Thursday, January 8, 2015
'You are my beloved Son, with you I am well
Welcome to our first reflective image! Like our
written reflections, each reflective image is an invitation to
enter deeply into Sacred Scripture. How will you see God's
holy words expressed in the images and in your own life?
Take a few minutes to reflect on the picture and
words. Imagine being there when John the Baptist says, "One
mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and
loosen the thongs of his sandals." Imagine Jesus emerging from the
water and being anointed by God. How does this strengthen
your understanding of your baptism?
Monday, January 6, 2014
Baptism: An invitation to go about 'doing
good' in response to God's love
by Sister Agnes Fischer
"You are my beloved Son." -- Matthew 3:17
On the day of your baptism and mine no one saw anything
extraordinary, but in reality the sky did open and the Spirit of
God did come upon us and say, "You are my beloved
Our baptisms weren't very different from that of Jesus'. What
might be different is what happened after. Jesus "went about doing
The majority of us have to keep asking ourselves if we are doing
good. Fortunately, we can begin each day as though we are newly
baptized. And there is so much good we can do. Each of us continues
to be God's beloved son/daughter.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
|Our Motherhouse Chapel doors lead to the baptismal font
where we renew our belief in the Father, Son and Holy
"You are my Beloved with whom I am well pleased." --
by Sister Laura Zelten
January 9-14 is National Vocation Awareness Week, which begins
with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. This feast is the
bridge between Christmas and Ordinary Time in the Church. I
always find this time difficult. We no longer see the glitter
of the Christmas decorations, the Christmas cookies and candy are
almost gone and the seasonal music has stopped. There seems
to be a let down feeling in the air. Anticipation is gone and
everything is packed away.
So how are we to celebrate the Baptism of our Lord? It is
a day to remember Jesus' call to mission but also a day for us to
remember our call as baptized Catholic Christians. We are
called to proclaim the Good News with our lives.
During National Vocation Awareness week we are asked to pray for
vocations: that all people will open their hearts to God's
call and respond freely and fully. Let's do that.
During this next week, let each of us promise to pray that people
will live their lives as God calls them. In particular, let
us ask God to open the hearts of many men and women so they may
hear the happiness to which they are called through service to the
Church as vowed religious, deacons and priests. Let us pray
that each of us, in our full response to God's call may, like
Jesus, hear God say: "You are my Beloved with whom I am well
Thursday, November 10, 2011
by Sister Carlotta Ullmer
Today's Gospel story of the three servants and their talents has
a tragic ending. Instead of utilizing his one talent, the
unfortunate servant buried it. For this he was sentenced to
darkness and wailing. He claimed, "Fear made me do it."
Fear? How aware was he of the value of his talent? Its
potential to do good?
How aware are we of the valuable potential we have? In
Baptism we have put on Christ as God anoints us: priests,
those empowered to discover the holy deep down in all; prophets,
those whose relationship with God brings His message to all; kings,
those who have sovereignty in their sacred boundaries.
Let us also consider family prestige. We have God as our Father
and Jesus as our Brother.
How does our Eternal Master expect us to use our talents?
God made everyone and everything precious and valuable.
Through His Church He has expressed His love in the Catholic Social
Teaching which extols the dignity of every human person:
- Participate in decisions that determine how our society
- Choose political leaders who take responsibilities
Our talents call out, "Do not bury us!"