Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great... [Read more...]Pro Orantibus Day
Something else that Our Lady’s Presentation makes me think of is perseverance. In the evocative iconography associated with this feast, the Child Mary is shown moving away from her parents as she climbs the steps of the Temple. Mary does not look back and, in a clear reference to the evangelical admonition, she moves forward with determination.”... [Read more...]“Gimme space!” vs. Making Space
Chiara and Enrico learned in a marvelous way how to make space for grace; and grace cannot wait to show us the marvels of what it can do.” Usually when I read a book, I plow through it, all the while writing down tons of quotes and putting sticky notes everywhere! But this was not the case with Chiara Corbella Petrillo, A Witness to Joy. I... [Read more...]I LOVE THE LITURGICAL YEAR
Today, September 29th, begins 10 consecutive days of AWESOME Feast Days – these happen to be some of my favorite 10 days of the entire liturgical year: Sept. 29th – Feast of the Archangels Sept. 30th – Memorial of St. Jerome AND the Anniversary of the death of St. Therese Oct. 1st – Memorial of St. Therese Oct. 2nd – Memorial... [Read more...]Wounds of Christ
Today is the beautiful and moving Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis. To be so surrendered to Our Crucified Love! How much we learn from this meeting of Love with love. The perfect day to meditate on Galatians 2:20 “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has... [Read more...]Staying In Love – 20th Anniversary!
Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, in FALLING IN LOVE in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks... [Read more...]O Lord, I am Your Servant!
One of the things that I love to meditate on are the many paradoxes of our Catholic faith, because they are not what they seem to be at first glance, and if you would understand them you must take the time to look more closely. Understanding paradoxes require a disposition like Our Lady who with patience and openness, “pondered in her heart”. I... [Read more...]Put, Deepen, Nurture, Keep Safe
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and... [Read more...]Contemplatives and the World, Part III
“Every time I extend my arms in prayer to God, I feel that at the same time I am holding the entire world in my embrace.” – a solitary hermit in Chile “He’s got the whole world in His Hands…” I wanted to share the following comment with you from Contemplatives and the World, Part I, sent from Sr. Irina: “I... [Read more...]St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Today is the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.. She is a favorite of many of the Sisters and even has a home in one of our stained glass windows in the Chapel. Let us ask the “Lily of the Mohawks” to intercede for us. Like her may we be single-hearted, determined, and fully surrendered to the God of Love. She was received into the... [Read more...]