Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The "foreigner" has more gratitude/Our Faith saves us/Sorting out our complicated lives!

 Bernadette with her Little Sister cookie for her Aunt little Sister Hallel last Christmas.  Today is Bernadette's 7th birthday and she is much on my thoughts.

It was so wonderful to live so close to The Community for 3 years for Nancy and Bill and family.  We were talking to Nancy last night on the phone and she was bemoaning leaving the wonderful weather at this time of year in KC.  "Even if there is a tiny dusting of snow they have to wear snow boots or they have to stand against the wall at recess."  Snow boots or pants or even heavy coats were rarely needed in KC!
 I also am having my parents on my heart a lot.  I miss my weekly time with them, and dad is scheduled for surgery on Friday and I would really like to be there with my mom for meals and sorting out the day without dad.

My life is very complicated with need of me to help out and attend meetings... so I am continually asking the Lord to show me the path and help things to fall into place if I am supposed to be there for my mother.  It appears that I am getting the "no" sign with all that continually comes to block my trip.
 Love this of adorable Bernadette holding her newborn brother, George in mid February!

A year ago I had my knee replaced and knowing all that I had to get behind me for the coming of our 3 new grandsons... I am kind of in awe!  I was there with bells on in mid February just 3 months after my new knee!  The warm happy memories are flooding me when I consider the amazing time I was gifted with two of my daughters and a new baby boy!
2 1/2 year old Josephine became a big sister for the first time, and she warmed up to her sweet baby brother, George!  Having her big sister, Bernadette, show her how to be loving and gentle was a special process to behold!

Yes, George was #5 for Nancy after two hard losses.  Two years ago as we were with them in KC for Thanksgiving she lost her 20 week pregnancy - Maximilian.  Then in April she lost her 12 week/miscarriage, whom she named, Catherine, shortly after returning from a trip to Fatima.  Many would say that her 4 were a very large family by today's standards and she should not have more.  Some would say that it was too painful to go forward asking for more children.  In many ways all of my kids are "foreigners" in this land of the perfect family having 2 children and all the "stuff" to enjoy life with!
 George recently when they came to the farm for a visit!

Yes, I could go down the list of my girls and how they are open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS!  So foreign to the thinking of this world and makes them outsiders and weird in the eyes of the world!  But we all are united in our Faith, and that Faith is made stronger by our going forward no matter the cost and the suffering we are called upon to endure!  We come back filled with eternal gratitude for our being cleansed by The Cross in our lives!

My own story is one of loss and yet so much gratitude and how I come back...
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."
Luke 17 of the 10 lepers healed!

It is hard to feel that suffering losses is healing to us, but I see how sharing that pain as a family brought us to the point of loving each other, and appreciating them so deeply as well as loving ALL LIFE!
Praying in our private chapel where we stayed at Lumen Christi/LIGHT of Christ Monastery in KC over MEA!

 Praying each night with Nancy and her family is so very special and powerful and raising them as LIGHTS in action and deed!  A decade of the rosary, intentions and litany of their special Saints!  So beautiful and not a night goes by without prayer together as a family!
 Under the Cross in KC!  Even Hallel's vocation is making her a "foreigner" in the eyes of the world!

How we rejoice with her in this most special gift of having Jesus as her beloved spouse!  How we all fall at his feet so thankful for his special touch upon us and the healing that results!  Our Faith indeed saves us and all those we have in heaven, including my 7 children and 5 grandchildren keep our eyes on heaven and our forever goal to join them someday forever in heaven with Jesus, Mary, the Saints and our dearly departed!
 Newborn George checking out his Aunt Little Sister Hallel for the first time!  He will have to visit often now that they have moved away to share in her amazing wonderful life of prayer and dishes!
 Now he is 9 months today!  He is so blessed to have an aunt, who is a nun with our growing and loving and prayerful Family of the Lamb!
 One of my favorites of wonderful Berna, who is such a willing and hard worker and servant!  How she loves to put on her blue apron and help with dishes and in the kitchen.  Her dimples make me smile with delight!
 Helping Aunt Hallel with meals...
mac and cheese little sister style!

Jesus, how we love you and long to be forever with you in heaven.  Being "foreigners" in this world has filled us with so much gratitude as we recognize the Truth that has set us apart, and that fills us with that much more gratitude for your being at work in our lives, hearts, minds, souls, domestic Church/family, ups and downs... Your Bride, The Church is such a gift to us each new day and we see that our Faith is saving us and helping us struggle down the narrow path carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
 My girls in Michigan minus Hallel some years back!  Each one of them is a shining light for this world!  How I am filled with so much gratitude that we share our Faith as a family!  For that is what is at work in our lives to keep us heading towards heaven forever - our Faith saves us!  Bless-bless, Barb
Nancy introducing George to my parents a few months back.  My parents are approaching 60 great-grands!  LIFE is a gift!!!
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Happy Feast Day
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
1850 - 1917
Feast day: November 13
Patronage: immigrants, hospital administrators
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C., also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian Religious Sister, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious institute which was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. She was the first citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Catholic Church.
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Danielle Rose - Wonderfully made
My heartfelt prayer is for the protection of ALL LIFE from conception to natural death.  For me this is the main issue in voting and in the platform of the party!  How can anything else even come close to the taking of innocent life in the womb?  Nothing can touch it with a 10 foot pole!  Lord, help this world of the culture of death!  I can see Satan laughing at this hell of a mess!
Nothing Compares to you - Danielle Rose
So beautiful showing the LOVE of sisters for their Spouse, Jesus!

Ryan Severson - The eye of the storm
The Gospel

Monday, November 11, 2019

"Where can I go from your Spirit?" "For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world..."/Always forgive to increase our faith

 Pat making our youngest grandchild, Jude, giggle with glee!

 The familiar kissing of the cheek and neck with his day old whiskers - "Whisker rub" that I have witnessed with our kids and now our 18 grandkids.  My champion for life and family loves all little lives that have come into our domestic Church/family!
Jude lit up when grandpa gave him such loving attention!

It was a joy to discover that the Psalm today was Psalm 139!  So powerful and a beautiful reminder of how The Trinity dwells within us!
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

It was all too good!!  Such a sense of how we are His!  How we are filled with His Spirit and are being led by that Spirit in all that we say and do on this journey of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  We cannot escape Him, nor would we ever want to be separated from His Love for us and unconditional forgiveness!  Today in the Gospel Jesus reminds us that we are to forgive over and over without end, and also to ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt... usually those the closest to us!
 Pat with his beloved Joy Jean -JJ- our youngest granddaughter.  After her we had our 3 grandsons in 6 weeks last winter.

Pat sees Joy daily and gives her so many hugs and kisses!  She lives with her family on the family farm now, and Pat leaves here every day to go to work for the first time in our married life.  It is starting to feel normal after almost 3 years living off the farm for me to say to him as he leaves in the morning; "Goodbye, honey, have a good day!"
 Jude hanging out with grandma and Fatty the cat last night while mom and dad celebrated their 2 year engagement anniversary with a date.  Tomorrow is Fatty ( St Josaphat) feast day!  The day we found him in the hay - deserted by his mother cat in the cold!
 He squealed with delight to see an animal in the house, who was soft and cute.
 Making friends, and then Jude ate 3 bowls of squash and applesauce!  He loved it!  I would barely get a spoonful in and his mouth would be wide open for the next bite!  That is why we do the work!  Homegrown squash and our homemade applesauce being loved by an 7 1/2 month old boy... the happiness factor is sky high!
Then those special grandpa snuggles... a special time indeed!
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Happy boy with his grandpa, Dale!  Jude is such a wonderfully happy and healthy and fun boy!

The first reading today is now from Wisdom and this line jumped out to me today...
"Because God is the witness of his inmost self
and the sure observer of his heart
and the listener to his tongue.
For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world..."  Wisdom 1

It seems that another version of Psalm 139 - we are His and we want to eliminate any distraction, sin or wrong turn.  His we want to be always and forever!
 My mother's painting of me with two of my brothers...

I am thinking about my parents a lot today after our last few months with them.  I was gifted with 8 weeks of spending the middle of each week with both of my parents in their former home 4 hours away.  My chapel on wheels was a happy place filled with my 8 decades of the rosary and my chaplet and lots of Christian music!  Then I would have those peaceful days with my parents and caring for their needs and making and sharing their meals.  So precious to me, and I find myself missing those times.

I have fake plans to get up there at the end of the week, but I have some loose ends to figure out.  I leave it in His hands and trust.  There is a new home for them now that allows us to know they are in good hands.
Another of my mother's art works that hung on the wall in the room I would stay in while I visited them.  My two younger sisters and I in the sandbox almost 65 years ago now.

Jesus, we never want to escape from your presence within us.  We want to love and serve you with our all and to rid ourselves of those elements that separate us from your LOVE!  If only we let go and let God and forgive over and over without end... our Faith will increase!  "Wounded, I will never cease to love!"  This is the Truth we embrace and live by.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
 The Lamb in the Cupala of Lumen Christi Monastery/Light of Christ of the Little Sisters of the Lamb!  Our family of the Lamb brought into our lives by the "yes" to her spouse, Jesus, by our daughter, Little Sister Hallel!  Our family grew by hundreds and the prayers that surround us have been the wind beneath our wings!  Bless-bless, Barb
Mom and dad's new home in Assisted Living in New Hope!  It is very much similar to their old wonderful home for the last 9 years!  I am yearning to get back for some precious time with them soon.  Lord, I place it in your hands, and trust.
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Happy Feast Day
Saint Martin of Tours
316 - 397
Feast Day: November 11
Patronage: against poverty, against alcoholism, beggars, equestrians, France
Saint Martin was born of pagan parents in what is now Hungary and raised in Italy. As a conscientious objector, he was forced at the age of 15 to serve in the army. He became a Christian catechumen and was baptized at 18. He was discharged at age 23 and went to be a disciple of Hilary of Poitiers. He was ordained an exorcist, became a monk and later ordained a bishop. He was one of the first saints not to be a martyr
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My military family on Veterans' day!  Now Captain Joseph and a lawyer in the army, and added Evie and Hector since this was taken 5 years ago.  They have moved to another base, too!  It is too far away, but we have fake plans to get there sometime here!
Danielle Rose - Pursue me
Danielle Rose - Nothing compares to you
Danielle Rose - Wonderfully made - Psalm 139
Nancy's latest - School of the Word - St Paul's

Sunday, November 10, 2019

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time/The King will raise us up..."My joy will be full!"

The two Patricks on New Years last year... we have driven out to Fort Lewis, WA through storms to spend some days with our military family after Christmas!

 There are fake plans flying around for another trip to visit them this year.  No amount of weather can hold us back... it might make our trip over more days, but we enjoy each others company and love to see and touch and eat with and play cards with and go to mass with our family wherever they are!
 Pat and JoJo compare hand size in March when Pat came through storms to pick me up and bring me home after spending 2 1/2 weeks with Nancy after the birth of George on Feb 13
 Pat and I were trying to figure out when he last was in KC and saw our nun, Little Sister Hallel…. looking back in my memories/pictures it seems that it has not been since March!
 New mom, Nancy, now has moved to the Twin Cities with Bill and their 5 kids!  How they miss The Community being so close and seeing Hallel weekly.
Pat doing his favorite thing... napping with the newborns!

George will be 9 months in a few days!
 Grandma got to spend some special time getting to know him when we spent MEA together in KC with The Community and Aunt Hallel.

Nancy recently sent out an email introducing her new School of the Word with this story behind it...
So, about six months ago I was hanging out with the Little Sisters of the Lamb in Kansas City on a Saturday. Each Saturday they host something called Open Table where everyone is welcome to come and share a meal. People from ALL WALKS OF LIFE show up, and it is such a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. After the meal they "break open the Word" by reading the Gospel for the next day. Sometimes there is a skit or a song, and other times they split into two groups, adults and children, to pray and discuss.
This Saturday a boatload of kids were there, including my five. The sisters bravely took all of the kids into the chapel and announced that they were going to mendicate (from the Latin, meaning to chew on) the Gospel. In other words, they expected the kids to sit and prayerfully work their way through the Gospel reading.
I was sitting in the back nursing George, who was a new-born at the time, and I privately thought, 'ha! Good luck sisters! Those kids are going to sit still for about 1 minute!'
But, as usual, I was wrong. SO WRONG!
The sisters used the Telephone Game (remember that one, from when you were a kid?) to chew on the Gospel, only no whispering. The first person read a small part of the verse to the next person, who turned and repeated it to the next, and so on. On and on the verse went around the circle and even Josie, my ornery three-year-old, was repeating and REMEMBERING the verses. They did this with each verse of the Gospel and when it was done, even Dominic, my wild five-year-old, understood the reading and proudly declared his favorite verse.
And what's even more amazing--I was able to meditate on the Gospel and understand it better too! Each time the little verse was repeated and pass around the circle I heard it just a little bit more clearly. Gradually the entire reading was opened up to me in a whole new way and I marveled that I had never really understood this reading before.
So, that is what the school of the Word is--an environment where YOU AND YOUR KIDS can interact with and pray through Scripture.
The new study, St. Paul's School of the Word, uses this exact practice to explore Scripture: the Telephone game. This Study contains 55 separate readings, all taken from the second readings we hear at mass.
St. Paul is one of the most important writers in Human History, and he played such a big role in establishing our Church. We can learn so much from his letters to the early Church if we just slow down and listen to them.
 John weekly loves to administer Jesus to others as an Eucharistic Minister.  Today it pulled at my heartstrings to see him up there earnestly holding up Christ and proclaiming - "The Body of Christ"

John is so very much the new man since defeating brain cancer 10 years ago, and his Faith is so deep and True since he found Faith through brain cancer.  There are struggles with keeping jobs and finding his path, which we know that the Lord has a most amazing plan after saving his life and now with wife and family!
 Living and proclaiming his finding Faith in Jesus, Mary, at Lourdes, The Saints and The True Holy Catholic Church!
By Spirit Juice and in his own words about finding his faith and the Truth while being brought back from the brink of death due to brain cancer!
 Baby Jude is now 7 12 months old and is so loved by his Lanoue cousins!  Big Dave is so much like his dad and grandpas - baby lovers!

Jude has many arms to go to during our sharing mass as a family!  From mom, to dad, to grandma, to grandpa and then Joy had to go and give him a pat, too!  She loves baby Jude so much that she has a cherished dolly with her at all times named baby Jude!
Lots of love and kisses to let him know how beloved he is - the  youngest grandchild of 18!

Much talk about heaven in the readings today and how we all long to be there forever with Jesus, Mary, the Saints and all our loved ones!  With my 7 children/losses... my heart, mind and soul are looking to heaven and meeting them someday and knowing that their prayers are helping me limp weakly and sinfully down the narrow path carrying/dragging my Most Cherished Cross!
 Nancy's Godmother, Mary Susan, my sister, holding her while my Deacon father baptizes her about 37 years ago!  Another family member that I am yearning to see again in heaven - my sister Mary , who died of cancer at age 28!  "My joy will be full" indeed as we read in Psalm 17 in mass today!
Mary with my sister, Paula, before Paula's wedding.  Mary then met her farmer, and they had a 20 month old daughter when she was called from this earth.  Mary and Pat's brother, Don, get prayers for their journey to heaven forever from me!  How I Pray for them to reach their supreme goal and that their JOY will be full and complete!

Jesus, my eyes are drawn to heaven when I ponder all those that are there and I will love to meet and join with them in praising you for all eternity with all the angels, saints, your Mother and St Joseph!  I love you and long to join you in heaven forever.  May I die to self so that you may live and move and breath your breath of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT upon all those close to me and around me!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Hallel and George a few weeks back while we prayed in our small chapel with Nancy and the kids!  We are so blessed to have Hallel's family of the Lamb in our lives and their prayers are the wind beneath our wings!  Bless-bless, Barb
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Remembering the SS Edmund Fitzgerald - the pride of the Great Lakes that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.

The legend lives on 44 years later!

🎶 The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead

When the skies of November turn gloomy

With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more

Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty

That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed

When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin

As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most

With a crew and good captain well seasoned

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms

When they left fully loaded for Cleveland

Then later that night when the ship's bell rang

Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound

When the wave broke over the railing

And every man knew, as the captain did too

'Twas the witch of November come stealin' 🎶

By Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot - the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Nancy - Catholic teaching on Miscarriage
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me
Lauren Daigle - You say
Laruen Daigle - trust in you