Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Feb. 12, 2023

Reflection for Feb. 12, 2023

What will you think and say today?

In a nutshell, Jesus tells us that words and thoughts matter

by Sister Agnes Fischer

Just after a beautiful lesson on the beatitudes, Jesus instructs His disciples what not to do.

Jesus speaks about judging others. If we judge a sister or brother, we are the ones who will be liable for judgment, not them. He then talks about anger. He tells us that if we get angry or use abusive language we will be held in contempt.

  • How often do I speak words that are neither just nor appropriate?
  •  Why do I do this?

Jesus warns us about the danger of thoughts of impurity, adultery, divorce or making false oaths or pledges. He ends with these words: “Say ‘Yes’ when you mean yes    and ‘No’ when you mean no.”

  •  To what is Jesus challenging me?
  •  Do I take Jesus’ words seriously?
  •  Do I strive to live as He calls us to live?
  •  Is there more love in the world because of my being around?

Every day, every moment, I have a choice!

  •  What will I choose today?


William J Jacobs Jr
02/10/2023 11:05 am

Nice Job, Sister!

I loved your line, "Is there more love in the world - now that I'm around?"

What a wonderful world it would be if we each answered that question every day!"

My Best to you & all the Sisters - I miss you folks,


Father Bill

02/10/2023 12:12 pm

The coupled questions that "get to the heart of the matter," for me are:

1) How often do I speak words that are neither just nor appropriate?

2) Why do I do this?

These probing questions lead me into prayer and deep reflection with Psalm 139: 23-24:

"23 Search me, God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting."

And also, "Create in me a clean heart, O LORD ....." [Psalm 51:10]

And another, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ [Luke 18:10-14]

In short, today I choose PRAYER! :)

Allan Herrman
02/10/2023 2:29 pm

Spot on. I will use this with the Confirmation class this Wednesday.

Thank you.

02/11/2023 7:17 pm

You did it again Sis!!! I love your reflections.

Sister Rose Jochmann
02/13/2023 10:40 am

Thanks, Aggie. Good questions for reflection related to the readings!

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