- The amazing story of the 13 becoming Catholic!
- Our marriage stories - "The world needs LIGHTS!"
- John's cancer stories
- Now the stories of John's 4 sisters...Ruth, Nancy, Maria, and Susan/Little Sister Hallel!
- Susan Angela Agnes/Little Sister Hallel - the story of a Call
- The story of little Lamb - grandson Patrick
Sunday, April 30, 2017
"abounding joy in your presence"..."The Word of God, the Eucharist: they fill us with JOY." Pope Francis
Most every mass in her lifetime will sweet Joy hear her name and smile? Today in the Psalm from mass - Psalm 16...You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights of your right hand forever.
Lord, we are so filled with tremendous happiness and JOY to welcome our newest little granddaughter into The Church along with her brother coming to the table of heaven and earth for the first time and on into eternity fed by You! "The Liturgy of the Word welcomes us: Jesus explains the Scriptures to us and rekindles in our hearts the warmth of Faith and Hope, and in Communion he gives us strength... from feeling sad and defeated they we become joyful!" Pope Francis writing about the Gospel/Road to Emmaus/Luke 24. May your graces and blessings flow all around and through Joy and David this most glorious day! Jesus, we love you and trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Saturday, April 29, 2017
I find that there is much filling me and my thoughts this day... knowing that Hallel and The Community including the Little Brothers and Sisters are putting on a play this afternoon along with a great celebration on the occasion of The Little Brothers having their money raised to start building their Little Monastery in June! Of course, I would love to be there, but... We are in the midst of great anticipation and preparation for our huge family celebration tomorrow of both David's first Communion and Joy's Baptism at the same mass! So thrilling and glorious! My constant prayers and thoughts are also with the farmers as the spring gets later and later with talk of snow tomorrow and Monday! Those seeds in the ground are cold and wet and a worry for those farmers that have some planted - our men have yet to start...
In the LIGHT and raised as LIGHTS!
A taste of how special this time will be for our family... two Sacraments for David and Joy sharing their day and magnifying the beauty by combining them in the same mass! What a celebration and reminder that we are filled with such gratitude that we are able to share our Faith as a family! Faith/Family/Farm is the foundation of our life!
Unable to make this last year... what JOY to make it now. The farm now a home to a young and growing family! So right!
We continue on with John 6 today with the stormy sea and the disciples rowing miles and looking up and seeing Jesus walking on the water towards them... they are terrified and we expect them to have him enter the boat, but not here... instead they are suddenly on the shore.... arrived with Jesus! "It is I. Do not be afraid." And suddenly they have arrived at their destination! Yes, I admit that waves of anxiety and worry overtake me with all that lies ahead for me. This huge family time becomes craziness with all of us (25) together and yearning to have good quality time with our Susan! The meals are huge and labor intensive... you end one and start planning for the next and there are constant dishes and clean up and yes, the dishwasher runs continuously along with the sink full. This morning I found myself praying for the peace to be here with us, and also lifted up in prayer the petition that mass and adoration would be part of each day as our Hallel needs to be close to her spouse in this way. How I love the chance to share that with her! I need not be afraid and the destination lies ahead if only I give the control to Jesus!
Lord, Jesus, this day has also been filled with a special sharing with one of Pat's sisters, who shared with us a special time she had at a Shrine of St Joseph in Arizona. The floodgates were opened to share with her how powerful The Stations and The Holy Family are to us on this journey of Faith/Family/Farm! Maria found such power and strength in the outside Stations at the Poor Clare Monastery in her discernment of her call to religious life. Discerning that she was not called to be a nun... she came home and built stations in our grove (now Ruth and Paul's grove on the farm). Thank you for an opportunity to share all that fills us with more than we can hold in our hearts each day of this journey thanks to your amazing wonderful True Church! Jesus, we trust in your kindness which fills the earth. Bless the farmers with good growing weather, give David, Joy and Rose (her 5th birthday) a wonderful family celebration tomorrow, and bring peace and joy to our huge family time this week! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
She is a doctor in The Church!
We are all called to be Saints
She wrote Dialogue - a conversation between a soul and God...
This speaks to me! As we have small slices of heaven on this journey as we share our Faith with JOY in our family on the farm!
Friday, April 28, 2017
The Gospel today is the beginning of John 6 with the feeding of the 5,000, and I looked ahead and we will do the chapter in the days ahead! It does make so much sense to ponder this now..."Jesus continues to feed the multitudes with the bread of life in he Eucharist, for which we give thanks especially during the Easter Season." Christ has gifted us with His Body and Blood to be fed and go forth filled with The Holy Spirit and be his hands and feet!
My morning was filled with baby chicks, little 4 week old Joy getting a bath and dressed in her Baptismal dress that her great-grandmother Verly made for her mom and Aunts 37 years ago, and then pictures that make my world go around! Praying with John and Pat this morning I was so filled with wonder and awe to realize that we have John 6 coming to ring the Truth far and wide! "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." John 6:35 That is our Truth in a nutshell and in black and white!
Beautiful 9 year old Therese... the scarf is due to unseasonably cold weather. Only in the 30s today.
The 5 with rubber boots, tractor, and a couple soft baby chicks.
Lord, we are filled with so much excitement and JOY at the wonderful Sacraments of your Church which you instituted to aid us on the journey down the narrow path carrying/dragging our most Cherished Cross and following after you. Bless both Joy as she is baptized into The Church and her brother, David, who will now come the table to be fed your Body and Blood! Jesus, we thank you and Trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
This is a special day - ST Gianna's feast day!
And St Louis de Montfort... he loved Our Lady and showed us how!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Gospel today is continuing on in John 3... the words "God is trustworthy" grabbed me as my mantra ever since we faced a grow back of John's brain cancer through the chemo came to us from our wonderful Bishop LeVoir..."When things are hard and challenging repeat these words; 'Jesus, I trust in you.'"
Each day since I have lived by this as we discovered in a dramatic way that our lives are out of our control and Jesus is in control! It is a true and real reminder to me that I can trust in my Jesus and place all in him. He is truly "trustworthy"!
Jesus, there is so much each day that reminds us of our need for you as we humbly fall on our knees and turn to you in our weakness. "When we are weak and sick is when we turn to Jesus." Hallel told me 7 years ago when I had my hip replacement and I felt so worthless and weak. "Then I want to be weak all the time, because I want Jesus!" Yes, I want to be strong and shout from the rooftops your Truth, my Jesus! That you are to be totally trusted and we need to give our all to You! That we need to die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, minds and souls..."We must obey God rather than men... We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." The Apostles today to those that told them to stop preaching in the name of Jesus in Acts 5 - the first reading from mass today. The Apostles are now in heaven and are there to give us the strength and courage to preach The Truth! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Three years ago today... Mary's first Communion!
Now with one more, baby Joy on her Baptism day, too!
It will be so different without Pat's mom as she has been always there for all of our Family/Church/Farm occasions. She will be missed! She has been gone for 6 months soon.
There will be 3 Jeanie cakes on Sunday... one for each occasion! The best!
“When we kneel before a wafer of bread transubstantiated into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus, how can we justify our pride?” — Mother Angelica — at Saint John Cantius Church.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
David home sick gets to help settle in the new baby chicks! Yes, I have returned from helping get them warm, fed and watered, and many pictures already!
I am back and trying to share some here before I make a big grocery run... with many mouths to feed we are out of some essentials and with Easter upon us... some treats that come with Easter! We are a week away from our Little Sister Hallel coming for her home visit as she is brought here with Nancy, Bill and their 4 to join the spinning world we call our farm. Hopefully by then the cold and rain will have cleared out and the crop will be going in, so that will add to the intensity of her time here!
There is sickness adding to the struggles along with the cold wet weather... well below normal for this late April. With our early spring this is disappointing to the farmers, who are now behind schedule getting the crop in. Talk about having to trust in Him! The peace flows all around me as I read these amazing words from John 3 in the Gospel today.
"God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life...But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God."
With the struggles and crosses and suffering that comes with our lives lived for Jesus and serving Jesus in each other... we find The Way, the Truth and the LIFE... Jesus in our midst! We are given all we need to persevere! One of my favorite sources of this strength comes from the glorious Saints that fill each day with models of strength and holiness and we are called to be saints ourselves!
Jesus, we love you and are forever humbly grateful and unworthy of your undying unending unconditional love for us. May we dwell in the LIGHT and share the love and mercy we have been given most especially with those the closest to us in our domestic Church/family. I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Psalm 34 from mass today fills us with hope and strength knowing that you so love our crazy world if only we dwell in the LIGHT and be open to LIFE and raise LIGHTS! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah