Weekly Word

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


 

Advent and the Question of Desire

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

“O come, Desire of Nations, Desire of our longing hearts.”

Advent, “Coming,” the Church’s special celebration of our longing for the presence of Christ, has found itself, or us, in an atmosphere crammed with obstacles to seeking and finding the depths of our desire. Where God promises an abundance of life, waters flowing, protection of the flock, mountains made low and rough terrain smooth, a peace to quiet our frenetic lives, we find ourselves instead pressed to trudge a wholly different terrain. As God promises a smooth highway, a time of flowing waters on the parched Earth, a coming-together in peace for humanity, we’re faced with mountains of obligations, piles of card, stacks of Christmas lists, the necessary bumps and boulders of parties, concerts, plays and pageants, gift exchanges, cookie baking, and ways that are rough with stress instead of flowing with God’s glad tidings. The highway of our God? We are plotting our trips from sale to sale, and driving in circles to find places in parking lots. Continue reading →

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What’s Fasting Got To Do With It?

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

What would you do to bring peace to the world? Our Peace and Nonviolence Committee has invited us to fast every First Friday for peace around the world. What does fasting have to do with bringing peace to the world? Isn’t it just a penance one does during Lent or a way to lose weight? Fasting for peace and justice involves focus, attention, solidarity and action. Continue reading →

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An Attitude of Gratitude

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

A few years before she died, my sister Judy became a great fan of the Oprah Winfrey Show. She taped episodes during the week and then watched them on weekends. One episode in particular caught her attention and she followed the recommendation to start an “I am Grateful” journal. The expectation was that every day she would write down the ten things she was grateful for that day. Continue reading →

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13 Gratitudes As We Look to Thanksgiving Day

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

The holidays are beginning to creep into our lives with television ads and decorations. Thanksgiving Day is next week, so I thought you might like to begin the Holiday Season with some sage advice from one of my favorite authors, Joyce Rupp, OSM. Pick one gratitude and practice it for a while and see if your holidays are more peaceful, calmer and less stressed. Continue reading →

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Luke 17: Unprofitable Servants – Us?

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

Every so often, I really bristle at a Gospel story or saying. And I admit it – reading the story Jesus told in yesterday’s gospel raise a few porcupine quills. Here is this unfeeling master not inviting the tired slave/servant to rest after a hard day in the field but instead expecting more labor. Get my meal on the table. No concern, no thanks. This was the contract. But as I read the story, the master became God, who not only demands our service, but takes it for granted. Jesus seems to approve, and adding insult to injustice, tells his disciples that their response to their call is, “We are only unprofitable servants.” Frankly, I’ve put too much time and effort into living my vocation to settle for that. And that brought this story to mind. Continue reading →

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