My dad and brother, Dan, sharing a birthday today! So thankful to have these wonderful men in my life! Of course, love and devotion to my wonderful dad goes deeper than I can express other than to share the page I devoted to his leading the 13 of us into the Catholic Church 45 years ago..
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-amazing-story-of-13-becoming.html The tears are rolling down my cheeks at the powerful emotions I am filled with! And Dan... #8 in our family and born on dad's birthday. A strong man of Faith and Family - we are kindred lovers of our Church in it's entirety! I am forever blessed to share this journey with them!
A classic from Dan's wedding day with Deacon Robert on the altar at The Basilica of Mary about 30 years ago.
Dad is 92 today and Pat and I had a wonderful visit with him and mom in the midst of our crazy lives yesterday! It was the first time that Pat has left for 12 hours in the heat of calving, and thankfully all went well thanks to the farm family at home. It gave us 8 hours together in the car on a beautiful day to pray and talk and listen to Christian music to get us the last hour home. We had special time to visit and learn at the feet of my father. How he loves to share his "theology" and insights, and I could eat it with a fork and knife! Real food!
"Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy." Dad has shared that while he was on guard/watch in Marseille, France that he heard the call to the ministry. Went to Kalamazoo college, met mom, entered seminary in Boston, was a Baptist and Presbyterian minister, working with alcoholics, Baptized in the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit spoke to him in Isaiah 55:1-2 while on an Ignation retreat - join the Catholic Church... "Yes!" Then a Permanent Deacon in the first class in the Arch Diocese! Too amazing for words!
I had to write these words all in his card..."Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked you clothed me, , ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." I have seen him live these out for us in so many ways! He is such a model to me on how to live out this Gospel, and there is also our wonderful Community of The Lamb modeling the Gospel for me! Such a gift!
Dad and Dan sharing the day and so much more! Dan is very good to his aging dad, and has a home away from home just blocks away from him, and is always willing to lovingly help in their needs! Thanks, Dan!
Lord, how did I get so blessed to have my family? I ponder this in tears welling up as I recall all that you have done for us! Wow! What an amazing spiritual Journey, and then to find my Most Cherished Cross, Patrick Verly, and he too listens to the Word of God/The Holy Spirit in his life!
I am so humbled and unworthy of your great kindness and goodness all around me! Thank you for our family with which we share our Faith and our Farm. Jesus, hold my dad and brother close to your heart burning with love for them. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen
Love to have him in heaven now working for The Church!
She is with me, and I am so blessed by her intercession, motherly caring and taking me to her Son!
"Behold the Lamb of God!"