- 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, October 31, 2015
Spending the morning with daughter, Nancy, and family after spending a day with my parents. Lots of excitement with Halloween here!
Another role model for us women is our Spiritual Mother, Mary Mother of God! I find it empty and hard to not have her with me on this journey of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT. She brought all that into the world through her "yes" and giving birth to Jesus!
I love my amazing St John Paul II and his total love for Mary! Totus Tuus - totally yours - this statement of trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary is not an unimportant factor in reflecting on the life of this great pope, John Paul... entrusted all his prayers and works to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We would do well to entrust all our cares and our very lives to her, for she is "the safest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect way" to Jesus and to sanctity (Treatise on the True Devotion to Mary, 55).
Jesus, I do love you and give you all the honor, and I love to come to you being held by the hand of your wonderful Mother, Queen of Heaven and earth! My heart is always that of a mother and I am most fulfilled as that of a mother. To have my Mother Mary always with me I find so much comfort and care for all my needs and prayers! So may blessings! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Friday, October 30, 2015
After supper partially supplied by me... our homemade tomato soup and pumpkin pie, I headed down to Nancy's after rush hour was done. Mom and dad were so appreciative of the food I bring. I told them they are why we do the work..."When I see the grandkids loving tomato soup or applesauce - that is why we do the work!" "We love it, too!" "I know and that is why we do the work!"
How I love to be able to share morning prayer/the office with my dad and mom - Permanent Deacon Robert Cross and his wife, Nancy, are required to share morning and evening prayer just as the priests are asked to daily. After sharing the Gospel and prayer, dad goes through the family and lifts them up in prayer. Only imagine the monumental job they have in praying for each of their family now over 100 strong! When I go to adoration I place each member in the monstrance with Jesus - over 100 for my family and close to 90 for Pat's! Many prayers are answered over the years.
Much of our discussions today have been about The Truth as we see it - all held out to us by our beloved Catholic Church, The Word and The Sacraments. My father is working on encouraging those being prepared for the Deaconate - he will be 40 years a deacon next year - to be taught about Natural Family planning with the epidemic of Catholics using artificial birth control - 62%? "It is important for deacons to understand Natural and be able to preach about it and encourage couples to use it! Lots to pray about...
Lord, I am so filled with peace and joy being here with my wonderful parents, who brought us all into The Church as they listened to the Holy Spirit... http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html Being able to share with them, as we speak the same language of Faith - as St Paul tells us in Romans 9 today - "I speak the Truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness..." There is sharing with JOY of The Truth we all recognize in one another. Such a blessing of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/Jesus and His Bride, The Church! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Thursday, October 29, 2015
I have spent the afternoon partially on the road and now visiting, having a nice meal and helping my sister move. When I got to look at the computer tonight I discovered that all 3 girls have put something special on their blogs today.... Ruth - http://familyfarmexperience.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-bountiful-harvest-of-2015.html?spref=fb
Nancy- http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2015/10/on-letting-things-go.html, and Maria shared that they have been frantically packing thinking they could be moving to another base, but now it has been postponed.
It is good to see their smiling faces again even if they are next to a pile of boxes. It seems that the cold wet weather has allowed the girls to get inside and share what has been going on in their lives. A day away seems like the world has changed.
It is great to be here and to catch up with family with all the harvest done now. Thank you, Lord, for a good and safe harvest, and a safe day of travels and spending time with Family. Bless-bless, Barb
I am super excited to go and visit my parents for a couple days! I am going to keep this short today.
I knew that Romans 8 was special and I was awaiting getting there in the daily readings... It all happened last night when I read Romans 8:31-39! I had read this at my wonderful friend Larry's funeral! "If God is for us, who can be against us?" It goes on to list all these hardships and forces in our lives, but when it comes down to it we are separated from our Lord by our own selves! We are our own worse enemy!
May we take to heart that there is nothing that can keep God away, and that he always is there for us if only we die to self so that He can live in us!
Lord, give me safe travels this day and thank you for your unconditional love. May I die to self and accept your help in conquering all that threatens me this day. Jesus, I trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb