Sunday, April 23, 2017

A mind tumbler..."Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Grandpa paused in the bright sunlight to adore his little granddaughter, Evangeline Mary, as we were on our way to mass as a family this Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday/always so amazing to share it with our two daughters and son... 17 strong!  Above the mirror is the wonderful crucifix Pat's mother gifted to us years ago, and was part of their home on the farm growing up.  A reminder of the faith we share going back generations - the tie which binds us into our domestic Church/family and from which we can experience the small slice of heaven here on earth.  Sharing the Banquet when heaven comes down to earth and we all praise Jesus to the Highest Heavens - Hallelujah!!!
Notice the tiny bootied foot... Mary holding her new 3 week old baby sister, Joy, at mass this morning!  Family sharing Faith and yes, the farm too!  Today Ruth and Paul's 3 oldest are going to pick up their fair pigs about an hour and a half away.  Lots of excitement!
Such a good little precious girl!  The Gospel today is doubting Thomas...  Pondering all that I have witnessed of the Lord at work in my life... the words of Jesus to Thomas about those that have not seen him but believe... caused me to pause and ponder today as I do not consider myself one of these with all the ways he reveals himself to me.  As I was reflecting I looked up to the altar and as the body and blood were lifted up in the consecration - I echoed St Thomas' words - "My Lord and my God"... ever since I had an older lady sit behind me and say this out loud... I have adopted it as it helps me to realize that this is Christ there in the sacrifice of the altar!  He is truly there for me - it is Christ!  I cannot say that I am one who has not seen and have believed!  I have seen Him over and over and he dwells in me!

Ruth holding 3 week old Joy Jean and grandpa holding 5 1/2 month old Evangeline Mary.  We filled the first two rows at mass with 11 kids and 6 adults including 3 of our 5 children.  In two weeks when Hallel is here we will have all 5 of our children here together worshiping in the church they attended since they were days old!  My heart is full to overflowing with the blessings we have received... most especially the recognizing of Christ on the altar each week and sharing our Faith with JOY!  St Peter says it so amazingly today in I Peter 1 - the second reading..."Although you have not seen him you love his; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 
I tried to underline joy... yes, we said her name today in this amazing reading!  We might not see Jesus with our eyes anymore, but more importantly we see him with the eyes of our hearts, minds and souls!  Sin and death and darkness are no more!
So much wonderful LIFE in the LIGHT!  Open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS!  Sharing mass as a family each week with JOY, and now really with Joy Jean!  Our domestic Church/family in The Church each Sunday!  In two weeks all our kids together with the return home of Little Sister Hallel for her first home visit in 4 years!  We just shared Sunday dinner here, and when we get together for a meal we know that the dishwasher will be full with every meal!

"That rhubarb was growing just 5 minutes ago, Therese."  We picked it from the garden after we got home from mass and soon it was in our first rhubarb upside down cake for the dessert with our Sunday dinner on the farm.  Tonight we will gather together for a chicken dinner at Ruth's and see the baby pigs... Family Sundays are the best!  We experience a lot of the joy and community and sharing of faith as the early disciples did... "Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes.  They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.  And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved." Acts 2 - the first reading at mass today, and much of Father spoke about how we need to invite.  As parents and grandparents we are the first and most important teachers of our young!  May we add daily to our number as we share our faith clearly and with JOY!
Family time with RaTerra at our school fundraiser last night.  The girls each brought their baby girls...
Truly a family time... all of our 5 went 9 years at HRS, and now Ruth's 6 will attend there!  The Catholic school has been a blessing to us over the years!
Ruth and her sweet newborn!   Her baptism will be in a week after her older brother, David, has his first Communion!  Lots to celebrate in The Church!  Little David, Maria's son, will also be receiving his first Communion here when they come through Marshall for 2 days on their way to Fort Lewis, Washington!  Both of our Davids receiving Jesus to last them a lifetime ( every Sunday and possible daily) having their first Communion just 2 weeks apart here in Marshall!  Little David will have his first confession with our wonderful friend Fr Craig when he comes to visit Hallel for her home visit!  "We have seen the Lord."  John 20/The Gospel today!

Jesus, I am overwhelmed by the beautiful way you are orchestrating our lives - You are in control and we give it all over to you!  Your Mercy is all around us, and may we then return it to all those in our domestic Church/family.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
A beautiful bloom... Rose and the Easter flowers in the gathering space.  How we are loving The Spring with the return of birds and green grass and rhubarb and asparagus and clothes on the line, and leaves on the trees!  LIFE has returned and we rejoice!  Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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St Faustina, pray for us.  Jesus, we trust in you.
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Maria put a fire breathing dragon out of frosting with dino bites cereal for his scales in honor of St George feastday today... Grandpa cut his head off and ate it! 
Happy Feast Day
Saint George
Died: 303
Feast Day: April 23
Patronage: England, crusaders, soldiers...

St. George was a Greek who became an officer in the Roman army. He is venerated as a Christian martyr, put to death for his faith. He is usually pictured with a dragon, which in the Middle Ages was commonly used to represent the devil.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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