- 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, March 31, 2015
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.
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
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Unspoken - Start a fire
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
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!
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
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!
Unspoken - start a fire
Danielle Rose - the Saint the is just me
Peter Mayer - Holy Now
Sunday, March 29, 2015
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. |
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!
Saturday, March 28, 2015
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...
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
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
Danielle Rose - A Mother's Song
Friday, March 27, 2015
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!
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...
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!
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
You modeled for us how to embrace the Cross... may we follow your example!
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
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!"
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!
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
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