Wednesday’s Word

Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.


 

A Cup of Salvation

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.” – Jeremiah 18:6

Last month I mentioned that I have been a potter for about 20 years and recently I see more clearly the reason why God gave this gift to me. In Jeremiah 18, God speaks of the potter forming and reforming the clay. After all this time, I think now that the clay is forming me. Continue reading →

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Lenten Befriending: the Hole and the Whole

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

Lent is not defined by our individual programs of suffering and self-denial. As I mused in my February blog, at the heart of the season is “fastening” to God and one another. And if you will indulge me in a little more word-play, the fastening to God involves some nagging difficulties. The Hole and the Whole. The Hole is the neediness we carry from our birth, and the community, the Whole, is both support and trial, blessing and burden. Continue reading →

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Jumpstart your Lent

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

It’s been three weeks from Ash Wednesday and about half way through the great season of Lent. Unfortunately, many of us treat our Lenten practices much like New Year’s resolutions; once the fervor of Ash Wednesday and those marvelous ashes wear off, our practices fall away. Our determination to pray, fast and give alms washes away just like that ashy cross on our foreheads. Don’t despair! It’s not too late to renew our desire to use this Lenten time as an opportunity to be transformed. Continue reading →

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Her Name is Spike

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Shortly after moving into the Peace Center, we found a feral cat wandering around the outside of the building. It took some time, of course, but eventually it responded to the food we left for it and then, even let us begin to pet it a little each day. There were lots of cats around so we gave them each names just to tell them apart. Sometimes we did not know their gender, so our adopted cat became “Spike” before we knew she was a girl. The name has stayed with her. Continue reading →

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I’m God, You’re Not

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“I’m God, you’re not,” is what God said to me on a retreat a long long time ago. It’s also a way of thinking about the first commandment: I am the Lord your God, you shall not have false gods before me. From time to time I am reminded to remember the point, especially when I am frustrated about things I care deeply about but cannot change. I know I’m in trouble when I start sentences like: “God, if you would just…” Continue reading →

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