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Thursday, February 22nd marks the 20th anniversary of Michelle’s accident. For over 18 years she has been living at home with us. This is not the life we would have chosen but it is the most meaningful life we could ever have. All of the pretenses and posturing that occur in every day life have been stripped away. We are living with someone who wakes up every day with a smile and thanks God that she is still alive. She tells us how she is surrounded by love and lets everyone know how much she loves them. Being in her presence brings out the better part of all of us. When she was unconscious our neighbor, Charlotte Baecher, wrote a poem that describes the transformation Michelle has brought to all of us:
In her sleep
her spirit is one with His
both so alive to the other
What immense transactions are going on
undistracted
by mind and urge and sight
a complete “hearing” and surrender,
a knowledge we cannot know or guess.

But now we ask Him, please to bless
her even more – and give her back
to us and all distractions
a messenger transformed by you
to lift us who love her
to where she has been.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US THESE 20 YEARS

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Update: PBS World “Your Health: A Sacred Matter” with LOC Marilyn Martone to air July 7
June 22, 2017 News 0

A reminder that Lady of Charity Marilyn Martone and her daughter Michelle are featured in a new PBS documentary film called “Your Health: A Sacred Matter”. Marilyn will speak in the section on caregiving (about 12 minutes towards the end of the film).

NATIONAL PREMIERE
Friday 7/7/17 at 7 PM, Eastern Time
World Channel

The World Channel is found on many cable and satellite services; check your local listings or visit worldchannel.org to find the station in your area.

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The film, “Your Health: A Sacred Matter,” will be on the World Channel on July 7th. For FIOS users it is channel 473, for Cablevision it is 133, for Spectrum it is 1277. It is an excellent film on the relationship between religion and medicine and Michelle and I are in the last 12 minutes. Enjoy!

https://yourhealthasacredmatter.com/

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I was in Houston Texas this weekend at a conference on Religion and Medicine. On Saturday evening there was the premier screening of a film entitled “Your Health: A Sacred Matter.” It will view on PBS in May and Michelle and I are in it as are some of Michelle’s team members as well as members of our parish. You can see the trailer at the following web site. You can also check the web site as to when it will be shown in your area. yourhealthasacredmatter.com

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I gave a talk last night on the family and caregiving issues. One of the attendees spoke of a company that allows employees to donate their sick or personal days to another employee who might need them. What a wonderful idea. It doesn’t cost the company anything and it builds solidarity. How do we turn this into a national movement?

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Thanks to all for the birthday wishes. Michelle had a wonderful birthday. In Michelle style, she always has a smile on her face. She brings us all joy.

 

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Michelle’s Birthday 2014 Happy “38”

 

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It’s almost 16 years since Michelle was hit by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Although she has multiple disabilities, she has taught us the true meaning of love. She composed a song, “I am Surrounded by Love.” She is surrounded by love because even on her worst days she teaches us what love is all about. Happy Birthday darling daughter.

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