Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hallel's birthday card - late and filled with newness of LIFE

 I waited to include pictures of  new nephew, Romeo, in Hallel's birthday card.  It is late - her birthday was Sept 18th, but I am going to get it in the mail here in the next days.

This should catch her up on our lives, and her new wonderful nephew.  She needs to meet 3 new nephews now... someday we hope and pray!

"Behold I make my words in your mouth, a fire." Jer 5:14

Rose came over to help get the cows across the road to clean up the grass one last time before that dreaded winter hits.  The weather has changed drastically and we are looking for winter jackets while we pick up about 12 pails of windfall apples off the ground.  I now have the smell of cooking apples in the house on this cold blustery day - making a canner of fresh applesauce.  Fall is in the air!
 Some cows and the bulls on this side of the road... now on the other cleaning up the grass. 

Today on the feast of St Jerome... translator of the Bible and writer of commentaries to enrich our reading and studying...  I pray that the Lord in his Word may be a fire that comes from my mouth.
 I had to go and get some parts where John works selling trucks and got a pic of him in his office... with his permission, of course.

It has been a long day, and my rosary is calling me so this will be quick today.  It seems that each of the kids, other than the Texas one, has checked in today with prayer needs, so those are calling out to me.
 Luke will be 11 months tomorrow and came over to brighten my day, too.

I am filled with excitement knowing that one of my young amazing TEC friends, studying in Rome this semester with St Thomas Catholic Studies program, is going over to visit The Community of the lamb and "finally meet Hallel!"  I am so excited to hear about her visit and maybe see some pictures of my Little Sister Hallel and the other sisters in Rome.  I am also excited for her to meet this amazing group of followers of the Lamb.  "Wounded, I will not cease to LOVE." - the motto they live by and the example of the Lamb to us.  Talk about the words that become a fire!  There is no better fire to burn away the hurt and the anger and the bitterness that comes from hurt than forgiveness!
 Rose in the pickup with me - watching her dad chasing the cows into the new pasture on the other side of the road.
 The wind is cold today... Rose and Luke looking at some Indian corn with the onlooker - Roger the dog.
 Out of the wind in the van with a couple pails of windfall apples for Ruth's chickens...

A fire that casts light, heat and burns away the weeds and the trash... that is what the Word/The Truth will do in our lives if we take the Word/Christ and have it be part of us.  Each night I read the Gospel for the next day with great anticipation and excitement!  May it be a fire and set people around me alive and alight!
 Rose giggling with Roger snuggles - "Doggy!"

Jesus, St Jerome spent time away from the world and did not sleep for love of Your Word - "He is reading or writing the whole time."  May we also hunger and thirst for The Way, The Truth and the LIFE that comes to us from your Word/Christ Jesus in our midst!  One thing that my friend, Ellen, is going to discover about the Community of the Lamb is there love for Christ in His Word!  How they become Christ knocking on the door of the poor -as they become Christ through the chewing and digesting and becoming his Word!  Hallel had this burning love of Christ in His Word and this is what led her to enter the Community, after meeting them while studying in Rome through Catholic Studies in St Thomas!  I am praying that other young men and women may love Jesus and listen for his personal call to them to become his priests , brothers and Brides/sisters.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"In the remotest part of a wild and stony desert, burnt up with the heat of the scorching sun so that it frightens even the monks that inhabit it, I seemed to myself to be in the midst of the delights and crowds of Rome. In this exile and prison to which for the fear of hell I had voluntarily condemned myself, I many times imagined myself witnessing the dancing of the Roman maidens as if I had been in the midst of them: In my cold body and in my parched-up flesh, which seemed dead before its death, passion was able to live. Alone with this enemy, I threw myself in spirit at the feet of Jesus, watering them with my tears, and I tamed my flesh by fasting whole weeks. I am not ashamed to disclose my temptations, but I grieve that I am not now what I then was" ("Letter to St. Eustochium").
St Jerome
Danielle Rose - Pursue me
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lourdes water and Angels and harvest and FAMILY

With the golden field of corn and clouds of the setting sun in the background... it was so great to get these 4 together at our gathering for Pat's mom's 95th.  They grew up together - Luke and Stephen in the Cities and a year older, and John and Brad down here on the farm and just 6 weeks apart.  Reminding me of the sets of cousins - this last time all boys - that we have going in our family, with each of our 3 married daughters having boys in this last year!  It was a wonderful occasion for reconnecting and being reminded of the importance of Family in our lives.  The importance of that support in so many ways, but most importantly in prayer, and the love that outpoured on John in his battle 5 years ago against brain cancer.
Ruth brought her adorable kittens and they were a hit with all those gathered... Ruth thought it was funny that more so with the adults!  Some of them are promised to homes.... Ruth's cousin, Clint, is taking one to replace a cat her had for 11 years and recently died. 
Mom surrounded by her adoring family on a glorious day on the farm that she and dad bought years ago - close to 70? 
This day is the feast of the Archangels... Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael!  It is wonderful to know of their LOVE for God and protection and guidance throughout our lives!  John awoke with a headache, and just as we was about to head out the door I recalled the jug of Lourdes water we have after our two trips to Lourdes with Hallel. We blessed his head and forehead with it, and he left with a smile of appreciation and joyful remembrance of his love for Our Lady of Lourdes and her continued healing of John.  She definitely enters into his journey called brain cancer/healing!
The candy bars from the piƱata the kids had fun hitting and breaking open. It was very special as the grandkids came forward and shared some with their great-grandma... putting them in her lap.  Returning the favor of her having a candy jar and with a hug, kiss, please and thank you... they can have a candy on their way out after visiting her.  I have a feeling that they will end up in the jar...

The warm weather has led to harvesting of the beans...
It's official, Harvest 2014 is underway at our farm!
I haven't gotten out there with my camera yet, but here is one that Paul took as his field was combined first of all at the end of last week.
Mom with 8 of her 10 kids - Don died 20 years ago, and Mel was not able to make it. 
So wonderful to come from all over to help her celebrate her day!  We are so blessed to have her so close and so much a part of our lives.  John was very emotional about her coming to mass with us last night. "It is such a witness to see her still slowly coming with us to share the most important part of our lives - Our Faith/The Mass.  We are so lucky to have this special time with her.  I love to share our going to Church and all other big occasions with our grandma Anna!"
Jesus, we thank you for the many facets of LIFE with you.  Most importantly the ways we are drawn ever to the Faith we hold in our hearts, minds and souls!  The knowledge of the Angels that are called to protect and guide this world that is so filled with darkness of sin and death.  The miracle waters of Lourdes and the presence of the Spiritual Mother of Heaven and earth healing that continues to this very day.  The day that John's head was bathed with your miraculous waters!  Thank you for the gift of Family - the arms that surround us and the prayers that heal us as we go down the narrow path of this Journey called Faith/Family/Farm and leading us to your final place of eternal LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  Jesus, may we continue to witness Your Angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man!  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
The beautiful girl cousins... 3 of our girls are missing.
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"In the sight of the angels I will sing your praise, Lord."  Psalm 138 from mass today
Ruth gifted grandma with her colorful farm fresh eggs laid by her chickens, and a squash.  "What do you give a 95 year old?" 
So blessed!!!! 
 Today we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels, and we ask these heavenly warriors for their intercession.

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, pray for us!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

sharing faith

Attempting to get all my pictures uploaded is taking a very long time.  I am tired and ready for bed, so it is hard to be patient tonight.  Just back from mass with John and Pat's mom... reminding us again that this is what really matters in LIFE.  We are so grateful that Pat's mom will come with us... her 95th birthday is on Oct 2nd - on Thursday!  So after a week with the newest member of our huge family.... my side is over 100 now and Pat's is close to that... now with the oldest and very beloved!  I have pictures from our gathering last night to celebrate mom's party, but I have to wait for them as I am still uploading my pictures from Texas...  Bless-bless, Barb


Convicted of many things while gone for my 8 days to be with my military family... mostly that I need to have a change of heart/metanioa in my marriage life.  Like the son in today's Gospel that says "No, I won't." and then does as his father asks... I feel myself making excuses and finding fault, but in the end it is I that needs to change.  Lord, give me the strength to die to self, so that you may LIVE in me!  Bless-bless, Barb
I need to do much reflecting, go to confession, and make some changes as I carry/drag my Most Cherished Cross down the narrow path to LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bone tired...

I thought this one was funny... I take so many that they kind of put them together to move around.  Hope it gives you a chuckle and reminds you that it is a group of 6 that I am trying to get all together in a cohesive group.  You can see that there are many faces that are made in the process.  Now to bed with visions of family dancing in my head!
Bless-bless, Barb