- 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
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Two wonderful readings, once again, today! Acts 3 continues with Peter speaking filled with conviction and The Holy Spirit - how it stirs the soul to hear his eloquent and convincing words to all those drawn to them due to seeing the cripple healed! Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration... For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from the evil ways. St Peter to us...
The Gospel today - Luke 24 - The risen Jesus comes into their midst showing them his humanity in the flesh - dead and now resurrected - filled with new life yet still bearing the wounds of crucifixion and scourging. Why? To remind us that our wounds though healed remain to remind us that we are human and weak and need to place all our hearts, minds, souls, bodies, work, play, breathing, praying, each beat of our heart into his hands... Jesus is in control!
How often in a day do we need to hear the words of Jesus to us- "Peace, be with you."? For me it is a constant mantra in my heart and mind as I fret about this or that and feel frustration that my life is not my own! To take a deep breath and keep busy and find my rosary beads or just repeat in my heart and soul - "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." What peace floods me as my Mother walks with me and I am reminded that she also bears his wounds inside her mother's heart and soul... and cares for all my needs so personally and lovingly!
Jesus, both yesterday and today you opened the scriptures to your people! This is so powerful for me on my journey... to grow in my knowledge of your Path for me as I carry/drag my Most Cherished Cross and find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT! Yes, I have wounds and scars to remind me that I am less than perfect and rely on You, Jesus, to heal me and help me to love and serve you in those around me - most especially in my domestic Church/family. May we give LOVE - the healing and mercy and unconditional love and forgiveness we have been given... Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Two amazing readings from mass today as well as a grand Hallel Psalm in the middle filled with the highest and tallest of Praise for God! Soooo much to share and sooo much to lift us up and guide us by Christ in The Word - The Truth that will set us free! The first reading from Acts 3... the cripple healed by Peter and John- Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give to you... In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk... He went walking and leaping and praising God! There is a praise and worship song with these words dancing in my heart now. The beauty of this early proof of the Spirit at work gives us all the HOPE we need for us to go forward evangelizing and sharing the LOVE and Mercy we have been given.
The Gospel has to be addressed as it is the wonderful Road to Emmaus - Luke 24:13- 35 today. So much today in reminding us over and over that Jesus has risen and overcome sin and death, and The Holy Spirit is at work in our world as well as that of Jesus.
Mother Angelica quotes here we come!
Did I mention Jesus in the Eucharist?
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Maria's bunch before the Easter Vigil... not perfect, but to me the imperfections of family life is a beautiful sight to behold! Nancy, too complained how hard it is to get a nice family picture, but her sweet family looked wonderful to me!
If all were picture perfect I feel that it would be less wonderful than the kids being kids.
It is already mid afternoon... a day at the farm helping out. The miracle of Easter continues in the readings today with the reality that Jesus has overcome death and raised to newness of life is sinking in to Mary Magdelene and the Disciples. How I love these words from Song of Songs - "I sought HIM whom my heart loves... I found HIM whom my heart loves, I took hold of him and would not let him go." This so reminds me of my Susan/Little Sister Hallel and the small piece of paper with these words on it left behind in her bedroom by a small crucifix as she had gone to France to become a nun and a bride of Christ! These words also ring true for my love for Jesus... I never want to let him go!
Putting us all together is making me happy and smile today!
Last night I set aside an hour to listen to this. Mother Angelica on Journey home! It is so wonderful and what really stuck with me was how she speaks with love of the hardships and crosses in our lives and how that is Christ nudging us and allowing us to turn to him and find LOVE! If you didn't watch it yesterday - I would encourage you to take some quiet time today to listen with your heart to this special lady, who loved Christ and said "yes" over and over.
Hallel and the two Dominics.
Lord, I love you with all that I am and all that I have and all that I live and all that I breath and all that I work and all that I play and all that I sleep and all that I do and all that I love and all that I give without counting the cost and all that I do not cease to love even when I am wounded, and all that you ask of me and hopefully I say "yes." Yes, when I am hurt and crushed and wounded and life is against me and I am attacked and weak and sinful and crippled and sick... thank you, for when I am small and humble is when I know that without you I am nothing and I need you and you are all my heart loves and seeks forever and ever. May I follow after you carrying/dragging my most Cherished Cross and finding LIFE eternal/LOVE unending/LIGHT everlasting! Jesus, I trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Through Hallel's yes to her spouse, Jesus Christ, our family has grown! Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
St John Paul II... my hero and the first 28 years of my marriage is filled with Truth and LIGHT thanks to his being my Pope since the first month we were married!
I love the Hallelujah - Look familiar? This is what Hallel's name derives from - giving the highest of praise to God every time you say her name!
Monday, March 28, 2016
What joy to find this picture of Nancy and family in Kansas City. We are feeling the pangs of sadness that they have moved twice as far away from us, and their frequent extended times with us on the farm will slow down considerably. We do know that there is a visit we will be making down there to meet our new granddaughter in May, and that fills us with a lot of excitement. Grandma will be there for the time of arrival, hopefully, and then we have a fake plan in the works that Ruth and the kids will come out in early June, after school is out and meet their new niece/cousin, see Nancy and Maria's homes and have the Baptism of our new member - welcoming her into The Church and our growing family - the LOVE just grows and grows with each new LIFE! So much LIGHT fills our world!
It is so fun to see how much our little Dominic and Gus are growing! Yet, we also know that Dom will be a big brother soon! Those chocolate eyes melt me! How I loved my time with the two youngest boys - Romeo and Dominic were so loving and interested in their old feeble grandma!
Spending the night and morning with Pat's mom today. She is sleeping peacefully so I am blessed with this island of peace to share from my heart! I am looking forward to some time at my new home to start to get it settled. I know Ruth is doing likewise at the farm. Her dad asks her to be his assistance outside, too, so she is really juggling it all! I know that she takes it head on and is hardly ever afraid to look a situation in the eye and take it on and do it! I have so much to learn from all my kids! They teach me and take me deeper into Trust and going forward in Faith!
As I continue to wait for Maria's family picture... I will borrow Nancy's one of our zesty Bernadette. Her hair is hiding her dimples, and grandma would have loved to fix her hair pretty for Easter. I did have the joy of doing Rose and Mary's hair into Bernadette/French braids, and that was wonderful for this old grandma, who did 4 girls' hair each day.
Jesus, my heart is on fire filled with all the LIFE you have given to me in your Resurrection from death into LIFE eternal! I yearn to be forever with you and to leave behind my selfishness and sinfulness. May I give, as you did, without counting the cost! May I not hesitate to go forward down the narrow path carrying/dragging my Most Cherished Cross and come to LIFE eternal forever with you! My Mother Mary I am so blessed to have you always with me each day. We go forward together to your Son, Jesus Christ with the help of His Bride, The Church! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah!
This is food for thought on this bright Easter Monday!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!!!
A bright LIGHT has gone to eternal reward. She truly allowed Jesus to work through her and change the world!
My sister, Mary's grave, decorated for Easter by my other sister, Carol! Always in my heart.
Maria's family to round it out covering all our families this Easter. Romeo was active and blurred him and mom a bit, but still great for my eyes to feast upon!
Patrick got cut out of the selfie... but he is so cute in the one above that we can imagine his squinty eyes and smile. Happy Easter weeks ahead.