Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

So amazing - so perfect for grandma with the land of Oz in my house! 
Tomorrow the pumpkin will be here at noon!
Dorothy was a dream boat - red shoes and toto too!
Super tin man!
Scary flying monkey, David!
Wicked witch Mary!
The man in the yellow hat with Curious Georgette, Bernadette in the Cities tonight!  Wish I could see them in person!  So cute!  Big day tomorrow for our family!  Maybe I will have Nancy bring her monkey costumes home for grandma to see them in person.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
The Oz crew!
Photo: Two of my favorite trick or treaters. Digging in!
Someone asked who Gus was - Curious George!
 
Now the pictures are complete with the Narnian bunch from Texas - King Peter, Queen Lucy, and Trumpkin the dwarf for Patrick!  I know that Aslan/Jesus is ruling our world today with his Saints around him! 
 
 
 

All Hallow's Eve - vigil of All Saints Day!

When you think about the holiday we are celebrating today with so much time, energy and money... Halloween - are we aware of what we are truly celebrating?  I don't think so. It truly makes it kind of crazy to realize that it is the vigil of All Saints Day that we are making into this big crazy holiday of witches, gouls and goblins!  Look the work Ruth poured into her kids as those adorable creatures from the Wizard of Oz!  Too amazing for words - only a picture can do them justice and I will be the first stop tonight on their journey down the yellow brick road!  Although Mary chose the Wicked Witch - it is only a costume and these are truly being raised to be Saints and LIGHTS to the world!  Tomorrow at noon another brother will join them at noon, and we will all rejoice that a little new LIGHT/LIFE/LOVE has entered the world on the feast day of all feast days - All Saints Day!  It happens to be Hallel's feast day too, and we will be calling her with the arrival and that elusive name we are awaiting to hear!

On our journey to Jackson for John's new job yesterday. We talked about John and his sisters - being the youngest of 4 older sisters, and very close to especially the one just above him - Susan/Hallel - it only makes sense that we would talk about them.  There is a huge family history with John and Sue.. he knows that she saved his young life when he was around 2 and walking into a shed as Pat was backing out a tractor.  He also looked up to her in high school and watched her being loving towards all.  Here they are in one of those crazy years without a theme, and the kids just chose their look.  John wore that old grey/blond wig quite a few years as a old woman, and I think Sue was a tooth fairy this year.  After John speaking so lovingly about Susan/Hallel yesterday and how much he would love to have her close by to share with - his deep fears and anxieties of taking this big lonesome step in his life away from all that he knows - this picture taken on Halloween probably almost 20 years ago is just special and comforting for me to see here!
It will be fun to see the kids tonight, but of course my mind is focused on 24 hours from now when Ruth will be admitted and soon to have her new son!  I am also thinking a lot about John's first day alone.  But I have been getting some wonderful reminders from my ever faithful prayer partners that they are with me in this!  So powerful for me!  Thank you all!
Pat and I have the house to ourselves until the family arrives on Saturday to see the newest member.  This morning we shared morning prayer - amazing!  It was about the living water that gives us LIFE, and I was not disappointed to find the reading Isaiah 55:1 - the verse of our conversion to the Catholic Church!  Then the first reading from today was very amazing for Pat and I to share - not only is Romans amazing too, but this reading I had the honor of reading at the funeral of a wonderful TEC friend two years ago - making it very special to us!
"... in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:31-39  That pretty much covers anything, and we can take great HOPE in this promise and Truth!
A theme All Hallow's eve where Pat stepped in the house after milking the cows and took his rightful place as the Big Chief! 
Jesus, we are filled with so much today as we look to your Church at your side.  Your Bride there to give us all that we need and more with each new day!  This is such a wonderful vigil as we look with great anticipation to your celebration of All the Saints tomorrow along with the arrival of a new little precious light to the world - baby boy Lanoue!  We continue to Trust in YOU holding Ruth and her son in the palm of your hand and close to your heart burning with LOVE for them.  Nothing can rob us of the HOPE we have in YOU.  Be with John this day as he enters his path laid out before him and longs to share with the world your Truth of healing and walking among us as much today as 2000 years ago!  Come Holy Spirit and dwell within us filling us with all we need to pick up our Most Cherished Cross and follow after YOU.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Halleluia
John in Kindergarten and mom being flashy mom to embarrass him.  I always told the kids that it was my job to keep them humble and embarrass them on a regular basis.  I did it very well... just ask any of them. 
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
When Hallel left from France - the 5!
"All you who are thirsty, come to the water!  You who have no money , come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!"  Isaiah 55:1
Lord, I thirst for you all my LIFE and you give me more than I need - I am yours!
Danielle Rose - the Saint that is just me
 
Retweeted Pope Francis (@Pontifex):

"Christians know how to face difficulties, trials and defeat with serenity and hope in the Lord."
Thanks Pope Francis - you knew that John and I needed to hear this today! 
casting Crowns - Praise You in the Storm

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

John in Jackson...

John showed me around the Church as he is living in an old convent just a block away.  Our Lady was beautiful and welcoming to us....  Off to babysit while Ruth and Paul teach faith formation - will write more later.  This is the first time we have had an empty house for about 5 months now.  Lord watch out for Johnny as he is alone in a new town, but close to your Church where he will be fed and cared for where it really matters.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
I am dog tired after the last few days - I just wanted to share a special moment on our trip down through the fog to Jackson this morning - John and I.  We shared morning prayer and then visited for a while.  Morning prayer was about humility quite a bit as was the Gospel today about entering through the narrow gate and the least shall be first.  We decided to do a decade of the rosary just before John did a phone interview with a lady from the Jackson paper about the new extension 4H leader in town... "John you decide which decade of the rosary speaks to you."  "I want to choose the 2nd luminous - the wedding at Cana."  "Why that one?"  "Because both Jesus and Mary are there to help this couple as they go out on their own for the first time.  I am going out on my own for the first time and I am asking them to be with me and help me."  Wow!  That was some powerful amazing teary decade of the rosary with my son!  Then he got on the phone and had a wonderful interview with this gal from the Jackson paper.  He shared that he would try not to take sides but be a peacemaker and fair in dealing with issues that come up.  He also used the word humble to describe how he would be open to people pointing out when he makes mistakes.  "I am just learning and know that I will need help and I will welcome those that show me how to improve."  Humility and Humor certainly have been very large for John in these last 4 years!  I will miss our laughter around here... 
John on  a gloomy day outside his humble abode in the basement of an old convent...Jesus, hold John in the palm of your hand.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I am HIS! We are never alone to face LIFE!

Large feelings flowing all around me this day!  How I longed to get some time in front of Jesus at Adoration, and arrived there to find a funeral today.  John shared that he hardly slept all night due to the anxiety of realizing that he will out on his own starting tomorrow!  It is a hard thought to get your mind around when you have been living in community all your life up until now.  Sharing with Nancy his fears this morning - she reminded us of the night before Ruth headed off to Bismarck, ND for college - she crawled into her bed and cried and cried at the fear of going somewhere that she knew no one.  Looking back at her life and how that formed her and Bismarck turned into the perfect place for her to become the beautiful Ruth Ida Lanoue she is today - to be a new mother for the 5th time in just 3 days!  John has longed and prayed for the door to open - after 4 months it did to life of working with youth in 4H in Jackson MN!  Now with it just a day away the realization of being alone is crowding out the anticipation and happiness at finally finding his path for now.  As a mom we take on the stuff our kids are going through deep in our heart, mind and soul.  I am very much feeling like I need to join Hallel here on my knees in front of Jesus this day of deep feelings.  I am very aware each day of her prayers for us that are weaving through the lives of her family.  As soon as anything happens - we call France to let her know to pray.  As soon as we knew of Nancy's new pregnancy - we called France.  Those prayers are so large and important to bring that peace and Trust that I am HIS and he is in control!
I know that she is daily in front of her spouse, Jesus Christ, in loving adoration and worship!  She is lifting us up to HIM and He is listening to her pleas.  I am finding great comfort in this realization this week of Ruth's final days until we finally get her precious new son here safe and sound.  I am laying my fears at His feet and learning to fall on my knees in constant prayer and trust.  I had a most amazing conversation with a father of a large family that I have met through TEC last evening.  It was one of those amazing conversations that just jumps from one life-giving Jesus-touched-me event to another.  In a matter of 10 minutes I had shared about John's miraculous trip to Lourdes after his second chemo and he barely could make it to the bathroom on his own, how Fr Craig had been there and they had asked them to pour the water over his head - "That is where I need my healing."  Then sharing our entire family converting to the Catholic Church and now my dad is a deacon from being a Protestant minister as I was growing up.  To Hallel being a nun, and Maria spending 5 months with the Poor Clares... Just about to launch into Patrick's healing as he asked about where Maria is now, but he had to leave - who knows how long this crazy snowballing conversation that made me just stand back in awe of all the Lord has done in my life!  It came rushing out of me with great JOY and like the Life-giving stream that it truly is!  Too much is filling me with such wonder and awe and humility that why would my Lord be so good to undeserving me?  In return I want to share with all the world that He truly LIVES and among us touching us and caring for our every need!
My picture is complete... to have all my children together in April brings great peace to my soul.  I know that they all love our Church and pray for the Lord to show them their path.  That has certainly been true of John, his dad, and I since he returned home from the seminary to find work.  Sharing morning prayer from the office, and always trusting that the path would be shown to John.  There have been disappointments along the way, and the JOY of sharing his story numerous times!  How he longs to do that most of all.... knowing that the Lord has answered his prayers for Faith, and as John prays each morning - "Continue to heal my heart, O Lord."  I am finding such JOY and Peace, and the strength of HOPE in reminding myself that I am HIS this day of surging seas of emotions!  As I was reminded in morning prayer this morning and as little Sister Hallel reminded us when we called her on Father's Day 2009 to tell her that John had a tumor in his brain (cancer)...."Mom, do you remember the Gospel for today?"  "Yes, it was Mark 4 - Jesus calming the storm."  "Well, this is the storm and Jesus is in control!"  "Jesus rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Quiet! be still!'  The wind ceased and there was great calm."  Mark 4:39
Hallel was very impressed by the changes at our Church.
Jesus, today you reminded us that we need only have the faith of a mustard seed to face all that comes to us, and to come through trusting in YOU.  May we find the ways you show us your LOVE and unconditional forgiveness of all our weaknesses and sins.  You lift us in your arms and protect us from the howling wolves that surround us.  When the waves of feelings and fears come crashing over us and around us - you lift your hand and your voice and they follow your command to "be still!"  May we know that no matter what we face - from it we will grow and become more and more yours.  The glorious first reading today was so powerful for me a year ago in El Paso just days after the death brought back to LIFE birth of my grandson, Patrick... Romans 8..."We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption..."  Jesus, how we are filled with your Spirit showing us the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE!  May we without hesitation or counting the cost pick up our Most Cherished Cross and follow after YOU.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Jesus said,  "What is the Kingdom of God like?  To what can I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.  When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches."  Luke 13:18  May that tiny seed of Faith grow and grow to fill our lives with LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
My 5 with their precious grandma Ann - Ruth will have her 5 in the same number of years and only a month difference!!  Talk about patterns! 
I know that John is feeling alone today, and I am feeling that I want my family around me too.  These pictures of them all together is a reality in our spiritual world - we are united through Faith and prayer without ceasing!  Feel the LOVE/LIFE/LIGHT for it is real!  John, you are never alone - you are surrounded by the LOVE and prayers of your family, so many prayer warriors, Our Lady, All the Angels and the Saints!  Never alone!
Casting Crowns - Praise you in the storm
Casting Crowns - Who am I?

Monday, October 28, 2013

In love and intent on farming....

Take a look at that set chin and look of determination ... that is the boy now a man - Patrick Verly.  He speaks often of how he has always loved farming and known that he would be a farmer.  How he pushes through at these difficult times of harvest, and calving, and planting, and all that comes with livestock and crops and the big business of farming and feeding the world.  Those big hands are full with the responsibility of caring for livestock and a family being raised in the Faith - "the world needs LIGHTS."  Open to family and determined to give them morals and values.  Truly a man of determination!  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

 

Halloween week or should I say All Saints Day week?

A year ago I had just come back from Texas at this point, and Maria pulled together a Robin Hood theme for her kids and sent me a picture... Maid Marion, robin Hood and Little John - too cute.  I have always had themes for Halloween and it is fun to see my girls carrying that forward.  I will keep Ruth's theme under my hat, but is so great that it is hard!  I don't know what Nancy or Maria have come up with for this year either, so that isn't hard for me to keep secret.  With the sewing and gathering of the items needed for costumes it truly becomes a week long project or more.  I remember sewing and dying and sewing and on and on in an ever greater obsession as there were more and more kids to costume. 
halloween collage 1
Here are a couple examples of our Halloweens over the years - the Indian squaw and papoose with little braves, and the grass/corn leaf skirts year... boy did we trash many homes that year and arrived home with just a wasteband left - good thing we were wearing shorts underneath.  '
I had a scary thought about Ruth and her little boy first thing this morning and it brought me to my knees - asking the Lord to help me find a place of peace and Trust in HIM as He is truly in control!  All I can focus on and pray about is Friday - All Saints Day at noon when he will come into the world and we will get to meet him in person!
I picked up a few things today to help me get super excited to meet him - these will soon have our little guy inside of them!  They look huge but they are only 0-3months!  In many ways we think of this week as Halloween week with all the hype about costumes and parties and candy etc.  But for me it is All Saints week with Friday being the super amazing Feast day of All Saints Day - it is Hallel's feast day too!  Since she did not choose a regular saints' name when she changed her name, and her name Little Sister Hallel means the highest praise - as in Hallelujah!  It was decided that her feast day should be All Saints Day as that is the day that all the Saints in Heaven are having a big Praise Party for their wonderful God and Savior Jesus Christ!  Hallel knows that she will have her new nephew here on Friday - her feast day, so she called Ruth over the weekend and asked her how she was doing and told her that she was praying for her.  Then she told her this funny story about returning to France about a month ago.  It took her about 24 hours of standby to get there and finally they found a plane for her to get to Paris on, but it would just be a bit different...First she sat in the stewardess jumpseat in the back of the plane for take off.  Then the stewardess seat in the first class for a while.  But for the landing she was in the cockpit with the pilots!  She said that it was quite a view to see the lights of Paris in the early morning hours as they landed.   I am sure that they pilots thought it was rather good luck to have a nun up sitting with them in the cockpit as they landed.  They were French pilots she told Ruth.  She sure has the adventures - some which would give me some pause, but she seems to roll with the waves that toss us in life.
On a final note today on this late entry... John came home from the Senior High Festival with this great T-shirt!  How sick are we of all the tear jerking commercials about saving the animals when human LIFE is taken with no thought or consideration!?!  This is really a profound statement of Truth! 
Jesus, we thank you for This being All Saints Week and the little boy that will arrive safely on that day!  Protect all LIFE this day and always.  May human life we cherished and protected at all costs.  As Horton the Elephant says so eloquently and Truthfully - "a person's a person no matter how small."  Be with the farmers this week as the harvest is coming out.  We are so grateful for the prayers that surround us, and depend on those to keep us hopeful and trusting in YOU.  May we take the gauntlet of being your Apostles and sharing with the world the Truth that will set them free.  St Simon and St Jude pray for us.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.  Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit."  Ephesians 2: 19-22 The first reading at mass today all over the world!
The end is in sight for the corn coming out in the next few days!  Praise HIM!
Chris Rice - Come to Jesus
Danielle Rose - the Saint that is just me
 
 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Making fun...

One year Nancy dressed up like me for Halloween.  She looked much better than me in my own clothes and it was fun for me to stand back and be amused by the joke!  It didn't discourage me from being the craziness that is me.  But I also haven't noticed her wearing a top knot since, or quite the clothes that mom wears.  She does have the unique taste that makes her a bit like her mom, although I don't know what she would think of that statement. 
With fields of corn stalks - I was thinking of these pictures of Maria and Joe's engagement pictures on a beautiful picture perfect fall day much like today.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
 


30th Sunday of Ordinary time -not so ordinary!

A year ago this was the sight that greeted me when I returned home to the farm after being gone for a month to El Paso and all that happened with the birth of Patrick!  Sweet little Rose is just 5 days away now from being a big sister, and I am praying so hard and constantly with each day for his safe arrival!  I am so humbled when I look into the eyes of these precious new little ones!  They are the face of a little miracle - new life is to be cherished and protected without counting the cost! 
This is the little one - Patty Joe- that I was given the humble joy of watching come home to the loving arms of his family after 2 1/2 weeks in NICU fighting for his LIFE!  Now discharged and deemed totally healed!  Prayer works - God listens and answers our needs with great merciful LOVE! 
Here is the O-so-sweet, Bernadette, who I made it home to welcome just 2 weeks later!   What a heartwarming picture of a thrilled and happy little 1 1/2 year old brother, Augustine!  Do you think he has grasped at his young age just how wondrous is a new little life in his arms?  Yes!  He is so aware of the JOY new LIFE brings into the world - our love grows bigger with each new member, not stretched more thin!
Soon we will be sharing the face of our newest member as we lift in prayer for him and all those we have been given on this earth to pray for.
Jesus, protect the farmers and hold all those in our domestic Church/family close to your heart burning with LOVE This day.  May we humbly pray constantly this Jesus prayer taken from the tax collector in the Gospel this day - "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner."  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barb
"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner."
 
 
 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fr Cozzens to be Bishop - called from the womb!

http://thecatholicspirit.com/featured/abort-child-way-says-bishop-elects-mom/?fb_action_ids=10152676483106531&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.Umszi3Oh79Q.like&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210152676483106531%22%3A242152102607561%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210152676483106531%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%2210152676483106531%22%3A%22.Umszi3Oh79Q.like%22%7D

I know it looks like a strange link but it is a wonderful article about future Bishop Cozzens!  Another person who met the cross within the womb and from there heard the call to follow HIM carrying his Most Cherished Cross. Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

Landmark Day in Texas

A year ago we were very excited!  We were bringing Patrick home from the hospital!  My month in Texas was a day from ending, but I felt so honored to be there to see little Patty Joe come home to the excited arms of his family!  Not knowing what to expect as he was called the sickest baby in NICU... he changed for the better with each new day, and thrilled us with the health and healing that we hoped and prayed for! 
Look at him!!!!  It is evident to me that he is finally at home surrounded by his loving family and feels great JOY and completeness!  Lord, it was brutal to watch you on the Cross - suffer and die- and it was likewise an agony to watch little Patrick experiencing that in Maria's womb before birth.  He was brought to newness of LIFE with the help of good doctors and so many prayers.  Because of the Cross set upon his shoulders 20 minutes before birth... he is your little Lamb, and taught us that Prayer is a powerful communication of LOVE between those that are weak followers of You and your unconditional LOVE and forgiveness.  Please be with all LIFE, most especially Ruth and her little boy in this last 6 days. Jesus, we thank, praise, and trust in YOU.  You give us HOPE in the midst of the storm.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barb
"If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through the Spirit that dwells in you."  Romans 8:11
"I love my family and my new life!"  Patty Joe
Little Lamb Patrick in the LIGHT a year ago just before grandma headed back to MN
Casting Crowns - Praise You in the storm
 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Some harvest pics on a beautiful day - 60 degrees!

John was out raking ahead of the baler...
Working out the kinks and now getting close to 100 bales of corn stalks for bedding this winter.
Pat unloading in the bright sun!  Gold from the field!
Raking on a beautiful day!
A work of art at your feet in the sunlight.  Jesus, may this weather hold out until we get the corn in the bins and all the other work done that comes with fall.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

"Oh, Oh..."

Rose might not be speaking much yet at close to 1 1/2yo, but she certainly understands and gets her point across with pointing and sounds and a few words here and there.  One precious thing that she does whenever anything happens is say - "Oh, Oh."  You know the Oh Oh I mean... like something bad has happened - Oh,Oh, I just spilled my milk on the floor.  Or Oh, oh I just dropped my spoon while trying to feed myself.  Or Oh, oh where did I put my blanket this time.  Or Oh, oh grandma you forgot to turn on Sesame Street on the TV for me to ignore while I get into mischief.  Or Oh, oh I just pooped my diaper after you just changed me.  Or Oh, oh I just bumped my head on the counter, but we usually see some tears with that one...  So, as you can see, "Oh, oh" can be both truly bad things in her eyes, or just annoying mishaps that come with learning about the world and using a spoon to eat with, but even grandma can drop that!  I find these little sweet Oh ohs very sweet and they make me smile rather than irritate me - even the one she tells me after just changing her diaper.  Is there a lesson to be learned from all this?  Yes, I think so.  Today in the Gospel Jesus tells us that we need to "settle on the way" if someone has something against us.  We need to frequent the sacrament of reconciliation and lay our burdens at his feet saying our grown up version of - "Oh oh."
Sometimes, I have to admit, it seems like Rosie gets into mischief and does something that she knows grandma doesn't want her to or has just said no to her... and then she comes up to me with her big brown eyes and goes - "oh oh" and points in that direction.  I do then feel a bit annoyed and tell her more firmly "no" and put it up so that she can no longer get into it.   How does this apply?  Yes, there are many things that we know are wrong and we go right ahead and do over and over in our sinfulness/selfishness!  As Paul tells us today in the first reading of Romans 7  "For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil that I don't want... Miserable one that I am!  Who will deliver me from this mortal body?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord."  We need to sincerely be examining our inner selves and working hard to rid ourselves of this sinfulness that we cling to.  How?   By coming to God saying "Oh oh" and falling on our faces in front of HIM and asking for his unconditional Love and Forgiveness to take the weight off our shoulders, so that we may then with new strength and purpose may shoulder our Most Cherished Cross and follow HIM down the narrow path of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT! 
Who would ever want to suppress the JOY and happiness of a child with all there is to discover and grow in newness of LIFE?  Discipline is good at times, but the overwhelming feeling of wanting to forgive and forget that sweet innocent little one is so strong.  Jesus, too, with us his children tells us over and over that we need to become like these little ones to enter the kingdom of Heaven.  When we are fed at the table of LIFE, and turn to Him in our weakness through constant prayer and coming to the Sacraments and each day fortified by the Saints of each day, Our Lady and her life-line, the Rosary (Our little Rose Ida named for this as well as St Rose of Lima, Ruth's patron saint), and Angels around HIM worshiping and praising... so much to give us that finger to help us go forward and if we fall down and go boom - it hurts and we cry, but Our Loving Lord and His Mother come and lift us up and kiss us and hold us close to that heart burning with LOVE for us!  Today in morning prayer John prayed for "continued healing for my heart."  I asked him about this... "I am praying for growth in Faith when I pray for that, mom."  I shared with him that I know that the Jesuits/Pope Francis also has much devotion and looks at our human condition as from the heart. 
Jesus, thank you for the gift of LIFE that surrounds us, and all the lessons to be learned from these little ones.  You took a child and placed it in their midst when sharing how we are to approach YOU.  So many lessons come to us from them, and our feelings towards them with the endless LOVE and care is just a hint of how much unconditional LOVE and forgiveness you have for us!  May we learn to come openly to you and lay our sins at your feet in the confessional and say with a sincere heart - "Oh oh."  We have sinned, O Lord, and ask for you to help us walk away from our recurring mistakes and find the strength to come more and more into Your LIGHT!  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"Turn into yourself, arouse your memory, work inside your soul.  For the outward telling of your sins brings little fruit if not joined to interior repentance..."  Fr John Tauler (1361)

Ephesians 4:29-32

New International Version (NIV)
29" Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."  This reading was part of morning prayer with John.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if this could be true?  Especially this time of year with all the tensions of getting the crop out.  Oh oh!
Our bins are all full already!  Please keep the farmers safe and thanks for the sun!
Veggie Tales - Cheeseburger
Happy Birthday Joseph - here is a song by Third Day for you!  I always think of your singing when I hear them.  I would love for you to put Hail Mary Full of Grace on Utube!  I would listen to it all the time.  I love that copy that Maria had from your parents house before you left for the army.  You are amazing and we thank God for you every day!  Jesus, hold Joseph close to your heart burning with LOVE for him.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Bless-bless, mom and dad Verly