Friday, March 3, 2017

"A day acceptable to the Lord..." Isaiah 58

Evangeline turned 4 months on the first of the month, so we have had the joy of watching her grow for 2 months now.  She is now able to sit up in her jumper and loves to turn around and watch all of the activity around her and there is a lot with her 4 older siblings and the middle 3 very active, loud and unpredictable boys!
Her oldest brother, David, led the decade of the rosary to start their morning prayer at the beginning of homeschool each day.  David led the 3rd decade of the sorrowful mysteries today - the Crown of Thorns.  Grandma got to read with the 3 boys in her room... a Lenten practice we are sharing reading and snuggle time and we are all enjoying it immensely!  It seems to be helping with all of our having "a day acceptable to the Lord... this is the fasting that I wish: release those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the homeless;  Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.  Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall be quickly healed... Then you shall call and the Lord will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say:  Here I am!"  Isaiah 58

I can really relate to this stunning verse to start mass today!  I have really gotten in touch with that cry for help coming from my depths after weeks of illness and pain and down and out suffering with no end in sight!  It just seems that a cycle of sickness is swirling all around us and through us.  When my Most Cherished Cross/husband farmer Pat is the sickest of all... it really hits close to home.  After trips to the doctor for both he and I and now some antibiotics for each... we are hopefully on the road to recovery with pleas to the Lord that the little ones will stay healthy and we can end this time of one bug after another!
So fun to share her changing and growing and happy to share time with grandpa and grandma and Uncle John in our home!  We need to cherish this time, because come mid May they will be moving 3 days trip away!  Pat has big plans to go and see them this summer already, but time will tell.

I am filled with gratitude that we have entered this time of Lent and allowing us to take steps towards healing and changing our days so that they can be more acceptable to the Lord... more peaceful, and prayerful and doing for others full, and thinking less of self and more of not turning your back on your own, but serving them without counting the cost!  Yes, we can and should do all we can for those less fortunate, but when your house is brimming with your domestic Church/family and they are sick and down and needing your care and support and snuggles and love and concern and time to read to them and build them up with hugs and kisses and prayers and watercolors and much can make the day good, filled with healing and our wounds shall be quickly healed!  If this can happen around us... how much better can we reach out to share that LIGHT with others we encounter that need Jesus, too?
Our Marimba was played numerous times in the Holy Redeemer concert last night!  It was a delight to watch, and listen to the beautiful sounds.  Pat said it the best..."There is no better place for it to be loved and played."  So true! 

Psalm 51 is always a gift each Lent, and included each week with The Community of the Lamb as each week they do all 150 Psalms in their personal prayers and meditations.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 18-19
R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Maria and Romeo showed up in matching CCC shirts to make breakfast this morning!
Giggles and eggs and matching CCC shirts with over 100 names on the back - yes, my family has grown to over 100 strong, and with 5 new ones on the way... we could reach 120 by our next CCC - Cross Christmas Camp!

Lord, how we long to make our homes/domestic Church a place where we can experience a small slice of heaven.  How can this happen?  By dying to self and giving without counting the cost.  By sharing prayer and You in your amazing Word with word and deed.  Today we see St Katharine Drexel as a living example of fulfilling your words from Isaiah 58 in how she served those down and out... the Native American and the African American people, who had many needs which she gave of herself and her wealth to help them find dignity and grow in their knowledge of you, O Lord.  How we long to love and serve you without counting the cost and carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross and following after you down the narrow path and arrive in heaven forever with you, Your Mother of heaven and earth, all the amazing Saints, and Angels!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
David has painted me some tiny paintings - one of his mom and sister dancing, and another of his family... I showed him how they have become part of my painting for Lent as pictures sitting on the window sill.  Thank you, sweet David!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Sweet Romeo loves reading/snuggle time with grandma.. his favorites are books about tractors.  Great times shared due to Lent, and realizing that we can do better and enjoy our time in the process!
We enjoyed Mary and Simon in many performances last night... Mary and the 5th grade band...
Simon and 3 of his classmates did a good job...
Hello by name is - Matthew West
Casting Crowns - East to the West
Casting Crowns - Glorious day

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Yes, sharing our Faith with JOY!
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Such a great article about an atheist actor, who encountered Jesus in the Ignation Exercises while preparing for his role!  A great uplifting read!
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