Monday, January 9, 2017

Just a few hours old... Patrick teaches me about the Truth of Baptism/He calls us beloved children

I am giving a talk in a few days called "God, A Community of love."  I needed to start with the idea of The Trinity being the source and model of that Community, but had a bit of struggle really taking it in and speaking from the heart.  I realized that The Holy Spirit has been so powerful and directed my path, yet to put them together was tricky and distant. 

Well, the other day I was returning to my time in El Paso for the month of welcoming grandson Patrick into the world while his dad was away serving in Afghanistan... I have vivid memories of it all, and came to the powerful and life-altering moment when I baptized Patrick at just hours old in the middle of NICU at 1am on October 10th, 2012.  Saying those simple yet O so powerful words...."Patrick, I Baptize you in the name of The Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" as I drizzled water from a small vial of sterile water on his head with my hand.  What peace and comfort this brought to me, and our family so devastated by his bring born dead and brought back to life and being "the sickest baby in this NICU."
Patrick holding onto the fingers of his dad back to support him and their family just days after he arrived in this world.  I say that tiny Patrick had his cross placed on his shoulder while still in the womb! 
Final prayer from morning prayer this morning;
God our Father and deliverer, you have redeemed your people through the waters of  baptism into the Death and Resurrection of Christ.  May we who have passed through the waters take up our cross and follow him from death into glory according to your will, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yes, that Cross was carried by Patrick from the womb into the world.. so to have him baptized within hours of that happening brings us to such a place of trusting in all that the Trinity/Community of LOVE and our glorious Catholic Church has to give him... a whole lot and then some of help through The Sacraments, The Word, The Saints, but for me most of all the rosary beads/Our Lady which never left my hand or my heart or my soul or my spirit throughout Maria's labor and on to this day!
He amazed all with his health after being "the sickest baby in NICU!"  No longer does he need meds for seizures to this day, and he has amazing strength and agility!
How I wish I had a movie of Patrick dancing in the big dance we have at CCC, but this one of him in the midst of one of his amazing moves shares how delightful and entertaining it was to watch him dance his heart out for a long time without a break.  This is part of his daily life as they dance in their home each night to their dad's guitar music!  Talk about JOY and total PRAISE!

It reminds me of the Psalm for today filled with so my "glory!"
Psalm 29
"Give to the Lord, you sons of God,
give to the Lord glory and praise,
give to the Lord the glory due his name;
adore the Lord in holy attire.
The Lord will bless his people with peace.

The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, 'Glory!'
The Lord is enthroned above the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
The Lord will bless his people with peace."

So much laughter and amazement to see our miracle boy, Patrick, dancing with so much abandon!
 Such a wonderful family time they experience at night before they receive their blessings from dad and head to bed filled with JOY in their hearts, and LOVE experienced as a family/domestic Church as they worship their LORD through song and dance!  It reminds me of The Psalms and King David dancing before The Lord in the Arc of the Covenant!
Yes, that is Patrick front and center dancing with all his heart and abandon!  It makes me smile to see him, of course!
Love this today on this feast of The Baptism!
Jesus joins the people going out to John the Baptist in the gesture of repentance, not because there is sin in him, but in order to model for us the only authentic way to approach the Father.  He goes to the Baptist as a beggar because the Mystery of Mercy.  Jesus surrenders to Mercy by submitting himself to baptism in order to invite us to share in his relationship with The Father, announced from the heavens.  The Lord Jesus lowers himself in his baptism and, as Nothingness, acknowledges his Father so that we will never hesitate to do the same.  (see
I am so grateful to Patrick for bringing to a real place of realizing the power and glory of The Trinity which brings us to a place of adoption as beloved sons and daughters of God along with His Son , Jesus Christ and fills us with His LOVE/The Holy Spirit as we go forth filled with the ability to die to self and become Christ in our lives/families/domestic Church!  Let us, who have been baptized in him, listen to the voice that calls us beloved children and gives us a work to do, the work of the Gospel proclaimed and lived in love for God and neighbor.  Yes, Lord, may I evangelize to all those that have ears to hear, but most of all may my life show your Truth and only when necessary use words!

I have witnessed that Patrick has taught all those praying for him that power of prayer, much like our journey with John, who found Faith through brain cancer!
Patrick is a wonderful hugger and snuggler!  Here he gets one back from Luke, who is a great hugger, too!  It will be so wonderful to have them here living with us til spring!  Cherished time to get us through the time they live 3 days away in Washington State in June til we know not when...

Jesus, how I long to love and serve you, and I am so filled with gratitude at bringing me into your Community of LOVE at the day of my baptism as a newborn infant.  The journey has been so amazing and your Holy Spirit always directs me closer and closer to you!
I am overwhelmed by your LOVE for me and that I am truly yours now and forever til I arrive in heaven forever with YOU!  Thank you for the gift of a healed and loving Patrick here to love and serve you as a LIGHT!  Yes, the world needs lights!  WE are called to be open to LIFE and to raise LIGHTS to chase away the darkness of the culture of death.  May all life be protected from conception to natural death!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
The same name, only a day separating their bithdays, and 97 years - both ends from the newness of LIFE to the final days filled with prayer and Family!  LIFE is a gift always and no matter the cross we are bearing at the time... the Cross always leads to LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
So powerful to have this image in our hearts, minds and souls!  Little Anne now carrying forth the love we hold for our wonderful Grandma Ann!
Peaceful rest...
After our family with only John with all those sisters... it is kind of amazing to have all our goofy and wonderful grandsons... 8, but the girls are catching up with 6 going on 7 in March!
Photo by Jody Isaackson
The Lanoues of Marshall are growing ag businesses along with their family. Pictured are the Lanoues: Front row: Simon, Ruth, Mary, Paul and Rose. Back row: Luke and David.
An article in The Marshall Independent today...  We are so blessed to have them back here helping us farm and living in the home that Ruth grew up in!  Here is a picture of a true farm family!  How it warms our hearts!
baby69  Another baby boy that was baptized just hours old... found abandoned at St Paul Cathedral!  So his journey begins "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."  So much LOVE as he is brought into The Community of LOVE!
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How my heart sings at the depth of his love for me!   Another great encouraging sign of Jesus at work with His Bride, The Church!
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It is sad to be at the end of Christmas, so this was great to see this morning!  I am sad to put away my tree and all the LIGHTS...
As the liturgical season of Christmas draws to a close, let us remember the words of Saint Paul of the Cross: “Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit.”
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The eye of the Storm - Ryan Stevenson

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