Saturday, June 4, 2016

She kept all these things in her Immaculate Heart!... "a burning furnace whose flames reach everywhere.." St John Eudes

My 3 1/2 year old grandson, Patrick with the Sacred heart next to the Immaculate heart and so they are in celebration - one day we have the solemnity of the Sacred heart and then the following day we have the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of his Mother, Mary Queen of Heaven and earth!  That is one big strawberry and knowing Maria's kids they are all very excited to have such a special treat!  They know a lot about doing without a lot so that the special feasts are appreciated 100%!  It accentuates the Truth that if it weren't for the hard knocks and the crosses in our lives, the good times would become boring and not that much fun.  But when we suffer some... the good times are that much more wonderful!
I love this little guy so much... he is a very loving snuggler and look at those beautiful eye lashes!   He melts me, and we all know the history we share really starting from two weeks waiting for him to come out into the world - his birth was awaited with me by his mom's side while dad was in Afghanistan... 

We certainly prayed without ceasing and experienced the huge LOVE of Jesus for Patrick, who carried a cross from the minute he entered the world... The Sacred Heart of Jesus enveloped all of us with sharing in that suffering and knowing his unconditional love and Mercy!  Huge for me and our family, too, was The Immaculate Heart of Mary's intercession and walking with us and comforting us as the Best Mother in the World and Heaven can do... her Immaculate Heart gave me the ability to Trust and have the Strength to be there for Maria and her family at this time of need!

Can you see the look of peace in John's face and body?  How he longed for his family to come around him and hold him up literally but most of all in prayer!  This is the perfect picture for John - all of his family physically with him!  I, too, have that burning desire, but it becomes more and more impossible...

Three years before Patrick, we faced another crisis with John's brain cancer, and our lives and those of many others have been changed as we see the power of PRAYER!  Giving it all to Jesus and trusting in Him as He is in control in the midst of the storms of life!

How we trusted and how we were ministered to by all that The Church and Christ Jesus and Mary his Mother have to give us!  John was anointed 4 times and we had to lose all control and TRUST! 

St John Eudes is quoted today as rightfully so as he is instrumental in the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
Mary's heart is a burning furnace whose flames reach everywhere, generating more fire and warmth for us that ever existed in the hearts of all fathers and mothers towards their children, of brothers for brothers, of friends for their friends, in one word, more ardor than ever burned in the hearts of heaven and of earth.

Talk about doubling up!  At the same time John was meeting Christ on the Cross called Cancer/healing, Susan was answering her call to become a nun!  Just as in marriage we are called to die to self and give without counting the cost to another... so Hallel is called to give her all to her Spouse, Jesus Christ!  When we do this we are able to like Mary the Mother of God, hold much in our hearts and humbly serve those around us.... most especially those in our domestic Church/family!

John learned that he could walk with the help of his sister under his arm and found that to be much preferable to his platform walker, and it is obvious why?  To have that close contact was healing in itself and brought peace and JOY!

John was sharing during prayer yesterday how his older sister, Susan/Hallel, had been his guardian angel and literally saved his life!  When he was 2 we were out in the yard, and Pat started up the tractor in the shed.  John was walking towards the sound, and we did not notice him until 5 year old Susan asked; "Where's John?"  We looked around and she ran to save him seconds before Pat backed the tractor out of the shed!  That's appreciation for LIFE!

Moon face on John from steroids... Susan/Hallel heading back to KC after she had been with us for Thanksgiving and drive John for whole brain radiation for a week... how we had to Trust in Jesus to heal and protect!  So we continue to ask and Trust!

 I could go on and on, but I prefer to share the words of  St John Eudes...
The most glorious Virgin loves us with a supremely ardent love...This love is like a dazzling sun illuminating all things.  It lightens the darkness of those who approach its glow; it reveals our faults and weaknesses that we may detest them; it shows us our nothingness and our misery so that we may become humiliated  in our own eyes.  The glow of Mary's love reveals to us the malice and snares of the enemies of our salvation in order to save us from them; it shows us the illusion and deceit of the folly and conceits of the world, teaching us to despise them; and it manifests the marvels of the greatness and goodness of God that we may serve him with fear and love.  St John Eudes (1680)

I want that Love to dwell in me!
Life is not according to our plans, and Faith is what gets us through the ups and downs!

Jesus, with your loving Mother at your side, how I long to follow after you all the way to heaven forever!  May I carry/drag my Most Cherished Cross and follow you!  I am a mess and weak and sinful and sorrowful at how I mess things up so often.  Each new day holds so much promise and I am given so much!  St Paul tells us today in the first reading..."For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted by myths.  But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry."  2 Timothy 4  Yes, Lord, I see this all around me!  I see that your Truth is trampled underfoot, and I feel so alone in my loving your Church in its' entirety!  May I never give up!  May I always evangelize strong and without ceasing and when necessary use words!  How you use me is a mystery, but Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
How I long to say this at the end of my days...  I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.   From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award me on that day, and not only me, but all who have longed for his appearance.  2 Timothy 4:8  Let us all strive more this day!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Thanks Ruth for my daisies by the barn!  They are a special gift that gives and gives and gives!

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Let us grow in devotion to Mary as we pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen

"If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children."

- St. Louis de Montfort

The Saints join us in our love for Mary!

May we be that one candle in our world this day and light others around us!

Memorare - Danielle Rose
Danielle Rose - Hail Holy Queen
The Gospel for today - finding Jesus in the temple - by Danielle Rose

The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary takes place on the day after the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The devotion honors Mary's perfect purit...y of heart in virtue of her Immaculate Conception, and the perfect union of her heart–on fire with love for God and his children–with the heart of her Son, Jesus. In two passages in the Gospel of Luke we have reference to Mary treasuring and pondering in her heart the events in the life of Jesus, and pious devotion to the Heart of Mary can be traced to the twelfth century. In 1944, after consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pope Pius XII extended this feast to the universal Church. ‪#‎FeastDay‬

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