- 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
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The group that will be traveling with me to Kansas City. Listening to Catholic sprouts together at breakfast. The theme today is the fear of God. Very very interesting and thought-provoking. Seeing the fifth luminous decade with the kids and Nancy last night. Her rosary book is very special. Putting her passion into her ministry to young children. Bless bless
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
I am getting excited to be spending time with the 2nd and 4th daughter together in Lumen Christi Monastery in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas! Nancy has looked ahead and says that the weather there will be beautiful unlike the cold wind here. Unless there is a need by some needy family that comes up... we will be staying with them and sharing in Hallel's life of prayer and dishes!
I will be cleaning out my garden this morning, so this needs to be short. Our time with The Community of the Lamb could involve them going out "on mission". Their foundress, Little Sister Marie, felt led to beg for their food from the poor! "how can this be?" she asked the Lord. She was led to I Kings 17 - Elijah and the Widow!
The Psalm 19 today from mass speaks about carrying His message to the ends of the world. When the Little Sisters and brothers go begging for their food from the poor. There are times when all they can give them is a glass of water. As they meet these people that answer the doors of the poor neighborhoods they share Jesus with them! Each day they start the night before chewing the Gospel and taking it in to their hearts, minds and souls. They then share "the message" of LOVE/LIGHT/LIFE with them and take their prayer requests to lift up during mass and Adoration each day!
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
We are very much praying for Bill and his family as his sister just discovered that she has cancer. Amy will be lifted up in the Grotto and in our prayers without ceasing!
Jesus, how we love you and ask that you go with us as we carry your message with us here there and everywhere. How we long to love and serve you better with each new day. May we die to self so that you may live in us better and more completely. "Wounded, I will never cease to love." Jesus, we trust in you. St Teresa of Avila, pray for us. Bless-bless, Barb
Monday, October 14, 2019
I am a bit saddened today to realize that Maria and family will not be a part of our Christmas together here in Minnesota. Of course, I always want to have the opportunities to get us all together and I was so hoping that 6 months apart could allow this to happen. We do have fake plans to go out there with possibly a few cousins from the farm, but... I really wanted to allow the cousins to have each other, and my 3 new grandsons to get together for the second time by 9 months. It is hard to not have them together crawling in 3 different directions I am sure.
Nancy and I have actual plans to head down to KC possibly as soon as tomorrow for MEA vacation. Hallel has talked to her dad and I for our birthdays and is interested in the farm work that is happening for the first time on the farm - making Sorghum silage. I made a movie and will take pictures to show her what her dad tried to explain to her on the phone. She is a farm girl at heart and is always interested in what is going on. When she was here for her home visit 2 1/2 years ago in the spring... we had gotten a late start at planting, and she followed her dad around some while he was busy working.
The farm floods me with the memories of my "romantic first years" of being Catholic! Reading Thomas Merton and Venerable Thomas A'Kempis... making caligraphy Bible verses on barn wood, and falling head over heels in love with Jesus and His Bride, The Church. Each day since has been overflowing with The Truth, The Way and The LIFE!
I was overjoyed and filled with surprise and wonder to discover the first reading for today's mass was the beginning of Romans! We have been wading through the old testament prophets lately and now St Paul's book to the Romans!?! I admit I looked ahead and see that we are on a roll with more and more Romans with each day ahead!
"Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ."
We do belong to Jesus Christ and how we look to him to have the Grace to love and serve as He has done to us! When I take up my beads each day... my inner temple floods with the LIGHT and the peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
What a cherished memory from 7 years ago! Captain Joseph ringing the doorbell and being embraced by his family as he has just returned from Afghanistan due to the traumatic birth of his new son, Patrick!
I wrote this; Joseph arrived home to the loving arms of his family at 1p! The doorbell rang and the kids opened it to find daddy there!!! They were overjoyed and now after a "Sunday dinner," time for stories of his time away, and guitar with dancing... Maria and Joe are off to be with Patrick! Our prayers are flowing all around them! Jesus, we know that you are in control in the midst of the storm! Jesus, we trust in you.
Now we look upon the healthy happy Patrick and know that the Lord listened to our prayers and answered them mightily!
Psalm 98 today speaks of the victory of God, which is the utmost even over the military victories which are needed in the military service!
R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The thing about Captain Joseph is that he brings strong Catholic values and Faith along with him into the military. He is a shining LIGHT for those that are a lot of times lost and misled by the world!
The excitement is building to return to KC with Nancy and her kids to share time with Hallel and her Community of the Lamb! Two of my daughters sharing time and our deeply shared faith together is such a very amazing gift! There will be daily mass and adoration as this is needed and required by our nun daughter with her Spouse, Jesus Christ! To witness that love is so very powerful and allows my love for Jesus and His Church to grow as we share in their prayer, Mendicating (chewing) The Word/Jesus and allowing him to dwell in us and with us! Also receiving Jesus Body and Blood in the Eucharist each day!
Jesus, how we are loved by you and given your unconditional love and forgiveness! May we in turn give that to those around us - most especially those the closest to us in our domestic church/family. "Wounded, I will never cease to love." Yes, we are hurt, but may we give back love and forgiveness to those that wound us. May we die to self so that you may live in us and we may become your hands and feet! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Patrick came home and is doing wonderfully - healed!
Sunday, October 13, 2019
United in The Eucharist! Attending 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time Mass with 13 here, 8 in Washington, 7 in Delano, 12 in KC!
Sitting in mass today was amazing... we had Ruth and Paul ahead of us with their 6 and John and Bobbi behind us with Jude, who was shortly in grandpa Pat's arms and then Rose next to grandpa was getting smiled at and reached out to!
After about 3 weeks that for one reason or another Pat and I have been alone at mass, being surrounded by family all around us was a great JOY today! Sharing mass with the young and the old, and seeing the interchange going on with the helping Rose with the hymn as we passed our fingers along the line, or Jude jumping and smiling in John's arms and grandpa's arms and Rose's arms, watching Big Dave on the altar assisting the priest....Sharing our Faith with Family is the best way to begin this new week!
This letter started mass today read by a CCW friend on this DCCW Sunday... my ears perked up when she read these amazing words from my St JPII!
"Parents have a grave obligation to teach their children about God's love. Since spousal Love is a visible sign of the love of God, the children learn about God through the loving relationship they see in their parents. Children learn more by what their parents do than by what they say. It is crucial that children see God's love in and through their parent's Christ-like love.
In a married couple's relationship, their Christ-like love for one another has no room for verbal or physical abuse. Domestic violence is contrary to the 5th Commandment and the Church's teaching regarding the love that we should have for each other. Spouses are called to their marriage covenant to give themselves to one another only in ways that truly benefit the other."
Such great readings today where Jesus heals and where the True God proves his presence in this world with healing after Naaman simply plunged into the river 7 times before Christ... The Truth is here!!! Father's homily spoke of the simple ways the Lord reaches out to us in bread and wine becoming his Body and Blood given to us, Jesus in The Word, and The Teachings of The Church!
There is talk about trying to get Maria and her family here for some days over Christmas, and it is never an easy thing to bring the 8 in their family all this way. But I also feel that there can be no price tag put on family time.
Knowing that our family of 29 are all sharing Jesus today as we attend mass in Marshall, Fort Lewis, WA, and in Delano as well as Hallel with her Community of the Lamb as the Little Sisters and Brothers gather in Kansas City! So our family grows by 11 with our family of the Lamb added by our daughter, nun Little Sister Hallel! There is no better feeling of sharing what is the best and most wonderful part of our lives! United in the Eucharist!
Jesus, we love you and may "we see the good in others most especially those close to us in our domestic Church/Family!" From Father today in his homily that really gave me a jab in the ribs! I am kind of worried and down about some things with those close to me, and I really do need to look for the good and trust! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb
Saturday, October 12, 2019
2 1/2 years ago Maria lived with us while Captain Joseph was in training for being a JAG officer on the East coast! Baby Evangeline Mary spent wonderful time together with her Grandpa Pat, and they got very close! My husband is my champion for LIFE and family and openness to LIFE and raising them as LIGHTS!
A precious reflection picture from 6 years ago of baby Bernadette, who will be 7 in a month so here she is 11 months old sitting in her blanket in my sink.
Beautiful babies and reflections of them is twice the specialness!
Saturdays are devoted to Mary and after reading morning prayer in The Magnificat and many special meditations and even the Gospel for today which has a woman in the crowd recognizing Mary's role in bringing Jesus/LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT into the world through her womb and caring for his every need as a helpless infant..
While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
"Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed."
He replied, "Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it."
He is speaking about how Mary brought The Word/Jesus into the world with her humble and total "yes"! She embraced the Truth and now we can all be brought to her Son, through her intercession!
Three of my children now have their arms full of baby boys! Nancy has George, Maria has Hector and John has Jude! The Lord makes us smile with the gifts of LIFE which makes our love grow more and more not stretch it thin!
I love these words today in morning prayer from St Louis de Montfort..."We would do well to entrust all our cares and our very lives to Mary, for she is 'the safest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect way' to Jesus and to sanctity."
Another memory from 7 years ago today!
Today little Patrick thrilled us with his eyes opening to look at the world. Tomorrow the little cool cap will not be on his head, and we will be able to see his brown hair and sweet head. Each step is celebrated! John's Crown of Thorns mystery used to pray for his healing from brain cancer is now passed on to Patrick that his MRI of his brain will show a beautiful healthy brain! Join us in our HOPE and FAITH that Patrick will continue to find health carrying his Most Cherished Cross. We truly rejoice in this beginning of the Year of Faith in our amazing glorious Church! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless
Today our Miracle boy, Patrick, turned seven 3 days ago, and is healthy and happy! I am reminded of some prayer needs that are heavy and keeping me on my knees today, and one being John as once again we are at a Crossroads of where the Lord is directing him... I told him today that my concern for him keeps me on my knees! How we both look to Mary and love her! John fell in love with Our Lady of Lourdes when he bathed in the waters 10 years ago when we miraculously went to France for Hallel to take her habit and then on to Lourdes! My 5th decade of the rosary each day is for John and all his family and those battling with cancer end up there, too!
Also from October 12th, 2012 of Patrick holding onto Maria's finger. It must have marked the beginning of the year of Faith, and how prefect?!?
May this image give us all the FAITH we need to pray constantly with HOPE, and TRUST that Jesus is healing little Patrick and Maria! The year of FAITH began for us with the most beautiful gift - an elderly man's loved and prayed Rosary! No better gift could we receive! Your prayers of FAITH will move mountains!!! Jesus, we pray for a perfect healthy brain in the MRI in a few days. Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless If you want to follow with updates go to my blog - http://
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Psalm 97 today promises us that with our trusting and humble prayer without ceasing those mountains/huge obstacles and needs that loom over us will truly be melted like wax!!! Yes, Lord, we trust and hope and pray with every breath that we take and every beat of our hearts!
We cannot love Mary too much. We can never love her more than Jesus did!
May this dwell always in my heart and soul and may I live this in my life!
Some beautiful words about Mary from the Meditation of the Day by Fr. Victor de la Vierge (1990)
In his Servant, God offers us the model of humility, in the Virgin, the model of abandonment. And she who brought God into the world received the mission of bringing us into the world of God and of forming in us the child she was, and the Child she bore. Without doubt we shall never see Jesus more clearly than through the eyes of her who called him, my Son, the first-born of a multitude of brethren.
Jesus, how we love to spend each new day with You, your Mother, the Saints and your Bride, The Church! We are given so much for our journey. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Our Bishop Terry Brandt sent pastors this prayer today. Pray it with me please. “Gracious God, O God, The rain and snow is falling. The costs are up and prices are down. For many, the payments are due and there is no money in the account. Lord, use us so that those who are struggling don’t feel alone or like failures in their efforts to steward your creation. We know there are those who feel the harder they work, the worse it seems to get. Strengthen those who have lost, laughter, joy or hope. Hold our farm families close as we do out best and act accordingly to you will in the days ahead.” Bishop Terry Brandt. Eastern North Dakota Synod of the ELCA (Lutheran). Thank you Terry....I’ve been there and barely survived. Thank you farmers....Hold on! Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Mom was so much a part of our lives, and we think of her often and miss her a lot! Mary standing behind her prayed for her great-grandmother with great feelings and compassion. It was hard to watch her fade away from heart failure and old age for the almost 2 years she was on hospice. We were very involved in her care and needs and spent most Sundays with her as we would bring her communion and spend time her after.
We are off to a neighbor's funeral soon. The readings today are tough ones to truly understand. The Gospel is Jesus' warning about when an evil spirit is cast out from us and returns to find our soul swept clean and in order and goes and brings 7 other spirits to make it so much worse! What is this telling us about when we are in the confessional and leave the evil and sinfulness there - forgiven and wiped clean? We then need to fill our inner temples with goodness, not leave it empty but fill it with all that we are given each day of this journey by our beloved Church, Jesus, Mary and the Saints! When we pray without ceasing there dwells in us The Holy Spirit and Our Mother bends down and lifts our needs to her beloved Son!