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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ignatius was one of the saints that loved to go out and look at the stars at night. It is inspiring to do this still and I wonder why I do not do it more often. I love to do it when I am staying outside of a city, but even in Miami there are beautiful nights for star gazing and this leads to prayer.
I seldom ask pray for any specific intention in this blog, but my sister had a knee operation on March 26 and I want her to get better as soon as possible. The more I hear from others who have had this operation, the more I realize that it is not easy to get back to being able to do everything that one normally did without thinking about it. I also had a call this morning from a cousin asking prayers for her eyes. She was on the way to a clinic for some sort of intervention but has been losing her sight. I was touched that she called to ask for prayer. Sometimes I believe that God waits for us to pray for specific things.
Although I am still upset about the "reform" the Vatican is seemingly trying to impose on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, I am still using the latest booklet: "Live the Questions Now". I just find the quotes provoke reflection. Here is another from Alice Walker:
"Is there anything more painful than realizing you did not have the right question to ask at the only time on earth you would have the opportunity?"
The Scripture quote is from Mark 9:23: "If you can?" said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes."
I hope this calls forth reflection. I am reminded of Job who finally kept silence when God began asking him questions!
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.