- 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, January 31, 2015
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html God looking out for his promise to us to show us the True Path to Him - the narrow path carrying our Most Cherished Cross to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
The first line from the first reading grabbed me today with a wow! Faith is so powerful in my life and feeling the hand of God on me so powerfully over the 63 years of my life leaves me in awe. "Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." We long and hope for happiness in life and true happiness is found through our Faith! Living that Faith out in our lives/domestic Church/family reveals to the world that Truth by how we live our lives and minister to the needs of others.
Jesus, go with me this day to serve those in the NH. Give me the strength, love and wisdom I need to do a good job and to serve them as you have ministered to me. May we return to others the love and concern and forgiveness you have so freely shown us. Yes! You are in control in the midst of the storm today! How we have clung to this knowledge of You being the one that brings all of our crazy storms of life under control! This started our journey called brain cancer/healing through prayer,sacraments, the saints, Mary, the rosary, The Word to hear Hallel remind us that the reading on Father's Day 2009 - Mark 4:35-40..."Mom, this is the storm and Jesus is in control." We gave it all to you and you answered John's prayer for Faith and touched many in the process... discovering the power of prayer in our lives with YOU. Jesus, we Trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Use us this day, O Lord!
Danielle Rose - Pursue me
Friday, January 30, 2015
I am very excited to be in Mark 4 for readings these days and today's Gospel does not disappoint. Why? There is much drawing our thoughts back to 5 years ago and our cancer journey with John. And the journey started with Mark 4:35-40... on Father's Day 2009! The day that we took John into the ER in Marshall and heard for the first time that there was something in his brain, came home called Susan in France and heard the words - "Mom, this is the storm and Jesus is in control." Yes, it is Jesus calming the storm and it is the reading tomorrow... I looked ahead and am anticipating. Yes, that Gospel will forever bring me back to remember how we gave it all to Jesus as He is truly in control of our lives... lymphoma of the brain was the worst thing I could envision for my 20 year old son. We just had our 6 month check up at Mayo a few weeks ago, we recalled his 5th birthday celebrated on the day that his stem cells were transplanted on Jan 27, 2010, we are following a friend through chemo and radiation - ringing the bell today - which recalls our journey, and most of all just having the privilege to sit through John's sharing his story with over 50 kids along with teachers and friends at Wabasso a couple nights ago. Flooding back so powerfully!
The Gospel today is from Mark 4 and is the reading just before tomorrow's calming of the storm... it is the parable of the mustard seed, and reminds us that all we need is the tiniest seed of faith to have huge results in our lives..."Once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade." Jesus' words to us this day telling us how he can use us to His honor and glory and when necessary use words.
It has been a wonderful morning with conversations with all of our children... that means first of all a call to Rome at about 4:30p their time, and getting Hallel on the phone! She had wonderful news for us! She will be coming to the U.S. for Easter week! She just found out today, and we are thrilled and already knowing that we will be making many Verly trips down there in the almost month that she will be in KC! She, hopefully, will be able to meet her 3 new nephews... We had to call then to North Carolina and catch Maria in her new home - they arrived late yesterday afternoon and found a wonderful clean new home and their truck outside to unload all their things in the next few days! "The kids are outside playing and the grass is green." So wonderful after the desert for 3 years! Maria was glad to get the news as soon as possible in hopes that they can get there to see Hallel while she is home at some point. That led to calls to Ruth and Nancy with the news of great JOY, too!
Lord, we are so excited and happy to think that our far away in distance not in love or sharing in The Spirit daughter, Little Sister Hallel, is set to return close by in Kansas City! How I have been praying for "a real hug" and the Lord saw fit to give me that gift. Of course, I want to just go there and be there as long as she is here, but we must refrain ourselves and wait until the right time and we are invited to come and share in their lives! It is hard to be patient and hold back, and it is such a blessing that we are welcomed as family and are able to share in their prayer life and each day we are given to be with them. The words of Psalm 37 in the mass today are ringing in my heart and soul...Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will grant you your heart's requests. Commit to the Lord your way; trust in him, and he will act. He will make justice dawn on you like the light; bright as the noonday shall be your vindication. Reminded of the healings of John and the call of Hallel and the LIGHT shared by Ruth and Paul for the world to see, and our military family now getting settled in North Carolina, after the wonderful month of close sharing we were gifted, and having the joy of sharing life with Nancy and her little ones here on the farm while Bill travels with work, and, yes, having John here to share our life as he thanks God for the cancer which brought him to Faith and the plan that remains a mystery and keeps him on his knees asking the Lord! Thank you Lord most of all for being able to share our Faith/Family/Farm with all our children and grandchildren. Even Hallel loves to share her farm roots with the rest of the Community of the Lamb! "Do you have a player that you can put a DVD in and watch a movie about the farm?" "Yes, mom, that is what I want from you for Christmas." It is in the works! Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Ruth and Paul have a motto that they live by in their marriage - "Be life-giving in what you say and do." It has caused me to pause from time to time and assess myself with Patrick Gerard Joseph!
How I long for this to be true!
Danielle Rose - the Saint that is just me
The Afters - Broken Hallelujah
I love this song and how they spell Hallelujah!
Thursday, January 29, 2015
I left Rose in the house watching Sesame Street while I helped Ruth out in the shop, and came in to find Ruth helping herself to some ice cream. Good midmorning snack or any time of the day, I guess.
In thinking about the Gospel today which is the lamp placed on a lampstand to bring light to the house... a humble light not a beautiful chandelier is all that is needed for us to see. We don't need to be in awe of the beauty of the LIGHT... a single candle or a single bulb serves the purpose of filling the room with light and allowing us to work, visit, eat, read, and any of the needs we have after our homes or barns or businesses or cars... a humble light is all that is needed to share The Truth!
How does this humble light touch people? By sharing the Love for Jesus, His Mother, and The Church that John has found - His Faith that continues to lead him with each day as he strives to say "yes" to all that is asked of him and although "wounded, I will not cease to LOVE." His message is one of... the ways the Lord brings us to Him, and answers prayers in mysterious ways. John prays every day - thanking God for his brain cancer, and finding Faith. And we know that there is a plan for him!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Due to life John and I haven't had many mornings sharing the office lately, but this morning we made it a point to pray together! It marks John's 5th birthday - the day after he had the bomb dropped on his immune system through some deadly chemos, and then had his stem cells replanted/transplant! So appropriate to find the Gospel that day being the sower and the seed! Today the Gospel speaks of doing the will of God, and that is what we are striving to do each moment of each day.
We were sharing what the last 5 years have held for John as we prayed today for continued guidance and direction... it seems lately most of that involves doors closing, but John prayed today for that to be a positive door opening to show him the path to take.
http://www.dnu.org/news/documents/JAN.2013MASTERISSUE.pdf here is John's story in his words - he was interviewed the year he was in seminary. Yes, a year of seminary for the priesthood was a part of these last 5 years, too!
Jesus, there is so much that has happened in these last 5 years for John... time to recover, back to college to finish and get his bachelors in Ag Communication. A job selling insurance, a year in seminary and discerning out due to 6 years of study, time in France for Hallel's first vows and bathing in the miraculous springs of Lourdes for the second time, jobs with 4H, selling trucks, door to door sales, a wonderful girlfriend, who decided that John was not for her now, helping on the farm, lots of studying for selling insurance or selling trucks, working with DYC youth and leading weeks of retreats and sharing his LIGHT, most important to John is all the opportunities he has had to share his story - dozens of times! "All I want to do it share my story, and let people know that Jesus continues to walk among us healing us." John goes forward into this year of rebirth with renewed knowledge that You have a plan for him to use his new LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT! I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he has stooped toward me. And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God... I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth in the vast assembly. Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will. Psalm 40 from mass today. Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
So often we say, "Oh, I didn't expect that to happen!" Well, God did. We could think, "Oh, that is what caused everything to go wrong," but actually that is what is supposed to make everything go right. There is nothing unexpected in all of creation. There is a plan in what we would call the unexpected. Wasn't the Incarnation the most unpredictable thing that could ever have happened? God has his whole master plan for each of our lives, for the community... for the Church, and we should delight to remember that nothing should ever take us by surprise, except the wonder of God's plan. Mother Mary Francis (2006) When Maria was in the Poor Clares, I read many of her books to help me discover more fully and deeply the beauty of The Poor Clare's LIFE of prayer and behind the enclosure. So powerful to share these words with John today at prayer, and reminding him of The Plan he is in the midst of living and discovering for his life ahead.
Danielle Rose - True LOVE
Casting Crowns - Praise You in the storm