Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The 4th day of Christmas - "Are the holy innocents those lost through abortion?" John

Josephine is such a sweet tempered and loving little girl!  We never heard her cry once in our time there for Christmas!  Nancy would go up and find her happy in her crib after awaking in the morning or from her nap.  It so reminds me of her mom, Nancy.  So peaceful, quiet and happy and easy as a baby. 

This morning John and I had the gift of sharing the office with his week off of school for Christmas Vacation.  We shared the feast of the Holy Innocents, and John's question rang true as the taking of innocent lives continue to this day through abortion.  Yes, this feast is devoted to those boys 2 and under slaughtered in Bethlehem by order of King Herod, but our hearts continue to ache for all those ripped from the womb in pieces and thrown away or left to die when delivered in abortion procedures!  Many of us feel like Rachel weeping for her children... knowing the horror of abortion, and weeping for the loss of all the beautiful lives of the unborn!
So tickled by this wonderful special gift Nancy made me for Christmas!  It is one of her patterns from her Cross stitch Saints book!  Yes, St Barbara was locked in a tower by her father when she refused to marry other than Christ... Her long hair and the tower... reminds us of Rapunzel right?

I love the first reading from I John 1.  With the long drive home from KC and unpacking and laundry I could not give St John the Evangelist all the attention I longed to, so to find him again speaking his beautiful poetic light filled words to us today in the light of how these Holy Innocents are washed in the Blood of the Lamb, as well as all those lost to abortion... wonderful comfort and HOPE!
This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ
and proclaim to you:
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all...
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin...
My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world."
Reading this wonderful ending from St John - "the whole world" rang in my heart as the refrain from the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
"For the sake of the sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." Such a powerful prayer to be included in our time in our inner temples today!
The chaplet of divine Mercy in song - I shared this often with Pat's mom at the end of her days.  The times I have said the chaplet since I have added her to the decade I pray for her husband over the years.  A special prayer I pray for my dead and all those that are facing death with no one to pray for them!
I had to call Nancy this morning - in our mail was this sharing of a new grotto that will be built at The University of Mary where she and Ruth attended.  I will always Nancy going to meet with the Sister who was the President at that time, and asking her where Mary was at her University.  She did not really get an answer, but now Monsignor Shea is placing this beautiful tribute to Our Lady in the middle of the Campus!  Wow!  The Catholic Church is alive and well at The University of Mary and Our Lady is being given the rightful place in their minds, hearts and eyes as well!

Very special and Nancy's prayers and hopes are being answered!
Jo Jo being introduced to her first ever licorice thanks to her grandpa.  A whole new world is opening up! 

Jesus, we are filled with so much hope this day and so much gratitude for your Mercy and forgiveness which flows out from your Cross - "washed clean in the blood of the Lamb."  May we come to you in prayer this day for all the lives of the Holy Innocents, who were helpless in the face of a brutal and totally undeserved death.  How we weep for them and long to stop the killing of new life in the womb!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Your will, O Lord, to be open to LIFE and to raise each child we are given as a light to shine in the world of sin, death, darkness!
My sweet Kansas City girls... I miss them!
Wonderful family time!

Borrowing some of Nancy's pictures from Christmas


The girls even better!

Dominic loved the straw!
Yes, Dominic that it straw!

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O my, does this give us comfort or not?  So special!  All those little ones in the arms of their spiritual Mother of heaven and Earth!
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