Thursday, April 28, 2016

St Gianna - "Remain in my love." John 15

Luke with his cousin, Abby, pose so sweetly today after a day and night of much cold rain.  Rubber boots are a must for young and old today!  I find myself distracted by the movie HOME as I watch grandkids while Ruth is out slogging through the mud as farmer along Pat this day.  Just so it is understood why this is disjointed and lacking today.  Now we are off to pick up Rose from preschool, so...
A borrowed this from Ruth's camera of some amazing Rapunzel braids that she made.  This is her version of Anna and Elsa braids modeled by the two 4 year old cousins.  I can say that now that Rose will be 4 on Sunday! 

Returning with kids and lunch and a moment of quiet to try to compose my thoughts this day of interruptions called family and farm.  I have been spoiled lately with quiet in my new home to allow the Holy Spirit to guide my Faith sharing.  I am sure that due to this day being filled with other things here on the farm that this sharing will be much shorter.  I can sense that there was an audible sigh of relief... most especially the few family members of mine that read this often.
Luke in the tractor tire of his beloved tractor.  He was talking on and on about it and climbing in and out.

It was a delight to find that today is the feast day of the modern day role model to women - St Gianna.  https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/the-feast-of-st-gianna-beretta-molla-a-modern-mothers-heroism/  Here is a wonderful short version of her life and message to all! 
Gianna Beretta Molla was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II on April 24, 1994, during the international Year of the Family. She was canonized on May 16, 2004.  She is the patron saint of physicians, pregnant mothers, unborn children, and against abortion.
“St. Gianna died as a result of sacrificing her life so that her unborn child in the womb could have the maximum chance at life. Divine Providence accepted her sacrifice and suffering and she was rewarded with Eternal Salvation. Thus it is very beautiful that her heroic virtue was acknowledged and confirmed by the Universal Church through two intercessory miracles involving two mothers and an innocent baby in the womb.”  St. Gianna Physician’s Guild
 
I have known her to be called The Pro-life Saint, and yes she intercedes with miracles from Heaven!
Luke wants to have his mom in the tractor...
 
How did St Gianna have the vision, the wisdom, the strength, the LOVE to make the choice to give her life for her child?  She was a true contemplative follower of Christ!

Gianna was also committed to prayer and contemplation to discover God’s will for her life. According to one account, “Through her prayers and those of others, she reflected upon her vocation, which she also considered a gift from God. Having chosen the vocation of marriage, she embraced it with complete enthusiasm and wholly dedicated herself ‘to forming a truly Christian family’.”  She married in 1955 and welcomed four children into the world.

What a wonderful role model of one who asked God always to show her the path He had just for her.  Then answering that call with her total commitment to live it as Christ asked of her..."As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love.  If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love; just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.  I have told you this that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete." 

How, you may ask, was this true for St Gianna when she left this world with her husband and 4 children were behind?  She died giving life to her daughter, and she entered heaven and is saving lives still from heaven as a Saint so close to her loving Savior! 
The glorious apple blossoms, we brought in the other day have totally opened up... borrowing Ruth's camera they are a work of art this cold wet day!

Yes, St Gianna is for our modern world such a lesson for those that work at professions plus are open to life and raising lights in a Christian family... April 28 is the feast day of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, medical doctor and mother of four. She is a saint for our modern times with much to teach us through her life witness as a faithful Catholic, successful working woman, devoted wife, and loving mother."

Her example to this busy world is so important! Put your Faith in Christ and His Church first and all the rest will fall into place!  How do we know what to do and how to act and what choices to make as we follow the Commandments of Christ and remain in His LOVE?  By looking to the wisdom of The Church and The Word!  Questions about birth control, about where we can get married, about sharing our faith... look it up in the Catechism of The Catholic Church or google it.  We are not to pick and choose, but to embrace it fully and completely!  I love, love, love The Church and have no reservations on it's dogmas and teachings - this is not blind following... it is because I know and believe in my heart, mind and soul that these are TRUTH!
Beauty inside and a wet cold world outside.

Jesus, with St Gianna at your feet adoring you and praising you and interceding for those that come to you for help with their pregnancies or fertility or other needs.  We are so in need of her example of juggling a profession, family and putting you first and praying and going to mass.  Yes, we are pulled in many directions this day and age, but we must always take the time to come to you and set our hearts and minds and souls on what you are asking of us.  To firstly love and serve those the closest to us without counting the cost.  Our home is where we share our Faith with joy and when necessary use words!  Our home is our domestic Church filled with all we need to grow into the LIGHTS to make a difference and banish the culture of death and replace it with the culture of LIFE/LIGHT/LOVE!  By embracing our Most Cherished Cross and following your example we find our path and come finally to Heaven forever with you.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
There was so much water that I had to bring over my rubber boots to do my chicken chores today.  Farmlife would be impossible without our rubber boots!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Aunt Ruthie spoiled the girls - play dough and Elsa and Anna braids!  On Sunday Rose will join Abby - they will both be 4!
Play dough time with Luke while Rose is at preschool!
This blogging is cutting into my rosary time today... how I love my beads and my prayers and my dosing off...

St Louise today too... talk about someone who loved our Lady!  He is the most loving of all!!!!

 Many little girls are celebrating their feastday today!

A great prayer in the car with John- he is his and I in mine... thank goodness for speaker phones!  Praying for peace..."Just as Saul became St Paul through the Spirit taking him from hate and anger and persecuting to one of sharing love and peace..."  Wow!  Come Holy Spirit!  The Our Father we shared was so powerful and meaningful to end our prayer on wheels!  John's wonderful prayer/sharing the LOVE ministry is such a gift to me and many others.  Jesus healed him also and brought him to Faith after his half-hearted prayer! 
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/johns-cancer-stories.html



Makes us feel like the great job we do and if we do it lovingly that makes it perfect!

I heard this on the way to pick up Rose - Same Power by Jeremy Camp
Wow!  We do have The same power - The Holy Spirit!
Jordan Feliz - The River
Danielle Rose - Pursue me - asking the Lord's plan for me!
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'She (Mother Mary) is an echo of God, speaking and repeating only God.
If you say "Mary" she says 'God'." ~ St Louis de Montfort

St Louis de Montfort, pray for us!

"Our body is a cenacle,
a monstrance:
through its crystal the world should see God."

St Gianna Beretta Molla
Wife, Mother, Doctor, Martyr
Italy (1922-1962)
FEAST DAY - April 28

I just shared this amazing quote with John traveling back from Sioux Falls... how we love Our Lady and together we prayed over the phone for a sweet friend, who asked for prayers with her infertility.  Our Lady loves so deeply and helps with LIFE coming into the world.  Jesus, we trust in you. 

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