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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I love this picture. Contemplation is looking with wonder and awe. The Gospel today is from Matthew 23:1-12 and is a call to humility. Jesus tells his disciples to observe all things that the Scribes and Pharisees tell them, but do not follow their example. "For they preach and do not practice." Jesus also says that all their works are performed to be seen...they love places of honor..."
The Gospel ends with Jesus telling us, "The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Thomas Merton said, "It takes heroic humility to be yourself and to be nobody but the person that God intended you to be."
One of my very favorite quotations from St. Madeleine Sophie is "Be simple. Be humble and bring joy to others."
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.