Sometimes people come into our lives, but we don’t realize the impact they leave on us until we can never see them again. For some reason I always seem to learn this lesson the hard way. Certain people tend to cross my path and it’s not until I tell them goodbye that I wake up and realize how much I messed up by not savoring the time I had with them. As I’m writing this a certain person comes to mind. I don’t really like to talk about it, I guess maybe it hurts too much. But I guess the point of these whole blogs are to be honest so other people can learn from our mistakes.So here it goes…
Eighty-four years ago today (I know! It’s was like forever ago lol) one of the biggest influences in my life was born. Yes I am talking about my beautiful grandmother Consuelo Rojo. She was probably one of the most beautiful people who has ever been a part of my life. She taught me so much, but unfortunately like always, it wasn’t until she left me this past November that I truly realized how much of a difference she made on my life. Like all Mexican-Catholic grandmothers she was beautiful, funny, an amazing cook, never missed her novelas, told you like it was, and made it a point to pray her rosary at the same time everyday. She taught me so many life lessons that I hope to pass on to my children one day.
I guess the reason I’m writing about all this is that I would like to share with you some of the things she taught me. Hopefully some of this will help you one day, just like it’s helped me.
1. When Time Get Hard- Just Do You. My grandma never put up with me trying to be someone else when I wasn’t “fitting in” with the crowd. I can remember countless times when I would come to her stressed out about not feeling like I fit in with friends at school or church. Maybe some of you teens have felt this way. It’s like when you’re “in the world” you’re “too holy” for them, but when you’re in your church group then you don’t feel like you’re “holy enough.” When I came to her with this, she would always remind me that God made me who I am and there’s no need to try and live for anyone else but God. She taught me to always strive for holiness, not in order to “compete” or fit in with others at church, but in order to one day make it to Heaven and spend eternity with Jesus and Our Blessed Mother Mary.
2. Be Educated About The World Around Us. My grandma watched the news religiously everyday and made it a point to find out about worldly events and what was happening in the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world. Everyday I learned something new about current events in other countries. She taught me that we can’t just shelter ourselves in our “Santa Barbara Bubble.” God placed us here at this time in history to be his hands and feet all the way around the world. And this starts by opening our minds, put our Catholic teachings to work and make a difference in the lives of others, whether they live next door or halfway around the world.
3. Pray! My grandma was a professional prayerer-yes there’s such a thing! lol Everyday at the same time she’d sit in the same chair and pray her rosary. She taught me that God should always come first in our lives, but that in order to do this we need to set aside time for God everyday. Through her example I realized what a valuable gift our Catholic faith is. Our faith in Jesus and Our Most Blessed Virgin Mary has the power to heal us from our addictions, cleanse us of our sins and give us the most beautiful life we ever imagined. God and Our Blessed Mother are always there waiting for us with open arms. Setting time everyday to pray will help us develop our relationship with God.
These are just some of the many things my grandma taught me while she was on this earth. I hope you learned something that you can apply to your everyday life. But if there’s just one thing you take away from reading this, I hope it’s this; “Always Remember who you’re working for.” My grandma told me this. What she was trying to tell me is that we were made BY God FOR God. Although we are given free will, if we call ourselves Christian, this means we work for our Heavenly Father. In other words, whatever we do whether it’s our career, our hobbies, etc., we must always remember to do everything for the glory of Jesus Christ and for Our Blessed Mother. If we do this, we will be able to spread God’s love to others and live out the Gospel through our actions.
I encourage you to take times with the elderly people in your lives, who we tend to take for granted. Sit down, talk to them. Trust me- you’ll learn so much and your life will be touched with God’s grace forever.
Feliz Cumpleaños Grandma! Te quiero mucho!