- The amazing story of the 13 becoming Catholic!
- Our marriage stories - "The world needs LIGHTS!"
- John's cancer stories
- Now the stories of John's 4 sisters...Ruth, Nancy, Maria, and Susan/Little Sister Hallel!
- Susan Angela Agnes/Little Sister Hallel - the story of a Call
- The story of little Lamb - grandson Patrick
Friday, June 21, 2019
I will not be writing much here today as I am home for only a short day til I am leaving for a 3 day retreat with Pat and John in tow. How I wish that I could write my heart out about the glorious days filled with powerful Faith moments including mass and an hour with Jesus in the monstrance each day, and the best family time with daughter #3 and #4 in Kansas City.
Maria arrived half a day later due to a flat tire on the way, which added hours to their trip from Minneapolis. They did get to evangelize to the highway patrolman... he is expecting #4 maybe seeing Maria with her wonderful 6 will bring more lights into the world?
My dad went into the hospital while I was in KC... it was wonderful to put the litany of our families - all 225 in the monstrance with Jesus! So much peace and love as we give all the control to Him!
I am feeling a bit overwhelmed today with such a small window to accomplish so much... I called a friend to impress her with my woes and she shared her situations over the last week... by far much more than mine! Much like the saga of St Paul today in the first reading from 2 Corinthians 11... beatings, shipwrecked, stoned and left for dead,...in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights. Working these retreats we just expect those sleepless nights!
My Lord and My God!
Jesus, go forth with me now - come Holy Spirit and bring all those attending this weekend closer to your heart burning with love for us! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
We just found out that Hallel spent 3 days in the hospital for shingles getting an anti-viral IV. She is on the mend, but her mom is wanting to see her for myself as well as my military family, whom I haven't seen for over 2 1/2 months! I am so excited to have precious time with daughter #3 and #4 in Kansas City. All of us are living with the Little Sisters in the Monastery for 2 days!
Jesus, we love you and long to share our Faith with great JOY as a family filled with LOVE/LIGHT/LIFE as we embrace our Most Cherished Cross! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless all of our travels over these next few days and this upcoming TEC retreat this weekend. Bless Bobbi, and Jude as Bobbi returns to work today. We are kept on our knees in prayers without ceasing! Bless-bless, Barb and our family
Monday, June 17, 2019
2 1/2 month old Jude Dale on his grandpa's shoulders while on his second big trip... this time to Colorado for Father's Day weekend. His dad's Twins hat allowing him to be in the shade and look back at mom and dad behind him.
I am given permission to share here briefly today with so much coming at me with this new week! As Pat pointed out that if he told me not to write I would have had a meltdown, and that is quite true! It did give me some joy that he said he realizes how important sharing here is for me... thanks, Honey!
Another Father's Day shirt and adorable smiling face...
I am still so touched to hear from our amazing Father Craig as he is in Rome with 2 other young amazing priests and 25 youth and that he is lifting up John there as we all pray for the Lord to be with him as he is returning to school as a radiology Tec and his future work in supporting his family!
Love this of Paul with his 6 yesterday and how it portrays raising 6 kids on the farm and just through life is big and self- sacrificing on his part and Ruth's, Isn't that what the Lord asks of us? To die to self so that He may live and work and teach and heal and love in this world? And how this world of sin and darkness needs the many lights we bring into this world!!!
At the Twins game yesterday!
St Paul today speaks so much about how in our dying to self/suffering and persecution...through much endurance,in afflictions, hardships, constraints,
beatings, imprisonments, riots,
labors, vigils, fasts; 2 Corinthians 6
How are all these hardships accomplished as we are weak and sinful ourselves?
"...by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,
in the power of God;
with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left..."
Yes, we are called to give him our all and He is in control as he sends the Holy Spirit to give us the grace to love and serve without counting the cost!
Soon these two chubby boys will be united with their cousin in the middle... 3 weeks older than Jude and 3 weeks younger than George... Hector!
Hector yesterday... he used to have hair like Jude, but looks like he is joining George in the lack of hair department. But equally chubby and adorable! Grandma can't wait to get the 3 of them together and have family time supreme!
Hector seems to love the idea too!!!
Maria getting through the airport with 6 kids in tow is giving me lots to pray about tomorrow. I will in my chapel on wheels heading down to KC to be there when they get off the plane in the Cities and drive 7 hours to spend two days with Hallel and The Community of the Lamb! Lord, keep us all safe... guardian angels watch out for each one of us! Bless-bless, Barb
"The Eucharist is the summit of God's saving action:
the Lord Jesus, by becoming bread broken for us,
pours upon us all of His mercy and His love,
so as to renew our hearts, our lives,
and our way of relating with Him and with the brethren.
It is for this reason that commonly, when we approach this Sacrament,
we speak of 'receiving Communion,' of 'taking Communion':
this means that by the power of the Holy Spirit, participation in
Holy Communion conforms us in a singular and profound way to Christ,
giving us a foretaste already now of the full communion with the Father
that characterizes the heavenly banquet, where together with all the Saints
we will have the joy of contemplating God face to face."
Sunday, June 16, 2019
The Holy Trinity "found delight in the human race" on Father's Day 2019! John's first Father's Day 10 years later!
Sharing mass with one daughter this morning... oldest Ruth with her youngest, Joy. The others are scattered far and wide, with plans to gather in the next two weeks! The excitement is building.
Wishing all the father's out there a blessed Father's Day.
Prayer for Fathers -
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. (from Pope John XXIII)
I loved this from the first reading Proverbs 8... it speaks of God creating the world with His Son and Holy Spirit...
"I beside him as his craftsman,
and I was his delight day by day,
playing before him all the while,
playing on the surface of his earth;
and I found delight in the human race."
What a vision of God with his Son playing on the surface of the earth, but most of all..."I found delight in the human race." How He loves us to the point of giving his perfect sinless life for us as the unblemished Lamb of God!
Such a wonderful dad he is!!! Bill and Nancy have 3 others waiting for them in heaven... two losses in the years between Josephine and 3 month old George!
One of the most precious pictures I sent to Father Craig yesterday for this 10th anniversary of John's healing from brain cancer! The anointing of the sick just before he was taken for his brain biopsy! How the Lord ministered to us through our amazing Father Craig!
In France for Hallel and John!
He took John into the baths at Lourdes for the miraculous waters to be poured on his head where he needed the healing. Instant healing... no, but eventually healed and he fell head over heels in love with Mary, the Mother of us all!!!
Jesus, thank you for the LOVE from your Father in heaven which you share with us through your Holy Spirit. Bless the fathers this day that they may be open to LIFE and raise them as LIGHTS! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb