Monday, December 11, 2017

Overwhelmed by His Love! The paralytic/1st anniversary of mom Verly/deep sharing of the miracles and the cross!/three sets of twins?

Pat's mother just months before she passed into LIFE eternal traveled 4 hours to her granddaughter's wedding!  She had the miracle of being together with all 9 of her children and we captured this absolute treasure!  Truly a miracle!!! It now hangs beside Pat's side of the bed to remind him of his wonderful family, and mother supreme!

Today marks the anniversary of her death... it was Gaudete Sunday, Dec 11th.  Nancy shared a beautiful sharing about her love for her beloved grandma Ann...

A special time when grandma still caressed little 6 month old Josephine shortly before grandma's death. 

“Away in a Manger” was one of my beloved Grandma Ann’s favorite Christmas songs.  The simple, pure lyrics, especially of the last verse, perfectly capture the faith of my Grandma.  “Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care and take us to Heaven to live with Thee there.”  This love and closeness to the Lord was her whole personality.  It was a part of everything she did and was.  Even at the end of her life, when she was well into her 90’s, her faith seemed light and childlike."  Nancy from her post...
Always reaching out for the little ones!  I see this love of life in her son, and it is one of the most beautiful part of him that I love, love, love!

Pat, I , and John shared morning prayer in the dark kitchen lit by Christmas lights on this anniversary... we prayed for mom/grandma and asked for her intercession for us.  With the Gospel ringing in our hearts, minds and souls - the paralytic lowered down before Christ to be healed and have his sins forgiven from Luke 5 - We all recalled the battle of 8 years ago against brain cancer.  John recalled the powerful week of prayer that we shared with hundreds for the first week of December 2009!  During that week John heard the words that he had reached CR - Complete Response/Christ Rules!  John had been lowered by faith and prayer into the presence of Jesus and been healed and foremost forgiven of his lack of faith and found his Faith! 
John's promo video where you hear his story from his own lips and heart!  So powerful and REAL!!!
Mary with Great-grandma Ann... Mary loved her very much and prayed for her with all her heart!

Just back from an interlude with husband and grandson involving a stop at the Post office ( a zoo!) and picking up cute Luke from preschool ( listening to Luke and grandpa sing songs from preschool including... "There were 4 little snowmen on the sled, one fell off and bumped his head, called Frosty and he said - no more snowmen riding on the sled"), and getting the movie van in to be ready to carry our precious cargo - Maria and her 5 flying in on Thursday!!! 
The 7 granddaughters from adult size to infants!  3 sets of twins!!!? 

The excitement is over the top at the thought that I will have my 15 grandkids all together in a few days!  I spent a wonderful hour at the store getting each of them a coordinated outfit for our gathering.  As it turned out there are 3 groups that will have the same outfit!  The two youngest baby girls, Joy and Evangeline, the sisters, Berna and Josephine, and the two Verly girl look alikes happened to be in the same size group - Therese and Rose.  So in clothing there will 3 sets of twins and the overall theme of black and red fills me with a smile of JOY!
Now adding the 8 grandsons in their red plaid flannel shirts and black pants!  The finished pictures will be shared soon next week!  Much fun with many groupings...  Praying for healthy and happy times with my huge family - the Crosses!  Yes, that is my maiden name and we are numbering over 120 now!
Only two out of the 15 that are the same size - 3 year olds and best buddies, Romeo and Dominic!  My heart is racing with delight at the vision of them together for grandma along with the others, too!
Visions of doing the girls' hair  - after 4 girls in a row this is one of my most delightful things to do with the girls!  Sometimes their mom's think that I get too 80's, but I love doing their hair with ribbons and bows!
The three 4 year olds last year at CCC... we had a t shirts to dress in for grandma last year!  Such a beautiful spot and a glorious place to gather! 
The two Davids!  I am getting so super excited!!!

Lord, such a full day filled with YOU and your Bride, the Church!  How we are filled with such deep wonder and awe at the Gospel today and how you respond if we have Faith!
Jesus to us "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
"I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home."

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
"We have seen incredible things today."  Luke 5
We certainly have seen incredible things, O Lord!  The LOVE of a great woman fills us with such warm fond memories.  Her example of being loving and accepting fills us.  John's healing and the prayers and support and finding Faith and now his life's wish for a wonderful Catholic spouse to share family life with!  The answer to many prayers that we can have our grandchildren all together for Christmas this year!  Hallel being here in the U.S. this year and able to see her for Christmas with fake plans to go to KC to be with Nancy and family and Hallel!  A healing so deep and with each new day we are touched by you in Word and Sacrament and your Mother brings us to you through our daily rosary!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
5 week old, Evangeline Mary, last year with her sister, Therese and cousin, Mary!  This year she will be running around with her cousin, Josephine, both walking since last year!
I am super sad that Captain Joseph will not be able to come!  Here he was last year with the 2 Patricks!  Patrick, who is a 5 year old this year, and grandpa Patrick!  In that bundle on this shoulder is his Evangeline... She and grandpa got so close when they lived with us for 4 months last winter/spring!  Talk about excitement building!  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
Yes, Johnny will be bringing his Bobbi to meet the family!  Wow!!!
Another special reason for the excitement that is bursting my buttons!!!
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"Advent is synonymous with hope, not the waning of hope for a faceless god, but concrete and certain trust in the return of him who has already visited us."


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A small slice of heaven for this journey!

So beautiful!!!

The epitome of beautiful!!
"With your help, as long as there is strength within us, we will fight to the last breath, so help us O Queen, O Lady, O best and dearest Mother!" -St. Maximilian Kolbe
Over the moon for Our Lady of Guadalupe tomorrow!!! My Rose for her!
O Glorious Day - Casting Crowns
Praise you in the Storm - Casting Crowns
Reminding me of the day - Father's Day 2009 when we were told that John had brain cancer - the Gospel that day was Jesus calming the storm.  When we called Hallel in France - "Mom this is the storm and Jesus is in control!"  He is and he was!  Jesus, we trust in you!
Pentatonix - Mary did you know?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2nd Sunday of Advent - a Rose for Our Lady of Guadalupe/"In his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom"

Awaiting all the roses which will surround her at the noon mass today!  I had to have my Rose again come up and be a Rose for Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She knows that grandma when grandma wants a picture she had better just smile and get it over with!
Looking like a beautiful rose in her new Christmas dress of red! 

Why roses all around Our Lady?  Because when Juan Diego opened up his cape there she was imprinted on it and roses tumbled out in winter!  A true miracle... his Tilma with her still survives in the church in Mexico!  500 years later! 

With Maria arriving with her 5 in just days and the excitement building for my family Christmas with all of our grandchildren... I had such an amazing time buying each one an outfit and plans for many pictures!  These words jumped out from the first reading at how much Jesus loves the little, the humble, the childlike and the children and we are called to be open to life and raise them according to the Faith/The Church!
"Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care."  Isaiah 40
Carrying them in his bosom brings me to the place of his love for us and the Truth of his amazing word and Sacrament there for us to have be comforted and fed with what we need to evangelize!
A memorial for mom and all the others that have passed in the last year just a day before her anniversary of her death!  I was told that grandson, Maximilian, will be named and a ornament in his name next year. 

St John the Baptist in the Gospel today... "repentance" means changing to please the one who loves us into happiness.  Reminding me that I will want to get to reconciliation as part of my preparation for welcoming Jesus more into my heart, and home! 
A special keepsake as she celebrates her second Christmas in heaven. 

My rosary is calling me... Jesus, with your Mother always at your side, we are filled with wonder and joy at this Advent time of year.  We long to love and serve you better.  Thank you for all we are given to help us on the journey!  Our Lady of Guadalupe, we celebrate your miraculous presence in our world and consecrate The Americas to you!  How we need your love and comfort .  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke

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Today we celebrate the feast of St. Juan Diego. Juan Diego's imprinted tilma with the image of Our Blessed Mother still remains perfectly preserved and displayed at the "Basilica of Guadalupe", one of the world's most-visited #Catholic shrines. Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray for Us!
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"Night is falling dear Mother, long day is o’er;
Before thy image I am kneeling once more
To thank thee for keeping me safe this day,
To ask thee this night to keep evil away.
Many times have I fallen Mother dear;
Many graces neglected since last I knelt here;
Wilt thou not in pity, my own Mother Mild,
Ask Jesus to pardon the sins of thy child?
I am going to sleep now, day’s work is done;
Its hours and its moments have passed one by one.
God Who will judge me, has counted them all;
He has numbered each grace, He has counted each fall;
In His book they are written against the last day.
Oh! Mother Ask Jesus to wash them away.
For one drop of His Blood for sinners was spilt,
Is sufficient to cleanse the world of its guilt.
And if er’ the dawn I should draw my last breath;
The sleep I take be the long sleep of death;
Be near me Mother for dear Jesus’ sake.
When at eternity shore my soul shall awake."
Danielle Rose - Memorare
Danielle Rose - shine through me
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me

Saturday, December 9, 2017

"This is the way; walk in it." "to his wisdom there is no limit..." Hallel Psalm 147/Isaiah 30

I have been so intrigued by the difference between Rose and her baby sister, Joy!  They were both born in the spring just about exactly 5 years apart, so when some pictures of Rose 5 years ago appeared... I was amazed at how different they are from each other.  Rose is like a Verly girl and Joy is very much taking after the Lanoues!  Both beautiful and sweet, but so different!

Joy with big sister Mary...
Yes, red hair which does run on both sides of the family, so...  We now have 2 red haired grandchildren!  Romeo and Joy will be together in a week and we are getting really excited to have all our grandchildren together and only Hallel missing from the 5 kids!
Rose with dad 4 years ago...they both have dark brown eyes!

My blog post from a year ago appeared with the gift of saying a rosary together around mom in her deathbed... she died on the 11th/Gaudete Sunday/3rd Sunday of Advent while tomorrow the 10th will be the second Sunday of Advent this year.

I had just read the words of the "Hail Mary" prayer in the Gospel for The Feast of the Immaculate Conception and now we repeated those words 53 times in the rosary shared as a family with mom between us!  How she prayed this prayer throughout her life, and as we traveled with her a few months before he death... we prayed the prayer on the way and on the way back.  Her prayer brought us together in such a wonderful way in the last days of her life.  We also shared the Chaplet of Divine Mercy around her.  I was thrilled when mom introduced her family to it, and they were very interested in this prayer for Mercy said on the rosary!

She evangelized her Faith from her deathbed, without speaking words anymore, yet no doubt she heard and responded with JOY in her heart!

I was overjoyed to see a Hallel Psalm today in mass - Psalm 147!  Such beautiful and joyful words of total praise for our God, which is what all are doing when they say our little Sister Hallel's name! 

R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
Great is our LORD and mighty in power:
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;

How can we not trust in Jesus?  His wisdom has no limit, and as we are told in Isaiah in the first reading today..."with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
"This is the way; walk in it,"
when you would turn to the right or to the left."  Isaiah 30
Jesus is in control of our lives, and all we need do is trust and humbly accept what comes to us.  We have really gotten a huge dose of that in the last weeks with the loss of Nancy's 20 week boy, Max!  It has flooded me with my own losses and my years of fertility which were the best and the worst of my life!  All I find myself saying over and over is that we sure appreciate the ones that are here with us after the losses, and they keep our hearts, minds and souls gazing towards heaven!

Today one of her daughters and Pat and I will go for a memorial service put on by the funeral home.  She was hugely a part of our lives and she is missed.  I find consolation praying for her soul and that of her husband, Gerry, together on the first decade of my chaplet of Mercy! How I adore all the wonderful devotions/sacramental we are given to fill our days with prayer and keep our hearts lifted up!  "On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows."  Yes, with the prayers and the Saints each day - today he is St Juan Diego, who witnessed and gave to the America's Our Lady of Guadalupe!  Our Lady walks with me every step of the way each new day!  Mom Verly has not left me... I still reach to her in prayer and know of her's!

How our 5 love their grandma Ann!  She was always there with interest, work and a smile and wanting to catch up on their lives and what they thought about faith/family/Farm!

My husband's openness to LIFE and love of all the little ones comes directly from his mother, who had 10 children and was open and loving without judgment! 

Yes, she even went to France to watch Hallel take her first vows with The Community of the Lamb in 2011... she was 92!  Quite the amazing lady!

Lord, your ways are mysterious yet so filled with richness and depth!  Life would be shallow and dull if all went according to our plans for life to always be good and easy.  The cross is embraced/carried and dragged down the narrow path as you ask of us!  Through it we find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  Jesus, may we carry forth your work as we die to self so that you may see this come to fruition/bear fruit that will last!
"Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest."  Matthew 9/the amazing Gospel for today!
That is a tall order, but we long to carry forth most especially in our domestic Church/family!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah

A precious one of the farm women at Ruth's new home about a year and a half ago in the spring!  She was an amazing example for us of Faith/Family/Farm... all that really matters in this passing world!  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
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love his humility, which is what Our Lady needs to appear it is quite obvious!  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception appeared to St Bernadette and used this name just when the doctrine had been accepted for the first time and that humble uneducated girl could have never known that name for her!  Wow!

In you, "humble and highest of creatures,"
divine grace had the full victory over evil.
You are for us, pilgrims on the paths of the world,
the bright model of evangelical fidelity
and the ever-living pledge of sure hope.
-Pope St. John Paul II, December 08, 2002

“Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may the Holy Spirit kindle within us the same ardour experienced by the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35) and renew our ‘eucharistic wonder’ through the splendour and beauty radiating from the liturgical rite, the efficacious sign of the infinite beauty of the holy mystery of God.” — Pope Benedict XVI

Photo: Pontifical High Mass offered by Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, on October 23, 2015 at the Church of Santa Maria in Campitelli.

Photo credit: Fran├žois Pierre-Louis

Danielle Rose - Memorare
Danielle Rose - Holy Family
Danielle Rose - Shine through me
Danielle Rose - wonderfully made/Psalm 139
Danielle Rose - Firm faith with Mary/family rosary production in Spain

St. Juan Diego (1474–1548) was a poor and humble peasant of the lowest class of Aztec Indians living in what is today Mexico. His native name was Cuauhtlatoatzin, meaning, "eagle that talks." He was baptized at the age of fifty by a Franciscan missionary priest and received the Christian name of Juan Diego. It was he to whom Our Lady appeared as a pregnant Aztec princess on December 9, 1531—at tha...t time the feast of the Immaculate Conception—on the hill of Tepeyac, in present-day Mexico City, as he was on his way to Mass.

To help Juan Diego prove to the bishop that she had truly appeared, the Virgin Mary miraculously left her image on his tilma. This image is now famously known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Juan Diego's tilma still bears the image of Our Lady (miraculously, as the plant fibers normally disintegrate in 15-20 years) and it hangs in one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites of the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Juan Diego was canonized in 2002 by Pope St. John Paul II as the first indigenous saint from the Americas. His feast day is December 9th.

Friday, December 8, 2017

"to be holy and without blemish before him. "... Mary had to be Immaculate to bear God in her womb!

Very special mass today at the school with Ruth and Joy... How I have always loved this most beautiful statue of The Immaculate Conception after all the years with my kids at the Catholic School, about 20, and now with grandkids - Ruth's 6 and maybe John's in the future!  Simon has gone there for 8 years not including preschool, and now 3 siblings have joined him... Mary in 6th, David in 3rd, and Rose in Kindergarten, as well as Luke there in preschool.

Simon's 7th grade class did the readings and music.  Father pointed out that The Immaculate Conception, meaning Mary's conception and not Jesus', is the patron of the United States!  How we need her!!! 
She crushes Satan/the snake under her feet!!!  So beautiful and she is there for us!  Nancy just shared how important she has been with the loss of their 20 week, Maximilian...  She spoke the words of my heart from my two losses almost 30 years ago at the same point, and the words of John as he fell head over heels in LOVE with Mary during his brain cancer battle 8 years ago!

Nancy's Ipod sharing from yesterday about her loss and Our Lady...
The day has flown by filled with so much wonder and awe!  The mass filled me to overflowing surrounded by a school full or children celebrating their Catholic faith on this most glorious of Feast days!  The sun streaming into the beautiful chapel filled with LIFE, the music, the Word extraordinare today... each word a bell ringing out the JOY of the season and the immaculate womb prepared for God to enter the world and save us from sin and death... Mary crushed the devil!!! 
Waiting for the 4 to go by on their way to class.  Joy will know this school very well just as her mom and siblings, grandpa and siblings, and her siblings have all grown in their faith here!

My love for Jesus and his Bride, The Church turned into overwhelming tears of love and joy at the consecration during mass today!  Jesus, I love you so much and you flood me with so much each day of this journey... so big for me is your Mother!!!!  St Maximilian reminds us today...
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“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
– St. Maximilian Kolbe
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
December 8th

Kindergarten for Rose this year!  So sweet and at home here just as Joy and Luke will be after her!
Blessed with Holy Water coming and going.

Mom finished her stocking!  A work of art!!!  I cannot imagine the hours she spent on the 6 over the years...
"I didn't know that I would end up making a half dozen."  said Ruth to Mary, who noticed hers is not like the others.  We place our families in the Lord's hands.  It is a powerful thing for him to be in control, and those we are to have with us are here!  Joy was a surprise, and what a delight she is!

Simon greeted grandma with a big hug and a smile as he was a greeter, and he was in the procession starting mass! 
Ruth's beautiful porch with the Christmas tree aglow and the LIFE abounding inside.  This time of year is so warm and special and the family closeness and slower pace is hugely appreciated on the farm! 

Pat loves the little ones, and I love that so much about him!

Jesus, how I love you with all that I have!  There is nothing better than sharing our Faith as a family!  We are called to share our Faith with joy in our domestic Church/family.  It needs to be shared in our home foremost!  Our Spiritual Mother, Mary most Holy, is there to hold us close to her heart and bring us to you, O Lord!  May we say with you these words ..."Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Pat home to share the evening with me!  Nice meal, night prayers with the Advent wreath, and some time putting our feet up watching the news.  I love this time of year!  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
A picture of winter peace after the long hard spring/summer/fall.  The early darkness makes the Christmas lights beautiful and warming to the heart, mind and soul.  The Advent wreath lifts up my heart and soul!  More prayers shared called forth by Advent time of year!

So blessed!!! Ruth makes motherhood look beautiful, natural, and happy!  LIFE is a gift and is to be cherished and protected no matter the cost!
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"At Christmas, when Christ come, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern."

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Immaculate Conception, one of the four dogmas of the Catholic Church, maintains that from the moment the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived in the womb, she was kept free of original sin, so that she was from the start filled with the sanctifying grace normally conferred in baptism. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Hilary Scott - Thy will be done