Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for Aug. 5, 2018

by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

In America, we have so much and still we seek more.  Why?

The deeper question we need to ponder is, “What is our heart hungry for?” Things fail to satisfy our deepest hunger as a person, a family, a nation, a world.

Jesus says to the crowd and to each of us: “I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  Jesus never told a lie. 

How can we live a depth of faith to be truly satisfied? Something to ponder.  It’s a question to be re-visited in our personal journey, day by day.

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CommentBubbleCarrie, thanks for your focused reflection on personal hunger. Yes, much to ponder. -- Sr. Fran

CommentBubbleThis reflection wonderfully illustrates how some (foolishly) try to fill the spiritual void in their hearts with the consumption of precious natural resources, much to the detriment of themselves and our planet. Well done! -- Michelle

CommentBubbleSo happy you asked the question, Sr. Carolyn. To satisfy our hunger: What can it be? I think it is walking in another’s shoes...all the judgements, critiques, evaluations of others puts up walls, barriers, ...prohibits the communion of being with others...universal love is our goal no matter what another thinks, acts, desires...each person wants to be accepted, loved, cherished, listened to and respected...We hunger for the ideal of FAMILY as we walk this earth together knowing that there is a oneness that Jesus described many times and in many ways...not easy, not learned quickly, not achieved by oneself. Hope is there because many holy people have lived this way. Bless our endeavors....thanks for listening. -- Helen E.

CommentBubble“What is [my] heart hungry for?” Today I know and name that my heart is hungry for the Presence and Peace of God with-and-within me at all times, and that I may not stray from it, sabotage it, or hinder it in any way. This is my 'ask, seek, and knock' today, on the Door-of-Life that opens both ways-from the inside as well as from the outside. Thank you, Sr. Carolyn, for giving me the opportunity to ponder and tarry, and struggle through, and to see and name with greater clarity that deeper/deepest hunger of my heart. -- Linda



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