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Friday, February 28, 2020

How do you want to spend Lent?

The season of Lent is six weeks. Six weeks is long enough to form a new habit or break a bad habit. What are you discerning to do for the Lord this Lent? I guess I really mean, "What does the Lord want from you? How is He calling you to spend these six weeks? 

I have been discerning and will start with my one act of kindness each day while really discerning what I am to say "no" to each day. I also will start my new Journal on the First Sunday of Lent and be more concrete about each day's prayer. I am happy to be taking time to be serious about trying to stay united to Jesus through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius that I am making as well as directing. They are always a call to beg the grace to know Jesus more intimately, to love Him more ardently, and to follow Him more closely. Not a bad grace to pray for even if you are not making the retreat!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Listening



In the Rule of St. Benedict, monastics are to listen with the "ear of the heart." If we learn the art of deep listening, we can hear the voice of God.  Here is a quote from Mark Nego:

There is a time to listen to the whole
and a time to listen to the part,
a time to listen for how things go together
and a time to shut out everything so we can hear
what lives beneath our masks.

I think this gives us something to reflect on today. Let us try to listen with the ear of the heart.











Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday 2020




Today we receive ashes to remind us that "we are dust and to dust we shall return". The Liturgy is very beautiful and, I think, is encouraging. We ask God that we "may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint."

The first reading reminds us the Lord waits for us to return with our whole heart..."For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment."

Paul reminds us in the second reading that we are ambassadors for Christ. "as if God were appealing through us." He implores us to be reconciled to God.

Jesus will give us good advice in the Gospel (Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18).  He tells us, among other things, "when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you."

























































Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mardi Gras


We are having games and a special party in the afternoon for all. I do not think we will be having pancakes, but they are on our menu for Friday's breakfast. Dinner is special as it is a birthday and the birthday person gets to choose the menu for dinner. 

Since I am trying to make as well as direct the 34 week retreat in daily life, I am really trying to stay with Jesus as He goes around teaching and just showing us His values, His choices, etc. 

I hope each of us now has prayed to see what Jesus may be asking us to do, or not to do, this Lent. It is good to write it down so we can review what we promise each week. I always review the week in my Journal every Sunday. Speaking of Journals, I think I will begin a new one at least by the First Sunday of Lent. I have one ready to use and I am almost finished with my present Journal.
I do urge people to keep a journal - Maybe just a gratitude journal!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Preparing for Lent

Tomorrow we are having a Mardi Gras party and then comes Ash Wednesday and time to reflect on what the Lord might want from each of us this year. I had time to review my goals and to ask the Lord what He wants from me at this moment in my life. I want to take this season of Lent seriously, but the Lord seemed to say to me that it might be good to do nothing. I think that means that I am to not volunteer for anything extra; I think I will only try to do one act of kindness each day and relish the time I do have for prayer.

Today is my sister's birthday and she is entertaining a few friends for lunch, something she loves to do. I am so glad she came for my Jubilee as we really had time just to relax and enjoy our time together. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                                                 
We ask in this Sunday's Collect that "always pondering spiritual things, we may carry out in both word and deed that which is pleasing to you."

I like that and in the first reading from the Book of Leviticus, the Lord told Moses to tell the whole Israelite community: "Be holy, for I, the Lord your God am holy."
The Lord then adds the command not to bear hatred in your heart.

Jesus will tell us in today's Gospel (Matthew 5:38-48) how we are to turn the other cheek, give to the one who asks of us, and love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. 

I like Paul's words to the Corinthians when he asks, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? There is the secret of becoming holy and loving even those who persecute us.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Home again





I arrived home yesterday and have been hurrying to catch up after the wonderful days away. We had perfect weather and arrived on Sunday afternoon to unload and put away the food we had brought with us and then there was an incredible sunset. I am sorry I did not take a picture of it. The sky was streaked with red and purple but it was just gorgeous and lasted a long time. 
It was a real vacation for me and time for more prayer and reflection as well as some light reading. We prayed together for an hour each evening before dinner, but kept silence much of the day for personal prayer. I could eat breakfast late and lunch when I wanted. I love Oakwood, but a few days without a schedule makes for a real vacation. I sat outside and just contemplated the ocean.
Now I am reading and answering mail and hope to get my vote into the mail tomorrow, if I am not too tired tonight. Our wonderful congresswoman came last Sunday to help us go over our sample ballots and so I feel prepared to vote after listening to pros and cons. 
Our Mardi Gras decorations are up and we will have a party on Tuesday. It seems Lent is almost here and I have been giving it quite a bit of thought. I know I need to slow down but maybe plan one act of kindness each day. I am not volunteering for anything!

Friday, February 21, 2020

God is so present in the ocean for me

Today I leave the ocean which speaks to me so deeply of God. I find the ocean is always the same and yet different. There is the movement of the waves, the rising tide and then low tide - always changing, yet always the ocean. The sound of the surf speaks to me of God's presence. I am just happy to sit and contemplate the ocean!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Good soil brings good things

We are all good soil! Sometimes we forget that God has sown good seed in good soil. He wants us to grow and bear fruit. He has chosen each one of us; He is with each of us; He provides what we need. Interior growth is just as slow sometimes as natural growth, but not always. How is God watering your soul today? And are you bearing fruit?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Color is such a gift

Many of the Oakwood community appeared in red sweaters or jackets on Valentine's Day. It made me reflect on what a gift color is in our lives. The flowers in the picture reflect God's gift of color.
I have a colorful quilt on my bed and everyone who visits my room remarks on it. It is a cheerful quilt. I think color is part of the wealth we all have. 

What colors do you wear when you want to show joy? I find pink is my most joyful color. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Our True Wealth

I invite your reflection today on your true wealth. Macrina Wiederkehr asks us to spend a little time contemplating each day the riches of your life, excluding material or financial riches. What are the riches we cannot buy? What graced gifts can we fine when we are willing to search for treasures within?

It is a good reflection and we will be more aware of our own true wealth. Maybe make a list of the treasures you discover both in and around you that have nothing to do with material or financial wealth!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Ski Week Vacation

This is "Ski Week" for the entire school here and so I am now enjoying three full days with one of my sisters who is still teaching and with whom I love to go away with when we are able to use the condo that belongs to the Sisters of Mercy. It is only about an hour and a half from here, but near the beach. We are behind sand dunes, but can walk out to look at the ocean. We have a lovely lagoon on the other side that is full of all sorts of birds and ducks and has a couple of benches to sit on as I no longer walk all the way around the lagoon without needing to sit and contemplate the beauty.
We go on Sunday afternoon and leave on Thursday morning so I am writing my blog ahead for this week.

My senior student is a basketball player and, this being still the season for basketball games, will need to be here. However, it is amazing how many families leave for vacation, many to Tahoe, but others go much farther. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


The Collect for this Sunday's Liturgy is worth praying over:
"O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.

The Liturgy speaks of the commandments of God and I love this thought from the reflection by Lewis B. Smedes:

"Having affirmed the commandments, however, Jesus demonstrated that their purpose was to point the way to a loving community....the commandments are signals of the life of constructive joy; they aim at our welfare and happiness."

I would like to underline "constructive joy"!


Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Flowing Grace of Now

Macrina Wiederkehr has book, The Flowing Grace of Now: Encountering Wisdom Through the Weeks of the Year. I mentioned it here before, but I am finally using it sometimes in my afternoon hour of prayer. Yesterday I was struck by Week Two which told me to read Colossians 1:24-29 and claim the power of Christ's energy in you. In her reflection on the reading, she says: "The fire of Christ burns on in me, yet I forget to sit by the fireplace. I forget to blow on the embers and fan the flame."

I am going to sit by the fireplace and contemplate Christ's energy in me. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sorry I have not been writing my blog this week, but getting ready for today took some time as I try to remember many friends and staff just to send love and gratitude. I wish to do the same for all my readers. It is a feast of love. Our pastoral minister gave us all this verse this morning with a heart and a candy heart:
Love brought me here
Love will take care of me
Let love be my life
That I may die of Love!

I think that comes from Saint Therese.



Sunday, February 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Tiime

I am so sorry that I did not save the transcription of the homily from our Jubilee Mass yesterday, but perhaps the Lord just wanted us to remember certain things. I was struck by the good we have done during these past 60 years; most of us spent years teaching, drawing out what others did not even know was within them. He also spoke of our Apostolic Courage which was the name given to our profession group. We have all had a great deal of apostolic courage.
My sister and brother-in-law are here until Tuesday morning so the celebration continues. I am just taking it one day at a time and thanking God that He did arrange it so Betty and Phil could be here.
We are having lovely weather; sunshine and sweater weather after a few cold (for California) days. I am full of gratitude for the many graces of these days as well as my whole life. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Diamond Jubilee Celebration



I have just come from a really wonderful celebration of 60 years since my final profession; Ann Caire, Rose Chen, and Patti Desmond celebrated with me and the retired Jesuit bishop, Carlos Sevilla, was the celebrant. He gave an inspiring homily and I had it on my Live Transcribe app, but when I went to look for it now, it had not been saved. I had the entire Mass of First Friday and nothing for today. 
He spoke of how Jesus calls His own disciples as the Gospel tells us, too, when Jesus says "It is not you who chose Me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatsoever you ask the Father in My name He may give you."
After a really beautiful liturgy, we had a delicious turkey dinner served in the Fireside Room. Rose Chen had her own table with about twelve and I had made place-cards for the 16 at our table with the Bishop. Most were all my friends as Patti did not invite anyone and Ann came from Houston. It was a lovely day and I am still going over all the graces received during these past 60 years when I went straight from final Profession in Rome to Chile!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Better late than never

I have been busy with the preparations for the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday. My sister and brother-in-law arrive tomorrow afternoon and I have planned something each day for the five days they are here. The Liturgy will be beautiful on Saturday and I believe that we will have three tables in the Fireside Room for our guests. Not many RSCJs are coming from outside of our immediate area, but Rose Chen has a group of at least 8 and I have the Jubilarians at a table for 16; I think the other table will be for RSCJs from the communities nearer to us. I am sure this is not at all interesting for my readers, but this is where my thoughts are.
I think I may be taking a few days of vacation so I can come back full of spiritual thoughts. I am full of gratitude for my almost 70 years in the Society of the Sacred Heart and 60 years since final profession this Saturday.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Feast of St. Blaise

Today we have our throats blessed. We know little of the deeds of St. Blaise, a bishop who died as a martyr. His feast is still marked by the blessing of the throats. He must be very humble because every time I save his picture, I cannot find it. Thus, no picture today, but I do hope you are able to get your throat blessed!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Feast of the Presentation of Jesus


Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord as the law said. They were not expecting anything unusual but Simeon was there and the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ. So, he is in the temple when Mary and Joseph came and he took the child in his arms and said, "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory for your people Israel."

Imagine the amazement of Mary and Joseph. But Simeon also said to Mary, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted -- and you yourself a sword will pierce--so that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

Mary must have kept all these words and pondered them in her heart. Then, Anna, a prophetess advanced in years who never left the temple, came forward and "gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Israel."

There is much to reflect on in today's Gospel. Jesus was fully human and therefore was a helpless baby in the arms of Mary, but God revealed that Jesus was much more! Mary and Joseph returned to Nazareth, a small village to raise Jesus.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

What will matter?


There is wisdom in thinking of what will matter in the long run. Michael Josephson has developed this in a rather long poem so I will maybe just share some lines here:

"Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten
will pass to someone else....

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought
but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success
but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned
but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage, or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence
but your character....

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It is not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters."

Friday, January 31, 2020

When you pray, be like the bird...



When you pray, be like the bird,
endlessly singing before the Creator
its song rising like incense.
Pray like the turtle dove
and you will never lose heart.

St/ Seraphim of Sarov

Thursday, January 30, 2020

When you pray, remember the breath....

When you pray, remember the breath
that made us humans living beings,
from God it comes; to God it returns.
Blend the Word and prayer with the flow of life
and nothing will come between you and the Giver of Life.

St/ Seraphim of Sarov

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Be like the ocean...


When you pray, be like the ocean
with stillness in its depths
the waves ebbing and flowing.
Have calm in your heart, and evil thoughts 
will flee of their own accord."
St. Seraphim of Sarov

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

When you pray....

When you pray, be like the flower
reaching up to the sun;
straight stemmed like a column.
Be open, ready to accept all things without fear
and you will not lack light on your way.
St. Seraphim of Sarov

Monday, January 27, 2020

Thoughts on Silence

I may have shared some thoughts on silence from St. Seraphim a long time ago, but one of my friends shared this with me and I thought it worth copying.

When you pray, be like the mountain
in stillness, in silence;
thoughts rooted in eternity.
Do nothing, just sit, just be;
and you will harvest the fruit of your prayer.

I suspect I did share this at an earlier date, but there are five verses and I am going to use them this week while I am recuperating from pneumonia that has really knocked all the energy out of me!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel for this Sunday (Matthew 4: 12-23) has Jesus beginning to preach in Galilee and calling his first disciples to follow him. They immediately left their nets and followed him. 

The reflection in Give Us This Day is taken from Pope Francis. I shall just quote a small part. The Pope tells us that the first missionary appearances take place along the lake of Galilee, in contact with the multitude, in particular with the fishermen. "There Jesus does not only proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God, but seeks companions to join in his salvific mission...The call reaches them in the midst of their daily activity: the Lord reveals himself to us not in an extraordinary or impressive way, but in the everyday circumstances of our life. There we must discover the Lord; and there he reveals himself, makes his love felt in our heart; and there--with this dialogue with him in the everyday circumstances of life--he changes our heart."
Pope Francis, Angelus, January 22, 2017.     

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Growing old

One of my friends gave me this to see if I wanted to use it in my blog. It is from Theillard de Chardin:
"When sings of age begin to mark my body (and still more when they touch my mind): when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off...strikes from without or is born within me; when the painful moment comes in which I suddenly awake to the fact that I am ill or growing old: and above all at that last moment whin I feel I am losing hold of myself and am absolutely passive within the hands of the great unknown forces that have formed me; in all these dark moments, O God, grant that I may understand it is You (providing only my faith is strong enough) who are painfully parting the fibers of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance to bear me away within Yourself."

Let us pray for strong faith and complete surrender to the God who loves each of us with an infinite love!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Perhaps because I spent the first six years of my school life at the Academy of the Visitation, I have always admired St. Francis de Sales. The entrance antiphon is "I will look after my sheep, says the Lord, and I will appoint a shepherd to pasture them, and I, the Lord, will be their God.

We must pray that all our Bishops will be more like both St. Francis de Sales and Pope Francis. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The importance of worship in our daily lives

This beautiful picture is right here in California. We have a beautiful state and I love to see hills after so many years in South Florida. I have been mostly confined to my room since coming home from the hospital on January 10, but I made it to Mass today and had my retreatants all here for an hour this morning.

I know I spoke of how much the Pope's homily for the feast of the Epiphany meant to me when I found a copy in my room thanks to one of my sisters. I am not sure I shared much on my blog so I will share this today: "Worship means going to Jesus without a list of petitions, but with one request alone: to abide with him. It is about discovering that joy and peace increase with praise and thanksgiving. In worship, we allow Jesus to heal and change us. In worship, we make it possible for the Lord to transform us by his love, to kindle light amid our darkness, to grant us strength in weakness and courage amid trials. Worship means concentrating on what is essential: ridding ourselves of useless things and addictions that anesthetize the heart and confound the mind."

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Enjoy the Holiday but pray for our country!

Let us pray for our country. We are so rooted in white supremacy, unjust laws, and a Congress that seems to have forgotten that the elected members are to seek the common good.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel for this Sunday (John 1:29-34) has John the Baptist pointing out Jesus to some of his disciples. He says, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." John goes on to testify that Jesus is the one he saw the Spirit come down upon him and remain upon him. He ends by saying, "Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."

I think what strikes me most today is the realization that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I am so concerned about our world and the way we are abusing creation. Perhaps I just need to keep asking Jesus to take away the sin of the world that seems to be all around us.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

What do you desire?



Jesus told us to learn of Him that He is meek and humble of heart. Since I am in the 17th week of the 34 week complete Exercises of St. Ignatius, I am considering deeply my own desires. I have often prayed to Jesus to make my heart like His, meek and humble. I realize that I am far from this still, but Jesus also looks at desires.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Being grateful

I think that God sometimes just sends sickness to slow us down and let us sink into silence. I am not yet feeling up to thinking but have enjoyed the silence and God always provides what we need. One of my high school companions sent me a box with Christmas gifts. It came while I was in the hospital. One is a very large red electric candle that seems so real and I am thrilled to have it for prayer. Another is a silver angel holding a heart and it is a bell. I think it is to be hung on a tree, but I have it sitting next to the candle and love it. Then, one of the retreatants from the retreat that I had to leave, sent me a stone painted green with a big BE in red. If I turn it around, the word KIND is on the back. Just little things that help me as I finish ten days without Mass and in isolation.
Tomorrow, I think I can go to Mass as long as I sit in the back. That will make a difference!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Final sharing of guided imagery

Here is the rest of the Guided Imagery that I have been staying with all week. I am still confined to my room and not feeling very good. It is helpful to stay with my images as I never find praying is easy when ill.
I left off in the Garden on the Hillside. I walk slowly up the path enjoying the beauty and watching the deer, the bunnies, the many small birds who all seem to be at home with me. As I near the top, I veer off the path to go sit on a stone ledge. I look over and see the ocean below. The ocean is always an image of God, His immense love. I think that maybe heaven looks like this. It is so beautiful, so peaceful and the animals so tame. Someone must take good care of this lovely hillside as there are flower all along the path.
I am now with God, the Angels and the Saints and I want to praise God, just rest in God. His Love is penetrating every particle of my being. I would like to die now as this is so heavenly but God says there is more for me to do. Then I am just feeling God's love so intensely in all parts of my body.



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Floating on a cloud

Here is the continuation of the Guided Imagery I had; after feeling so relaxed and even joyful on my fluffy white cloud, I was slowly taken up into space and then met God in a brilliant light. I felt God's love penetrate into every particle of my being. I feel so loved and do not need to do anything. I feel open, surrendered to God and want to praise God.
Then, somehow I am in my chair in the Chapel and God is still surrounding me with His Light and Love. Our Lady comes to sit with me, in the chair next to me, and she holds my hand. I feel the angels and the whole Communion of Saints present.
Then the music takes me out on a beautiful hillside with flowers, trees, tame animals and a lovely path. I begin to climb the path slowly as it goes up the hill. It could be the Garden of Paradise.

The rest must wait until tomorrow as this pneumonia has taken all my energy.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Floating on a Cloud


The one guided imagery that I had with my guide last Saturday has helped me through this week of pneumonia, hospital stay, etc. I promised to share so here is just the first part today and I will finish tomorrow.
The music had me swirling around and then swirling up and a big, very white, fluffy cloud came and picked me up. I was then given a ride through space and we kept going up and up toward the sun. I felt wonderful and very relaxed, free and happy also comfortable and contented. I do not need to do anything; just enjoy the ride and the beauty. I see the stars. It gives a different perspective and I also see the ocean below. I am just resting comfortably on my cloud and my cloud continues to move slowly. I do not know where I am going, but I am relaxed. I want the cloud to take me to God. Does God want me now? Then I am in God, surrounded by Light.

To be continued tomorrow.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Baptism of Jesus

Sorry but I have pneumonia and not up to writing today.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Rememberring God's presence

Looking at this picture reminds me of how close to God I felt when ice-skating; maybe it is just what I remember now. I do remember how happy I was to receive a pair of white hockey skates with red plaid lining when I was in seventh grade. Sometimes we would skate on the lagoon in the park and someone would have made a fire and had hot cocoa for us as we came off the ice. 
It is good to be home and I shall begin sharing the retreat but this is still scheduled ahead. 
What are the moments when you have felt close to God?


Friday, January 10, 2020

Whaat was the family of Jesus like?

I invite you to use your imagination to see Jesus growing up with Mary and Joseph. I am also going to be sharing some of my Guided Imagery Retreat during the week to come.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

End of retreat


I am most grateful for all the prayers I have felt in this retreat.
As I am scheduling ahead, I just know I will have felt your prayer. I cannot tell you yet what happened as I have not yet begun the retreat as I write this, but I seem to have chosen a picture that goes with our Chapter call to set sail. I feel I am on my last voyage and I want to be ready for whatever the future holds.

One quote I love from Cardinal Sarah's The Power of Silence is:

"God achieves everything, acts in all circumstances, and brings about all our interior transformations. But he does it when we wait for him in recollection and silence.
In silence, not in the turmoil and noise, God enters into the innermost depths of our being." p.25

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Where I have been living






Tomorrow the retreat ends. Each year (counting on this year to be the same) I have had the end room on the right of this picture. You can just see the corner of the window but it looks out on ocean and has another window on the side of the house. The other windows are those of what used to be dining room and at the very end is the living room which has a fireplace and where we gather to pray together before dinner and then share in the evening. The other eight retreatants live in the annex, which is a separate building with small bedrooms. We have three guides and one of the graces of the retreat is that we not only have three longer sessions for the Guided Imagery, but we also see our guide for spiritual direction each day in the afternoon. I have found this very helpful.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Oakwood Chapel at Christmas





These are not very good pictures, but I do love our Chapel here at Oakwood and we are so fortunate to have daily Mass here.

Here is another quote from "The Power of Silence":

"At the heart of man there is an innate silence, for God abides in the innermost part of every person. God is silence, and this divine silence dwells in man. In God we are inseparably bound up with silence." p.22

Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday after Epiphany


The bottom image is that of the Oakwood Infant and I just thought a picture better than words for today.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Feast of the Epiphany


I have always loved this feast as we are all seeking Jesus. It is good to be in retreat as that is what these days are all about and we are all called to follow the star God shows us to lead us to Him.
Since I am still scheduling ahead and not using the computer during retreat, I again ask your prayer.

It is a joyous feast. Here is the Collect for the Mass:

"O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory, …."

Saturday, January 4, 2020

God speaks in silence


Today my quote is from Father Marie-Eugene de L'Enfant Jesus' book I want to see God. I do not know this book but Cardinal Sarah has this quote on p. 22 in his wonderful book, The Problem of Silence:
"God speaks in silence, and silence alone seems able to express Him. For the spiritual person who has known the touch of God, silence and God seem to be identified. And so, to find God again, where would he go, if not to the most silent depths of his soul, into those regions that are so hidden that nothing can any longer disturb them? When he has reached there, he preserves with jealous care the silence that gives him God. He defends it against any agitation, even that of his own powers."

How do you defend your silence as you seek God?