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God’s Word

Reflection on God’s Word is a HUGE part of living in a Salesian convent, as I have learned in my time there.  It is something I really miss, sharing what the Holy Spirit inspires in me and hearing what comes from the reflections of others.  A dear friends of mine who has also tasted Salesian life has come up with a brilliant plan.  She and I are now in charge of a new blog together.  You can click here to check it out.

We post the Sunday readings, and perhaps more things once we get moving on it, and then you the reader comes and shares in reflection with us.  Community in this aspect is so nurturing to one’s faith life.  Please come and check us out!  We would love to have you.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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5th Grade Retreat

This evening I was very struck by some amazing young people at the school here.  From about 2pm until 8pm there was a retreat for the (mostly) 5th graders.  I helped out from 5pm and on.  It was amazing the things that some of these kids shared with the others.  They reflected on Advent and Christmas, the true meanings of the seasons.  At the end they made commitments.  To close they all shared something they learned or the commitments that they made.  Earlier they shared their reflections and prayer intentions before dinner.  The faith of some of these kids amazes me.  The moments I had with them reminds me of the passion that I have for youth and retreat work.  I pray that this is something that is in my future as a hopefully to be nun!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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Some Thoughts on Community

Community is the greatest joy and the greatest challenge.

People are healed and saved in the context of community (most of the time).

We don’t have to do everything, the Lord is already there.

Not everyone has the capacity of community.

A community can never become life-giving without solving conflict.

Communication can cause miracles.

To be successful in faith-sharing, there has to be enough faith and trust.

Community is a carefully orchestrated dance.

We cannot have people substituting what belongs to Jesus Christ.

When each person working on growing, the whole community grows.

You can’t say hello until you learn to say goodbye.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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Saints full of Fervor

Last night brought joy to my life.  During the goodnight, Sr. Sandra used a song that we had used during our ICF class that day.  It fits along the lines of All Saints Day.  The title is “The Saint that is just Me” and it is by Danielle Rose.

Following the good night, we sat around the table talking and singing and listening to music from Sr. Sandra’s computer.  During chores, the music continued and the joy permeated from us all.  There was such spirit in the house like you could never imagine.  I felt so at home in those moments.  These words do not even do any of it justice. 

This morning we got to have prayer a little later due to the school mass.  When we sat down to eat breakfast, Sr. Sandra asked if we could sense the fervor in the room.  I could tell there was something different things morning and special.  The morning continued beautifully with a wonderful school mass.  It is amazing what the Lord will do when we all trust in Him

We are all saints, don’t you forget it.  Make sure you live your life worthy of the title of saint at all times.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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Short Thoughts on Community

Community is the place where we grow in holiness, where we experience the healing power of Jesus, where we are challenged to live our vocation as holy women.

Every community has the potential to be life-giving or life-draining.

The common good is the most important in community life.

You cannot persevere in this life without good friends.

God calls us to live in community.

Community fulfills the deepest desire of our hearts.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Living Salesian

 

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Changes in Living

This morning we had our first little meeting with our animator/formator.  From what I can see, this year we are buckling down a bit more than last year.  I am excited, and it will be real good. 

As with last year, talking is not allowed in the morning until after mass.  Granted since we go to the parish for mass, there may be a moment where it is more rude to not say anything.

In the evening it is quiet in the house at nine, vacate the study and go to our rooms to ready for bed at nine-thirty, and lights out at ten.  It is a bit different from last year.  I want to inquire to whether this pertains to the weekend or not, especially Saturday night when Sunday morning is a later morning. 

Phone usage is weekends only unless there is a specific reason to be calling someone during the weekday.

As far as I know, internet usage is whenever an appropriate time is found.

I am excited for the year and cannot wait until we get our schedules for the semester/year!

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Living Salesian

 

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Spring is Coming

This is what I would like to hope is happening in my life.  I want to believe deeply that spring is coming, even though it may be moving really slow right now.  This song really drew my attention for a few different reasons.  You may know them, you may not.  That does not matter much.  We are all in a journey.

I guess the first verse really hit me the most, maybe because it is the first.  The whole progression sung about throughout the song is something I have seen come through my life many times.  Sometimes it is in short spurts, other times with works out over a very long period of time.  Best thing, we have people to travel with!

I hope you enjoy this song, some more will be coming in the next days I hope.  Peace!

 
 

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Church Hopping

I know that I am traveling a little ways back, but life has finally granted me a moment to catch up with everything I wanted to blog about, at least some of it.  So, here is some of that I wanted to share.  Some of it is taken directly from my journal, some is written now reflecting back.  I do apologize for the longer than normal post, please still read it!

To start off Holy Thursday festivities, the school had a prayer service before the half day dismissal.  As a part of it, there was a dance at the end to “Footprints in the Sand,” by Leona Lewis.  We danced to the first two and a half minutes or so.  It was really good to dance again, and it was not just easy stuff.  I was with two sophomores, one of which choreographed the dance.  Dancing for God was wonderful.  While I was not even close to perfect, I did the best I could.  Here is the song.  Remember, we only went to about two and a half minutes in the dance, but the rest of the song is good too!

That evening we went down the hill to the Provincial House for the Holy Thursday services.  It was odd not being a part of the music in some way or the other.  I blame anyone.  I know there was a better chance of a [former] companion of mine was there.  Let me say though, I say with all that I had with her voice in the back of my head.  I did enjoy being surrounded by the sisters, it was a wonderful family to be with then. 

I have some quotes from the priest who presided over the mass.  They stuck out to me as her was giving the homily.  I wish I would have caught more of it on paper.

We were called not because we were ready, but because we are willing.

We know we are not perfect, but we are willing.

You know what devil, get lost.

After the service, a handful of us climbed into the seven passenger van around eight pm to start the church hopping adventure.  For those of you who don’t know the tradition (and I just learned, so my explanation is a little meh), this is what I am able to explain.  In order to stay awake with Jesus, unlike the disciples who fell asleep and did not keep watch, you travel from church to church visiting Jesus in all the chapels before He is reposed to a special place until the Easter Vigil.  We went to a total of eight stops between leaving at eight and arriving at the last just before midnight.  It was just after midnight when we got back home.  The following in italics is from my journal, written that night.

Stop 1: Oh Jesus, bring me to my knees in adoration of you.  I love you.  Here I wish to pray for Jen and all her intentions.  She is very precious to me.  Be with her.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 2: Oh Jesus, give me humility in adoration of you.  I love you.  This stop is for my parents.  Watch over them, keep them close.  Be with them.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 3: Oh Jesus, give me prudence in adoration of you.  I love you.  I pray for Renate wherever she may be.  Bring her back to you and keep her safe.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 4:  Oh Jesus, give me wisdom in adoration of you.  I love you.  Watch over Matthew, Molly, and Abby.  Help them to never stray from you and to have a stong relationship with you.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 5: Oh Jesus, grant me courage in adoration of you.  I love you.  I pray for my Marianist Family, that they are always faithful to their charism.  Keep them in my heart.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 6: Oh Jesus, bring my to understanding in adoration of you.  I love you.  Shower your love on Priyanka as she grows up.  Show her your love and care that she may follow you.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 7: Oh Jesus, help me to love fully in adoration of you.  I love you.  Protect all my close friends.  Keep them close to you.  Let them know all the good they have done, especially for me.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

Stop 8: Oh Jesus, give me patience in adoration of you.  I love you.  I pray for me grandparents.  Let them know how much they are blessings in this world.  Grant them everlasting peace.  Oh Jesus, transform me.

“silently, peacefully, we will rest in you, Lord.”

Home/Bed: Thank you Lord, for the time spent with you.  I pray that these words of mine make it up to you.  All this I do and ask for the sake of my vocation.  It is in you and your Father that I must put all my trust.  What else could there even possibly be?  Jesus allow me to sit at your table so that I continue to learn from you in the way you are with your disciples.  Keep in my heart the experience tonight.  Thank you for everything you have done in my life.

It was amazing to see Jesus in all the different churches in the area.  I am blessed to be here and I cannot wait to share this experience.  Peace.

 

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We Are In This Together

Some words enter my mind

Many feelings float about

Something very different

Seperated from the rest

And yet, can’t you see it

Connecting thread the same

One in the journey here

Where are you now going

It is forgotten, one thing

Being with others, community

Individual discernment, yes

With support, do not forget

Indeed we are different

Not to forget the same

Just relax, simply enjoy

We are in this together

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Creative Corner, Living Salesian

 

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Alive and Kicking

I know that I have not written a lot lately other than the creative flow of words that I have each day.  Life has been pushing me through the windiest of roads and paths, sometimes out to creative a path where there is none.  So many things are going on at the convent.  I keep observing the group we are in, and maybe to my disadvantage, keep seeing where we go wrong.  What is harder than finding it in myself is finding it in others.  When I find the wrong in me, I can deal with it how I need to and fix it how I know I need to be fixed.  The trouble hits when I can see what is going on in the group and have little that I can do about it at all.  I keep reading these great books that open my eyes to why we do things the way we do and what we really need to be doing.  Also, the steps to do some things are in them and so much more!  They may  not be Salesian books I am reading, but they are good spiritual books.  This is all I have right now outside of my poetry.  I am still alive and kicking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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