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Bob and Penny Lord
From My Pew
Family, Penny’s birthday is September 23. It’s also the Anniversary of
the day we met in 1957. I’m including in this article a Love Letter I
wrote to Penny for her birthday. You may think it’s sad, but it’s
really glorious, knowing that she is in Heaven. Anyway, read the letter
and then we’ll continue with the article.
Happy Birthday in
Heaven – September 23, 2014
My Precious Penny – This is one of the most special love letters I will
ever write to you.
It is your first birthday in Heaven. I’m not with you physically.
That’s not good. But I can envision the magnificent celebration which
will be given in your honor today.
I can’t hold your hand the way I always have for 57 years. But this
year, our son Richard can hold your hand, or your best friend, St.
Anthony can hold your hand. Or better yet, maybe Our Lord Jesus will
hold your hand. That would be awesome.
I don’t know for sure if they use banquet tables in Heaven. But let’s
assume they do. I can just picture the guests who will be there. Of
course there will be your Mother and Father, and your beloved
grandmother. Hopefully your brothers will be there. Our dear friends
in Christ, Msgr. Tommy O’Connell will be there as well as John and
Annabelle Joyce, and Nina Amoroso, your best friend and Mother Raphael
and Mother Victoria.
And then as a special surprise, there will be all the Saints we have
written about, and made television programs about. You have showed them
during your life how very much you loved them when you made the programs
on their lives. There will be Pope John Paul II, and Pius XII who you
defended so courageously. There will be Benedict XV who I defended so
courageously. I’m thinking the table has to accommodate over 200
people. I wonder how they will do that in Heaven. I’ll let them figure
that out. And then there’s language. I’m sure everybody in Heaven
speaks the same language. At least I hope so.
At the very head, at the special seat for the special person, you will
be sitting there, smiling, the way only you can smile. Your eyes will
be gleaming. It will be the very best birthday party you ever had.
The only one who won’t be there physically is me. I will have to wait
for another time to hold your hand, and put my arm around you.
Spiritually, I’ll be part of the party, so I’ll be with you
nevertheless. I am always with you every day, from September 23, 1957
to January 21 2014, and then continuing on to now and, to quote Buzz
Lightyear, “to Eternity and beyond.” I will always be
with you my girl. I’m trying very hard to go right up, the way I know
you did. I can hear you in my mind saying, “Be good boy Daddy.” I’m
trying, Honey. I don’t want to be separated from you for one second.
But for now, I just want to wish you the best Happy Birthday in Heaven,
your first. I love you. I will always love you.
In the meantime, my precious girl, we had a birthday party in your honor
today. We had balloons, and birthday cards which we read to you at the
crypt after we prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy, after which we went
to Mass celebrated in your honor. To top it off, we went to a
restaurant which was one of your favorites and had a birthday dinner.
We didn’t have any cake, but one of our dear friends, Donna McCall,
brought over a German chocolate cake, which is one of my favorites. And
we had a birthday cake.
So, although I know that our birthday party was not anywhere as
beautiful and star-studded as yours, we gave it our all for you. And so
we come to the end of the first birthday of yours in 57 years that we
have not celebrated together physically. But spiritually we were
holding hands as we have always done. I love you, my girl, more than
yesterday and less than tomorrow. That never ends.
Your Daddy, Bobby Lord
Merry Christmas in
Heaven, My Love
Family, this year has been the first that we’ve missed occasions that we
had always celebrated together. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and both
our birthdays so far. We’re looking forward to a Thanksgiving and
Christmas without each other. It won’t be easy. We’ve done all these
things for so many years.
But there is always a ray of sunshine. A woman whom we knew shared
about how Penny was
“bigger than life!”
She said when you lose someone who is bigger than life; the hole in your
heart is much bigger. It’s harder to get over the loss of someone who
is bigger than life. I’ve heard many descriptions of Penny over the
years, all of them true. There was the man who said she was born
beautiful. That was a high point, and he said it right in front of
But this expression, “bigger than life” is one of the most beautiful I
have ever heard. And it’s also the most accurate description I have
ever heard. In our whole life together, our whole 57 years, in every
instance I can think of, she has been bigger than life. I always knew
she was above and beyond the human experience. She has been called a
Saint, especially since she left us to be bigger than life in Heaven.
But when I think back on any and every great thing she has done in our
lives, that expression fits perfectly. She has been “bigger than
And I’ve been blessed to be there, all that time, holding her hand,
right behind her, as she was “bigger than life” for the whole world.
I thought I would be very sad this Christmas, and I’m sure that’s going
to be true to a degree. I won’t have my life partner with me this year
physically. But I have a Christmas present coming to me this year. My
gift is having had the most dynamic person, the most lovable person, the
most outgoing person, a woman “bigger than life” by my
side then, now and into Eternity.
I thank You Jesus, Mother Mary, for the most precious Christmas Gift I
could ask for.
And to you, Family, I wish you the best, most blessed Christmas to you
We love you!
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Called to Serve by Brother Joseph
These certainly are different times.
you had told me when I was in high school that one day I would be
concerned about a worldwide plague and beheading, I would have laughed
it off. And here we are, with both of these coming at us at once.
The question on a lot of us is what can we do about it.
Possibly the bigger question is, what is God trying to tell us, or
better yet what does God want us to do.
one think that He does not want us to turn the other cheek and let it
all happen. It seems that God is trying to reach us in and bring us back
Old and New Testaments are rich with accounts over and over about the
people of God disobeying him and then God makes decisions to get them to
come back to Him and most of the time, when God has to act to bring His
people back, there is some pain and suffering involved.
have been thinking about all the messages from Our Lady from Guadalupe
up until now. The theme of her messages has been, "Pray and
Could that be what God wants us to do now?
certain, praying and sacrificing is good for us, at any time, and
Besides we are approaching, Advent and will be preparing for the
Celebration of the Birth of Jesus. What better way is there to prepare
by doing some extras praying and sacrificing.
all know that if enough people pray and sacrifice, God will listen and
do what is best for us.
there you have it, we must pray and sacrifice more.
all know that in our hearts, now we must get out bodies to move.
this be a Blessed Christmas to you and your families.
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Apostle of Germany
St. Boniface, Apostle of Germany
Family and welcome. We’re Bob and Penny Lord, although Penny is working
with me from Heaven. We want to share with you today, St. Boniface,
Apostle of Germany, who may not be well known in the United States, but
is greatly admired in Germany and other European countries. He is
venerated not only by the Catholic Church, but by the Lutherans, as well
as the Anglicans and the Eastern Orthodox. If we could term a new
category, St. Boniface would have to be called a Super Super Saint. He
had one goal in life, to bring God to the people of Germany. He spent
his whole life doing it.
We’ve said this before, but
when there is a crisis in God’s Church, he raises up a powerful Saint to
do the task. In this instance, He chose a young man filled with the
Spirit, from what is today known as Great Britain. He sent him to what
is today Germany to evangelize and convert the Old Saxons, the people of
Germany who were Catholic but had lost their way. And that was just the
beginning. Before his life was over, he had evangelized all of Germany,
and had become Primate of Germany. If that wasn’t enough, when that was
done, he went over to France to convert and bring back to the Faith
those who had left. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start
at the beginning.
Boniface was born in Crediton
in Devonshire, England in 675-680 and baptized Winfrid. His was a noble
family. He was given an early training in our Faith. He felt a calling
to the religious life at 5 years old. His spirituality attracted the
attention of various religious men, who suggested he study under the
brothers and priests. At 7 years old, he went to a monastery where he
excelled in learning scripture, Latin and lecturing. At 14 years old,
he graduated to the next level, a Benedictine Abbey.
This is where his father
tried to put a stop to all this education in religion. He had plans for
the young man that did not include becoming a Benedictine monk. But
between Winfrid’s pleading, and the convincing of some Benedictines who
visited their home, the father was persuaded to let the young man enter
The abbot, aware that this
was a chosen young man, took him under his wing. Young Winfrid went on
to become a very popular instructor, a lecturer and ultimately director
of the school. If that’s not enough, he also wrote a Latin grammar, the
first to be written in the history of England.
Winfrid lived an austere life
in the Benedictine community. It was as if God was grooming him for the
great task He had planned for him. During his time at the Abbey he
advanced in his knowledge of scripture, history and public speaking.
This would do him well in the labor he would find in the field the Lord
had chosen, Germany. After having made his profession as a Benedictine
monk, and been ordained a priest at age 30, he became well-known as a
His talents were brought to
the attention of ecclesiastical figures in the Church. He was being
groomed for great things within the Benedictine community. But the Lord
was grooming him for something else. He had a longing to go to the area
of Northern Europe, Germany, where the Faith was not well accepted. His
dream was to regenerate the Frankish Church in Friesland which had
become a combination of Catholicism and paganism.
Winfrid went to Friesland,
where there had been some groundwork at evangelizing the pagans by
previous evangelists, most especially St. Killian and the missionaries
from Ireland. He thought he would do well in his efforts to bring about
conversion and continue to bring more people into the Church. It didn’t
turn out that way. He found it necessary to abandon his evangelization
work in Germany and return to England. This was to be a temporary
measure because he felt sure that the Lord was calling him to convert
the Old Saxon Church there in Friesland.
He returned to his Abbey in
England. He was so well regarded by the Abbot that he wanted him to
take his place as the Abbot was getting old. Winfrid never wanted to be
burdened down with a position such as Abbot. He had a calling and it
was to evangelize. But when the Abbot died and he was unanimously
elected to become the new Abbot, he knew had to move. He was able to
get the Bishop of the Diocese to convince the monks to elect another to
be Abbot, so that Winfrid could follow his dream. There was no question
in Winfrid’s mind that his work had to be commissioned by the Pope. He
went to Rome to plead his case to Pope Gregory II towards the end of
718. He stayed in Rome for a few months while His Holiness considered
his proposal, and got to know who Winfrid was. The Pope gave him his
commission to preach the word of God to the heathen in Germany, to the
right of the Rhine River. He renamed him Boniface.
Winfrid set out in the spring
of 719 on his appointed task to assess the situation in Germany. He saw
a great deal of progress had been made by his predecessors in bringing
the Word of God to Bavaria. He worked his way up to the center of the
country, Thuringia, which was supposed to be Christian. He found that
not to be the case. St. Killian, the Irish evangelist, had toiled in
this land unsuccessfully. He was followed by two other zealots who were
murdered for their attempt to spread the faith. What St. Boniface found
was a mixture of heathens, or a combination of Christianity and
idolatry. He tried to rekindle the flame of faith of some of the
priests of the area, without much success.
He headed towards the court
of Charles Martel, who had been defeating despots and opening up the
Catholic Churches for people to worship. Boniface was advised of the
death of a despot, who had persecuted the Christians in Friesland
terribly during his lifetime. Boniface enlisted the aid of a young monk
from an abbey nearby and went into that area. They labored tirelessly
in the Lord’s vineyards for three years with great success. Heathens
were taught the faith; fallen-away were brought back by the thousands.
Some of the converts embraced the life of the Benedictines. Boniface
felt it was time to advise the Pope of his progress. He sent one of his
disciples to Rome with letters to His Holiness, outlining the successes
of the past three or four years. Pope Gregory II asked for him to come
to Rome personally. Boniface traveled to the Vatican, more pleased with
his accomplishment than the last time he had visited.
Pope Gregory received him
warmly. Boniface explained the progress which had been made in the
Church of Germany. He explained to His Holiness that he followed in the
path of Charles Martel to the various areas of the country, where the
local dictator had been deposed, and a free people and a free Church
were left to be evangelized by Boniface and his followers. The Pope
consecrated Boniface Bishop, and gave him letters to the Dioceses of
Thuringia and Hessia, acknowledging Boniface as the Bishop, and
demanding respect and obedience. He was also given a letter to Charles
Martel, the powerful leader who was to stop the advance of the Turks at
Tours, and turn them back from their approach into France.
Charles Martel set about the
establishment of social order and endeavored to restore the right of the
Catholic hierarchy. This explains the protection which in 723 was
accorded to St. Boniface, a protection all the more important as the
Saint himself explained to a friend that without it he could neither
administer his church, defend his clergy, nor prevent idolatry. Hence,
Charles Martel, who is considered the hero who united Germany, shares,
to a certain degree, the glory and merit of Boniface’s great work of
civilization and evangelization in Germany.
Armed with this guarantee of
protection, Boniface decided to strike an unthinkable blow against the
pagan beliefs of the people of Hesse, a stronghold of paganism. He went
to a mountain where an oak tree, which was sacred to the local people,
stood. It was called Donar’s Oak or Thor’s Oak. Prior to arriving on
the mountain, he sent word out to all the people in the area that he
would strike down the pagan’s sacred tree. The place was packed with
onlookers, who were sure that he would be struck dead if he touched the
tree. This tree and this belief of the pagans of Hesse was very
important to them. Boniface was taking his life in his hands.
Now this was a huge oak
tree. It was reported by reliable sources that he did a lot of praying
before he attempted to take down the tree. On the day designated,
Boniface went to the mountain, as did his disciples. The pagans were
there in full force. He took the axe, prayed for all he was worth, and
with only a few strokes, the huge oak came down, split in four pieces.
There were reports that as he struck the massive tree for the first
time, a great gust of wind of the Holy Spirit blew across the area,
helping to down the tree. It came down in four equal parts, huge
trunks. Boniface took the wood of the tree and made it into built a
little Chapel dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle on the spot. This
point of Boniface’s evangelization marked the fall of Heathenism in the
area of Lower Hessia.
Spurred on by this success,
St. Boniface spread his wings to other areas of Germany where the faith
was either weak or non-existent. He went back to Upper Hessia, where
the people had lapsed back into paganism. Let us take moment and
explain what Hesse is. It is a state of Germany, where today, the
capital city is Wiesbaden, and the largest city is Frankfurt. We are in
the state of Hesse now. Fulda would have been considered Lower Hessia.
Boniface was blessed mightily
by the Lord. It was if the floodgates of the Holy Spirit had opened up
in Germany. He did so well in bringing people into the Faith that he
had to ask for help to handle all the new converts that were coming into
the fold. He appealed to various abbeys and convents in England, and
for many years, they poured into the area, helping to build convents and
abbeys, and teaching the faith to the converts. He was aided by many
missionaries and monks from his native land. Every abbey that he built
or convent was put under the charge of one of these English colleagues.
It was a glorious time for the Church in Germany.
His good friend and mentor,
Pope Gregory the second died, and Boniface wrote to the new Pope,
Gregory the third, who sent him the palium and conferred on him the
title of Metropolitan of all Germany, beyond the Rhine River. He also
gave Boniface the power to institute dioceses and archdioceses wherever
he felt it was in the best interests of the Church. He went on to
become the Apostolic See of the Church and Papal Legate. He also
traveled to the Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino in Italy, which had
been built by St. Benedict, and was considered the most magnificent
Benedictine Abbey in the world.
Boniface brought with him
some of his German disciples, so that they could see the grandeur of
Monte Cassino. He also enlisted one of their monks to join him in
Germany to build an Abbey in Germany. Boniface eventually built a
bishopric in Fulda, where he proceeded to build the Abbey with the help
of St. Sturmi, the young disciple, whom he recruited from Monte Cassino.
That abbey, the Abbey of Fulda, was to become the German equivalent of
the great Abbey at Monte Cassino.
While the Church in Germany
flourished, the church in France was in constant decline. Charles
Martel, while considering himself a supporter of the Church, let the
church suffer in favor of his military campaigns. However, he was still
the hero of the age, defending Christianity against the Muslims. There
were many abuses to the Church in France under his reign.
Ecclesiastical offices were being sold. Priests were living abusive
lives, were ignorant, heretical, living in sin. Add to this that no
Church Council had been held for 84 years.
But when Charles Martel died,
Boniface saw a great opportunity to go into France and bring the Church
back into the fold. He had the support of the reigning pontiff, Pope
Zachary, and the two sons of Charles Martel, Pepin and Carloman who had
taken over Charles Martel’s empire. With their help, he was able to
convene two councils and then a general council to rebuild the Church of
France. After a time, Pepin decided to give up his throne and live in a
monastery. His brother Carolman, took over as leader of the Franks, and
“Mayor of the Palace”, a term coined by Charles Martel. Carolman’s son
and Martel’s grandson was Charlemagne.
St. Boniface was very blessed
in that he was able to accomplish a great deal in actually organizing
not only the Church of Germany but the country itself. He was getting
older, but he didn’t feel old. He just felt it was time to turn to turn
the controls of his huge fold to a younger man and so he named St. Lull
to be his replacement.
But that did not mean he was
ready to lay down his bible and go into seclusion. Like many of our
bishops and archbishops who retire, they go back into active duty, so to
speak. With all of his success evangelizing Germany and France, there
was still one area that he had never been able to turn to the Church,
and that was Frisia, a strip of land at the northern tip of Germany in
the North Sea. He had begun there some forty years before
unsuccessfully, and it always bothered him, that the people of that area
were still not converted. With that in mind, he put together a team of
missionaries to accompany him into that area.
Their evangelization effort
proved to be very successful. Boniface and his missionaries had
converted many to the Faith. There had been a great many Baptisms.
Boniface planned a mass Confirmation service in an open field. All the
converts were to assemble there for the great event. He sat reading a
book, thought to be the Bible, when he and his missionaries were
attacked by a group of bandits who thought there were great riches to be
had by robbing the foreign missionaries. Boniface pleaded with his
people not to fight against the attackers. He was among the first to be
killed, holding his book up in the air as he was being killed, to
protect it from the onslaught of the enemy.
The body of St. Boniface was
brought back to his beloved Fulda, where he was interred in the Abbey
Church. About a thousand years after his death, a great cathedral was
designed and built in 8 years. It is the Cathedral of Fulda which is
here today. In addition to his tomb, the book he was holding up when he
was attacked is encased at his shrine. The sword marks can be seen, as
well as blood stains from our Saint. He was immediately proclaimed a
Saint by the people of Germany, but it was not until 1874 that Blessed
Pope Pius IX formally canonized him for the Universal Church. His Feast
Day is June 5. It is also celebrated in England on that day.
It has been said that St.
Boniface had a greater influence on the formation of the history of
Europe than any Englishman. He was a holy man, a reformer, a
missionary, a martyr, and yet, we’re told he was a very simple man.
Family, we thank you for
being with us as we traveled the life of this Super Saint. We depended
a great deal on direction and inspiration from Penny Lord from Heaven
above for the telling of St. Boniface’s life.
God bless you. We love you!!
Look for the DVD on the life of St. Boniface,
filmed in Fulda Germany next year.
Watch for it on our website and in our Good Newsletter.
Also watch for it on EWTN on his Feast which is June 5
Boniface - Apostle of Germany
Saint Boniface - Apostle of Germany
More Saints of Germany
Saint Hildegard DVD plus Minibook $21.95
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Prophetess of Germany - Visionary - Mystic - Doctor of the
Come with us as we travel to Bingen, Germany and the area of
the beautiful Rhine River which is where St. Hildegard lived and had her
visions. It was here where she wrote her books on her visions and many
other subjects, like a Morality Play, put to music, which she also wrote. She
wrote a book on herbal medicine which is used to this day in that area of
Germany. She made speaking tours throughout Germany. She wrote letters to
Abbots, Kings, Emperors and Popes, in addition to many ordinary people.
Come to her first Abbey, Disibodenberg, about 30 kilometers
from Bingen, where she was placed at 8 years old and spent over half her
life. She wrote her first book there. She is an outstanding woman of our
Church. She is a role model for all, but especially women.
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