Getting a call from Nancy and both of us talking to her on speaker phone Pat laughed at his new nickname by his almost 3 year old Domo! Nancy also invited me down to be there for the groundbreaking as the Little Brothers will now build there Little Monastery in the heart of our sick and sad country, and spread LOVE and The Truth!
Joe wrote this today to his bride:
"Maria - we've been married for ten years today. Throughout the years, there have been times when I did not think we could do this - we're only human, after all. Still, I have realized (and hopefully, continue to realize) that our love is a hard love - it's something we choose to do each day, aside from our feelings. The moment I met you, I knew that I could build a life with you. You are magnificent and beautiful. You are my building and loan partner. I love you, lady. Happy anniversary."
I think this is a very real description of our Most Cherished Cross which we are to each other in marriage! Yes, Joe, it is "a hard love" and the results of embracing it is to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/The Cross has become the Tree of LIFE!
In the Gospel today Jesus does not brow beat or condemn St Peter for denying him 3 times, rather he calls him to come into the present and to witness to him and the world the LOVE he has for his savior! How we need to do that... lay our burdens and sins and all that separates us from our Lord in the Confessional and then go forth and love and serve him without counting the cost! Become the hands and feet and heart of Jesus to the world around us... most especially those the closest to us in our domestic Church/family! It fills me with so much HOPE for this mess of a country we live in to know that The Community of the Lamb is putting ever deeper roots down in the heart of our country with the Little Brothers here building their Little Monastery!