The sacrifice of our having her in our day to day lives is at times hard and painful, so to have her sitting between us sharing mass in the church of our family... from the first Sunday as man and wife, after being married in The Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis, my home parish as a new Catholic... I married my farmer, Patrick, and we planted ourselves 3 miles south of Marshall, MN! When you farm you do not move other than when Hallel/Susan was about 3 we moved onto our farm place, which is where Ruth and Paul have lived for a year now. It has been interesting to see how we tend to spend our days there rather than here for this intense family time! Holy Redeemer has been our church with our family and now our extended family there weekly, and there will be 4 of our grandkids attending the Catholic School with Rose in Kindergarten next year!
A great picture shared by Paul this morning!
I need to get busy on my soup... but I just have to go on a bit about the amazing readings we have at mass today... the Conversion of St Paul from putting Christ's followers in chains to proclaiming the Truth - "that he is the Son of God." Acts 9. Then the real meat and potatoes of John 6:52-29
For my flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him.
Jesus, I know that Hallel is frustrated with my picture taking, but how I want to hold all of this close to my heart and find joy that will last 4 years until the next time she can come home and spend these precious days with her loving family! It is so amazing how she brings us all together and how Pat and I can be her parents once again. So different with her sisters with their many children and husbands... to have Hallel come home. She gives to all of us and is so special to the little ones in how she lovingly spends time with them and cares for their needs. They are so blessed to have her example of being a spouse of Jesus! I pray daily that my grandchildren will consider this call as it is such a glorious option. Jesus, you are truly the Son of God and we long to be with you now and forever. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
David and Joy sharing some snuggles a few days after sharing Baptism and First Communion!