Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for May 10, 2020

Reflection for May 10, 2020

Everyday wonders

Easter season and Mother's Day remind us of God's goodness everywhere 

by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

With Easter Sunday fresh in our memories, we recall our journey to and through the Easter event. With the COVID-19 outbreak, so much has been altered in the HOW we connect with our extended family and with our faith community. Thank goodness God is present everywhere!

The entrance antiphon for the May 10 liturgy is from Psalm 98: “O sing a new song to the Lord, for He has worked wonders ...” To observe means to look closely. Looking closely at our day-to-day events, what wonders are there for us to observe and harvest meaning?

We also celebrate Mother's Day this weekend. Having been a primary teacher for many years, I always had my students create a special card for their moms for Mother’s Day. I never forgot this simple poem by a second-grade group expressing their deep love:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
You are my mom,
And I love you!

We each entered this world through a mother. If you still have a mother, let her know you love her.  If your mother has gone home to God, let her know you love her.

Mothers  birth life. There are many ways each person can bring life into this world. We are each called through our baptism to share life. How we do that is a response to be “bringers of life”. What will that look like for you this week and in the days to follow?

Happy Mother’s Day to all “life-givers”. We are an Easter people -- double reason for sharing new life!


Father Bill Jacobs
05/08/2020 6:46 am

Loved your thoughts on "all of us bringing life into the world."

Will be celebrating my first Mass May 9th since March 13th - it will be to an empty Church, but will be "live-streamed to many at 4:00 PM. God is so good!

Thank you Sister!

Kathy Matchefts
05/08/2020 9:40 am

Loved the concept that we are all bringers of life. Thank you & God bless

05/08/2020 10:32 am

And let's not forget Mother Earth. In these Times, we must listen to environmentalists, scientists, researchers, indigenous and native peoples, and demand that our governments listen, too. The psalms are filled with songs of praise for "All the Earth." Our actions must match our words of prayer. As Sister Carolyn says, "Mothers birth life." Indeed, Earth is Mother-of-All. Mother Earth needs and deserves our global respect, honor, and care.

05/09/2020 10:05 am

Yes, God is present everywhere...this weekend brings gratefulness & love breathing in the freshness of Spring! Thanks for your inspirational reflection, dear cousin.

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