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Supplies on the Journey-Part 9

In my last blog, I addressed compassion. On the heels of compassion is forgiveness. Meaning of Forgiveness One of the Proto-Germanic meanings of the word forgiveness is “to release”. In the New Testament, one of the Greek words for forgiveness is “apheimi.” It implies letting go, to release, to cancel…

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Assorted Christmas ornaments

Community

There is nothing like an assemblage of varied Christmas ornaments on a dining room table to remind oneself about the complex yet beautiful realities of life in community. There are the shiny ones and frosty ones of all assorted sizes. Some are opaque while others are translucent or transparent. Some…

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Lit Advent wreath in a darkened chapel

Advent

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” (Isaiah 40: 3) Once again, we mark the arrival of the liturgical season of Advent. The Lord is coming!  It is time to prepare! Into our wonderfully beautiful yet very wounded…

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Messy jubilee candle

Learn to Love the Mess

  During the Jubilee Mass celebrating the 25th anniversary of my monastic profession on November 25th, I watched helplessly from my seat in the front pew as melted wax drained down the side of my jubilee candle from beneath the chrome topper candle as it stood of the altar. The…

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Sacred Heart Statue

Heartwise

When I was in junior high school, like many girls my age I struggled to learn about handling my emotions and how to get along with others. Whenever I experienced disappointment or a misunderstanding with someone, Mom would advise me not to wear my heart on my sleeve. I came…

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Red Mountain Park trail

Journeying

My younger sister, Martha, visited recently from Florida. We love to find things to do outdoors on these visits. One beautiful autumn day, we went out to Red Mountain Park to walk the forested trails. When I visit Martha, we drive to a beach or walk in her neighborhood, completely…

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Sr. Gabriela reading outside

Vocation Awareness

The Holy Spirit is certainly very active these days. We receive multiple requests daily looking for information about our community and for help with vocation discernment. That’s great! What we have learned from these requests, however, is that most inquirers have lack a basic understanding about vowed religious life in…

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Stained glass window image of compassion

Supplies on the Journey Part 10

All of the supplies on the journey thus far prepare the way for being a compassionate person. What is compassion? In Hebrew, the noun for compassion, “rachamin” refers to the womb of God or movement of God’s deepest self in response to pain, mercy distress of others. If you take…

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RC Chapel window-PAX

Let Peace Be Your Quest and Aim

In the midst of the beautiful change in seasons, I really tried to make this blog about the cycle of nature and life inspired by a slow walk in nature to enjoy the colors of God’s creation.  However, my mind and heart cannot escape the pain and suffering happening on…

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hummingbird feeding

A Hummingbird Story

As I do around 5:15 every morning, I sauntered out to the back lawn with my Chihuahua, Hector, and gazed Eastward at planet Venus while he sniffed a frog and relieved himself in the grass. Then, cradling my iPad, I stumbled onto the screened-in porch to pray the Divine Office….

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