Tribute to Mother On Mother’s Day

Turning The Upside Down of Death Into The Right-Side Up of Life Again…

Deb – read at mom’s (Rachel’s) funeral mass…

Immaculate Conception Parish, Newburyport (Fr. Richard Gosselin)Thursday; February 10, 2005

I am overwhelmed with a passage in the gospel of John, which describes the first miracle of our lord, at the wedding at Cana. He surprisingly saved the best wine until the end, and my mother, like that fine wine, grew into the best person God created her to be with each passing year.

We are born, we live, and we die. The dash distinguishing her life on this earth seems so small to the world, but so large in my heart.

My mother was beautiful mother, but I tell you my greatest loss is that of my very best friend.

A Mother’s Gift

She taught me to live in the present moment, trust God even when I couldn’t understand why he did the things he did, and trust that he would make everything OK in the end. She taught me forgiveness, tolerance, and inspired me to be the best person God created me to be. She taught me that love was an action word, that was expressed most beautifully by joyful sacrifice and humility. Her patience and ability to love someone for their good, and minimize their faults was unfailing, day after day after day after day. Her heart was embraced with a spirit of gratitude for every kindness, towards every person she ever met in her life.

A Tribute To Mother

In her battle with cancer, many cancers, from rectal, to liver and the indignities she suffered with the pain of her vaginal cancer, the rashes from her chemotherapy that riddled her entire body with Poison ivy like rashes, radiation burns, and all the rest, she fought. She fought for my dad and I. And when my dad almost died again this past summer (Fred from the dead nicknamed by many since he returned from so many hopeless cases), she continued to take care of home and family with grace and a positive attitude. She sacrificed herself for me and my dad and her extended family and friends without hesitation.

My moms heart was a wellspring of compassion. If you are here at this service, I would venture to say she has prayed especially for you. People she met, or only heard of being in need, she prayed for them by name. She prayed with her heart, deep, sincere prayers. She loved the prayer of her rosary and meditating on the life of Jesus and Mary, towards the end of how it helped each of us to accept Gods will for our lives, believing he always knew what was best for us.

The essence of her spirit [Read more…]

Ponzi Scheme -Overcoming Feelings Of Hopelessness

Overcoming Feelings Of Hopelessness

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Recently reality came crashing into my life.  I was a victim of a Ponzi Scheme that has turned my world upside down. Similar to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme, only the villain behind my story is the, Victim Millenium Bank United Trust of Switzerland, who like Bernard Madoff made promises of high returns without ever investing any money.  When I was struck with the news that I was one of the 375 victims to this white collar crime, I suddenly found the lessons from my recently completed book, “The Sky Is Green and The Grass Is Blue“, resonating with new meaning and empowerment.

What I had written to help others, was now helping me overcome the most devastating financial event to ever hit my life. I’m not just talking about a problem, but something that is life changing. Something that held me still, ingraining a feeling that will be forever burned into my mind.

Overcoming Adversity

When I was finally able to take a moment, I picked up my book and started to read. WOW,  the words came to life. My new motivational book, “The Sky is Green and The Grass Is Blue – turning your upside down world right side up.” were ringing with new meaning, bringing clarity to what really mattered when nothing seemed to make sense.

From my book I realize, “…this too shall pass,” but the pain [Read more…]