- The amazing story of the 13 becoming Catholic!
- Our marriage stories - "The world needs LIGHTS!"
- John's cancer stories
- Now the stories of John's 4 sisters...Ruth, Nancy, Maria, and Susan/Little Sister Hallel!
- Susan Angela Agnes/Little Sister Hallel - the story of a Call
- The story of little Lamb - grandson Patrick
Thursday, December 8, 2016
"Hail, Mary full of grace!" greeted by the angel before Jesus was in her womb!?! Immaculately concieved!
Peaceful times with my precious mother-in-law. Listening to our dear Mother Angelica leading the rosary with her Poor Clare nuns. So many evenings just before bed mom would sit in her chair watching EWTN and sharing the exact same rosary with her. The Glorious Mysteries for Wednesday. At just about 3:30p the room emptied out and so I put on the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for us to sing together during the most holy hour when Christ died on the Cross! A very powerful 20 minutes for us - I have shared this with my mother-in-law in the past... that I pray the chaplet not only for all those that are facing death but also each decade represents those that have gone ahead of us. The first decade I pray for her husband Gerry, the second for her son Donny, the third for my sister Mary, the 4th is divided between my brother-in law and niece, and the 4th for other family members and past hospice patients and those that have no one to pray for them as they approach death or wait in purgatory. Since I was sitting at my dear Anna's death bed the recent loss of her last surviving brother entered my prayers as well as her other siblings and their spouses. I admit that I use the chaplet to pray for those that are probably on their way to heaven and need our prayers. Since it is a prayer especially to help us on our journey and to bath us in the endless unconditional Mercy of Jesus... it was special to share it with my peacefully sleeping mother-in-law!
This is what we shared and I enjoyed singing along for her and for me and for all our dead!
Her namesake, Anne, arrived to charm us all... she was born the day after mom's 97th birthday!
Two peaceful Annes laying in the sunshine in the midst of their loving family!
The beautiful bookends of LIFE!
God chose Mary the Immaculate to be "a model of holiness" ... At Mary's conception, a new way of being human happens, and we are "chosen, destined" to share it. Adam and Eve were tricked by the serpent's "conception." The yes of Mary at the Annunciation, the culmination of the Immaculate Conception, undoes the disobedience of Eden and makes paradise a possibility once again for us. - From Magnificat, Vol 18, No 10, Dec 2016
A portrait of PEACE!
Jesus with your Queen Mother at your side, we fall down before you this day and rejoice with all of heaven during this blessed time of year - the Second Sunday of Advent in which we welcome anew you Lord into our hearts, minds and souls! We long to love and serve you with our all, and know that our Spiritual Mother is always there to bring our needs to you! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
The two Annes napping together in the sun! I just got a call from the family that they were going to say a rosary with mom, and would I join them? Of course! I will be able to share this wonderful glorious Mary feast with them and with mother! So filled with happiness and joy and love and peace and all the fruits of the Holy Spirit! Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
A slight smile on their lips as they share a touch, a name and each end of wonderful LIFE!
Psalm 98 from mass today fills me with that wonder and awe!
"All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds."