Saturday, January 19, 2019

St Paul paints a beautiful picture of "Confession"/Reconciliation..."The Word is living and effective" giving us mercy and grace!

In the early light of dawn praying morning prayer with the icons looking on as we share The Our Father and then pray for his entire family... 11 children and their spouses, 36 grandchildren with their spouses, 50 great grandchildren with 4 in the womb placing a hedge of protection around each one!  How we are lifted up and our lives are blessed by those daily prayers of our parents united in prayer... sharing The Word/Jesus is a big part of that.

Dad shared that when he walks through the house saying his rosary that he bows to the icons all around him.  Can you walk in the home of my parents and know that it is a home filled with Catholic Faith?  Without a doubt!  Such a special holy peaceful place for me to have precious time with both my wonderful parents!  I love every moment and am so grateful for these islands of prayer and peace and LOVE shared with my parents and united for our beloved Church!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html
Friday is the day that I need to find a tabernacle and lift up Fr Denny in prayer.  So wonderful that mom and dad's parish has Adoration on Fridays close by and this amazing sight greeted me and filled me with the deepest of prayer at his feet... Jesus in the monstrance!

St Paul addresses us in the Hebrews today and it is all so wonderful!
"The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart."
Hebrews 4

The Word/Jesus coming to us each day is huge in my life!  How I love to read this from St Paul today and see with eyes of Faith how this is Truth!  The Word... the Holy Spirit comes to us and fills us with LIGHT and Truth to face all that comes to us in this world of sin and darkness.  Our thoughts of the heart are filled with that Truth and able to discern the ugly and misleading lies that Satan is feeding us through the relativism which permeates our society!  How can it be that over 100,000 marching for life are totally neglected by the news media?  Instead they follow the hatefilled women's march?
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A blessing to pray with my sister... Thank you, Jesus!  I know that the issue of protecting all life is shared in our prayer and "thoughts of the heart."  Marty has 6 children with numerous losses as do I with only 5 children here with me on this journey.  Our huge families are close and fill our worlds with Faith and Family!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/my-most-cherished-cross-patrick-gerard.html
 Pat left his hat in Fort Lewis... Evangeline likes to wear it and talk about her Bumpa… I think he made an impression, and we do like to spoil them...

They have carbs in the house when grandpa and grandma visit!
Back to the prayer heads of our huge family numbering over 120 and growing by 4 soon!

The Gospel today is the story of forgiveness and leaving a life of sin behind and serving the Lord with your all... the calling of St Matthew the tax collector!

I felt this was a beautiful picture of what confession/reconciliation is for us from Hebrews 4 today!
"Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,     
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help."

We hear the words of Christ to those that he heals - "Go, your sins are forgiven." from the priest after we lay our sins at his feet in the confessional.  LOVE the healing power of this amazing sacrament that we use too seldom.  May we do better and grow in our journey of Faith down the narrow path carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross!
In our jamies with bare feet... coming as you are to Jesus!

Jesus, truly we are given mercy and grace to love and serve you with our ALL!  May we die to self so that you may live and be in control of our lives.  May we come to your sacraments often to be washed clean and cling to your Word to fill us with all that is Truth!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah

Also Mc Donalds spoiling... What are grandparents for anyways?  Bless-bless, Barb
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Danielle Rose - wonderfully made - Psalm 139

Friday, January 18, 2019

Before the paralytic got to Jesus/a nurse prespective/"Your sins are forgiven"

 Starting the day with prayer with my deacon father and mom... they in their well worn books of prayer and me on my phone breviary.   The old and the new patch up and allow us to be on the same psalms and petitions and readings of the morning  prayer of the first week of ordinary time.

Starting with the readings last night Pat and I shared over the phone the paralytic brought on mat by 4 friends and lowered through the roof to be place in front of Jesus for healing - Mark2:1-12

This reading has been a powerful one in our family since John's battle with cancer and all the prayer warriors who lowered him for healing in front of Jesus, and his finding his faith through brain cancer!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/johns-cancer-stories.html
 St Ignatius looks on while we pray the prayer of The Church... He was responsible for our coming into the Church 47 years ago as my parents were on an Ignation retreat and dad was reading Isaiah 55:1-2 when the Holy Spirit told him to come into the Catholic Church with his family of 13 strong.  My dad was a Protestant minister at the time!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html

As I was awaking in my parents' home this cold January morning... Pat called to report that school was called off there due to winter snow storm, which is missing us here... the paralytic kept coming to me with all the depth and beauty of this amazing story in it's many facets!  I was led to consider the work it took to get to the point of him being carried on that stretcher to Jesus by 4 men/his friends.  As a paralytic he needed to have total cares given him to get clean, toileted, dressed, fed, and then to be carried with a man on each corner of his mat.  His needs had been met by others for how long?  Possibly years or a lifetime!  Imagine how humbling and hard it is for him and for those needed to care for him!  This background adds so much to the words of Christ to him of first of all his sins being forgiven and then as a sign that He as the Son of God can forgive sins...
"But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth"
–he said to the paralytic,
"I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home."
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."

With the added background to his coming to Christ by the help of his friends and all the years of care and loving ministering to his needs... Truly so powerful and blessing beyond measure!
Praying the Our Father together and then on to the prayers for our huge family... dad spoke of how 4 of us were lowering mother for healing today as Paula and I were taking mom to see her neurology doctor and try to get some answers.
Mom and Paula a year ago for Paula's birthday celebrated here with mom, dad and another sister, Marty.
Mom's Christmas Cactus is humbly blooming a few weeks late... brings some cheer to our hearts though.

It is a gift to be sharing our prayer and Jesus coming to us in The Word that is read in every Catholic Church around the entire world every day!  I am heading over to the St Joseph Catholic Church across the river to spend my hour in adoration for Father Denny - Seven Sisters lifting up each of our priests with each day.  So powerful and important to keep them lifted up or should I say lowering them into the presence of their Lord!!!  They are the voice of Jesus to us... "your sins are forgiven!"  LOVE is poured upon us in Reconciliation, Eucharist, Mary, the Saints, the Holy Spirit, Baptism, Holy Orders and the Priesthood.... too much LOVE!
My aging mother is so important to me!   I love to have both my parents together in their own home and my time with them is total GIFT!!!

Jesus, how I love you and am filled with unending blessings a small slice of heaven here on earth if only we share our Faith with JOY!  Yes, we are like the paralytic in how we are weak and lowly and needy, so when you forgive us we are raised up to go carrying our mat and then are wanting to serve others without counting the cost.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb




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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019

    On the road North to doctor visits at Vets with dad and sister/hearing his voice today!

    Joy has a new bed!!!  She is out of the crib and into her own bed.  She kept wanting to show us her bed and snuggle in it with her dolls, doggy, and piles of blankets and pillows.  She feels as special as she is - the baby of 6!  She fell asleep in grandma's arms and then grandpa gently placed her in her new bed for her first night.

    I am on the road today to go to see a couple important doctors in my dad's treatments with my nurse sister from the Cities.  First oncology and then urology - two areas with issues for my wonderful 93 year old father.  Vets has been such a blessing to my dad with numerous areas looking after his care.  He now hears thanks to a cochlear implant, and that is such a gift to us to have my dad back in the world of the hearing.
    My rosary is my companion and I lift up our family... each one precious including the 3 to join us soon in the womb.  So many prayers for the safe arrival of them and their mother's staying healthy and safe, too!  As soon as we know they are alive in the womb we surround them with our love and prayers!
    It has been a long time since my last little one in the bubble sink... Joy loved hers and so did grandma!

    Morning prayer in the dark with Pat for our family and for my parents, with whom I will be spending some peaceful days!  The Gospel today of the leper healed as Jesus took pity on him... how we lift up those close to us suffering knowing of the Love of the Lord for them!

    These words from the first reading today...
    The Holy Spirit says:
    Oh, that today you would hear his voice,
    "Harden not your hearts 
    Hebrews 3
    Yes, Lord, I love you with my all and long to die to self so that I may hear your voice as you are in control of my life.  May your voice speak to us through the doctors this day.  Minister to my father as he truly loves you with his all!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
     Love!!!
     Toes!!!
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    Joy in picture form!!!
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    Danielle Rose - Wonderfully made - Psalm 139
    End Abortion!!!  Protect and cherish life from conception to natural death!

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    His Healing helps us up to serve...Strength found in prayer on the mountain

    Soon Hallel will be back to helping with the dishes after each meal, as her leg is on the mend after orthoscopic surgery to put her meniscus back together.   With the connections of the Community she had the same ortho surgeon that is with the Kansas City Chiefs!  The Lord sure spoiled her with the very best healer and soon she will be given the hand up to be healed and to serve...

    In the Gospel today Jesus takes Simon's mother in law by the hand and heals her so that she may then serve!  Jesus lifts us from all illness, and we are then able to return his love in service!

    Dishes are always done by hand with all pitching in and the water is heated on the stove to remind us of their poverty. Hallel has been able to sit and dry over these last 6 weeks of staying off her right leg.  This journey of humble healing has given her the desire to serve all the more!
    Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor and nature  I have friends visiting the Holy Land as we read in the Gospels day after day... my friend Elaine is sharing the pictures of the reality of the place where Jesus lived and ministered to us still to this day!  This is Temptation Mountain where Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days in the desert.  Not much food or drink here obviously.

    Today in the Gospel we read that after healing all Jesus went off the a deserted place to pray, and this came to me as how that could have been in truth.  So barren and desolate and "deserted" and in the early morning hours the heat would be less and the mind and heart fresh with prayer drawing him in close LOVE with his heavenly Father.  Those morning prayers said with my husband or alone in the early dark of the morning fill me with the Truth and desire to die to self and allow Jesus/Holy Spirit to be in control of my life.

    The precious feet of our grandchild due in about 9 weeks... John and Bobbi's first!

    Pat and I shared during prayer this morning the horror of thinking that killing the innocent life in the womb has ever gotten to the place where it was accepted and celebrated...  Lord, how can this be happening daily/hourly/minute by minute in our country?  Pets have become cherished and protected at all costs and human life is only worth anything if they are wanted and the timing is right.  Otherwise there is no problem in taking that life.  I am so sick at this disgusting fact and that it is legal and promoted by so many.  Lord, how we need you to bring the Truth to LIGHT and heal our country - bringing them from a culture of death to one of LIFE?
    I have fake plans to be with my parents the next few days... praying in a place of great and constant prayer!

    Jesus, we love you and want to share that love with serving without counting the cost.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
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    Heaven for me is hidden in a little Host Where Jesus, my Spouse, is veiled for love. I go to that Divine Furnace to draw out life, and there my Sweet Saviour listens to me night and day. -St Therese #Catholic #Jesus
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    Danielle Rose Psalm 139- wonderfully made

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    A morning of prayer/Sweet end to our meals/sharing a small slice of heaven/"salvation perfect through suffering." Hebrews 2

     Is there anything more wonderful than dessert?  And dessert held by beautiful children with huge smiles and angelic voices giving them the melody to march their feet and bear forth their sweet finish to a wonderful meal shared at Open Table at the Little Brothers new monastery/Light of Mary, the Mother of God in the heart of the poor in Kansas City!  The best on all levels!

    From the first meal we shared with the Community over 10 years ago... we look forward to this most special end for a meal.. that of JOY and happiness as we have just shared a small slice of heaven amongst our Family of the Lamb!  The children suddenly disappear and then the cue of singing brings them forth from the kitchen with their sweet gifts for all!
     Dominic with two children that live close by, and arrive alone to share in the meal and the dessert procession... their favorite.  It is wonderful to see the love that is given them and the plate of dessert they are given to bring home to their mother.  The Open Table is for them and all to come and have food and sharing of the Word and LOVE of Christ in action and Word!

    Sitting next to a man, who just lost his wife and is the very poor in our midst!  Hallel shared that when she got out to come for Open Table that her crutch went down into the mud and the snow and she lost the rubber end to her crutch down there..."Carl, dug down and got it out for me!"  How he finds their love comforting and he returns that it his humble service to them.  Such a beautiful sight to behold!
     One way is the refectory where we shared our meal and our hearts, and the other is the Spirit filled chapel of LIGHT of Mary, the Mother of God!  Able to spend some time in prayer here with Pat and Little Sister Judith sitting in the corner grabbing some precious time with her Spouse, Jesus Christ, before our meal.
     When we entered the Monastery of the Little Sisters/Lumen Christi/Light of Christ... we were shown this statue over the Word - Mary the bearer of the Word and Protector of the Word.  She had been carried around the neighborhood in a procession during a retreat... Christmas Retreat for young and old..From a newsletter about the retreat...

                                 Joy of the Gospel proclaimed to the Little Ones
    Under the gray sky, on Monday afternoon, we headed out in procession with the statue of the Virgin Mary.  With all the young adults we entered into one of the poorest houses of  the neighborhood.  There in Carl's house, we proclaimed all together "to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God."  Carl's house is officially the first little monastery of the Word.  Carl looked at Mary and said "Look, she's smiling!"
    "And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home."  John 19:27
    The icon in the chapels of the Community!!!  Jesus eating Mary's chin out of his total LOVE for his mother!  I have seen the my girls with their babies kissing and sucking on their chins as they love and depend upon their mothers totally for nourishment, love and protection from any harm!
    Prayer and dishes is how Hallel describes her life as a Little Sister... they are the poor!
    May 2019 be under the gaze of Mary, Mother of God... she has born the Word, Jesus Christ to the world and through Him comes all LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE!
    Our Lady in Fort Lewis, Washington on base on Maria and Joseph's home!  Soon they will welcome their new son/brother to Therese and the other 4!
    https://catholicsprouts.com/?fbclid=IwAR12x_e9kdBncFaMx1swsZv4zJcZ8yIn6GqID6Sbo0GoRY13M_FnW40wx2w
    Listening to Nancy's podcast for Catholic kids - Catholic Sprouts!  So wonderful to share our Faith with our children with JOY!

    I have written this today in two parts... been to town and visited with Ruth in between, so I need to bring this to a close for today.  My heart is so full after my wonderful family times over the weekend in KC with two of our daughters!

    I was gifted with prayer with Pat from The Magnificat this morning and the readings shared.  Then prayed the office on the phone with John!  It seems like once a week we can manage to share morning prayer on the phone.. not sitting side by side on the couch.  It is still a wonderful blessing and the petitions we share for family is a very powerful time as John's ministry and heart for prayer come forth led by the Holy Spirit!  How I have witnessed the Holy Spirit at work in the men in my life!  Husband, Pat, dad, Robert and son, John!

    Jesus, I am led closer and closer to you and your mother through the gift of prayer!  Yes, many times we are lifting up the ways we are called to suffer on this journey, but that is when we turn to you and trust and find our salvation... From the first reading in Hebrews 2 today...For it was fitting that he,
    for whom and through whom all things exist,
    in bringing many children to glory,
    should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
    He who consecrates
    and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
    Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them "brothers" saying:

    I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
    in the midst of the assembly I will praise you."

    Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
    The Spirit at work in John's life through brain cancer!
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    "I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged. Be not afraid." – Pope St. John Paul II
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