Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A new "vision"

I recently received an email from a woman who attended a key note speech I gave at Prince of Peace parish in Olathe, Kansas. With her permission I am sharing part of her message, along with a beautiful reflection she wrote.

Here's part of her email message to me:

Hello Donna-Marie!
  My name is Corey Grace and I recently met you in Kansas.:)  My husband, Ryan, and I were able to come to listen to your talk at Prince of Peace church in Olathe.  I just wanted to thank-you for coming and for sharing your wisdom and love of our Lord.  My husband and I both left feeling inspired, closer to God and to each other.  I am a stay-at-home mom of 5 children.  Noah-9, Ava-7, Hannah-5, Eleanor-3, and Henry-1.  Some days I forget what I gift I have been given by being chosen to be their mother.  You helped me remember that.  Thank-you.

Here's Corey's beautiful reflection: 

I washed our windows today.  They were LONG overdue and boy are they sparkling!  What a treat to look outside without smudges and handprints blocking my vision!:)  Right now, the house is quiet.  The children are reading and napping.  Ahhh... I know that I will get to enjoy my flawless windows for another hour...TOPS.:)  But, I am going to do just that!  Enjoy my new perspective until the children are up and about.  The grass looks greener.  The sky bluer.  It seems I can just reach out and touch the flowers blooming in our flower bed.  My sparkling clean windows have me thinking about my faith.  Sometimes, all it takes is a change of perspective to change our attitudes.  Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle spoke about this, too.  She told a story about driving in traffic.  As she was driving along in her car, a man whizzed by and gave her "the finger".  She said, "You know what that guy got from me?  He got a decade of the rosary!  Oh, yes!  I prayed for my brother in Christ."  What an awesome perspective!  It's a perspective of love and selflessness.  It's a perspective of humility and grace.  It's a bright and sparkly perspective, just like my windows.  Sometimes my perspective is the opposite of that.  If my perspective is "off", I will look out my clean and shiny windows and see the dust on the blinds that hang in front of them.  Or, I will see the weeds more clearly in our garden.  Today, keep a sparkly and self-less perspective.  Chose to see the beauty.  Chose to see those whom we struggle with the most as a brother or sister in Christ.  Pray for them.  Give them a decade of the rosary or a Hail Mary for their rudeness or inconsiderate behaviors.  After all, isn't that what God does for us.  He sees us with a perspective that is clear and beautiful.  He see us in our beauty.  There is no question about it, God's windows MUST be sparkly and smudge free!:)

Thank you for allowing me to share your lovely reflection, Corey. May we all strive to "clean our windows" for a new perspective as we pray to come closer to God while guiding our family all the way. 

God bless you and your beautiful family, Corey!


  1. As a mother of four who are grown, these handprints are precious. Don't look at them as a problem. I wish I had them back to look at again. I now have 11 granchildren and love their little messes.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Cheryl. I agree that our children's and grandchildren's handprints are precious. I'm sure that Corey was illustrating the point that it didn't matter that the window would get dirty again - and that God was giving her a deeper message in her cleaning that day.

    Congratulations on your 11 grandchildren, Cheryl! God is so good!

    God bless all mothers and grandmothers and all of the little ones in our care!

    1. Thank-you, Donna-Marie! What a blessing to share God's work through my vocation!

      Thanks also to you, Cheryl for your thoughts. I always find so much wisdom from mothers who have "been there, done that". Your perspective helps me to slow down. To cherish this precious time with my children. It seems the old saying is true...time really DOES fly.:) A dear friend of mine shared with me her beautiful insight. She is also now a grandma and said, when her children were young, she was constantly trying to wipe off their smudges. But, now, as a grandma she leaves her grandchildren's handprints on her windows as long as possible.:)

      I'm so thankful to be learning from mothers with all different perspectives. Praise be to God, that despite our differences, our goals are the same. Heaven!:)