Father was talking about "mountaintop experiences" in his homily last night as the Gospel today is The Transfiguration. How I am filled to the brim with JOY at the numerous times the Lord has placed his finger upon my life and in many ways "his face shown like the sun and his clothes became white as light." Matthew 17 The pinnacle was our coming into the Catholic Church 45 years ago... all 13 of us!
The motley crew in 1971 at "the farm." A bit ridiculous now that I have been a farm wife for 38 years, and know that it was merely a building site with a big garden.
Recalling our early Catholic days filled with discerning religious life, and daily mass, and becoming a nurse at a Catholic college (St Kates),and reading Merton and A'Kempis and falling in love with the Saints and Asceticism, and Our Lady, and living behind the cloister for a month with Cenacle Sisters and discerning a call to be a spouse of Christ, meeting Pat Verly and hearing the call to be a wife and mother and raise LIGHTS while being open to LIFE, and the 5 here with us carrying forth the mission of Christ and The Church... 3 married with growing families, one a nun in Rome, and one healed from brain cancer and burning to share his LIGHT/story of finding Faith through brain cancer, with 7 in heaven praying for us.
A good picture for today... the 4 girls in snowsuits taken in 1987. The 3 older are mothers now with large families by the world's standards, Ruth expecting #6 in a few weeks, Nancy with 4, and Maria with 5. Susan has answered a call to be the spouse of Christ, and is a nun. "Because of your call, you now have a little Sister Hallel." Yes, I had the girls go on retreats with nuns in habits, so that they would consider a call to give their all to Jesus as a nun! Such a wonderful option! We are so blessed by the prayers of Susan/Hallel and her Community of the Lamb! We are overjoyed to be getting a home visit from our nun in a month or so. The first one in 4 years! Talk about a mountaintop experience!
The day Susan told us she would be joining The Community of the Lamb in France. They has just opened their first foundation in the U.S. in Kansas City!
I know that the mountaintop experiences are passing and we need to be down in the valleys of life in our day to day living, but I have to say that Jesus in The Word, The Sacraments, my time in prayer each day with Mary, The Mother of God, the Saints walking with me and interceding for me... well, each day I am given in The Church fills me with more than I can ever get my heart, mind and soul around! The JOY wells up in me and I am filled to the brim with what it takes to face the hard knocks and still not throw in the towel. I pray that armed with all those graces and blessings... I can live this motto of the Community of the Lamb - "Wounded, I will not cease to love!"
"The Christian Cross is not a furnishing for the house or an ornament to wear, but a call to the love with which Jesus sacrificed himself to save humanity from evil and from sin." Pope Francis