Tuesday, December 13, 2016

St Lucy gave up her sight to see True LIGHT forever in heaven! The Saints help get there too!

Probably almost 20 years ago Ruth bought this Nativity scene for me... baby Jesus was all sold out as was the star on top.  She got some modeling clay and made me her special handmade Jesus in the manger, also a cow looking like her cow Carmel, our cat at the time who was Tom-Tom, and a special star on top, a sheep for the shepherds, and finally a sweet baby chick which was a foretaste of her having chickens and supplying eggs for our families!  It is so wonderful to see her handmade pieces and how personal and loving this is for me and our family! 
It has a place in our new home now, and this is where I sit to write each day in the bright sunlight over the white blanket of snow making the world quiet and stunningly beautiful... 8 new inches of snow a few days ago accomplishes that as it blankets the black earth of the fields that are as far as the eye can see... now bright white in the cold cold  arctic temps which will greet our traveling children - Nancy from Kansas City and Maria from Fort lost in the woods Missouri.  We warned them that they need to dig out hats, mittens, winter boots and jackets!  I predict that no matter how cold - the snow will be calling them out to play!

The sound of the washing machine as the bedding is being washed in anticipation of our house filling up for the celebration of our beloved Grandma Ann's life.  I am still filled with much as we ponder all the time leading up to this and now the many details that we need to care for so that her wake and funeral can be as wonderful as she deserves!
The cat had to check it out, too!  The sun felt good to the two of us!

 A call to my parents this morning, and with the cold and having our family Christmas Camp the following day 4 or more hours away... they will not be able to come and show their respects.  I am thrilled that they even considered it, and know that they have a long relationship with mom and have appreciated her over our almost 40 years of knowing the Verlys. Their 3 years of living in Colman, South Dakota '95-'98 really allowed them to embrace the farm life more as they were living on the prairie just 60 minutes from my door to theirs!  I was so spoiled for those 3 years!  My dad reminded me that he is closer to 92 than 91, and that is quite something to realize!
Pat's mom always loved the sun, so we knew she would love to sunbath with her namesake little 2 1/2 month old Anne! 

Today is the feast of one of those amazing Virgins - St Lucy!  Her name means light and it is known that she was blinded and sacrificed her sight at her final sacrifice in order to see the True LIGHT her spouse Jesus Christ and dwell with him forever in heaven!  On this her Feast day we ask that she help guide our dear wonderful peacemaking mother into heaven to bask in the Sonlight of heaven!  We also ask St Lucy to cast light into the places where darkness and anger and hurts are festering!  If only they can be forgiven and forgotten!
John reminded me in prayer yesterday that grandma will be meeting and holding and "giving them the love she gave each of us" to all those little ones we have lost over the years - LIFE of those little ones we have lost through miscarriage and still birth...  I have named mine - Christopher, Thomas (who died at the same time as my sister, Mary), Joseph, Paul, William, Robert and Mary! 
A painting a did in '92 after losing my 5th... two years later I lost my 6th - Mary.  Recently I recalled that there was a thought I was carrying twins with Joseph so I added Paul.  I had told Dr LaPorte that I would have 12 kids when I went in for my first pregnancy, so that would make 12 - 5 here and 7 in heaven!   It seems very appropriate to be talking about this today on the feast of St Lucy/Light... Pat's famous quote to me - "The world needs lights." in answer to my question if we are being selfish to bring many into this world.  Little did we know that many would also be in heaven praying for us and keeping our eyes and hearts focused on heaven!  They can now shower their love and receive hers from their Grandma Anna!
Our two newest granddaughters will be here in the next few days!  We are overjoyed to have this time with them!  We will manage to fit in a family Christmas on Thursday afternoon/evening between the Christmas program at The Catholic School they all attended - now we will have Simon, Mary and David to watch!  I predict that John will be holding his precious Goddaughter a lot!

Much today in the readings about the lowly and how we are listened to if we will cast off the things the world values - pride in possessions, prestige, power, and all that glitters falsely and pulls us away from our humble roots and lowliness.  Jesus warns us to not only say "yes" in our lives, but follow through and follow after Jesus carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross.  Being humbled is painful and hard, but holding onto our pride is leading us away from Jesus! 
Psalm 34 from mass today
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 AND 23
R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Josephine in the sun with great-grandma a week ago.  Her mother will tell her many wonderful things about this lady, who was so important in her life!

Jesus, we are reminded over and over today of the call we have to be humble and realize how much we are weak and sinful and need to turn to you - "his praise will ever be in my mouth!"  You lift us into your arms - the lost sheep stuck in the brambles with the wolf breathing murderously down our neck!  We find safety and direction with your care and unconditional LOVE all around us.  We long for your peace to fill our lives and we fall on our knees in deepest love and gratitude for all you have given to us.  We can experience a small slice of heaven in our domestic Church/family if only we will die to self so that you may live and move and touch others through our hands and feet and heart and mind and spirit.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah

"let the children come unto me."  would be perfect verse for Pat's mother and she then passed it onto her kids!  My own husband loves children and listened to the Truth of The Church with her heart - being open to LIFE and raising them as LIGHTS to bring LIGHT into the world of sin and darkness!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

St Ambrose on virginity - thinking of the Virgin Saints as well as our Little Sister Hallel, who has taken a vow of Chastity and given up being married and having a family other than her Family of the Lamb!

Celebrating St. Lucy's Day

Casting Crowns - if we are the body
Danielle Rose - The Litany of Humility
Danielle Rose - Psalm 139 Wonderfully made

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