Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily." St Francis de Sales

Thinking of my Hallel today... this was taken almost 4 years ago at her last home visit.  All were together ( we have grown by 5 going on 6 since then, and most of them Hallel has yet to meet).  This was a great occasion for our family as we gathered in Ruth's home for huge meals and coming and going of friends and family.  Fr Craig Timmerman is a wonderful cousin, who has been very involved with Hallel's call to become a bride of Christ!  He even traveled to France when she changed her name and took her habit in August of 2009.

St Francis de Sales is celebrated today and his writings influenced St Therese which is evident in this quote - Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily. 
Sharing supper and evening prayer with Fr Craig on this rare occasion of Hallel having time at home almost 4 years ago.  Yes, we don't have a priest or Hallel with us day to day, and we miss her mightily and know of her prayers for us.  But we still lift up our hearts, minds and souls to Jesus in prayer and service morning and evening and all times in between in our daily lives!
So good to share our prayer as a family!  We attempt to get to daily mass and pray as a couple in the morning... and John and I love to do the office on days that he is at home on the weekends, and do a simpler morning prayer on work days in the dark kitchen while he eats his breakfast.  The day is so much better if we start with prayer and give it over to the Lord.

When we are together for FAMILY TIME it is a "great occasion" filled with great meals and great sharing and great hugs and great little ones having their ups and downs, and lots of clean up and lots of cooking and lots of pottying and diaper changing and lots of feeding and lots of LOVE and some times of discipline, and running and playing and crawling and singing and dancing and talking and laughing and speaking with a loud voice because of all the noisy LIFE activity going on all around us! 
And selfies with babies - this was Patrick 4 years ago when Hallel was home for her visit!
Hallel was home when we had lots of baby calves on the ground 4 years ago.  She has always loved her cows and calves and her farm girl growing up on the farm with cows and calves former life.

With pictures of this great occasion that only happens very 3-4 years or more... it is the day to day life that we live most often and that can be equally great and wonderful and blessed and filled with graces as the result of all The Church gives us each day with the Sacraments - The Eucharist, Reconciliation, The Sacrament of Marriage is a daily Sacrament giving us the grace we need to die to self so that we may serve without counting the cost, Our Lady and her wonderful rosary which fills our days and lives with her intercession as she brings us to her Son, The Saints - today St Francis de Sales is there to show us how to persevere and live a life for Christ, we are given so very much that our cup overflows and our surroundings become a small slice of heaven here on earth in the heart of our domestic Church/family!  In the Gospel today we are reinforced in our daily serving God..."whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."  Mark 3:35 
For special celebrations we have learned from The Community of the Lamb to have a parade with sweets and candles and song! 

We can look to Jesus in all these ways and with all this help, and be pretty confident that we are doing His Will!  The Church is there to help us get to heaven if only we take to heart and follow their guidance in our lives.  We are not to pick and choose, or be a shopping cart Catholic.  We are to do it all without reservation!  Follow The Truth!
Hallel reading during mass after we brought her back to KC after her completion of her home visit 4 years ago.  We know that she lifts us up at Mass - "we are together in the Eucharist"- and Adoration and prayer throughout her day as a contemplative nun every day!  It is hard for her to come and join us in our world for a number of days for her home visit and not have her daily prayer and mass and Adoration.  We attempt to find mass for her daily while she is home, and there is great delight to share it with her!
Sharing mass in the Church of their youth now remodeled and glowingly beautiful!  Love this so much with Jesus in the middle in The Tabernacle aglow!

"Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will." Psalm 40:8 from mass today.  Yes, we are weak and sinful and selfish and lost and sick, but, as Hallel told me at a low point, "mom, when we are weak is when we turn to Jesus."  "I want Jesus, so I long to stay weak and sick!"  I need you, Jesus!  Come and fill me to overflowing with so very much to help me this day filled with little ways to serve God without counting the cost.  Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
With her Goddaughter, Therese, 4 years ago.
These 3, Patrick, Rose and Bernadette are now 4!
The 5 with grandma Ann 4 years ago... she has been gone for a month and a half now, and joins those praying for us and we for them!  I have found great comfort in going to daily mass as my mother-in-law did with her husband for many years, and after in the darkened Church praying The Chaplet of Divine Mercy for her, all our dead, and all those that are dying today with no one to pray for them.  Mom and I had some wonderful prayerful times sharing the chaplet of Mercy during her last few days in this world while she was "sleeping."  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song!
One more from the Great occasion of Hallel home!
We have grown by 5 with #6 to join us in March!  Each family has grown by 2!  Hallel's next home visit will be astronomical/out of this world, and we can't wait!  Our prayers for a real hug is a daily one!
Rose is now 4 and looks a lot like Susan did at that age!
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My inner temple without the Christmas trees - St Francis de Sales, St Louis, Missouri
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Danielle Rose - See you in the Eucharist
Explaining how we are together in The Eucharist- Danielle Rose

by St. Francis de Sales
Divine Saviour, ...
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts. Amen.

Photo credit: Almeid Rocha
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