Just 2 months after our marriage - Saint John Paul the Great became pope and we were aided in our fight to stand up for being open to life and raising lights by all his teachings and great Truths he shared for the cause of LIFE and Family as our domestic church where the Faith is shared with JOY! How we loved him and he walked with us on this lonely path for 27 years! His passing was such a profound loss, yet I went from praying with him to praying to him, and he continues to give me hope - knowing all that he lived through here on earth and providing us hope at this hard and difficult time for our country!
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood
to the extent of the full stature of Christ,
so that we may no longer be infants,
tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching
arising from human trickery,
from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.
Rather, living the truth in love,
we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ,
from whom the whole Body,
joined and held together by every supporting ligament,
with the proper functioning of each part,
brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love."
Ruth and Paul out sharing farm work - raking and baling - we are finished!!! Close to 1,000 bales with hay and corn stalks, so it is a big deal when we are done!
Jesus, we are so blessed to have Saint John Paul II with us on this journey called Faith/Family/Farm! He certainly gave us the strength to swim against the tide of those that have embraced the use of birth control to limit their families to the perfect 2 kids! Valuing stuff over siblings and accepting the lie that we need to limit our family size due to over population. Yes, it is a lonely road, but we had our champion showing us the way and giving us the strength we needed to place our family in God's hands and trust! We now have 5 with us and 7 praying for us in heaven with 3 additional grandchildren there, too! Our family has grown to 23 strong with 2 more on the way. Life is the womb is prayed for and loved from the moment we know they are there according to your divine plan! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah