Saturday, March 25, 2017

The "YES" that saved the world/Stations of LIGHT/"bright ray streaming towards her womb"



Evangeline and mom light 14 candles for our family stations of the Cross last night.  "I have learned that kids pay more attention if they know that there is a candle to blow out with each station."  Maria wisely shared.  A special time shared in prayer on a Friday night.  We had discussed trying to get to Stations at Church, but with hungry kids right at supper time we decided to have tuna, egg salad, and tomato soup at home and gathered up 14 candles to light and blow out with each station.  My thoughts were drawn to a dear friend, who suffered  a miscarriage yesterday.  How the feelings of grief flood me with memories of my many losses on our journey called being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS!
Ready to begin... Romeo had cars and was making a lot of distracting noise until he was invited to come and blow out the candles...

All I could say to my friend, was that I was there with her, our families share our grief, and that when we share the pain of the Cross of miscarriage and still birth that it brings us closer together and the value for all LIFE runs very deep!  I have witnessed the bond and respect for all life and the LOVE we have one for another, and value for all LIFE from conception to natural death.  Life is to be cherished and protected no matter the cost!  Yes, through sharing The Cross in this way we have received such a bounty of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Patrick was a wonderful bearer of Christ on the Cross as we traveled through The Stations of the Cross with Jesus. 
"We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you."
"For by your Holy Cross you redeemed the world."
On bended knee and bowing low!  Little 4 1/2 month old, Evangeline, sharing in her first Stations!


Today is such a powerful day... The Feast of the Annunciation... the "yes" from Mary that brought our Savior into the world!  This most beautiful image filled me with great awe...
A ray descends from heaven, sometimes emanating from the dove of the Holy Spirit.  And there in the bright ray of God's presence streaming straight toward the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  And there is this detail : on his shoulders he carries his cross.  Fr James Sullivan, O.P.
To shift gears in the middle of Lent is difficult, but we are aware of the Cross even here!  It reminds me of Patrick having the cross placed on his shoulders in the womb at his birth 3 1/2 years ago.
http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/the-story-of-little-lamb-grandson.html
Therese helping her 2 1/2 year old brother, Romeo, blow out the 4th station... Jesus meets his Mother.
I recently was able to act out this station at a retreat... the pain I experienced as all the swords that pierced my heart were there before my eyes as I witnessed my Son, the Son of God, there before me beaten and bloodies and carrying the source of his torture and death upon his shoulders!  "My Son, never did I imagine that this is what would have to happen to you!  My Son, I love you and long to take this cross from you, yet I know that it must happen to save the world.  Help me to have the strength to stand by you, and at the foot of your Cross to watch you die.  There you give me to all to bring into their homes.  There I will teach of your LOVE and bring all to YOU as I reveal you to them and bring all their petitions to lay at your feet.  Jesus, I trust in you."
The 13th station - the body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross and laid in his mother's arms.  So powerful to have this at the end just before he is laid in the tomb!  Imagining all the suffering is finally complete, yet the many swords that have pierced his mother's heart!
The Crucifixion/A Mother's song by Danielle Rose
It is hard to get through this without weeping... comparing how she held his warm body in her arms at birth and then at the end of his agony!
Holding his LOVE for us/The Cross deep in our hearts!


It is kind of hard to find this deep place of the Cross this day of The Annunciation, yet the beautiful words of The Angel, Gabriel, the words we repeat for the Rosary throughout our days..."Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you."  "All that our heart cries out for became flesh in Mary's womb.  When we repeat the words of the angel by praying the Hail Mary, the Word of God germinates in our soul.  Christianity is this never ending event of encounter with God made present in the maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary." see www.magnificat.com
How we are enjoying our baby girl.. in less than a week she will no longer be the littlest of them all.  Ruth is due to have her baby girl on next Friday!  So many prayers!  It was a year ago today - on Good Friday last year which landed on The Annunciation...  that we switched places, so both of us were moving on the same day!   It was kind of hard and crazy and good and perfect to do it on Good Friday!  This year to celebrate Easter still 3 weeks away and to have The Feast of The Annunciation all by itself yet in the midst of Lent still brings the fact that this beauty of LIFE in her womb - The Son of God still led to The Cross where our Salvation was paid for with his Body and Blood!
Looking around at my wonderful new home - a year today!  I have been blessed now with all new bathrooms and went with a "beach theme" in the two downstairs that we remodeled.  I had too much fun yesterday getting out the watercolors I have done while on the beach with my family over the years!  I think I have painted one for every day I have been there, and the love of The Big Lake and sharing it with my family pours out!  It is sad to know that our wonderful times will be ending with the sale of our special place in the U.P.  It fills me with a lot of bittersweet feelings as I find myself making this my HOME these last days.   Today our first anniversary is one of great interior celebration!
The older sketches are from 1997, our first summer at the cabin, and the others are 2015s... Love it!


Jesus, I think Mary's prayer to you on the Way says it all for me!  How I love to have you in my home after Jesus in his last moments of earthy life gave you to bring into our Homes!  I am so happy with my new peaceful home, and having the young family loving and living on the farm!  Now with a new little one soon to join them!  Ruth and I both had a new baby a year after moving on the farm there in that house!  It fills me with awe to see with eyes of Faith the way that Ruth has been given my life to live over again.  It was great for me and I sense the same JOY in her!  I am filled to overflowing with YOU, my Jesus!  I say "YES!" to all that you ask of me!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen
My mother's artwork and family photos at The Big Lake!  Does it show how much I love this and how deeply this has been planted in me?  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
My sister, Cheryl's, wonderful watercolor of the lighthouse in Manistique, MI!
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"In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You." Saint Augustine
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Nancy's Jesus tree for Lent!   Love how they share their Faith with JOY!
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And coming to her, the angel said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
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