Wednesday’s Word

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


 

The Goldfinches Return

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

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.” (Song of Solomon 2:10-12)

In a blog I wrote last summer, I asked the question: do goldfinches tweet? How is it that they know to find the birdseed left for them in our backyard? Continue reading →

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We Are Bread

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

This past Holy Saturday, as on many others, I observed the empty space, the waiting time, by making Easter bread. It has become a cherished routine, and a special effort to bring scrumptious devotion to the Feast of Feasts. It’s my own adaptation, as I come from a background of soda bread and pumpernickel, and began with a recipe book, but now it is all mine with tweaks here and there, and with crushed anise seed and orange rind, and the eggs and flour and eager yeast, and the kneading and forming, by Saturday afternoon I am pulling an enormous, shiny double braid out of the oven and reveling in its incense. And anticipation. Continue reading →

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Seeing the Light…

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

Have you ever taken an early morning or evening walk when the sun hasn’t risen or after it has set? You can see the objects but you can’t see their color. Everything is some shade of gray. There is no light to illuminate them. After the sun rises, even if it is overcast, you can see color; but when the sun is present, we see the brilliant scarlets of azaleas (soon to be here!), the golden yellow of forsythia, or the soft violet of lilacs. Continue reading →

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Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

Nancy Garson, OP
Blog by Sr. Nancy Garson, OP

How would you describe peace? I checked several dictionaries and much to my surprise, I found that peace was defined as “an absence of war.” So the first definition for peace is a description of what it is not.

I noticed that ultimately all definitions of peace were based in relationship: relationships of one nation to another, of communities to its members, of individuals with each other and one’s relationship with oneself. Peace goes from global, local, person-to-person and finally to the self. Continue reading →

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The Work of a Lifetime Not Just 40 Days

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

Has this Lenten season been really intense for you? Has it been soothing and reflective for you? Has it been life-changing? Did you know it was the Lenten season? Well, last chance! This is Holy Week and Lent will soon be over.

You see, we sometimes tend to isolate this time of year and forget that mercy, compassion, repentance and forgiveness are lifetime goals. We don’t just try them out for 40 days.

So next year, when the ashes are placed on your forehead and you hear words like, “Repent and believe the Good News,” you just might be able to say AMEN because it is what you have been doing and will continue to do every day of the year, not just for the 40 days called Lent.

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