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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Feast of the Annunciation

He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.

Mary always did what is pleasing to God. We are called to do the same. This requires us to live a discerning life.
Mary also heeded the need to be still and know her God.

"Stillness isn’t an escape. It’s an entrance, to your innermost self, right where you are today." God is always waiting for us! Let us ask Mary to help us do what is pleasing to God and to be aware of God's presence in us today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Simplicity



Simplicity is a virtue that is dear to me. Ever since I read in our Constitutions that we "must love and desire that simplicity which springs from the calmness of a soul who seeks and longs for her God, and who, without any thought so self or of her own interests, looks only to God Whom alone she wishes to love and please in all things," I have loved and desired this virtue.

One of my favorite sayings of st. Madeleine Sophie is:  "Be humble, be simple, give joy to others."

Simplicity gives joy.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Seasons in our life


We all experience what In Courage posted on March 21.
Spiritual seasons occur no matter where we live. These seasons come and these seasons go. They are constantly changing. It doesn’t matter where we live or how old we are.

Although God never changes, His work in our lives often does. The way He moved in our past circumstances will not necessarily be the way that He will move in our current or future ones. There comes a time in our relationship with Him when He calls us to set aside our old thinking and old ways.
It’s hard, but it’s the only way He can bring us into the new thing He wants to do in our lives. It’s a process. And it takes time. But God is so patient with us. He doesn’t waste those wilderness, wasteland moments. He often uses them to usher us into the next place of promise and to encourage those around us who are walking through the same thing.

We were without power so I did not post yesterday. I love the thought that we want to see Jesus. We can see Him in each one we meet. I guess I am spending some time reflecting on the way God is acting in me now!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pictures help me to pray


So much beauty to contemplate! First I see the still water and it speaks to me of God. Then I look at the mountains and think of Jesus climbing the mountain to pray and one time he invited his three friends and was transfigured in prayer. And then my eyes are drawn to the clouds. I think of how God used a cloud to lead the chosen people. When the cloud stopped, they stopped and stayed until the cloud moved ahead.
 I remember how I used to imagine I was on a magic carpet with Jesus floating through clouds and then soaring over the different continents, stopping to pray for those in need. My imagination does not need this picture as I have so many stored away. They help me to pray.
We are having a Lenten day of retreat and keeping silence today with two talks. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Lord dreams of me . . .



Have you thought about it? The Lord dreams of me! He thinks of me! I am in the Lord’s mind and in His heart! The Lord can change my life! And he has many projects: ‘we will build houses and plant vineyards, we will share our meals’… these are the dreams of someone who is in love…. Thus we can see that the Lord is in love with his people. And when he says to his people: ‘I haven’t chosen you because you are the strongest, the biggest, the most powerful. I have chosen you because you are the smallest of them all. You could add: the most miserable. This is whom I have chosen’. This is love”.

These words of Pope Francis are to be pondered and believed. God loves us so much and wants us to let Him love us. Try it today and enter into His joy. He loves every person in every part of the world.

This is in honor of St. Joseph: (Should have posted it yesterday)
“St. Joseph's silence kept him so much in touch with God; at each crisis or turning point in life, God's voice was heard indicating the way.  He waited and prayed and took counsel with God. Was not St. Joseph a markedly singlehearted man of great purity of intention? 'Always seek the Beholder of the heart.' A thing not learned in a day, but by constant practice of letting go of the human standard. To seek simply 'What does God think, judge, will, in this matter?' is an eternal thought, judgment and decision that will give peace, strength and stability. All human thoughts and wills flicker so feebly. This is a steady light.”
Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Where are you going?



Pictures of paths fascinate me.
I long to explore, to wander free
Watching the birds, wondering why 
When they have the entire sky
They wish to nest in a tree.

I think that we constantly need to discern what path to take and I have found that it is good to enlist the aid of others in discerning any change of path.

While I am using the exercise machine in the morning, I watch 
frisky squirrels playing hide and seek. There is a beautiful bird who hops around on slender legs, dressed in blue and cocky, too.
When the playful squirrels hit ground, my pretty friend takes flight.

God, I thank you for this world of wonder!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Love drops in



He came.
There had been no gilt-edged invitation,
No pleading for his presence.
Love just wanted to drop in,
to surprise, as when He came
through locked doors.
His presence was comfortable,
needing no whys or wherefores,
and when He left,
an odor remained in the room,
Proof of some other country.

This is another poem by Carol Bialock, RSCJ and the title is 
"Another Country".

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day





I usually send St. Patrick's Day cards, but not this year so I just want to wish all my readers a very joyful day!
I do not know if we will be doing anything special here, but the nurse's central desk has some green shamrocks hanging from the ceiling. Alas, I have nothing green to wear. It is suddenly summer weather here and I have my heaviest clothes and did not get to pack myself to come out to California. The weather has been beautiful, 
but now quite warm! 
We had a group of students come over to help us with computer skills. I will now be able to write my blog on a community computer in the library and create a file for my pictures.
Now for a spiritual thought to reflect on today: "our sins are also symptoms of a basic interior attitude, one of refusing to let God give himself to us."
This quote is from Miriam Pollard's "The Laughter of God".



Monday, March 16, 2015

Joy resides in me


Today I wish to share with you another poem by Carol Bialock that I find helpful. The title is "Resolution".

I will not let the angel of joy
Flood my soul in vain
I will not let darkness
Be victorious.
When fear tightens its noose,
Constricts the heart,
Clogs the mind,
I will go to the man of light
Who has always befriended me
And breathe deep 
in the release
Of his embrace.

"All our joys are seen as Thee" - this line has stayed with me.
I think the Holy Spirit is working in me so that I am able to see God's presence constantly in the people and events in each day. Maybe I just am having more time to reflect but it is a grace. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

God is rich in mercy . . .

I often pray over the the passage of St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10, the second reading for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This is also Laetare Sunday as the opening Antiphon begins: "Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her.
Be joyful, all who were in mourning;
Exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast."

Paul tells us that "God is rich in mercy, because of the great love He had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- raised us up with him....
It is so true that God loves each of us unconditionally! That gives me joy! I rejoice in His love for me, for you, for each...

We had Pat's funeral yesterday and it was beautiful! Then we had a sharing of memories and Pat's joy, gratitude, and holiness came forth from so many recounting memories of Pat.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Jubilee Year of Mercy

The announcement of the Pope proclaiming a Jubilee Year of Mercy gave me grat joy! It begins December 8, 2015 and will end on the Feast of Christ the King, last Sunday in November.

Here is something from the Pope's homily last Thursday:


The Lord is clear with the people who “have lost their faithfulness”: “Those who aren’t with me are against me”. One could ask: “Isn’t there a way to compromise, a little here and a little there?”. No, the Pontiff said. “Either you are on the path of love, or you’re on the path of hypocrisy. Either you let yourself be loved by the mercy of God, or you do what you want, according to your heart which grows harder, each time, on this path”. There is no “third path of compromise: either you’re holy or you take the other path”. Whoever “doesn’t gather” with the Lord, not only “abandons things” but “worse: scatters, destroys. He/she is a corruptor”, one “who corrupts”.

 "Harden not your hearts" - it is so important to listen to God. "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts."

I have been struck by the idea that in prayer I listen to God. Since silence is God's first language,  I listen with my heart; God is also listening to my heart!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Anointing

There is a beautiful anointing within Mass that all of us experienced on Wednesday. It gave me great consolation to receive this Sacrament of Healing. All the prayers are wonderful but I will just give a tiny sample. After the Litany and Petitions, there is a prayer of thanksgiving over the Blest Oil and then the priest extends his hands over all to be anointed and prays for the entire group:
"Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.
Amen."

Then the priest went to each of us and anointed our foreheads and hands with the holy oil.

What struck me most were these phrases in the prayer after the Anointing. "Father in Heaven, through this Holy Anointing, grant our sisters and friends comfort in thir suffering:
-when they are afraid, give them courage,
-when afflicted, give them patience,
-when dejected, give them hope.
Keep them firm in faith and serene in hope, so that they may be an example of patient and joyful witness to the power of your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I prayed for courage, patience, and hope for all!