Mk 1:17-11 By S. Marianne Ferguson After pondering the religious experience of Jesus, one is led to a greater appreciation of our gift of baptism. When we hear the words “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” we realize that we too are God’s Beloved daughters and sons. We too, are [...]
Outside My Window By S. Zoe Ellen McClure Outside my window God’s coloring book Flames Majestic Reds and golds Grateful, I sing praise And find In creation’s Autumn notes Harmony God’s paint Creatively Sings of love For colors all And even me Inside my window.
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, [...]
By Sister Alicia Damien Lau As we learn early in life, everyone has their own perception on how things are and what they see depends on their culture, education, and experiences. The other day, as I was walking, I saw this beautiful rainbow over the house that I am staying at and took a picture. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
By Sister Marianne Ferguson After Mary Magdalene showed Peter and the other Apostle the empty tomb, they went home, but she remained, staring at the empty tomb. We wonder at her thoughts; were they wishful thinking, or grief over the loss of the man she loved, or possible expectations of his return? Were these thoughts [...]
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. [...]