Monday, May 1, 2017

"the food that endures for eternal life...This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent." John 6

Father Paul holding newly baptized Joy and David standing beside, who has just received Jesus' Body and Blood for the first time!  It was such an occasion of great blessings and graces as our family shared two Sacraments shared in Ruth and Paul's beautiful family in the same mass.  Father seemed to like to use this as an opportunity to allow all those present to ponder how we bring our little ones to be Baptized in The Church and then we are called to raise them as LIGHTS by sharing our Faith with joy each Sunday bringing them as a family to worship together!  Now for David, who will be able to come to the table each week at mass at the Catholic School and on Sundays with his family!  He is fed by receiving food for the journey!
Such a powerful message was shared by Father in allowing David to share his First Communion day with the Baptism of his one month old sister, Joy!  So important to share the message that being open to life and raising LIGHTS is what we are called to, and is such an amazing blessing to us to have more family rather than things!  The statement from the Gospel today telling us to strive for food that endures for eternal life and not that which perishes... LIFE is life-giving where striving for power, things or money is not.
The family gathered around the font to share in the waters of healing and bringing into The Church!  What JOY we find and a small slice of heaven as we share our Faith with JOY and embrace The Truth and find LIFE everlasting and go down the narrow Way to heaven forever with Jesus!  Jesus speaks to us today as we progress down amazing John 6... those that followed him across the sea, which he had just walked upon, and remembering that he had fed them in the miracle of the loaves and fish..."Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you... This is the work of God, that you believe in the one who he sent."  John 6:22-29

Godfather, John, getting the light of Christ from the Easter Candle on this 3rd Sunday of Easter.  At the beginning of mass I felt the emotion well up knowing of the great Sacrament that my two grandchildren would be entering!  Thinking of David having this close partaking of Jesus in the Eucharist and how it would always be there with him on his journey through the ups and downs of life.  Praying that he would hold fast to his faith and Jesus in His Word and Body and Blood.  Lord, may this sweet boy grow in the knowledge and love of you above all else!
A peaceful newly baptized sweet baby joy in the hands of Father Paul goes forth to be embraced by The Body of Christ in all those gathered to support and celebrate with her. 
David helping Father Paul dress the altar...
Father sharing their first Consecration closely as they gather around the altar... Grandpa Pat gave David and his parents the cup after Father had given him the Body of Christ for the first time of a lifetime... the food that endures and helps us have the strength and courage to go down the narrow path carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Sharing our Faith and our newest member is now finding her home forever with Jesus and His Bride, The Church! 
Older sister, Rose Ida, is 5 today!  Happy Birthday Rose!  We celebrated her birthday yesterday along with her brother's first Communion, and her baby sister's Baptism Day!

Such a big day of celebration!  They did not mind sharing her day with each other... it just accentuated the excitement to share 3 celebrations in one wonderful family!  Selflessly sharing leads to a happy time shared by all.
Two of Pat's sisters came to add to the celebration.  It was so special for Pat to share his family and day of celebration with them!  It meant so much for them to share with us how they appreciate our family - "You have a great family."  Yes!  We are grateful and humbled by all that we receive from our amazing Lord and his glorious Bride, The Church!  Our cup overflows each day of this journey!
It felt so right to share with them the beautiful work of their mother, dear Grandma Ann, who made this Baptismal gown for Ruth 37 years ago.. worn by all our girls and granddaughters, including 3 granddaughters in the last 10 months!  It allowed us to remember her and honor the wonderful woman, who has been such a part of every occasion we have had in my years of married life on the farm!  Just a few months before she died she made it to a family wedding 4 hours away!  She never wanted to miss out on anything! 
Uncle John with his newest Goddaughter... of our 3 new granddaughters, John is the Godfather to two of them!  He is also Godfather to David, so he had a big day as GodFather yesterday!
David and his Godparents... always there for him to carry his load in life!

Jesus, I am humbled and eternally grateful to your Amazing Church!  How we are filled with so much each and every day of our journey!  I long that all may come to understand the blessings we are given as we encounter you through The Word and Body and Blood.  Your Saints are there to intercede and model for us how we are also called to be saints.  Give us wonderful family time together this next week as we are gifted with our first home visit with our Susan/Hallel in 4 years!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
The beautiful gift of LIFE now brought into the LIGHT of Jesus - the Way, the Truth and the LIFE!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

The feast of St Joseph the worker today as he is Pat, my husband's patron saint, and as my husband is working hard to clear the snow and care for the cows and calves out in the cold wet snow!
In the same order as Therese's cross stitch family on the quilt they made for Joy... too fun!
My Easter tree in the house with leaves and lilacs and the snow outside on May 1 covering all the leaves and the ground with inches of snow!  Brrrrr!  Thankfully it waited for overnight and will hopefully be gone by tomorrow night when Nancy and Bill bring Susan home!
Mowhawk in the sink this morning... we are on our last week together, and are trying to make the most of it with lots of love and smiles and reading and hugs and snuggles in the morning with the two Patricks and baby girlie in bed, and now Hallel, Nancy and Bill and the 4 kids will join the mix!  Much excitement and prayers! 
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