I am praying for all those who lost homes in the violent storms yesterday. The pictures on the TV showed terrible destruction. May all who are suffering find help and shelter.
In the meantime, we have the preparations for the Super Bowl in a city that was so badly damaged by Katrina and the flooding that it seems a miracle that the city has recovered so much so quickly. However, I know that many are still struggling and perhaps some will never return.
I am off to the University so no more today.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tomorrow is the Feast of St. John Bosco
Here is a great quote taken from our Constitutions and sent to me today:
“Our union and conformity with the Heart of Jesus
widens our capacity to love and to let ourselves be loved.
It is from Him that we learn
to look upon the world as the work of the Creator’s love,
to love without being possessive,
to be concerned for others
and to be bearers of His life.
In a world where so often love is exploited and devalued,
and many relationships are scarred by deep wounds,
we seek to reveal the strength and tenderness of Jesus’ love for each one.”
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The cleft in the rock...
"Make an empty space before the plenitude in front of the Eucharist. Renew yourself in the wounds of Jesus Christ, expecially in the one on the side; it's ours. Afterwards live a new and joyous life."
"Goodbye, my daughter, I leave you because I am in a hurry. I counted on staying in the cleft of the rock but I have work to do: talk, write, as usual."
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas and we had a good homily but now I cannot remember much of it. I do know that I love going to Mass after the hour at the gym; some things just feel "right" - I love that and wish I always had the same feeling. I do find myself sensing God's Presence in my day and that is a grace for which I am most grateful.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013
I liked the reading for this Sunday and feel that Jesus really announced His Mission in the Gospel when, after reading about how the poor are helped, the blind see, etc. He said that this had today been fulfilled. Because He was in his home town, no one could believe in Him. To me, this is really proof of how human Jesus was and how he had grown up seeming like other boys in the town. It must have hurt him to be rejected by those he had known all his life.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013
For my spiritual reading, I am still with Ilia Delio's book on "Compassion" and think I will also suggest it for our next reflection group book as she has so much to reflect upon in every Chapter. I am finding that unless I really enter into the lives of others, I cannot have compassion. One needs to love as Jesus loves us.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
Paul was a courageous man and never hesitated to do what was right.
He is a good person to pray to today when we are all trying to follow Jesus in a world that is full of temptations; Jesus wanted us to be simple and just to love one another as He loves us.
That may sound simple, but it is hard and we need to work at it all the time.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Feast of St. Francis de Sales
|If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master's presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”|
St. Francis de Sales quote
True humility is to see yourself in the same way that God sees you; not any more and not any less.”
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A late Christmas present
I now have a new flash drive that looks like a green Christmas light that lights up when in use and it holds all of my blogs since 2007 and has still lots of room!! I was so touched by both the thought and the time it took to copy all for me! I guess that was one of the joys of yesterday. I am trying to remember to thank for all the joys of each day, but not writing them all down. It was easy to keep my gratitude journal but I seem to have more trouble now with my new journal; it often just sits on the shelf. Yet, I know it helps me to journal.
I am still reading Ilia Delia's book on Compassion and it seems that everything else I am reading has the same message of loving God by loving others. "Love one another as I have loved you" is said to me by Jesus today and it is the only proof of loving God - love my own weakness so I can accept and love the weaknesses of others.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sharing in Houston
We spent most of Saturday sharing, but did have time to hear from two of our Provincial Team who had come for another meeting,but had to leave on Saturday night. On Sunday we heard more about the work that is being done to further the merger of our Province with Canada. It makes me want to go back and study more Canadian history. I also heard more about the fact that the Bishops of the United States want to feature a different American Saint on their website each month. Philippine Duchesne will be the Saint for February and so I will be sure to remind you with a link before then as I love her and she has been one of the few Saints that I really have prayed to for many years. I was thirteen when I entered high school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart as a weekly border. I had the best of two worlds: home three nights and at school four nights and I loved that, but the first year we were to come in on Sunday evening and I missed my family. I started going to the Shrine in front of the school where Philippine Duchesne was buried. She died in 1852 and was declared "Blessed" by the Church in 1940. We knew her as "Mother" Duchesne and I prayed to her daily. My prayer sometimes was to tell her that since she had founded this school in 1818, now I counted on her help.
Monday, January 21, 2013
"Compassion is the shared experience of creaturely life. It unites what is divided and binds together what is otherwise opposed."
Compassion grows out of seeds of love within the human heart. It is born from the deepest center within and unites our deepest selves.
The word compassion has a sense of empathy or sympathy; the word in Tebetqn literally means "noble heart."
Compassion is the ability to "get inside the skin of another" in order to respond with loving concern and care. It is deep connectedness to another; one breathes in the pain of the other and breathes out compassion.
The compassionate person identifies with the suffering of others in such a way that she or he makes a space within the heart to allow the suffering of another to enter, not to heal them or remove their pain but to be with them in solidarity."
All of these quotes are to be found on p. 47 at the beginning of Chapter Five: Seeds of Compassion. I have marked many more (when I read Delio, I always need a second reading to really mark up my book and I have learned to pause between most of her sentences to think so as to be ready to grasp her next thought.)
Friday, January 18, 2013
"Awaken your spirit to adventure..:
Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
That should give you something to think about while I am in Houston this week end for our Quad Area meeting.
I will not blog while away so look for me only on Monday. It is Martin Luther King week end, but I will be sharing some thoughts on compassion from Ilia Delio's book.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
National Vocation Awareness Week
Only three days left but I just received this today and it is never too late to pray!!
National Vocation Awareness Week
January 13-19, 2013
An annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations
to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.
Prayer for Vocations
Loving God, we thank you for calling men and women
to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons.
Send your Holy Spirit to help us respond generously and courageously to your call.
May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Here is the comment:
This prayer seems to be a shortcut to the union with Christ. By interiorising the verses of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we become more and more able to forget ourselves and the words finally will realize what they express... May many people enjoy this valuable means of union with God. on Jesu-Maum Prayer
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Feeling on top of the world!
I am finding so many joys in my life and they all make me feel so grateful. Today I will share a very short poem that a dear friend sent me with a gorgeous picture of a robin (I did not copy the robin so use your imagination but he was perched on snow). Wow! I guess the robin came, too, and wanted to appear in this blog!
By Gabriel Rosenstock
(1949 - )
a robin bares his breast
to the whole world
/ Photo by ahisgett /
Thought for the Day:
by Ivan M. Granger
Don't resent the work.
It gives you the strength to stand
whole and silent
before the Mystery.
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Monday, January 14, 2013
What do I consider the greatest graces of the past year"
Now, as we are limited in time, what do I really want to share? I am thinking that I found the Psalm from the Concord Pastor's blog that was given to me by my retreat director, has been one of the greatest graces of my year. I begin my prayer thinking "What an amazing grace that Jesus chooses to sit here with me..." I guess it is even more amazing to realize that God is always with me and with everyone and everything! The most transforming book I have read last year was Ilia Delio's "The Emergent Christ" as it made me realize that whatever I do is helping or hindering the evolution of the Cosmic Christ. I have also been enjoying her other books. The third grace is perhaps harder to explain but it has made a big difference in my life. My addiction to playing Scrabble on my Kindle is what keeps me so conscious of this grace. It seems that whenever a word does not work out where I want to play it, I find another spot that is so much better and more valuable; well, that is what I see happening in my own life. Something does not work out the way I had planned or hoped and God shows me a much better way and one that is worth so much more.
Well, now I have shared with you again what is going on in my life - this sharing, which sometimes means I am putting my soul out there for all to read- has also been a grace for me during the past year. I sit down at the computer and the Holy Spirit takes over; at least I think it is the Spirit who inspires the words that seem to flow without my knowing from where they are coming.
I am more convinced than ever that blogging can be a real ministry.
I guess I also want to share about my keeping a gratitude journal for several months last year and now trying to concentrate on joy.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Baptism of Jesus
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
What is Prayer?
"Prayer changes us because it is that deep dialogue with God who is the source of our lives. To pray is to be at home with oneself in the presence of God. It is taking hold of one's life with its flaws, weaknesses, and dreams, and sharing these with God."
"Prayer is becoming conscious of our inner self as the self that belongs to God...."
"To become living prayer is to enter a new place of refuge in God, a place of union in love."
"To enter the heart of God is to enter into a new space and a new relatedness to the world. Time takes on a new dimension because life in God in infinite. As prayer gives birth to the new inner universe, the soul expands in love."
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Beauty -Finding God in Creation
Sorry but that is all I am writing today as I am off to the gym.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Excerpts from Psalm 62 in Nan Merrill's Psalms for Praying:
For You alone my soul waits in silence;
From the Beloved comes my salvation.
Enfolding me with strength and steadfast love,
My faith shall remain firm….
In the Silence rests my freedom and my guidance, for
You are the Heart of my heart,
You speak to me in the Silence.
Trust in Love at all times, O people
Pour our your heart to the Beloved;
Let Silence be a refuge for you. …
Once You have spoken,
Twice have I heard;
Our potential gifts belong to You;
To You, O render to us all that we offer to You—
Fear begets fear,
Love begets love.
For You alone my soul waits in silence;
From the Beloved comes Life, Love and Light.
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Psalm 62- According to Nan Merrill
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Imagine what this says to you...
The Chapter this month for our reflection group is "digging God out." We need to do that and I find that even getting an e-mail from someone so often reveals God to me. Sorry this is late but I have been spending hours waiting at two different hospitals yesterday and today and hospitals make me feel so grateful that I am able to go home. I would never be able to work full time in a hospital and admire those who do and remain cheerful!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How Do You Use Your Imagination?
Now, the imagination helps me to pray. It can create a quiet, peaceful spot inside of me that not only puts me in touch with God, but lowers my blood pressure and adds to my well-being. When I go to just have a quiet time with Jesus, I often imagine a scene where I am with Him or even in His Heart. Now, I think others do the same, but sometimes we are not aware of how often we use our imaginations to help us even to pray.
Last week, when I went to the Church in the early afternoon to see their fantastic nativity setting with the complete town of Bethlehem, I was the only one there. I crept into the last bench and just sat there with the Lord, aware of the sun coming through the blinds, the quiet of the huge church with the altar so distant yet so imposing. Now, I had a good experience of prayer being there alone with Jesus and this week I keep seeing the same setting when I begin prayer and the grace of that moment seems to return as it helps me to deepen the experience by seeing the spot where I was praying. That is one way the imagination helps me to pray.
Of course, I can also picture the scenes in the Gospel but must confess that I had to work at this for quite some time; when I was a very young nun, I had a superior who was an artist and who told me to try to see the colors in all the Gospel scenes. At first I found this a bit difficult, but now I have an imagination that can easily see the color of everything.
That is enough to reflect on now and I am late in posting this blog, but at least it is getting posted by afternoon!
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Monday, January 7, 2013
What am I following?
Whatever your star, perhaps you want to ask the same questions or maybe you are wondering when your star will appear? Maybe you were following it and it seems to have hidden itself. Life is full of surprises because God is acting in my life now and His ways are mysterious. I can only follow and adore.
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The Wise Men followed the star, and thus came to Jesus, to the great Light which enlightens everyone coming into this world (cf. Jn 1:9). As pilgrims of faith, the Wise Men themselves became stars shining in the firmament of history and they show us the way. The saints are God’s true constellations, which light up the nights of this world, serving as our guides. Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Philippians, told his faithful that they must shine like stars in the world (cf. 2:15).
Let us pray to shine like stars in the world!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Feast of the Epiphany
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The Coming of the Magi
We had the custom of drawing "stars" - virtues really or maybe the fruits of the Spirit- on Epiphany. I shall prepare some for my community tomorrow and I am also adapting a tradition I found in a parish bulletin of going to each part of the home and saying a prayer to bless all the words and actions in that room during the year. I like the idea and so will do this with my community.
We had to take down all our Chrisstmas decorations this morning but I still have my little Infant Jesus in my room and a picture of a little child piping a song of joy to the Infant and will keep them out until February 2. We are still playing Christmas music.
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Friday, January 4, 2013
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