Monday, July 11, 2016

"learn to do good"..."whovever receives you receives me..."

Rushing off to Michigan with my parents and leaving behind all of my family minus only John and Hallel on the farm after a most amazing week... I am longing to relish these wonderful memories that linger in these great pictures!
This sign continues to greet me as I return home on our barn, and the most miraculous week we all had together.  A lot of great times sharing cousin time, sister time, grandpa time with his girls and the little ones, and grandma time and mom time... all were filled with peace and harmony and only time to time tired kids having minor disagreements.  Yes, miraculous!
Grandma visits and involvement in her life has been huge for Ruth for her entire life!  Now her kids see Great-grandma most every week and bask in her love and attention.  Such a great example of unconditional love!
Her year and a half on hospice has given us the gift of praying together and sharing Jesus in his Word and Body and Blood!  The words from the first reading in Isaiah 1 - "learn to do good."  Pat's mother is a prime example of how she teaches us how to do good by her actions and life, and also by in her humble helpless state of life allowing us to serve her and share our united Faith together.  There are many in our lives that can help us learn how to do good.  Usually this happens each day in our families!  Our initial reaction to be angry or hurt or hurt back or sulk or be less than loving or make others suffer along with us - "misery loves company"- or be selfish with our time and our energy or shut out others that are down and lonely or lie and in other words there are many ways that we can reject the opportunity to do good!  This happens mostly with those the closest to us and to those that we are to love the most!  So wrong! 
By time grandma jumped in with the 13 two were crying for their moms and others were tired of it all!
"Wounded, I will not cease to love."  is the motto of The Community of the Lamb.  Our daughter Susan/Little Sister Hallel is a nun with this Community.  She has traveled from Rome to Poland and will be there through World Youth Day.  She has sacrificed having her own husband and children, but living in Community is her family and has added to our family with many Little Sisters and Little Brothers.  But living closely with others in family/domestic church/Community calls for us to look to the example of The Lamb slain for us and although wounded and killed for our sins - The Lamb brought love into the world for us to take forward into our lives - The Gospel from Matthew 10 today Jesus tells us that we should take heart going forward living out and sharing the Truth - "whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me...whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple- amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."
The girls and grandma... I had the joy of doing 4 Bernadette/French braids!

Jesus, may we share you in our lives and families and communities and when we are hurt may we not react with hate and fear and anger, but continue to love.  Seeing the wonderful examples around us allow us to learn to do good.   Lord, I need you to forgive my weakness and selfishness and sinfulness, so that I may lay my burdens at your feet and although I have taken a step back that I may take two steps forward in my dance of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/the Cross and following Jesus with the help of his glorious Bride, The Church.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Josephine/Josie/Jo Jo was a wonderful good baby to share our week with!  Therese was so loving her  baby cousin and will love her new sister coming in a few months!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
In the playhouse with mulberry face on Berna.  Cherished cousin time!

There is a wonderful story that Little Sister Alma shared with Pat while visiting Lumen Christi/The LIGHT of Christ located in Kansas City, KN a few years back.
We were out begging for our food in a poor neighborhood, and the woman who answered the door was angry that we would ask from her when she did not have enough to feed her kids.  She had tattooed symbols of being in a gang and time in prison.  We shared the Gospel with her and prayed with her and asked for her prayer requests as we always do.  Eventually she said; 'I could get you a glass of water.'  What joy!" 
The porch of Ruth's beautiful playhouse!
Therese and her precious baby cousin!
My new home was a great and comfortable place for our growing family time!
St Benedict today!  St Benedict certainly looked to the Good, and taught us!
‪#‎SaintoftheDay‬ St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547) and his twin sister, St. Scholastica, were born to a Roman nobleman and his wife in Nursia, Italy. He spent childhood with his parents in Rome. As a young man he found in himself a strong desire to escape the triflings of the world and serve God. He left his family and wealth and settled in the mountainous region of Subiaco. After three years living in solitude as a cave-dwelling hermit, he was asked to lead a monastery in the place of an abbot who had died. Benedict did as they asked, but his way of life was too extreme for the monks and they tried to poison him. He thwarted their evil designs by blessing the poisoned cup, rendering it ineffective. Benedict returned to his cave, where news of his sanctity and miracles began to spread. Soon a community of men surrounded him wanting to adopt his way of life. To house them Benedict established twelve monasteries, including the world-famous Monte Cassino, and gave them a rule of life to live by, known as the Rule of St. Benedict. Because of the organization, structure, and discipline he brought to the monastic life, he is known as the Founder of Western Monasticism. He is the patron saint of many causes, especially known for his intercession against poison, temptations, witchcraft, monks, students, farmers, and all of Europe. His ‪#‎feastday‬ is July 11th in the Latin rite, while the Benedictines celebrate his feast on March 21st. ‪#‎MorningOffering
Yes, there is so much more than we can take in each day - overwhelmed is so true!

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