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Is Jesus really present in the Blessed Sacrament? What's your vote?

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With a recent Pew Research survey indicating many Catholics don’t believe the church’s core teaching of the Eucharist, I’ve got a story to tell.
Years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. My medical team suggested we ‘watch and wait’, delaying treatment until absolutely necessary. “ We have one bullet to shoot this with,” my oncologist said. “We don’t want to use it too soon. If we do, when the cancer returns, as it always does, there’s nothing we can do for you.”
Months later, my health weakened. My bones ached. My head hurt. Fatigue reigned. My medical team watched closely.
Back then, our oldest daughter was graduating from eighth grade at our parish school. The registration deadline for the Catholic high school, our school of choice, was fast approaching. However, the fear of cancer raised doubts.
What if medical bills consumed our finances? What if I was too sick to function? What if I was too weak to drive her to school?
So, one particular weekday, struggling with those uncer…

It's here !!! Welcome to My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters!!!

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Announcing the arrival of my newest book!!!!
My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters  will uplift you  in the midst of whatever squall you're weathering.
The stories show how faith helped navigate two big storms in my life...grief and cancer...
and it'll help illuminate your way too.
Read it.   Be blessed.  Be inspired.  Be encouraged. 

About Me

Welcome! If you're looking for inspiration, you're in the right place! 

I'm Debra Tomaselli and I'm convinced God makes his presence known in subtle, but very real ways. God is always with us, providing strength, comfort and hope. We can trust in God.
Faith makes a difference in my life. You'll see. It can make a difference in yours, too.
Come, discover the extraordinary presence of God in the ordinary events of our days. 

A new beginning!

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"Look at you!" my neighbor said as he pulled into his driveway. "You've got a spring in your step! My wife and I saw you from a distance! You must be feeling good!"

I am! Yes, I am! 

I initiated a discussion with the oncologist recently in which we decided not to continue the  ongoing cancer treatments, skipping those scheduled for May. I believe the side effects were too debilitating and no longer worth the risk. After a short discussion, the oncologist agreed, and I'm back on 'watch and wait.' 

Surely, I grew healthier. And stronger!  This week, I started running again!  

Well, it's a short course, but it's a start..And it represents a new chapter....

Hooray!!!  

I feel good!!  I haven't felt this good in years!  I'm bursting with happiness!

May every breath of my soul be meaningful to you, O Lord. Thank you for this time, for this limited timed we have on earth. May everything we do glorify you, and may we...just do it!


The Lord is my lig…

Oh Happy Day!!!

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How you feel when your oncologist agrees that it's time to 'take a break' from cancer treatments!!! 

Praise be to God! Now, Lord, how can I use this time for you? 

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.    Psalm 19:14


Be strong! Be courageous! For the Lord your God...is on your side!

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Early this morning I'm outside, sipping coffee, and praying. It's chilly, the skies are grey and so is my mood, Today I'll attend the funeral Mass for a friend's husband who lost his battle with cancer.
I feel sad. I feel lonely...but God won't leave me there...
My phone dings.
A text pops up.
It's welcoming words from a dear friend. A holy friend. A just-what-I -needed friend! 
My heart jumps. A smile spreads across my face as I realize it's another  gentle reminder: We may feel alone, but we are never alone.

Be strong and courageous! Do not be frightened, do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9.

Making the Most of Now...

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Just before Thanksgiving, I completed the latest rounds of ongoing cancer treatments.There were some rough days, but soon afterwards, things got better again. 

The best way to describe my health is to say it feels like an unpredictable wild animal lives inside me. On the worst of days, it's attacking; debilitating. On better days, it's simply crouched nearby, growling. At best...it's lying in the corner....quietly making its presence known...it's there...it's always there...ready to pounce...

I've learned to listen to its cues. I've learned to modify my life. I've learned what's important and what's not.

And I've got a dream. As crazy as it sounds, my book, My Emmaus Walk; True Stories of Faith, Hope and Inspiration, is calling me back into life. 

Recently, (with exceptions) I've been able to make a simple plan and that simple plan has been to speak to groups about the book's message...the glorious reality of the presence and the love of…