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Jesus lost a foot, a hand and one of his arms!

Cabrinishrine2_2 A little over a week ago I gathered my children around the table and said, "You’re not going to believe what happened last night, Jesus lost a foot,  a hand and one of his arms!"  They were predictably shocked.

West of Denver, at the edge of the foothills, is the Mother Cabrini Shrine.  It is one of my favorite places to go and pray.  Once you make the climb up the mountain, stopping occasionally to pray through the stations of the cross, you encounter a 33 foot tall statue of Jesus.  The symbolism is inspiring.  The statue depicts Jesus looking out over the Denver metroplex.  If you look closely, Jesus is pulling aside part of his garment to reveal his heart to the Mile High City.  I often go there to gain perspective upon the place to which God has called me to serve.


Cabrinishrine3_3The statue was damaged by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm.  When I told my children this, they just rolled their eyes at me for getting them so upset.

I asked, "How is Jesus going to love our city without an arm and hand?  How is he going to give it a hug?"  My oldest daughter exclaimed, "Dad, we are Jesus’ arms!"

(Here is an arial view)

(Here are two of the newspaper articles here and here)

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posted May 30, 2007 at 4:51 am

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].
Peace Be With You

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Greg Laughery

posted May 30, 2007 at 7:45 am

Wow! your oldest daughter has arms full of wisdom. Excellent. Such a key to life in an impoverished world – us being the arms of Jesus.

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Ted Gossard

posted June 4, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Precious what your daughter said.
We have a stations of the cross within walking distance of our house. I like to go there.

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