Sunday, February 12, 2017

"It was wonderful to share your big family at mass today. I grew up that way!" No wavering from the Truth!

The two 8 year old cousins, who both love and adore any baby, sharing some time with little 3 month old Evangeline Mary at breakfast in the church basement after sharing mass today.   We sat with our two daughters, their combined 10 going on 11 kids, John, and Son-in-law, Paul.  Maria's husband is attending mass in Georgia this morning - united in the Eucharist, as he is in training to become a lawyer/JAG officer in the army for some months now.  We filled about 3 rows of church and sat together sharing the pews with some others.  A good friend shared that it was a great feeling to share mass surrounded by family!  Yes, all the little ones were well behaved as they are all at home and comfortable and familiar with mass as we share it each Sunday.  The ones attending Catholic School also have mass on Thursdays.

It is good to see that the front of church is getting more and more full of young families bringing their little ones closer to the altar and sharing with them the beauty and Truth of their faith with Joy!
Sleeping through it all...

Yes, it is a wonderful sight to see all the young growing families up close to Jesus on the altar in His Body and Blood as well as listening to the Word/Jesus coming to us and healing us and ministering to us.  Today the Word was taken from the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus takes the laws and makes them even more black and white and clears up any greyness that might have been accepted.  Make peace with your brother, marriage is for keeps always and forever, return injury with LOVE... a lot of challenging and hard things we are called to do!
Therese is such a great role model of a sweet big cousin to these two, as are their older siblings!  There is no greater gift than to have siblings rather than things!  How did the world get so turned around that people think that they need to limit their family to one, two or three in order to have more time to themselves and more material possessions?  Life is a gift to be protected and cherished no matter the cost!
We are so enjoying our time with our newest grandchild and soon she will be here as we welcome her little girl cousin on the farm!

How I pray that our huge mob worshiping together can speak volumes to others that being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS is a wonderful request that our Church makes of us!  It is truly "God's Wisdom, mysterious, hidden," that the Church holds out to us to help us on the journey to heaven forever with Jesus!  Yes, God has truly revealed to our family through The Holy Spirit speaking through Pat - "The world needs lights."
What eye has not seen, what ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.  For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.  I Corinthians 2:8-10

Quite the thought of scrutinizing the depths of God!  That would take a lifetime of so much each day of our journey and I experience this Truth each day!
A new perspective on her surroundings...

May we reach out for the life-giving waters we are surrounded by as we carry/drag our Most Cherished Cross down the narrow path after our Lord, who is LOVE/LIFE/LIGHT for us to then take and share with all those around us most especially those in our domestic Church/family!
Pat with The Blood and John with The Body... sharing Christ with all!

Jesus, how I long to be a better follower of yours.  May I die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to come alive for me each day of this journey!  Thank you for your unwavering LOVE for me as we look to you...The Way, the Truth, and the LIFE!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Grandpa doesn't easily give up the baby, but Dave loves them too!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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So true!
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“You here at Mass, do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? Do you praise God? This is something new, new in our new spiritual life. Giving praise to God, coming out of ourselves to give praise; spending a little bit of time giving praise. But ‘this Mass is so long!’ If you do not praise God, you will never know the gratuity of spending time praising God, the Mass is But if you go with this attitude of joy, of praise to God, that is beautiful! This is what eternity will be: giving praise to God! And that will not be boring: it will be beautiful! This joy makes us free.” — Pope Francis

Photo: Pope Francis during the Holy Mass of Pentecost Sunday in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on 15 May 2016.

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