Yes, here I am once again, still with the word “tears” speaking profoundly to my heart. It came to me once again in the well known invocational prayer to Our Blessed Mother, the Hail Holy Queen.
For those who may not be familiar with this powerful plea to Our Lady, I set it forth for you:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping
in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
The past few blogs such as a “Cry for Life” and the last posting, “Tears of Love” have been addressed in a “tears” mode, but now I feel the great desire to write of “our tears.” The tears we are shedding. . . as we see the world around us drastically changing before our very eyes. It seems so very much surreal doesn’t it?
Remember when we were glued to our televisions and radios that fateful day of September 11th? It, too, was surreal then. Was that a movie we were viewing? Or was this the reality of watching two planes make their final destination landing into the windows of the Twin Towers?
It was the “police and the firefighters” that were called into those burning buildings that were about to fall and collapse into dust. And yet, the “police and the firefighters” made their way up ascending steps to meet their deaths and their eternal home.
I wonder, were they ready?
But they were ready weren’t they? Their actions proved louder than waiting for this answer. Many families that evening would never see their loved ones again. Yes, it surely happened “In this Vale of Tears.”
Something is happening. . . here now. . as I am writing. . .
I see, somehow, that the Holy Spirit is truly taking over in a powerful way and leading me on a path of writing that I did not plan on.
So bear with me as my thoughts unfold on this computer. . .
Fr. Mychal Fallon Judge, O.F.M.
I thought of Fr. Mychal Fallon Judge, O.F.M. who also made his way into the burning buildings. He served as a Chaplain to the New York City Fire Department and while serving in that capacity he was killed that September 11th and certified as the “first fatality” of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Yes, “In this Vale of Tears.” One firefighter (printed on a prayer card) said of Fr. Mychal:
“I just think that God wanted somebody to lead the guys to Heaven.”
What a beautiful thought! As I continue to write this blog, I find myself going back and forth between the internet and the draft process to research more about Fr. Mychal. He truly has entered into my day of writing. He wants to speak. He saw it all and died for all! Didn’t he?
He sure lived in the “Vale of Tears” serving the Lord and serving the people.
The featured image today was chosen before Fr. Mychal “invited” himself into this blog!
If you look at the featured image, it depicts a Valley or a Vale but it also depicts a little room with a crucifix above the doorway.
I would imagine that this is the “little room” that Fr. Mychal entered into before he entered into his busy day on the highways and byways of New York City streets. Fr. Mychal entered first into the “cloister of his heart” to find his Lord who would give him the strength and love that he needed in this “valley of tears.”
How Do We Enter Into Our Day?
I chose this image long before I knew I would write about this priest who died on 9/11. How perfectly it seems to fit into what Fr. Mychal seems to have me understand now. He traveled the “Way of the Cross” over the flames (literally) and made it to the other side.
What gave him the strength to get over the flames and through this “vale of tears?”
Homily of September 10, 2001 at Mass for Firefighters
Below are Fr. Mychal’s words given during a homily just a day before the 9-11 Attack on the Twin Towers. This may give us some insight as to how he “suited up” for each new day. . .
“You do what God has called you to do.
You get on that rig, you go out and do the job.
No matter how big the call, no matter how small,
you have no idea of what God is calling you to,
but God needs you.
He needs me.
He needs all of us.
God needs us to keep supporting each other, to be kind to each other, to love each other…
We love this job, we all do.
What a blessing it is!
It’s a difficult, difficult job, but. . .
God calls you to do it.
And indeed, He gives you a love for it. . . so that a difficult job will be well done.
Isn’t God wonderful?!
Isn’t He good to you, to each one of you, and to me?
Turn to God each day — put your faith, your trust, your hope and your life in His hands.
He’ll take care of you, and you’ll have a good life.
And this firehouse will be a great blessing to this neighborhood and to this city.”
What the World Needs Now
As I wrote above, Fr. Mychal Judge just railroaded my blog today! He completely took over because as I was going to watch a youtube on him, another youtube pops up instead!
It is Dionne Warwick’s “What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love!”
Yes indeed! We need “Love Sweet Love” and won’t that wipe the tears away in this “Vale of Tears” that we find ourselves living in!
Mother Teresa’s Words of Wisdom
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta adds more to this blog with her words of wisdom!
Yes, surely the Saints of Heaven are hearing our “cries for life” and our “heartfelt prayers” in light of the chaos we find ourselves immersed in.
Here she gives us sound advice and a beautiful way and prayer to start our day off in that “little cloistered room” in our hearts. . .picture yourself above in that “little one room cloistered house” in the “Valley of Tears” meditating upon the wisdom of this great Saint.
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway!
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway!
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway!
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway!
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway!
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway!
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them
Yes, in this “Vale of Tears”
Fr. Mychal Judge
did it “ANYWAY”
In the final analysis –
It was between “him and God”
As it will be for
You and I!
DO GOOD ANYWAY!
NO MATTER WHAT IT COSTS US!
We are being called to “BE COURAGEOUS!”
We are called to “BE LOVE” to each other!
LET US LOVE. . .LET US LOVE. . .LET US LOVE
©2020 Anita Guariglia
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Youtube: What the World Needs Now is Love/Dionne Warwick