I love this sign on my barn... it has been there since June when all the girls, minus Hallel, came home. Now I have been gone almost 2 weeks spending time with my parents, Nancy and Maria and families. Bean harvest started around here yesterday, but today is dreary and damp, so on hold due to the weather. Pat put 2 cows, one of them being our pet cow, Baby, in the pasture around our little red barn. It adds to the specialness of being home. They watched me as I went out to pick 15 eggs and half a pail of vegetables from the garden this morning. The 2 dogs and 2 cats also joined me on my rounds.
It is good to be home for my two men, and we caught up some before bed and prayed together this morning - morning prayer and the Gospel before they headed out to their jobs. Both report that they are happy and doing well. John is very excited about how well his 8th grade girls volley ball team is doing, and in awe of the varsity team. It is good to see him happy and enjoying being back in the school setting. Thank you, Lord!
Later that day we returned to the Basilica and we were able to walk through and touch the Holy Doors (opened this year for the special year of Mercy), and walk into the Basilica. People ask me for my favorite experience in Roma and I must say it was the moment I touched the doors and walked into this beautiful tribute to our Lord! I felt the Holy Spirit touch me and go through my whole body!! It has changed my life forever!! I don't have an emptiness of walking alone and I can handle anything that he wants me to do."
When I asked my cousin, if I could share this here... she wrote me; "Absolutely share my wonderful experience in St Peter's Basilica! He wants us to share HIS wonderful love! My experience has truly changed my life! Before this experience I was always afraid of being alone. I knew and believed the Holy Spirit was always with me, but now... I felt is sweep through my body standing there in The Basilica!! My life has forever changed!! Life is good! God Bless you, you cousin."
Jesus, I love you and am so glad that I can share it with every beat of my heart and every breath that I take! How wonderful to share the story of my cousin and her amazing wisdom of The Truth - "He wants us to share his wonderful LOVE!" Yes! You are so right and this is the exact message of our Pope Francis in announcing this being the year of Mercy! WE are to return the LOVE, Mercy and unconditional forgiveness we have been given to all those we encounter... most especially those the closest to us in our domestic church/family! The Beauty of The Church truly does lift our spirits and souls to YOU, O Lord. Daily I call upon you, O Lord; to you I stretch out my hands. Psalm 88 from mass today. After listening to Christian music for 11 hours in my car yesterday coming home... I feel that my hands are lifted up in total praise for my wonderful Savior! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Halleujah