Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Visitation is an encounter that has exceptional meaning...

Her womb filled with LIFE... Mary goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, also pregnant with life in her old age!  The Visitation Feast comes to surprise us this day of change for us once again.  John moved out of his place in Tracy and we took a carload down to help him with the cleaning and hauling down the stairs... Simon, Mary and David along with grandma!  After the huge changes of switching places with Ruth and Paul... I have learned that if the kids are available they are wonderful help in going up and down stairs with boxes and bags.  Today Simon did the vacuuming and Mary washed the kitchen floor on her knees while grandma washed the kitchen and bathroom.  Leaving it better than we found it is our motto from all the retreats we have worked over the years!

I was able to do morning prayer with both Pat and John and then read the readings with John on the way to Tracy.  There were two options for the first reading and I love them both, so all 3 times we read them together - I read them both!  When you place Mary with God in her womb as what the Prophet Zephaniah is proclaiming...The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.  Zephaniah 3
Gathering and blessing our food for Memorial Day shared on the wonderful porch!

I love the other option from Romans, which speaks of how we are to be changed always by our encounter that has exceptional meaning - our Visitation with LIFE entering our lives whith the "yes" of Mary!  Our encounter with LOVE!
These words from Romans 12 were so powerful to me in the midst of our grandson Patrick's traumatic birth... Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer... Bless those that persecute you, bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.
No better day could be had, and overnight another half an inch of rain!  We are grateful!

Then the Gospel is so full of LIGHT!  The words we repeat each day from the Rosary come from the lips of St Elizabeth as the Holy Spirit fills her with JOY and the baby in her womb leaps in response to that Truth!  "Most Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."  Words inspired by the Holy Spirit and straight from the Gospel!  Then the Magnificat - the words of Mary in response filled with so much humility and Truth and beauty and overflowing with the LOVE/LIFE/LIGHT that fills her! 
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.  From this day all generations will call me blessed:  The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name...
The shirt with the tie that grandma gave him and Uncle Johnny.
Beautiful irises beat down a bit by the heavy rain overnight added some beauty to our day of helping John move out.  "You kids made it almost fun today."  "No, not fun but doable."  was John's response.
Helper David with St Francis with broken hands, St Mary's Church, and beautiful white irises.  John was able to get to mass almost daily this last year between here and Milroy! 
So very beautiful and peaceful.  Another chapter closes and asking for direction...

On one of our travels over the last 7 years - John and I came up with some new decades for the rosary... kind of like how wonderful it was when the Luminous Mysteries came along and filled in those amazing years of the Ministry of Christ.   John and I felt that the fruit of meditating on these new Mysteries would be very rich and powerful!
Dave is used to smiling for grandma!

The Miracle Mysteries
1.  Feeding the 5,000
2.  Calming the Sea
3.  Walking on Water
4.  Raising of Lazarus
5.  Lowering the nets for a catch
The Healing Mysteries
1.  The Paralytic
2.  Healing of the Lepers
3.  Healing of the woman bleeding for 12 years
4.  Curing the Blind man
5.  Healing the ear of the high priest slave
The Forgiveness Mysteries
1.  Forgiving St Peter
2.  The woman taken in adultery
3.  Mary washing his feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair
4.  Matthew the tax collector turned apostle/writer of the Gospel
5.  The Samaritan woman at the well
6.  Doubting Thomas
Yes, there are 6 here and only 5 decades, but for each of these new mysteries there are so many others we could have mentioned!  The Gospels are full of so many stories of miracles, healing and forgiveness which minister to us The Truth - we have a encounter of exceptional meaning/a Visitation of the Holy Spirit in our inner temple which changes us always and forever!

My Jesus, My soul is yearning to grab my rosary beads and find that peaceful place of prayer - lifting up all my needs and fears and worries and cares and wants and thanksgiving and amazement and all that fills me as I am blessed with so much each day of my journey!  Your Mother is there to bring you into the world of those that don't know you.  How I pray for those in my life that do not know you, Lord, or turn their back on your Truth.  May my life reflect the encounter of exceptional meaning I have had - the Visitation from Your Mother of Heaven and earth with you in her womb - LIFE has come!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
I am now up to 10 decades of the rosary each day, if I can find the time, so maybe I could start adding some of these new ones after I have done my 5 for each day?  I will keep you posted.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

Wow!   This is amazing and just how I feel!

Danielle Rose - The Visitation - Jesus within you
Danielle Rose - Let it be done unto me\

Happy Memorial day from Missouri!

He must squirt some of the juice in his eye, or just super cute?

Daddy snuggle!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial day 2016... "In you, my God, I place my trust." Psalm 91:2

Out by the campfire last night - Luke and Roger pose with smiles on both their faces.  It is so great to see Roger having someone his size to hang out with, and Luke is constantly outside enjoying farm life and Roger is usually along beside him.  It just feels right to have the young family on the farm!  Ruth was reminiscing last night about how the kids would take big sticks out of the grove and put them in the fire and have homemade sparklers and torches to run around with.  Soon the kids were having fun reliving Ruth's childhood.  I marvel at this over and over and over!
Standing around the same fire pit that their mom and siblings roasted marshmallows over almost 30 years ago! 
John and Mary trying to touch toes on the swings!  Such a gift to have the young family bringing daily life to our farm!
It looks to be a good apple year this year!
Love the lighting, the color and the kids!

It has been a wonderful morning on this glorious day spending time with John - sharing breakfast and the office/morning prayer!  How the tears flowed when we shared our petitions - to have this gift of our sharing another pause in John's life where he comes home to pray and look for what the future holds!  It seems to be about this time of the year, and John gets his share of farm work now and watching for heat is big right now.  Please join us in our prayers for his call to be revealed to him once again.
It has been a special spring with more camp fires than usual... the bugs seem to be coming slowly this year and the weather is spectacular!  This has been the type of camping we love - have the fun of being out by a fire and running around with the family  away from the TV and enjoying each other.  Then go into your beds at night!  The best!
Ruth's garden coming up nicely with the wonderful inch and a half of rain!  Thank you, Lord, we are so grateful for this million dollar rain!  So many times over our years of farming - 37 years - the rains have come after much prayer and desperation and the crop is saved!  This rain was warm and gentle and most of the day!  Perfection!
An exhausted Rose after a long day of working with the cows and calves yesterday!
The three men heading out to switch pastures behind our place.  I just got word that the farm family is coming over for lunch on the porch!  It will be a great Memorial celebration!
Out to put clothes on the line this glorious day, and put together a red, white and blue bouquet and placed them close to the heart of The Mother of God!  Who better to recall all the lives sacrificed in battle than the Mother, who cares for all our needs here and in heaven and on the way to heaven? 
Holy Mother, war is so horrible and leaves so many scars on families left behind.  Bring your comforting care and love into those hearts hurting and bring peace to this torn and violent world!
To Jesus through Mary!  Jesus, we trust in you.   Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
The Psalm today is so true for our country and world - it could be such a better place/a small slice of heaven here on earth if only we would place our trust in God and put Him first!
"In you, my God, I place my trust."
The "yes" of Mary brought LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT into the world, and how we cling to that Cross!
Life is good!
Eric Clapton- Holy Mother

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Corpus Christi -becoming the Body of Christ!

Such a gloriously beautiful morning called for us to gather out on Great-grandma's porch in town after mass to share our red, white and blue patriotic Memorial day meal!  Wonderful fruit and rolls and lots of loving and good company enjoying such a beautiful day in which we celebrate the 1 1/2 of perfect rain that watered our farm with a with warm and gentle rain over half the day yesterday!  "We don't get those kind of wonderful soaking rains here, so we are very happy.  This will be wonderful for the crops and the grass in the pastures and the water in the creeks in the pastures for the cows and the calves.  We love and need those good rains, and although the campers and the vacationers had a rainy day in their Memorial weekend - we had the best holiday weekend we could have ever hoped for!  Today we are smiling and thanking the Good Lord!
Luke was pretty excited that he got to push great-grandma out on the deck with a little help from grandpa. These days he is a way to get one of those rare smiles from Pat's mom!
Rose again brought her puppy to mass and I saw her giving the elderly lady behind her a handshake at the sign of peace with the puppy paw.  That was probably a first time for that!

Pondering the feast today of Corpus Christi - the Body and Blood of Christ... it seems to be evident when the 4 generations gather to share a joyful meal on such a beautiful day... much like Christ teaching and healing and miraculously feeding the 5,000 in the Gospel today from Luke 9!  To eat it outside as Christ did - having them sit in groups of 50 on the grass and then breaking the bread and they ate until they were "satisfied," and then there was much left over - 12 baskets.  Well, there is much we shared of our faith as we began our outside meal with a blessing shared by young and old, then we also included a Communion service where the readings were read, the homily discussed and mom received Jesus in his Body in The Eucharist!  Sharing that heavenly meal with her at this point of her life on hospice is a gift to us!  She thanked, us as she always does over and over with each small task we do to help her, but we really were filled with gratitude to her that we are able to share this most heavenly meal with her each Sunday!
All eyes are on my new camera... yes, I have gone through another one... does anyone doubt that I am hard on them, and go through them probably yearly?  That is why I stick to the cheap and small ones, but if I invested in a good one I would probably be ahead.  I love that this one is small and always with me in my purse!
Basking in the LIGHT after sharing the most important hour of our week... Jesus, feeding us his miraculous meal - His Body and Blood!  So nice to have John with us for a while as he asks the Lord where he will be next.  He is now out with Pat and Paul helping put some cows and calves out to  pasture!  Pat talks about him getting a hat and sunblock as he will be out watching for heat morning, noon and night!  Welcome home, John!  I sure love to have you around, but I know that it is hard to go down this bumpy road called LIFE!
Tenderhearted loving Dave brought his mom flowers when they went to get breakfast, and he is looking at my new camera with a question mark on his face...Yes, that is what a question mark on a face looks like!
Luke and Pat heading out to the deck for our shared family time - celebrating the rain and family time together and our Faith shared for The Eucharist... as John says this is what makes us Catholic and sets us apart, and I add to that Mary and how if we love her there is no other place to be but The Church!  Mary brings us to her Son/LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!

I am so happy to have John with us and trust that the Lord will show him the path just for John!
An inch and a half in the rain gauge and the two cows yet to calf all washed off by the rain.
They seem to enjoy each other's company.

Loving my daisies!
Luke noticed that I had one in my hair at mass, and asked me why?  I told him that I used to wear a flower in my hair all the time, and so...

Jesus, we are healed and taught a great lesson of LOVE each week as we approach your altar and are fed of your heavenly Body and Blood.  We are filled with all the fruits of your Holy Spirit and share that LOVE, PEACE, JOY and all the others with our family gathered together!  May our domestic Church/family grow stronger and happier and share The LIGHT with each other and those we come in contact with.  Jesus, life is not all easy and smooth... there are many bumps and bruises and crosses we are asked to embrace to find your Truth... The Cross is the Tree of LIFE and bears fruit that will last for eternity!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Gathered together to share our Faith/Family/Farm - Thank you, grandma Ann for blessing us with all 3!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
My garden is very happy with the rain and soon we will be eating fresh stuff that was just growing minutes before.  I had a large serving of asparagus yesterday that was filled with all that goodness straight from the earth, the sun and the rain... growing just minutes before it was on my plate!  That is the epitome of FRESH!
How great-grandma loves the little ones!  I see that so sweetly carried on to her son, my husband!  Today he was holding his Rose for half of the mass!  David was leaning on his big strong grandpa, too!  My heart just about bursts with LOVE!
Danielle Rose - Pursue me
A good friend told me that after a friend was ordained a priest yesterday in St Paul Cathedral that Danielle Rose surprised them all by singing to him at his reception about his vocation and such a wonderful example for her kids to witness!  Granddaughter, Mary, went to her concert in Ghent and was very touched, too!  Mary told us today that she is going to be a nun.  Then she asked; "Can a nun adopt a baby?"  Sorry, Mary.  "Well, she can take care of kids though, right? "  Yes!  No worries, Mary, just put Jesus first in your life and ask him and he will show you the perfect plan for your life- Mary's journey loving Jesus and serving him with her all!  What JOY!
Mary told great-grandma that she prays for her every night!  She has a special place in her heart for her Great Grandma Anna!
Danielle Rose - the Saint that is just me
Danielle Rose - Small things with great love
Danielle Rose - A Mother's Song - The Crucifixion
Danielle Rose - True LOVE - the Cross
If I touch him - in the Eucharist!  Danielle Rose
Am I a fan?  The biggest of this young woman, who writes songs about Catholic in front of Jesus in adoration!

Tomatoes on already... before we know it we will be canning in Ruth's wonderful new canning kitchen!  Her plan in her remodel was to can in her kitchen and to have her command post at her farm kitchen sink and be able to see the entire yard!  So wise!