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Friday, February 15, 2013
I am really taking a vacation until March 1 but needed to tell you that I am reading a great book and if you are looking for good spiritual reading, this is the best! The author is a Catholic priest, Father Jose Pagola, and the title is Jesus: An historical approximation. It was translated from the Spanish in 2009 and I have the third edition printed in 2012. It is worth reading and getting your libraries to stock it. It is easy to read but has wonderful footnotes at the bottom of most pages. I think it is over 400 pages and I have only read about a hundred but I am loving it so wanted to tell you about it today.
I also want to remind you to look at the daily reflections on St. Philippine Duchesne during the month of February that are found on the U.S. Society of the Sacred Heart website (link to that on the right side of this blog.) I will be back March 1 so please remember to come back to this blog then. Have a happy and holy Lent!
Monday, February 11, 2013
I guess I am taking a short vacation from my blog but there is so much for all of you to be reading that you will have much to reflect upon. Now there will be updates about the Pope's resignation and plans, and then the daily reflection on Philippine that is on the United States Province website each day is really worth the time to look that up. I just seem to have overbooked myself these days and leave on Sunday for Arizona and a ten day visit with family. I will have the first days with my brother and then move over to stay with my sister and my niece will be there at the same time. I will be back on February 27 and blogging again by March 1. I hope you all have a good and holy Lent beginning with Wednesday - Ash Wednesday reminds us that time flies and we need to make good use of it.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I hope you are reading the brief bit about St. Philippine Duchesne posted on our Province website each day in February. Here is today's which I love:
They called her "The Woman Who Always Prays,"
And so she did...
She did not know then, but her life was a prayer.
She did not know then that, like God,
she was great enough to fail.
But she does matter, this Woman Who Always Prays.
Still she treads the wheat fields
Of the America she did not understand;
She understands it now; God understands even America.
She nurtured the burgeoning harvest,
was the grain of wheat that died.
She, lonely at eighty, walked in solitude.
Toiled at the sparse wheat field when there was no rain,
But God was the seed, the rain and the growth of the wheat in silence.
And this field of the Society, washed by two oceans, mapped
the faith of Philippine;
Believing when there was no rain, little seed, sparse ground.
Believing that the wheat would spring.
Working for the impossible harvest.
~ Janet Reberdy, RSCJ(1923-2008)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
So many of my friends are dying that I feel that one should prepare as though this was the last Lenten season one may have in this life. I guess the big question is :What does the Lord want from me this Lenten season? Fortunately, we each have a week still to discern the answer to that question or, better still, listen to the Holy Spirit. I think one thing I will do during Lent is to read and pray over a big that I have just ordered. It is about the historical Jesus and is by Jose Pagola and has good reviews. That and being disciplined about my schedule for prayer and exercise may be what the Lord wants from me this Lent. I also hope He shows me how I can be working on the book I really want to write, but seem not to make myself spend time in actually writing it. I may just need to build in time just as I have done for the gym, water exercise class, and afternoon prayer. Let us prayer for one another this week and think seriously about what the Lord might be asking of us this Lent.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Last Saturday, our Holy Father celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving, with the presence of many Major Superiors, for all Consecrated Men and Women at St. Peter's Basilica. In his homily he too gave us three invitations - the bold is my own emphasis
"Firstly, I invite you to nourish a faith that is capable of illuminating your vocation. In this regard I urge you to remember, in an interior pilgrimage, of the 'first love' with which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your heart, not out of nostalgia, but to nourish its flame. This is why it is necessary to be with Him, in the silence of adoration, and thus to reawaken the desire and the joy of sharing one's life and choices, of the obedience of the faith, the blessedness of the poor, and the fundamental nature of love.
Finally, I invite you to renew the faith that makes you pilgrims toward the future. By its nature consecrated life is a pilgrimage of the spirit, in search of a Face that sometimes shows itself and sometimes hides itself: 'Faciem tuam, Domine, requiram'. May this be your heart's constant desire, the fundamental criterion that guides your path, both in its small daily steps as well as in its more important decisions. Do not fall in with the prophets of doom who proclaim the end or the non-sense of consecrated life in the Church in our days. Rather, 'put on the Lord Jesus Christ', 'put on the armour of light' … and remain wakeful and vigilant."
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Now, I have prepared a good mixture of snacks to munch on during the Super Bowl and I am praying for the team who plays better tonight to win and no one get hurt. We will have our Sunday night prayer a bit early and then watch the game - I am not sure I will make it to the end unless it is really quite close and then I shall stay.
My reflections are not very spiritual today, but I did spend time with the thought of how Jesus must have felt when the people in his home town not only did not accept him but were so angry that they wanted to get rid of him. The good thing about this Gospel today is that it shows Jesus was really like us except for sin, as St. Paul tells us. His neighbors never saw anything different in Jesus while he was growing up; he was a normal boy who had to grow in wisdom and grace.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Well, now that the Christmas season is over, I need to put away my Infant Jesus and Christmas candle, but I hate to do it. I shall go through my Christmas cards before throwing them away as I do dedicate one day to pray for each who has remembered me at Christmas. A friend gave me that suggestion years ago and she took one card a day. I find it easier to just mark my calendar but the important thing is the prayer.
I love the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Candles are also blessed on this day. My mother kept the blessed candles and whenever there was a storm, she would take them out and light them and feel safe. I think we have lost some of our faith in these sacramentals today, but I am glad I remember so many helps that the Church provides still such as holy water,
This is not what I intended to write today, but guess it will do but I hope all go back to read the Gospel for this feast.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Today we begin the month dedicated by the Bishops to Saint Philippine Duchesne. Just go to the U.S. Province website listed on the side of my blog and you will find a different reflection on our saint for each day of the month. Today's speaks of Philippine's global heart.