- 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
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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").
Danielle Rose - Pursue me
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me
Monday, September 29, 2014
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 warm weather has led to harvesting of the beans...
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?"
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014