Wednesday, June 17, 2015
As Jesus calms the stormy seas he, too, calms
life's rough waters
by Sister Madonna Swintkoske
Whenever I read this Scripture passage of Jesus calming the
storm, I think of the time our family walked to my grandmother's in
the winter. When we came to the river, I would not cross the
ice until my mother said, "Would your father take you anywhere that
would harm you?" My fears were calmed and I crossed to the
other side with my family.
The event of this Scripture account is not something which
happened once; it is something which still happens and which can
happen for us. In the presence of Jesus we can have peace
even in the wildest storms of life. Jesus gives us peace in
the storms of anxiety. Enemies of peace are worry and
fear. But Jesus tells us of a Father who will never cause us
to fear or worry. In the storm of anxiety Jesus brings us the
peace of a loving Father.
For Father's Day we thank God for our earthly fathers and for
God our heavenly Father.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Even the smallest seed of faith can grow and
by Sister Francis Bangert
In these early summer days when we are taken up with planting
seeds, watching mysterious growth and anticipating a fruitful
harvest, we hear in both the first and third Scripture readings for
Sunday how growing God's reign is like planting a new shoot or a
tiny mustard seed.
The Reign of God is living in the spiritual realities of truth,
justice, goodness, and love. And like a tiny mustard seed that
grows into maturity providing shelter for the birds of the sky, so
the growing Reign of God reaches out and welcomes all to live in
peace and harmony.
All of us are mustard seeds. With time and proper nourishment, we
grow into adulthood, living more fully in the truth of who we are,
living in right relationship with others and with Mother Earth,
living in the goodness that is God, living in the spirit of loving
As we tend our flowers and gardens these days, consider the
following: How am I using the precious gift of time to create
harmony through nonviolence in my relationships with others,
especially with those who look, speak, think differently than I?
With Mother Earth?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Here I am. You called me. I'm eager to do
by Sister Mary Kabat
Doesn't it bring a smile and a swell of pride when you see your
child or grandchild eagerly wanting to help you though the task is
beyond his or her strength or ability? Picture such a time
when you hear the story from the First Book of Samuel of young
Samuel waking to the Lord's call and eagerly running to Eli who he
mistakenly thought was calling. Picture such a time when you
hear the story from the Gospel of John of the two disciples, one
being Andrew, eagerly following Jesus and of Andrew bringing the
news, "We have found the Messiah," to his brother Peter.
Jesus tells us we need to welcome and receive the Kingdom of God
as a child does. Let us listen, watch, and respond to the
Lord's call each day -- eager to pray, eager to love, eager to
serve, eager to offer our challenges and sufferings. As children,
we will bring joy to our God.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Mom's persistence says volumes about her
faith in Jesus
by Sister Paulette Hupfauf
The scriptures this Sunday display differing aspects of Jesus'
Isaiah says, "Observe what is right, do what is just for my
salvation is about to come. Foreigners join themselves to the Lord…
will be acceptable on my altar, for my house shall be called a
house of prayer for all my people."
Then in Matthew we hear the story of Jesus and the Canaanite
woman (a foreigner) begging for healing for her daughter.
Initially, the disciples suggest to Jesus that he send her away. It
is the determination of the woman, who says, "Lord, help me."
Jesus says, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you
as you wish." Her daughter was healed.
What a great example the Canaanite woman is for us! She persists
as she has great faith that Jesus is kind and merciful. She does
not give up in adversity. When we have a need and ask Jesus in
prayer, we can follow her example and, with determination, persist.
Our God is a loving God!
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Keeping our eyes on the Lord helps us
navigate life's storms
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Our Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time brings us to the
sea. Jesus invited Peter to walk on water to come to
him. Peter believed he would be able to do that and he
stepped out of the boat to join Jesus. As long as he looked
to Jesus, he walked on the water. When he focused on the
strong winds and the waves, he sank. He looked to Jesus for
help and Jesus' hand brought him to safety. He knew that
Jesus had the power to save him and he did just that.
We celebrate with our Jubilarians who, like Peter, took a risk
to follow the Lord. They left the security of their homes and
all that was familiar to them to step out and join Jesus.
In good times and not so good times, they have tried to keep
their focus on the Lord. In the storms of life and the calm
moments, they have given their all. They, like Peter, know
that Jesus has taken them by the hand through all the experiences
of their lives. They also know that Jesus continues to walk
with them as they journey through this life.
Let us thank our God for these women who have served God's
people and have given us all a wonderful example of faith,
dedication and selfless love!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
by Sister Renee Delvaux
When Jesus saw their faith, He
said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are
Talk about faith in action! In today's Gospel Jesus heals
the paralytic and forgives his sins because of his faith and that
of his companions. They could not get the paralytic through
the doorway because of the crowd, so they carried him up to the
roof, opened it and lowered him before Jesus. These men were
convinced that if they could just get the paralytic to Jesus, he
would be healed. What an example of ingenuity and
persistence, true faith in action!
Are we that determined and ingenious in putting our faith into
action? Every day we are called to this, to "go the extra
mile" to help someone in need, to publicly support an issue of
truth and justice even when everyone else is silent , to witness to
Christian values, even if shunned and ridiculed. This is
faith in action.
We have the option, daily, of responding to Jesus in faith or
lack thereof. Will we proclaim our faith like the crowds who
gave glory to God at seeing Jesus' divine power to heal and
forgive, or will we scorn Jesus in rejection and lack of faith.
We are capable of either response. What will it be? I
say: CHOOSE the FAITH response!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Were you ever given a gift but were told first to "Close your
eyes and open your hands?" You probably did that, trusting the
person would put something special in your hands. In our gospel for
the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mary opens her heart and soul, saying
"yes" to God with total trust and a leap of faith. Her "yes"
brought God's greatest gift to her and to our world -- the gift of
Mary believed that "nothing was impossible with God" and she was
willing to do what God asked even if it seemed difficult or hard to
understand. She was open to possibilities and ready to take a
journey she hadn't planned on taking.
During this last week of Advent, as the world is filled with
busyness, may we find the space and time to close our eyes and open
our hearts to welcome the Lord in a new way ... to say "yes" to
whatever God asks of us ... to trust in God's grace and promise of