Green for his feast day - Dominic Patrick marks St Patrick's Day 2017 as one like no others! I asked mom if he could walk on it. "It is a walking cast, but it is so painful that I have to carry him at this point." Lord, we ask for a quick recovery with less pain soon!
Looking at the kids enjoying a family canning day. They were fun for us, and now Ruth remodeled our old farmhouse to make it her own, and foremost she wanted to be able to see the yard and to have a canning kitchen! We truly do love to can together and make wonderful food for 6 families! When we see the smiles on the faces and the empty bowls... we know why we do all the work! It certainly is wonderful to share it with others, and the kids are growing up helping cheerfully and willingly and happily!
My rosary including the joyful mysteries on this sunny Saturday in my chapel on wheels... seemed to pull me deeply into prayer for each of my children... I pray for each one on the 5 decades each day along with their families, friends, those that share similar journeys and they, and some intentions particular to them. My prayer seemed especially deep and focused on each one this day, and The Spirit led me deep! Pondering the times Maria had her miscarriages and I was with her! Dominic's broken bone and new needs and envisioning the healing - come Jesus! Hallel soon to travel here and the time we will have with her! John speaking and sharing his story and LIGHT! It might seem like tangents, but they were powerful moments of basking in his love and forgiveness and closeness and all the gifts I have been given. The Gospel today - the Prodigal Son... permeated all and reminded me of my own nothingness without him in the face of huge crosses - John's brain cancer, miscarriages for me and my daughters, Patrick's traumatic birth, Ruth and Maria's ruptures and praying their subsequent babies here safe and sound, the farm and all that is out of our control, on and on. Jesus, I am nothing and need you - I give the control over to you!
Lord, I am nothing without you! Yes, there have been times in my life when I come running back to you with empty and pleading hands lifted up to you. "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son, treat me as you would treat your hired workers." What did you say to me? "Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fatted calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come back to life again; he was lost, and has been found." I am overwhelmed, O Lord! May I humbly return this undeserved blessings, graces, mercy, unconditional love and forgiveness I have been given by you to those in my life... most especially those the closest to me in my domestic Church/family. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen
Rose Again... so excited for her new baby sister coming. LIFE is a gift to be cherished and protected no matter the cost!
Love this! My early married life spent in the barn helping Pat...
Coming up this week! John continues to love to share his story and all stories of Faith on this journey!
Tomorrow trumped by Sunday, but St Joseph is huge for us too! Captain Joseph, my husband Patrick Joseph, David Joseph, Patrick Joseph, Romeo Joseph... one of my boys in heaven - Joseph, and my sister Mary took Joseph for her patron saint, too! Big feast day for us!
I am unworthy, Lord!