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