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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Tuesday, First Week of Lent
I love this image and use it for prayer as it is a deep pool with a special cleft in the rock at the bottom that leads me into the Heart of Jesus.
I was praying over a conference that our Mother General gave to our nuns who made their final profession in 2009. She told them that there are some attitudes that we hope will mark the whole of our lives. One is a deep desire to know God, with the longing of the deer who thirst for fresh water; another is an openness which invites God into the whole of you, letting you receive with all your being the loving gaze of God, letting you accept the more vulnerable parts of yourself, letting God shape and mold you.
Those two attitudes give us enough to reflect on today and I shall continue tomorrow!
Today is also the Feast of St. Katharine Drexel who was born to a wealthy Philadelphian family; she grew up with her sisters loving God and those in need. When her parents died, Katharine, at the age of 30, entered the Sisters of Mercy with the intention of founding her own order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which she did in 1891. Her order was to work among African and Native Americans and she used her wealth to establish schools and missions both in the South and on Indian reservations. She had a severe heart attack in 1935 and spent the last twenty years of her life in retirement. She was 97 when she died and she was canonized in 2000, just 45 years after her death.
The Gospel is Matthes 6:7-15 and Jesus tells his disciples that when they pray they are not to babble..."Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." He then teaches them the "Our Father".
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.