• Eric’s Promise + Marian High School = LOVE

    20 years ago. The Ripples of Eric.

    When we combine our love with our faith, we are unstoppable. God orchestrates it all.

    “Another View,” God keeps showing me. It is a view from Eric’s sister, being me.

    My mom is always nudging and supporting me every step of the way. She has always encouraged me to Show Up publicly for Eric. I always had in my own way but God now says to me, “I am holding your hand. It is time to build, to lead, to encourage and to do so in a light that you’ve never seen before. I got you. It is time to walk.”

    The View:

    As my family was blinded and sinking in grief due to Eric’s death on Valentine’s Day 2002, unknown to us at the time, the Marian Community was keeping Eric’s Promise, “to be more giving.” Eric was and is being kept alive through the Holy Spirit.

    The sign in the above picture says, “Eric’s Promise – Bring Food, Clothing and Household Items by April 16th.” This picture was taken about a month after Eric’s death and was the marquee outside of Marian High School’s entrance. The Marian community was living and is still living Eric’s Promise, “to be more giving.”

    One of the ways that Eric decided to be more giving occurred the night before he died. He had cleaned his room and gathered several bags of clothes that he wanted to donate to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Dying the next day, he wasn’t able to deliver them and my mom ended up doing so. The students of Marian received the message of Eric’s heart and with the help of leadership within the school…our family was invited to a Memorial Mass shortly after Eric died. During the offertory of this Mass, the students started carrying up hundreds of bags filled with gently used items to the altar. I remember this like it was yesterday. I remember realizing that they were keeping Eric’s Promise! I just started bawling from pure joy, disbelief and grief. It was the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen.

    It meant that they loved my brother! That is all this big sister ever wanted for him. I wanted him to be loved, cared for, seen, respected and honored. I wanted these things as he lived here physically and my wish has always been for these same things to continue after his death. My wish came true the moment he died. For a young man who loved so greatly would never be forgotten. Not only that but he would be honored and is so.

    From then on, I witnessed my mom traveling to Medjugorje later that year. She saw the Host of Jesus Christ within the sun. The Holy Trinity was calling out to her and she listened. She knew then that Eric’s Promise would continue to live on. When my mom returned home, she made the moves, the connections and reached out to all that God had guided her to do. She SHOWED UP.

    20 years later, Eric’s Promise is still going strong. One amazing highlight is Marian High School spicing things up with a 5 week Acts of Kindness challenge, in remembrance of Eric.

    I will be speaking to Marian on Ash Wednesday 2022 to kick off 20 years of Eric’s Promise! I won’t be filling my Mom’s shoes because God gave me my own to walk in.

    Amen. So it remains, forevermore!


  • Eric’s Promise – “to be more giving” – Thank You.

    February 13, 2022

    To mark this 20 year anniversary, I invite you to renew Eric’s Promise, “to be more giving.”

    Here is who, what, when, where, why and how:

    Let’s keep it simple.

    As Eric’s sister, I humbly received the torch from my Mom, Mary Molnar, to shine bright, so here is the guiding light, sow to speak (pun intended):

    Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.

    “Eric was just like any other student on Ash Wednesday (2-13-2002). He attended Mass at school that day and received ashes to his forehead. But, Eric also made a conscious decision to be more giving. It was something he decided on his own, not something I said he should do,” said Mary Molnar of her son’s special Lenten promise that year. “He was a big candy lover. He always gave up candy for Lent, so I took his Lenten promise that year to be more of a life changing effort on his part, not just something you do for Lent and forget about.” (The Vincentian Word, Winter 2005)

    Eric’s Promise, “to be more giving” was then created and solidified in my Mom’s heart, as of Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2002. Now, being 20 years later, to date.

    Eric Henry, 17 years old, ended up passing away the very next day, Valentine’s Day 2002, in a single car accident.

    • “Have we ever been so focused on what really matters in life and what doesn’t?” (Principal’s Corner – Joe Brettnacher – Marian High School, 2002)

    • Helping to lessen the suffering of others, through acts of kindness, is what Eric’s Promise is all about. Eric made a promise, “to be more giving” and this sacred covenant is all encompassing.

    Saint Mother Teresa tells us that there are 5 sufferings: “Physical. Mental. Spiritual. Emotional. Financial.”

    Timeframe: Ash Wednesday through Easter (and beyond if you feel moved to do so)

    Ways to Participate: (Remember that you must be stronger than your excuses)

    • Create cards, for any time of the year, and send to any Life Center. Words of encouragement and compassion are to be included. Whether it is a quote, a drawing, uplifting photos with a short message, craft, poem, short story, letter of endearment, etc. Use your imagination. Tap into your gifts of creativity.
    • Use the power of technology by hosting a virtual music concert, focused on encouragement and compassion, for any Life Center.
    • Have a pow-wow amongst Student Council, Scout Groups, Youth Groups of all kinds, CCD classes etc. and create a class project, a school project or even a community project in how “to be more giving.”
    • Examples of Life Centers are Hospitals, Homeless Centers, Abuse Shelters, Addiction Rehabilitation Centers, Foster Homes, any Life Transitioning Center, any and all Elderly Care Centers, Prisons, Homes for the Disabled and Charities that support single mothers. The list goes on. Just pick one and GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT.

    “Eric will continue to make himself known to us, for he remains “alive in Christ.”” (1 Cor 15:22; Col 3:3) (Principal’s Corner – Joe Brettnacher – Marian High School, 2002)

    With Gratitude, Eric’s sister

    I dedicate the Renewal of Eric’s Promise to my Faith; my Mother, Mary Molnar; The communities, near and far, that have kept his promise going…

  • Plan Bee – “Bridging the Gap”

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    How do we bridge the gap and what does this actually mean? To me, it is about celebrating more of what we have in common rather than what separates us. It is easy to talk negative about someone or something and this is also coward like behavior. Bee Kind.

    1. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.
    2. Treat others like you want to be treated.
    3. Throw out defining someone by the way they look.
    4. Toss out the notion that people don’t change.
    5. Get rid of stereotypes.
    6. Give someone a compliment instead of judging them.
    7. There are infinite ways to climb the mountain. Your way is not “the right way.” Your way is “a way.” Really, this life is about how well you loved.

  • Infinite Season of “Let’s Do This.”

    A Book I Bought and Passed On

    So many things but I’m just going to let what needs to be conveyed flow out of me.

    Today, yet not even today. “It is finished,” God says. The way I see God is a gift and I’m not going to hide it anymore. We are called to spread the good news. This good news though comes in Infinite Forms.

    Keep your distance in a respectful manner but at the same time speak on it. “It” meaning the entire reason why we are alive!!! We all look for meaning whether on purpose or not. Whether subconsciously or not. Go Where God sends you and you will find it. You will discover, without a doubt, why you’re here, breathing.

    No matter how absurd a thought is or what you “hear” is, do it. This is a infinite season of “Let’s Do This.” If you’re reading this, you better believe that God is yelling at you right now. Right here. What’s in your heart? What’s in your soul? What are you called to do that you are scared to do? Whatever that is, just take the next step. Legit.

    Practice makes perfect. One step at a time, you will always succeed. God won’t show you the big picture because you’d say NO! God shows you the next step and you have the choice to say Yes countless times. The more you say yes, the greater the light in you becomes.

    Much Love, Melissa

  • “Setting the World on Fire”…with Saints and Joy Justice

    Acrylic on canvas. 2022. Justice is the name of the game but not revenge, simply Joy Justice.

    Saint Philip of Neri, Patron Saint of Joy, came to me October 2021, as I prayed my first Novena ever. I shouted his name last week (September 2022) in the group rosary at ND, for an intention to rid all that was stirring. Tonight I feel he has won. Innocence remains of the once storm that came barreling through. ☺️

    I was feeling vibes that shouldn’t have been around so thought it over and over about what to do. I then remembered my visit with the beautiful cloister nun at the Monastery of the Poor Saint Clare’s on July 4th weekend of 2021. She says to me, “Remember it’s all about Joy!”

    You know, we all have our own reality going on yet we all share one as well.

    Let’s breathe together. Let’s sit together without talking. Let’s surround ourselves with Nature and then my friends, truth will seep out of every cell. Love will surely show itself and there will be nowhere to run. That’s what we all do right? Run away from truth. Distract ourselves with fake relationships, media of any kind and fears of things that are not even real. Fear is a Liar. Joy is Truth.

    There’s a reason why “My Truth” is tattooed on my back.

    There isn’t anyone that has carved a path within this world that matches my mind, heart and soul.

    Do I dare carve a new one and with Eric’s Promise? You better believe it.

    When we are ready to see, God opens our eyes to Truth.

    It all ends with us leading eachother home.

    The last word.
    Much Love, Melissa, Eric’s sister

  • The Tree of Life, JC

    8-28-2022 – Feast Day of Saint Augustine

    Yesterday, as I firmly realized that this being week 22 of Ordinary Time, it was sealed that this is officially full access to the Tree of Life Season and forevermore.

    The first post I see this morning is from Pulse Radio and it speaks about Wisdom, it being feminine and it being The Tree itself.

    This morning, as I drink my coffee and say the rosary (feminine wisdom) I realize that the Tree of Life for me is Jesus on the Cross. His blood soaking the ground, rooting in the soil.

    The Tree of Life is His death, afterlife and what that signifies, what that means for our World. It means Hope. It means we have a pure example of how to live. It doesn’t give us the Why but it does gives us the Compass.

    The Tree of Life is not some mystical creation outside of this.
    It is merely the love that God has given us through human example and form.

    Those that persecuted him actually made this gift come true.

    Remember, everything is in our favor when we believe in the Sacrifice of Jesus and his Resurrection. When we stay close to The Word, seeking it with our whole heart, mind and soul, we become part of the Divine Will. All things are orchestrated. Just stay focused on living it out by bringing all of his love within.

    Much Love, Melissa

  • The Right to Life

    When God opens up the door, you’ll know. Things will go and run smoothly. There will be no computer glitches or people dropping the battle or ball. No matter what anyone says, I’ve seen the race, the marathon and when the baton is ready to be passed on, nothing will or can stop it. 😍

    Our Lady of Fatima has officially transferred over to Our Lady of Guadalupe and today of all days.

    Watch God Work. Always but there comes a time when he amps it all UP, like nobody’s business. Giggles come. Dancing thrives and knowing of all knowing infuses our every breath, our every step and every single thing in our existence. Our Prayers are answered and they bomb every corner of our lives. Nothing is left undone. 🎯🌹

    Writing, God Says. It’s time. I’ve been publically writing for as long as I’ve been divorced, so almost 10 years, but I’ve journaled ever since I was a little girl. Writing has always been a passion of mine, a way out of human made prisons. A way to break free.

    Heart Matters, God says. Things that people feel but never say because society says to shut up and sit down. No. I will not sit any longer. Whatever comes around, God will take care it. I just need to keep writing, keep connecting to Jesus, Heavenly Ma, the Saints, Angels and Archangels of Heaven, the Holy Spirit, God and painting. Period. Spirit has a job to do and it has my name on it.

    So it is.

    Life has finally arrived.

    Love. Light. Create. Unite.
    Melissa, Eric’s sister

  • Miracle of the Sun

    This painting came to me through the Grotto of Notre Dame, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Lent, Eric’s Promise and more than any human can possibly understand or even begin to explain.

    What I can say is:

    The recipient of this painting has this message to share:

    “My husband and I felt moved to ask Melissa to paint Our Lady of Fatima with the Shepherd Children after seeing one of her Marian paintings in a friend’s home. We visited Fatima in 2016 and prayed fervently that our marriage would be blessed with a child. It was over a year later that we finally experienced the joy of a positive pregnancy test. The date was May 13, 2017. It was the centennial of Mary’s first apparition at Fatima on May 13, 1917, and it was also Mother’s Day. A sure sign, we believe, of Our Lady’s intercession.

    We are so grateful to Melissa that we now have a painting for our children’s play room that invites them into a prayerful relationship with Christ, Our Lady, and the Shepherd Children. We look forward to sharing our Fatima story with our three boys as they get older, and we hope Our Lady will draw them closer to the Cross, as She has for us.

    The opportunity to learn about and support Eric’s Promise was an unexpected blessing as we collaborated on this painting. Melissa’s loving devotion to Eric’s legacy is a beautiful reminder of Christ’s loving presence in our world, and we hope to grow in holiness as we strive to live out Eric’s promise “to be more giving” in our own lives!”

    The request to paint this showed itself on Palm Sunday. Earlier that day I felt moved to go to the Grotto of Notre Dame to Pray to Our Lady of Fatima. Goosebumps. Our Lady was rushing into my own life, for the first time and in a big way.

    This Holy Week of Lent marked 20 years for Eric’s Promise and it was my turn to step up and hit home runs and grand slams with Jesus. In doing so The Holy Spirit says, ”Bring all the gifts to the table. There is no time to waste. Let us make a feast for all to eat.”

    My family roots had set the table.

    Grandma, God Bless her soul, has been teaching me all about the Saints, the Rosary and sacred prayers. I have been teaching her about Saints and God’s magic too in return.

    Just in time, she has introduced me to her 69 year old prayer book. You see, I have been working very hard on tapping into the Sacred Masculine of the world for years and it has finally come to fruition and full circle. Father’s day weekend even. Grandma let me blind open her prayer book. I turned to the Litany of Loretto. Little does anyone know that at the height of sacred signs before Lent 2022, the word Loretto showed itself. Right away, I knew this word was key so started to research. In part I found out that it had to do with the divine staircase that was built with no nails in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The Sisters of Loretto were praying a Novena to Saint Joseph and on the ninth and last day a mystery man carpenter came to help them connect the first floor to the choir, on the second floor of the church. The man built a Helix staircase and disappeared.

    The Blood of Jesus Christ. Helix.

    In Catholic tradition, June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am learning this for the first time. New eyes are sometimes the best eyes. Raw Wonder. I am infused with child like awe. Gratitude to the highest degree. Excited to see what it means for my life and everything that I am connected to. If you have studied anything on how the universe works, you’d understand that, in turn, that would mean everything. 🙏🏻

  • Sanctified Life

    Every drop of rain contains a magnitude of change 

    Every ray of sun contains a magnitude of vitality 

    A book she sees, accompanied by another view  

    Every sunrise contains a magnitude of new beginnings  

    Every tree contains a magnitude of silent songs 

    A walk she sees, accompanied by faith

    Every mountain contains a magnitude of choices 

    Every maze contains a magnitude of answered questions 

    A trail she sees, accompanied by wisdom 

    Every sunset contains a magnitude of endings  

    Every flower contains a magnitude of fragility 

    A quest she sees, accompanied by the circle of life 

    Every web contains a magnitude of interconnections  

    Every bird contains a magnitude of guidance 

    A helper she sees, accompanied by surpassing space and time 

    Every moment contains a magnitude of gratitude 

    Every gesture contains a magnitude of kindness 

    A present she sees, accompanied by purpose 

    Every meeting contains a magnitude of miracles 

    Every prayer contains a magnitude of magic 

    A God she sees, accompanied by love

    Gratitude, Melissa

  • Generating Energy – Pour it All Out

    Stay focused. Pick the feeling of the Divine Will and pour it all out.

    Believe. Pick the feeling of believing in the Divine Providence and pour it all out.

    Surrender. Pick the feeling of selfless breathing and pour it all out.

    Bliss. Pick the feeling of miraculous knowing and pour it all out.

    Humble Observation. Pick the feeling of being God’s witness and pour it all out.

    Listening to Spirit. Pick the feeling of Watching Divine Orchestration and pour it all out.

    Sacrifice. Goosebumps. Pick the feeling of giving your life to the Greater Good and pour it all out.

    Determination. Pick the feeling of steadfast rock and pour it all out.

    Amen. So it remains.

  • A Broad View

    Clear view

    Another view

    Broad View

    Very soon, being that I am in the Wheel, maybe even today, the answers and logical sense will appear from a enormous classification of signs that I have put in my back pocket. Spirit is loud. Everything Holy and Divine that is. Already, starting yesterday, things have started to make sense. This wave of beauty is sure to continue without pause or rest.

    Starting 1 day ago, the words Clear View showed themselves as I was starting a Physical Therapy routine. It was amazing how it unfolded. After 44 minutes of dedicating myself to physical strength, the mental strength immediately followed and carried me through a good portion of the day. I am rebuilding my temple and soon enough this physical therapy will provide a mental strength that never expires.

    The words Another View showed themselves when I joined a group of women entrepreneurs for an evening last year. It came through on a pencil and I have been drawing with this pencil ever since. Ultimately, the epiphany of Jesus came through. It was paired with understanding that the only true thing I have in common with others is where our Source of light comes. Even then it’s not always the same source though but maybe it is actually and we all call it a different name. We all identify it as we see fit for our own hearts, our own minds and our own souls. Therefore, let’s all remember this when speaking to eachother about what love is. The way you love is different than the way I love and so on and so forth. There is not always a clear knowing of love and light though due to our limited perceptions of experiencing life. Some of this is due to trauma which in turns makes the blinds turn on and in full force. When the blinders are on, all we are capable of seeing is our own suffering. Therefore, once again and in other words, how other people perceive you is not your truth, it’s their truth.

    The words Broad View showed themselves this morning. As I awoke early this morning, the knowing began with starting the Beach Walk journey in my town of roots. I see silence, a sunrise, the Sun King, reflections of light, waves of peace, birds singing and Nature celebrating at the pace of my every step. In other words, I am drawing closer to my Harvester aka my Creator by the second and with this as my way, the only possible and absolute outcome is The Way Maker being present. For this, I am humbled and grateful.

    A light, a twinkling shimmer arose from the abyss and has placed itself right in my eyes.

    Much Love. Melissa, Eric’s sister

  • Eric’s Promise – Walking the Walk

  • “More Care”

    Amen. Happy Feast Day of Saint Joseph.