Spiritual Reflections

Ancestry.com/Jesus of Nazareth

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus, Christ, son of David, son of Abraham,” thus Matthew begins his gospel (1:1). This tongue-twister list of biblical names is only read on a weekday in Advent; the most recent writing on the list focused on the unusual inclusion of five women—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah

Reflection on Saints Anne & Joachim

By Sister Kathleen Murphy In the year 1930, my parents were married in St. Anne’s Church on the east side of Buffalo, New York. The magnificent Gothic style church was built more than 160 years ago by German immigrants. My maternal grandfather was a carpenter, and I think that he may have done some of

Finding Our True Exaltation

By Sister Marianne Ferguson The quote “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” is a perennial saying of Jesus heard many times. Jesus, while teaching us the truth about the Kingdom of God had to listen to the fake news that was being spread about him. Unfortunately, the people

Seven Letters to Ancient Cities in Asia/Turkey

by Sister Marion Moeser Originally published in the Western New York Catholic newspaper The Sunday after the 9/11 attacks I was walking to my car after Mass in Alameda, California. I was being followed by a tall man and when I turned and asked if I could help him, he asked if the 9/11 attacks

‘More’ is Not Always Better

by Sister Marion Moeser Originally published in the Western New York Catholic Recently there has been a challenge to a long-held interpretation of the story of the Widow's Gift found in Mark's gospel. No doubt many have heard this short narrative used to praise self-sacrificing on behalf of others or to indicate that a gift

Mary of Nazareth: mother, disciple, prophet

By Sister Marion Moeser Originally published in the Western New York Catholic Two trends in biblical studies come together for this reflection. The first, the search for the historical Jesus, allows us to speak also of the historical Mary; the second, the understanding that the earliest Christians lived under the oppressive rule of the Roman

Reflection On The Our Father Prayer

Reflection On The Our Father Prayer By Sister Marianne Ferguson When we see the word “OUR” in this prayer, it brings to mind the thought of ownership. God belongs to us, so the opposite must be true… we belong to God. God has called us into his own and our relationship is mutual. If we

St. Ambrose: A Reflection

By Sister Fran Gangloff December 7 St. Ambrose - Honey-tongued doctor of the Church Antiphonal singing Born - c. 340 Died – April 4, 397 Feast – December 7 One legend tells how the father of baby Ambrose found bees on the infant’s face and a drop of honey on the baby’s tongue. Later in

An Angel and a Star – Shepherds and Magi

Pondering with God’s Word By Sister Moeser Originally published in the Western New York Catholic December 2017 What’s on the top of your Christmas tree: an angel or a star? And what would the Christmas scene be like if we only had Luke’s Gospel? Or only Matthew’s? Only Luke has the angel appearing to the

Pondering with God’s Word: Miryam, beloved leader and prophet of the wilderness community

By Sister Marion Moeser Originally published in the Western New York Catholic One can wonder if Mary of Nazareth had a “patron saint.” If so, was it Miryam of the wilderness account? One can never know, but the questions lead to a reflection on Miryam’s biblical portrait. The prophet Micah recorded that God reminded the Israelites of having redeemed them from bondage and providing them with the leadership of Moses, Aaron and Miryam (Hebrew of Miriam, Mary).