GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US!

He is with us even in the tiniest of creatures…for instance Ladybugs! I know this to be true because of a very painful time in my life in 2012 when I lost my precious niece suddenly at the age of 21 from an undiagnosed brain tumor. My sister was a single parent and I did my best to help raise “our” beautiful little girl, along with our parents, “Grandma and “Dad” (the wonderful male father figure in her life).  Even though my sister was not practicing her faith she did allow me to raise her Catholic. And while my niece had expected challenges in her life, she was beautiful inside and out and people were drawn to her. Even though she felt deep wounds from the cruelty of some people many times in her life, she always had a smile and love to give. My biggest pain about her and other children today, including myself as a child, is the loss of innocence…as children we are so hopeful and joyful, especially when we learn about our loving Jesus and then to be hurt by the world can be unbearable for so many… It was like that for her and I felt deep inside me that she would not live that long. I believe Jesus took her soon because of that.

Anyway, Ladybugs…Soon after her death, I was at the store and needed a broom and there happened to be one with Ladybugs on it so I bought it…shortly after that my sister said she started seeing Ladybugs in strange places and then I started seeing them also. Supposedly seeing Ladybugs means little messengers from God and also, they were named after Our Lady. Since that time, they have been seen by all those close to my niece at different times, but especially if they are sad…all of a sudden, a Ladybug will appear in the most unexpected place. I had not seen Ladybugs for several years myself in the same way I did so many times after she died. But I believe they bring hope in some form to people who seem to be lost, especially after the death of a loved one.e is with us even in the tiniest of creatures…for instance Ladybugs! I know this to be true because of a very painful time in my life in 2012 when I lost my precious niece suddenly at the age of 21 from an undiagnosed brain tumour. My sister was a single parent and I did my best to help raise “our” beautiful little girl, along with our parents, “Grandma and “Dad” (the wonderful male father figure in her life).  Even though my sister was not practicing her faith she did allow me to raise her Catholic. And while my niece had expected challenges in her life, she was beautiful inside and out and people were drawn to her. Even though she felt deep wounds from the cruelty of some people many times in her life, she always had a smile and love to give. My biggest pain about her and other children today, including myself as a child, is the loss of innocence…as children we are so hopeful and joyful, especially when we learn about our loving Jesus and then to be hurt by the world can be unbearable for so many… It was like that for her and I felt deep inside me that she would not live that long. I believe Jesus took her soon because of that.

A year ago, I moved from the West Coast to the East and was scared but hopeful, I had made the right decision. I’m sure God arranged for me to find a place to live near the only church in the Diocese that has a 24-hour Adoration Chapel (sadly, closed during this dark time). So, on Wednesday, Feb. 5th, (a year to the day I moved) while at Mass… in the empty pew before me was a Ladybug all alone right below my eyes! The 2nd time was Feb. 29th the first Friday of the Stations of the Cross…I was in the front pew and I looked down while I was praying and saw a Ladybug on the carpet right below my eyes! The 3rd time was on Sunday, March 22nd, the last time we were able to attend the Holy Mass before the churches were closed due to the virus and again, I looked down to the carpet and a Ladybug was there! I believe the reason I saw the three Ladybugs this Lent in my church was to encourage me to trust, believe and hope in His Love and Mercy this coming Easter Season…

During this Lent I believe with all my heart that Jesus is with each one of us, even though we can’t receive His Precious Body and Blood sacramentally or attend the beautiful Holy Week services, He stays close by those who wait and watch for His Triumphant Resurrection on Easter Sunday with or without the Coronavirus!

HAVE A BLESSED AND HEALTHY EASTER!

Anonymous (for Jesus)

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