Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Hurry he is coming"... "Put on the amor of LIGHT" St Paul to us and the Romans! It's here! The first Sunday of Advent!

My Champion for LIFE with his arms full of little girls!  Rarely was he without a baby in his huge arms, and that is what makes him happy, and they too seem to feel protected and comfortable resting in the embrace of their loving grandfather!  Three week old Evangeline Mary just amazed Pat and I at how much she looks like our girls - her mom and her sisters!  We could almost close our eyes and recall our own nest years with our dark haired little babies.
Lots of baby holding going on over our family Thanksgiving. John got to rediscover what a sweet and happy baby his Goddaughter, Josephine is.  She is sweet and beautiful with a quick smile and huge eyes!
Sweet Therese loves to pose with her precious sister!
A more thoughtful pose is always nice, too.  Grandma does get tiring with all of her picture taking, but who can blame me?


After wonderful family time with a large part of our family and even our Family of the Lamb... we find that it is now Advent and reminded of the first year The Community was here in the US and Pat and Nancy brought 2 little Sisters back to KC after studying English for a month up in St Paul.  Pat was just saying today that he knows that the Little Sisters and Little Brothers did not sleep much last night as they pray into the wee hours of the morning to mark the vigil of Advent.  Not only prayer but much reading of the Word of God, the Saints and singing of many Psalms and other songs relating to the coming of Advent.

Berna meeting her new baby girl cousin for the first time. "Her hair's so soft."
A sweet peaceful smile for her loving grandpa.
Jojo gets her first hair bow...  they can count on their grandma for getting those topknots and bows in their hair at least for a picture or two.
Yes, there were also 5 boys having a great time -
Lots of dress up was had by all!  It was wonderful to gather in Nancy and Bill's wonderful home in KC - the weather was in the 50s, too!  The kids played outside on the trampoline too!
The kids loved raw squash from Ruth's garden!  Josephine loved to such on a piece of too!
Game time!
Bill's turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   We were recalling all the places he has cooked for us over the last 7 years.  All but 2 we had his wonderful food!  WE are so thankful for Bill and his lovely assistant, Nancy!  How our hearts soar when we realize that in just 3 short weeks we will see them again at CCC/Cross Christmas Camp! To have Advent here and our preparation and deepening of our Faith journey up until Christmas... I am filled with excitement and great JOY!
Thank you, Bill and Nancy!!!! 

In contrast to Father's great homily reminding us that we need to not allow the hectic pace of getting ready for Christmas to cause us to miss all that the Lord wants to work in our lives and hearts in deepening our knowledge and love of Him!  "Slow down and allow Jesus to change and work in your heart this Advent."  Then the final hymn spoke of "hurry to Jesus.  Hurry he is coming."  Yes, I do want to hurry to Jesus and just stay there in his embrace and embrace our Most Cherished Cross and find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  St Paul speaks this; "Put on the armor of light... put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh."  Romans 13   
A soft smile from sweet new Em!
I have noticed that after having my 4 girls... I just am obsessed with girls and with the 4 together... I had dresses and photos in mind!
A thoughtful pose by both babies.  Soon this 6 month gap will get smaller and smaller.  Rose and Bernadette are like this and they are the best of friends!

I feel such excitement and happiness at this special time in the calendar of the year!  We were reminded of the 3 ways we are to celebrate Advent.  1. the coming of God as man.  2. His coming again at the end of time. 3. His coming into our hearts.  Wow!  I don't know about you, but I am filled with so much anticipation of growing in my faith and sharing this with my family.  Pat, I and John were talking on the way to church about amping up our prayer time together.  By lighting the Advent wreath before bed and sharing night prayer, the Word, the Saints, Praise and Worship music, and just going deeper together as a family!
Love the bare toes.  We see that Em has her mom's finger toes, which is from my dad on down!
The 4 girls... Happy first Sunday of Advent one and all!

Jesus, I long to be better prepared in my heart, mind, and soul to receive you always and forever.  I want to live with you both here in my life on earth and forever in heaven with you!  I am filled with great Praise for you and your glorious Bride, The Church!  The wisdom to give us these 4 Sundays of Advent to prepare ourselves more fully to bear you into the world!  Like your Mother may we always humbly bring your LIGHT into our worlds!  Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
May the Almighty and merciful God,
by whose grace you have placed your faith
in the First Coming of his Only Begotten Son
and yearn for his coming again,
sanctify you by the radiance of Christ's Advent
and enrich you with his blessing.
Amen
As you run the race of this present life,
may he make you firm in faith,
joyful in hope and active in charity.
Amen
So that, rejoicing now with devotion
at the Redeemer's coming in the flesh,
you may be endowed with the rich reward of eternal life
when he comes again in majesty.
Amen.
And may the blessing of almighty God,
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
Amen
Solemn Blessing after Communion
It is so wonderful to see my girls being such wonderful sisters and friends to each other!  I pray that can be true of these girls too, and that they will stay close as cousins also.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
This just makes me smile deep in my heart!
A dear friend and family of the Lamb is now in formation as a deacon for The Community.  In the last year he went over to Saint Pierre and had a profound deepening of his Faith there.  To see his eyes filled with LIGHT just makes me burst out in laughter of great JOY!
The two year old boys got to know each other much better and warmly hugged goodbye.
The light streams into Nancy's home and it is delightful to watch all the kids reflected in that warm glow!
"John can't leave."  We went with the Little sisters to visit a dying 7 year old girl, who John and Fr Craig had prayed over a year and a half ago.  She has brain cancer, and is now unresponsive and likely to die in the next week or so.  It was a most powerful way to go from mass and a huge community meal to then sit at the death bed of this dying 7 year old girl surrounded by her mother and 4 other siblings - 2 older brothers and 2 little sisters and many assorted animals.
We also met Morgan from Minnesota, who is in love with The Community and hopes to join them soon as a Postulant!  So rich and deep and powerful is our time spent with them and having their prayers surrounding us on this journey!
Arms full of life that will be raised as LIGHTS to the world!
So sweet, and in just 3 weeks they will join with Ruth and Paul's bunch... our 14 will be together and what JOY!
Each one precious in the sight of the Lord!  We are given each new life to fill our world with LIGHT of LIFE!  "let us walk in the light of the Lord."  Isaiah 2:5 - the first reading from mass today!
Always look to Our Lady and she will bring you to her Son, Jesus Christ!

The best hour I spend each week!  Hallel and her Community come and visit Him each day!

The Word/Jesus fills each day to the brim!

Paul's 3 youngest and the calves.  It is so perfect that this young family is now on the farm!
Pentonix - Hallelujah






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