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   Suejeanne  Hi, everyone - In the comment below, you will find the prayer to St. Michael. I saw this comment this morning over in a must reads article, about how the Obama administration observed Hannukah - I thought I would paste it in here so I could find it really quickly - as I recall, Mother Angelica on EWTN would say this prayer in that segment after the rosary (when she said the rosary ) - they also have "The Rosary in the Holy Land" with Father Mitch Pacwa at 4:30 AM (Pacific Time ) if it doesn't get interrupted by something like the Pope visiting - they used to also have the rosary on at 12:30 pm - it was a different one, showing people around the world praying the rosary in different languages - that was beautiful. There is a website - sancta.org - where you can learn how to say the rosary (and also learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose image shows her crushing the serpent ). I know some people don't go for this but for me, I have found it to be helpful.

Reply 14 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 12/12/2015 7:54:59 AM (No. 10566393 )

#4 I believe in the power of prayer, which is why I pray to St. Michael several times a day:

"Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls."
December 12 at 10:14 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Sue, I am with you, many times of day and Deliver Us From Evil, sigh
January 5 at 17:33 EST .

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   Straitpath  I am enjoying listening to Christmas music tonight. Really enjoying the Messiah as performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on You Tube.
December 9 at 00:08 EST .

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   Suejeanne  will check it out!
December 12 at 10:15 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Friends, my parents are both stable and tho' still very ill are doing okay, given the issues they have. But today it is me who is in need the help of God thru prayer. Briefly, my lawyer sister is attempting to take over my parents' finances because she thinks I'm spending their money on my pleasure. She flew off the handle when Mom told her that she (Mom ) paid for plane tickets for my daughters to fly here for Thanksgiving. Mom fears that this may be her last chance to visit with my girls. My sister wants to get our mother declarred "incompetent" so she can put Mom in a home, toss me out of the house and then sell the house. To accompany this my ex-wife has stated that she will not allow the girls to travel to NY for the holiday because they will too much school. I had already spoken with the principals of both of the grils schools and received prior approval, so long as the girls brought along any school work required. And my sister and ex-wife have been communicating about this between themselves. I cannot reveal how I know what I now about the collusion. But I am not a conspiracy maven. My source is 100% un-impeachable. So, I need prayers to ask the Lord for His help. I need His guidence in showing me how to protect my mother, and help in restraining my temper. Vengence belongs to Him, but I am in a very vengeful state and need His help to control myself. Your prayers are appreciated deeply.
November 14 at 11:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  You have my heartfelt prayers - this sort of thing really disturbs me! What you're feeling is probably more like betrayal - you have a right to those feelings, just don't dwell there or act on them. In the meantime check your phone book for elder care services - they usually have a legal team that can advise you. I'm sure your mother would be interested if she was going to be declared incompetent, put out of her house with no option of returning - wouldn't mention it yet - check with her doctor for his thoughts & if they agree with yours - get it in writing. As you know, the 'love' of money leads to ruin and heartache for someone. Any kindly lawyers in your church group? Have your shared your concerns with your pastor/priest?

Hold to this truism "where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be among them" - I'm with you in prayer. You are wise to deny yourself vengeance - that's God's area & He can't be topped by anything we could do.
November 14 at 21:18 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thank you my dear, dear Mei. The lawyer(s ) [1 for NY, 1 for Ohio} option is already underway. I forsake vengence. There's an old Italian saying that goes "the man who seeks vendetta should dig 2 graves"
November 15 at 15:51 EST .

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   Suejeanne  Lacta alea est, prayers for you as you trudge through this rough time - prayers for your dear parents, too a- you are doing what is righteous, honoring your parents.

After writing my comment, I realize that it is pretty long and perhaps should go in "recipes" but these recipes are prayers, too! They are things to do while dear God is doing His part.

Prayers for your mother to be restored in spirit - I know when I brought my dear Grandmother home from the nursing home, it was a gradual process of bringing her back to her little self. Of course, as a girl, it was probably easier to get her to powder her nose, put on her lipstick and comb her hair every morning and find something cute and cheerful for her to wear. I learned how to cut her hair and put the little blue sponge curlers in her hair and because she had let her hair go all white, it was a glorious cloud of white around her precious face; she was really pleased with it and I acquired another customer, one of her neighbors, who could no longer drive to the hairdresser.

Also, I learned how to make beautiful chicken broth (one whole chicken, two big onions, one bunch of celery (peeled ), several cloves of garlic and maybe a tablespoon of Kosher salt, depending on how much is okay for her.

Grandmother liked me to bring the water to a boil with just the chicken and then take it out of that water (and that icky brown foam ), and bring it to boil in another pot of fresh water, then add the diced onion, celery, garlic and salt. Then simmer, covered, for about an hour and a half (til the bones start to fall away - but not too much ). Then cook a bag of No Yolks Wide Noodles. Serve the noodles with a portion of broth and chicken (but don't put the egg noodles into the whole pot of chicken/broth - you want to drain the broth and then the next morning when it has cooled, you can lift off that layer of fat, if you like ). Then you will wonderful chicken breast to make salad or sandwiches or to cook with rice; more chicken and noodles.

This chicken broth cooking will smell so good and will truly be reviving. I kept dear Grandmother from getting pneumonia again for 9 years (3 weeks away from 100 years old ).

I also had her show me how to make all her favorite things to eat plus some recipes from my Mom that were really easy and quick (flat beef brisket with dry Lipton onion soup wrapped in aluminum foil set inside a deep-sided oven pan - then when the aroma fills the house in about 90 minutes (depending on size of brisket ), you take the foil packet out of the oven, slide the brisket onto a platter, tear off some of
November 28 at 15:44 EST .

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   Suejeanne  I guess I went too long - well, just briefly, ,ear off some of the foil and put it loosely over the brisket to "rest" for ten minutes while you zap the Ore-Ida potatoes and make the gravy:

put about a quarter cup of flour with half a cup of water in a little Rubbermaid container (about 8 oz. size ), shake it up good and then gently pour into the meat juices in the pan, gently and steadily smooth it in and you will have the most magnificent mahogany gravy to pour over the brisket and mashed potatoes (and open-faced sandwiches the next day for lunch ).

With practice (or maybe your Mom can show you how ), you will be able to make lovely rectangular slices that melt in your mouth (and are easier for older folks to chew ) - otherwise, you will get those tougher, shredded pieces - try starting out at various corners/angles until you get the hang of it.

I realize that these recipes are not solutions to your sister's predations but they are things to do that will be cheerful while dear God is doing His part in your life, one day at a time.
November 28 at 15:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  One more thing. We are doing well. A sister came in from IL and is doing a lot to help us. This week she will take mom and sister to appointments so I can actually go to my office! Sister is doing very well, we are both recuperating "better than expected".
November 1 at 00:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  I definitely owe an update (it's been hard, I don't have my stamina back from my own surgery ). Kel had the surgery Thursday, came home the next Wednesday. We had a hard day. The nurses said they contactied the Dr. to discharge her starting before noon. I kept telling them my 85.5 year old mom couldn't be left home alone more than four hours. When the Dr. finally came after 1500, she said she had just gotten the call. I got to the hospital a little after 1100, we got out at 1600. Giving an hour travel each way, you can see our mom (who is prone to fall ) was home a lot longer than 4 hours.

3 months after my surgery, it was hard on me to be there that long too, and very hard on my sister, to be ready to leave, but, nothing happened. They didn't even bring her lunch until I complained. The "lunch" was 2 pieces of white bread, dry, with one piece of processed turkey.

I blame the nurses, the Dr. showed us she had not been paged before 1500. Why would they lie? Why wouldn't they help us? Why didn't they care she hadn't gotten lunch?
November 1 at 00:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  My older sister is having the abdominal aorta replaced tomorrow. While doing the pre-op they found lumps on her ovaries! Today they called to say it isn't cancer, thank G-d, but, they want to remove the ovaries while they are in there.
October 21 at 17:38 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up for you and your sister Balo . . . God be with you all.
October 21 at 21:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  Will hold her up in prayer.
October 23 at 10:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thank you all. She will be here to torment me for a while yet (she's the one with Asperger's ). She had a twofer operation, they fixed the aorta (did you know we manufacture replacements for this surgery? ) And they said although they removed the ovaries it doesn't look like cancer (the biopsy results will be in probably Tuesday.

They told us the surgery would last 4-5 hours, with a little added on to explore the abdomen and remove the ovaries. It lasted 4 hours. The exploration showed nothing, and the aneurysm thing went very well.

I love Kaiser here in the DC area, they have taken great care of mom and dad, and now my sister.
October 24 at 17:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  So glad to hear of the success of the surgery. It's good to have a competent hospital. Locally we are getting a new hospital, but if they don't staff it with good quality nurses and doctors, it's just a health spa. I don't have much faith in the medical community here, that's why Hagar is in rehab in Va Beach.
October 24 at 18:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  My mom had similar surgery in January. they replaced a major ortion of her aorta with a dacron tube. amazing work by the surgeons. I'm so glad all went well. And Bird, glad to hear about Hagar's improvement (from the other page )
October 24 at 23:24 EST .

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   MeiDei  In '94 my mother had that surgery, it was 9 hours back then, her kid brother had it this year, and mine remains below the "need-to-do-now" level. FYI That dacron tube was developed at a local community college in their textile division & used for my mom's surgery. My aorta repair, if/when needed will be micro surgery, 3 small holes.
October 27 at 10:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  MeiDei, Kel has an incision from just under her breastbone to her pubis, huge, and stapled shut. That Dacron tube is the most amazing thing when you think about it. When I had my bypass they pulled veins from my leg, but for this they just pulled something off the shelf!

The tumors on her ovaries were benign, so all is well.
October 29 at 01:20 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Mei, keep that B.P. low sweetie.
October 31 at 07:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hope your parents are improving iacta, & yes, the bp is [naturally] low - spikes are paid attention to.
October 31 at 23:11 EST .

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   Straitpath  Hoping BirdsNest is coping well.
September 15 at 22:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Please pray for Hagar. Things are not good.
August 8 at 19:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're there for you both.
August 9 at 05:21 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up.
August 9 at 21:30 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Count on prayers from here Bird.
August 11 at 18:19 EST .

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   Straitpath  I pray for your comfort and strength, BirdsNest.
August 12 at 00:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Prayers from Gram.
August 12 at 11:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Tuesday Aug 4 he got so bad the doctor asked about a dnr. Hagar told the doctor he wasn't giving up and he meant it. The next day he was fine. Then that Friday he had a bit of respiratory problem.The doctor again asked about dnr. Saturday, no better. Sat evening a friend went to visit. She said I should get over there on Sunday and plan to spend the night. So I caught a ride and stayed the night. the nurses wanted to give me a cot. I said if I am to be here I will watch him from the chair. And I did, I sat up all night and watched him sleep. they put him on a cpap or something like that and he actually slept without moaning and without stress.On Monday he awoke looking like a new man and has been wonderful all week til today. He felt bad he said. He was quiet all day. He has a feeding tube because he won't eat. He went 10 days with no food and with instructions of only ice chips, then he was hungry, now that he CAN have food he doesn't want any. I am going crazy. All week long I have been getting 4-5 hrs sleep so I can catch a ride with a generous man who works in Norfolk. He leaves the shore between 5:30 and 6 am Monday-Friday. Picks me up here and takes me to the hospital. Picks me up when he is done at work(10 hr day ) and drives me to my house. All from a FB request from a friend. She posted the request on Sunday, he responded on Sunday afternoon. She contacted me and gave me his name and number and we made arrangements to pick me up Tuesday. It was such a surprise. He is a lovely man, works at Little Creek in Norfolk. Has a wife(occupational therapist ) and 2 young sons. For his payment he wants eggs and any vegetables I may still have. I had to beg him to accept that.

Each day brings new challenges and new friends. I am blessed. Truely blessed.
August 13 at 22:03 EST .

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   Surfhut  Bird and Hagar, you are in my prayers.
August 15 at 08:40 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  we are praying Bird
August 15 at 14:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm praising God for the man who drives you back & forth to the hospital - God has honored your past generosity to others & is returning it to you tenfold PTL.
August 16 at 21:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Latest scan shows spots on the liver that weren't there a month ago. We meet with palliative care tomorrow in Hagar's room. There are no words for how awful I feel.
July 27 at 19:52 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Sending healing thoughts and prayers for you and Hagar Birdie . . . God be with you both.
July 27 at 20:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  Oh, Bird - take courage our thoughts and prayers are for you both.
July 27 at 21:04 EST .

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   RoseOfTexas  praying.
August 1 at 00:12 EST .

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   Surfhut  Prayers for both of you.
August 2 at 10:46 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  you & Hagar continue in my prayers...."be strong & very courageous"....(from Joshua )
August 4 at 20:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Iacta: Your Mom & Dad - update?
July 22 at 18:38 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  So kind of you to ask Mei. Dad continues on at the re-hab home, getting his dialysis and PT. I took him home for a day last Sunday so he could be with my daughters who are here from Ohio. We had a birthday celebration for his 83rd (july 13, better late than never ) Mom is a different story. She has a hernia the size of a grapefruit on her left side below her breast. It is painful, but she has meds (PTL ) We have seen a general surgeon and are awaiting his assessment. The repair is a fairly common surgery, but Mom's other health issues make the operation more of a risk. So until the surgeon gives us his opinion Mom is as anxious as a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs. But having her granddaughters here makes thing a little more cheery. How's by you?
July 24 at 20:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're taking one day at a time, Iacta with humor mostly : )
Continued prayers for your parents; it's good your daughters are there.
July 25 at 10:22 EST .

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