Talking to my mother on the phone this morning only made me realize how huge that week was, as it seems like a lifetime since I checked in with my mom still nursing her broken wrist. It seemed that our time was so precious that little else happened other than our meals and visiting and sharing family time. There were only a rare few that shared time with us other than a couple local aunts. Time was too precious and full of Hallel catching up and taking in our life and taking us deeper by sharing mass daily and prayers here and there. Mostly by her witness of modesty and humility and LOVE for her spouse in all that she does and is!
The tears come easily when I am sharing or pondering the week we just were gifted with! Last night I found myself praying mightily for my two youngest... so often they are together in my heart, mind and soul! This was so true during John's year of battle over brain cancer 8 years ago, and Hallel's taking her habit and changing her name in France at the same time!
John burns to share his finding Faith through brain cancer, and was away sharing his story and ministry in a town about 2 hours away last night. We prayed with Lourdes water before he left and I prayed his decade of the rosary - 5th glorious last night - the Crowning of Mary Queen of heaven and earth as he began to speak. We shared the Saint for yesterday - St Damien and how he prayed about the lepers he worked with...If I can't cure them as Jesus did, at least I can comfort them... I hope that many of them will be cured of the leprosy of their souls.... This uncleanness of the soul really spoke to us as what was healed first and foremost in John as he found his faith after a half-hearted asking to believe. At the same time I had the honor to be invoking the Holy Spirit to use John, I was also praying for Hallel as she was on a plane flying across the ocean to return to Rome. How powerful is it to continue to pray in the Spirit all these years later... probably 50 since my Charismatic parents prayed over me to receive The Holy Spirit, and it will be 45 years since we came into The Church and each day has been a gift!
Seeing John's passion and need to share above all else... truly as St Paul in Acts these days...sent by Jesus/I AM! We all are called upon to lift him up in prayer each day... "show John your path laid out for him." How I pray that for our grandkids also, and know that having Hallel's saying "yes" to her call to give her all to Jesus will show them that this is to be considered as the possible way Christ might be calling them to, and what a wonderful option it is! Once you have been sent by Jesus there is no turning back, and he washes our feet showing us that we must die to self and serve without counting the cost!
Jesus, may I truly allow you to shine through in my life and use me to share The Truth with all that I encounter, most especially with those in my domestic Church/family. Come Holy Spirit! How I long to pray long and hard and without ceasing each day, and take the Mercy and LOVE I have been shown and return it to those in my life. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
http://www.themichigancatholic.org/2017/05/pope-francis-announces-fr-solanus-to-be-declared-blessed/ He will become Blessed Solanus Casey in Detroit later this year! John shared that he shared a lot about how important he was to John on his path to healing, and continues to walk with us! Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Jesus, we trust in you.