Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Word of Truth with me always/first Sunday with a new leg/Hallel Psalm and sharing right knees!

Wound nurse Ruth stopped in after mass with all that I asked of her to bring to me.  Thank you, Ruth Ida! She kept on telling me that I was doing fine and assured me about my concerns which get carried away at this early point...  are for naught!  "Mom, look at me, you are going to do just as well as you did with your other two joints." 

It was fun to hear about 10 year old David having his first chance at serving at mass... "he was interested in all that goes on up there and looking around where Simon and Mary look straight ahead."  Ruth also said that he sent over the rosary that he made for me to use...thank you, David, you know grandma's life-line is very important to keep me going one foot limping in front of the other!
It was fun to have Pat's mother's bathrobe and the blanket both she and dad used when they sat in the chair... Comforting for sure!
Praying together this morning with Eucharist!  The difference in our thumbs..."One is big and hard working and the other is weak." Yes!  I feel very weak and lowly with the pain that comes with this new knee.  Jesus, I trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
Praying together... the best!

I had shared with Pat about how I had the chance to share with my Catholic Surgeon about Hallel's Community of the Lamb, and how I had shared with him I Kings 17, which was the scripture I shared with him that Little Sister Marie was led to when she wondered how they could be called to beg from the poor.  "That's powerful!" he honestly responded.  Well, then last night to realize that it was the reading for mass today... Wow!!  the Word with me and in me and around me and everywhere I am!
My cat companion on this journey along with husband/daughter/who happens to be a #1 wound nurse/and sister-in-law home health aide... lots to help me down the narrow path.  Knowing that Hallel is also suffering with her right knee, and therefore is praying for her old mom through these days!  How I know and depend upon that.

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
LOVE Hallel Psalm 146 and how He promises to get me though this dark valley!
Hubby who is home on this super early winter day watching football and at my beck and call.  It was a shaky night... can only be better tonight, O Lord!!!

My fellow gimper of the right knee!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Thank you note from St Paul/I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me/ Home again

Joy in her stocking cap heads out to face the sudden winter we have found outside!  She makes my yellow gripper socks and my green leg pumps look better than they do normally after 3 days here getting strong enough to go home.

I have learned a lot about myself and what I am willing and able to do.  Thanks to PT and OT... I have learned to do "golf swing" to pick things up from the ground, and that I can get myself dressed without having to bend my knee too much, that I can climb steps taking one step at a time (which I have been doing for a year or so due to my pain in my bad knee), how to keep on top of my pain, and how to take one step at a time.  Thanks to one and all!
Ruth made me look really good by bringing in candy to share with the staff and even a thank you note to sign expressing my gratitude for their care of me and assistance always with a smile!  She remembers charting with chocolate to munch on and how they appreciated that after their long 12 hour shift.  Thanks, Ruth for your thoughtfulness and I have a feeling that I will be eternally grateful for your help once I get home!
It's me again complete with topknot and a little bit of makeup and dressed... human!

Maybe it was where I find myself today, but the first reading of St Paul to the Philippians really sounded like a beautiful thank you note to the Philippians, who managed to help him out in his need.  
"I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.
Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress."
Philippians 4

St Paul realizing that their care for him will win them rewards with Christ and all those in heaven..."a fragrant aroma," an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
My God will fully supply whatever you need,
in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."  Yes!  This is certainly the best reward and what we strive for!  May we do more for those in need around us... I am afraid that I am going to be on the receiving end of others helping me, but I still know there are ways of ministering to others and I hope to do that...
Using my new handheld mirror from Ruth... and artsy pic of my flowers and the special leaves that look crocheted!  Thank you "sisters" for the pick me up!  Your reward will be great in heaven, I know you all deserve it.  Maybe I should write more thank you notes that way?
A week ago I had driven to KC by myself in my chapel on wheels and my rosary and chaplet and Christian music!  Who knows when I will be able to drive again as it is my right knee... let alone any distance like 7 hours away?  But this icon of the Nativity was prayed over that it may bring healing to those that pray here, and I certainly did do that with this as an intention as well as Hallel's right knee with a torn meniscus, and the three new babies now at 20+ weeks in the womb.  

"Through her intercession hear our prayers and our petitions, send the grace of your most Holy Spirit upon this icon of the Nativity of the Lord that your servants have made in her honor and memory.  Bless it and make it holy by your heavenly blessing, give it the strength and the power to accomplish miracles. Make it a source of healing and health.  Grant protection, deliverance, and immediate help to all those who before this icon will venerate the Most Blessed Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Beloved Son, and as our protector will seek her intercession and implore her help in affliction and danger.  In your mercy grant forgiveness for their sins.  May they promptly receive the grace they beg from you; may they obtain the awaited mercy of your love for mankind; and may they partake in your heavenly Kingdom.  By the tenderness of your Only-Begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary according to the flesh, our Incarnate God and Savior Jesus Christ, with whom you receive all glory, honor and adoration, with your most-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and for ages to come.  Amen"
The prayer Archbishop Naumann prayed over the grotto... a place of pilgrimage and healing is born for us and unto us a Son is given!
I have this blown up by my bed to give me hope and courage and to remind me of the prayers that surround me!  I know that soon to be 6 year old Bernadette/(her birthday is in 2 days) is praying for her grandma every day with her family!  So blessed!  

The prayers of children he will listen to and I have 15 of them praying hard for their old grandma!
Joy and her grandpa is a sight of normalcy I am sure I will see once again at home...

Jesus I am so grateful to you to help me through this difficult time with the kind help of others!... I  have the strength for everything through you who empowers me.  I rely on you when I am weak and I am very much in touch with that weakness this day and with this to work on and overcome!  Jesus, I trust in you.  "Mom, when you are weak is when you turn to Jesus."  Hallel to me after my hip replacement 10 years ago.  May I always turn to you, O Lord, I welcome being weak and humble in your sight.  Bless-bless, Barb
Another great source of daily prayer comes from my parents!  How my huge family of over 120 rely on them to help us down the narrow path to LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!

I miss my time with them... maybe soon but for sure Christmas Camp in about 5 weeks!  Coming so fast!
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Perfect for today!  St Leo, pray for us!
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Love this and wanted to share the power of prayer and by your fruits they will recognize your faith, and the power of praying with the faith of a child or as a child!

                                      All generations will call me blessed

My mother-in law was prayed into existence by her sister, Margaret.  Margaret was the youngest in her family, the only girl was desperate for a little sister.  She "prayed and prayed  and at last God well-nigh miraculously answered her prayer.  Her father was 65 and her mother was 44, 10 years since her last pregnancy; but she gave birth to a baby girl, Betty.

They all doted on Betty; her father called her "The one bright spot in the great depression."  Margaret rejoiced in the long-awaited sister.  A happy ending to her prayer... but was it the end?

Fast forward to today; that baby girl is the mother of 9 children (among them my husband), the grandmother to 44, and great-grandmother to sixteen.  Seventy dear people, seventy immortal souls - including my own children exist today because Margaret prayed for he little sister.

As I look at my husband and children, and think of how deeply my life is blessed by their presence.  I find myself grateful for little Margaret's prayers so many years ago, and inspired by her to place before God, with the trust of a child, every aspect of my life.  She didn't foresee all the consequences, but she lifted her childish desire up to God, and he answered super abundantly! 
Wendy-Irene Zapeda
A favorite from my journey with Christian music last weekend!  Enjoy with JOY!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Eucharist/ Evening prayer with John and Bobbi/Ruth and Joy with candy/much better day after a rough one!

They aren't pills they are pumpkin cookie toppers!

These two stopped in to cheer me up a lot!  Joy as usual lives up to her name.  Ruth was thoughtful of her fellow nurses, remembering her days of having thoughtful chocolates to eat while charting... making me look really good complete with a Thanksgiving thank you note.  Joy has a peanut butter cookie her great aunt Rita baked for the visiting kids, and a shaker of pumpkin candies from her great Aunt Raterra, who stopped in yesterday!  Thank you all!!!
John and Bobbi brought supper last night and we shared the JOY of doing the Breviery on our phones as we shared Evening prayer complete with the Magnficat of Mary... so beautiful to say each evening!
 In the single digits today with snow out the window.  The beautiful flowers from the "Verly girls" to cheer me up!  I have to say that yesterday was a very difficult one with pain and the resulting disposition.  Some pointed out that it is hard to be chipper and cheerful when you are dealing with so much pain.  Truth!  My world looked pretty dark and gloomy yesterday, but today even with only a so so night... the sun seemed to come out and HOPE shown all around me!
Such beautiful lacy leaves to decorate, but with the snow outside they just don't seem to fit anymore!  What happened to our fall?  It is wintry out there.
Joy didn't seem too put off by grandma being in a hospital room with all my stuff... she just smiled and was her usual sweet self.

My day started with wonderful Eucharist once again with a wonderful prayer after Communion personalized just for me... what stuck with me... "when I kneel before you at the end of the day.  All the good comes from you and all my failures are from me."  Yes, Lord, I need you and I am eternally grateful for this encouraging happy day after such a dark and difficult day.
 Red and swollen is normal... Going home tomorrow and talking to Ruth about how this seems to be good timing between farm work and Christmas.
 My best helper and her assistant will be helping me out as needed, and hopefully that will be less and less.  I am filled with hope today...

"Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? for the temple of God, which you are, is holy."  I Cor 3
Yes, I am reminded of that when I see this old mess of a body getting better with each new day, O Lord!
 Stocking cap weather!
A sweet smile for grandma from my youngest grandchild for the time being... soon to change with 3 due in March!

Feast of the Pope's Church today...Unlike the commemorations of other Roman churches (St. Mary Major, Aug 5; Sts. Peter and Paul, Nov 18), this anniversary is a FEAST. The dedication of a church is a feast for all its parishioners. St. John Lateran Basilica is, in a sense, the parish church of all Catholics, for it is the pope's parish, the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome. On the façade of the basilica there is an inscription in Latin which reads, “the mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world.”The Lateran’s towering façade is crowned with 15 colossal statues of: Christ, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist and 12 doctors of the Church. Beneath its high altar rest the remains of the small wooden table on which tradition holds St. Peter himself celebrated Mass.

CELEBRATE Mass today and consider the UNITY and JOY that it bears  -
one baptism, one bread, one body, one heart.
It is indeed a FEAST- not to be missed!

It was a wonderful gift to receive you this day, O Lord.  I need you and long to serve you without counting the cost. "Wounded, I will not cease to love."  

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Eucharist and pain...I made it!

Joy out of swimming in the tub with brother, Luke, waiting for grandpa to come home for lunch on Tuesday... one last time with them before surgery yesterday. 
Jumping up and down with excitement to see her beloved grandpa!  "I haven't seen her for a couple days." Said grandpa as he scooped her up into his arms to her delight!
Yes, I made it!  The pain is immense at this early stage and I am hampered by an IV and O2 tubing on my left hand for typing...

I was overjoyed to have a friend from Church bring me Eucharist and say a beautiful personal prayere over me.  We also shared about how our rosaries are our lifeline, loveline, lightline... she is up to 3 rosaries a day and fills her day with constant prayers without ceasing!  LOVE!!!  The best way to start my day...
Our Lady, the Quad Track and little Joy waiting for her grandpa.

What else greeted me this morning?  Lots of pain!  Hence I am keeping this quick today.  Many prayers are helping me take litterally one step at a time.  My rosary gives me comfort!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb

St Elizabeth of the Trinity
France ~ 1880-1906
Carmelite nun, writer, mystic
Patron of sick people and loss of parents
Last words: "I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!"
Feast Day - Nov 8
My parents called me and I recall when dad pointed out to me that St Elizabeth loved to share LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE too!

St Elizabeth of the Trinity
France ~ 1880-1906
Carmelite nun, writer, mystic
Patron of sick people and loss of parents
Last words: "I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!"
Feast Day - Nov 8

"May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love."
- St Elizabeth of the Trinity

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Getting ready for being laid up...."that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend" Philippians 2

Soon Joy will be here while Ruth is busy being school nurse... one last time for a while until I am back on my feet!

This kitten is now an "old lady kitten" as it lives here with me purring and content to be in the lap of luxury living inside with much food and patting and snuggling and belly scratches!
This morning with love in his eyes for me... I am a bit humbled to have a kitten personally choose to love me and be mine.  It doesn't hurt that he can live in the warm house and perch on the back of the soft couch and watch the world outside in total comfort after eating left over waffles for breakfast...

I have to admit that having here to help me pass the time after my knee replacement seems like a Godsend at this point.  Tomorrow I must show up 6:30a and so it begins... a new knee on the schedule for me.
On his soft perch on the back of the couch... the Lourdes candle lit and our rosaries at the ready... praying the Visitation decade for John and Bobbi's ultrasound to be happening this morning.  The Visitation seemed the right one as both Elizabeth and Mary were pregnant and St John leapt in his mother's womb in his recogniton of Christ in the womb of Mary!  The Best!!!

Baby Verly is healthy and we rejoice with them!
I have this large and where I can see it to give me comfort, hope and strength over these next weeks... Showing the icon grotto of the Nativity of Mary and having received a blessing asking for miracles to take place here in us, who go to Mary to be brought to her Son!

Also I find a fellow sufferer to know that Hallel is also having knee issues... also her right knee with a torn meniscus!  Knowing of her prayers!

I was also very touched by my granddaughter, Bernadette, who wanted to share special time with her grandma and who promised me that every night when they gather for their family prayer including a decade of the rosary and intercession of the Saints... that she would remember to pray for grandma and her metal knee!  So much comfort looking upon this from my bed!
After watching every bit of this beautiful humble glorious place blessed by Archbishop Naumann on Saturday in Kansas City... the spiritual beauty shines forth... Truly the LIGHT of Mary, the Mother of God!  I will dwell on this in my inner chapel over these challenging days!

I feel that there is a giggle in the amazing reading of St Paul to the Philippians today... "that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,"
Yes!!!  Tomorrow in the OR, Dr Nwalkama has told me that they will bend my new knee while under anesthetic so that the struggle to get my knee to learn to bend will get a head start.   Jesus, Mary, the Saints and angels will be with me and my rosary beads will give me comfort indeed.   As far as kneeling in worship... that will not be possible in reality for a long time if ever.  With two artificial knees I have been told no more kneeling in my future!  I will kneel in my heart, mind and soul to You, O Lord, My Savior and author of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
This is reminding me of the Lourdes water that I have aplenty!  I need to use it regularly!

The entire reading from St Paul today is the BEST!  It deserves to be shared here now!
" Christ Jesus,

Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and, found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus in the tabernacle and on the Cross..."May your hearts be ever merry!"  Psalm 22 from mass today.  Yes!  we can have merry hearts as we rest in him even when we are suffering on the physical side of things!

Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb

The kids are here, so my concentration is gone but in a good way!  On to the cleaning out the fridge, the garage, washing the sheets, sweeping and vacuuming and scrub out the shower and tub... getting ready to be looking around thinking..."Why didn't I get that done?"  With Ruth and sister-in-law, Raterra, helping me in my need I am considering what will make me relax and allow myself to be helped and waited on a bit more than I would like or allow. Talk about being "weak and humbled"  that is when we turn to Jesus!   Jesus, i need you and want you... I am yours!
How I long to find JOY in my heart!

Monday, November 5, 2018

"I am stilled and quieted" Psalm 131..."As for me and my household we will serve the Lord in the heart of The Church here and now!" Little Sister Marie

My beloved Archbishop Naumann of Kansas, who brought The Community to the United States/Kansas City, KS with his love for them and their charism for the poor.  How he poured out his time and blessings upon every last part of the new Little Monastery/Light of Mary, Mother of God this last weekend!

He had just prayed to Our Lady in the echo of the grotto icon which had been blessed by these amazing powerful words!
Lord, our God, it was your good will that your Son, the coeternal and consubstantial Word, took flesh in the pure and ever virgin Mary.  By her Immaculate birth you made her Mother of God.  You gave her to all the faithful as a protector, an advocate, and a helper.  Now look upon us who humbly pray to you, we who call on her and believe that she is truly the Mother of God, who invoke her intercession with faith.  Through her intercession hear our prayers and our petitions, send the grace of your most Holy Spirit upon this icon of the Nativity of the Lord that your servants have made in her honor and memory.  Bless it and make it holy by your heavenly blessing, give it the strength and the power to accomplish miracles. Make it a source of healing and health.  Grant protection, deliverance, and immediate help to all those who before this icon will venerate the Most Blessed Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Beloved Son, and as our protector will seek her intercession and implore her help in affliction and danger.  In your mercy grant forgiveness for their sins.  May they promptly receive the grace they beg from you; may they obtain the awaited mercy of your love for mankind; and may they partake in your heavenly Kingdom.  By the tenderness of your Only-Begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary according to the flesh, our Incarnate God and Savior Jesus Christ, with whom you receive all glory, honor and adoration, with your most-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and for ages to come.  Amen

A new pilgrimage place is born unto us!
Those that were gathered here in the U.S. for the dedication and blessing of everything pertaining to the new Monastery of the Little Brothers down the hill from the Little Sisters!  Archbishop called it; "The Village of the Lamb!  Lumen Christi and the Light of Mary/Victory of the Lamb!"
This shows Hallel in the back... I really wanted to capture Little Sister Marie on his right, who is the founder of The Community of the Lamb back in Vatican 2 days!  Just about when we were entering The Church against the tide of those leaving with the changes in The Church.  Little Sister Marie was going back to their Dominican roots and listening to the Holy Spirit!  Unlike many religious, who left their Communities at that time she was obedient and said "yes" to her superiors, who told her to make her own shoot from the Dominican root!

Little Sister Marie was told to beg for their food, as St Dominic had done, but to beg from the poor!!!
"How can this be?"  she asked the Lord.  He showed her I Kings 17

1 Kings 17:7-16 New International Version (NIV)

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widowthere to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lordsends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
The foundress, Little Sister Marie with her translater, ls Judith, who is woven in and out of our early years with The Community!  Marie shared that in her morning prayer she had read the words of Joshua, which Archbishop had preached upon.  She expanded them; "As for me and my household we will serve the Lord in the heart of The Church today!  Here and now!"  LOVE!  I love that about Hallel's family of the Lamb... they are in line with The Church and take us so deep in the Truth!
Surprise!!! Mass with the Archbishop for Sunday in Lumen Christi!  He made me smile with his homily about how he felt The Spirit telling him that they should tear up their tickets and stay here in the U.S.... "Well, maybe it wasn't really the Spirit, but..."  How we love them and when so many are gathered here in the U.S. it is truly a blessing of astronomical proportions and we LOVE it!
One of the petitions also made me smile with delight as the "widow" was prayed for as they go out on mission begging from the poor.  Truly they have been told of wonderful blessings and graces that come to those who give out of their poverty!
 A place of miracles!!!!  Yes!  How I look upon this and am filled with peace and acceptance of my journey that lies ahead with my knee in a few days.  the words from Psalm 131 in mass today are my prayer and in many ways my reality with the slow progress it takes to recover.  I had my other knee done about 12 years ago and that took me 6 months... I am told now that it is 3 months!

R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother's lap,
so is my soul within me.  
Psalm 131

With 15 grandchildren... all nursed by their mothers.. this is very powerful picture indeed!  I also had the JOY of nursing my 5, and of the 3 losses after John (2 of which were at 20 weeks and were both boys, William and Robert) I say.... if I had known that John was to be my last to give birth to and share the close bond of nursing, I think i would have had a breakdown.  Instead the Lord kept my eyes focused on heaven to meet them someday forever in heaven!  This will all seem so short and sweet here on earth!
The Words of Luke 1 - the Hail Mary is from the Gospel and every time it is said we are quoting scripture!
Love these I took of Hallel and a young girl from Chile... she allowed me to capture Hallel in her happiness in front of this grotto awaiting our prayers and needs...
 I admit that I followed her around like a little puppy and cherished all my time with her!  Get this... she is struggling with her right knee and just found out that she has a torn meniscus.  That is how all my problems started 52 years ago when I went downhill skiing for the only time in my life!  Her dad since has torn his meniscus a few years back, too!  The Lord works in strange ways!  Kindred family in our knee issues.  I am sorry, Hallel, that your mom gave you weak joints!
 I love that they are close, and how I enjoyed having my little shadow, Bernadette Anna, with me on this most special occasion with our family of the Lamb!  She traveled with me in my car filled with Christian music and the rosary on the half hour there and back!  She is having such powerful and amazing times with The Community!
I am so glad that the girl from Chile offered to take this!  LOVE!   And I will make a copy and put it by my bed to give me strength and courage for all that I face and for my sweet Little Sister Hallel and for Nancy, Maria, and Bobbi with their little ones in the womb, and... I could go on and on and I will as prayer will be huge to fill the time of my recovery!

Jesus and Mary... fill the world with your lights and may the miracles of healing and peace flow everywhere.  Be with the elections tomorrow and may your Truth and glory reign.  Protect all life from conception to natural death!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
 The rain has halted the field work... much is done, but still some yet to do, O Lord.  My entire being is filled with so much JOY this day after my weekend with the families of Nancy and Hallel!
 Grandma got to watercolor with the 4... Jo Jo for the first time of many!
Dominic painting a robot and Berna in dad's hat and painting her numbers in rainbow colors!
 Eternally grateful that Hallel has her place now in KC and waited for The Community of the Lamb to come to KC to say her "yes".  Now the Village of the Lamb/Victory of the Lamb! Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
Lord, bless the farmers with drying warm weather we pray.

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"His union with those whom He loves
surpasses every union
of which one might conceive, and
cannot be compared with any model.

 Therefore even Scripture needed many illustrations to be able to express that connection, since one would not suffice.  In one place it employs the figures of an inhabitant and a dwelling, in another those of a vine and branch, here that of a marriage, there that of members and a head. 

None of those figures is adequate for that union, for it is impossible from these to attain to the exact truth.  Above all it is necessary that the union should conform to friendship - yet what could be adequate for divine love?

 ...So I come to that which is strangest.  To whom else could one be more closely united than to oneself?  Yet this very unity is inferior to that union.  For each of the spirits of the blessed ones is identical with himself, yet it is united to the Saviour more than to him.  It loves the Saviour more than itself."
Nicholas Cabasilas (+ 1392)
Greek monk, mystic, bishop

my chapel on wheels was rocking out to this and so many songs... my Jesus I love you!  LOVED following 2 truckers up 60!!!  Rosary and Christian music can't be beat!

This week on Catholic Sprouts, we will be talking about SAINTS! Since we celebrated the great feast day of ALL SAINTS last week, my kids have had lots of questions about saints, so I thought it would be a good time to answer a few of those questions.
And, don't worry! Nothing scary in need of a warning this week ;)
On Monday, the feast of St. Elizabeth, we will talk about what a Saint actually is, how we are all called to be saints and how we know that the saints are in heaven, along with many saints we don't know about.
On Tuesday, the feast of Blessed Solanus Casey (one of my favs!) we dig into the canonization process and the steps to official, recognized sainthood in the church.
On Wednesday we will tackle a common Protestant misunderstanding, that we make saints into idols (we don't!!). We will clear this up and talk about the proper way to approach and depend on a saint.
Thursday we will talk about patron saints. Why do we have patron saints and how do we select patrons if we need one?
And finally, on Friday, we will discuss why it is good to celebrate our saints, and ideas for doing that.
That's it, and I hope you enjoy listening!
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Wow! After standing outside of Planned Parenthood every week for seven months, this family was connected with a woman who was seeking a family to adopt her preborn child!

“Every time I hold our beautiful tiny baby girl, I thank God for this woman’s tremendous courage and selflessness,” the couple said.

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