Spiritual Reflections

Beautiful Leaves

By Sister Marianne Ferguson, OSF Scientists tell us that these beautiful colored leaves that appear during the fall season are really in full color all the time because the chlorophyll that gives the leaves their green color fades away in Autumn. Then we can see the orange, yellow and red colors that were in the

A Message for Election Day

By Sister Kathleen Murphy OSF How might we respond to Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians if it were written today and addressed to us, Christians living in a divided America? “Brothers and Sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete

God’s Grace

By Sister Marian Rose Mansius "Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power. To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to

Prayer Leads to Serving Others

By Sister Marianne Ferguson As they continued their journey, Jesus and His disciples entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister, named Mary, who sat beside the Lord at His feet, listening to Him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to Him and said, “Lord,

The Parable of a Landowner

Mt. 20:1-16 By S. Marianne Ferguson I once visited the town in Italy where St. Padre Pio lived. On the journey there, I was surprised to see such extreme poverty. I saw people trying to make a living by raking stones located on the surrounding mountains. One of the homes had an open door along

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