Monday, June 13, 2016

"Give to the one who asks of you..." Matthew 5:42

It was so good to attend a 50th anniversary mass for his sister and husband presided by the priest, who witnessed our vows and said our wedding mass, Fr Vincent Louwagie!  For our entire marriage he has mostly been living in Mexico, but we usually see him about once a year.  His homily for his this wonderful occasion brought tears to my eyes as he spoke of the "snapshots of joy" he witnessed in his short visits over the years.  Also the "snapshots of hardships" that go along with us as we live out the sacrament of marriage.  We are all so familiar with those ups and downs.
Mom with the happy couple after 50 years!
Mom greeted by many family members - how they appreciate this great lady, who was always loving and forgiving and kind and hard working, and now humble and gracious in her final stage of life.  She loves to grasp hands and hold on and speak kind words to her extended family and friends!

Mom is being blessed by our two priests in the family here now... her cousin, Fr Germain Louwagie, and her nephew, Fr Vincent Louwagie.  How they love and honor her as the great person and mother she is!
 Honoring both daughter and mother with a special stole with the crusade cross stitched on it.  "RaTerra, you are a crusader in how you do the big job here for your mother, who is a most wonderful mother. May you both be blessed in all you do and share together."  Amen!
 A very special moment shared with a most wonderful kind and loving priest, who has a deep love and respect for these two women! 

It is a hard place in the life of Pat's mom, where she finds herself unable to care for her own needs and must depend on others, mostly her daughter RaTerra, to care for her.  It is so humbling to have to depend on others and we all recall all that she did for us over the years and her willing and joyful and loving involvement in our daily lives!  Yes, she is asking and needing our help at this point in her life, and we are saying "yes" and honoring her as best we can. 
Pat's mother will constantly say "thank you" with each task that we help her with.  Many times, when we are with her, she will say these humble words of thanks to us. 

The Gospel today is reminding us that we are called to give to anyone who asks of us, and this will not always be someone who is as loving and thankful as my mother-in-law.  There are times, when you feel justified to say "no" to those asking, but Jesus reminds us today that it is never OK to say "no," but rather we are to give our all and then some!
This will be put in a place of honor and will be a wonderful reminder of all that it means to these two amazing women!

The words of the Gospel today speak volumes for themselves!
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

When you are hit, whether it be actual or verbal, how often do you even think to turn the other cheek?   Our first response is to strike back or protect ourselves!  The motto of The Community of the Lamb..."Wounded, I will not cease to love."  Turning the other cheek would certainly be living that out!
2 tenths of rain overnight and a beautiful sight!


Jesus, just when we think we have it all figured out - you remind us just how radical your love is for us and how you changed us and now ask us to return that love to others - most especially those in our domestic Church/family!  Yes, we react to being "wounded" in our relationships when we are called to "turn the other cheek."  Give our brother more than he asks for, and go with him the extra mile.  Where do we witness this?   When we have that family member that is in constant need, and always asking for us to help them out.  Never think that we have fulfilled our quota, but give and give and give some more! There is on limit to our love and forgiveness - just as you are endlessly loving us and your unconditional forgiveness is always there to bind our wounds and heal us and bring us back into the fold away from the prowling and ravenous wolf!  As the Psalm 5 from mass today -
Hearken to my words, O Lord,
attend to my sighing.
Heed my call for help,
my king and my God!
Lord, listen to my groaning.
This speaks volumes of the humble places we find ourselves when we realize how far we have to go in our Christian LIFE and how weak and sick and sinful we are - it is not much the Lord has to work with, but we place our trust in Him!  Jesus, we do trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Wonderful and powerful and special family time with both of our families over the weekend.  We are reminded of the bumpy road that comes with LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/family/faith and farm!  It is so true that making it through the hard times/crosses that we all have on the journey makes the "snapshots of JOY" that much more works of art filled with beauty and light!  Putting Jesus and His Bride, The Church, first and keeping our eyes ever on the prize - Heaven forever with Jesus, Mary, the Saints and this day is the feast of dear St Anthony!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
A most special family moment!
Two soon-to-be Brides shared a wonderful shower!  Thank you, Jennifer, for hosting so beautifully!
Family LOVE!
Pat found a tiny part for the combine - about the size of a dime- in a corn field filled with debris after the combine had gone through it - "I prayed to Saint Anthony and looked down and there it was!"  This is quite miraculous!
The Best!!
Today is the ‪#‎feastday‬ of the loved St. Anthony of Padua, Franciscan friar, teacher, preacher, contemplative, wonder-worker, Doctor of the Church, and one of... the most popular saints ever. Anthony is a universal saint because of his loyalty to the Church and his fierce love for God and His children. He's also known as the "Hammer of the Heretics" for battling the heresies of his day and converting heretics back to the true faith. He was a simple and humble friar who preached the Gospel lovingly and with fearless courage. The youth whom his fellow friars thought was uneducated became one of the great preachers and theologians of his day. He was a man of great penance and apostolic zeal, but he was primarily a saint of the people. He was canonized less than one year after his death. St. Anthony, pray for us!
Laura Story - Blessings
Lauren Daigle - Trust in you
From Missouri today!
 
Comforting to us this day of tragedy once again in our country.
Keeping cool!


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