posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015 by: renaebauer
Fix your heart on God for we are His
We invite you to take a few minutes to gaze upon the image
below. Then consider one or each reflective question.
- Keep God's commandment, says Moses to the people. Is God's law
- The Holy Spirit leads us to God's great glory. Have I
- "Go make disciples," Jesus instructs the faithful. Whom have I
posted on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by: renaebauer
Pentecost nudges us to remember the Holy
Spirit is with us
by Sister Rose Jochmann
Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. We have been
celebrating Easter for 50 days. What has life been like for you
during these six weeks?
Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the
disciples. Some call this feast the "Birth of the Church". Today's
first reading states that they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit. The Spirit enabled them to preach the mighty acts of God.
After the coming of the Holy Spirit the disciples had the courage
to preach about Jesus' mission, life, death and resurrection to
Do you depend on the Holy Spirit? I do. How do I recognize the
Spirit? When I receive little nudges to do or say something good,
when I get inspirations and new insights, I realize that they do
not come from me. I credit those inspirations to the Holy Spirit. I
like to think of the Holy Spirit as the "Wow" God.
So, this week, be open to the little nudges of the Holy Spirit
in your life. According to the alternate reading from Galatians,
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by: renaebauer
'I shall not leave you orphans' is Jesus'
promise to us
by Sister Renee Delvaux
Did you know that the Ascension of the Lord is not one isolated
event, and that Jesus did not float up into the sky on a white
cloud? When we read in Acts that "a cloud took him from their
sight" and in Mark's Gospel that the "Lord Jesus ... was taken up
into heaven" it means that Jesus is totally and forever reunited
with His Father. In Scripture a cloud is very often a symbol for
God, so God the Father took His incarnate Son back to Himself.
The Ascension is a part of the Paschal mystery in which Jesus'
death, Resurrection, Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit
form one single movement. The Church highlights these events so we
can celebrate each profound mystery throughout the 50 days, from
Easter Sunday until Pentecost (which is next Sunday).
The beauty of Jesus' Ascension, His triumph and glorification is
that it is a promise that with Jesus we will have everlasting life
in God. Jesus promises that He has prepared a place for us and we
will join Him. Moreover, He assures us with "I shall not leave you
orphans" (Jn 14:3). He is with us now and we will join Him later.
What total gift, what self-giving love! What reason we have for
Alleluia! We rejoice in Jesus' Ascension! Alleluia!
posted on: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 by: renaebauer
Remembering and imitating God's profound love
is our call
by Sister Laura Zelten
On Sunday we will celebrate Mother's Day, so it is very fitting
to hear Jesus' commandment to love one another -- a love that is
like God's love. "As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love." (John 15:9)
We are called to be like God -- the God who has a passion for
love and justice, the God who is concerned for all of creation, the
God who has a special concern for the poor.
Throughout chapter 15, John calls our attention to the
fundamental theme of all the gospels: Love. Jesus invites us to
fall in love, to live in love. To know, taste and feel the
strength of love -- all in the midst of our humanity. Yes, just as
we are, Jesus calls us to love one another.
- Have you met a person who loves everybody in an all-inclusive
way? How has this person's love affected you?
- Have you experienced the love of a mother figure in your life?
How has this experience helped you to love other people?
posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 by: renaebauer
With whom do you eat bread?
by Sister Agnes Fischer
In Sunday's second reading St. John reminds us to love one
another, not in words only but in deeds. We can practice that love
by dedicating a little of our time to accompany someone in need.
"Accompany" comes from the Latin "eat bread together". The bread
might be hard and bitter or soft and delicious, but either way it
should be eaten in fraternity. "Accompany" indicates a good heart
and a great spirit. "Accompany" may mean:
- Drive a sick person to the doctor -- and stay with her
- Invite a friend to church
- Visit a senior who is homebound or hospitalized
- Offer solidarity to an unemployed acquaintance
- Lend a hand to someone blind or incapacitated
- Give aid (with a smile) to a homeless man
- Invite a lonely person to dinner
- Attend the wake of a co-worker's relative
Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal
Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy
Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come
to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
(from the collect for the 5th Sunday of Easter. ©2010
International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All
posted on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by: renaebauer
The Good Shepherd always cares for His
We invite you to take a few minutes and gaze upon the image
below. Consider one or each reflective question.
- When have I heard the Good Shepherd call to me? How did I
- Jesus says the Good Shepherd protects the sheep when danger
looms whereas the hired hand runs away. When have I been like the
hired hand? When have I been like the shepherd?
- Jesus says, "I have other sheep that do not belong to this
fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and
there will be one flock, one shepherd." What does this mean to
posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 by: renaebauer
Yesterday, today, forever: Jesus'
resurrection is part of God's loving plan
by Sister Mary Kabat
Alleluia! The celebration of Easter continues, and we
joyfully hear the stories of Easter proclaimed week by week.
Do you have a favorite -- Jesus with Mary Magdalene in the garden,
Jesus with the apostles in the locked upper room, or Jesus walking
with the disciples to Emmaus?
The Scripture readings this Sunday of Easter remind us that the
story of Easter is a definitive moment in God's great plan of
salvation. Peter's words from the Acts of the Apostles remind
us that our God is "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God
of Jacob, and the God of our fathers." (Acts 3:13) In the
Gospel, Jesus comforts and opens the minds of the disciples by
explaining "that everything written about me in the Law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." (Luke
As you reflect on the Easter stories, hear the fulfillment of
salvation history in the Resurrection of Jesus and the unfolding of
the resurrected life to this moment in our personal and communal
salvation story. Rejoice in God's plan of love that has been,
that is ongoing to this moment of time and look forward to one day
sharing fully in the resurrected life and fullness of God's
posted on: Thursday, April 09, 2015 by: renaebauer
When all hope appears to be gone, Jesus
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The setting for today's Gospel is the evening of the first day
of the week when the disciples (though not all) were
together in a locked room. Jesus has been put to death. Why
isn't Thomas with them? Do you wonder what he was doing? What was
he thinking? Whatever pushed him to be out "searching" in the
darkness of evening for "something"?
Jesus enters the locked room and stands in their midst. He
didn't knock to get their attention, he merely appears. What would
that have felt like to be there that evening? Jesus comes and
stands in the circle of their fear and wishes them peace.
Today is the second Sunday for us to celebrate the "EASTER"
event, we practice becoming brave to move out from behind our own
locked doors to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! We are
surrounded by the love and mercy of God in the person and gift of
Jesus. Through Jesus' wounds we are healed and made whole -- a
miracle in time.
Jesus comes to visit us in our "Thomas" moments of questioning
and searching. In each Eucharistic moment, may we find the courage
and grace to utter with Thomas: "My Lord and My God."
posted on: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 by: renaebauer
Proclaim Alleluiah with 'great-fulness' this
by Sister Rose Marie Buscemi
Resurrection means ... the Breaking of Bread, sharing Christ's
life and learning to love one another.
Resurrection is ... God's gift of nature, the singing of birds,
the smell of green grass and colored flowers -- with warm sunshine
chasing the chill.
Resurrection means ... forgiveness and the ability to say, "I am
Resurrection is .. the joy of laughing children searching for
colored eggs, Easter baskets and family get-togethers.
Resurrection is ... God's love in friendships, a feeling of
togetherness and laughter shared.
Resurrection is ... that time to remember God has called each of
us by name.
Easter, the greatest Feast of all feasts, is a time to give
thanks and praise to God, for the glory of Christ's Resurrection.
With "great-fulness" for the gifts He has bestowed upon us, we say,
"Thank you, God!"
posted on: Thursday, March 19, 2015 by: renaebauer
Take a few minutes to gaze upon the image below. Hear the people
call out "Hosanna!" as they lay down their cloaks and palms for
Jesus as he enters Jerusalem.
- How have I prepared for Jesus this Easter and beyond?
- How have I shared His message of salvation with others?