This picture of Hallel helping her brother down the path in Saint Pierre, came to me as a must for his card as he was here for both John and Hallel in August of 2009. Hallel took her habit and changed her name from Susan to Little Sister Hallel, and John had come over to Saint Pierre France after his second chemo for brain cancer to support her.
Fr Craig then took John into the healing waters of Lourdes, said mass for us at the grotto, and heard John's confession. John fell in love with Mary the Mother of God, which continues to this day!
Just back from dropping off food and having Gary's wife, Pat, and Fr Craig on either side of me in the kitchen! I am overwhelmed by their wonderful hospitality in the midst of their grief! I was a river of tears as they poured out the "little miracles" they experienced in these last days with Gary. So much of it was the gift that Hospice was for them! LOVE that so much! My heart will always and forever be that of a hospice nurse and the beautiful way loved ones are gently lovingly cared for.
Today he spoke about St Angela Merici, whose feast day is today. "She was a teacher of young women so that they could then go and be good wives and mothers and carry forth the faith." He shared how we too are to ask the Lord what he wants from us and then to go forth and do what he asks even though it is hard at times. He pointed out that it is much more rewarding and brings us happiness to put others first and to be kind and giving, rather than to have the attitude of what is there in it for me.
He personally reached out to us in the midst of John's brain cancer..."When in times of stress and the storms of life repeat these words; "Jesus, I trust in you." Our motto ever since!
Pat and I got to greet him and it always warms my heart that he speaks of John and Hallel. It is so powerful to have him such a real and good part of our journey. Thank you, Lord!
Nancy is on the road and we will gather at the Open House at the school share supper at a fund raiser for a teacher fighting cancer and then head over to support Fr Craig and family!
Jesus, how we love to embrace the beauty of sharing Faith/Family/Farm! So very rich and powerful is that tie that binds our family as one! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb
Tears standing in my eyes is me happy or sad!!!