Editor’s note: This week, we have been blessed to share a series of reflections from guest contributor Erin McGruder Helms. Today, we conclude Erin’s inspirational contributions as she reflects upon the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary through the prism of her own life journey. Please join me in praying for Erin and her family, and for mothers everywhere who face health challenges. Lisa
The past several days, I have touched on how I cherish the Rosary and found parallels in its Mysteries and my journey with cancer. If you missed them, please feel free to read how I related to the first, second, third and fourth Sorrowful Mysteries.
The fifth Sorrowful Mystery is the Crucifixion. The fruit is ‘Perseverance’.
I imagine Jesus being pierced in His side and how the blood and water that poured out washes over us with mercy and compassion. I picture Jesus giving us such an incredible gift, His mother, when He looked at St. John and said, “Behold, your mother” (John 19:27). I think of Jesus saying, “I thirst,” (John 19:28) and how He thirsts and yearns for our love. I hear Jesus saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). I listen as Jesus cries out, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
This may sound a bit extreme, but I imagine crucifying cancer and Satan and persevering. I imagine moving forward into the Glorious Mysteries, with the first being the Resurrection. I strive to rise up from this and hold steadfast to its fruit of ‘Faith’. I realize not everyone is healed physically, however I believe that even if war is raging on your body, you can still ask for healing – emotionally, mentally, physically. Claim that healing, persevere and rise above. Sadly, I know people still die, but they can live eternally in Jesus Christ. Their loved ones can then persevere for them. And those beautiful souls become angels, rising above, watching over their family and friends.
I also realize not everyone will face a battle with cancer, like I did. But aren’t we all battling something? Even as I sit here cancer-free, I still have daily battles, ongoing struggles and challenges. How will I face them though? Will I anguish over them, praying to pass the cup? Will I pray for forgiveness? Will I find courage and strength in our Lord? Will I be patient with the process, the journey, God’s will? Will I persevere? Will I rise above? Will you?
Erin McGruder Helms grew up in Northern Virginia before attending the University of Florida, where she earned a Marketing degree in 2000. Upon graduation, she moved to Jacksonville to pursue a career in financial services. Erin is blessed with a loving husband and is grateful now to stay home with her three precious children. She delights in warm weather and outdoor family activities. Surrounded by caring friends and a supportive parish community, Erin enjoys participating in various spiritual growth studies and ministries.
Copyright 2015 Erin McGruder Helms