Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"humble like this child" - Edith Stein/St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

How I jumped for joy in my heart when I read the Gospel today... the one in which Jesus takes a child and places it before him and his disciples!  After spending the weekend with 8 of my wonderful grandchildren and their parents!  Here are the 9 including one of Bandzuch cousin, Maddox, at the foot of Jesus... There was a special Sacred heart of Jesus statue at the church where little Josephine was baptized in keeping with the name of Sacred Heart Church.  Josephine looks content to be surrounded by many children in varying ups and downs... she is the one that sits peacefully taking it all in!
At his feet are the children filled with JOY, and wonder, and yes some angst... Romeo wanted his mom, which is a big reason to be upset when you are just 1 1/2!  He will learn in a few months to be more independent when his new little sister arrives to fill up mom's arms.  We just go ahead and snap the picture of life, and realize that as the little ones keep coming - we will have #14 grandchild in a few months - you appreciate the snapshot of life and smile...
A perfect example of a highly cherished picture of LIFE with the two youngest boys crying for their moms and other distractions...
I have a deep appreciation for Saint Edith Stein thanks to my mother, and The Community of the Lamb, and the fact that she is an amazing intelligent philosopher, who in her search for 'eternal values' discovered The Church and Christ.  She is such a powerful witness to seeking the Truth with your whole heart and it led into The True Church!  She entered the convent and became Teresa Benedicta of The Cross!  Then she died in the concentration camp due to her Jewish roots.  Imagine how much more she could have shared with the world of her light as she was only 51 years old, yet she was called to be an example of giving her all for the Truth!  Teresa is venerated as a "martyr for love" who consciously offered her life for the salvation of her people.
Life happens!  These words of Christ in the Gospel today really struck home...  Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.  Matthew 18 

It speaks to me about being open to life, as The Church asks us to consider in our domestic Church/family.  It is a lot to ask... many are thinking.  Doesn't our society/the world tell us that we should not overpopulate our world and that 2 kids is all we should responsibly have?  You do hear this, but it is a lie!  Families are shrinking and there are no new lives to carry forth... and there are no lights to shine in the darkness of the culture of death.  We look to the wisdom and Truth of The Church.  Even I questioned if it was selfish for Pat and I to want a large family - we were talking 12- but Pat immediately spoke filled with the Holy Spirit - "The world needs lights."  Yes, we are called to be open to life and to raise lights in our domestic Church/family - sharing our Faith with JOY!
Cousins hugging

Jesus may we be humble and admit that we need You to be our all in all!  We are helpless to do the good that we want to do in our day to day life without your help and dying to self so that you may live in us!  As Uncle Maurice said... "If I am praying than I am not sinning."  May prayer be a constant in our day - praying without ceasing with every breath that we take and every beat of our heart..."Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."  I know that without you I am a mess and there is so much work to do on this old selfish crabby limping mess of an old lady.  It is such a blessing to have all the "little ones" around me and for me to lift up in prayer knowing that their guardian angels are watching over them.
I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father... It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.  Jesus to us today in the Gospel.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Patrick will be a loving big brother to his new baby sister, and he got some practice with his cousin, Josephine!  LIFE is a gift to be protected and cherished from conception to natural death!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
So true!
A great sharing of 3 girls taking their habits with The Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, an order that Susan discerned with before joining The Community of the Lamb!  Take the time to listen to their glorious singing and beautiful pictures of the transformation! 
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We are all called to carry/drag our cross!

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May many come to know you this day through the intercession of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and her sharing of the Truth/LIGHT!
Singing Nun Dominique in honor of St Dominic yesterday
The girls are close!
Grandpa is beloved by the little ones - they are aware of his love and care for them.  The little ones love their grandpa Pat!
Some pictures from Maria's blog for today - this one is for Paul...
This one is for my mother... when "T" was here she asked for this desk instead of your small one.  This was Carol's at one point and she brought it to me some years back.  Yes, Maria put it in a closet, but for our humble "Therese of the closet" this is normal and right.  She looks good and happy with her new desk.
Finally a very nice picture from Maria of the girls with their kids - a work of art/masterpiece entitled - Open to LIFE and Raising LIGHTS!
I think Our Lady has a smirk on her face as she takes in these 3!  I sure do have a smile in my heart and I feel a bit more "childlike" after looking at their delightfulness!

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