Bread for Holy Thursday baked by Sisters Kathleen and Michelle

Good Carbs

The drive from Palm Springs to Riverside in California is reached via State Highway 111, twelve miles of barren desert intersecting with the I-10 interstate. It is a pleasant yet bleak respite before being thrust into the chaos of defensive driving, lane switching, and white knuckling. Highway 111 is plain…

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El Greco detail from Crist Driving Out the Moneychangers from the Temple

Jesus: A Man of Action

Jesus was a man of action. While the gospel evangelists capture many of Jesus’ sayings and teachings, his actions are just as central to his mission as the Messiah. As we hear from the Gospel of Mark on most of the Sundays in this liturgical year, the importance of Jesus’s…

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Christmas decoration boxes

Time to Take Down the Tree

The late comedian Erma Bombeck once said, “There is no one lonelier than the one taking down the Christmas tree.” As I write this, we are approaching the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is the official end of the Christmas season (unless you are lucky enough to…

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Items on the give-away table

Taking Time, Making Space

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.” from Patient Trust, a prayer from Pierre…

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puzzle pieces

Puzzle Pieces

I love jigsaw puzzles! I can lose all track of time while laser- focused on the search for the next piece. Last New Year’s Eve, I planned to turn in early. After getting into my pajamas, I went back to the puzzle to see if I could find just a…

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butterfly

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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