Saturday, December 10, 2016

Looks like winter to go with the cold... caring for Pat's mom with love and prayer, sharing The Word/Elijah

Snowy cows at the farm on this snowy day of tending to and praying with and caring for Pat's mom who is heading down the path of her final journey. 
Pat placing his mother in her clean bed this morning after many of her daughters had bathed her and tended to her every need.  How much this looks like the Peita!
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The ultimate sacrifice - how we say goodbye to our loved ones.  We know that we will see them again in heaven!
After mom was perfectly cared for with all her needs attended to by her loving sons and daughters... we had some special time together.  I read to her the morning prayer from the Magnificat and the office from my phone, finally the chaplet of Divine Mercy with the intention of her peaceful leaving of this world and entry into heaven forever with Jesus. 
It seemed the words of the psalms were most especially filled with beauty and ministered to us as promising us of the Love of Jesus for each of us and how He is there to bring us ever into his presence singing forever with total praise and JOY!
Imagine reading these words to someone so close to death...
May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And he shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.


God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
Psalm 80
Yes, mother soon you shall enter the loving and forgiving arms of your loving Savior!
Each psalm of the many from morning prayer in the office on my phone which John and I try to share as often as we can since his year in the Seminary seemed to have words of comfort and Truth that we are beloved and our heart's wish is to be forever in heaven with Jesus!  "Grandma, don't be afraid!  Run into the arms of Jesus."  Hallel from Rome to her grandmother a few days ago!  We know of your prayers Hallel and she is well on her way surrounded by so much LOVE and prayers!

Thinking of you today Mateo and family... Our Lady of Loreto we ask you to help our sweet mother on her way to you.
Our Lady of Loreto (Loretto) is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with the house where Mary was born, the site of the Annunciation, and the dwelling of the Holy Family. The tradition and history of the Holy House goes back to Apostolic times. In the 13th century the house was mysteriously moved in one piece from Nazareth in the Holy Land to a final resting place in Loreto, Italy, carri...ed by angels, a miracle to which the Church attests. It was transported to prevent its destruction by the Moslems who destroyed the basilica which housed it. A basilica was built around the Holy House in Italy, the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world. Written at the door of the basilica are these words: "The whole world has no place more sacred ... For here was the Word made Flesh, and here was born the Virgin Mother." Our Lady of Loreto is the patron of aviators, fliers, pilots, and builders. Her #feastday is December 10th. See More
Joined in prayer around their mother - her daily prayer for her life - the rosary!  So honoring and uplifting for her journey to be forever with Jesus in heaven.   These 10 children grew up being called in the evening to pray the rosary on their knees kneeling next to a chair in the dining room as a family.  How deep sharing that same prayer now 50 years later around the bed of their mother! 
All the daughters and two of the sons.. such a good and giving and loving mother, who shared her faith with them and now is reaping the fruits of that faith she has continued to hold as Truth!
That big hand and he snowy cows.  Pat is now sitting with his mother...

Jesus, so much is given us to help us find peace as we leave our earthy life and to comfort those left behind.  The Chaplet is specifically to request the Mercy of Jesus to cover all our sins and weaknesses as sheep with a ever vigilant shepherd.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
All LIFE is a gift!  bless-bless, Barbara Luke
A very familiar verse from the office
Our Lady of Guadalupe is just days away!
Every day Nancy has called for an update... forever happy for her time with her grandma Ann!

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