Spiritual Reflections

“For a famine had gripped the whole world” (Gen. 41:57)

By Sister Marion Moeser As I write, wildfires ravage Australia, caused by record high temperatures and record low rainfall. Famine threatens several countries of Africa forcing mass migrations, again drought related. Concerns about the lack of rain and famine are expressed often in the Old Testament. Worshiping false gods, particularly Baal the Canaanite god of

Did Jesus Have a Model? A Hero?

By Marion C. Moeser This December, two Sunday gospel readings from Matthew are about John the Baptist. Who was John and what do we know of John and his interactions with Jesus? An important source about John, outside of the New Testament, is the Jewish historian Josephus (36/37-100 AD). He wrote to justify the Jewish

St. Francis Feast Day Greetings

On October 4 we again celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  In so doing it is good to reflect on his life in the Middle Ages and how relevant his message is today. Francis focused his life on love of God which certainly is something we need to focus on in our world today. Francis

Betrayal and Tenderness – Mark 5:21, 35-43, 6:17-28

By Sister Marion Moeser, OSF There are two stories about little girls in Mark's gospel — the daughter of Jairus (5:21-24, 35-43) and the daughter of Herod (6:17-28). In both stories, they are described as korasion, Greek word derived from the word for a young maiden; these daughters are “little maidens.”  (Mark indicates that Jairus'

A Message Found in Popcorn

By Sister Rose Therese DiGregorio   Last night I was in the mood to watch a “I Love Lucy” movie and enjoy some freshly popped popcorn.  I followed the directions on the bag. The smell of the popcorn enhanced the mood for an evening set for laughter and relaxation! I thoroughly enjoyed both. This morning

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