Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Jesus himself is what we call "heaven." Benedict XVI Happy 6th birthday Augustine!

Augustine talking to the two Daves a few weeks back now... today Gus is 6 and he is celebrating in KC with his parents and grandparents from Pennsylvania.  How we loved having all the grandkids together for our Hallel's home visit.  The weather was perfect all around us and within us, too!  The kids put in huge days playing happily together with rare arguments, and lots of smiles as we basked in the sunshine and shared prime Family time.  These three went from legos to bikes to playing in the sand to eating our meals in Pat's new shop. 
Gus in the center surrounded by the rest of the grandkids (15 total).. he is the oldest of 4 in his family and has an exciting year ahead as he begins his school career as he attends Kindergarten at Sacred Heart Catholic School just a block from his home.  Nancy feels that it is a lot like the wonderful Catholic School here that she and her sisters and brother attended through 8th grade.  Now Ruth's 4 oldest will be going there, as Rose will start Kindergarten also this next school year!
Boys will be boys!

It is in actuality Ascension Thursday, but we will be celebrating it on Sunday.  Reading the readings for Easter Thursday of week 6, and also the readings for Ascension... lots to rejoice with today!  Pat and I both were touched deeply by the words of our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI...
The meaning of Christ's Ascension expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way.  It means that man has found an everlasting place in God.  It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as the temporary absence of Christ from the world.  Rather, we go to heaven as to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him.  Heaven is a person: Jesus himself is what we call "heaven."
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So wonderful and appropriate to find this glorious prayer of how we enter into Jesus/heaven by Gus's patron Saint., St Augustine!
My lilac branch that I brought in during Holy week has long since died, but I just couldn't put away my wonderful butterflies and crosses yet, so I got this beautiful hibiscus and continue to smile at the sight and memories that flood me with JOY!
A reminder of the small slice of heaven we have been given with each year of our journey!  Sharing our Faith as a family on the farm is so amazing and the gift we were given by all being together for Hallel's home visit 3 weeks ago was something that was so perfect and wonderful and such a gift!  I continue to rejoice to the highest heavens which is what we do every time we say our Little Sister Hallel's name!  Yes, it is where we get Hallelujah!

The Psalm for the Feast of the Ascension is so filled with that kind of JOY!  "Shouts of JOY!"  Trumpet blasts and singing praise, sing hymns of praise as we clap our hands!!!  LOVE it!  Psalm 47 rocks with so much Praise and worship of "the king of all the earth is God!"
Out to see Our Lady, who is with me each day!  How I am spoiled to have this wonderful mother and role model to me of how to say "yes" to all that is asked of me.  She takes my needs to her Son, and I receive the answer according to his plan for me to get to Heaven forever with Jesus and Our Mother, Mary Queen of heaven and earth!
Ruth and I switched our statues... mine is on the deck now outside their bedroom, and this little admirer has been there for a week or more! 
"All you peoples clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness, for the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth.  God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord."  Psalm 47
When you see a part of God's creation that is this beautiful it is like a shout of JOY!

Jesus, how we long to come to heaven forever with you and your Mother and your Saints.  May we praise you with all that we do and say and reflect that you dwell within us and we are yours!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Pat and I are missing our baby girl and her family.  Yet we know that they are finally together as a family and love that!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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Jesus I am yours!
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Nancy's patron Saint
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Peter Mayer - Holy Now

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