Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The excitement is building!/Prayer to our lLady


   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

The journey begins! Away for a week? KC and my parents!/" to the ends of the world, their message."

My travel companions from over 3 years ago... the baby now is George and Josephine is 3 1/2 now.  Nancy will be in the passenger seat caring for her 5 kids and I will be driving us to KC tomorrow!

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!
Pat holding Evangeline almost 3 years ago!  She will be 3 in a couple weeks on All Saints Day/Nov 1.

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!

1 Kings 17:7-24 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 widow there 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 Lord sends 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 first time David met his aunt, Little Sister Hallel, and The Community shortly after Patrick was healed 7 years ago... Hallel asked Little Dave - "Do you know who I am?"  "No, but you look like my mom."
Maria and Hallel with Hector in June!  Yes, they look a lot alike #3 daughter and #4 daughter!

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.
Psalm 19
We will be praying in the Grotto for the many needs we have!

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!
Hallel is Godmother to Therese!  So many prayers are wonderful to have indeed!

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
Evangeline and Hallel got close. Hallel has lived close to Nancy and kids, so I am sure she will be excited to see them!  Family time is the best and there can be no pricetag for having time together!
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Danielle Rose - the Saint that is just me

Monday, October 14, 2019

Romans first!/Time with Jude/looking ahead... KC and St Paul!

Jude with daddy, John, and Bobbi came over to watch the Vikings and have Sunday dinner!  How we love the BIG family gatherings and the small!

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.
I  have Jude this morning, and had to set up a fall photo shoot with the wonderful arrangement that I was gifted by my girls and grandkids for my birthday a week ago.  The word says "Thankful" and so I am to have my wonderful family sharing our Faith and Farmlife.

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.
Yes, Jude we are so thankful for you in our family!  We did not hear a whimper out of him the time he was here yesterday and such a good boy for grandma today!
 Grandpa was Jude's high chair for Sunday dinner...  Mom fed him what we had - mashed potatoes, cooked carrots and applesauce.  It is such a great feelings when the baby can join us in our meals even eating the same food, which was prepared with love!  Sunday dinner with family is so special to me!  Serving our meat, canned food, and food from the garden... nothing better!
 Sharing the icon of Jesus, Mary and John my mother made from barn wood and gifted to me with Bobbi and John!  When we turned it over we could see that the wood had been cut with a saw... very old indeed!  Mom explained to me that she left the side as is to show that it was from the barn there in Wisconsin - "the farm".

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!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html
He brought his jumper along and loves his tongue to blow bubbles with!

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!
How's this...
"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."
Romans 1:1-7

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!
'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.  Bless-bless'
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!
 Grandma and her photo shoots... Jude is getting trained!

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!
How I would love to take along John, Bobbi and Jude, but their lives are not allowing it to happen now.   A time will come!

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
I always have to take 3... It is not completed without trying at least 2 times!
 Captain Joseph home from Afghanistan 7 years ago... his kids love to dance while he plays... joyful healing much like Psalm 98 today!  Joseph sounds like Third Day!
Third Day - Cry Out to Jesus
 Romans was the first reading 7 years ago in The Church!  This verse said it all for our family on our knees for Patrick!
 St Patrick held my hand!  St Patrick's Cathedral was just down a few blocks from the NICU at Divine Providence hospital in downtown El Paso... I spent many hours there in prayer!
 On our knees and giving control to Jesus and Mary and trusting!
 Looking at his mommy and giving her comfort and hope!

Patrick came home and is doing wonderfully - healed!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-story-of-little-lamb-grandson.html
Missing my military family!  Sad that they will not be here to share in our Christmas, but knowing that they are united with us in The Eucharist and our Faith/Family/Farm!  Bless-bless, Barb
God of wonders - third Day
Casting Crowns - If we are the Body
Walking through the open doors and trusting!

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!

 Yes, we have two wonderful red haired grandchildren!  They are about a year and a half apart, and will probably be photographed many times  together over the years.  This was after mass shared as a family at the end of our most cherished 2 weeks of Maria coming for time with family in early July!

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!
 Joy spent the night with grandpa and grandma while mom and dad were away at Teams of Our Lady.  Playing in the tub is part of her time.  It certainly must be so quiet to be here alone without the activity and noise level of 5 older siblings!
 Grandpa brushing his little Joy's hair after her bath.

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!
 After 4 girls... I had no idea that grandpa liked to brush girl's hair!
 Jude is a jumper and a happy boy!  It was hard to get him without some part of him moving!

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."
 A guy on the move and happy about it!

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!
 On the move!!!  He got in his jumper for the first time yesterday and it was delightful for him we are told.  They will be here soon to watch the game and have some family time.  Maybe they will bring the jumper and we can giggle with him and at him!
 Joy and Jude are about 2 years apart!  Joy seems to be a baby lover...
 And then there is Big Dave, who was just serving as a altar boy... He loves his baby boy, Jude, as John is his Godfather and Bobbi his adopted Godmother.  But I tend to think that he is a baby lover just like his dad and grandpas!

Jude you will know your cousin Dave very well as he will hold you and hold you and hold you!

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!
We only put one sink in our new bathroom just so that there would be a counter to change babies!  John changing Jude a few months back.  Tomorrow Jude will be hanging out with grandma here, so it might come into handy again.  How we love to have the little ones making our family larger and more and more LOVE with each one!  Yes, in my farmhouse I have 2 beach bathrooms!  My loss of my wonderful cabin on Lake Michigan is fills me with longing and sadness, so I love to enjoy my Beach Farm Bathrooms!

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
A trip to KC with Nancy and maybe a farm kid or two in a few days are filling me with a lot of anticipation and excitement!  Real hugs are the best!
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Danielle Rose explains - See you in the Eucharist
The song - See you in the Eucharist

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Mary is the 'safest, easist, shortest, and most perfect way" to Jesus.../On our knees!

 How I love refection pictures and those with precious babies and my hunky husband give me the utmost of JOY!

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!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/my-most-cherished-cross-patrick-gerard.html
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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!
 Diving back into pictures from a summer of 2017.  Rose with Mary our Mother of heaven and earth.

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."
Luke 11

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!
 Summer of 2017 was our last home visit from Hallel!  We hope for another visit this next summer.  A mother can have fake plans can't she?

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."
 Lilacs... my most favorite flower and Jesus in the monstrance which is the best hour I spend all week!  My rosary prayer is a huge part of how I pray, and she takes my needs to Him!  Those words of St Louis ring so true for me and how Mary is so close to me and brings me ever closer to her Son!
 We always go over to Mary and join her with our love and devotion!  Our Spiritual Mother, who gave us New LIFE after our earthy mothers gave us life!
 Beautiful new life!  Ruth with her two youngest daughters about 2 1/2 years ago!  Joy in the dress worn by her big sister, Rose about 5 years before!
Little orange slice, Rose again, about 7 years ago!  I am having too much fun with old pictures today as I watch the snowflakes coming down on this October 12th!  Oh my, so early, Lord!
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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!
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/johns-cancer-stories.html
https://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-story-of-little-lamb-grandson.html
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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://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/

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!
 4 years ago in KC... the icon in the chapel of Lumen Christi/LIGHT of Christ monastery.  One of my favorite icons are those where Jesus is eating Mary's chin with LOVE!  I have seen my grandkids do this to my daughters - "I love you so much that I want to eat you up with LOVE!"

We cannot love Mary too much.  We can never love her more than Jesus did!
 Over our heads in the cupela of the monastery is this powerful motto which Hallel and her Community of the Lamb live by - "Wounded, I will not cease to love"

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.


Baby Josephine in the chapel in KC 3 1/2 years ago.  How Nancy misses her Holy Hour there each week!  We plan to head down there this week for MEA break!

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
There are 4 chickens out there about ready to start laying eggs!  Just in time for them to freeze before we can eat them.  Rose with eggs about 4 years ago.  Bless-bless, Barb
John sent this of Jude in his jumper for the first time today and loving it!  "He is blowing bubbles!"
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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.

Lord, you saved him and you have a plan for him!
Ryan Stevenson - eye of the storm
Jeremy Camp - Dead man walking

Friday, October 11, 2019

One canner of applesauce/Remembering mom and thinking about my mother with her changes

 A memory from 4 years ago...  a year from when we lost Pat's mother!

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.
Pat's mother would have so enjoyed meeting our Joy Jean!  She gives this grandmother so much love and charms my socks off!

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!