Spiritual Reflections

Reflection on St. Martha

By Sister Marianne Ferguson In Scripture, we read about Jesus and His disciples visiting the home of Martha. This is rather uncommon because women did not usually own houses by themselves in the Jewish culture at that time. Martha’s sister Mary sits at the feet of Jesus listening to his teaching as a disciple; again,

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“Hallowed Be Thy Name”

By S. Marion Moeser For many years I understood the words in the Our Father, “Hallowed be thy name,” to mean that one should obey the second commandment: “You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain” (Exodus 20:7) — one should neither curse nor swear falsely using the divine name.

Medjugorje – I Came, I Climbed, I Conquered!

By Lyn Grandits, Franciscan Associate from western NY Returning to Medjugorje was more than an item on my bucket list; it was a promise I made to Our Lady in 2005. The word Medjugorje means "between the mountains" and one of the highlights of any pilgrimage there includes climbing Mt. Krizevac or "Cross Mountain," a physical and a spiritual journey

Look For The LIGHT In The Darkness

By S. Pat Burkard OSF We have been following the journey of Abram, and things are not going very well for him. We heard of his parting with Lot. In one Bible reading we find him complaining to God, bemoaning that he is childless and when he dies, one of his servants will be his

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