Friday, April 11, 2014

I Can't Take You With Me But...


So we'll be leaving in a few days for our big pilgrimage to Rome.  

I vacillate between 


and


For some reason God wants us there.  I have no delusions about the enormity of this trip or how difficult it is going to be.  (Okay, well, maybe a few.  I'm trying to quell the visions of all four children sleeping soundly for all ten hours of the flight and the daydreams of just maybe getting a chance to stick our toes into the Tyrrhenian Sea.)  There is a huge chance we won't even be able to make it to the canonizations because of the expected crowds, which is funny because that was the impetus for the whole trip.  But it's all in His hands.  We will supposedly have wifi in our apartment and best case scenario I'll be able to post a few pictures every few days of our journeyings.  (Sorry to those of you who will be bored to tears by that.  I'll catch you in a few weeks ;)  We are so grateful to be going on this trip.  SO grateful.  And as corny as it sounds, I really do feel like I'm taking a whole lot of people with me in spirit.  

What I'd love to do is bring you with us, too.  

Buuuut I can't do that.  
 I CAN, however, bring your intentions.

I'll be making a list over the next few days before we leave and I'll keep it with me in all the holy places we will be visiting.  I'll do my best to bring these intentions before the tombs of Blessed John Paul II and the incorrupt body of Blessed John XXIII (if we can get close enough!) and I would consider it an honor if you were to add your needs to it.

So, please let me pray for you.  You can add your intentions in the comments or email me privately at betterthaneden1 (at) yahoo (dot) com.  

And I just ask in return that you maybe say a prayer for our travels as well. 

Thank you!!





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23 comments:

  1. how long of a list can I give you?!?! I'll get *write* on it. Get it???? hehe! Ok, I'll stop.
    Love the videos! How do you do that?
    T

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  2. welp, you know what i am going to ask for, right? given my extreme anxiety about l&d, coupled with the fact that i might have this babe while you are gone....for a safe, healthy, manageable and speedy (tho not so fast that i deliver in the car rather than the hospital) labor, delivery and baby. And all the things that go along with it. You know what they are ;) Thanks Mary! We will be praying for you guys!

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  3. Praying for your trip! Thank you for the offer. I would ask your prayers for my husband John - for his complete conversion and that our marriage will be strengthened and we will seek the will of God for our family.

    I also have a 1 hr, 4hr, and then 14 hour flight all on one day with two young boys next week. I can completely relate. It is my third time though and it always works out well in the end no matter how I feel.

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    1. Also asking for prayers for the gift of another baby and a resolution to my infertility issues.

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  4. THis is going to be SUCH an awesome trip! Cannot WAIT to see pics! As far as intentions go, would you please pray for my pregnancy ( #9 pregnancy, #6 to be born here) that the baby and I remain safe and have a healthy delivery. Thank you!

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  5. Prayers for your trip!

    You can pray for my prayer intention..for my husband to find a full time lawyer job in the city to which we wish to move and that he passed the bar exam in that state (IN).

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  6. I can't wait to see the pictures from your trip! I'll be praying for all of you. Please pray for my husband to continue to do well in school, for him to be blessed with a good job, and for financial stability for our family. For the family of Cecilia Harrison, she passed away at only four months old and for all those battling terminal illnesses. For a safe delivery of our new baby boy. For some special intentions that are in my heart.

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  7. Please pray for Michael's conversion, for guidance for the board of our Learning Center, and for my continued remission. Oh and Ben and Ava and Sweetie. Thanks!

    Also, for sleeping on the plane has anyone suggested Calms Forte? It's by Hyland's, it's homeopathic so it's totally safe, and it might be an alternative to Benadryl. I've had mixed results but that's just how it is with Homeopathy. I meant to mention it when you asked and my tab got closed on my screen and consequently, on my mind.

    God speed!

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    1. Oooh. I have some of that and forgot about it! I can't say I've ever noticed it working super well but hey, worth a shot!!

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  8. I would love for you to take my intentions. Especially my prayers for my three sons, one adult who has left his faith (not outwardly or vocally, just not practicing), one who is marrying in a year and his fiancée is coming into the Church at this Easter vigil, and one teen who is just having a really hard time with life right now.

    Thank you. And I will remember your intentions, and pray your visions come to fruition..

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  9. You guys are going to have an awesome time, I'm sure of it. I'll be praying for you while you're gone, for sure! Would you please pray for the conversion of my father and my older brother while you're there? Looking forward to pics of your incredible adventure :)
    ~Willow

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  10. So amazing! Prayers for your trip! I'll have to think about my intentions and then will email them :) I'm very excited to see your photo journey and am excited that your family gets to share this amazing experience together!!

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  11. Prayers for your safe journey. So glad that you will be able to post while on the trip. I thought I would need to wait until you were back to see pictures. Remember to get in some of the pictures yourself. I will message you intentions. Love and hugs to all of you. I am traveling vicariously with you.

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  12. hahahaha! Those videos are perfect! :) So excited for you guys!!

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  13. Please pray that God would bless my brother- and sister-in-law with a baby.

    And I'll pray for your travels!

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  14. Please pray for my family. I will happily pray for your travels! I look forward to seeing pics-- what a gift to make this journey.

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  15. I'm so excited for your family! Please pray that everything goes well as I enter the Church at the Easter Vigil, and that my boyfriend would experience God in a new way this Easter season. Thank you so much!

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    1. How exciting!! I'll be thinking of you and praying for you especially on Saturday night!! Welcome!

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  16. Thank you for the offer to pray for us! I will certainly pray for a wonderful and safe trip. And that the boys will sleep on the plane! I would be grateful of you could pray for us to have another baby! Thank you! God bless and happy Easter!

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  17. We will be praying for YOUR safe travel, Mary....and yes, please, if you could keep in mind an intention for me. I'd be so grateful: Knowing that you are at the tomb of JPII, our hero, is amazing.....Just a prayer for peace in our family, which sounds so cliche and so ordinary, but it's really not, as the teen years are a bit, well, tumultuous, and as we close the last 2 mos of the school year productively and successfully, meeting reqs for state tests and registering for school in Sept. THANK YOU, friend! You lucky girl you! I cannot WAIT for those pictures. Post tons of them....often.

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  18. Have a wonderful trip. I can't wait to hear about it. If your would pray for my friends struggling with infertility. Thank you.

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  19. Hi Mary!

    I have family visiting...just now responding! I will be thinking about you all and praying for your safe travels and sanctity throughout the whole trip. ;) Traveling with littles can be challenging but adventurous too! LOVE the videos! Can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures from your adventure in Rome! So exciting! =)
    What an honor to be visiting the tomb of JPII, soon to be a saint! Could you please pray for my family (for peace and good health--and another baby, if be God's will). Thank you so very much! God bless and have a happy, holy week & Easter!

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