One of my grand nieces, I’ll call her “Trinity”, turned 14 the other day. I have only seen photos of her. But, whenever I see those photos, I always see an aura of peace about her and a pleasant grin – never a big smile. She reminds me of the still, sky-reflecting water on a pristine lake.
I am touched by all of my nieces and nephews in some way (I have very few nephews compared to nieces – one former autism afflicted nephew stands out…a high quality young man, talented, and a natural leader now). There are three of my nieces who seem to have been given much, much grace in their lives. I have one grand niece whose father was a deadbeat, and now she is joined with her mother’s new family as the oldest of 2 more sisters and a new brother – an A student, she is qualifying to be a Rhodes Scholar and wants to be a pediatrician.
I have another niece who is the middle child of her family – the quiet one – but oh so richly blessed with a full measure of talents within the arts and sciences; she was the top in her state in French and is extremely intelligent in mathematics, a great singer, and now involved in acting and producing plays in college – an A student. I keep reminding her that she has all of the talents to be a good mother, too.
And, finally, I have this grand niece, Trinity who is like calm, humble, meek peace. Today, I offered my Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for her to be abundantly blessed. And the Lord blessed her and showed her to me in a beautiful white lacey gown, a flowery crown, and a golden cincture around her waist, and she was joyful – even giggling. But, I have never met her. She is peace and hope.
Fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts – pray for your families to be healed and renewed in the Lord. The Lord is renewing the face the earth. Though the weeds have crowded the fields, Humanity is beginning to sprout new, pure, natural flowers…a new Springtime is coming, I can sense it. Pray that the new Flowers overcome the weeds and set the fields afire with grace-infused virtue and a pleasing perfume rising up to the Lord. Pray, pray, pray!