May 13, 2017: Middle of Novitiate

This is an image of the labyrinth at Chiara Center in Springfield, IL.  I love to walk a labyrinth.  Usually they are present in the most peaceful of places.  This one certainly is.  Before I begin, I clear my mind of thoughts and try to concentrate on what God is saying to me as I…

May 12, 2017: Canticle of the Sun

It has been a while since my last blog.  There have been many detours that have intersected the path.  I do not have a quote for you but I have an image  and a poem. I took this picture at Chiara Center: Franciscan Place of Spirituality in Springfield, IL where I was on Retreat.  We…

April 10, 2017: The Mission

Last week I had the privilege to attend a two-day meeting on Thinking About Mission: Trinity, Jesus, Church, and Me by Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp.  Within this topic was the hidden a great perspective.  That is: We tend to use the word “mission” in the context of self-will.  I have a mission or I have…

March 24, 2017: The Flyer and the Catcher

In the Epilogue of the Henri Nouwen’s book Spiritual Direction is found this story: “A Flyer and a Catcher enter the circus ring and greet the audience with smiles and movements that cause their wide silver capes to swirl about them.  They pull themselves up into the large net and start to climb rope ladders…

March 17, 2017: Community: A Mosaic that leads us to God

What is community?  Is it family, friends, neighbors, religious community, your spouse, and/or the church?  My understanding of community has changed through my understanding of my relationship with God. We are all connected by the love of God in us.  Naturally we want to share that love with and receive that love from others.  The…

March 7, 2016: Obedience: One in Mind and Heart

We are all called to obedience:  to see, to hear, and to respond.  Being open to use our eyes, ears and hearts so we can respond is the key.  Sr. Maria Hughes, ASC gave A Reflection on the Vow of Obedience this past week.  She challenged us to be open to listening to the “voices”…

Feb. 27: Do your things own you?

Last week I also had the privilege of hearing a talk by Fr. Tom Ovalle, OMI on the Vow of Poverty.  There are some responsibilities all human beings have and are called by God to take into consideration.  We are all called to stand in solidarity with the poor.  To help in any way we…

Feb. 24: Can we learn to wait for the things God has for us?

Last week I had the privilege of listening to a talk given by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI.  The talk was about Sexuality and Celibacy, which translates to the Vow of Consecrated Chastity.  Within the talk, Fr. Ron spoke of the world we live in today being a society that lacks the ability to wait.  His…

Feb. 13: Let God Like You

One of the many things I do as a novice is attend different meetings with the Intercommunity Novitiate out of St. Louis.  The title of last week’s meeting was Being Sexual and Celibate: A Psycho-Spiritual Perspective.  Our speaker was Sr. Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, Ph.D.  She challenged us with the question:  What’s one thing God…

January 30, 2017: Remember to say, “I love you, too.”

Last week, I challenged the readers of my blog to adopt the mantra, “I am the beloved of God!”  How did you do?  My week was truly blessed by saying those words to myself.   Hearing the loving words of God say to me, “You are my beloved,” spoke to me in a way that brought…