Thought For The Day 09/10/12


Living and Remembering

“A Day That Will Live In Infamy”!


Collapse…..The South Tower falls.
James Nachtwey, Photographer for TIME Magazine,29307,1660644,00.html#ixzz25zJyn5WT


There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go. 

Author Unknown


This time of the year is an especially difficult one for our family, as well as thousands upon thousands of other families worldwide. Now for us it began September 7th, 2001, and it culminated with September 11th, 2001, the 11th anniversary of which occurs tomorrow. And while I need hardly remind you all of the importance of the second, it is more the first that I should talk about. In fact, I wrote of that day as a tribute to my mother-in-law in 2011 and which I will reprint now, for those who may not have been following my posts back then!


 The Miracle of Family  


Remembering Margaret

Originally posted April 17th, 2011


This is about my wonderful mother-in-law, Margaret Bruscella. She was a little bitty thing at 4’11”, with a heart as big as the moon and a true Italian matriarch. When I met her in 1973, she didn’t quite know what to make of this 18-year-old girl her son had brought home. I wasn’t Italian, or Catholic or from Staten Island but if I was good enough for her son, the entire family would just have to learn to love me! She embraced me and taught me all she could about the family and it’s traditions.


In the kitchen, she taught me to make her Sunday “gravy” (spaghetti sauce) and she made me love all things Italian. She and my father-in-law were fortunate enough to travel the world and she made frequent pilgrimages to the Holy Lands. She walked from her house to her church (about 1/4 mile) every day to worship and could hold her grandchildren for hours at a time in her arms. Margaret was famous for her holiday feasts when the entire family, sometimes 2 dozen people or more, would gather together. One year, the “great American pie fight” took place in her basement, started when Grandma Balbo (Margaret’s mother) dared Uncle Mike Balbo (Margaret’s brother) to hit her in the face with a piece of pie…and he did! Soon pies were flying everywhere…the pies my mother-in-law had spent days making!


In her later years, health declining from complications from kidney disease which necessitated dialysis and breast cancer, she prayed for guidance from God. She was tired and ready to join the Lord and the man she loved with all her heart, my father in law, in the kingdom of heaven. The entire family traveled to Staten Island on 8/24/01 to celebrate her 90th birthday. It was the last time most saw her alive. She passed away 9/7/01, all according to God’s plan because, even in death, this remarkable woman, and devout Catholic, was a savior. Her funeral was 9/11/01. Many in our family worked in lower Manhattan, in and around the World Trade Center, but because we were celebrating her life that fateful Tuesday, most were spared! She was, and always will be an example of all things good and I now share everything she taught me about family, traditions and all things Italian with my grandson, Landon and he absolutely loves grandma’s Sunday “gravy”!

I wrote this story about my mother-in-law for a Mother’s Day contest in 2010.


I wrote this to make a point. There is a lesson to be learned in the remembering of what has clearly been the greatest tragedy for our nation since the losses we suffered at Pearl Harbor, 60 years prior. Even today the wounds from that day are so fresh that I can not bear to watch the hundreds of documentaries that are aired by every channel on television. And just as I can not watch them, my husband can not tear his eyes from the screen. For him I think it is his way of remembering the many miracles that actually took place that day….and not just the ones for which my mother-in-law was personally responsible for. I am thinking of the untold thousands of other stories from that day! I am thinking of the miracle of the thousands who did manage to escape from the twin towers that morning. I am thinking of the miracle that so few were lost at the Pentagon. I am thinking of the miracle that the sacrifice of all of the heroes aboard Flight 93 gifted our country with by their heroism and their deaths in a field in Pennsylvania, which surely spared the lives of our American leaders, including our President. And because of these miracles, we will, as a family, celebrate what God has gifted those of us who lived through that day with, by celebrating a joyful and joy filled day at the circus which will be Landon’s first experience with jugglers and clowns, and wild animals, and popcorn, and cotton candy. You see, that was what those who died that day, have gifted all of humanity with by their sacrifice…….the ability for each of us to spend time with our near and dear as we LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE one another!


And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.

Hebrews 2:4 NLT


Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry


About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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