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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Arizona


This picture was in my file, but is not Arizona.

The beauty of Arizona is everywhere. The sunsets are gorgeous. My brother lives in Gold Canyon right in front of Superstition Mountain. The homes there are in keeping with the desert. Then I go visit my sister in Scottsdale and see all the green grass, the palm trees, the flowers. My sister's back windows and the pool patio look out over the Indian reservation behind them and the sunsets are so spectacular that you just need to stop and gaze until it is dark.

I was looking at the little prayer book that my mother used each day; she had marked the prayers she said every morning and one is a Prayer for a Family and is to Jesus, then Mary, and then Joseph.
"O dear Jesus, I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith. I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead.
O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations.
Blessed Saint Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying, so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Washinton's Birthday Observed



I certainly would like to know what George Washington thinks about the United States at this moment in time.

I think the fact that we are all united in one country must please him. I wonder though what he would think of closing borders, having a Congress that is divided and seems to forget the common good, and a new president that seems to want to alienate many.
Sorry, as I usually stay away from any political comments in my blog, but I was thinking of both the progress of our country and our present situation.

Here is another call from our General Chapter:
To be and to act as one Body
"To revitalize our unity in diversity and to act as one Body, dynamic, interconnected. linked with other bodies, in the world and as Church, in order to share, collaborate, and be in solidarity among ourselves and with others"

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Be perfect,just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

The photo was taken during my January retreat; I think it was the only day the sun showed itself!

What does Jesus mean when He tells us to be perfect, just as God the Father is perfect? That seems impossible.  I think we are called to be so united to God that it is God who acts in us. I am so far from being perfect that I just hope Jesus was calling us to strive for union with God. Then, we will love our enemies for God loves every creature. That is why we must go out to others in need; we must welcome refugees. We must love all immigrants; we come from a family history of immigrants unless we are descended from the native Indians.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Let the picture be a meditation



Just gaze on this for a while, a long, loving look - use all your senses. Can you smell the salt water? Feel the sand between your toes? Hear the waves as they roll in to the shore? How do you feel?

One of the calls of the General Chapter:
In the radical style of Jesus of Nazareth, we wish to be in closer relationship as sisters and with one another and with others; we wish to be simpler, more human and closer to people in their experience, in order to show forth the joyful and compassionate face of God and to be at the service of Life, wherever we are sent.”

 To live more humanly just means to really live as a human being should live and I love the call "to show forth the joyful and compassionate face of God...


Friday, February 17, 2017

A Holy Place


This is a picture of a wonderful tree at Villa Maria del Mar where I have been making my retreat for many, many summers. I thought that I needed to add the last bit of Richard Rohr's book called "The Divine Dance" as he quotes from Catherine LaCugna's book "God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life." She wrote: "The very nature of God, therefore, is to seek out the deepest possible communion and friendship with every last creature on this earth."

That, says Rohr, is a job description of God. His last line has really stayed with me. "God is on your side, honestly, more than you are on your own."
We are going to dinner with my sister and her husband, my sister's two children and the "we" means my brother and his wife and me.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

We cannot diminish God's love for us


These pictures are from the General Chapter 2016 and we are now trying to live the calls of this wonderful Chapter.
Although I am in Arizona, I did think this quotation from "The Divine Dance" was worth copying for you:
"Love is not something you do; love is someone you are. It is your True Self. Love is where you came from and love is where you're going. It's not something you can buy. It's not something you can attain. It is the presence of God within you, called the Holy Spirit--or what some theologians name uncreated grace."
Richard Rohr goes on to say that we cannot make God love us any more than God already loves us right now. We can't diminish God's love for us. What we can do, however, is learn to believe it, to receive it, trust it, allow it, and celebrate it, accepting Trinity's whirling invitation to join in the cosmic dance."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Visits



This morning I leave to fly to Arizona and spend twelve days visiting first my brother and his wife, Anita. She is in the picture with me when John and Anita came to see me last summer. After a week in Gold Canyon with them, I go to Scottsdale to be with my sister and her husband and my niece will also be there. We will all have dinner together on the 17th and on the 19th will celebrate my sister's birthday at Anita's and John's desert home. It is right in front of Superstition Mountain so I will take some pictures for my blog.
If I do not write, you know that this is my vacation time. I will be back writing my blog on Shrove Tuesday in time to be ready for the season of Lent.
I might have a few blogs scheduled though so keep looking!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day



In 1960 I left from Rome for Chile immediately after my final profession and arrived on Valentine's Day. It has had a spiritual significance since then. I thought the Lord must be sending me as His valentine to give His Love to all I met in Chile. I found it helpful to renew this each year for the next nineteen years. I guess we are all Valentines sent to reveal God's love to others.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Black History Month


Poem of the Day: BLK History Month

by Nikki Giovanni
If Black History Month is not
viable then wind does not
carry the seeds and drop them
on fertile ground
rain does not
dampen the land
and encourage the seeds
to root
sun does not
warm the earth
and kiss the seedlings
and tell them plain:
You’re As Good As Anybody Else
You’ve Got A Place Here, Too

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Thoughts


Jesus tried so hard to teach us how to live. Even now, He is working in us through the Holy Spirit.
I think that Jesus wants be with us in our everyday lives. He knows, of course, what we are thinking, but I am sure He likes us to just talk to Him as one friend to another. When you love someone, you want to be part of their life, know what they are thinking, what they feel, and nothing is too small or insignificant so we need to talk to Jesus and then sit in silence and listen to Him.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes


After giving the Thirty Day Ignatian Retreat to two priests, a Brother, and a Benedictine Sister, I went from Manresa, Spain to Lourdes in France by bus. Arriving on the eve of the eve of Pentecost, we were fortunate to find a room to rent.
We joined the candlelight procession and it was very thrilling to see all the pilgrims with their lighted candles. The Mass in the crypt was devotional, but I was struck by the prayer of a multitude of people from all over the world. The next day I went to see the sick lined up to wait for the water baths; I also found the room with the confessionals that seemed to cover many languages. I went into one that had "English" on the door, but I think that was wishful thinking; however, the Holy Spirit was very present then and during the entire week end. Still, it was a relief to arrive in Rome on Pentecost and hear all the bells.
I often go to pray at the shrine here and used to do the same in Chile, but I just pray to Our Lady and do not think much about her appearing at Lourdes and the many miraculous healings that have taken place there. She loves to see what we need and point it out to her Son, Jesus.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Finding God in All


Through this arch, pass the dressing rooms and you will see the swimming pool to the left and a large soccer field straight ahead. The high school has this field, a football field, a baseball field, and another field so several other sports are also possible plus two gyms. The Lower school has its own gym and playing fields.

You are going to feel at home here after I have shown some of my pictures, but it is a beautiful place. I think beauty helps us to see God in our surroundings. We should see God in everything, but beautiful scenery helps me and the ocean is my favorite image of God in nature.
I find God easily when I see the children around here. We are so blessed to have contact with them.