Friday, December 23, 2005

Some thoughts from our Superior, Sr. Anne Marie Walsh

Dear Family and Friends of Our Lady's Society,

On behalf of Our Lady's Sisters, and in gratitude for all the gifts of love and prayer and support that come to us through you, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for the fullness of blessing, grace, peace, light and joy upon each and everyone of you. Enclosed is an excerpt from the book "Fire of Mercy-Heart of the Word" by Erasmo Leiva Merikakis, (which is a series of meditations on the Gospel according to St. Matthew). His words contain something of the joy, the hope and the promise we ask be fulfilled in each of you.

"From within the darkness of the world and the vicissitudes of history, and yet rooted in them, the Word of God leaps forth by his own deliberate design. History has been for Him. Both the faith of Abraham and the royalty of David-who sum up the whole genealogy, are united and fulfilled in Christ.
While in human generation, it is always the ancestors who ennoble the name of their descendants, in the case of Christ, it is this latest comer into the world who makes even His most obscure ancestor famous and reveals the reason-for-being of the whole line. Who, after all, were Shealtiel and Abiud and Zadok, for their names to have been inscribed on the first page of the most extraordinary literary document of all time? And if the Word of God waited for forty-two generations in order to come "when time had taken a downward plunge" as the Advent hymn has it, it is because God, like a good physician, comes when He is most needed; somehow, to be fully rejuvenated, the world first had to grow old utterly and come to the limit of its own foolish hopes. Christ is sent by the Father into the world "to liberate the human race from its state of decrepitude." (Collect, First Sunday of Advent)

But, at the same time, what tremendous dignity God acknowledges mankind to possess when he reveals to it a mystery that has been contained within the very fiber and flesh of generation after generation! God reveals to man not only the being of God: God reveals man to himself in all his hidden possibilities. Who could have foreseen that a woman of our race could become the mother of the eternal God's only Son? Who could have suspected humanity's hidden talent to be able to bear God, not as a cup bears water or as the hand bears a weight, but in the most intimate, physiological sense possible: as a mother bears her child, with everything that implies for the interpenetration of two beings? And so we sing at Midmorning Prayer during Epiphany Week: "The mystery that had been hidden for ages and generations has now become manifest."

Without knowing it, each of us is a bearer of mystery like Shealtiel, Abiud and Zadok, even though we are more anonymous than they. Each of us too, is caught up in a genealogy, both biological and spiritual, and we each bear the tremendous Mystery that is the personal presence of God among us and within us. As the early Christians liked to style themselves, we are "theophores". In time God does reveal to us too, what He had hidden in us from the beginning. But who has the patience to await this revelation in silence? Truly, we are almost wholly ignorant of who we are and what promises sleep deep within us."

May your Chistmas Season be filled with light and promise, and may you be touched by the eternal love of Our Father, Who having so loved us, sent His only begotten Son that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.

In the love of the Holy Family,
Sr. Anne and Our Lady's Sisters

Monday, December 19, 2005

Lest we forget....

Just in case the commercialism of Christmas has convinced you that having all of the presents you want under the tree will bring you lasting happiness, Pope Benedict reminds us of the true meaning of life and happiness.

I don't know about you, but I remember being a child and opening my presents on Christmas morning, only to find that everything I had asked for was not there. I remember at times, in spite of all of the other gifts that I received, being disappointed. Disappointed. After being given so many things, and after all of the hard work of my parents, I was disappointed. Something is seriously wrong with that attitude.

I think that's one of the things that Jesus came to save us from. He came to save us from illusive happiness and empty promises. He came to bring true and lasting happiness. He makes promises that last and that never fade.

God gives so many gifts during this season of Advent and Christmas. He has gifts for us. Unlike the ones that are under the tree, the ones that satisfy us for a short time and then quickly lose their luster, the gifts that God give truly satisfy. They are eternal. The peace and happiness that He gives, no one else can give and no one can take away. Those gifts are given to the soul and they come from within. Those are the gifts that make us truly happy. They bring us closer to God and closer to the people we were created to be. They bring an abundant life, a full life.

So, the next time you are tempted to turn to "things" (including people) to make you happy, turn to Christ in your heart and ask Him to make you happy. Ask Him to give you the good things from above, things that really last.

You may be surprised at what you'll find in your soul.

Just when you thought it was changing....

Wow. that's all i can say after reading this

Too bad that's an all too frequent reality in many parts of the world.

Say an extra prayer for the missionary religious of the world.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

You heard it here....

This was an interesting talk given by Pope Benedict yesterday. The world needs a GOOD witness of religious life. There is nothing more scandalous than a religious who is not living out their vows. It is so easy to get sucked into the ways and the thoughts of the world and forget who you really are. As religious, our light has to shine brightly before men and there is nothing that dims that light faster than watering down the truth and buying into the ways of the world.

Being a Christian means that we follow Christ, not ourselves.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

So, whatever happened to Christmas?

Okay, so after hearing so much controversy over the use of the word "Christmas", i thought you might find this interesting. One of my friends was telling me that at his place of work (which shall remain nameless) one of the employees crossed out "Christ" in Christmas that was written on a chalkboard and replaced it with an "X" as in, Xmas. Yikes.

I guess we really don't understand from where we have come and to where are going at the end of our life (hopefully to heaven). So many people see God as an obstacle to their lives instead of a cornerstone. I remember seeing this one movie where the lead character makes a "prayer" to God in these words, "God, you don't have to help me but don't get in my way." holy cow. We'd be in a lot of trouble if God ever got out of our way.

Be sure to wish someone a "Merry Christmas."

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Happy December

God bless you! Happy December and continuing Advent Season to you! As we get closer to the day when Jesus will be born in our hearts, I thought I'd share Pope Benedict's December Prayer Intentions with you! Don't hesitate today to show someone kindness and love. See the goodness in all of God's creation, including yourself!
Blessed Day!