Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Snowy first day of spring/St Photina/The Samaritan woman at the well recognized I AM/The water of eternal blessed LIFE!

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How is this for a picture for the first day of spring?  It seems fitting to use this special picture for a surprise feast day for today... a historical one for St Photina, who is the Samaritan woman at the well!  We find this powerful story in John 4:4-42, and it fits well with the Gospel today where Jesus speaks of recognizing I AM as we gaze upon him in his sacrifice for us!

"When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him."
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.  John 8

And one of those was St Photina!  He recognized her sinfulness and his Mercy surrounded her as he offered her the water of eternal blessed LIFE!  We are all sinful and why hide it from him?  He knows all there is to know about us!  Lay it at his feet and be healed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation!  Such a glorious gift to receive during this Lent, so that Easter may be filled with all that is LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE/embracing our Cross and being washed in the blood of the Lamb!

I am pondering a lot of being washed clean by the waters of LIFE as I have not managed to get to Reconciliation yet.  For one reason or another I have not made it there yet, and I am longing to get that accomplished in the next few days!  I could be heading for some days with my parents tomorrow, and know that the young priest there has confession before mass each day... fake plans are forming as I long to be set free!!

St Photina experienced that cleansing, and also the LIFE giving waters that quench our thirst with each new day with our Jesus and His Bride, The Church.  Thinking of my parents and the verses from Isaiah 55:1-2 that led us into the Catholic Church 46 years ago...
Isaiah 55:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

Invitation to the Thirsty

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.

I have always called this Eucharistic and in many ways it is.  I also see in the light of St Phonita how it speaks of the LIFE giving waters that give us LIFE everlasting and how we are constantly filled with the well spring of the thirst for Jesus and ALL that he has to give us each and every moment of every day, and we are satisfied and quenched with so very much!  Gushing sparkling cool waters of great JOY!
It's pretty, but a challenge with all the baby calves out in the weather.  We have close to 100 now.  Lord, we do the work and ask for nice warm sun soon!!! 

My heart is full of prayer this day for many in my life!  The Lord certainly keeps us close to his heart burning with love for us as we lift up the needs of so many!  Hearing that there is comfort found in being so lifted up is not just make believe... Prayer is REAL and powerful!!!  I look at so many examples of prayers answered and healing in my life!!!
LOVE!!!  After the JOY of listening to him share his story and His ministry of PRAYER which gives to others the LOVE and Mercy he has been given.  "You don't hold that love close to you when it is given to you... you give it away and only than does it truly become LOVE!"
Having the LOVE and support of his wonderful fiancĂ©, Bobbi!  So true that when you wait and ask for His Plan for 10 years... it is that much more precious when you find his Path for you! 

Those 10 years have included many crosses and now with this beautiful answer to the question of; "what does the Lord want from me?"  They both see the Truth of I AM having a perfect plan for them.  Prayer has been huge for their relationship going forward and to this day, and their JOY is written all over them!  Jesus tells us in the Gospel today that we will recognize him when he is lifted up for us on the Crosses of our lives.  Yes!!!
Only a few inches, but pretty.

Lord, my thoughts and prayers are with my sister in law in surgery right now.  With new lives in the womb, and with many needs in families and illnesses.  You are in control and we place all in your hands and trust!  Your Mother, Mary most Holy, is always there to hold us close to her Immaculate heart and bring our needs to you.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
White as far as the eye can see and still coming down...

Thinking about the struggles with the baby calves in this weather... Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
Come bright sunlight bring us spring!
Baby Bernadette from 4 years ago.. the day before her daddy's birthday, and they were here on the farm while dad was in the Philippines! 
4 years ago... Happy Birthday Tomorrow Billy!! 
Nancy was pregnant with Dominic... this year they are grieving the loss of Maximilian at 20 weeks on Thanksgiving... he was due to join us on Easter.  Now he joined his brother, Peter, and keeps our eyes on heaven to be united with him someday! 

"When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!"
– Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

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This made me smile!!!  If anything Scott is wordy, but so wise!  He and I are soul mates in our love, love, love for The Church!!!  And our journey here from Protestantism!
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I am longing for my hour in Adoration...
Once again honoring ALL LIFE!  50 moms with Down's Syndrome toddlers!
Casting Crowns - Come to the Well
Come to the Well - Casting Crowns

St Photina
Samaritan Woman at the Well
Convert, Evangelizer of the Faith, Martyr
Name meaning“resplendent” or “shining with light”
Historical FEAST DAY - March 20


By the well of Jacob, O holy one, /
thou didst find the Water /
of eternal and blessed life; /
and having partaken /
thereof, O wise Photina, /
thou wentest forth proclaiming Christ, the Anointed One.
(Megalynarion for St. Photina, according to the Byzantine usage)

 St Photina, pray for us -
that we may have zeal for the faith!

Monday, March 19, 2018

St Joseph... Jesus and Mary are eager to pay the debts they owe him for his devoted care for them...

Nearly a year old, Joy, decorated in the green frosting of a St Patrick's Day cake enjoyed after Sunday dinner on the 5th Sunday of Lent/Birthday #10 of our sweet beautiful granddaughter, Therese, and the day between Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph.  Now on to the celebration of St Joseph!!!
Therese blowing out her birthday candles last night in Fort Lewis Washington! 

Today her father and brothers are celebrating their wonderful Saint Joseph feast day!!!  Happy Feast Day Captain Joseph, David Joseph, Patrick Joseph and Romeo Joseph!!!  Your parents... Joseph and Maria, hold dear the examples of the Holy Parents to Jesus and the importance of a family modeled after them!

Such a true picture of the heart of this man, who loves all life and spoke the words of the Holy Spirit for us and our family for generations to come..."The world needs lights!"  Open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS for this world of death and darkness!

It always moves me to have his feast days just 2 days apart... Patrick on the 17th of March and now his patron Saint Joseph on the 19th!  In between the shining light with a heart for serving the poor without counting the cost - now 10 year old granddaughter, Therese!

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph's intercession
your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of 
human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Collect ~Today's Liturgy

Beautiful joyful glowing with love and happiness, Therese is a delight to her family and extended family! 

For Christmas she found out the patron Saint of each one of her Aunts, Uncles, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and made a special laminated picture of them for us to look upon in our homes.  My mother just pointed to hers in a prominent place in their home and told me to tell Therese how special that gift is to them!  This girl gets the depth of the Saints and how they help us down the narrow path!
Growing into such a beautiful light inside and out!!
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Take our needs to St Joseph!!!
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“The saint is a medicine because he is an antidote. Indeed that is why the saint is often a martyr; he is mistaken for a poison because he is an antidote. He will generally be found restoring the world to sanity by exaggerating whatever the world neglects, which is by no means always the same element in every age. Yet each generation seeks its saint by instinct; and he is not what the people want, but rather what the people need...Therefore it is the paradox of history that each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most.”
- G.K. Chesterton

Be the contradiction.

Joy with her first grandma curl topknot in a bubble sink in the big farm sink at the farm!  A fun family evening at Ruth and Paul's after tagging the hormone free cattle.

"Saint Joseph believed unhesitatingly in the mystery
of the Incarnation, in the fruitful virginity and in the divine maternity of Mary.
He believed without seeing the miracles that were to fill Judea 
with his glory and renown of his holy name.
We too should recognize Jesus in the frail Host 
that is offered to us at the altar. Here He is even smaller than
at Bethlehem, more hidden than in Saint Joseph's workshop.
Still it is He, 'I believe all the Son of God has spoken,
than Truth's own word there is no truer token.'"

  Bishop Pierre-Anastase Pichenot

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Love this sweet scene... may our homes also be a small slice of heaven here on earth with Jesus, Mary and Joseph there in our midst to model for us HOLY FAMILY!

"When Egypt was laid waste by the great famine,
Pharaoh told his people,
Ite ad Joseph! - Go to Joseph! (Genesis 41:55)
So if we are in trouble, let us listen to the word of the Lord 
and take Pharaoh's advice;
let us go to Joseph if we wish to be consoled." 
St Alphonsus de Ligouri

We love our bubble sinks!!! Rose and Luke about 4 years ago!  This is now my sink as Ruth and I have traded houses!
Godfather, John, watching over his precious Goddaughter, Joy! 

I admit that daily I am praying with Mary to her Son, and I tend to leave Joseph out of my prayers.  John and Bobbi have been looking to him daily as they are looking at a home to buy and jobs that will allow them to be open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS!  Who better to turn to with those needs?  It looks like the house has been found!!!  And continuing to Trust in the work where John can continue to serve those in need and make enough to support a growing family.  St Joseph, we pray for this young couple looking to you in heaven to give them direction!

O God, the creator of all things, you framed the law of labour for the human race. Graciously grant, by the example and patronage of St. Joseph, that we may do the work You provide us and earn the reward You promise. Sustain us with Your grace to live up to our duties in charity and justice.

St. Joseph, Pray for Us!

Truly Joy in a little body!!!  So fun for grandma to spend time with this wonderful happy little sweet girl! 
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It was taken on October 30th, 2011 at Adoration at Casa San Pablo in Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic. Here are some interesting features; the colours of red and blue/white (Divine Mercy) and gold (glory). ...

These colors also feature on the Rosa Mystica statutes (red, white and gold roses representing the mysteries of the Rosary).

After careful examination the "gush" of graces (looking like water) are coming from the bottom area of the Host and over to the right, reminding us of the vision of Ezekiel.

O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, Have mercy on us!
One more day brightener!!! 

Jesus, with Mary and Joseph in heaven... how we long for families to discover the help you have to give us if only we die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds with the knowledge and love of Christ!  Putting our Jesus and His Bride, The Church, first in our domestic Church/family we can be led into Truth as we love and serve one another without counting the cost!  We certainly have such a beautiful humble loving example of this in St Joseph!   Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen

I loved these women along the top of the columns at St Aloysius... this one is portrays Faith and has the Cross behind her... Of course, I think of Mary's accepting the Cross as she watched her Son/God made man die on in excruciating PAIN!!!  We had just completed the Stations of the Cross with Mary... so powerful!  Our Church is out of this world wonderful and gives us so much to help us on our journey!  I am over the moon in love, love, love with Jesus and Mary and The Church!  There is no where else to be if you love her, and "you can't love Mary too much... you can't love her more than Jesus did!"  St Maximilian Kolbe  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
This one is entitled Poverty... How I would love to know more about these wonderful images and their deep deep meaning!  She speaks of humility which is a poor humble spirit of giving our all!
My humble pictures reveal the splendor of this church!
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Remember, O most pure spouse
of the Virgin Mary,
my beloved Patron, ...
that never it has been heard
that anyone invoked your patronage
and sought your aid
without being comforted.
Inspired by this confidence I come to you
and fervently commend myself to you.
Despise not my petition,
O dearest foster father of our Redeemer,
but accept it graciously. Amen.
St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin, foster-father of Jesus Christ, and patron saint of husbands and fathers, pray for us!
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Have a blessed Feast of Saint Joseph — the original “Silent Knight, Holy Knight”
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Happy Feast Day
Saint Joseph
Feast Day: March 19

St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession
50 moms with their downs syndrome kids in carpool karyoke!  LOVE!  All LIFE is a gift!
The Saint that is just me - Danielle Rose

3 years ago on this day...
This was the only family picture I got of Joseph with his family while they were all here in January... all the more special to have grandma Anna in it!  It pictures all the Josephs celebrating today!  Joseph David, David Joseph, Patrick Joseph, Romeo Joseph, and add to that Patrick Gerard Joseph as Pat chose St Joseph as his confirmation Saint!  Happy glorious high feast day all you wonderful Josephs!

We miss these family times with Pat's mom on Sunday after mass! 
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Oh wow!!! LOVE this and him!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Therese's 10th birthday!!! 5th Sunday of Lent/Death to self so that Christ lives in us/By our wounds we are healed?!

The Family crown of thorns Librande style!  Today is sweet oldest sister, Therese' 10th birthday!

 I am sure that in the last 30 days of Lent many good deeds and penances have been done by these 4 kids!  Living with them last Lent the crown becomes scimpy and there are many toothpicks broken off and stubby looking.  This year they were praying especially for one of Maria's aunts, who has discovered a cancer journey lies ahead for her.  Maria's children have certainly learned to give of themselves for others and the very real value of PRAYER!  Prayer is something real and powerful and not just words!!!
Therese is so happy to have a baby sister to dress up and care for!  They are just a bit more than 8 years apart as Evangeline will be 2 on May first! 
Two years ago when Evangeline was just a week old, and Therese was 8 years old!  What a lucky baby sister to have so much love poured out on her!

Due to life I have not been able to share on here as usual.  A busy day watching gates while Pat and Paul hauled manure...
Yesterday John spoke at a CCW group about an hour away in a most beautiful church!  Bobbi and her mom, Lila, were going and invited me to share the day with them.  It was wonderful to see John's ministry of sharing his LOVE he has been given through his prayer ministry!  The ladies were all very attentive and seemed to be blessed by his prayer and witness to healing through prayer.
Sharing his LOVE through prayer!  Mary on one side and Joseph on the other... both of whom entered into his prayer and his story.

A thought that struck me after some intense sharing with others about the wounds we receive in life, also the healing that we all need and many find through our amazing Church...  Can it be possible that by our own wounds we are healed and brought to a greater place of Faith?  We are asked by our Lord to die as a grain of wheat and what brings that to us in life other than the cracking of our shells by our wounds?  Our hearts are broken open by our pains in life,,, we die to self.
Stunningly beautiful church - St Aloysius, and wonderful stations of the Cross from the perspective of Mary the Mother of Jesus! 

In answer to my pondering... I look at John's story and see that the answer is "yes" there for sure... the woundedness of Brain cancer brought John to be healed of his lack of faith and finding a "new John."  Jesus promises us that the way to follow him is to follow his example and take up our Cross and find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT as a result to that death to self!
St Patrick's Picture of Ruth with her 6 yesterday on my newly done porch...

Some of the most painful wounds I have been given were the losses of my 7 in the midst of my childbearing years and I do see how these 7 in heaven and sharing that pain as a family is breaking my selfishness and allowing Jesus to live in me more fully... making me appreciate all life with a passion and keeping my eyes ever on heaven forever. 
Prime rosary time while watching the gate... I am surrounded by little ones today while Ruth, Paul, Simon, Mary, and Pat are out putting tags into the hormone free cattle...

Jesus, we trust in you.  By your wounds and you healing ours are we healed.  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
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Excited for tomorrow!!
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