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Lenten Wilderness

“The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak.”

Hello wilderness, here I come, ever more deep into you and away from the world. Teach me in the silence and in the depths of my being, undistracted by the world we live in. Help me to separate from that which I must separate in this time of more intense prayer. Guide me to the way of holiness that I strive for in each sacrifice made, both now and forever more.

I pray that Lent may be fruitful for you and bring you closer to the one who loves you most and holds you close. He will be with you as you travel with Him, striving for holiness.

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Finding Solitude

Upon signing into my facebook account, I saw this as the status from one of the sisters in the east who works in the provincial house.  It struck me profoundly and connected with other things in my life recently that have been topics to think about.  I hope you find something interesting and thought-provoking here.

All human beings are alone. No other person will completely feel like we do, think like we do, act like we do. Each of us is unique, and our aloneness is the other side of our uniqueness. The question is whether we let our aloneness become loneliness or whether we allow it to lead us into solitude. Loneliness is painful; solitude is peaceful. Loneliness makes us cling to others in desperation; solitude allows us to respect others in their uniqueness and create community.

Letting our aloneness grow into solitude and not into loneliness is a lifelong struggle. It requires conscious choices about whom to be with, what to study, how to pray, and when to ask for counsel. But wise choices will help us to find the solitude where our hearts can grow in love.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Hope

As time has gone on, I have taken more time with my writings before posting them.  A lot of myself goes into everything I write, at least in terms of poems and reflections and such.  With that being as it is, I have told myself I need to sit with each things I write for a while and pray with it, especially so before I post it for all to see.  That being said, I am now sharing a poem I wrote while meditating before going to the midnight Christmas mass (at 11pm…perhaps the closest I have gotten, but hey, consecration was at midnight).  It is entitled “Hope” and as I said, it is written by yours truly.  I find it more as a prayer than a reflection, or perhaps it is both, and maybe even more.  Thank you for your honest reading and sharing in my journey. 

HOPE

My hope is in you my God

Whose guiding strong hand

Whose living walking presence

Whose flowing steady breath

Leads me where I must go

My hope is in you my God

For you have stayed with me

You have reached me many times

In many ways, all three forms

My God you hold me close

Your embrace is tight, warm

It catches me when I fall

My tears are precious to you

The movement I make is yours

My hope is in you my God

Where else is there to turn

God, you do great things for me

My thanks goes on forever

I must always reach for you

My hope is in you my God

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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The Name of Jesus

“The name of Jesus has taught me to sing, and has lightened my mind with the heat of uncreated light.” – Richard Rolle

How beautiful and wonderful is that statement?  What is more amazing than reading that kind of statement is on occasion actually getting a chance to really feel that statement, to know it in the depths of one’s being.  I see it in the way that my writing has changed, even when it appears the same as it always has.  It is in my heart and there is much hope.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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God Loves You

Hello to all of you who read my blog!  I know I have been missing in action a lot more between my posts than I used to be.  Given my path of life and the intensity of my reflections, there has been more cause for reflection before I post here for all to see.  No worries, I still write my poetry and lyrics, you just don’t find them as often.  There are a couple in line to be posted now, but I have been letting them go through a bit of processing before I let them loose.  I am really excited about what is coming out in my writing these days, but also it make me think too.  There are also the days where my writing may not be as exciting, but it is equally important a time for me to reflect.  So to all you wondering where I went, I am still here as always, but maybe not a visible.  Keep your eyes peeled.  I did not come empty-handed today though.  The following is a quote from a reflection I read on the readings from the 5th of January.

“At some point in the day, God is going to show you how much he loves you.  Somehow, he is going to send you a personalized ‘love note’ meant only for you.  So keep your eyes and ears open.  God loves you immensely!”

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Hope in Jesus

This Advent, and this entire postulancy time, I have had one word in my mind that I have held onto. That word is HOPE. I cannot share with all of you my thoughts on this word and the reflections with them, as they are too personal.

I have learned so much, yet I have so far to go. So many things I have let go of, and yet there is so much more to do. A few things have landed in the “Give it to Jesus” box in my formator’s office. My life is not the same it was when I entered into formation. It is even not the same as when I got here in August, or even the beginning of Advent. I have changed, I have grown. Much of it may not even be in a way that is visible. HOPE carries me through. Going home soon, it will be hard to keep that. We have been told and I believe it. It is amazing to think of all that has happened in these past months. I am doing a couple of the hardest things I will ever do in my life, yet the most worthwhile. God is asking so much of me.

I live in HOPE of what Jesus’ birth gives us. I have HOPE for so much. It is HOPE that carries me through.

“Hope starts small and overtakes us.” – Jan Richardson

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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O Come Emmanuel…A Video to Make you Think…

Part two of videos used on the (mostly) 5th grade retreat.

One of the girls, after having played it a couple of times in a row, asked if me if I could play a different one while they reflected because it was making her cry.  It touched my heart.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Retreat Experience, Videos

 

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