The Gospel for today’s mass (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23) was the story of Joseph’s warning by an angel in a dream to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. It reminded me of several Bible stories where people were forewarned or given messages from God through a dream. Have you ever had a dream like that?
I know people dream every night. Each morning I wake up and usually have no memory of my dreams. If I do have a recollection it is usually a very “foggy” memory and forgotten not long after awakening. But…. sometimes I have a dream that is so vivid in my mind, it is as if it actually happened. Upon awakening, I have such clarity as to the events and message of the dream that I just know it was more than a dream. On these rare occasions, I believe with all my heart that the dream was a heavenly message and usually it is meant to be shared.
This is an example of a “heavenly message” dream.
Here in Cajun country, there are certain people who are known as “traiteurs” or treaters. The practice of treating was more common when I was a child. This type of “folk medicine” primarily involved the use of holy water and prayers. I knew a traiteur personally, my mother’s sister; we called her Me-Me. Me-Me treated people for headaches, high fever and sunstroke. I can remember being prayed over by Me-Me as a child, and I did bring my daughter to her to be treated for sunstroke once. Me-Me passed away several years ago. She loved her Catholic faith and prayed her rosary almost constantly. Her six children were all grown with kids and grandkids of their own when Me-Me passed away. Unfortunately, her family was divided. All her prayers and rosaries could not heal the broken bonds….it was a great sorrow for her to bear.
One night Me-Me came to me in a dream. In this dream I was a child and playing in the home where Me-Me and her husband raised their children. All her children were adults and sitting in her living room. I understood that they were trying to pray a family rosary together; however Me-Me was not in the room and her children sent me to find her and hurry her up. I remember them quarreling and they did not seem happy to be in the room together. I found her in the bedroom getting dressed. I walked over to a window and looked outside; it was getting dark out. I heard Me-Me tell me, “You tell them to not wait for me, they need to say the rosary without me.” It began to storm outside. I turned and looked at Me-Me. Very sternly she spoke to me, “A STORM IS COMING! YOU PRAY YOUR ROSARY EVERY DAY!”
The dream ended. I awoke still feeling like the little child in the dream, frightened and filled with wonder. I felt that the dream had two purposes. I needed to get a message to Me-Me’s children that she wanted them to pray, and pray together. I also knew that I was being warned of a “storm”. I do not believe Me-Me was talking about the weather. I believe she was warning me that everyone needs to pray every day because of a coming crisis that is going to affect this country; maybe even the entire world.
Since the birth of my youngest child (who is now 21), I have had a few “heavenly messages”. I always take them very seriously as I see them as a blessing and a gift from above. God is the Father of all of us. He communicates with us all. He uses dreams, signs, people, angels…whatever is available. We only have to open our hearts and minds to His love and guidance. We must have faith. He never stops loving us, never gives up on us, and He is never silent. Listen to Him.