Saturday, July 4, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Robert Enright, PhD has some Guideposts for living a forgiving life.
1. Finding meaning in what you have suffered
2. Discover your need for forgiveness
3. Discover that you are not alone
4. Discover the purpose of your life
5. Discover the freedom of forgiveness
I just think that it is helpful to take time to go through these steps.
Perhaps, and I hope this is true, we have done the discovery part but just need to recall it now.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
We find God's love everywhere! His love is visible in the cosmos, in nature, in each one, and in everything.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Ps 63: 1-2; and Ps 42:1-2, 7-8 -
As the deer pants for living water, so my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
Deep calls to deep at the sound of your waterfalls;
All your breakers and your waves have rolled over me.
The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime;
And his song will be with me in the night.
A prayer to the God of my life.
"So what difference does it make how you pray provided your heart is seeking the One you love?" St. Madeleine Sophie
" Be still and know that I am God" Ps 46:10
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Entrance Antiphon: "The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge...Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage."
Collect: Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundations of your love...
The Gospel is Matthew 10:26-33 and begins with Jesus saying to the Twelve: "Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known...
I am going back over my retreat starting tomorrow and will be sharing some with you.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
"Behold this Heart which has so loved men, which has spared nothing even to exhausting and consuming Itself to show them Its love and in return I receive from most men only ingratitude by their irreverence and sacrileges and by their coldness and contempt for Me in this sacrament of love; but what wounds Me yet more deeply is that souls consecrated to My service should treat Me thus."
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Looking behind I am filled with gratitude.
Looking forward I am filled with vision.
Looking upwards I am filled with strength.
Looking within I discover peace.
Quero Apache Prayer
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
This is not a time of mere change.
This is a time of transformation,
and transformation comes not out of scarcity
but out of the context of possibility,
responsibility, and sufficiency.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
I bless this day for the wonderful adventure
it can become as I walk through it with the
eyes of wonder rather than boredom,
use every opportunity to express peace
rather than irritation,
and choose love over fear.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Optimism is a strategy for making a
better future. Because unless you believe
that the future can be better,
you are unlikely to step up and
take responsibility for making it so.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Here is the Collect for the Mass:
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption.
This feast has a sequence Lauda Sion which has many verses. There is a shorter form that begins with this verse:
Lo! the angel's food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
See the children's bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.
(It sounds better in Latin!)
Jesus told us, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven;l whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
That is the first of the Gospel for this feast, John 5:51-58
Saturday, June 13, 2020
"What amazes me is that before we can count we are taught to be grateful for what others do. As we are broken open by our experience, we begin to be grateful for what is, and if we live long enough and deep enough and authentically enough, gratitude becomes a way of life."
Let us pray for one another that we may all find that gratitude is a way of life and is a way to experience joy and to give joy to others.
Friday, June 12, 2020
When life feels too big to handle, go outside.
Everything looks smaller when
you’re standing under the sky.
WE NEED TO KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE!
"fOR SURELY I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, SAYS THE lORD,
PLANS FOR YOUR WELFARE AND NOT FOR HARM, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE WITH HOPE.
tHEN WHEN YOU CALL UPON ME AND COME AND PRAY TO ME, I WILL HEAR YOU.
when YOU SEARCH FOR ME, YOU WILL FIND ME; IF YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART, I WILL LET YOU FIND ME." jEREMIAH 29:11-14
Thursday, June 11, 2020
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
As we go into retreat, I thought I would translate a bit of a prayer that I have in French. I do not know the author, but I suspect it was one of our Mother Generals. I just use some of it sometimes as it is in a book I made with prayers and pictures.
"O Jesus, here I am before you, poor little sinful creature!....I beg the grace of your presence. Allow me to descend a little into the depths of your solitary soul, to enter into your prayer...
Your Heart is alone in its Life of adoration, of praise, of reparation...In order to descend into the depths of Your Heart, make me a silent soul, detached and offered. Amen.
Do pray that the entire house will be silent for the next eight days so we can descend into the depths of the Heart of Christ and pray for the world.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Monday, June 8, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life!
If up to now you have kept him at a distance, step forward.
He will receive you with open arms.
If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won't be disappointed.
If following him seems difficult, don't be afraid, trust him,
be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.
We all need that strength. I received the gift of fortitude and the fruit of humility to pray for this year when we passed bookmarks with the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost - one of the Society customs that I love. I am happy with what I drew as I feel the need for both fortitude and humility.
Friday, June 5, 2020
I keep thinking of something I received from a dear friend; it was enclosed in her card and the title is "Celebrate who you are"!
It says: "For your unique life journey has not often been an easy one, yet look at how much you've grown, how much you've learned, how far you've traveled how much love you have given, how much beauty you have created!
It is time to sing your strengths, revel in your triumphs, and rejoice in the magnificent human being that you have become!"
Let us rejoice - we have come a long way and now our candle burns with a steady flame to light the way for others. We must trust the Lord to use us as He sees fit.
The second circuit is responsible for our ability to recover from negative states.
The third circuit, also independent but essential for the others, is our ability to focus.
The fourth and final circuit is our ability to be generous.
This is the research of a neuroscientist, Richard Davidson, and I find it fascinating. I read it in The Book of Joy and perhaps, after I have mulled over this, I will expand on what it really means to me.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
How are we relating to one another now? Often we are just with family while sheltering in place. However, I am sure that the phone and internet have made it quite easy to continue to relate to many, many others. Or, you may just want to escape for some quiet time if your home is full of people. Small children can be very demanding or at least need your attention so you may be craving time alone, even while sheltering in place. Joy is to be had in moments of silence, but I think joy comes from relationship to others.
I am grateful for the many who have reached out to me, to us, at Oakwood during this time. I am so glad I can receive mail as well as email to stay in touch with family and friends. Others prefer the phone. I am getting to love zoom meetings.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
We are candles burning, sometimes sputtering, sometimes steady, with the same task as the stars in their majesty making light.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
I think that the slowing down of life in general that is taking place with everyone in a family at home instead of rushing to work, school, outside activities, etc. has the possibility of being very relaxing, but it is how we respond to the situation. Remember, we have all the time there is and now we can choose how to use our new leisure. Relaxing is an art and perhaps takes some practice!
Monday, June 1, 2020
The entrance antiphon for yesterday's feast of Pentecost tell us,
"The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world..." And the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit of God dwelling within us, alleluia!
Each of us has received the Holy Spirit in Baptism and we need to develop a real relationship with this Spirit who is always with us, within us, to help us.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth."
How we need the Spirit today to renew the face of our earth!!
Let us take time to sit in silence and invite the Spirit into our hearts in a special way today. Just sit in silence and listen to whatever the Spirit will tell you. We also pray for the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Today is my birthday and I am 89 years old. I do not feel that old and have so much to be grateful for during all the years of my life!
Sometimes I forget to hit "done" after I schedule a blog ahead; I apologize but once published, I cannot change anything on the RSCJ website.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
That is a direct quote from the Foreword of Stress Therapy written by Tom McGrath and Illustrated by R.W. Alle. It is one of the Elf-help booklets printed by Abbey Press. I had a whole collection of them at one time, but gave all away except the one on Stress Therapy which has some good helps for me to share, probably in my own words. Some stress is good and keeps us going forward. I felt that kind of stress when writing my dissertation and I think we all have some stress when we know we have a deadline or must finish something and the stress gives us the courage and will power to meet the deadline. However, we need to watch that our lives are not in constant stress. I think the week end was first invented to help us all relax and rest. Now, even Sunday has become a busy day with the stores open. Maybe this "sheltering in place" is stressful for you, but could be a time of relaxation for many.
Friday, May 29, 2020
There are many good things to be found on our website. I am always amazed that many of the RSCJs do not check our website or the International one. Some have asked how to find my blog and I tell them that they can find it daily on the website or sign up for it by email.
I just want to close with this quote that I received in a note:
"In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
1. Perspective: There are many different angles.
2. Humility: I tried to look humble and modest
3. Humor: Laughter, Joking is much better
4. Acceptance: The only place where change can begin
5. Forgiveness: Freeing ourselves from the past
6. Gratitude: I am fortunate to be alive
7. Compassion: Something we want to become
8. Generosity: We are filled with joy
These are taken up one by one in the third section of the book and I have not reached it yet.
I am also busy preparing for the Feast of Pentecost which is May 31 this year and that happens also to be my 89th birthday so I need to pray much to the Holy Spirit to prepare me for a new year of life.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
It is a very positive book and a great one to read during this time.
It has three main sections: The Nature of True Joy, The Obstacles to Joy and The Eight Pillars of Joy. Tomorrow I will share more from this lovely book. I have long been an admirer of both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Monday, May 25, 2020
Reading all of Sophie's letters (at least I read over 1,000 as I read all her letters to members of the Society and also read all of her Conferences that were printed), made her seem very close to me. I had also had a terrific experience my first year in Chile when she appeared to me in a dream and gave me spiritual direction. I still remember her presence and the peace she gave me, but, alas, do not remember her words to me.
All of us love her and feel her presence in our lives so it is good to have a special day to honor her.
Memorial Day takes second place this year!
Sunday, May 24, 2020
"O God, whose Son, at his Ascension to the heavens, was pleased to promise the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, grant, we pray, that just as they received manifold gifts of heavenly teaching, so on us, too, you may bestow spiritual gifts...."
The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles: 1:12-14
"After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount of Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a
sabbath day's journey away.
When they returned tot he city they went to the upper room where they were staying,,,"
Then the names of the eleven Apostles are given - I wonder if they were drawn to stay in that room because there Jesus had washed their feet and given them the gift of Himself in the Eucharist and then appeared to them on the first Easter Sunday night and gave them His peace and the power to forgive sins. I hope the owner of the house was happy to have all these men staying in his upper room!
The reading continues by telling us "All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers."
Let us also prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit next Sunday by prayer.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
It is Memorial Day week end. Since we are still not allowed to have visitors, it will be a quiet one. I have grown to love the silence.
Monday is both Memorial Day and the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie. I am asking Sophie to help me to prepare for the feast of Pentecost which is the last Sunday of May this year and my 89th birthday. We all need to pray for the grace to be more attentive to the Holy Spirit each day and all day. We say a prayer each morning to prepare for Pentecost and there is a novena online. I am asking for the Holy Spirit to help all of us to discern even the little things in our lives.
My favorite quote from St. Madeleine Sophie is:
"Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others."
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to make us humble, simple, and allow us to give joy to others.
Friday, May 22, 2020
My retreat group ended the complete Exercises of St. Ignatius with a very good sharing. We shall continue to meet to pray together and share, but I guess I will share a few things that have come clear to me as I look back over the 34 weeks of retreat. First, a retreat in daily life is always a grace. It helped me to turn often to Jesus during the day. One thing that stands out is how grateful I am for all the little things in my life as well as the big.
During the retreat I was aware of how wonderful my parents were; I was also aware of my own desire to stay with Jesus and how I have found Him in the Blessed Sacrament in so many chapels and churches during my whole life. I am also aware that I need to cultivate compassion. These are all graces to thank for this week.
I am sure that each of my reader has a list and I again suggest keeping a gratitude journal. (My own Journal is a mixture of whatever the day brought to mind, but I write directly addressing Jesus).
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
"Thinking of Our Lady's interior life, it is difficult to put it to ourselves in an other form that that she lived in the presence of God. That was the atmosphere that surrounded everything she did, every word she uttered and her every thought."
I am convinced that the interior life of each of us here at Oakwood is much more interesting than our exterior life. We just need to learn how to share what is so real and so energizing.
I have been praying and reflecting a great deal on the questions we have to discern about for our Provincial Chapter. In one sense it is difficult because we are being asked to envision what the Society will be doing, where we will be, etc. in fifteen years from now. I will not be around to see what I am trying to plan for now. Do join me in prayer for our provincial Chapter which begins July 9.