- 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
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Cherish the desire to give one of your children so that God's love can spread in the world. What fruit of conjugal love could be more beautiful than this? St John Paul II
As all parents know, they form their children in more ways than they could ever imagine. The Gospel as it is lived at home shapes the lives of faith of the children. Fidelity to Sunday Mass and the frequency of confession and family prayer draw a family together in Christ, sometimes for generations. These are the families which best prepare a young person for a vocation to the consecrated life. I could not have said it better and Pat and I were both wiping tears this morning as we shared this beautiful insight to how we were able to have our Little Sister Hallel and her wonderful Community of the Lamb in our lives!
I must share the last paragraph of this meditation by Father James Sullivan -
Consecrated life is one of generosity, of responsibility, of attentiveness to the needs of the other, of compassion, and of being engaged with the world around them. Very often, these are the virtues first learned in one's family, from one's parents. We can pray along with St John Paul II: "I pray that you, Christian families, united with the Lord through prayer and the sacramental life, will create homes where vocations are welcomed."
Believe me - you will not be sorry and will receive so many graces and blessings and your family will grow a hundred fold!
Kids and kittens are so fun!
Today in the Gospel Jesus tells us to put the hand to the plow and don't look back - in regards to the work we do at home sharing our faith... we turn off the TV and gather in prayer before bed, we do morning prayers before we rise in the morning, we go to mass each Sunday and share our faith as a family and with JOY, we embrace The Truth that The Catholic Church holds out to us and do not pick and choose what we believe or follow!
Mary with purry Kateri by the beautiful cottonwood tree with the setting sun.... a picture of soft contentment and compassion.
Jesus, I am filled with so much gratitude for how we are blessed by our Little Sister Hallel and her Community of the Lamb! As a Benedictine sister said to me - "You have your Hallel because you listened to the call in your life." So true! I looked at religious life for me and thought it would be wonderful, yet it was not to be for me but for my sweet 4th daughter! To be able to have that in our family is such a gift! I now see that the HOMEWORK is going on in our daughter's families, too! And each one of their children will listen to your call, and look for the special plan you have for each one of them. We will not look back but always go forward down the narrow path following you and carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Today is the feast of St Jerome, who translated the entire Bible into Latin! Wow! His quote, which Hallel would totally agree with - how she loves Jesus in His Word! I beg of you brother to live among these books, to meditate upon them, to know nothing else. to seek nothing else. Does not such a life seem to you a foretaste of heaven here on earth? St Jerome
Cute, and probably true!
St Jerome seems to be to the point!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Ruth shared a precious story of how they enjoyed some special family time watching the red moon and the eclipse two nights ago. Dad told them all to grab their blankets and pillows and lay out on the trampoline on a beautiful night without bugs and perfect temp..."This only happens every 30 years and you will be the age of mom and dad with kids of your own the next time this happens." Ruth described who fell asleep first and how the youngest, Luke, laid between mom and dad. "Paul has a special way of sharing and educating the kids in a fun way." A special family time shared as they stood up the kids in one by one as they fell asleep. Finally it was 11 year old Simon and dad... "they were talking and then Simon got quiet... he was asleep, so Paul walked him in to bed." Sharing the wonders of our amazing world as a family.
Today is the feast of The Arch Angels! They have many wonderful stories that truly make you smile to know of how they are messengers of God for the salvation history of our world! St Gabriel "strength is manifested as tenderness; Do not be afraid, he tells Mary (Lk 1:30). And to the shepherds: I proclaim to you good news of great joy. see www.magnificat.com
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
7 year old David is invited to a birthday party for one of his classmates today, but he isn't sure if he will go or farm with his dad. Paul's boys take their farming seriously.
Can you imagine how glorious it is to have Ruth and family so close and to see my family life when my kids were around me lived out again? How l loved my nest years and to see Ruth and Paul embrace that life - shows how much they loved it and desire it now with their kids. What is really mind-blowing about the patterns of LIFE is that our 5 kids - mine and Ruth's - are each within 9 years from oldest to youngest! I am humbled by the ways and patterns of our life.
We were visiting about John's new job as DRE for Tracy/Milroy/Walnut Grove... It just seems to be such a good fit as he is working in The Church, with youth, and able to share his story. He eats lunch with the grade school kids each day, he can go to daily mass now, he has many opportunities to share his light as part of his "work." He seems to be excited and happy and feeling like he has found a good fit for his call to love and serve The Lord! How we have prayed for this to happen for John, and we continue to pray and trust.
I had the powerful experience of sharing with a closed group of loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility about my journey. I feel that I am at a different perspective as I am through them and now able to look back and reflect... Here is what I had to say...
Dear sisters of loss...
Where do I begin? I must share with you that I am at a place I prayed so hard for at your age in the midst of my childbearing years. How often after one of my losses - 7 in heaven and 5 here with me -would I long that I could see ahead 10 years and see how it was all going to turn out? Familiar? I now can see with eyes of Faith as I am now the grandmother of 12 with one more in the womb.
The stage was set on our first date sharing the same values - Our Catholic Faith, openness to family, and the farm. I will share my blog page devoted to this story rather than share all that I long to share with you... http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/my-most-cherished-cro… The motto for our marriage is truly this - "The world needs lights!" It gave us the strength to take each life in the womb - 12 of them - love them openly... sharing their existence from the moment we knew they were there, sharing the pain of loss as a family, and as a result we now value each other on such a deep level and ALL LIFE!
Our 4 daughters are the ages of many of you women sharing here... the 3 older are married and carrying forth Catholic homes - open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS. The youngest is a nun in Rome! After the 4 girls came John... there were two boys after him that lived in the womb til 5 months. William and Robert are buried in the Catholic Cemetery - stillborn and joining the other 5 to welcome us to heaven someday. Our eyes are truly looking to heaven and their prayers are assisting us there. I must need a lot of prayers! Yes!
I would love to correspond with any of you who would like the perspective of one now looking back and seeing the Lord's plan was truly a Cross in my life which brought me to a place of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT! Sharing that as a family has brought us to a shared Faith in the True Church and all The Truth it holds out to us... as The Church is there to help us get to heaven forever with Jesus, and each of our sweet angels Saints that have gone before us.
Jesus, may our sharing in this group of loss from which we gain LIFE be a way of supporting one another on this journey of Faith and Family. May we find The JOY of loving you and sharing The Truth in the midst of our domestic Church/family... where we are called to raise LIGHTS for the world of sin/darkness/death. Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Jesus, thank you for the example of The Holy Father in how we are to forgive and love and give a drink of water to those who thirst for the Truth. It is so obvious that Pope Francis sees you, O Lord, in these suffering sick and the little ones - he wholeheartedly embraces them with so much love and concern for them! Jesus, we love you and are so hopeful for your Church that many may come back or come for the first time into The True Church! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
With so much goodness and joy from my life before, now, and to come - looking to heaven forever with my little ones, sister, and Jesus with our Spiritual Mother of heaven and earth... I am overwhelmed with LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Yes! It is truly hardest to love those closest to you in your domestic Church/family.
Yes!!! This is where I get my strength each day!
Laura Story - Blessings
Laura Story - What a Savior
Danielle Rose - Small Things with great love
Bishop Barron is good at getting these out there!
Jordan Feliz - the River