Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday mass for Great-Grandma Anna celebrated by kids, grandkids and great-grands, too! How she loved it we are sure!

Sweet Therese could put her birthday on the March calendar this morning!  She will be here on the farm for her 9th birthday on March 18th!  We gathered together at the Catholic School first thing this morning to get our ashes and officially begin our Lenten period of coming closer to Jesus.  We were at mass with Ruth and her kids - 3 sitting with their classes, and Maria with her 5, so when Father announced that this mass was in honor of Anna Verly... we all smiled and knew that Pat's wonderful mother was very pleased to know we were there united with her in prayer and love of the wonder of The Church, which we have shared with her always.
So special to be at mass with my girls, who all attended here, and now Ruth's kids are students here, and Maria's can share in the beauty of this atmosphere of LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE!
Ruth really impresses me by how she is attuned to changing the environment in the chapel.  She had the kids picking up rocks and branches to decorate the stark reminder that we await the coming of LIFE/LIGHT/LOVE at Easter!
Awaiting the coming of spring/Easter!

Stark picture of how we need to die to bring forth new life, and bare ourselves of all that keeps us preoccupied and distracted and apart from being fully Christ's. 
Making the Lenten crown of thorns.  "We take a thorn out when we do a good deed or a penance for someone."  "Like if you want to tell on your brothers, but instead you come and pull out a thorn."
It is a big crown this year...
Many thorns to be taken from his crown...
Pondering Lent with young ones once again. 
Do it in private and your heavenly father will repay you in private... from the Gospel today. 
Finished and out of the oven along with the Lent 2017 watercolor that I enjoyed doing with the kids... crucifix and watercolor of Hallel with Maria's kids on the window sill and outside Our Lady with chicken and egg, and grandpa with cows and calves and the fields brown and awaiting the seeds of spring.  Lent 2017 fills me with great happiness and hope for all that we can make of it if only we die to self and allow Christ to live in us!
How we long to grow in our love of Jesus and His Bride, The Church, through loving our domestic Church/family without counting the cost.

Jesus, I need you to always be close to me and assist me in dying to self and allowing you to work through me.  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen
An Ash Wednesday like no other, and once again we can start afresh if only we humbly lay our burdens and sins at his feet.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Joel 2 - the first reading from mass today.
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RaTerra's birthday 2 years ago with grandma Anna... today we celebrated the Ash Wednesday Mass at school for her... who would have known that 2 years later it would be Ash Wednesday mass for her!
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