29 Sep 4, 2012
SHYKORA ARTs paul wrote:
<quoted text>...I's ''like'' it....eh..
I don't know much about chants, but the few Gregorian chants I've heard were beautiful.
SHYKORA ARTs paul

Calgary, Canada

#30 Sep 4, 2012
...amen....
Pax et Bonum

Atwater, OH

#31 Sep 4, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
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I'm so glad things went well for you!!
Happy Labor Day weekend to you also - I can't believe how quickly summer goes by :( Not that I get out much.
I've been in a very bad state; I feel terribly isolated mainly. I don't know how to lift my own spirits. Pax, I just want to give up. I have no more strength or fight in me. No, I assure you I'm not suicidal, but I see no improvement in sight. I think I just haven't accepted the fact that I'm pretty much an invalid and that's that.
I wish you the BEST - you're an inspiration to anyone who knows you.
You kind words touch my heart. I hope you had as good a weekend as possible. Summer did go by real fast. Accepting where one is in life is not easy. Especially when the body is not able to let one do what one really wants to do. My grandmother on my father's side was disabled as she got older. She took the attitude that she had done so much for others earlier in her life that God was allowing others to do things for her. She just radiated this peace I will never forget. She always had a Rosary near her and often she could be found praying it. She said she prayed for her family all the time. Are you and your husband still praying? October is getting closer and that grandchild will be here before you know it.

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#32 Sep 4, 2012
Pax et Bonum wrote:
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You kind words touch my heart. I hope you had as good a weekend as possible. Summer did go by real fast. Accepting where one is in life is not easy. Especially when the body is not able to let one do what one really wants to do. My grandmother on my father's side was disabled as she got older. She took the attitude that she had done so much for others earlier in her life that God was allowing others to do things for her. She just radiated this peace I will never forget. She always had a Rosary near her and often she could be found praying it. She said she prayed for her family all the time. Are you and your husband still praying? October is getting closer and that grandchild will be here before you know it.
My kind words? You give me too much credit but thanks. I feel I have committed sins that God cannot forgive.

Thanks for remembering my grandson on the way!

Yes, my husband and I are still both praying. And that's a lovely story about your dear grandmother :) It was my grandmother who taught me how to pray and always reminded me to do so. I came from a Presbyterian family, pretty much non-practicing, but it was my grandmother who took us to church when we did go.

I'm still very sick. My husband goes to his cardio tomorrow so I'll let you know what happens, as I know you truly care. I wish I had half your faith. Of course I look forward to the new baby, but other than that event I have no other life interests. Maybe with a grandchild, my attitude will improve. I have been hurt beyond words, and it has nothing to do with this forum. I've been stabbed in the back by so many I naively trusted. I'll tell you about it some day. I am so lost. But the best to you, as I know you are sincere and really care about others. Love and peace to you.
SHYKORA ARTs paul

Calgary, Canada

#33 Sep 6, 2012
..and vhy are you's so ...loooossst.??....eh..

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

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#34 Sep 7, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
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My kind words? You give me too much credit but thanks. I feel I have committed sins that God cannot forgive.
Thanks for remembering my grandson on the way!
Yes, my husband and I are still both praying. And that's a lovely story about your dear grandmother :) It was my grandmother who taught me how to pray and always reminded me to do so. I came from a Presbyterian family, pretty much non-practicing, but it was my grandmother who took us to church when we did go.
I'm still very sick. My husband goes to his cardio tomorrow so I'll let you know what happens, as I know you truly care. I wish I had half your faith. Of course I look forward to the new baby, but other than that event I have no other life interests. Maybe with a grandchild, my attitude will improve. I have been hurt beyond words, and it has nothing to do with this forum. I've been stabbed in the back by so many I naively trusted. I'll tell you about it some day. I am so lost. But the best to you, as I know you are sincere and really care about others. Love and peace to you.
Pax, sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you. My husband's checkup was fair. He does have a slight blockage in an artery in his left leg but not enough to operate on right now. They're going to watch it. He's more active now than he's been in ages - I'm so relieved there's a little improvement showing. Plus, the cardio says so far no restrictions on his driving, which means we'll be able to get to the hospital when my DIL goes into labor. Less than a month now!

Pax, I have committed the unforgivable sin, whatever that is. It seems everyone has a different opinion on exactly which sin that is. There is no hope for me, in this life or the next. I really believe God made me just to punish me and He's done a good job of it. So - all my enemies out there - rejoice! I don't think I even care about getting better any more; obviously I don't deserve to and what for, anyway? More punishment? I may not be as bad as Hitler or Jeffrey Dahmer, but I deserve to rot. Again, my enemies - rejoice at my agony!! Go ahead, I don't care - you can't make anything worse. Pax, you are truly a good person, don't forget that. You're one of a kind, that's for sure. I've ruined everything - I swear I never meant to! I'm not eating, I have no appetite and my stomach is bothering me anyway. Just drinking (no alcohol - ever, I don't drink). Going to sleep, mind exhausted. Best of luck to you, Pax.
SHYKORA ARTs paul

Calgary, Canada

#35 Sep 7, 2012
..Vhaat??...You's ''deserve'' to rot..???...what??...eh..whew..

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#36 Sep 7, 2012
SHYKORA ARTs paul wrote:
..Vhaat??...You's ''deserve'' to rot..???...what??...eh..whew..
I meant I deserve to rot emotionally; I have already. Isn't that what you'd like anyway? I can't get better, so what's left?

And don't think for a moment that only the RCC can help me. There are other good religions also. I guess none for me though. I've searched long enough - sometimes God says NO.

Good luck to you and I'm sincere in saying that.
Pax et Bonum

Atwater, OH

#37 Sep 8, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
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Pax, sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you. My husband's checkup was fair. He does have a slight blockage in an artery in his left leg but not enough to operate on right now. They're going to watch it. He's more active now than he's been in ages - I'm so relieved there's a little improvement showing. Plus, the cardio says so far no restrictions on his driving, which means we'll be able to get to the hospital when my DIL goes into labor. Less than a month now!
Pax, I have committed the unforgivable sin, whatever that is. It seems everyone has a different opinion on exactly which sin that is. There is no hope for me, in this life or the next. I really believe God made me just to punish me and He's done a good job of it. So - all my enemies out there - rejoice! I don't think I even care about getting better any more; obviously I don't deserve to and what for, anyway? More punishment? I may not be as bad as Hitler or Jeffrey Dahmer, but I deserve to rot. Again, my enemies - rejoice at my agony!! Go ahead, I don't care - you can't make anything worse. Pax, you are truly a good person, don't forget that. You're one of a kind, that's for sure. I've ruined everything - I swear I never meant to! I'm not eating, I have no appetite and my stomach is bothering me anyway. Just drinking (no alcohol - ever, I don't drink). Going to sleep, mind exhausted. Best of luck to you, Pax.
Wonderful news about your husband. May he continue to do well. I know you worry so much about him and this hopefully will ease your mind some.

My thought for what an unforgivable sin is that it is one that a person sees no reason to ask forgiveness for because they don't care that the sin has broken their relationship with God. In all I have read of your postings even the angry ones I have never sensed this from you. You long for a relationship with God. You sound to me to be in what is called "the dark night of the soul". You don't feel God in your life yet God is there. We need to be aware that what we feel can be deceiving. Mother Theresa of Calcutta wrote letters that were not made known until after her death. In them she detailed how she had not felt God's presence in her life for many, many years. Saint John of the Cross and other saints also tell of this deep lack of awareness of God's presence in their lives. None of these gave up on the reality of God. I don't know if you have a cross or crucifix in your home. If you do take and hold it. Know that it is the sign of just how much God does indeed love you. That what Jesus did on that cross was for you in a way that can not be taken away no matter what. May God give you peace.
SHYKORA ARTs paul

Calgary, Canada

#38 Sep 8, 2012
..YOU's need some serious HELP,here....let the CATHOLIC Girl...help you out...

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#39 Sep 8, 2012
Pax et Bonum wrote:
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Wonderful news about your husband. May he continue to do well. I know you worry so much about him and this hopefully will ease your mind some.
My thought for what an unforgivable sin is that it is one that a person sees no reason to ask forgiveness for because they don't care that the sin has broken their relationship with God. In all I have read of your postings even the angry ones I have never sensed this from you. You long for a relationship with God. You sound to me to be in what is called "the dark night of the soul". You don't feel God in your life yet God is there. We need to be aware that what we feel can be deceiving. Mother Theresa of Calcutta wrote letters that were not made known until after her death. In them she detailed how she had not felt God's presence in her life for many, many years. Saint John of the Cross and other saints also tell of this deep lack of awareness of God's presence in their lives. None of these gave up on the reality of God. I don't know if you have a cross or crucifix in your home. If you do take and hold it. Know that it is the sign of just how much God does indeed love you. That what Jesus did on that cross was for you in a way that can not be taken away no matter what. May God give you peace.
You are always so accurate. Something happened today; I got forgiven by the one whom I thought would not do that. She told me I was being silly; that what I had done was a small offense and there was nothing to forgive. For the first time in a week, I was able to nap and wake up without feeling the "knife" of guilt in my stomach. Yes, I'm still in a bad state. I'm praying but God won't enter my life; that's why I think I'm beyond saving. Whether this is just in my mind I really don't know, but it hurts. Really, what I did was not horrible; I just can't forgive myself. But if I want to get better (and I do) I have to let go of my guilt and the feeling that not even God can love me. I have a grandson on the way and I want to be SMILING for him.

Thanks for your encouragement regarding my husband. He has been quite active now for about 6 days - what a relief! He has much more faith than I have; you would like him, I'm sure. He doesn't talk religion but lives it every single day. I don't feel worthy of him or anyone for that matter.

I DO care about God's forgiveness - I just don't feel I deserve it. How do I change that, or if it can even be changed? I have to get supper going; husband went to store and I want to have it ready when he comes back. I love you Pax, for what it's worth coming from a person like me. You are really something else!

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

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#40 Sep 8, 2012
typo- I'm praying God WILL enter my life....

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