Christian Real Estate Professionals : Fran's Friday Forum...NO COINCIDENCES...!!!

Fran's Friday Forum...NO COINCIDENCES...!!!

I was reflecting recently on my ancestors leaving their homeland in ITALY some 106 years ago...!!!

Actually, my Grandfather, whom I never met (he died when my father was 10 years old), landed at Ellis Island on March 17, 1906...!!!

How ironic, I thought, to have landed on the shores of a New Land on the feast of Saint Patrick, patron Saint of The Irish, who would be the main group to ridicule and taunt this next generation of Italian Immigrants as they settled their families in this great Country of ours...!!!

It was the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the hay day of the Industrial Revolution, and America was enacting special immigration laws making it easy for laborers, skilled and unskilled, to assist them in developing this land of opportunity...Railroad Systems, Steel Plants, Automobiles, Airplanes, Tool Manufacturing, Road and Bridge building...and occupations which would support these new industries...Tailors, Barbers, Butchers, Bakers, Farmers, Grocers, etc...

AMERICA, was indeed extending its arms of WELCOME to this latest wave of Immigrants from the Italian Nation...

Why did our ancestors leave such a beautiful place in North Central Italy to risk resettling their families in a New Land and giving up the Culture of centuries of their ancestors...???

Remember, in the early 20th Century most people in the World were still illiterate, uneducated, unable to read or write, and were being asked to make the switch from a rural, farm based, bucolic existence to a factory, assembly line based, capital driven system...

Since this post is not intended to be a treatise on the merits or downsides of labor, industry, progress, capitalism, unionism, or the like...suffice it to say that many of these illiterate immigrants may have turned out to be prophets...

Could they have been listening to that ‘wee, small voice’,so characteristic of how God often answers prayer...??? Were they being motivated by a desire to join the adventure, promise, prosperity, freedom, and hope that this new land, AMERICA, offered...

I like to believe that these simple, hard working, family oriented, religious ancestors of mine kept The Lord at the CENTER OF THEIR LIVES...and made decisions reflecting those priorities...

In any event, in coming to AMERICA, they avoided 2 World Wars, both fought on their former soil, a world wide flu epidemic which took the lives of millions of Europeans, Fascism, Nazism, Communism, Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin...!!!

It seems that as long as we keep God at THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES, we don’t succumb to dumb science, false hope, materialism, diabolic schemes and the like...

The God Whom We Worship is also not without a sense of humor, however...our youngest child, ASHLEY SIENA, was born on August 28...8:28...One of my favorite Scripture Passages from the Book Of Romans...

As we prepare to celebrate the Baptism of our youngest Grandchild, the newest Gaspari, MACLYN JANE, this Sunday...COINCIDENCE...??? OR DIVINE PROVIDENCE...!!!

Have a great weekend...!!!

 



 

Comment balloon 7 commentsFran Gaspari • March 16 2012 07:03AM

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Beautifully written and so much graciousness.  With all that you said, makes me wonder why so many people from other lands were welcome in the 1900's but aren't now.  I always considered America a melting pot - your ancestors, my ancestors, etc. But now our world wants to be selective as to who they let in.  It didn't matter that your kin was unknowledgeable or illiterate. And according to our upcoming candidates running for government offices - that isn't acceptable. Money welcome, educated only... Not real Christian is it?   

Posted by Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ) about 7 years ago

Suzanne,

Thanks for your gracious comment...!!! Lest you were lead to believe that Immigration laws weren't enforced back then, my Grandmother, who never learned how to speak English, never became a Naturalized citizen. Up until the year she died, we had to 'register' her annually as a 'legal alien'...!!!

Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 7 years ago

I know my father came her for a better life. My uncle said the same thing. As a first generation all the old folks all were looking for, "abtter life" And of course they also were told the streets were paved with gold !! Nice post Fran good topic

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 7 years ago

Charlie,

Still, they must have had a lot of guts, or else they may have felt they had nothing to lose...!!! In either case, thank God for you and me they did what they did...!!!

Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 7 years ago

I love the historical perspective you put into this coming to America post Fran and thinking about our blessings. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 7 years ago

Fran, Definitely God is making some statement. He always is, it's just up to us to dicipher them everyday. Congratulations and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

Posted by Bob & Bonnie Horning about 7 years ago

Gary: Thanks for stopping by and your comment...!!!

Bob & Bonnie: Yes, let's keep Him CENTER STAGE...!!!

Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 7 years ago

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