When she appeared in Medugorje in the 1990s, in one of the letters that Mary, the Blessed Mother, dictated, she said she cried for our children because those in middle- and upper-incomes families were more in need of love and care than those in poorer families, even if the poor families didn’t have a home to live in, because those poor children often were better comforted by their parents who held them close. By contrast, wealthier children were often sent away to be raised and educated by strangers. This means the most important part of these children’s foundation is missing: the love and nurturing of their parents or guardians. We didn’t understand that this situation would affect children so adversely, having been conditioned by society to believe that education should be our first priority, and in children’s best interest for getting ahead in life. When I read that letter from Medugorje, I cried. And I could hear once more my mother’s words about putting the children first.
Excerpt from Imprinted Wisdom
Sharing some of my thoughts here:
We tend to look upon other families and think that some are better off than others, when actually, things are not always what they seem to be. The families in poverty, difficulties, or with some sort of physical disabilities are sometimes no different than wealthy families of divorce, separation, adultery, alcohol or drug dependence, or neglect, etc., But they are not considered impoverished or a disadvantage to most people. When in a true sense, there is not much of a difference.
Actually, many of the families that have physical disabilities or are mentally challenged are more accepted in our society and excused for not meeting certain requirements and usually supported in keeping them sustained. Most of them seem to find an acceptance in life with workable solutions, and a brighter outlook that the world is indeed a precious loving place to live in. Thank God.
Whereas, there are many affluent families that come from divorce, separation, adultery, alcohol, drug abuse, or neglect. They are looked upon as having every resource financially, but are not considered impoverished, but are truly at the same threshold as some of those in poverty and disabilities, (if not more?). Because they are sometimes covered over, leaving them lost and alone in a world without any resources or acceptance at all. I think.
Perhaps, if we look at every situation of circumstance. We will not only find whatever resource, finances, skills, or talents, for the appropriate action we need to take, to help make a change for the better. We may even come to see the hurts of poverty and the affluent no differently? When it is through our giving in the essence of welcoming and joy that our journey is rich.
I think the letter from the Blessed Mother clearly reveals the importance from the genesis our journey. Take a minute and think about the euphoria you feel, when you experience this precious feeling of well- being from another's open arms? Then, how much more can this bring to every one of us? Especially, to sustain our precious children.
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children