Friday, April 29, 2016

"The Community is having a party today!" St Catherine of Siena is reason to celebrate BIG!

Our family is getting excited for the arrival of grandchild #13, and granddaughter #5!  Nancy and I have fake plans for me to jump into my car day or night as soon as she starts going into labor, so that 6 hours later I can be there to take over the other 3 kids and welcome our sweet new baby!  We are all very excited, and Maria shared this on her blog this morning... the Cross Stitch Family of Nancy and Bill that will go in the corner of the baby blanket that Maria has sewed for her.  Such a precious keepsake!  Maria got her idea and design from a dear friend of mine, Paula, who has made amazing baby blankets for all my grandkids!  Many of them have become their beloved special blanket, which they have to sleep with a drag around all day long.  Thankyou so much dear friend!  Maria appreciated your blankets so much that she has copied them - the height of compliments to you!
Ruth and Paul say that in the near future I will break down and get a nice camera... I must admit that when I am over there and I see it laying on the counter... I am snapping away and the pictures are so special, but I do love to have my camera in my purse and so easy to grab and use... after all it is my right hand!  In other words, I am addicted to pictures of everything!  There is no worry of being caught up on my life in short order and a new grandchild is the top of the list!

I find myself wandering in my mind and heart to our wonderful family, The Community of the Lamb, today!  They prayed into the night and sang and read her writings for the vigil of The Feast of one of their most amazing patron Saints - St Catherine of Siena.  Today they will probably have chocolate and coke to celebrate along with all the prayers and mass and adoration... all flavored by this amazing Saint! 

Such an amazing picture and it speaks volumes of how deeply she loved and was devoted to her Christ and His Bride, The Church!  So fitting is the Gospel today for all of us to look upon her example of serving The Church without counting the cost. 
"This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you... I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.  It is not you who chose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.  I command you: love one another."  Jesus said to us his disciples in John 15:12-17

St Catherine definitely embraced her Christ and followed his commandments to serve Him and His Church - she received the stigmata/wounds of the crucifixion on her own body!
I borrowed this special picture Ruth took of her sibs and dad laying hands on her and praying a blessing over her on her birthday - "God is blessing you now." I am sure the Community with celebrate with lots of deserts and maybe even have some conversation at their meals - it's a party day/feast day after all!

St Catherine has also been influential in many with her example of The Church, The Pope, and not afraid to speak The Truth!

Simon in Kansas City a year ago after we got up in the middle of the night for the Vigil of Easter!  Pitchers of coke, sweets and candies were laid out to add to the amazing celebration!  The Little Sisters and Brothers know how to celebrate with great JOY!  The Catholic Church celebrates Saints and Our Lady and the huge events of Christ's LIFE/Death and Resurrection with much feasting and celebrating!  Life should reflect that Faith shared with JOY by how real, true, and deep it dwells within us and comes pouring out to all those around us - most especially those in our domestic Church/family!  As the motto of The Community reminds us - "Wounded, I will not cease to love."  In following the example of The Lamb, who died for his friends and brought us life everlasting if only we follow his commands!
Hallel and Simon at the Easter Vigil a year ago!  It was a great and special time to share with Aunt Susan/Little Sister Hallel!
A big part of Simon's getting up was the wood laid out for the fire started in the middle of the night to signify the LIGHT coming into the darkness!  So much beauty and sharing The Truth with all the wonders and liturgy of our amazing Catholic Church!  It must be beautiful in every way... the sights, the sounds of the singing and The Word shared, the smiling faces and hugs of LOVE coming from the Little Sisters!  The smells of wood smoke, incense, and candles glowing.  The swelling of our hearts as we are filled to the brim by so very much more than we can take in - filled to overflowing by all we are given by The Church!
The family arrives on Easter morn for a feast of wonderful food and sweets to celebrate the Easter Feast... it continues as we are now approaching the 6th Sunday of Easter!
Mary loves to put on her blue apron and help with dishes!  Dishes and prayer is how Hallel describes her life as a contemplative nun.  How I am thinking about her today!
Hallel with Dominic meeting St Dominic, and on the other side of the window in their chapel is their Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena!

Jesus, we adore you and are filled with such JOY at the wonder of celebrating your amazing Saints with each passing day.  May we learn from them and ask their assistance in being better followers of you.  May we give up our selfishness/our life for our friends and help them to see and know and love and follow and give without counting the cost - You, O Lord!  If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Hallelujah  Communion Antiphon from mass today.  St Catherine, we long to follow Christ more perfectly and totally, intercede for us we pray.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Who would have thought that a year later Nancy and family would be living close to The Community of the Lamb in Kansas City?  Now a new arrival of our granddaughter in the next few weeks!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

Another one now to intercede for us struggling here on earth.  Mother Angelica, pray for us.   Mother certainly embraced the beauty of The Church!

The tree of LIFE!

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