Spiritual Reflections

Our Father

Matthew 6 By Sister Marianne Ferguson When we see the word OUR we notice the thought of ownership. In a sense, God belongs to us, and so the opposite must be true. We belong to God. God has called us into his own, and our relationship is mutual. We are in a family relationship with [...]

God’s Hands — Our Work

By Sister Marcella Nachreiner OSF God’s hands are creative, loving hands. The heavens above are the work of his hands. So is the earth below “In his hands are the depths of the earth; the tops of the mountains are his also. His is the sea, for he has made it, and the dry land, [...]

A Glance at Creation from my Window

By Sister Marise May OSF For those familiar with Franciscan Villa in Syracuse, our rooms each have a “box window”— two windows in the middle and one on each side. My chair is turned toward the window where I have a view of a beautiful grove of trees. The window sill is my “prayer table,” and the view [...]

A Positive Approach in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic. Unemployment at Depression era levels. Civil rights protests that rival those of the 1960s. What the world needs now is prayer — and some spiritual guidance. Sister Kathleen Murphy is a certified spiritual director, someone who companions people as they develop deeper relationships with God. She’s not a therapist, though she does [...]

The Seed and the Soil and Covid-19

Reflection by S. Ellen McClure  Before I entered our community, I thought about becoming a contemplative nun.  In high school, I was taught by the Visitation Nuns so there was some grounding to my desire. When I became a nurse and entered our Franciscan congregation, I learned that ours is the ‘mixed life’ where we live and minister in a wholeness. [...]

Judging Others

Sister Laurita Kelly "Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, you will be judged, and the measure with which you measure with will be measured out to you.  Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?" Matthew 7:1-5 [...]

The Little Skinny Tree

Sister Rosemary Bucchi What I write here may seem very simple or even childlike, but my spirituality is very simple, personal and Franciscan. I believe in, trust in and above all have a great love for the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I always taught children that praying was talking to God, that they should in their [...]