A meditation for Holy Week and Easter by Brunhilde Luken

Hello from Tenerife. We are still in Tenerife and will return to the US on April first. I look forward to attend a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday in Adeje and spend Easter Sunday with our son and his family.

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John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

John 3:16
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.

John 12:13
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Luke 22:1-6
Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.  The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:14-23
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

John 19:1-4,16
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him. Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
Matthew 28:1-10 

The Resurrection of Jesus

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”  So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is risen indeed, and this makes all the difference. Because He is risen, we also are invited to become sons and daughters of our Lord. He allows us to dwell in His Love.

“Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom”

Easter by Brunhilde Luken 

The painting above I created to share with all of you as I meditated on the empty tomb. Stay with the painting for a while and allow the Lord to speak to you through my painting. It will slowly unfold before your eyes. Allow the peace of the Lord to fill you before you enter into this meditation. Maybe you will be at awe like I am when I enter into this meditation. Sit back, relax and enjoy His presence. I always thank the Lord for His Gift.

The sunrise pictures where taken by a friend as he biked to the Sunrise in Tenerife. It is beautiful. From where we live on the Island we see the sun set but not rise. It is a Gift from our Lord. The sun will rise and set for all of us.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  

Lord, please help us all who dwell in your light and love to share it with all those we encounter, and help the world to become a better place for all. Let this Easter be an Epiphany for all of us. 

Happy Easter to all of you.

Love, Brunhilde




Approaching Lent 2016

A very happy 2016 to all of you.

Already we are approaching Lent. I feel totally blessed by the love our Lord is giving me.

I am able to spend three months on the Island of Tenerife. It is so beautiful I can’t even describe it. It looks like at one point the earth bubbled and all these mountains appeared in different sizes. It is a volcanic Island filled with different blooming cacti surrounded by clear blue water. It is one of the Canary Islands, Spain.



Many English and German retirees spend their winters here. Our son moved with his family here last August. He wanted us to experience the island he learned to love over the last few years. It is truly a blessing to be able to do this.


We have such an amazing Lord. We have found a church where we can be part of the celebration of the Sunday mass in English. It is a smaller church but filled with people.


The population on the island is mostly Spanish and also Catholic. As we experience the different areas of the island I can truly say “I feel loved beyond measure.”


John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

We all heard these words many times. Mary said yes without knowing all she said yes to. She had so much love to give, that is probably why God chose her for the mother of Jesus. It took much love to be able to handle all Jesus had to go through. Yet the world was not ready to accept His love. He was born for us, for each one of us. He loves us so much. There are many days when I call out: “Lord, please come and hold me close.” All I can hear is, “I am already with you. Just trust me fully, I know you well. It is my promise, I am with you always.” Immediately I will feel His Love and Peace and Joy filling my being.

As we approach lent, I meditate often on the suffering our Lord did for us. I will re-read “Can you drink the Cup?” by Henri Nouwen. We are all asked to carry our cross. And each one of us has a different cross to carry. It is good to remember that our Lord will not allow our cross to be too heavy to carry. If we call out: “Lord, please hold my hand”, He will.

He died on the cross for us because He loved us so much. He rose again to be one with the Father. Just knowing how much our Lord loved us and still does will make it possible for us to carry our cross and share the love the Lord gives us. Lord please teach me to truly understand your sacrifice for me. You died for me, yes for me, because you love me so much. We just have to believe. Lord I truly believe and I will hold you in my heart forever. What a blessing you are for me.

My promise to you is again— I will share your love wherever I go from sunrise to sunset.

Thank you Lord for loving me.

Christmas reflections from Brunhilde Luken

Dear Friends,

Is it just me, or do you also think Christmas was just here? It is my most beautiful time of the year. Decorating, baking, purchasing some gifts, and most of all preparing my heart anew for the birth of baby Jesus. This precious gift God sent to us over 2000 years ago. Can this be true, a gift so great to come to us to save us?

Perhaps we can imagine, at least some of us, how it felt when our first baby was born and the nurse or doctor put this precious little bundle into our arms, what a gift this was.

Christmas 2015

The gift to us was much bigger. He sent baby Jesus to us so we could have eternal life. So we too can spend eternity in heaven with all the saints and all those that looked towards heaven that left us already, most of all with our Lord. Many saints or apostles talked about visions of heaven. Do we really know? It certainly can spur our imagination. It will be so beautiful we don’t have words to describe this beauty. It will be truly a gift. Only then can we understand the gift our Lord sent to us.

Years ago I wrote a poem that was on my lips as I woke up one morning. It sure felt real, a peek of heaven. How real was it? I don’t think God truly wants us to know. Jesus did say: “I will go and prepare a place for you, so that where I am you will be also.” It will be so beautiful that it is truly worth all our efforts and sacrifices to try to get to heaven and spend eternity there. Our intellect cannot grasp that beauty. He loved us so much. There is no greater love than His.

Let us truly hold baby Jesus close. He will help us to have Christ born within each one of us. What a celebration this will be.

I will share a poem with you that I wrote long ago; it’s one of my favorites:
This is Christmas
I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.
He looked at me and said: “You have to see this on Christmas.”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at Him and said: “Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

(John 14:27): “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

To each one of you, have a wonderful Christmas celebration and a renewed birth of Christ within you.

Together let us follow the Star; Merry Christmas to all of you.

Thanksgiving 2015

In a few days we are celebrating Thanksgiving; it is a wonderful day set aside to celebrate with family and friends to give thanks. I am especially thankful to live in a country where I can celebrate and proudly confess my Catholic faith. A faith that stood firm generation after generation.

I am also thankful that we can hold hands with all our neighbors, friends and all those that cross our path, Christian and non-Christian alike, where we allow each one to be free. A country where we can share the love that Christ brought into the world for all of us alike. We have to remember He died on the cross for all the world. These are hard times right now. There is so much suffering in the world right now. At times we all suffer. By embracing our suffering, God will pull us closer to Him. This will help us to pray for all. Let us all pray especially for those that need it most. Let us share the gifts that God gave us. When we pray we speak to God, when we read the scripture, God speaks to us. A Gift given to all of us, a gift we can share with all.

Touched by the Spirit 2015

We are the ones to show the face of Christ to the world, and to see the face of Christ in everyone. Let each moment be a moment of thanks. I am also most thankful for each one of you.

I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving, may God’s blessing be upon you and your whole family.

Psalm 95

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth.
The heights of the hills are His also
The sea is His, for He made it.
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God.
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested me;
They tried me, though they saw my work
For forty years I was grieved with that generation.
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their heart.
And they do not know my ways.’
So I swore in my wrath’,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’ ”

Let us bow our heads in Thanksgiving to the Almighty, the “I AM WHO I AM”, “FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.”

You can find more of Brunhilde’s lovely paintings at her website, http://brunhildeluken.fineartstudioonline.com/.

Announcing the second edition of Brunhilde Luken’s classic spiritual book

Dear Friends,

I like to introduce you to my latest book, My Walk With Christ, A Spiritual Journey which you can purchase through Tate Publishing.

CatholicTV appearance

I had a chance to present this book during an interview with Jay Fadden and Fr. Reed on their program “This is the Day” on Catholic TV on Tuesday, September 15. If you are interested in watching the program, please click on the following link: www.catholictv.com/shows/this-is-the-day/walk-christ-brunhilde-luken

Book cover

The cover of the book is one of my paintings, “The Cup of Life.”

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“Do You love me most?” Yes Lord, I love you most.

My Walk with Christ is about how our Lord took me and shaped me, and taught me who He is.

In the quiet of my heart I heard You whisper—–Love, Peace and Joy.

John 15:16   You did not choose Me, but I chose you.

Dreams and visions

Throughout my life I have had many dreams and visions where I felt the guidance of the Lord. I recorded many in my daily journal, my conversations with the Lord. God speaks to us in many ways. He also speaks to me through my paintings.

In a dream my guardian angel took my hand and led me to a small room. He bent down to pick up a stack of paper and handed it to me. This happened in 2004. Since then I have self published two books with poetry and paintings. This book is my second edition of My Walk With Christ, A Spiritual Journey, published by Tate Publishing Co.

The following are examples of many wonderful dreams and visions where the Lord taught me who He is.

  • He allowed me to walk on water.
  • He led me to a clear mountain stream and told me to drink.
  • He got into murky water with alligators resting in the shallow waters. I knew I could not swim and I was afraid. The Lord said “come.” He swam beside me through the water past the alligators and took me out on the other side.
  • I was bathed in a pool with clean water. He showed me the narrow path with His guiding light.
  • He walked with me into the dark tunnel and brought me out on the other end.
  • He taught me how to trust Him fully.

My poetry and writings invite you to “come and see” my spiritual journey, to stay a while with a journey full of God’s heartfelt love, God’s guiding hand, God’s invitation for us to trust fully and receive God’s gifts of peace and joy.

Joshua 1:9–Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Stories of angels

My book also contains stories when our Lord sent me angels when I was in desperate need of help. Angels, I did not immediately recognize until the situation had passed.

Later I realized I needed to learn to trust Him fully. Every day He is asking us, “Surrender your life to me and you will see the wonderful journey I will take you on.”

A story of prayer, companionship and healing

My husband and I spent two years in Asia. Besides many different activities I also joined a group of international ladies. With this group I went on a visit to the hospital for the poor. The head nurse, the woman in charge, took us around.

To make it short—All of a sudden there I was alone with the nurse looking at a woman on a cot, totally bare and face down. The nurse pointed out a hole in her back, large enough to put my fist in, she went on to tell me that she would never walk again. The young woman was only about 30 years of age with a husband and two young girls and very poor. She was examined and the doctors found she had absolutely no feeling from her waist down. There was nothing they could do for her.

I was overcome by a deep sadness. At that moment the world stood still for me and I heard this whisper

Answering God’s call

“Brunhilde you can help her.” I immediately answered “Yes Lord,” never questioning how. I touched her arm, said a quiet prayer and asked the nurse if I could visit her on a regular basis. She said, “Oh yes, please.” From this point on I did not see much else. My mind was racing and I prayed, and prayed more. I knew if anybody can help her it was the Lord, I knew He would. She was a Muslim woman and every time I prayed with her she assured me that “your God is my God.”

The rest you will have to read in my book. By the time I left Asia, she was able to lift herself into a wheel chair, her feelings had returned and the hole in her back was almost totally closed. She now also received physical therapy. The day I went to say good bye, she was visiting at home with her family.

Praise the Lord. If we surrender our life to the Lord He can accomplish great things through us.

We are the body of Christ. We are disciples for our Lord.

Isaiah 6:8—-I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, And who will go for us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! send me.”

We are also messengers for the Lord. By our total surrender to the Lord, He will be able to communicate to us what He wants us to do. “

My book will help you to form a closer relationship with ourLord—-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

With nothing hidden, with God’s love fully present, we have only to trust, and place our lives into His hands.

Then, when life on earth is ending, and I look back on my life well lived,

I hope I made a difference,

In people that I passed.

“Do you love Me most?” Yes Lord, I love you most.


I have been told many times that my book makes you feel the presence of the Lord. I have also been told that my book is totally uplifting, on a seemingly bad day, all you have to do is read a few pages of my book and you feel like the Lord is directly speaking to you. It is a wonderful daily reading, page by page, your time with the Lord. A book you can read over and over and feel the Lord speaking directly to you. We are all on a journey. A journey with our Lord. My book will help you say: Lord, please take my hand and lead me.

May God bless all of you.


My book is available through Tate Publishing, most bookstores and on Amazon.com. It will make a wonderful gift for your friends. You can also see some of my paintings when you visit the web site http://brunhildeluken.fineartstudioonline.com.

I have also shared my faith with some church groups. I can be contacted through brunluken@gmail.com or I can be reached at 413-998-3781.


Pentecost 2015

by Brunhilde Luken

Yes, let us shout for Joy, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. He has also sent to us, as He had promised, “The Holy Spirit.”

His disciples could barely retain this wonderful God given joy.

The tomb was empty.

Mary Magdalene saw it first and was smitten with tears, as she cried out, “Where have they laid my Lord?”

Then Jesus called her by name, “Mary.” She immediately recognized Him and answered “Raboni (Teacher).” What a joy she must have felt. Nobody could say her name with so much love expressed, by simply calling her name.

I can imagine her joy as she ran and told the other disciples and also Mary, His mother.

Their faith was a bit shaken when He died so brutally beaten on the cross. Deep in their hearts they had kept the words hidden when Jesus said, “This Temple will be destroyed and in three days I will rebuild it.” Mary knew deep in her heart that Jesus was special. He was the Son of God, born without sin, yet fully human and fully God. He had promised. “In three days I will rise again.”

His presence felt special, yet it was all so out of the ordinary that the disciples became frightened. They feared for their own lives.

Jesus knew all of this. This is why he promised them the Holy Spirit. He knew their weaknesses. He knew they needed help.

Many disciples gathered in one room after it was confirmed by His appearance that He has risen as He had promised. As they were deciding what is next, then, all of a sudden Jesus stood among them. What a joy and love there was among all off them. Jesus asked for food to show He was truly alive. As all were huddled together, maybe even danced around shouting for joy, He vanished from their sight. Now they all knew it was all true. All the words Jesus spoke were alive. Thomas was not with them at the time. When he arrived they excitingly told him of the appearance of Jesus but he did not believe. He said, “Unless I see Jesus’ wounds and touch them I will not believe.” Again Jesus appeared to those gathered with Thomas. Thomas touched His wounds, “and now he believed”.

Jesus was seen by many during a time after He had died.

The Holy Spirit Promised, Acts 1:4-9:

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the Father,” which, He said, “You have heard from Me; For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him saying “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”And He said to them,” It is not for you to know: times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samara, and to the end of the earth.”

The Upper Room Prayer Meeting, Acts 1:12-15:

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying; Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Asphacus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one acord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Coming of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:1-8:

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another,” Look, are not al these who speak Galileans?”

We also live in a troubled world. There are times when I don’t like to listen to the news. Too much darkness covers the earth today. There is also much light. Christ never promised it would be easy to follow Him. Our responsibility is to live according to His word. We have to stand firm in the teachings of the scripture. It does not say anywhere we will always be happy, but we can feel the peace and joy that comes from the Lord. Pray without ceasing.

“Come Holy, Spirit come”

2 Corinthians 4:18: “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but on what is unseen is eternal.”

“In Solitude I will find you.”

"In Solitude" by Brunhilde Luken
“In Solitude” by Brunhilde Luken

When I created this painting, as usually when I paint, I may have a thought but soon I loose my self in the painting, as I feel truly touched by the Lord. I really don’t feel the time pass, but I know when it is finished. I can say while I paint I feel one with the Lord. When I looked at the finished painting I felt so moved by the Holy Spirit. I looked again and I saw the Christ with outstretched arms. I knew then my work of art was finished.

In the words of Michelangelo Buonarroti:

“True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it …. the endeavor to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something divine.”

Also, as Paul Klee expressed so eloquently, “Art does not reproduce the visible, rather, it makes visible.”

May all of you feel especially touched by the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost.

Let us be united in His Love.


Reflections on Holy Week

 by Brunhilde Luken

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and  I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Last week we observed Palm Sunday, the beginning of the most important week of the year as we journey with our Lord to the cross.

What greater love is there than the love our Lord showed us by sending His Son to us. There is no greater love than the love Jesus gave to us by dying on the cross for us. He was fully human and fully God. What pain He must have felt when He approached His final days on earth.

I shuddered this morning after mass when I heard the pounding of a hammer, imitating the pounding of the nails into the hands and feet of our Lord. Unaware for a moment of the people around me, I felt the pain and my tears wanted to come. What pain did I cause the Lord to have by my inadequacies? He freely carried the cross and freely died for each one of us. He forgave us all of our sins.

Come Closer by Brunhilde Luken
Come Closer by Brunhilde Luken

The most beautiful words in scripture are: 1 John 4:9-11″In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, Beloved, If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

What a gift, yet the world is in so much darkness and will not accept this gift, so freely given to us. 1 John 3:16-17 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

Christ suffered and died for us and by His love He set us free. Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the mids of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

Jesus is surely the greatest companion anyone can have and He loves you and me. I know I need Jesus in my life. You know He loves you. What greater love is there, than the love of  Jesus. If you call Him into your life, He is always with you. He will guide you in all things.

When you surrender your life to Jesus He will bring victory to your life.

Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called acording to His purpose. For whom He foreknew . He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and  whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

As I watched Bill O’Reilly’s movie, “Killing Jesus”, this evening, I was astounded and pleased how often the humanity of Jesus came through. When Jesus felt anger or discontent with those He encountered He took time-outs to speak to the Father. This put Him in the right state of mind.

I have a friend with ALS who understandably gets also upset with her life in this unexpected state. When she first became ill I saw an advertisement on a Christian channel about a speaker to come who is also aflicted with ALS. I made a point to watch this program to see if there was anything I could learn to be of help to my friend. Besides many helpful hints how he manages life now, the one thing that he talked about was how every time his sicknes becomes too hard to bear, he took five minutes to speak to the Lord. He spoke about how he had to take many time-outs with the Lord troughout the day. I thought what a wonderful way to carry his cross.  This is a helpful way for all of us if we can take a deep breath and take five minutes with the Lord as we go through our struggles in life.

As we journey towards Maundy Thursday and Good Friday it is good to be with the Lord.

Our life has a purpose.  Because Jesus took on our sins and died for us, we can safely and happily journey through life. We are able to tell all our friends about our journey, because we are on a journey with the most wonderful destination. We can’t come back and talk about our destination, but we certainly can talk about our journey and our wonderful destination that is promised to us who surrender our life to Jesus. He will take us on our journey and what an exciting journey it is.

What a wonderful friend we share in Jesus, the greatest travel companion on our journey all the way to our destination. Then we are also able to enjoy eternity with all those who journeyed with us now and before us in the company of Jesus and all the Heavenly Host.

All Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ now and for all eternity.

Love to all of you on your Journey and have a wonderful Easter.

Your friend Brunhilde

Lent 2015 – Reaching out to our Lord

As we begin this season of Lent let’s together reach for our Lord’s stretched out hand and build a circle of friendship in His love. He has made us in His image. He is constantly calling, come closer. 

As I sit in my office/studio this morning I can’t help but praise the Lord for all of His creation. The birds are flying back and forth in front of my window, all puffed up. Even in this bitter cold our Lord with His amazing creation keeps them warm.

Awaiting Spring
Awaiting Spring by Brunhilde Luken

Lent is a perfect time to again evaluate and reflect on our walk with our Lord. Did I get closer; did I stay on my course with all the distractions that we are presented with? Can I say, yes Lord, here I am? Yes, trust in the Lord with all your life. Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

With the Lord in your heart you will never walk alone. Our Lord desires our friendship and love. Our Lord loves us so much He sent His only Son to lay down His life for us. What greater love can there be, then to give His life for His children.

The following is from the Catechism (1286): The descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus at his baptism by John was the sign that this was he who was to come, the Messiah, the Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit; his whole life and his whole mission are carried out in total communion with the Holy Spirit whom the Father gives him without measure.

Mark chapter 1:9-13 It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “you are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.

After His time in the desert the mystery of Jesus and His mission began. He now called his disciples to him. For His mission to be fulfilled He also called for help.

Mark 1:16,17 As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus knew why He was born and what He had to do. He freely gave His life to redeem the world. He said yes.

Let us all say “Yes Lord!” He will freely send us His Holy Spirit if we pray “Come Holy Spirit, come.” As we pray, “Please Lord put your light around me, show me the way.”  He will make us “broken bread” and “poured out wine.” We don’t have to look for a purpose. Our purpose in life is to serve the Lord. Let us all make our journey through Lent count. Renew our commitment by staying in His presence and studying His Word. His Word is the truth. It should not be altered or changed. If we truly love the Lord, we will live by His Word. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

Let us belong to the, as Saint Augustine called it, “City of God”.

Let us be able to share our Lord’s message with all those we encounter and let us be free to choose Him.


Merry Christmas Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year

By Brunhilde Luken

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas celebration, a time to experience and celebrate the birth of Christ renewed within yourself. What a Gift our Lord gave to us. What a Gift we are able to celebrate each moment, each day, and each year anew;

It is all because Mary said “yes” to the Lord, not knowing all she said “yes” to, because she loved the Lord.

Let us all say “Yes” to our Lord’s teachings and see Christ in all of our brothers and sisters to help bring peace on earth. Then, together we can shout out with joy:


The Magic of Christmas by Brunhilde Luken
The Magic of Christmas by Brunhilde Luken

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)

The following is taken from my daily reading My Utmost for His Highest:

His Birth and Our New Birth

His Birth in History. “That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1: 35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of–He is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate—God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent—the appearance of God in human form.

His Birth in Me. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”(Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God?  I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.

God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus Christ.

This is Christmas–a poem by Brunhilde Luken

I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.|
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.

He looked at me and said:” you have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

From all of us on the Commission for Women to all of you,

We wish you a Merry Christmas season and a Blessed New Year.

Thanksgiving 2014

by Brunhilde Luken

Thanksgiving is almost here. A time of joy for most of us as we gather with our family and friends to celebrate and give thanks to our Lord for all He provides for us now and throughout the year. I give thanks to the Lord every day of my life. I thank the Lord for the wonderful summer that just ended and then was followed with the most brilliant colors of fall. At this time of the year, when the days are getting darker and seemingly shorter I can also truly say I look forward to the quieter months of winter, followed by a new awakening of spring. Every season presents us with so much beauty.

The Last Summer Flowers 2014

For everything that we are and have, even the painful and mysterious, is God’s generous gift; we must not grumble at it but must accept it in the knowledge that when we do so God gives Himself with His gift. (Karl Rahner a German Jesuit Priest and Theologian March 5 1904-March 30 1984)

Psalm 95:1-7
Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving.
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all God’s.
In His hands are the deep places of the Earth.
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand

We all came into being for a reason. We are on a mission, a mission to serve the Lord. John 17:18 As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. We are also sent from God, to return to God, our eternal home. The time in between is where we have to fulfill our mission. Our mission is not to be perfectly happy here on earth; our mission is to feel the presence of the Lord and have a thankful heart as we go through our struggles and still feel the joy within.

I see the joy in friends who face grave illnesses at the moment. I know the Lord carries both of them every moment of their lives. We all don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I do know after fall and winter there is spring, when all will be made new.

Let us live each day in the Spirit of the Lord and share His love with all those the Lord brings into our lives and be thankful for each day given to us. Mark 3:35 “Whoever does the Will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

With the busy season ahead of us, we have to remember to take time out and take our rest with Jesus and listen to Him. Mark 6:50 “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

I feel so blessed with all the wonderful people the Lord put into my life.

I give thanks to the Lord for each one of you as we share in His blessings. Have a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving and feel the love of Christ that unites us all.

Your friend Brunhilde