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...
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!
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 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!
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
"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."
A small slice of heaven for this journey!
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!
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!