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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Love much

This is a picture that makes me feel peaceful.
Today, we had 43 Kindergarten children come over to sing for us in our Chapel. They were so well-behaved and we enjoyed seeing them very much. I am sorry that we did not have something to give them as they gave us joy. We also had some of ours go to the school Mass this morning that was in honor of St. Madeleine Sophie. They said that the students were all very prayerful and the choir and orchestra was excellent. My student told me that the Middle and Lower School had an earlier Mass. 

I do have another quote from Mother Stuart for today.

"The way to do much in a short time is to love much. People will do great things if they are stirred with enthusiasm and love." 

I am preparing for the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie, our Mother Foundress, which is May 25. She loved much and did great things.

Friday, May 20, 2022

The Presence of God


God is, of course, everywhere. However, God is present in a special way in the Eucharist. I just read that on Corpus Christi, the Church in the United States is beginning a time of preparation for the Eucharistic Congress planned for 2024l. There is so much need today of so many things, but the Bishops feel the need for more instruction on the Eucharist. I hope this also leads us to see the need to take Christ to the needy, the poor, the homeless. 

Here is a quote from Mother Stuart: "To go into the Presence of God is like going out into the freshness of the morning air. God is always new and His Presence gives new life."

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Sing every way you can!

 Another one of my favorite quotes from Mother Stuart is all about singing every way we can.

"It is an arduous journey, a great undertaking, not a little or easy thing... sing every way you can. God gave song to give heart and courage and joy in life...if not with the voice, sing with the spirit and understanding: sing by works of courage and hope, praise and thanksgiving. Call out to one another by high thought and spirited ambitions; these are the songs of our country."

We are having the funeral of one of our Sisters this morning who really did end her last months singing. She sang during breakfast, she sang when she saw you, she sang when she was alone. She was happy singing away and could not remember present day things, but still could sing!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Sharing a Guided Imagery

 Last Wednesday morning and today I was on a zoom with a group for first taking time to have a Guided Imagery experience and then to deepen it during the week and share it today. We had members of the GIM team with us and it is always a deep and rich experience. I am going to try to share mine with you today. I was in Yosemite sitting alone in front of two waterfalls. I am in the middle canvas armchair and my two companions have each gone off to explore. Jesus comes and sits down beside me. I think I begin telling Jesus all the concerns I have: the war, the plight of refugees, the migrant workers, the number of abortions and suicides, the draught in California, etc. Jesus tells me that those are His concerns also; I do not need to spell them all out. He has them all in His Heart. He wants me just to sit in silence with Him and be aware of God's love. The powerful waterfall in front of me reminds me of God's love pouring forth - tons of water and tons of love coming down to be carried by the river....I think I heard the words, "Remain in my love" and it was a very moving experience. 

Sorry that I cannot get my pictures into this blog yet. And I am late posting today!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

What is the central fact in your life?

 The following quote from Mother Stuart has made me ponder. I hope it helps you, too.

"May God's presence be ever your living joy and the central fact in your life, from which will flow patience, calmness, and unquenchable joy; with that in your soul you can meet anything."

I pray that I realize that God's presence in the central fact in your life and that it fills me with joy even in the midst of the problems of our world. Mother Stuart had an enormous sense of joy. I believe that joy is essential for all members of the Society of the Sacred Heart and for the entire family of the Sacred Heart. We need to trust God and serve Him in joy!

Monday, May 16, 2022

Put your trust in the Lord

 One year when I was a young Sister teaching first grade at Clifton, the theme for the year was the little hymn, "Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee; most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy Love for me; Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may Thy Kingdom come!"

Well, we concentrated the first semester on placing our trust in the Heart of Jesus. I had the entire primary school convinced that if they trusted in the Heart of Jesus, He would take care of whatever they were asking or needed. We even found a diamond ring that had been lost in the snow!

It was a wonderful lesson for me and I have always been able to place my trust in the Heart of Jesus. All this is leading up to a quote from Mother Stuart for today's reflection.

"After all nothing matters except that you should be united with God in living trust and conformity of will. He can only do what is best for every one of us. So we will trust Him in everything from the greatest to the least."

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Easter

 The Liturgy today is very consoling in many ways. The Collect is worth copying as we seldom are ready to really listen to it at the beginning of the Liturgy.

"Almighty and ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleases to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever."

The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles 14: 21-27. It tells us how Paul and Barnabas were able to proclaim the good news to other cities and open the door of faith to the Gentiles.

Responsorial Psalm: "I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God."

The second reading is from the Book of Revelation 21:1-5

The Gospel is John 13: 31-35

In the Gospel, Jesus is telling his apostles that he will be with them only a little while. He gives us the new commandment: "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Courageous challenges

 We all face challenges. My group for our final profession was given the name "Apostolic Courage"; I have found it very helpful all through the years. Just now, in my life at Oakwood, there are fewer challenges, but all of us grow by being challenged!

Here is the quote today from Mother Stuart:

"Life faces you with courageous challenges at every step of the way. You are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now...and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, of love."

May we all have the courage to face the many challenges of life in the world today!

Friday, May 13, 2022

All will be well if we trust God

 Today is Friday the 13th of May and only good things are going to happen to each of us. 

"Remember that whatever must say to yourself, according to circumstances, joyfully and thankfully or humbly and suvmissively or bravely or if need be, defiantly to the troubles within, this is part of the story and the story of God's love for you and yours for Him." Mother Stuart

I think that I have shared this quote before, but it is so true. God is present in all that happens and we need to just trust Him. 

I had a Guided Imagery this week and need to spend time with it, but it was very consoling. I was sitting in front of the two waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and Jesus came and sat with me. We watched the water pour forth and then shared our mutual concerns about the war, the plight of the refugees, the preparation for the Synod, the number of abortions, the whole political scene, etc. Jesus told me that prayer is very important. To sit in silence before God is a gift for the world and all the things that need prayer. God does not need words to know what we want to change, etc. Just sit in silence and let God love us.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

God loves each one of us

 Our roses are in full bloom all over our patio. Today I was thinking of how much God loves us and here is an apt quote from Mother Stuart:

"Above all remember that you are the cherished object of our Lord's most tender love. May He convince you of this." 

Another quote tells us that "of all the virtues that we can least afford to lose hold of in our time that of HOPE seems to be the most needed."

I think this fits for our time, too. We all need to cultivate hope; we have faith, hope, and love in each of us; it is time to nourish and practice hope. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The quality of our joy

 Here is another quote from Mother Stuart to ponder today.

"The quality of our joy depends on the spring from which it is drawn. Where do we seek our joy? How does it come and go Watch its flight as of birds...Does it soar or flutter? Is it steadfast or changeable?

Does is go by days, by moods, by self-love, by the adventure of circumstances?"

God calls each of us to live in joy. The joy comes from knowing that we are loved by God. Each of us is a gift from God and that gives us joy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

What are your sources of joy?

 "The sources of joy are deeper than the sources of sorrow. The joy follows the the flower breaks from the thorny branch, not the thorny branch from the flower." Mother Stuart

And here is another quote from Mother Stuart to ponder today: "We are all God's property; and our life must be one wild bird's song of praise, one wild flower's face looking up to God."