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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

For those who love God...


I am sure anyone reading this has the desire to love and so I am reflecting on another quote from St. Madeleine Sophie: "Meditate on these words: 'For those who love God all things work together for their good.' They hold a great truth for all who, I do not just say love, but even those who sincerely desire to love."

I usually think of the quote as "For those who love God, all things are possible." I find it true, but also feel closer to the first - "all thing work together for their good."
God loves us so much and we just need to sit with Him and be amazed that He wants to sit with us. What a joy! The Creator is wanting to be with each of us in an intimacy that we could not have dreamed of, but this is real. God wants us to let Him love us!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Computer Problem

Sorry, but I am taking a few days vacation. My laptop worked perfectly yesterday and today seems to just be updating or something. I cannot get into my desktop.
Well, my sister and her husband are arriving today so I will try to welcome them and forget about the computer and my blog will, I hope just have a message from my I-pad.
Here is a short quote from St. Madeleine Sophie: "Repay our God love for love, heart for heart."

Living Water





Water is such a gift and when I think of living water I think of the Heart of Jesus. We are so blessed and this image means much to me for this is life-giving water. We need the water that flows from His Heart, but we also need clean water to drink and so many are struggling to get this water.

Here at Oakwood the renovations are continuing and so we will be eating outside for lunch while the Garden Room is being done. It is really only lunch when about twenty-five of us eat there that we will be outside. Canopies have been erected and it is a lovely patio outside the dining room. If my nephew ever comes to see me, you will see more pictures of the beauty of Oakwood. I need him to help me transfer the pictures from my I-phone and I-pad into my laptop so I can use them in my blog. In the meantime, picture a huge white oak in the middle of the patio and flowers around the edges. It is so lovely. At breakfast, those of us who live in Westwood have breakfast around our large dining room table. The food is brought over by one of the aides and she cooks our eggs to order! In the evening, I eat in the other dining room as most of the community are eating in the fireside room to watch the news.

Here is a quote from St. Madeleine Sophie: "Which of us can read the gospel of the Samaritan woman, and not say 'give me to drink....give me this living water'? One drop alone would light up in our hearts the fire of God's love, and so also zeal for the salvation of the world."

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Reflection



In today's Gospel, Jesus makes it clear that to follow Him means leaving all and "foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." This has always seemed to call me to make a home in my heart for Jesus and invite Him to come and rest there.
Then, so often when Jesus again invites us to "follow Him", we find we are making excuses; we are too busy now, this duty is waiting for us, etc. Yet, we will be able to accomplish all that needs to be done if we are united to Jesus. Let us be prompt in following Him when He calls. He is always with us, but we forget this and so He continues to call us. He is the Good Shepherd who leads us to green pastures and still water.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Remembering my Guided Imagery Retreat



Last January, I made a guided imagery retreat for the first time. The images have stayed with me and often come to me in prayer. I go back to the one where a mermaid appeared to me and beckoned me to follow her. We swam out in the ocean and then went down to the bottom and I followed her for some distance before we came to a huge rock on the ocean floor. The rock was really a house and she showed me a crevice through which I entered. Inside was a lovely room with a domed ceiling; there were no windows in the room but comfortable furniture and a book case on one wall. As I went to explore the bookcase, I saw a door. I opened it and found myself in a beautiful white bedroom. The rug was white, the bed had a white bedspread, there were white drapes at the large picture window which looked out on the ocean and one could see all sorts of bright colored fish swimming. I then noticed that Jesus was sitting on the cushioned window seat waiting for me. He told me that He had prepared this home for me where we could be together. I would need to go back to the notes of this experience to say more, but the image of this home under the sea has never left me and I know Jesus waits for me to descend and just be with Him.
Now, that is a very personal sharing, but I feel that each of us has different ways of experiencing the presence of Jesus - this was one of mine.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The gorgeous Pacific

This is all I am writing today, but will include a quote from St. Madeleine Sophie: Open your soul to the Spirit, call the Spirit who wants to be desired, call the Spirit so that she will fill you with her gifts.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fun and grave thoughts


My sister-in-law, Anita Rosenthal, and I are on the 17 Mile Drive and my brother took this picture. I miss them, but my sister and her husband will arrive next Wednesday for two nights and really, there has been so much to do that I have a hard time just getting quiet to write my blog.
Yesterday I had to collect and give to the Pastoral Ministry office all the certificates I have been carrying around for years: birth, First Communion, Confirmation, First Vows, Final Profession, Social Security, Passport, etc. and then had to write suggestions for the readings and songs I want at my funeral! I finished that last night. Actually, this had been done once before and filed with our area director, but I did not find it among my papers so redid it and it is rather a grave experience to be planning one's own funeral! As you can see from the picture, I am not near dying. I will be cremated and then buried in the Oakwood cemetery. I hope I have many visitors before I go there.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

God is in charge



One of the joys of Oakwood for me is that I seem to be able to understand the homilies at Mass. I am sure I miss some, but it has been a long time since I have been able to hear them and take nourishment from them. This is due to a group of exceptional priests and the fact that the Chapel is looped and I am wearing earphones.
Yesterday the message that stayed with me is that we should not be afraid of anything; God is in charge and He loves each of us and is taking care of us and our world.

Now, here is a quote from St. Madeleine Sophie: "Try always harder to let yourself be led by the Spirit of God; with this divine leader you will have all spiritual gifts for yourself and for others."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Re-Reading Your Week?



This picture was taken on the 17 Mile Drive and we had a gorgeous day. Now, I have been reflecting on the past week and how many graces I have received. I think I shall try to do this each Sunday. It is inspired by reading the calls of the Argentina-Uruguay Province as part of our preparation for the General Chapter in July. They speak of a weekly "re-reading". I would like to do this and perhaps look for someone to do it with here at Oakwood.
I have been faithful to writing a review of the month and sharing it during this year and find it helpful. I call it "Checking in" and I have enjoyed doing this as it helps me to see what the Lord is saying to me and doing in me. Of course, it helps that I try to jot something down in my Journal daily.
Here are a couple of thoughts from the little Elf Help booklet, Prayer Therapy" as I intend to give the booklet away today to someone who is recovering from surgery and is in rehab:
"Prayer has many methods. Do it your own way."
"If for any reason you cannot pray, relax. The desire to pray is already a prayer."
"When your heart is bursting with thanks, just be. God's spirit is praying within you."
"When you are overawed my Mystery, just be. God's spirit is praying within you."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Way to act today and everyday

Taken from The Concord Pastor's Blog:

Here's the "golden rule" Jesus taught us: 
       Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...

It might help to play out that rule
   and reflect and pray over its implications... 

Speak to others as you'd have them speak to you...

Think of others as you'd have them think of you...

Encourage others as you'd have them encourage you... 

Say of others what you'd have them say of you...

Respect others as you'd have them respect you...

Be tolerant of others' opinions
   as you'd have them be tolerant of yours.... 

Forgive others as you'd have them forgive you...

Be kind to others as you'd have them be kind to you...

Seek to understand others 
   as you've have them seek to understand you... 

Defend others as you'd have others defend you... 

Be honest with others as you'd have them be honest with you...

Play fair with others as you'd have them play fair with you... 

Reach out to others as you'd have them reach out to you... 

Be just in your dealings with others
   as you'd have them be just with you... 

Be generous in helping others 
   as you'd have them be generous in helping you...

Trust others as you'd have them trust you... 

Make time for others as you'd have them make time for you... 

Rejoice in others' happiness as you'd have them rejoice in yours... 

Listen to others as you'd have them listen to you...

Grieve with others as you'd have them grieve with you... 

Give others a break as you'd have them give you a break...

Hang in there with others
   as you'd have them hang in there with you... 

Be patient with others as you'd have them be patient with you...

Stand up for others as you'd have them stand up for you... 

Pray for others as you'd have them pray for you... 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Advice



This picture is of the lone Cypress on the famous 17 Mile Drive in California. It makes me think of courage and we certainly need that if we are to follow Jesus. In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us:
"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it."

Jesus is always inviting us to follow Him. Have we the courage needed? He will give it to us, if we only ask Him. I know that He is our strength and carries us when necessary.

We are preparing for our General Chapter by studying the calls of the different regions. It is really quite thrilling to see how we are coming up with the same issues all over the world and read about the life of the different Provinces in each region.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Two weeks so full




It is only two weeks since I left Miami. This was my prayer shelf in Miami next to my chair. I have the picture, have not yet found my little cross, and I left the world behind and miss it. This was the globe I used to hold in my hand and trace the continents to confide each to the love of Jesus as our world needs such help today. I do not need the globe, but miss it. I am still fixing my room and need to get rid of other things, too. Perhaps this afternoon as my brother and his wife are driving back to Arizona today. It was a great visit and I am grateful that they could come and they helped me to get settled. The most important thing was getting my computer set up and helping me to get into my Amazon account. I had used another computer at home and no longer had the right e-mail and passwords as they had been automatic in the Dell computer. Now, I think I still need help with getting my pictures from my phone into my laptop and then my blog.

Anyway, it has been a very full two weeks with all the unpacking, the retreat, the getting settled with the nurses here, etc. I love just to sit in the Chapel but feel that my prayer is just now only sitting in the Presence of God and listening to Him. It helps to know that God is also loving me and just wants to sit with me.