Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Some time with Snowball

Mary named Snowball years ago - about 6 years already.  She is distinct in her appearance and is a calm and gentle cow.  Mary has reached out and been able to touch her face over the years including walking up to her in the pasture and feeding her apples.  Today it was fun to go out and enjoy the day and find Snowball by the fence and able to stick my fingers through and touch her face.  She looked at me calmly and then was engrossed by Herbert the cat, who was rubbing on my leg.  Snowball always has a sweet look in her eyes - maybe it is the way it is white on one side of her eye and black on the other.  There is a cute factor that can't be denied, and probably a lot of it comes from her knowing us and our recognizing her.  We both agree that a wonderful day like today is to be shared one with the other.  Bless-bless, Barb

Tuesday of Holy Week - betrayed...

 A few days ago this heifer in the feed lot seemed to appreciate the rosary in my hand as I watched the gate - giving it a kiss with her big wet nose and mouth.  Connecting with nature around us is a sure way of experiencing this wonderful world God created. 
 I knew that with the warm weather that my lilac branches would be starting to bud, and this one is about ready to burst forth.  I was out cutting my Easter tree later than usual due to working the Palm Sunday weekend.  With the head start that the  leaves have gotten in the warm early spring I know that it will catch up quickly in the house. 
 The palms on the table from rejoicing with the crowd as Jesus entered Jerusalem and then the long beautiful reminder of all that he suffered and died for us - after reading the Gospel 3 times - last night and twice this morning the word betrayed jumps out at me.  John 13 where Jesus hands the morsel to Judas and Satan entered him... "What you are going to do, do quickly."  Jesus tells him.  There are times in my life when I am faced with temptations - I give in too quickly and in haste proceed to sin almost afraid that it will not be fulfilled to find that momentary fleeting satisfaction with the sensual desires or the food item or the clothing or material possession I think that I have to have or deserve!  How often after caving in do I realize that it was passing and not lasting and wrong for me?  I have blatantly betrayed my Jesus and His Bride the Church... to me is given the Way, the Truth and The LIFE and I have turned my back on that and chosen to be selfish and sinful!  Now to confession and start over again.  I have noticed that if I get to Reconciliation often - like monthly or every couple weeks that I can actually make headway on those sinful things in my life... possibly not having to confess the same things over and over, but actually turn away from my sinful nature to give in to the temptations.  Do I learn from this and make Reconciliation a frequent healing and help?  It is easy to put off, I will tell you...
 The Easter tree in and nestled close to our perpetual cow TV.  We reached 110 calves yesterday - 5 calves in a day including a set of twins!  It was a big day for calving this late in the season, and such a wonderful day to be born! 

My pondering of my betrayal of Jesus is a hard place for me.  I know that I struggle with selfishness and being a poor servant to others.  With a husband that always is willing and says "yes" it really shows me how poor I am at sharing with JOY!  Lord, I am so sorry and long to do better this day and forward.
 I am thrilled to make my Cross and butterfly for this year, but I am waiting with great anticipation and excitement for getting our time with Little Sister Hallel/Susan in Kansas City is just a few days from now!  To get her together with her two new nephews she has not met before... I think that #3, Romeo, will have to mysteriously arrive with her at least in picture form.  This picture a few years back - 2 when we were together for Thanksgiving and she met Rose and Bernadette for the first time - now she will meet up with the 2 criminals, we call them.  Super special and grown up - calling each other sisters in crime!  I love to place the memories of Easters past on my Easter tree and am  so excited to add the JOY of coming together with Hallel and most of her family this year!
Soon the leaves will appear - new LIFE!

Jesus, so much excitement is building inside of me to know that after a year and a half we will get some real hugs from our Hallel!  Be with all the planning and the traveling and give us all a wonderful family time with our extended family with The Community of the Lamb!  Forgive my sinful selfish ways and all the times that I betray you when you are holding your loving and forgiving nail scarred hands out to me in Mercy and unconditional LOVE.  May I resist the pulls of temptations to indulge myself and pleasure myself - remembering all that you have done for me and suffered for me and now ask me to take up My Most Cherished Cross and follow after you.  Give me the strength to say "no" to sin and "yes" to serve others without counting the cost - most especially those closest to us in our domestic Church/family.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
Scott Hahn's photo.
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

"Will you lay down your life for me?"  Jesus to Peter and us today - John 13:36-38
Casting Crowns - East to the West
Unspoken - Start a fire
Scott Hahn's photo.
We need to know that we might experience betrayal and hatred too, if we stand up and speak the Truth.  Lord, may we never do less than share the Truth and when necessary use words!
A cute picture of my toddler 2 1/2 year old Patrick in NC - with his injury gotten from a kneeler at daily mass and a temper tantrum.  The guardian angel was busy protecting him from himself.  No worries now, I guess. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Simple hearts, bruised, wiping feet with my hair... Monday of Holy Week

Back on Ash Wednesday - the beginning of the 40 days of Lent - John administering the ashes to his grandma Anna.  Yes, she has stabilized quite a bit, but we see her getting a bit weaker and more tired... a gentle fading.  After working the weekend at the nursing home combined with the experience of Pat's mom on hospice, as she walks into the sunset of her life, as well as the servings of humility I am given on a regular basis... the words from prayer and the scriptures for today of smallness and weakness and simplicity came out to me loud and clear!  No longer painful for me but very visible are two large hand size bruises on both hips from a cow that rammed me into the fence a week back.  The first reading talking about the bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench... I have grasped you by the hand; I have formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from dungeon, those who live in darkness.  Isaiah 42:1-7 The first reading from mass today read all around the world in every Catholic Church!  Don't we all experience that we turn to Jesus in our weakness?  That is when we need him, so may we always be weak and bruised and lowly!
After John had ministered to her - she in turn reaches out to John and touches him in a most loving way - the head that has been through so much with a year long battle against brain cancer in his quest to find Faith and be healed and now the new humble John! 

The Gospel is amazing!  The scene from John 12 - A meal shared in the home of the risen from the dead, Lazarus!  His two sisters are there - Martha is serving the meal and once again Mary is tending to her Lord in a most amazing humble and beautiful way!  Filling the house with the "fragrance of the oil" with which she had anointed the feet of Jesus, The Son of God!  Then she wipes them with her hair!  So personal and loving and humble to be down on the floor and to be wiping the feet of the Savior with her hair!  I can so see myself doing this for my Jesus, who has touched me so tenderly and personally in my lifetime!  The tears are welling up as I recall how he has touched me so powerfully and I have his fingerprint upon me...  I could share once again my stories but I will just share the many links which tell it all... my conversion to The Church along with my entire family - all 13 of us 43 years ago!  http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html  My marriage to Patrick and how he set our foundation upon the rock of being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS for the world - http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/my-most-cherished-cross-patrick-gerard.html  John' healing from brain cancer through The Church and prayer - http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/johns-cancer-stories.html  The healing of grandson, Patrick, born dead and brought back to life through The Church and prayer - http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-story-of-little-lamb-grandson.html  And so much more! 
2 1/2 year old Rose Ida with her ashes on Ash Wednesday and now we are entering Holy Week.  This morning as we shared morning prayer, John yelled out "Hallelujah!"  I said that we are still not there yet - "But I am so excited for this powerful week!"  Part of our excitement it knowing that next weekend we will be in Kansas City with our Hallel and her Community here in the U.S.   John and I and Mary will be leaving early on Saturday and try to get there to share lunch and the afternoon with Hallel/Susan!  Then the huge tribe of us will be there for Easter Sunday shared in so much JOY and excitement... there will be 8 of the 12 grandkids and 6 of us adults.  Pat will have to stay behind with the cows and calves and come later in the week when Paul can be here to watch them. 

From morning prayer this morning - Psalm 116 - The Lord protects the simple hearts; I was helpless so he saved me.  I have found this so true in my lifetime - some of my most helpless times were when I had my hip and knee replaced.  I was crying to Susan on the phone - she was with her order in France- "I am so weak and worthless. I can do nothing... this is the worst ever!"  "But mom, when we are weak is when we turn to Jesus."  "Well, than I want to be weak always!"  Of course, this is perfectly portrayed in the poem Footprints in the Sand...

So powerful to think of the Lamb in the arms of his Good Shepherd!

Jesus, I am so very grateful for all the times that I am weak and small and bruised and simple and humble and lowly and little and lowly and nothing in the eyes of those around me and sick and all the ways that keep me needing you and looking to you in all of my life!  May I never get filled with myself and think that I am going along well without you... I NEED YOU, MY JESUS!  I love you with my life and am so grateful that I want to fill the house with the aroma of the oil I anoint your feet with and wipe them with my hair to show you in some small and humble way how grateful I am for your unconditional LOVE and forgiveness no matter how bad I have been and how much I have sinned against you and those around me.  I lay all my burdens at your feet in the confessional and leave knowing that you spoke the words of forgiveness to me and told me to go and sin no more.  Help me to love as you have loved me - "Wounded, I will not cease to love."  So hard to do, yet you showed us as the Lamb led to the slaughter for us!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
John with the first calf about 7 weeks ago - we now are close to 110 of them here safely, and frisking around healthy and happy!  A big job with the end in sight!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

There is only one anointing that is strong enough to meet death and that is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the love of God.  There is, then, something that is both exemplary and lasting in Mary's anointing of Jesus at Bethany.  It was above all a concern to keep Christ alive in this world and to oppose the powers that aimed to silence and kill him.  It was an act of faith and love.  Every such act can have the same effect. (Pope Benedict XVI)  May we bring this love and service into our own domestic Church/family!

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unspoken - start a fire
Danielle Rose - the Saint the is just me
Peter Mayer - Holy Now

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My parents are with me...

I love this picture of my parents taken at my dad's 90th birthday party at the beginning of the month.  I am so thrilled to have them still with me and I need to take more time to spend with them.  Off to bed after a long weekend and a reminder that aging is something we all face and to have my parents still sharp and in fairly good health.  I need to take time to cherish the more time them.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb

"He emptied himself..." Philippians 2

Kids and animals are a super fun and active and adorable combination - this is why I got hooked on photography - lots of babies, baby animals and a hunky husband, who did not approve of all my picture taking and so I have many of him from behind over the years.

After a sleepless night and now facing a shift at the NH...before bed reading the amazing second reading from Palm Sunday mass today - Philippians 2:6-11  It is the absolute best so I will put it here to ponder in all it's majesty!
Philippians 2: 6 - 11
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
There always needs to be a circle in your home that the kids can run around and chase around and laugh around and cry around and on and on and on... first one way and,
then the other...
 
Reading Philippians the thought of God/Jesus emptying himself taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  He knew this was coming for him to die for us in a most brutal way!  How do you ever accept it or allow it?  He would certainly have been justified to feel that he did not deserve to suffer in this way and to become nothing - a Lamb led to the slaughter that did not let out any protest!  How I anticipate difficult things and how I find myself saying with tears that I do not deserve to be treated wrong in my eyes.  Look to Jesus to see how we are called upon to be humble - the Litany of Humility is in my heart and it is so hard to ask for and pray!  Blessed Teresa's Missionaries of Charity pray this prayer weekly!
Litany of Humility
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930),
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should…
A total example to me of the Lamb was our grandson, Patrick, who died in the womb and was brought back to life!  http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-story-of-little-lamb-grandson.html  For his story!

Jesus, go forth with us this day and help us to embrace the Cross in our lives and empty ourselves of any false ideas that we are deserving of any more than to love and serve you without counting the cost.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen
A week from today on Easter we will be getting a "real hug" from our Little Sister Hallel!   We are so excited and overjoyed! 
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Danielle rose - Litany of Humility

        
 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"come to Mary... to believe in Jesus"


My youngest grandson, Romeo, now has his first two teeth and red hair!

John begins the Gospel reading today with Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.  John 11  I find this very wonderful to see, and adding to it the wonderful celebration we had a couple days ago of the Annunciation and after having the powerful experience of having the 4th Station of the Cross - Mary meets her son on the way of the Cross -to present on die day night at my retreat... Mary is more close and personal to me than ever!  Mary is always with me as my day is filled with her rosary prayers of intention for my family, Godchildren, and other needs.  I pray for each of my 5 children on the 5 decades and then added one for Pat and I - the 1st joyful/The Annunciation, and one for my 5 Godchildren, and one for families, and one for The Church, and one for women that have suffered losses... that makes 10!  I follow that by a chaplet of Divine Mercy, if I can fit it in...
Little Granddaughter, Therese, praying at the altar for Our Lady of Guadalupe in St Patrick's Cathedral in El Paso, TX about 2 1/2 years back when her brother, Patrick was in the hospital after a traumatic birth.  How I clung to Our Lady and found strength in Patrick's namesake - Saint Patrick!
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-story-of-little-lamb-grandson.html  here is the page I devoted to this powerful story of Prayer and Faith!

Dear Jesus, go with me today as I serve those in the nursing home.  Give me the strength and may I return to them the love and mercy I have been shown by your unconditional love.  May many take your Mother into their homes and find her healing touch so that they may affirm each other out of LOVE.  How wonderful it is to have a Spiritual Mother caring for us and taking our needs to her Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus, may I die to self so that you may live and breath and move and care and heal and be a humble Lamb as you are, My Lord.  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
'But an Instant -St. Therese Daily Inspiration & Prayer http://bit.ly/1aNWMti'
I am yours, my Savior of the world!
'"He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." Isaiah 53:7'
"He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." Isaiah 53:7
Danielle Rose - A Mother's Song
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

"The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion..." Jeremiah 20

 Rose and Luke see their parents on the front page of the Tracy paper this morning...  Another article about the big national win with Farm Bureau, but Paul's mom points out the title as how they "love ag."  Yes, that is the beauty of this win for this Ruth and Paul - they are promoting and living the life they grew up with on the farm, because they loved it and see that it is a wonderful way to raise a family! 

This morning as I sat watching cow TV and doing morning prayers and the readings from mass today... I was struck by the word "champion" used in prayer and then there it was in the first reading from Jeremiah!  Why?  I have always called two people champions in my life - Saint John Paul II and my husband, Patrick Gerard Joseph Verly!  Pope JPII became Pope just 2 months after we married and he promoted LIFE and Family for our entire married life up until April 2, 2005 - 27 years!  He filled me with so much JOY and direction in being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS in my domestic Church/family!  I should talk about the man, who truly listened to the Holy Spirit and set our marriage upon the Rock of Truth - my husband and Most Cherished Cross, Pat!  On our first date we shared what we wanted in life and they were the same - Faith- Catholic, Family- open to a large family... the number 12 came up, and Farm!  When we attended our Engagement weekend we shared with great excitement that we wanted to have a large family, and every other couple shared that they only wanted to have 2, 1, or none duet to the mess the world was in.  It even made me question if we were being selfish to want to have a large family.  When I asked Pat - he did not hesitate one second - "The world needs LIGHTS."  he said to me, and all my fears evaporated into the air! 
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/my-most-cherished-cross-patrick-gerard.html  Here is the page I devoted to this complete with pictures and more stories of my Champion for LIFE and LIGHT and LOVE - Patrick Verly!
 This morning out watching the gate - this cute red heifer joined in my rosary...

Yes, having a Champion listening to the Holy Spirit and directing our family and now the families of my children is so amazing and wonderful and a small slice of heaven here on earth.  Each of our girls with their children take it very seriously to share with them their Faith in Jesus and His Bride, The Church!  This article just appeared in The Catholic Spirit magazine up in the Cities with this precious article of Nancy's craft work helping her bring her children to experience her Faith with great JOY...
http://thecatholicspirit.com/holy-days/lent/holy-week-preschool-style/
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It shows them sharing Nancy's soft books she has made for the rosary with a cross that they can take out and enact how Jesus had to suffer and carry his cross! 
It’s a beautiful thing to teach your children,” Bandzuch said, and she knows she has gotten through to her oldest, Augustine.
“Gus will talk about ‘the bad guys hurting Jesus,’ and he has questions later” about the story, she said.
“It’s really powerful to be reminded how real these things are,” Bandzuch added. “Sometimes as an adult you forget — this all happened so long ago and far away. But when my son hears it, it’s real, it’s the present in his mind.”  quotes from Nancy in the article... check it out!
 When I arrived to take the kids to school this morning this heart rock with the cross on it caught my eye and heart.  Holy week lies ahead of us next week... so powerful to share it with the young and the old!  Then on to Kansas City for Easter with our daughter, Little Sister Hallel!
 Luke was filled with Joy as he ran around giggling this morning - so much fun!
 Running around the circle is the best!

A cute steamy face!
 Daddy!
 Herbert the cat gets a steam bath from breath...

So cute to see the calves lined up - learning how to eat hay...

Jesus, you are truly my Champion and Savior, and I am forever grateful for the men in my life that are carrying forth into the battle against the lies of this world and the darkness of sin and death.  My husband and Saint Pope John Paul II have both listened to the Holy Spirit and directed me on the narrow path to LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT as I carry my Most Cherished Cross and follow after YOU, my Jesus!  I am filled with such wonder and awe to know that I am so blessed on this journey.  Jesus, we trust in you. May we be instrumental in this - "And many there began to believe in him."  John 10 - the Gospel for today.  May we lead others to you and when necessary use words.  Amen
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
 
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You modeled for us how to embrace the Cross... may we follow your example!
Now Saint John Paul II... he is standing at the feet of Jesus interceding for us!
Small things with great love by Danielle Rose
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me
Unspoken - Start a fire
From Maria's blog this morning - my red head youngest grandson, Romeo, showing off his new tooth on the bottom!  My soul is smiling filled with his sweet LIGHT!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"I love to pray with others." John

 John sharing his journey to Faith with the Wabasso Faith Formation students a few months ago... since then he had the opportunity to share it here in Marshall, and a mother shared with me how her 9th grade son, who never talks about matters of faith, could not stop talking about John's conversion - "I missed something special." the mother said to me.  "My son has talked about John every day since that night."  This morning as we joyfully shared our Lenten prayers at breakfast before John headed out to work... John shared how he could see the fruits of sharing his story and the skits that he and Paul have done in how many lined up to pray with him.  "The line never ended.  I love to pray with others.  It is the best!  There were the big jock guys that came up and asked me to pray with them for Faith!  There was also the little girl that went to each one of us to pray, and then came back to pray for her friends cat, Fluffy.  I prayed with her to St Francis, because I just prayed to St Francis the other day when we had been working on that steer for an hour, and then in minutes we were able to finish.  Yes, I do know that St Francis is listening to our prayers and loves animals!"  So cool to bring the Saints into prayer with these young people - they are all around us and interceding for us!
Ruth and Paul presenting their award winning presentation in Tracy about a month ago.  They were also there sharing their Faith last night and praying with the youth after each had gone to Reconciliation they have prayer stations set up.  So good to share the reality that Prayer is real and powerful and truly doing something for others!

Morning prayer and the readings from mass today are all about how God is "remarkably persistent" in his love for us!  Hope is always there for us as we go through the ups and downs of life!  Jesus is always there with his arms wide and his nail scarred hands reaching out to us in unconditional LOVE!  John' prayer ministry developed out of his feeling totally at peace surrounded by the prayers of hundreds of prayer warriors!  In the midst of such horror as discovering that he had a very rare type of brain cancer he was at peace knowing that he was totally surrounded and lifted up in prayer!  This morning he left the house with a smile of his face as I shared with him that our friend studying in Rome went to Lourdes and told Our Lady that John says "Hi!  I Love you!" 
Just out of the baths at Lourdes in August of 2009... Father Craig had just helped John go through the baths for the sick.  John had asked them to pour the miraculous waters over his head "that is where I need my healing."  The beads of water are still clinging to his hair!  John fell head over heels in love with Our Lady ever since!  To hear him speak with such love and devotion about his Spiritual Mother gives this mother tears of JOY!  Our hearts are drawn back there with our friend as she meets and greets Our Lady of Lourdes for us!  When we returned almost 2 years later - John could not take his eyes off of her - he was smitten, never to recover!

Jesus tells us today this promise in the Gospel - "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death."  Jesus to those that take His Word forth into our world.  What is that Word?  LOVE/LIFE/LIGHT/Christ and His Bride, The Church which comes to us through embracing our Most Cherished Cross.  Filled with the Way, The Truth and the LIFE - Jesus - we go forth to serve those in our domestic Church/family without counting the cost.  We love to pray without ceasing!  I have been very much ministered to by my son, John, as he will drop all to pray with me no matter what we are facing together.  He has also shared with me how much my constant praying of the rosary/my lifeline through our battle meant to him.  Once again, the constant presence of Our Spiritual Mother of God along our journey to the new John filled with Faith and the desire to minister to others through the power of Prayer!
September 11, 2008 - the day Susan flew to France to join The Community of The Lamb!  Soon we will be seeing her in KC and get real hugs at Easter!  She will meet 2 of her 3 new nephews at least.  I continue to pray that there is a way that Maria and her bunch can get there while she is here... I am as persistent as The Lord when it comes to getting my family together!

Maria shared this precious picture of Therese with her Godmother, Little Sister Hallel, taken about 5 years ago when Hallel was returning to France and 5 carloads of Verly Family came to say goodbye.  This time it looks like there will be 4 carloads at a couple different times coming to see her.... all but Maria's family.  But prayer could change that, if Hallel is here longer than we think at this point. 

Jesus, so much is filling me with great JOY and Hope this day.  I am so filled with awe at your work in our midst... to see my son healed and filled with Faith her half-heartedly prayed for faith, and now with a ministry of prayer.  http://www.dnu.org/news/documents/JAN.2013MASTERISSUE.pdf  Here is the article from the Prairie Catholic in which John shares his story!!!!  So good, and he still thanks God every day for his cancer and asks him why he was spared!  To have my daughters all serving you with there lives - 3 as mothers open to life and raising LIGHTS for the world, and then there is Little Sister Hallel and her Community, who are praying throughout the day for the world and for us!  How we know that their prayers are huge for us on this journey of Faith/Family/Farm!  If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for her cannot deny himself.  2 Tim 2:13  We have so much Hope knowing of your endless and undying LOVE for us, Jesus.  Jesus, we trust in YOU.  Amen

A little girl with a sister for her Godmother and a priest for her Godfather will certainly consider a call in her life!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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Hallel's order has Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross as one of their patron Saints.  My mother, Nancy, has brought Edith Stein/Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross to us as a beautiful example of LOVE and a woman, who discovers the Truth!

Wow!  All you women... I hope you can not only read this but bring Our Spiritual Mother, Mary the Mother of God into your home to help you and your family come to The Way, The Truth and the LIFE - Jesus Christ! 
Unspoken - Start a fire
I have to share this again today as it is echoing through my mind, heart and soul as I share Jesus and His wonderful Mother with all!
True Love - by Danielle Rose
The Cross!
'Tonight, in my theology class, this poem was shared with us. I've heard it before, but rereading it again today gave me the chills. Just thought I'd share with all of you.'
the best!!!