We are all praying for those in the way of Frankenstorm (including us!). It is raining and windy now, but the hurricane is officially due to arrive tonight or tomorrow. We have a generator that gives us some power but not everywhere. So we have our flashlights and extension cords ready! God bless everyone in the coming week!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Last week our Holy Father Pope Benedict inaugurated the year of faith. Those of us who attend daily Mass know that on the very anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the first reading was on the subject of faith. Each succeeding reading has continued the same subject. Only God could have arranged such a coincidence! Today’s Gospel is the story of the rich young man who ran up enthusiastically to Jesus, threw himself down at His feet and begged Him to say how one can inherit eternal life. Jesus reminds the young man of the commandments. Then, perceiving that he wanted more, Jesus tells him to sell all his possessions and come follow. “At this his face fell and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”
The rich young man of the Gospel evidently had faith, or he would not have come to Jesus. Yet he did not have enough faith to abandon his financial security for the sake of Christ. Deep faith always bears the fruit of love and urges one to a commitment of love. St. Francis, the son of a wealthy, 13th century cloth merchant, was another rich young man who did not go away sad when Jesus called him. No, rather he went home joyfully and sold everything, even what was not his to sell! When his father angrily demanded his money in a public hearing before the Bishop of Assisi, Francis gave it back to him along with all his clothes in a dramatic and symbolic gesture of self renunciation. St. Clare was also wealthy and of a noble lineage. She abandoned all her worldly possessions to follow Christ along the way of Holy Poverty that Francis pointed out to her. Countless others, both rich and poor and middle class have followed their example throughout the centuries. May many more come after us! Only by the grace of faith can we exchange what is visible for what is invisible. Our Lord says that for man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Love, born of faith, conquers all.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Our Sister Mary Agnes, who suffered a stroke in July is doing remarkably well! She has made a truly wonderful comeback, participating in all our community daily events including our midnight rising for prayer. She still needs to have some support for the sake of balance when she walks, and so for that purpose uses a rolling walker much of the time. For receiving Holy Communion, however, another Sister accompanies her while holding her hand. The poetic heart of Sister Mary Agnes was touched to write on this sisterly act of love. Here is her lovely poem:
Our supporting hand, my Sister,
that has just lifted to your lips God Incarnate,
the morseled Christ, now grasps
mine that has cradled Him, Bread of everlasting life.
Then you steady me toward the yearing Cup.
We drink the Wine, no longer juice from vine,
but Love Divine outpoured in unmerited mercy,
in Blood of the slain Lamb,
redeeming Blood freely shed for us,
vessels of clay, carrying away the risen Son
Whose radiance transforms, brightens,
beams warmth to hands, heat to hearts joined
in bond of Sisterhood.
Lord Jesus, bear her burdens who lightens mine
on today’s pilgrim way of faith
for this vital Food and Drink, O Christ,
for universal brotherhood, to our eternal Father
from your Heart speak our gratitude.