Friday, May 27, 2016

"let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins." St Peter

Nose to chin with her eyes wide open... trying to take in her older brother as he holds her fingers and holds her on his lap while mom holds the two of them in a close embrace... this is a picture of the discovering of "intense love." As brother and sister growing up next to each other in age... these two will share close times together forging a loving relationship as we see here as well as battles as they live and grow and change and learn to give and take!

 A  love we share in our family is the most intense across the board from the loving responses we have to the more angry and upset and exploding feelings on the other end of the spectrum!  Don't you wonder why the people you love the most - you let your defenses down and treat the worst?  It seems that we hold nothing back when we are upset with those in our immediate family, and I find this most true with my spouse.  Why?  We see the faults in each other, and when one points them out... we see red as they too have there's.  How can we be humble and say "yes, you are right, I do need to work on that." 
A week ago already...  Meeting our newest member of the family much sooner than we had ever hoped we would.  Mary and Rose are chanting; "Sister, sister, sister."  They think it would be great to have another sister.  It is not quite that simple to do in many ways.  What we all love about natural family planning is that God is always part of the equation, and we truly are not taking it all into our hands.  Being open to life always in our marriage gives me a lot of peace that we have our 12 - 7 in heaven, waiting to meet us all someday and praying for our journey, and we have the 5 here with us.
Looking at our two families - I the oldest of 11 and Pat the 6th of 10... it would seem that we could easily have gotten our large family, but The Cross entered in and it was a different outcome according to the mysterious plan of Our Lord.  One thing that sharing all that pain and loss together - we each and every one appreciate LIFE and value it and protect it and cherish it from conception to natural death!
There was a big wind this day of happy times together...

The quiet days are back with windows of family here and there.  The house full might return in about a month.  Rose was here last night and walked into the bunk bed room and seemed sad that her time with Bernadette sleeping overnight with grandma and grandpa are done for now.  The two girls are just 6 months apart and very close - enjoying each other's company, yet there are those flashes of anger when they want the same toy.  Yes, as St Peter tells us today in the first reading I Peter 4...  Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.  This is truly what holds marriages together isn't it?  That intense love gets us past the times when we are upset and angry and frustrated and hurt and wounded and selfish and sick and tired and all the times when how close we are makes the old sandpaper rub off all the rough edges!  As they say "kiss and make up."  That truly does cover a multitude of sins!
This is what melts my heart with intense LOVE!  Seeing this handsome man holding the little ones in his huge arms and hands!  There is no more beautiful sight and I fall in love with him over and over and over again!  We all tease him that those babies just are so secure and content there and fall asleep without a peep.  Pat is very happy to sit there and hold them and visit with all of us!  Such a gift to have him love his family and love to spend time with them hanging out and sharing!

Today Jesus in the Gospel from Mark 11- chases out the money changers from the temple, and reminds us that whatever we ask with Faith He will answer!  I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.  When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions."  There is a roadblock to our prayers - if we are holding and nursing that anger and resentment towards our those the closest to us in our domestic Church/family!  Let it go... recall what melts your heart about them!
Ruth and Nancy love the farm and have embraced the Truth we upheld in our domestic Church/family/marriage - Being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS for the world!

Jesus, how we long to embrace our most Cherished Cross and follow you!  We are so weak and our tempers flare when we have out faults pointed out to us.  May we adopt the motto of The Community of the Lamb - "Wounded I will not cease to love."  Truly the Truth we witnessed as the Spotless Lamb was sacrificed for us!  May our LOVE be always intense and filled with the flame which burns bright and allows us to always serve without counting the cost.  Jesus, we are yours and need your Spirit to dwell in our temples, from which we clear away all that has made it a "den of thieves."  May we cleanse our inner temple with the help of You in your Word, the Sacraments, the Saints walking with us and interceding for us, and PRAYER with each breath that we take and every beat of our hearts - Jesus through Mary!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
May our example to these little ones be that of "intense love, which covers a multitude of sins."  Yes, I will and do sin, but may it become less and less often as I die more to self so that You, O Lord, live in me!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Gus is now big brother to 3 - learning to grow his love bigger and bigger, not stretched more thin!
A precious work of art!
Scott Hahn...
The summer play with John, Mary and David in it!
Love this!  I need to recall this more, and cherish the LIFE within me!
the Saint that is just me
Litany of Humility - Danielle Rose

Eric Clapton - Holy Mother
Maria being pregnant in Missouri... thankfully she is watching out for Zika, and the kids are using the sprinkler to keep cool!  Protect that new life and the kids can still have fun and keep cool!

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