I have been waiting for this official picture of Thanksgiving off of Ruth's wonderful camera!
Two semi- good ones to record our wonderful family time with great-grandma as the centerpiece!
It is a most special feast day today of St Andrew! He is special in many ways to us, and I know that if Maria had stayed in the Poor Clares that she would have taken Sr Mary Andrew for her name. She described that his embracing a Cross in the shape of an X rather than being the same as Christ's as he was not worthy of the same. I discovered this today - Andrew was an evangelist to the end. Bound by ropes to a cross, he addressed the gathered crowds for two days until death took him. Thousands hearkened to his words. Andrew is the patron of Greece, Scotland, and Russia. see www.magnificat.com
John and I marveled at how diverse and separate his countries are...Both Greece and Russia are hugely in need of his intercession!
St Andrew is giving me much to celebrate this day and much to take in. My measly evangelization here is shown up by how much these amazing apostles gave and gave and spoke, even on the cross, of Christ's message of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT in the midst of the darkness. I do see that foremost we are called to share our faith with JOY in our homes/domestic Church and raise LIGHTS for the world. That is the most important job of all and is how the Truth is passed on. But I also see that I am called to without hesitation in the face of all persecutions and attacks...to pray without ceasing for all the needs and to share The Truth without hesitation and when necessary use words!
Today in the Gospel we had a chuckle at if Jesus had called a farmer or a herder... a shepherd works... "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." See what I mean? Farmers of men or herders of men doesn't quite seem as powerful, but shepherds - yes!
Jesus, we thank you for St Andrew and how he continues to evangelize to this day! We are filled with Your Spirit of Truth and long to go forward into our homes/domestic Church and the world around us with your message of Mercy and LOVE! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah