Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Psalms/Prayer support

Just back home from Afghanistan after the traumatic birth of Patrick... Captain Joseph fills the house with music and the  kids dance for JOY!  Much Christian music comes from the Psalms and the raising of voices and instruments to give the Lord total praise is so often recited in our daily psalms in morning and evening prayer.  Today even St Paul to the Hebrews he quotes Psalm 95 as part of his letter - Hebrews 3... reminding us that the Holy Spirit speaks to us each day from The Psalm used at mass around the world as well as the first reading and the Gospel... The Word/Christ comes to us and guides our path if we open up our hearts to HIM!
Danielle Rose - Psalm 139/Wonderfully made
An example that comes to mind - a song from an amazing Psalm and showing the beauty of ALL LIFE!
  It has amazed me after having two grandchildren in NICU... that it is so peaceful!  Here we have a large room filled with babies, and rarely do you hear them cry!  Little Patrick here, surrounded by so much prayer and care for his every need 4 years ago in NICU is the picture of peace and prayers being answered.  The LIGHT Cross on his bed was a powerful reflection from one on the wall. Having the rosary beads in my hands kept me filled with the peace and continually seeking out my Lord through his Mother - finding him in the "deserted places" where he would await my arrival - as I humble myself and come to him to be healed of my worries and sins.
Laying Pat's mother to rest a month ago in the brutal cold.  There is something more hard and sad about the cold conditions nature has given us for the burial of Pat's brother, Don, his dad, Gerard, and his mother, Anna... A psalm asking for forgiveness and strength might be suited to express our sadness and pain as we stand in the frigid cold and say our final goodbyes to her earthly remains.  One of the daughters said that it is a tradition for them to have such cold conditions, and we should be safe at other times of the year as it seems to be when our family dies...

Hallel's Community of the Lamb prays the entire 150 psalms each week!  You will see them with their tiny blue book of the Psalms and praying throughout each day.  They would become a theme of the ups and downs of our existence, and our need for healing and forgiveness, and then our total JOY for all that He does for us!  The Hallel Psalms are 145-150 and are total praise and love of God.  The Grand Hallel Psalms are those around 100 which also are filled with Praise... they are quite easy to pick out as you read them.  A reminder that Hallel is the first part of the word - Hallelujah, and as Susan says; "When you say my name, you are giving God all the glory and praise to the highest heaven."  How cool is that?"
Sharing the rosary each morning of our family camp - Cross Christmas Camp.  We use words from the Gospel of St Luke in the "Hail Mary" and ponder his life and salvation story we have gained through The Gospels.  There is no doubt that the Psalms were a constant companion of Jesus as he attended the temple as a devout Jew.  Today in the Gospel as he heals the leper... he tells him to go and present himself to the priest as Moses required in the Jewish law.  Jesus was truly a devout Jew, and it brings us to a place of appreciation of that fact in our journey also.
 With no TV in their home... this is the scene each night before the blessings are given each child before bed...
 Evangeline's God Father, Fr Samson, enjoying the family joy with "timbrel and harp."

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord.[i]
Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.
May the praise of God be in their mouths
 Learning to give God total praise with all we have!
Healed Patrick fills us with total delight watching his moves!  Today from the Gospel of Mark 1:45
He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

I see this so true for me... I worry, and suffer, and stress, and doubt, and find this humble place where I have deserted all that wants to dictate my steps or mislead my life away from Jesus and His plan for me.  I need to approach him there and find peace and JOY as I watch The Holy Spirit at work in my life daily journey of embracing my most Cherished Cross and finding LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT.  It was special today to have Pat read the morning prayer office to me this morning... The first Psalm of the 3 today - Psalm 57..."Awake lyre and harp, with praise let us awake the dawn."  How many times did Jesus start his day with these words straight from the psalm and expressing his deep undying LOVE for his Father in Heaven?  That love now enters us and is The Holy Spirit!  May we dance with total abandon and joy in our hearts, minds and souls!
Two days after Evangeline's stay in NICU in St Louis she joined The Church in the name of "the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Jesus, may we humbly approach you in that deserted place of dying to self so that The Holy Spirit can work in and through us.  What JOY fills our hearts knowing that you are there if only we leave our self behind and lay our sins/burdens at your feet and invite you in!  Jesus, "my heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.  I will sing, I will sing your praise.  Awake my soul, awake lyre and harp, will awake the dawn.  I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples, among the nations I will praise you for your love reaches to the heavens and your truth to the skies.  O God, arise above the heavens, may your glory shine on earth!" After each psalm we repeat the words of the "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen"
Words of praise in our hearts which Jesus said himself to His Father!  How can it get any better?  Then to be reminded of our Family/Domestic Church/The Church we belong to from the moment we were baptized with water in the name of The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit - the Community of LOVE!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Sharing grandma love and prayers... soon she will come to make her home here on the farm for some months while her dad is training with the army.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
The military is new for us.  We see that for our freedom to worship it is very important to literally fight for The Truth!  Those priests in harms way to bring Christ into the darkness of war are so important in this crazy world.  Lord, bring men to say "yes" to your call and protect them from harm as they minister to those fighting for our freedom and world peace.
Father teaching the kids about the beauty of the liturgy and seasons in The Church.  Ordinary time is where we are now and how we love to find him in all the small ways as well as the big ways! 
It says a lot...
3 hours of Psalms in Gregorian chants
Psalm 23
How often have we heard Psalm 23?  Just recently at mom Verly's funeral!
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