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Keeping The Promis

Karen Dale Trask

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Copyright 2018 Karen Dale Trask

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Chapter One – A Leap of Faith

With every new generation comes the same old phrase from the generation before.

“Things were so much different when I was growing up.”

I was born in 1955 and raised Roman Catholic by parents who were raised Roman Catholic. I was baptized in the appropriate time frame, and my Godparents were a married couple, who, if memory serves were somehow related to my father.

This was an era when Roman Catholics were not allowed to eat meat on Friday, women had to wear head-coverings in church, and genuflecting before entering a church pew was mandatory. Once they became of age to receive First Holy Communion, which, back in the 1950’s was approximately eight years of age, a Roman Catholic also had to confess their sins on a weekly basis if they wanted to receive the Holy Sacrament the following Sunday.

Heaven only knows what the Church or parents are teaching, or instilling in their children these days, (because things were so much different when I was growing up) but confession is now more or less a yearly thing, not done between you and the priest in a tiny confessional booth, beginning with the phrase, “Help me, Father, for I have sinned.” It is now a gathering of a church full of people, a moment of silent confession just between you and The Lord, of one’s sins. The parishioners are told which prayers to say for their penance, and then let the conscience clearing begin, allowing everyone to be able to receive another year of the Holy Sacrament.

I greatly appreciate the rules I was given to follow by the Catholic Church back in the day, which were instilled in me through my parents, a daily routine, and some wonderful woman who were the nuns at our church, St. Albert The Great Parish, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

It was Saint Albert The Great who is quoted as saying, “The greater and more persistent your confidence in God, the more abundantly you will receive all that you ask.”

Which brings me to the reason I wrote this book, and titled it, Keeping The Promise.

I believe in the power of prayer, and I have confidence in God, my angels, and one particular Saint, namely Gerard whose name was given to me as my Confirmation name, by a dear relative on my mother’s side by the name of Joyce, my Confirmation Sponsor.

Whenever I’ve found myself in a situation that I could not see a way out of, or whatever it was I was attempting to do to make things better for myself, but not succeeding, I would turn to prayer. Heavy-duty prayer. It was something my mother instilled in me. She was forever faithful to The Sacred Heart of Jesus, and I believe she prayed a lot. I’m fairly certain that she prayed to be healed of cancer. Clearly, not all her prayers were answered.

Over the decades I have relied on one prayer in particular – The Saint Jude’s Novena, whenever I could find no way out of a particular situation on my own. To be clear, I am one to use all my own means, my own God-given talents to make my hopes, dreams, wishes and situations come true for myself before rushing to have the Saints and my Angels help me out. I do acknowledge their help and guidance and intercessions with The Almighty and Powers That Be. But sometimes “I” am not always enough. Sometimes it’s a matter of timing. But always, it’s a matter of Faith.

For the record….The St. Jude’s Novena is a prayer that is to be said nine times a day, for nine days, and by the eighth day your prayer will be answered. Publication must be promised. And while I have permanently published the St. Jude’s Novena on my two websites, perhaps the prayer needs to be published anew for what I am asking to be answered this time around. And my prayers have been answered when I said this prayer, but not every time.

To be clear, it never hurts to try, or to have hope that one’s prayers will be answered.

Again, as St. Albert The Great once said, “The greater and more persistent your confidence in God, the more abundantly you will receive all that you ask.”

And those who know me will tell you, I am quite persistent.

Chapter Two – Hopelessly Hopeful

Periodically through life I’ve found myself crying and praying, and then crying and praying some more. I have to be honest and say that at times the St. Jude’s Novena hasn’t always helped, at least not exactly in the way I had asked for it to, or clearly in that eight day time frame. And eventually I’d end up crying and praying some more. But with each set of prayers said, it seems that a plan was in place and everything happened, or played out just the way it was supposed to.

And, may I add, not a moment before it was supposed to. Patience is a must-have.

So I continue to be hopelessly hopeful that I’m still on the right path, and that my prayers will be answered. Because clearly they have been, over the years. It always reminds me of something I once read by an unknown author…

“When one door closes, another one opens, even though sometimes it’s hell in the hallway.”

I am hopelessly hopeful that I will one day soon, get the hell out of what seems like an extremely long hallway.

It has also been said, again author unknown, that you’ve got to go through hell before you get to heaven. Well, okay, maybe I heard that in a song by The Steve Miller Band…

But what I’d like to know is, how many mile posts through hell are we talking about here, and why can’t we ever see the “entering heaven” sign from wherever we are at the moment?

Chapter Three – You Gotta BELIEVE

I know everyone has their beliefs, which differ from person to person. Some people don’t even believe in God, let alone His Helpers, otherwise known as Angels, Saints and Nuns.

But I do. Always have, always will. I truly believe they all had a divine helping hand in getting me to where I am today.

My prayers aren’t always answered, at least not in the way I expected them to be. but I do believe God has a plan for me. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here in the first place, now would I?

I’ve got to believe I was brought here, put in this physical body for a reason, to help others and to learn lessons that I didn’t master the last time I was here. Apparently our spirit gets several tries to get it “right”. Which would be the epitome of “do-overs” you could say, until we’re allowed to move up to the next level.

Chapter Four – We the Superstitious

I come from a family of superstitious people, and verbally these superstitions were passed down to me. But just like generations before me, and generations before them, people were merely observing patterns and making notations of the outcome. If something happened enough times with the same outcome people began to rely on these outcomes as something to be expected or else be fairly predictable. And these observations became a warning to others to stay vigilant, to observe, and perhaps learn. I too am observant, I love to learn new things. And yes…

I am superstitious. I believe, and have faith…in a higher power that will answer a prayer, if said nine times a day for nine days, and if I promise publication of this particular prayer.

So, without further adieu, and because publication must be promised, and this is me, keeping the promise…


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Amen.

Dear Reader, I sincerely hope your prayers are answered. But if they don’t appear to be when you expect them to be or you don’t get exactly what you were praying for, just keep praying, because it never hurts to stay hopeful and just keep trying. I wish you peace.

Author’s Note: I had originally titled this short book, Because I Said I Would. I always check to see how many other BOOKS might have the same title, and I found none. It wasn’t until after I published the book with the title, Because I Said I Would, I was alerted there was a non-profit organization by the name of - because I said I would® When I saw the Registered Trademark symbol, I knew that the title was off-limits for my book and promptly attempted to contact the organizer of this wonderful organization to say that I would be taking down my book that was previously titled with the same name as the organization.

I would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to look at this non-profit organization which seems to be making great strides around the world.

They will be publishing their book, “because I said I would” later this year. Currently, you can pre-order it. They’ve got other great items also. I wish this organization and all the people involved with it continued success. kTd

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