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In Thanksgiving for Diabetes

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.”
— Luke 6: 20-26

When I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes this passage really resonated with me. The three months I lived with diabetes and didn’t know it were the most difficult times of my life, or so I thought. Upon reflection on those times, I felt blessed and honored that the Lord knew that I could handle such hardship. My body, soul and spirit were abused and battered. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than the turmoil I went through… until now.

Getting diagnosed with diabetes was only the tip of the iceberg; enduring the reality of living with a chronic illness was nothing compared to what I have gone through in New York. Yesterday marked my one year anniversary of living in New York. It is hard to believe I made it to a year, it does not feel like a year but at the same time it feels like a lifetime. I am not the person I was when I boarded that plane to New York a year ago. The person I was a year ago was truly a hollow shell, surviving life without any idea of who she was, with no purpose and no passion for anything and most of all no hope.

Throughout this year I became poor, hungry, and I wept almost every day but through these pains the Lord blessed me and restored my life. “Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven” (Luke 6: 20-26). I have found new meaning in the Beatitudes. When I read them while struggling with diabetes, I read them without hope or joy and believed in them as a promise of happiness after death in Heaven. Today, I read them with new eyes and I can see that the Lord has blessed me with His Kingdom already. I was stripped of everything, all the comforts of home and what did I have left? I had Jesus Christ. All I have and all I want is Him. I can see the Kingdom of Heaven through the sorrows of this world. With a renewed spirit, I praise God for giving me diabetes, because that pain prepared me for the pure agony I would have to go through in New York. I can see the mastery of the Lord’s divine plan for without, lessons I learned managing diabetes I would never have survived in New York.

Originally posted at Kitty in the City.
Image: PD-US

Celebrating Marriage with Archbishop Dolan

One of the blessings of working here in the Archdiocese of New York is the fact that only 13 floors above us is the office of Archbishop Timothy Dolan. With the way things have been going here in New York City in the past year, it is more than comforting to know that we have a pastor like Archbishop Dolan – so committed to fighting for the unborn and for the dignity of marriage that he places himself under-attack constantly.  Through the events of the last twelve months, from the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to purposely leave out clergy at the ceremony,  the passing of an obnoxiously discriminative bill against Crisis Pregnancy Centers  and the latest passing of the so-called “Marriage Equality” Bill legalizing the “marriage” of same-sex couples, Archbishop Dolan has been on the front lines. Lovingly yet unapologetic, he has remained firm in the Truth and Freedom that we cling to, amidst so many against him.

Archbishop Dolan 60 Minutes Interview

Today, Cristina and I had the opportunity to meet with Archbishop Dolan in preparation for our wedding. As we sat there recounting the love story that the Lord has written for us, the Archbishop sat there smiling and affirming us in the vocation which he described as being in “more of a crisis than the priesthood”.

What a blessing it was to share with our pastor, the man charged with leading this oh-so-busy and preoccupied Church here at the “Center-of-the-World” through the dark times that are inevitably approaching (if they’re not here already). He encouraged us to stand tall, to prepare for what “Christ Himself warned us about” and to do it all with Joy.

How beautiful it is to have a pastor – with more responsibility on his plate than we could ever imagine – set aside his time to celebrate the gift of marriage!

He mentioned that our testimony (and the testimony of all other young people living and spreading the freedom of chastity) is what encourages him when he finds himself attacked from all sides,  that only by the witness of faithful and fruitful marriage will the Church stand strong in our time.

After offering us a blessing and asking for some help with his Spanish, he affirmed the fact that we now find ourselves – as practicing and faithful Catholics – as the new martyrs of this generation.

Coming away from this intimate encounter with such an important leader of our Church here in the US, we can’t help but reflect on the impact that each and every story we tell has on those around us.

God is so generous (too generous, for we do not deserve His blessings!) as He pours His grace on us throughout our lives. Instead of holding it inside, even if for “humble” reasons, we must give Him the Glory! He desires to be proclaimed through our lives, for His Romance story in EACH of our lives (be it religious, single, consecrated or marriage) is much better than any “romance” novel on the New York Times Bestseller list…..

……this generation needs to know that Twilight ain’t got nothin’ on this!