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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

 I always find God in the ocean. The ocean is always changing, yet it is still the ocean.

Here is a quote to ponder from Mother Stuart: 

"It is always here and now, there is always the present moment to do the best we can with, and the future depends on the way these moments are spent."

Learning to live in the present is a grace and it is worth asking for and striving to practice.

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 In the Collect for today's feast we ask: "Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant, we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory.

The Gospel is the story of the Visitation. I firmly believe that Mary visits us and brings us Jesus. Let us thank her today for her continual presence in our lives. We always need her maternal presence, love, and guidance.

I am off for three days of retreat on the ocean and ask prayers for these days of prayer and reflection.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Before I say something about the Sunday Liturgy, I want to tell you that I will be going to Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz tomorrow for three nights, a birthday present from my spirituality group that I have been looking forward to and I intend to just be with the Lord and watch the ocean. I do not need to do anything, but I will take the retreat handouts with me. Our June retreat seems far away. I will be leaving you a quote for each day next week to ponder and I do ask your prayer. I will be gone from Monday to Thursday.

Now for the Liturgy of Sunday. I think I will start with the Responsorial Psalm which is a real cry:

"Lord, come to my aid!" Here are some of the verses from Psalm 40

"I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me.

The Lord heard my cry. He drew me out of the pit of distruction out of the mud of the swamp; he set my feet upon a crag; he made firm my steps.

And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God..."

The first reading is from the Prophet Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10

This reading has Jeremiah thrown into the cistern where there was only mud and Jeremiah sank into the mud. However, God allowed Ebed-melech to speak to the King who then ordered that Jeremiah should be removed from the cistern before he should die.

The second reading is from the Letter to the Hebrews: 12:1-4

Paul urges us to keep running the race, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

The Gospel is from Luke 12: 49-53 and begins by Jesus saying: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Asumption of Mary; it is not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2022 because it is on a Monday this year.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

"The Lord is calling you"

 Today I want to share with you an old quote from Pope Francis from St. Peter's Square at the Angelus on the 6th of January, 2014. Actually, I found it in the Tablet for July 16, 2022 under the section that is one of my favorites as it is titled "The Living Spirit" and Liturgical Calendar. I find wonderful quotes as this one of Pope Francis is worth sharing with you today.

"I would like to say to those who feel far from God and from the Church- I would like to say respectfully- to all those who are fearful or indifferent: the Lord calls you too, he calls you to be part of his people, and he does so with deep respect and love! The Lord is calling you. The Lord is seeking you. The Lord is waiting for you. The Lord does not proselytise, he loves, and this love seeks you, waits for you, you who at this moment do not believe this or are far away. And this is the love of God."

That is the message we are all to take to others; this is what synodality is all about. We need to reach out to others and assure them that God is waiting for each of us to come to Him, just as we are. He loves us and is always calling us.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Do not give up

 Again, I am inspired by a quote from Mother Stuart to think about how easily I give up sometimes, but on the whole I think I have had great staying power given to me by the Holy Spirit and by my rather strenuous formation in the Society of the Sacred Heart. Here is the quote that seems to be a call to all of us today:

"Do not give up any high aspiration, aim at the very highest and the best, but understanding that to get thise is a life's work, not the work of a day, so never let failure cast down or disappoint you, but always begin again with great courage and especially great confidence."

I hear Father Varin saying to Madeleine Sophie, "Courage and confidence!"

Am I always aiming at the highest and the best today?

Thursday, August 11, 2022

We begin each day where we are

 Since I find Mother Stuart to be so full of wisdom and practical advice, I am continuing to share her quotes. This one is really calling us to live in the present.

"You begin every new day, just where you are, no matter where. It is always here and now."

That may be enough to reflect upon, but she does continue by saying "If really lived, our life has nothing to envy any other. But it must be so anchored in the land of faith and hope, so faithful in renunciation, so full of prayer and washed daily by contrition."

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

How is our zeal?

 Another quote from Mother Stuart has me thinking about my own zeal. The name given to my Profession group is "Apostolic Courage" and there are few of us still alive but we are all conscious of the call given us to be women of apostolic courage. Now, I connect that with zeal for souls - zeal for God and for whatever God calls us to do. I am not sure that I can claim the zeal that Mother Stuart describes in this quote:

"Real zeal is courageous and invulnerable, because unselfish and self-forgetting. It can be put to any kind of work; it is indefatigable and never says 'too much'; it is persevering; it never gives in."

Something to examine myself on during these days when I procrastinate, just sit in my chair, and am lazy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Joy is the song of the spirit ...

 Mother Stuart said that "Joy is the song or psalm of the spirit under the pressure of happiness, and to give God the fullest and best service possible, we must train our spirit to sing that psalm continually."

I like that quote and I also read last week an article about how our mission is not just to go out to others, but to realize that it begins in our own communities. No matter who you live with nor how many, we need to give God's love to each, beginning with those with whom we live! It has made me realize that I often do not stop to say a little word to someone who would love to have me stop and greet her, or I forget to say thank you to a server in the dining room, or.....there are endless opportunities here to reach out to others and I miss many.  

Monday, August 8, 2022

Inspired to share

 The First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was inspired by the visions that St. Margaret Mary had, but it was promoted by the Jesuits and then by the entire Catholic Church. First Friday became a special day for Catholics and still is for many.

The Society of the Sacred Heart has also promoted this devotion. I was praying over the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart that we say after Mass on the First Friday of every month. I rather absent-mindedly left the Chapel with a copy and then thought that perhaps I am to share what we say every month with you.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord Jesus Christ, You promised to draw all things to Yourself

when you were lifted up from the earth.

This promise began to be fulfilled on the cross and has continued down the ages

revealing the power of Your Sacred Heart in drawing people to You by making Your love known.

God of Love, You know that our earnest wish is to glorify the Heart of your Son,

to love and to teach others to love that Heart so full of love and so little loved in return.

Mary, we ask you to present to your divine Son, this solemn offering and consecration of ourselves to the glorification of His Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray that You pour out your Spirit on all assembled here and all members of this little Society. Amen.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary

 The Gospel Acclamation for this Sunday is "Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day your Lord will come."

The Gospel is from Luke 12:32-48 It tells us that we must be prepared. It also tells us not to be afraid any longer, "little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom."

So we are to gird our loins and light our lamps and "be like the servants who await their master's returnn from a wedding, ready to open when he comes and knocks."

I think so many of our friends and relatives have lost lives during the past year due to Covid or other illnesses or just old age that we need to heed the readings from this Sunday and be aware that where our treasure is, there also will be our heart. God is faithful and calls us to respond to his love for each one of us. His love is infinite so let us be faithful and prudent servants.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

 The Gospel for today's feast is from Luke 9:28b-36 and it is Luke who tells us that Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. It is while Jesus is praying that "his face changed in appearance and his clothig became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him."

Peter never forgot this moment and mentions it in his first Letter 1:16-19 which is the second reading for today's liturgy.Peter tells us how "we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, 'This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.' We ouselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain."

I love the Gospel for this Feast and it is one to pray over and to hear God's voice telling us how pleased God is with His beloved Son!

Friday, August 5, 2022

First Friday of August

 Yesterday I asked what is your favorite image of God and today I thought that mine is definitely influenced by the statue of the Sacred Heart at Kenwood. It is a carved wooden statue that has a beautiful face of Christ, He has His arms outstreached and there is an image of His Heart. I have this picture in most of my Journals, but not in the computer so I also thought that I often think of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This image means a great deal to me because of a prayer experience I had many years ago when still a novice. I was so convinced of the love and mercy of the Heart of Jesus that I have never doubted that love and this has been one of the great graces of my life.

I think it is good to take time to relect on the images of God that speak to us and help us pray.