We got a dose of modern day thought of... I need to take care of me, and not overdo it with the kids and the family while we were gathered in Ruth's room this morning. I was told that 15 grandkids are just a crazy lot, when her one granddaughter keeps her running. I was told that I should "change the locks on my doors" so that I wouldn't have a house full of family and constant filling up and emptying again. What? I love to have my house full of family, and yes I do like my new found peace and quiet as I am now put out to pasture. Ruth was told that she should take more time in the hospital so that she doesn't have to go home and face the other 5 for another day longer. It was a bit disheartening, but knowing that my daughters and I all look at family the same... it gave us smiles in the presence of such banter that kind of shook it's head at our openness to LIFE and raising them as LIGHTS!
On the way home from seeing Joy this morning, Therese pointed out that baby Joy will hear her name often at mass..."joyful and joy are used a lot at mass. How about rejoice? " Yes, just as Simon (most especially during the Stations), Mary, of course, David, Rose again, Luke and now JOY hear their names throughout mass on a regular basis. Such a special gift to them, and always amazes me at how much they are paying attention to what is being said, read, and prayed during mass. It shows me that sharing our Faith with JOY as a family instills in them a love and respect for our beliefs and Faith in The Catholic Church!
Jesus, thank you for showing us the True way to happiness by embracing our Most Cherished Cross and finding LOVE/LIFE/LIGHT! JOY fills us with great happiness! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb