We are awaiting word and hopefully a picture of the Lanoue bunch with their Aunt Hallel! They will be seeing her around 2p at Lumen Christi! I am using Nancy's wonderful pictures taken a week ago when we shared Christmas with our nun. Love this one of year and a half year old Josephine after mass with the humble glowing light of Christ filling the monastery behind them.
Love that I can use the girl's pictures taken with their beautiful cameras on this special feast day - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Such an amazing example and giving all our human families hope to have them with us each day!
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote these amazing words of Truth:
Our Lord spent three hours in redeeming, three years in teaching, and thirty years in obeying, in order that a rebellious, proud, and diabolically independent world might learn the value of obedience.
Grandma Bandzuch's matching jammies for the family!
Venerable Sheen continues:
Home life is the God-appointed training ground of human character, for from the home life of the child springs maturity of manhood, either for good or evil. The only recorded acts of our Blessed Lord's childhood are acts of obedience - to God, his heavenly Father, and also to Mary and Joseph.
Nancy's great family picture - only missing two... Captain Joseph and Little Sister Hallel!
I am sorry but this is just too amazing and I want to continue to share Venerable Sheen...
If Jesus was sent on a message to a neighbor by his parents, it was the great Sender of the Apostles who delivered the message. If Joseph ever bade him search for a tool that was lost, it was The Wisdom of God and the Shepherd in search of lost souls who was actually doing the seeking. If Joseph taught him carpentry, he who was taught was one who had carpentered the universe and who would one day be put to death by the members of his own profession. If he made a yoke for the oxen of a neighbor, it was he who would call himself a yoke for men- and yet a burden that would be light. If they bade him work in a little plot of garden ground, to train the creepers or water the flowers, it was he who was the great Dresser of the vineyard of his Church, who took in hand the water pat and the gardening tools.
Wow!!!! I am blown away!!!!
Grandpa in his happy place - arms filled with LIFE!
"Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection." Colossians 3 was the amazing second reading from mass today. It was -17 as we drove to mass this morning. Pat went over to do chores and said that all was well and so thankful that there was no wind to contend with...
His sweet baby Evangeline - who will be 14 months in tomorrow. She spent 4 months living with us a year ago, and spent a lot of time on her grandpa's lap!
Pope Benedict XVI has amazing thoughts for this feast too... what can I say in comparison except that I am lifted up by this wisdom?
The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love... the family is the intermediate institution between individuals and society, and nothing can completely take its place... The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society, and a great and lifelong treasure for couples. It is a unique good for children, who are meant to be the fruit of the love, of the total and generous self-giving of their parents.
The granddaughters all 7 together at CCC!!!
Love Benny XVI! The family is also a school that enables man and women to grow to the full measure of their humanity... O God, who in the Holy Family left us a perfect model of family life lived in faith and obedience to your will, help us to be examples of faith and love for your commandments.
Soon Joy and Evangeline will be spending time with Hallel!!! So happy for our farm family to be having family time supreme!
John and Bobbi are having a wonderful holiday together! A new year lies ahead bright and beautiful!!
"Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything, " Words to live by and wonderful to sit next to Pat and mass and know that we are trying to give of ourselves one to the other - dying to self so that Christ may live in us! Embracing our Most Cherished cross to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
The girls in red...
Bless all families, O Lord, may we find a small slice of heaven here on earth sharing mass and having Mary and Jesus and Joseph in our homes to lead and direct us in obedience to your Way, your Truth and your LIFE! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
4 years ago... lots have changed for us... 2018 lies ahead and we trust!
Reminding me of Maximilian loss on Thanksgiving, adding to our other 4 grandchildren and our 7 in heaven.
"Three miscarriages does not necessitate that we will have no more babies, but it does make the idea of being open again to a new baby slightly terrifying. They remind us that when we are open to life we are also open to death. We are open to this heartbreak again. Every time we choose to hope for a baby we know that it is a real possibility. But we also know the joy of a newborn, and long for those sleepless nights, the sweet smell of the warm head, and weight of a sleeping baby in our arms.
Each of these babies has an eternal soul—each of these babies is incomprehensibly good even if they are never born. And, perhaps, that is why the pain is so deep."