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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Jesus came that we may have life!
I am still reflecting on the theme of the Good Shepherd. Geaorge Maloney,SJ, in his Entering into the Heart of Jesus: Meditations on the Indwelling Tinity in St. John's Gospel, says that the sheep that belong to the Good Shepherd experience, in the love of their Pastor, the outpoured love of the Heavenly Father through their mutual love, the Holy Spirit. Jesus is not only the true and only shepherd who leads us into the sheepfold, the Kingdom of God. He is also the good (in Greek the word is kalos, indicating a gentle, loving, self-sacrificing, kindness) shepherd. He lays down his life to save his sheep. He knows each of us in our unique personhood, by our name. And he has come that we may have life!
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.