Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I'm really here!!!! A sacred place in my life... Lumen Christi/LIGHT of Christ!

In my prayer book is this picture as it marks our first time meeting the Community of the Lamb fresh on their arrival into the U.S./Kansas City, Kansas!  They came to the farm to meet Susan's family just as harvest was getting under way... Just about exactly 8 years ago!  We gathered for pancakes (probably Krusties, but that is a story for another time) at Ruth's before they headed out to the Cities where two were getting dropped off to learn English.  Young 4 year old Simon said these words of Truth and meaning now and always ; "We are all family!"  His little heart and soul recognized the love we will always share with The Community of the Lamb - now our family through our Susan becoming Little Sister Hallel!  Sitting in the chapel this morning here in sultry KC, I was brought to tears realizing the sacred space I am gifted to pray and watch over here for this week!
Bernadette took the scissors and cut her own hair after she watched her mom cut her own hair.  She now had bangs and it is about 3 inches shorter!  She asked me where I was going today..."I am going to work at the Little Monastery where the Little Sisters live.  I will answer the phone and the door."  "I love the little sisters. I wish I could come with you."   Having the humble time here during the day and the nice couch and bed at night has kept me just humble enough, and not to the point of total hardship.  I have kidded that if anything happened to Pat that I would join The Community of the Lamb, but I would miss my soft couch and bed too much.
If the camera lens looks foggy - there is tremendous humidity and heat here!  I found that my car was 106 degrees in the sun as I left yesterday.  By the time I got out to the expressway it was only 99 degrees!  I am grateful that where I am and in the chapel there is AC.

On this beautiful Feast of St Matthew today... I am moved by the reminder that we are called to "plant in every place the seed of The Gospel!"  To be here where the Word is taken in each day to become an part of them as they go forth representing Christ in His Word knocking on the door of the poor!  These petitions in morning prayer just spoke to me like a bell this morning!
For the literate and those who have easy access to many media:
-grant us the reverence of former ages for the sacredness of your Word.
For the Illiterate:
-send preachers and teachers to open for them the riches of your Word.
Plant in every place the seed of your Gospel
The shingle outside the door that I answer this week with the doorbell they ring to let me know they are here.  Yesterday an officer was there with boxes of fresh produce and potatoes for us.  "I usually come with 3 police cars filled, but today there is less as many people came to get food."  It is a good thing, but today it is all dispersed.  "I will take some to a lady down the street with 8 kids..."

This is a most powerful experience for me!  Each call and visit is filled with those that see the Truth and beauty that lies here.  The same "sacredness" that I am encountering more and more as I have had 8 years of this Family of the Lamb in my life.
When I opened up the chapel this morning, I had the chance to get very close to St Agnes and the Lamb in her arms that she protected from the atomic bomb in Heroshima!  St Agnes along with St Matthew this day - we know that you are at the Foot of the Lamb in heaven and lifting up our needs and highest Praise to Jesus!  I had tears flowing this morning as I was able to thank Jesus for the gift of a new baby born yesterday, and the answer to many heartfelt prayers on Ruth's decade of the rosary for the last year!  Such an amazing gift from God!
My little humble bouquet for St Agnes outside the Monastery yesterday is still fresh and sweet!
During prayer throughout the day this oil lamp is lit in front of St Dominic!  I have seen the Gospel come to LIFE as the Little Sisters hold them - their lamps lit when they take there vows.  The wise virgins with their lamps lit!
Able to get this close to this amazing icon that fills my heart with the utmost of JOY, as I "see" with the heart and soul the love Jesus has for his Mother and ours!  Mary, the Mother of God!  I have see my grandkids chew on their mother's chin, and also reach that little arm around their necks to keep them ever so close to them!
This oil lamp would be lit also!
I have a whole new deep appreciation for this icon on the other side of the altar... knowing how Jesus in The Word is so important to The Community... this speaks volumes as they chew and take in the Gospel starting the night before and then take it forth!
During prayer today... it felt right to place my loved ones and intentions and Joys and fears and ups and downs there.  For me pictures are huge!
My 5 here on earth, and the 7 in heaven!
Soon Maria will have a baby girl in her arms, and Ruth has announced #6 due the end of March.  An Easter baby will be #15!  So special to hold them up and surround them in this space filled with LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE! 
I noticed that the roses I had put by Mary yesterday were wilted, so I went into the small courtyard by the chapel and got some fresh to put there and found Mary and Jesus outside in the small courtyard too!  The beauty and peace and Truth of living a life of poverty, chastity and obedience in their life as Brides of Christ with their lamps lit... is evident wherever you go and behind every door that I open! 
Basking in His LIGHT!

Dear Lord, the words of St Paul to the Ephesians sing in my soul this day devoted to St Matthew - a sinner like us that you healed and called and then celebrated that with him, a sinner that you loved!
"live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all , who is over all and through all and in all."  Yes, Lord!  I only yearn to be forever with you in heaven foremost in this world.  May I die to self so that you may live in an through me - most especially in my domestic Church/family.  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
The first morning I came down the expressway from Nancy's I followed the GPS on my phone and was uncertain I was in the right place until I saw the familiar row houses a few blocks down.  I rejoiced at the sight!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
This came on FB yesterday... with this thought...   God is watching over you.  The ancient Trinity/God in the midst of this beauty!
Thank you, St Matthew, for giving us the first Gospel/Jesus in The Word!
St Therese is on the back wall looking over my shoulder, and this is what I am experiencing here! 
A selfie in front of a billboard this morning in Marshall!

An exciting announcement son-in-law, Paul shared yesterday...
It's official! Baby Lanoue #6 due end of March! — with Ruth Lanoue.
A cute picture shared from Maria in Missouri this morning to end today... Soon granddaughter, Evangeline Mary will join us - coming from the word evangelist and speaking of sharing the Gospel - so fitting on this feastday of the first Evangelist - St Matthew!
Who am I - Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns - Praise you in the Storm
Casting Crowns - Oh Glorious Day!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this, moved to tears, so beautiful. Pray for us St. Matthew!