In First Corinthians, you can find many passages about love. Most commonly known to many is the passage, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” in 1 Corinthians 13:7. I invite you to take a moment with me to think about what each of these proclamations might call forth from us as we reflect on what love entails.
Love Bears All Things
By bearing or sharing each other’s concerns within our hearts, we open ourselves to being God’s instrument of hope and peace to a hurting world. We enter into a space of being with and being in solidarity with another, where oftentimes we are the ones who are transformed. Compassion and empathy can be borne from honoring the trust placed in us to share another person’s concerns. Continue reading →
Many years ago, when I was struggling with what my beliefs were, a spiritual director suggested that I sit down, put on some good music, and just write down what emerged to complete the refrain, “I believe…” In short, she encouraged me to write my own credo of beliefs. I’ve been searching the last few days for this credo and saddened that I can’t “find these beliefs” to share with you from this time ago. Perhaps this “loss” offers a lesson in letting go to discover a new emergence where God can speak to me now. So, I offer this “in the moment” reflection of my beliefs, along with an invitation to you to take a few moments to write your own credo of beliefs.
I believe in the inherent goodness of humanity.
I believe we are called to serve one another.
I believe in silence to connect with ourselves and with God.
I believe peace is possible when we can let go of our differences.
I believe music can lift up and feed the soul and bring communities together.
I believe in the creative abilities of human beings to envision and share a better world.
I believe faith is borne from trusting in God’s providence.
I believe that God can recreate in me a new heart, open to endless possibilities.
I believe that breakdowns can bring about breakthroughs.
I believe that God’s presence surrounds us and enfolds us in love.
I believe that cats are a woman’s best friend.
Once you start this reflection, I think you will find a peace and calmness around your experience of writing your beliefs and that the writing process takes on a life-giving form of its own.
If you believe that God may be calling you to religious life as a Sister, I invite you to contact one of our Vocation Ministers, who will be happy to discern this call with you.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in the baptism of one of my great-nephews, Samuel. His parents, godparents, and big sister, Lucy, plus other family members and the parish community all applauded and sang as little Sam was presented to the community. In that moment I felt very grateful and proud, first of my nephew and his wife who are sharing their faith in the God of love with their children, and then of our Church community who for millennia has passed the belief in Jesus Christ from one generation to the next. We, as Church, struggle in each generation to live the Gospel, doing better at some points than others, but always ready to work through challenges and heartaches of the people in our families and in our world. Continue reading →
Many years ago, the thought about religious life came to me quite indirectly. The thought was not in reference to myself, but was in the spirit of idle curiosity (or so I thought at the time). I remember sitting alone in the back of the church (I’m not sure what I was praying about at the time), when the pastor came through, happily going about some task on the altar and oblivious to the fact that he was being observed. I remember being curious and internally voicing the question, “What would cause someone to choose such a radical lifestyle?” God would help me to answer that question later in life. The answer is Love. Love is both the “who” and the “what” that validates this radical lifestyle, for Scripture, indeed, tells us that “God is Love” ~ 1 John 4:8. Continue reading →
Frequently, in the course of speaking with discerners, friends, family and Associates, I hear, “Sister, please pray for….” They know I am a person of faith and so they reach out and ask me to join them in prayer. Usually I ask for more information about the prayer request or the person/situation involved. Listening to their stories invites me to enter into their lives and the lives of those involved. Praying for and with others is one of the most sacred tasks we can do for each other. That is, to bring this person or situation before God in prayer and petition.
For whom and what are you praying this day?
Take a few moments to reflect on those intentions and to lift them up to God. Continue reading →