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Good Friday Reflection

Whenever something happens only once a year I learned to sit up and take notice especially when they are symbolic actions that require no words. Last evening we had the foot washing, soon the veneration of the cross and tomorrow, the new fire. The adoration of the cross can be a routine action similar to […]

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Love the Whole World as a mother loves an only child

I remember all the childhood hearts that were passed from friend to friend and as we aged we had flowers and candies to add to the glory of the day but the real essence of this day is the true love that stays with us long after Valentine’s day and doesn’t even need a Valentine’s […]

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In brokenness we find strength…

If we learn anything from the Lenten season it is that in brokenness we find strength.  As we look at Jesus we know something powerful is occurring as he makes his journey to Jerusalem.  In Luke’s Gospel (9: 22) Jesus tells his disciples:  “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, […]

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Lent begins….

Ash Wednesday is one of those days when we seem to be most faithful to our religious tradition. The memories of our childhood somehow dictate that we take ourselves to Church to receive ashes and to wear them throughout the day.  I often wonder why it’s so popular.  I think there is a deep desire […]

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The Stillness of Snow

I know that it is frequently very QUIET when you go outside after a fresh snow.  Scientifically, I know as snowflakes stack up, there is more space left between them, compared to the surface of liquids like water. With all that space, sound is unable to bounce off snow as easily as it would off […]

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Women’s Salon — Understanding Focusing

The Women’s Awareness Salon reconvened after a December break and the many women who attend each month greeted each other warmly and with a sense of joy at being together again. Several newcomers joined in for this January session. The beauty of the Salon is that the group is always shifting. Some come every month […]

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Advent — in sync with the holidays but enjoying WAITING

I always like Advent.  I like it because it is the beginning of the Church Year and so it has that open slate type of feel to me.  I tell myself this Advent I get a fresh start starting again.  For me it is a sacred time of WAITING for Christmas but a “waiting” that […]

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Women’s Awareness Salon — Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

at Our Women’s Awareness Salon meets the first Thursday of each month from September to May.  This year we’re focusing on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with a contemporary focus.  Last month we focused on Piety and had Terry Manley speak to us about her life’s journey.  Terry wrote the book Prayer Made Simple:  […]

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What a great week to be Franciscan and Catholic!

What a glorious experience of Church we had these past five days as we enjoyed the visit of Pope Francis to the USA, especially to Philadelphia.. On Saturday along with others in my congregation and other religious and priest from the diocese I journeyed to Villanova to Board buses to take us to the Basilica […]

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What We Can Learn From Crayons

Listening to the news can be traumatic.  Hearing the news and seeing images of the refugees fleeing from Syria and noting the differences and difficulties that the European countries are having accepting them makes my heart break and I’m sure yours as well.  There are many who are trying their best to make them feel welcome […]

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