Spiritual Reflections

Women Leaders in the Early Church

By Sister Marion Moeser, OSF Many voices today are calling for more women to take part in decision-making in the Catholic Church. Women as decision-makers in the Church is not a new concept. One need only look at Scripture. St. Paul's letters are our earliest New Testament writings (ca. 50-62). In Chapter 16 of his

A Love Letter to God

by Sister Barbara Whelan OSF "God is Love" Dear God, Since yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised, I want to write and thank you for being in my life, for all the love and blessings you have given me: my caring friends, the strength you give me each day and for all the

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The Olive Tree and the Grafted Branch – Jews and Christians

By S. Marion Moeser, OSF Two events, one recent and one upcoming, prompt this reflection. On Oct. 12, 2018, eleven Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were murdered as they gathered for Sabbath services. This evil was met with a righteous outcry from almost all Americans, and rightly so. On Jan. 25,

Advent Tradition Lights One’s Heart!

By Sister Wilma Kramer, OSF I taught First Grade many years ago. It was important that the first-grade class learn about the Advent Wreath and the liturgical tradition of lighting the four candles. Of course, with little ones, it was important that each one had a turn to blow out the Advent candle following the

Advent Prayer – 2018

by Roberta S. Smith, OSF Come, Lord Jesus! Is the ancient prayer of Advent down through the ages! Let it be our prayer this year too! Let Jesus the Son of God be born anew in our hearts which are continually hungry for the “Good News”. Come, Lord Jesus, renew our patience so we can

Advent Reflection

By Sister Ellen McClure, OSF My memories of Advents past are those of eager anticipation. I join Mary as she prepares to deliver her baby to the world. I can only imagine how excited she is as Jesus kicks and moves around within her body. In truth, in my days as a young nurse, I

Feast of St. Lucy

FEAST OF ST. LUCY – DECEMBER 13th By Sister Ann Helene, OSF The feast of St. Lucy is celebrated each year on December 13. Lucy lived on the island of Sicily around the year 300 and is considered one of the early martyrs; the Roman Emperor Diocletian put her to death, because of her faith.

Beautiful Leaves

By Sister Marianne Ferguson, OSF Scientists tell us that these beautiful colored leaves that appear during the fall season are really in full color all the time because the chlorophyll that gives the leaves their green color fades away in Autumn. Then we can see the orange, yellow and red colors that were in the

A Message for Election Day

By Sister Kathleen Murphy OSF How might we respond to Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians if it were written today and addressed to us, Christians living in a divided America? “Brothers and Sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete

God’s Grace

By Sister Marian Rose Mansius "Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power. To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to