Saturday, June 26, 2010

What Does "Love" Mean?


A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does love mean?' The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired...'

Terri - age 4

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.'

Danny - age 7

'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'

Emily - age 8

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'

Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,'

Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'

Noelle - age 7

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'

Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'

Cindy - age 8

'My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'

Clare - age 6

'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'

Elaine-age 5

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'

Chris - age 7

'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'

Mary Ann - age 4

'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'

Lauren - age 4

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image)

Karen - age 7

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.'

Mark - age 6

'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'

Jessica - age 8

We miss you Art Linkletter!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Ferdinand and Barbara Roccanti To Speak at July 10 Day of Prayer and Healing

Ferdinand and Barbara Roccanti have confirmed their plans to speak at the upcoming Day of Prayer and Healing scheduled for Saturday, July 10 at Sylvan Springs in Rome City, IN. Come early to hear this great couple tell their stories of faith and love for Our Lord. Their talk will begin at 11:30 am.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Are You A "Buddy"?


An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy.

He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!". Buddy didn't move. Then the farmer hollered, "Pull, Buster, pull!" Buddy didn't respond. Once more the farmer commanded, "Pull, Coco, pull!" Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.

The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try!"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day of Prayer and Healing Has Remarkable Turnout!

Saturday's Day of Prayer and Healing was a truly wonderful day for those who attended from all around the Midwest. The message of the day was concentrated on the true meaning of Father's Day as it relates to Our Lady of America and Her call to purity. Father Dave gave a wonderful homily (as always) and made the day complete by praying over all those looking for strength and healing. It was powerful!!

A full two thirds of those who came were there for the first time and have promised to bring more friends and family back with them next time.

Plans are already being made for the next Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 10. Tours will begin at 11 am.

The sun was spinning vigorously as we left after a full day of community-building. It was an awesome sight for everybody. We will be posting photos as they arrive from those who attended, so please email your photos to us at info@oltiv.org so we can share them on this blog.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Saturday's Visitors Advised to Dress For Comfort and Bring Coolers

The weather forecast for this Saturday, June 19th is calling for sunshine and temperatures in the low 90's.

Visitors for the Day of Family Prayer and Healing are advised to wear loose-fitting clothing and to bring plenty of cold drinks and ice to refresh them throughout the afternoon. We will have certain areas of the building set aside that will be air-conditioned for your comfort throughout the day.


Schedules permitting, Father Dave Link will be on hand and he says is excited to see everybody again.

Guest speakers and historical tours will begin at 12 Noon followed by recitation of The Holy Rosary and Mass at 4 pm. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a healing service for all who are seeking healings of body and spirit.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday, June 19 Family Day of Prayer and Healing will Focus on Father's Day and St. Joseph

Please join us on Saturday, June 19th for a Family Day of Prayer and Healing. This day will be about fatherhood as there will be a special emphasis on St. Joseph and his role in the Our Lady of America devotion as the role model for all fathers. We wish to encourage all the fathers to make a special effort to attend.

Doors will open at 11:00 am and Guest speakers will begin at 12:00 Noon followed by recitation of the rosary and a healing service.


This photo was taken shortly after the conclusion of our last Family Day of Prayer and Healing after everyone had been prayed over. Pay special attention to the position and prominence of the large orb directly behind the altar area.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Miraculous Healing of Jordan Marie

The following story was put together by Pam from Missouri for all our readers. What a great testament!!



Little Jordan Marie who turned two on March 24, 2010, was a normal active baby with two older brothers until a few short months ago.
On February 2, 2010, she began vomiting and had difficulty walking . She also displayed other symptoms of a stroke eventually regressing to the developmental stage of a 12 month old. She was hospitalized at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City that same day where the doctors ran tests only to find a massive and very rare form of brain tumor...The type of tumor she was diagnosed with was an endymoma, a malignant, rare and very aggressive type of cancer. Although a very small amount of children have had them removed surgically, this was not an option for Jordan Marie, as it had intertwined itself around the nerves as well.

It was decided her best hope for a good outcome would be a regimen of chemotherapy. In the course of testing, they would also find another complication from the tumor- a blood clot.
From Feb. 2, 2010, she remained in the hospital until 4/23/10….just one day prior to her 2nd birthday. Throughout the course of that time she was only able to receive one dose of chemo because of many other serious complications, including, high blood pressure, an elevated heart rate, severe nausea and vomiting, intractable pain, multiple infections, inability to take food by mouth and intestinal problems leading to the insertion of a feeding tube on the day of her admission.

At one point in ICU, she was not responding normally and was unable to focus with her eyes. The doctors fear that she may have lost her vision was ultimately proved wrong, but she did have extreme swelling of the ventricles in her brain necessitating one of many surgical procedures.

This poor little one has suffered immensely but through it all she has been a fighter. Her family who started a facebook page entitled Prayers For Baby Jordan, has kept a constant vigil during her frequent trips to the hospital. Their love of God as well as their strong faith has been an anchor in an otherwise turbulent ocean of tribulations and emotions.



Little Jordan feeding her mommy birthday cake on her second birthday (despite the suffering she endured, she smiled so frequently). The family was elated that she was able to come home for the first time since 2/2/2010 on 4/23/10 …. the day before her birthday).

Up until 5/17, she had been so sick with chemo and its side effects (low white blood cell count and resulting infection, nausea and vomiting and hair loss). Add to that her excruciating pain (often unrelieved even with Morphine). Recently, her grandmother offered a prayer during a particularly trying few days that if it be His will the good Lord take this cross away from little Jordan and offered herself in Jordan’s stead.


Last month on Saturday May 8th, while she had a reprieve from the hospital and chemo, she choked while eating a French fry (by then a few finger foods were allowed) and Mom had to call 911 as Nana rushed to her side. The EMT’s found that the feeding tube had come up and was coiled in the back of her throat. After stabilizing her at the hospital they left her without the tube until Monday morning. One more assist by her guardian angels.

After that scare on a Saturday afternoon, her grandmother Donna relayed the story to the parishioners before 5 o’clock Mass (Donna is our cantor at that particular Mass –although we have had to do without her a lot recently due to the demands of this horrible cancer.)

While I was listening to this frightening turn of events, I realized that I had some water (which our priest had blessed) from the apparition site in Rome City. I immediately felt urged to give it to Donna, so after Mass on Saturday evening 5/8/2010, I spoke with Donna and gave her the water for baby Jordan along with a link to oltiv.org as well as my reassurance that my family would keep little Jordan in our prayers.

Since that time, we have been out of town and unable to attend church in our parish. I need to add that Donna and most other parishioners are aware of Our Lady of America and Her intercession for me (and resultant healing in 2007). My mobility and affect,and ability to focus and interact normally in conversation has returned since my pilgrimage in 2007).

Though I tried to follow Jordan’s ordeal on a facebook page specifically for her, I had been busy with other matters though and hadn’t checked her status for several days.

Then,on Monday 5/17, after a horrendous weekend in the hospital, the doctors ordered an MRI to see how Jordan was responding to the prescribed treatment. Our pastor had visited her in the hospital that day and gave her the Anointing of the Sick before she went for the scan. Right after Father’s anointing and visit with Jordan and the family, but BEFORE her MRI, Donna remembered the Springs water and got it out for the first time and blessed little Jordan with it.

Not long after, the nurse took Jordan for the MRI. Jordan did a complete turn around in her behavior and activity. No longer in pain or with other vicious effects, she played smiled and lifted everyone’s spirits as only little ones can do. She also had a very comfortable and restful night of sleep.

It edified her grandmother’s spirits so much that she wrote she had an overwhelming sense of peace. She also told me that Jordan who had had a horrible night the night before the MRI, seemed so much better right before the MRI (and after Father’s anointing and the blessing with the Springs water). Even Father remarked how Jordan seemed better after (the Anointing and blessing). The nurses happily reported that Jordan needed no sedation during the MRI (very unusual) and was very relaxed and comfortable.

All these things edified her grandmother’s spirits so much that the following morning she wrote that she had an overwhelming sense of peace. Here are the actual entries by her Nana on the facebook page Prayers for Baby Jordan just hours before the miracle (and afterward). By that point she had over 2500 prayer warriors!!!:

5/15/10
I went up to the hospital this morning to see Jordan and bring Misty some hot breakfast. Jordan is not feeling good at all. She is back to vomiting and in pain. Her white blood cell count is elevated and she now has an infection in her urinary tract. I held her for a little while and rocked her in the chair. I got out the bubble water again but she wasn't into it today. I think this will probably keep her from coming home. Heavenly Father, there are so many prayers going for one little angel. Please hear our prayers and give Jordan some relief from this pain and infections. Lord, God you are the saviour of the world and I thankful everyday that my mother instilled you into my life at a very early age of life because then I could pass it on to my family. Thank you for loving me and being patient with me always....! I love you Jordan!

Late that evening she wrote:

Just talked to Misty again to check on Jordan tonight before I turn in for the night. She said, that Our little angel is feeling miserable.. My heart just aches knowing that she has to go through all of this. Please God I would take on all of this just to spare her or any other sweet child... God bless you baby girl. Nana will be with you tomorrow. Here's praying for a good brain scan. Good night all of you 2372 army angels. Thanks to all the new angels that have just joined in... We so very much appreciate you.

5/16/10 the day of the MRI her Nana wrote:

Not a good night for Jordan. Nothing but vomiting and pain. They gave her pain medicine and everything that she has to have and it wasn't until the wee hours this morning that she was able to go to sleep for a short hour and a half. Misty (Jordan’s mother), hang tough and know that I will be there to relieve you this afternoon. Jordan, sweet angel may God has given you the strength to go through this. You have proven this just by what you have been through. I ask the Lord to continue to watch over and have mercy on you... I love you baby girl...

That afternoon :

They took Jordan down at 2 to sedate her and put the breathing tube in so that she will be ready for the MRI at 3. It will take about 2 plus hours after that. I will keep you updated.

That evening:

Jordan got out of the brain scan at 5:45 pm. She did very well in fact they said, that they didn't even have to put the breathing tube in which a real blessing in itself. She kept her stats up the whole time. We do not know anything as of yet but should know first thing in the morning. Jordan is in such a good mood. I had her playing in warm bubble water and listening to music. She is now sitting on my lap watching Dancing with the stars. (It is) one of her favorite shows. The transformation from this morning til now is amazing. The good Lord knows I can't stand seeing her hurt or crying. Thank you God! I just told Jordan to blow you a kiss and she sent you all out the cutest kiss and hug. Thank you for being with us today in our time of being unsteady on our feet. We love you!!!

5/17/10 at 10:53:



I WISH THAT I COULD GET ON THE PHONE AND TALK TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU WITH WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. LAST NIGHT THE GOOD LORD SENT A REAL SENSE OF PEACE OVER ME. AS I HELD JORDAN I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, I CAN HANDLE WHAT EVER NEWS COMES OUR WAY. I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT HE IS IN CONTROL AND KNOWS WHATS BEST.. I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT IT'S JUST SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE REMINDED AND HE LET ME KNOW THAT LAST NIGHT. WHEN THE ONCOLOGIST CAME IN THIS MORNING I WAS READY FOR HIM WHAT EVER HE HAD TO SAY..... HE SAID, THAT HE DOESN'T GET TO GIVE THIS TYPE OF NEWS VERY OFTEN WITH THIS TYPE OF RARE CANCER THAT SHE HAS AND WHERE IT IS LOCATED BUT,
THE TUMOR IS GONE! YES, I SAID GONE! PRAISE GOD!!!!
THE DOCTOR'S, NURSES AND ALL OF US WERE CRYING AND PRAISING GOD... OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SENT THE MERCY AND GRACE THAT WE SO MUCH NEEDED FOR JORDAN. A TRUE MIRACLE HAS HAPPENED. I CAN'T THANK ALL OF YOU ENOUGH FOR BEING WITH US ALWAYS THROUGH THIS JOURNEY. SHE HAS A VERY LONG ROAD TO GO BUT WITH ALL OF YOU IN HER CORNER AND OUR ALMIGHTY GOD WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THIS.
THE BLOOD CLOT IS GONE AND THE TUMOR IS GONE! I KEEP SAYING IT OVER AND OVER IN CELEBRATION.. PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES FLOW. I LOVE ALL OF YOU AND WISH THAT I COULD HUG YOU PERSONALLY. PLEASE STAY WITH US ON JORDAN'S CONTINUED JORNEY YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN HER LIFE AND IN MINE. SHE WILL ALWAYS NEED YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS AND KEEPING HER NANA UP AND GOING WHEN I NEED A GOOD SWIFT KICK OR A TALK. I WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED DAILY ON HER PROGRESS... OMG!!!!
At 11:14 an:
WE ARE ON OUR WAY HOME NOW FROM THE HOSPITAL. I WILL UPDATE LATER. OMG!!!


5/18/10

The emails, the phone calls and facebook messages have been piling in like "WOW". Truly amazing strength behind it all.. It has been a joyous day and celebration for life for us all. Jordan finally was worn out this evening and unfortunately in pain from the infection that she still has with her intestines but she has ...a few more days on antibiotics. It is something that she might have to deal with for some time. Her daddy (Jason) called to talked to her and tell her he was so happy about the tumor being gone and she took her finger and pointed to where the tumor had been. She knows what God has done. I know that last night when He talked to me He also whispered to Jordan while she was sleeping. I just know that she knows.... She has such a glow about her.. Good night all!

5/30:
It's amazing how many people at the hospital have noticed such a glow about Jordan. And it is so true. She radiates from the love of God. You know I think back to the very beginning when she first got sick and all that she went through she never lost her smile. Even then she knew she was protected by the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I love you angel....


Jordan Marie with her mother, father, and two brothers during her hospital stay.


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