Monday, January 28, 2008

Fr. Ogie Part II

Part II of an excerpt from Fr. Ogie's day of Recollection talk:

" Life and love co-exist, these are two inseparable realities. Out of His love comes our life, our God lives and loves. Love is giving and receiving. There is often a lack of definition of love- people confuse love with attraction, possession or using. But love is giving and receiving.

Jesus' life-giving act is an act of perfect love. Jesus reunites us with God through His love and through God's love we receive life and become reunited with God once again.

To be united we must give. The opposite of love is selfishness, where we don't give but keep on asking.

How do we have life to its fullness? By living and loving. We can keep on "doing" because we love. Love must be our motivation to keep on living and living is our motivation to love. It is here that we find happiness, in spite of pain and struggles we still find fulfillment.

This is what God wants by His grace, that we become fully alive. The disciples said, "Were not our hearts burning...?" We can't live a life of love alone, it requires communion and in that we see the importance of community. In our community we grow in living and loving. We find here the meaning of life. We grow when we come to know ourselves as God knows us..."

more to follow

Video Clip

Here's an interesting take on the life of Pope Benedict XVI, some beautiful footage, not so sold on the commentary....

Monday, January 21, 2008

Thought for the day

I came across this little reflection that was given to us in Rome by Fr. Rogel Rosalinas, SOLT (who is now the General Superior for the Priests in our community). This was taken from a day of reflection that Father led about 7 years ago.

He says, "There is dulling routine going in today's society, even in religious life. Jesus says, 'I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.' Things becoming boring when they are not rooted in Christ, who is Life. Because of this boredom, people are being led by evil just to do something. People are searching for the meaning of life. They are searching and saying "what is the meaning of my life?" To enjoy life to the fullest, it must be rooted in Christ. Our God is a God of life, He sent Jesus to be a source of new life.

Many times we become imprisoned and blinded by the pain and suffering in our present lives, we often get so disturbed that we lose hope and stop growing and we feel that there will be no hope in the future. But there still is a future that awaits us and it includes living our lives to the fullest. Our God is a God of love, and love and life go hand in hand."

more to follow...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sobering thought

It's always rather sobering and makes one reflect on their own life when the Holy Father speaks of something being at an "emergency level".

I think it would be difficult for people in the world today to say, if they really reflected upon it, that life is the same as it always has been. Yes, humans throughout the centuries have always had the same basic struggles and so therefore many of the same problems that we face today in 2008.

However, it seems to me, that people seem to be sensing that a decisive time is upon us. Somehow it seems like the things that are happening are very serious in the world and in no other time has Our Blessed Mother appeared so often, as she appearing in various parts of the world, even to this day. Her message is one of conversion, prayer, going to Confession, receiving the Eucharist worthily and offering sacrifices and penances for others still mired in the darkness. Hmm....not something that will be on CNN anytime soon.

As Lent approaches, the Season of Conversion, we might ask ourselves, "Am I converting or conforming?" Our Superior, Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, was just speaking on this very topic and I found it really fascinating.

We all know the appropriate ways to act and "appear holy." We can go to Sunday Mass or daily Mass and receive Jesus in the Eucharist and appear faithful, yet within our hearts, routine has replaced love. In a marriage and in religious life, the same thing can happen, on the surface it might be "just fine" but underneath resentments, bitterness, tiredness, and loneliness have taken their throne within us.

Jesus came that we might have life, that we might turn away from the sin in our lives and turn toward Him and who He is calling us to be. Honesty (which is humility, living in the Truth) is foundational in this process.

Lent allows us a look within, to see where we are conforming, appearing, wall-building, resenting and sets us free. Jesus calls us to convert everyday, to turn everyday toward Him and to have life everyday and always.

So perhaps before the next time we judge someone or criticize them, we might look within and see how we can help that person. Can we offer up this suffering for them? can we pray for them? Those things are truly love in action.

Let us allow ourselves to be converted, so we might have Life, and have it to the full.

If you are looking for a good book to read about the Mass, you might be interested in a little book entitled, If Your Mind Wanders At Mass. It contains short reflections on the Mass as a whole, how is shapes our entire life and examines each part of the Mass and explains it. It's simple and contains wonderful insights.

La Sapienza?

Hmm.... seems like the folks over at La Sapienza University in Rome might want to re-examine the meaning of word sapienza...
We would gladly accept a visit from the beloved Holy Father here in Seattle! :)
in the meantime, they will be in my prayers....

Full text here

Wee bit o' problem...

Oiy! For those of you waiting for some video of the Profession of Vows in Seattle, I am having a wee bit o' trouble since the video of the homily of the Archbishop is too big a file for youtube and google. So I will keep you posted on its' debut soon! ;)
Sr. Miriam

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

The SOLT Sisters wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and hope-filled and holy New Year. May Jesus and Mary bless you and give you every good thing.

Read Pope Benedict's new encyclical on Hope here