Spiritual Reflections

Placing Hands on Paul and Barnabas – Reflection

By Sister Marianne Ferguson OSF As new owner/operators begin managing the building housing 59 sisters in western New York, S. Marianne Ferguson reflected on the changes the sisters living there face in the context of the Scripture reading Acts 12:24 – 13:5 - We notice that the Apostles were using ritual. After praying to the

Encountering the Holy Spirit

“Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven” By S. Marion Rose Mansius Our first experience with water and the Spirit, of course, was when we were baptized. For most of us, our parents or godparents accepted the faith of Jesus for us. Again, at Confirmation, we

Unselfish Love

By S. Eleanor Thielman I was recently graced with an awe-inspiring conversation while attending the Life Program in Lackawanna, New York.  One day, S. Thomas, RSM approached me and showed me a sketch that Fr. Betl drew while visiting the Response to Love Center, a community outreach where a variety of compassionate programs help those

Apostle of the Apostles: St. Mary of Magdala

By Sister Marion Moeser Two years ago, the Vatican raised the status of St. Mary Magdalene — her liturgical memorial is now a liturgical feast and she is now characterized as "the apostle of the apostles.”  Historical traditions presented her as a repentant prostitute but is this true?  Is there a gospel account of her

Evangelization – 6 Actions of the Heart During Lent

by Sister Kathleen Murphy, OSF “Come back to me with all your heart. Don’t let fear keep us apart. Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.” These words are taken from the song, “Hosea” composed by Gregory Norbet. We can well apply them to Jesus, calling

Clean of Heart – Consistency in intentions and actions Mk 7:14

By Sister Marianne Ferguson OSF Jesus says that the motivations for our speech and actions flows out of the heart. The Purity of Heart that Jesus mentions in the Beatitudes relates to sincerity or to the consistency between our intentions and our actions. It is easy to profess very noble intentions, but then perform the

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