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Friday, July 15, 2016

View from my window

I have such a wonderful view from my window and I just love to watch. The birds come to drink and bathe in the fountain, there are flowers all around, and the redwoods give shade to the left side.
I thank God for the beauty here each day and next week I shall be at Villa Maria del Mar making my retreat. Therefore, I think it is time that I take a vacation from the blog for the next two weeks. There is so much on our Province webpage now that there is a link to our international website that has news each day of our General Chapter with pictures. There is also a link to our International Society website on the right side of this blog. Just click on it and then click on General Chapter 2016. I suspect you will have plenty to reflect upon without by writing each day. I also suggest you look at the Concord Pastor's Blog which is posted daily and has a link on the right side of my blog. In the meantime, please pray for my retreat which begins on Tuesday and ends on Tuesday, July 26.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Let God

Each day we grow older. Are we getting wiser? This came in an e-mail and I am posting it:

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. 
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

God knows how to ripen us; remember He is in charge so let us surrender joyfully to all He asks of us.  Let God be God.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Praying for others

Sometimes my list of people I have promised to pray for grows so long that I am afraid I just say to God, "For all those I have promised to pray for and for all those who need my prayer today, Lord, take care of them all." He knows and I think this is good, but I also take time to recite a list as I walk or after Mass when I go use an exercise machine. Then my list seems short and I end up praying for all the countries in the world. Right now, I am praying much for our General Chapter and for the 75 who will be making decisions for the future of the Society of the Sacred Heart and also electing a new Mother General. It is an important time for us and I am glad to be going into retreat next Tuesday, July 19, to have more time for prayer. I also ask your prayers for me. I will be going to my favorite place, Villa Maria del Mar, on the ocean in Santa Cruz. It is a contemplative retreat and will have morning prayer and then an optional sharing in the evening. I am looking forward to it. And I shall pray for all of my blog readers!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Seek God and God will be found

These words of St. Madeleine Sophie speak to me:

"You must be faithful and loving; seek God everywhere and God will be found."

And my favorite from John of the Cross: "Put love where there is no love and you will find love."

And then there is this good advice given to me by my mother when I was a child and which has proven so helpful for all my life:

"Love others and they will love you."

And so I leave you to reflect on these three quotes today or simply gaze at the picture while listening to the Holy Spirit.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Don't Worry

Have you ever felt fear when you had to stand up and give a talk? If so, you will enjoy this from my friend Pam's musings:

Don't Worry 
It was time to go up to the podium
and address the gathering.
My heart was racing, my legs unsteady
and I was wishing the floor would
open and swallow me.

The blinding lights blurred my script
beyond clarity - now what?  panic
shook every bone in me.
He said, " don't worry - let me take care of it."
I released my grip on my speech
and heard words go out to the crowd They streamed from my heart
which had become God's microphone.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

"And who is my neighbor?"

How often Jesus answers a question with a question as he does in this Sunday's Gospel. The scholar of the law asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks him, "What is written in the law?" And the man has the right reply: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

Then Jesus tells him that he has answered correctly and if he does this he will live. But the man then says, "And who is my neighbor?" That question leads to Jesus telling us the story of the good Samaritan. You remember that a man is set upon by robbers who stripped him and beat him and left him half-dead.  A priest went down that road, saw him, and passed by on the opposite side. Then a Levite came, saw him, and passed by on the opposite side. It was the Samaritan who was moved with compassion, who approached him, tended his wounds, and put him on his own animal to take him to an inn and care for him. The next day he gave the innkeeper money to continue the care and even promised to repay him on his return, if he spent more on the comfort of the poor man. Then Jesus asks, "Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the poor victim?" The man said, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus simply says, "Go and do likewise."

Saturday, July 9, 2016

God's Garden

A dear friend just lost her mother so please pray for her and all the family. I begin with this as she told me that she used a prayer I had once put on the blog and she thought was so beautiful. I think it is worth sharing again:

God looked around his garden and found an empty place.
He looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful; he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering; He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough; and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you.
The day God called you Home.

Friday, July 8, 2016

What do you see?

Again we have a picture to stir our imaginations. What do you see? What might God be saying to you in this picture? Does it move you to remember other times and places? Take time to just contemplate it and see what comes to mind.

Go sit on the bench for a bit and something will happen!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

An English Cottage

Some pictures spark my imagination; this is one of them. I can imagine a family and see them seated around a fire in a fireplace and having tea; I can imagine the library in this home and the children with their governess. It just lends itself to my imagination. Sometimes I can also imagine that I am meeting Jesus in some part of this picture.

Enough of imagining for today as I want to share with you the Act of Consecration of the Society of the Sacred Heart to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which we say on the First Saturday of every month. It is a beautiful prayer and I fear that we have lost the custom in many of our small communities and so I am delighted to share this with you:
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, we come today with confidence and love to consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart.
You are the Mother of Fair Love. In you is all hope of life and virtue.
Grant us this day the desire of our hearts by giving us
a love strong as death, which will separate us from all that is not God;
a love so generous in its conformity to the good pleasure of God, that it may transform us and give us new life;
a love so ardent that it may enkindle the souls of those confided to our care;
a love so insatiable that all work and suffering may be as fuel to feed its flame until our last breath.
Mother of Holy Hope set your Divine Son as a seal upon our hearts and upon our arms, that we may, after your example, live and act by Him and for Him alone.
Intercede for our Holy Mother the Church in all her needs.
Save all who put their trust in you.
Bless our Society so devoted to you and to your Son.
Be the stay and support of our Central Team, and grant that we who are united with you in love on earth may bless you and rejoice in you for all eternity. Amen.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

God always brings newness

Here is something from the Pope to reflect on today:

Christian communities and movements which began in Europe, are bearers of many charisms, which are gifts of God to be made available to others. “Together for Europe” is a unifying power with the clear aim of translating the basic values of Christianity into concrete responses to the challenges of a continent in crisis.

Your lifestyle is based on mutual love, lived out with Gospel radicalness. A culture of reciprocity means talking things over, esteeming one another, welcoming one another, helping one another. It means appreciating the diversity of charisms so as to move together towards unity and enrich it. The tangible and clear presence of Christ among you is the witness which leads to faith.

Every authentic unity draws on the wealth of diversity which forms it – like a family which grows in unity in so far as its members can fully and fearlessly be themselves. If Europe as a whole wants to be a family of peoples, it should put the human person back at the centre; it should be an open and welcoming continent, and continue to establish ways of working together that are not only economic but also social and cultural.

God always brings newness. You have experienced this so often in your lives! Are we open to surprises today too? You, who have answered the Lord’s call courageously, are called to show his newness in your lives and bring to life the fruits of the Gospel, fruits that have grown from Christian roots, which for the last 2,000 years have nourished Europe. And you will bear even greater fruit! Maintain the freshness of your charisms; continue to be “Together” and extend it further! Make your homes, communities and cities into workshops of communion, friendship and fraternity, which can bring people together and be open to the whole world.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


"Crowds, troubled,  abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd..."
                     __________by Pam
Hundreds, many
wandering , struggling to live
but no one to help them find a way.
Abandoned, walled out by fear,
they hope, with fading hope, they cry
who can lead, who can open fences,
possibilities of life?
Be aware of the call-listen
enter their journey with heart,
and be a shepherd with God's flock
travel with them, however you can.

One of my RSCJ friends sends me her musings each day and said I could share them so, when the Holy Spirit prompts me to, you will have something from Pam. Her "musings" often help my prayer.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

May we all enjoy the day and take time to pray for our country!

I am confiding the elections to the Lord but praying much for wisdom for all those who vote.
My sister and brother-in-law left today and I now am hoping to catch up with e-mails. We took my laptop to be cleaned up or tuned up or something last night and were able to get it this morning. I hope it works now as I am behind in many things. Still, I now have a  phone with captions that works in my room. I seldom give my phone number to anyone except family or very close friends, but I do have one so I can call when necessary.
We have a beautiful chapel and I love just to sit there and know that Jesus is with me. We are surrounded by beauty so I pray that all may enjoy this holiday and thank God for all He has given us.