- 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
Saturday, November 30, 2013
"I bow down before the Cross made precious by Christ, my Master. I embrace it as his disciple." St Andrew
My dad leading grace before the Thanksgiving meal!
I am soon to be outside helping with the family project of tagging and giving vaccinations to all the calves. Paul is here with 3 of his kids and John will be out there too. So I just wanted to share one more beautiful part of morning prayer - it was the reading for today from Ephesians 2:19-22
19 "So then you are no longer dstrangers and aliens,4 but you are efellow citizens with the saints and fmembers of the household of God, 20 gbuilt on the foundation of the hapostles and prophets, iChrist Jesus himself being jthe cornerstone, 21 kin whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into la holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him myou also are being built together ninto a dwelling place for God by5 the Spirit. "
I thought that this was so wonderful a description of that Holy Temple that I can so much enter at all times within myself - there to gain the strength to LOVE and follow after HIM no matter what is asked of me and how difficult it is. I find comfort there throughout the day at work and in the interactions with those that I love - but why are they are they the ones that we tend to treat the worst?Most especially our Most Cherished Cross - our better half! May we always find a well-spring of LIFE giving water to quench our fire that flares up when we feel we are wronged of hurt. "Wounded, I will not cease to LOVE." the motto of the Community of the Lamb is how we are to live our lives in the trenches of war - our domestic Church/home!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"I thank you Lord for the shining example of openness to LIFE that each of my sisters is for me." John in prayer this morning
Casting Crowns - O Glorious Day
Friday, November 29, 2013
Here it is closer...
Just have to share this new family picture from Maria's blog - complete with Fr Mathias taken this Thanksgiving holiday! Fr Mathias is Therese's Godfather and a close family friend/family! Good to see our Patrick again and not just know that he was on Joe's back!
A shared article about the thanksgivings that happened before the Puritan one that made Thanksgiving famous... These were elsewhere in the new Land and mass/Eucharist was the focal point with the Spanish Catholics and the American Indians! As the end of the article says - And let everyone remember that “Thanksgiving” in Greek is Eucharistia. Thus, the Body and Blood of Christ is the true “Thanksgiving Meal”. see http://taylormarshall.com/2013/11/6-interesting-catholic-thanksgiving.html
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." Jesus to us this day in the Gospel - Luke 21
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Sitting next to my parents and brother with his family plus John and Pat this morning...so wonderful to start Thanksgiving day with Family and mass! The one leper of the 10, who returned to thank Jesus, reminds us that rather than asking all the time and feeling his healing touch - we need to be Thankful for all we are blesed with! So much to be thankful for and for Family, Faith and Farm is what fills my world! Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Thinking of Hallel this day and no Thanksgiving in Europe! My dad shared last night that when he was in the military he went to Marseille and got on a ship and headed from there to the Philippines where he was on guard duty and heard the Lord call him to become a minister. Today it all seemed to be so powerful to know that Little Sisters, with his Granddaughter Little Sister Hallel, is now in the midst of building a little monastery to bring Light to the world. There were times in our conversation last night - my parents sharing their history with us- that we realized how the finger of God touched my dad and brought him into Kalamazoo college and to meet my mom - the rest is history! Jesus, we thank you and trust in YOU. Bless-bless, Barb
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This seems very appropriate on the day before Thanksgiving... we are reminded of all those that are hurting and need us to reach out to them. What is more terrible than to know that there are kids that are cold and hungry? This is especially in focus today when we all know that the food is going to make our tables groan with the immensity of it all! I would ask that you go to my daughter, Nancy's blog, and read more of the details of this effort to put food in their mouths. Jesus, asks us to not gorge ourselves with all the wonderful food, but to think of those in need! Through the art of giving kids of all ages are asked to do some art project and scan it and put it on line in a slide show and family and friends can contribute to it much like a walk-a-thon- the money goes through http://www.crosscatholic.org/ to get the money to feed those without and in need! Here is the link to Nancy's blog sharing and she truly shared from he heart about a priest from the Philippines, who preached at their parish last Sunday - "We may have lost everything, but we haven't lost our faith!" http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/11/art-giving.html Her poignant point - in the US we have everything under the sun, but our faith is fading!
This Cross was made by my 4 year old grandson, David, last year in preschool. He wanted grandma to have it and it is displayed with pictures of all my grandkids - when I pray my rosary each day I look at it and them... it transports me to a very warm glowing inner temple of PRAYER/Faith/Family/Farm! I would bid without end for this precious item too!
Finally a very powerfully wonderful gift given me by Mary. She had a God-experience one evening looking at the sunset on a summers night this past summer! In the glorious golden clouds she saw Heaven - a Cross and A Church... it burned into her young soul and she immediately went into the office on getting home and put it to paper with pencil followed by crayon! She wanted to give it to grandma! It brings tears to my eyes as I share this - to know that they wanted to share this profound moment of Faith with me, and gift me with this vision of Glory! I would bid without end for this most precious picture!
How wonderful to teach our small children/grandchildren the art of giving! I really struggle with the ability to do this gracefully and instinctively. There are some that are always caring for and thinking of the needs of others! How important and powerful it is to show our small children on up to adult children how to give - there is an art to it, and to use their art to raise funds to feed those without is very special also. Using their God-given talents put to paper with the pure hearts of little children! How I learn at the feet of my children and grandchildren as they embrace their faith and give to their siblings and their parents the values and morals we instill in them as a domestic Church. When Ruth returned home after giving birth to Luke through a C-section - Simon was very sweet to his mom on returning home from school that first day - "Mom, let me help you with that." I am sure that many grandmothers reading this feel that emotional pull to those special works of art that have been gifted to them by their children and grandchildren over the years. So take some time and have an art day with them this holiday season and use their creations to feed those that are hungry and without - most especially the hungry children!
Mary's picture from my mom's story Treasures of a young girl praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament at a difficult time in her life! The stain glass windows were of her making - the sacred Heart of Jesus, and the rose of St Therese! Wow!
Jesus, at this time of great family gathering to thank God for all our blessings - may we always remember those that are suffering. There are those, who are alone - may we look around and reach out to them and invite them into our warm wonderful smelling homes - filled with laughter, and good food and good conversation and warm their sad and lonely hearts! May we find the art of giving to be natural and automatic - and share our excess with those who are hungry on all levels! May we share without counting the cost! May we bring our little ones up at LIGHTS to always care for those in need to the point of doing without to accomplish this! Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Simon has discovered that he can express his inner thoughts through art!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:25-31
Art is a JOY!
Danielle Rose - You did it to me from Matt 25
Hallel did put on her work habit and go out to feed the bottle calves! We knew she would, right Mary? Once a farmgirl always a farmgirl... even a farmgirl nun! They are very special!
Casting Crowns - If we are the Body
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zack-hunt/why-protestant-pastors-ne_b_4324400.html It is written by a Protestant, who says he's a protestant and a fan of Pope Francis. Now, I know that John Paul II also had an attraction to all people, whether Catholic or not, but it is a bit shaky to have this Pope so accepted and embraced by liberal press, who seem to follow and report much that he does. It is as if they are waiting for him to liberalize the dogmas, which will never be changed - respect for all LIFE, against abortion, no to any marriage other than one man and one woman for life, that artificial birth control is taking LIFE into our own hands and leaving God out... these are the main dogmas that the battle is over in this world - THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE! Pope Francis is showing us how to embrace all as Jesus would, and to not be judgmental towards others - to LOVE as Jesus loved and He went out to those that needed the doctor...
17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 How do you live like this? You stand for the Truth, yet you LOVE as Jesus showed us how to LOVE!
Ten years ago - Ruth and Paul were in Rome! They had traveled there with their wedding clothes in their suitcase to have their wedding blessed by the ailing John Paul II! Knowing that he will be Sainted in April on Divine Mercy Sunday - they debated naming Luke - John Paul, but Luke is who he is to be! That is very special to me as Luke is the Saint I chose as I was confirmed as an adult in the Catholic Church along with my parents - my dad had been a Protestant minister all my life til then - and my 10 younger siblings! Here is our story complete with pictures - http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html
Just off the phone from Ruth and I told her that I was sharing this today - "I ruined the bottom of my dress, but it was so worth it! What amazing memories of that day! Maria was with us and took that picture of us walking in the rain, and then we got on the street car and all those that yelled out "Congratulations!" in Italian!" "I had been watching the news and the Pope had been in and out of the hospital at that time, but that Tuesday he was well enough to do the general audience, and bless the marriages of many couples there!" I shared with her that the first thing Pat and I saw when we walked down to Saint Peters when we arrived in Rome was a beautiful bride standing by the fountain! Then when we went to the General Audience that day - we saw all the couples in their wedding clothes going up and kneeling before him to have their marriages blessed. It made perfect sense to have my champion of LIFE and for Family to bless couples as they start their lives together! He became Pope just a couple months after our marriage and he was my marriage for 27 years!
A picture that shows how precious is LIFE!
"Please, Bless us with a Happy Healthy Family." Wow!
Prayers answered!!! Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Jesus, may we LOVE like YOU without counting the cost!
Third Day - Trust in Jesus
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me
Luke did not want to miss any of his Baptism! He has just had the waters of Baptism wash him clean! On the path to be the Saint who is just Luke Paul Lanoue!
Monday, November 25, 2013
How he loves!!! Today I watched the 6th installment of Catholicism by Fr Robert Barron... He spoke so eloquently of The Church - One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic - He related The Church to Noah and his ark... You hunker down behind the walls of the Ark to protect LIFE, but as soon as possible he sent out that LIFE and returned it to flourish and fill the cleansed earth. He then spoke of Karol Wojtyla - to become Pope John Paul II - how he hunkered down in the underground to protect and deeply instill the Catholic values and Truth of the Church, but then he came back to Poland as Pope he released the LIFE and the world was changed! All the world witnessed the fall of Communism as a result of this resurfaced and protected Faith!
from Utube - 9 days that changed the world
Jesus, our Church is so exciting! I am swimming in the amazing ocean of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT! Jesus, thank you for my wonderful Papa! Jesus, we trust in YOU. Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Maria shared these wonderful pictures over the weekend on her blog with the kids helping with house cleaning chores each day. She has added this to their daily routine, along with homeschooling and going to mass and of course the time to play and get some physical activity, with nap time and meal time - that adds up to a very full day for the kids! It keeps Maria hopping too! I recall my nest years when I was allowed to stay home with my growing family. Talk about shared patterns in families - Ruth and I discovered that we had our 5 kids just a week apart - time wise. She and John were 9 years and one month, and Simon and Luke are 9 years and 5 1/2 weeks apart! We each experienced a lot of different things in the midst of those years, but the final family is much the same at this point. How familiar and wonderful it is to have them so close by and all the memories and JOYS of family come flooding over me! I did not homeschool, as Maria does, but we did have some great times sharing baking or canning or outside with dad and the cows and calves, and art project Saturdays -which got Nancy on fire to the point now that daily on her blog - http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/ She has art projects almost on a daily basis to share with the thousands that follow her! She also shares from the heart often... I especially loved this sharing last week and it has to do with what I am sharing about now - the ability to be home with our family! http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/11/reflection-supported-mother.html
So wonderful to see the kids taking JOY in helping out with the cleaning! I did not have a schedule, but it always surprised me to have the little ones interested in cleaning along side me - my strongest memories was little ones swishing around in the toilet with a rag - it was probably the water attraction! The girls did love to help in the kitchen - we washed dishes in the sink throughout the day as we had no dishwasher other than mom, and that was a big time to be involved helping out. Of course baking was always a group project as was canning together - some of my favorite times!
Here is a little girl, who was happy with a couple pancakes decorated with colored sugars by her brother and singing Happy Birthday to her with her one candle!
Jesus, it doesn't take a lot of expensive "things" to bring happiness to families! I will always remember someone saying to me that they were only having a couple kids so that their kids could have everything that she had never had... being one of the oldest in a family of 10! How can this be? There is so much more value, and it is truly the pearl of great price, to be blessed with siblings, and each one makes our LOVE and our experience of LIFE grow ever more and more! How can "things" ever compete with LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT? Even the times where the Most Cherished Cross enters in - the times we are called to die to self and it hurts - we are brought to a better place of new eternal LIFE through these times! When we are weak is when we turn to Jesus - our Good Shepherd - who lifts us up in His loving and forgiving arms and carries us! The widow today in the Gospel giving all she had - made her totally depend upon God, and do you think that He left her without? No, He tended to her every needs probably much more than she could have with those few meager coins! This is happening to this day with those that give to the Community of the Lamb when they beg for their food from the poor. Often, they hear of the blessings that have poured upon them when they give from their want! May we give without counting the cost this day and always. Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
"Without a moment's hesitation they received us into their place. 'Their place' was a piece of wasteland strewn with garbage, a few boxes, and an old mattress on which a young black woman was lying asleep.
Juan the oldest among them, an old Mexican fisherman with a heavily lined face, said. 'I can see that you're from God, and that you're also with us! Thank you.' Then he made room for us, and very politely invited us to sit down in the shade.
Leslie, a frail young blond woman, told us that she had been baptized two years before. 'I was washed clean of all my sins! But now' she went on, 'I've gone back to my old ways. I am a prostitute and a drunk.' She began to cry, 'But ever since I was baptized I feel that God is with me. I've kept in touch with Him. Today you've brought Him here with you!'
Monica, a little older, added: 'God is here. He is everywhere. Always. But we often forget that.'
We asked them if we could sing our mid-day Office in their place, here in the shade. They accepted joyfully, punctuating the prayer with applause.
'Hear the voice of my prayer
When I cry towards You,
When I lift my hands
Towards Your Holy Temple...'
Juan raised his hands to the sky while we were singing the anthem, and cried, 'It's beautiful!', while Monica punctuated each line of Psalm 119 ('Your Law is the Truth... Look on my misery, deliver me, for I have not forgotten the Law.') with cries of 'Yeah! Yeah! Right on!'
Ed, who just a few minutes before had been worried about us - 'Your not too hot?' - got up during the prayer and went off. A few minutes later he came back with three bottles of cold water he had just bought for us.
When it was time to leave we looked through our Bibles to find some holy cards we could give each of them. There were not enough to give one to Ed. Timidly a Little Sister offered him a green plastic rosary. Deeply honored, he replied, 'If you give me that I'll wear it always!'
Then he tried to put it over his head, but the rosary was too small. Monica got up and, gently and patiently, she managed to little by little get it over his ears and then his nose. It was funny and touching. We all laughed at Ed's good humor as he responded to this treatment like a happy child. From now on he would always wear the rosary!
Deeply moved, we left them.
The young woman lying on the mattress had apparently heard nothing of what happened. But when we walked past her she stood up and made a big sign of the Cross."
From a booklet that The Community put out after their first visit to the U.S. in 2007. Imagine a group of religious in their blue habits - "the color of the sky and the shape of the Cross" Fr Jean Claude - and when they sing it is truly like listening to the Angels in Heaven! No wonder at the response of these little lost lambs! They are such an example of giving and loving without judgment as Pope Francis asks of us to LOVE as Christ did and He asks us to take up our Most Cherished Cross and follow HIM!
Little Sister Inez taking her habit -such a powerful witness of Christ alive and well in this world!
Peter Mayer - Holy Now
This was too cute - Gus singing Happy Birthday to his one year old sister last week when they were here visiting!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
What do I love so much about these pictures of David and his new 3 week old brother, Luke? I love the beautiful colors - the turquoise in David's shirt and Luke's nuk, and then the softer blues all around them. But mostly I love to see their soft loving closeness and calmness that speaks to me of LOVE and comfort one with the other. David gently sits him up - explaining that he is helping Luke to see more of what is going on by helping him to sit up. Luke seems to appreciate this kindness by taking in the world with wide and alert baby eyes! It is what I love most about pictures - when they tell a story, and this certainly tells one of caring and love and peace and happiness and brothers for LIFE! Jesus, we trust in You. Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Photography is most wonderful works of art with LIGHT as the paintbrush! Lighting and color are the best thing there is and they make for such wonderful masterpieces of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Just a few more and then I will say goodnight!
Then there are smiles and dimples - happy times!
The photo story of another kind altogether!
Cute and happy!
Down for a family breakfast with 4 generations! Luke seems to know that this will be his home of Faith as it was for the 3 generations ahead of him - so blessed to have him here to share this 94 years after the great-grandmother that is holding him!
John called to share that he too had a special benefit breakfast after mass in Jackson this morning - "It was for a couple, who both have cancer! I didn't get to speak to them as it was so busy, but I did bid on some memorabilia they were auctioning off of the Twins!" John shared about how he really enjoyed meeting people and sharing mass in his new community today. So good to have that sacred bond with all those we encounter, and that familiarity of mass being the same wherever you go. All the readings are the same from the mud hut in some poor country church to St Peter's in Rome! Today with the second reading being from St Paul to the Colossians... so amazing! We have so much to ponder form the Word with the reading from the OT, the psalm, the second reading from the New Testament and then the Crown from the Gospel!
On this feast of Christ the King of the Universe, these words from St Paul
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions of principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is the head of the Body, The Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven." Colossians 1:12-20
So true! He never gives us on us!
http://www.faithit.com/atheist-heroin-addict-gets-schooled-on-power-of-prayer/#.UpE0ch3OwbE.facebook This moved me very much! It is from CBS news - Steve Hartman runs across a secret Santa, who goes around giving away $100 dollar bills without judgment of who they might be - deserving or not by human judgment - watch this and see how Jesus used this!
I just have to use Danielle Rose today as NCYC has come to an end - 23,000 youth have just had a life-changing encounter with Christ and his Bride, The Church! May they come fully into Communion with the Body of Christ now and always!
Danielle Rose singing See You in the Eucharist - a song she wrote to those loved ones that would miss her when she entered the Monastery for about a year. She discerned out - like our Maria did from the Poor Clares. They both certainly considered a call to religious LIFE!
A week ago at Luke's baptism!
From Nancy's camera - so perfect!