Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Nov. 10, 2019

Reflection for Nov. 10, 2019

In our thoughts, in our words, in our deeds

Before hearing the Gospel, one little gesture can make a big difference

Sister Carolyn Zahringer

We are beginning our preparations for the end of another liturgical year. We have journeyed all year through special seasons, important feasts and ordinary days. As we journeyed, we’ve had the opportunity to ponder many scripture texts.

Before the Gospel is proclaimed at Mass, many of us make a sign of the cross on our forehead, our lips, and our heart. Hopefully as we do this action we are growing in our awareness of what that means. It is a calling and a commitment to live and respond differently. We sign our forehead. Are we consciously asking the Lord to help us hear and respond to the “good news”? We sign our lips. Are we consciously asking the Lord to guide our speech to spread “good news” in a world so much in need of receiving it? We sign our heart. Are we conscious that our heart ought to propel us to respond with compassion?

Our faith tradition is steeped in signs and symbols that hold deep meaning.  Are we interested in going deeper into the meaning presented in “plain sight”, but discovered below the surface? The invitation to go deeper is present. Do we hear it? Will we respond?

Happy journeying and discovering to us all!


11/08/2019 9:12 am

I love these signs that remind us to be kind in thought, word, and deed as we gratefully navigate this adventurous journey.

Irene Whatley
11/08/2019 9:15 am

I am afraid that I don’t always think what I am doing. It has been there all my life and it may be habit. Thank you for the reminder.

11/08/2019 7:14 pm

I am so in the habit of making the signs before the gospel I never thought about "why". Thank you for waking me up.

Kathy Konop
11/09/2019 3:15 pm

I agree with Irene..many times done without thinking why? Maybe a refresher of these "ritual" would be a benefit

11/09/2019 3:50 pm

I appreciate your reflection and the prayerful reminders!

Debra Haven
11/10/2019 10:08 am

To hear, to speak, to act on the truth of our faith. One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church , we are all welcome on this journey.

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