Reflection for Aug. 30, 2015

posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015 by: renaebauer

4 R's of back-to-school plan: Reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic & religion

Gaze upon the passage from Psalms in the picture below. Then consider one or both reflective questions.

Reflective questions:

  1. In the past year how have I grown in faith? What is one concrete way I can deepen my faith in the coming year?
  2. How do I share our Great Teacher's lessons with others?

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Reflection for Aug. 23, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by: renaebauer

How do you answer Jesus' question: 'Do you also want to leave?'

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by Sister Margaret Mary Halbach

Sunday's first reading from Joshua and the Gospel from John have a common theme. They are both about serving the Lord.

Joshua tells the Tribes at Sheckem to "decide today whom you will serve. ... As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." We all know that serving the Lord is important. Growing up in a German family, our attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments were vital. As for our family, "we will serve the Lord together."

When I grew older and attended the Convent, the Gospel of John was read, taken apart, discussed and more thoroughly explained. We were taught how the Word of the Lord was to be deep in our hearts and lived with truth and enthusiasm. Sometimes, like the disciples, I complained about how hard it was to live the Word of the Lord but making the effort has enriched my life.

Some of Jesus' followers left Him because of their lack of belief. Jesus gave them a choice, "Do you also want to leave?"  Peter, who was the spokesperson, answered Him. "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of Eternal Life. We have come to believe and are convinced you are the Holy One of God."

This weekend, as you hear the readings proclaimed, consider the depth of your faith in Christ. Is your faith strong enough to wholeheartedly accept the Words of Eternal Life and commit to them in your life? Picture the Lord asking you, "Do you also want to leave?" Is your response, "Lord, to whom shall we go?" He is our God and our All and we will cling faithfully to Him.

I will remember you each in my prayers this week as you reflect on the powerful readings of this Sunday.  Blessings be yours.

 

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Reflection for Aug. 16, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by: renaebauer

Jesus: 'Whoever eats this bread will live forever'

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by Sister Jacqueline Capelle

Jesus told the crowds, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

What is the "flesh" that comes to the world? It is a gift from God, given to us in bread and wine. But they are more than symbols. When consecrated they are the Real Presence of Jesus, our sustenance for everlasting life -- the heart of our Catholic faith.

Reflection question:

Being fed by the Real Presence, how are you called to share Jesus with others?

 

 

 

 

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Reflection for Aug. 9, 2015

posted on: Thursday, August 06, 2015 by: renaebauer

Prayer, community life and ministry all begin with love

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"So be imitators of God -- and live in love." (Ephesians 5:1)

by Sister Elise Cholewinski
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One of the highlights of the summer for our Sisters is the celebration of Jubilee Day.  As we participate in this joyous occasion, we are invited once again to consider the meaning of the commitment we have made. St. Paul says it very well in Sunday's second reading: religious life is a life of love.

A Sister in her 90s enters the convent chapel in the evening and kneels on the floor before the tabernacle. She spends the last few minutes of her day in communion with her Beloved.  Religious life involves a deep, intimate, personal love of Jesus Christ. Personal prayer is at the heart of a Sister's daily routine.

A Sister attends her mother's funeral two weeks before Christmas. She spends several days at the convent during the holiday season, praying, visiting, sharing meals with the Sisters, and repeating her story yet one more time. As she drives home to her mission, she tells herself, "I feel so loved."  Religious life is about sharing joys and dreams, burdens and pain, with a group of women who inspire and encourage, befriend and support each other.  Being bonded with her Community, a Sister is assured that she never has to walk the journey alone.

A Sister returns home after school and announces that although she has reached the retirement age, her parish will do anything to keep her there. She has made such an impact on the children and their families that the administrator will create a new position for her. A Sister serves in many ways, through education, healing, and related ministries, but her presence goes far beyond the particular work that she does. She is remembered primarily for the love she has shown.

Prayer, community life, ministry -- these are the pillars of religious life and they are all dimensions of that one commitment to love. Jesus is the center of that one dedication. As a Sister moves into the future, her only goal is to fall more deeply in love. Why? Because she knows that God has first loved her with an everlasting love.

 

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Reflection for Aug. 2, 2015

posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2015 by: renaebauer

Tired of whining? Jesus is the remedy

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by Sister Charlene Hockers

Today's readings hit a sensitive spot! Why? Because it is one more instance in Scripture to point out that the people of those times were imperfect -- just as we are!

From the Book of Exodus, we hear that the Chosen People who were delivered out of Egypt forget what God has done for them. They grumble, complain and whine because they don't have "good food." God again listens to them and provides quail and manna for each day. Will they follow God's instructions to take only what they need each day?

In the Gospel, Jesus is aware of his followers' reason for seeking Him. Rather than satisfying their natural hunger, he promises them the Bread of Life which will sustain them daily and into eternity.

We need continuous conversion. It is hard work not to grumble and complain, and to trust in God's daily care for us. But Jesus provides us with the incredible gift of Himself in the Eucharist to sustain us and to help us with that conversion.

Jesus, I place my trust in You!

Reflection questions:
  1. Do I whine or grumble, even about the little things?
  2. Do I trust that God provides for each day?
  3. Do I deepen that trust when I partake of the Bread of Life?

 

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Reflection for July 26, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by: renaebauer

Jesus invites us today to take, eat and share

Gaze upon the image below for a few minutes. Then consider one or each reflective question.

Reflective questions:

  1. Jesus took time from his ministry to enter into Passover. Do I?
  2. How do I do God's work of creating abundance in times or places of scarcity?

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Reflection for July 19, 2015

posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015 by: renaebauer

Tired of giving? Jesus continued to give even when he wanted to rest

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by Sister Renee Delvaux

Can you remember a time when you were so very exhausted after a long day, being involved with many people and tasks, that you just needed a break?  Finally, about to sit down for a rest, someone called or found you and needed your help.  What was your response?

In the Gospel today we find Jesus and the apostles so involved in preaching and healing that they had no time to rest or even eat. Jesus invited them to get away to a quiet place to rest, but the crowds pursued them and even got to the place before Jesus and the apostles did.   Instead of being frustrated and angry with the crowds who followed, Jesus' "heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things" (Mk. 6:34).  Jesus was generous with his time, always open to the needs of others.

Although this Sunday is not officially called Good Shepherd Sunday, the message certainly is about being a good shepherd. As disciples of Jesus we are called to be good shepherds as he was. The Christian call is to a life of sacrifice for others, not counting the cost. It is a life of commitment and service with heart-felt love and concern for all of God's people.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, thank you for your love especially shown in your ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Help us to be flexible and open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and generous in our response to the needs of others, putting aside our plans and giving without counting the cost.

 

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Reflection for July 12, 2015

posted on: Thursday, July 09, 2015 by: renaebauer

No GPS needed: Jesus' traveling instructions lead us to perfect love

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by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

People traveling by plane these days know they need to prepare carefully for their journey. Summer travelers hoping to "camp out" must also be prepared for just about any emergency or visit from nature's residents.

In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus gives the Twelve some travel instructions for their ministry. He tells these ordinary people to "travel lightly" -- take a walking stick only -- no food, no extra clothes and no money! They did as he suggested and were able to bring God's healing to the sick and those in need.

Over 2,000 years later, Jesus continues to call ordinary people to travel with him. What would Jesus suggest we take along on this journey of love? The walking stick of faith, the tunic of compassion, and the joy and hope that nourishes body and soul will help us to travel lightly and follow the example of the Lord of Love.

As you reflect on your journey of love this week ask yourself:
  • Who supports me as I travel with Jesus?
  • Who do I support and how do I show that support?

 

 

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Reflection for July 5, 2015

posted on: Friday, June 26, 2015 by: renaebauer

Respond to the Holy Spirit's call even when questions prevade

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by Sister Donna Koch

As I pondered the Scriptures for this Sunday my mind kept going back to the recent encyclical of Pope Francis titled " Laudato Si." His words regarding the environment challenge all of us to make choices which will serve the needs of the poor and provide for the needs of future generations. So often we can get caught up in our own wants of the here and now and harden our hearts to what is the decision for the greater good. We may also feel that our actions can't make a difference so why bother.

The prophet Ezekiel in today's first reading is essentially told to go where the Spirit sends him, speak God's word, and not worry about what someone else thinks or does. Likewise, St. Paul is told that no matter what difficulties come his way, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."

Not everyone in today's Gospel agrees with Jesus. They question the source of His wisdom, His teachings and His deeds. Even He is amazed by their lack of faith, acceptance and understanding.

Each of us might ask: When have I experienced lack of acceptance and understanding? How did I respond? What choices is the Spirit calling me to make? How am I responding to the needs of others and creation so that future generations may live in a healthy environment?

 

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Reflection for June 28, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by: renaebauer

Jesus became poor to be among us and to give us God's richness

When you have a few minutes, gaze upon the image below which features one of the stained-glass windows at our Motherhouse. Then consider one or each reflective question.

Reflective questions:

  1. In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we hear that God formed us to be imperishable. How does this alter your outlook on death?
  2. The second reading describes Jesus as once rich but became poor for us. Do you see yourself as rich because of your faith?
  3. In Mark's Gospel, Jesus instructs us not to be afraid but rather to have faith, then he awakens a child who everyone believes is dead. Does this comfort you as you reflect on the death of a loved one?

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