Weekly Word

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


 

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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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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