Sunday, December 11, 2016

Our dearest mother finds peace on Gaudete/Rejoice Sunday!!!! "the widow he sustains...the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth... the dead are raised."

The beautiful special shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe has appeared on the vigil of her Feastday- La Matachines will be playing their drums and dancing up the aisles of our beautiful church to honor the Mother of God, who appeared to Juan Diego and left her imprint on his robe as well as an armful of roses in 1591.  Both Mary and Rose feel special to honor their namesake and to be surrounded by many roses to honor her being the patron of the Americas!
How we are filled with rejoicing as we are all called to do on this Guadete Sunday - "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice..." Philippians 4:4-6  Yes, we received a phone call that mom had breathed her last at about 3:40a this morning.  It was peaceful and I was in the midst of a most beautiful dream... "I was trying to get to mom's hospital bed and it was one of those dreams where it took me quite a bit of effort to get there with twists and turns and roadblocks and up and down, but finally I arrived there and found mom standing beside her bed young and beautiful.  She then walked for me, and I was informed that she was eating." (It is very unusual for me to dream) Through my dream I heard Pat call me and I knew that it meant that mother had died.  With the glow of this most beautiful and special dream I was reassured of her passing into a better place and her peaceful passing was shared by her daughters, who were all around her at the end.
So very Hispanic appearing and how they love her!


"Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.
This may be translated as: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob." Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):1"


It was special to share this with some by phone and some when we arrived at her home.  We all feel that her wonderful amazing life is one to be celebrated and to rejoice!
Image result for our lady of guadalupe dancers
A picture of the dancers!


Such a beautiful blanket of new snow this morning... about 8 inches!  Our world was quiet and beautiful as we crawled down a single lane on our road at 4a to join the family.  Sitting at the table I was asked to read the readings for Gaudete Sunday from my Magnificat.  Each one held some words that brought tears and wonder at how they were for mom on her day of passing into Heaven forever with Jesus and Mary and The Saints!
Isaiah 35 - the first reading... Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God... he comes to save you.  Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.  Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.
Psalm 146 - a Hallel Psalm of total Praise of our God from mass today
The fatherless and the widow he sustains... the Lord shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations.  Lord, come and save us.
Hallel called a bit ago from Rome to hear about the peaceful death of her grandma Ann.  "She was a great woman who loved us all!"
The second reading - James 5:7-10
How I wept when I read these words as they are so fitting for this hardworking farm wife!
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  You too must be patient.  Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.  Do not complain brothers and sisters about one another, that you may not be judged. 
The Gospel from Matthew 11
"Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.  And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."  Jesus to us and he just has welcomed Pat's mom into heaven...
On the way to mass with Pat and John as mom was taken out of her wonderful home for the last time.  Each step of saying goodbye is hard and we realize this is the end of her being with us here on this earth. 
Early to mass to share with Father and many that know and love her in her beloved Catholic Church!  Our Lady in lights in the front!
One more beautiful element to make this a most gloriously wonderful day for such a huge loss to her family.  Yet, the 22 months on hospice and the long hard humble wait makes it as wonderful a day as it can possibly be!
Pat has always valued and loved his wonderful mother - "How could I be anything but Catholic?  My mother and father loved The Church and would be nothing else, so how could I leave?"
After this last week of deep hospice and days of prayer, caring for and saying our goodbyes and sharing memories... this sign is more true than ever - Family Time is the Best!
Roger lost his friend Lilly to cuddle up to in the cold, so we put a sweater on him... he is shaking and scratching and trying to bite it off.   At least we tried, and he looks pretty cute too.  Yes, those are reindeer ears on his hood.

Lord, it is a momentous day filled with so much to help us embrace the truth of mom passing after 97years of wonderful Faith/Family/Farm.  We rejoice for having her with us all this time.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
How perfect!  Caramel rolls from the church basement after mass!  Mom made many thousands over the years, and whenever there were rolls after Church mom would go down and close the place down... she would visit with all she could and be the last one out of there.  It was special to bring some pans over and watch all gather around saying that this was a perfect breakfast to honor mom!  Happy 40th anniversary today, Ed and Rita Verly!  We love you and all you have done for mom!

Love the pink\rose vestments!



Gaudete Domini

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