Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Let's read and remember!

I am sure that if you watched all the media coverage of Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States you are overwhelmed with all the wonderful images of his time with the people and with the messages he left with us.  If you are like me, you need time to process, to absorb all that he had to say.  Well, I discovered a wonderful web site with the texts of all of his talks and homilies so I am happy to share it with you (if you do not already have it.)  It is offered by Aleteia, a wonderful web site for Catholic news.  

Here is the link: 

The home page is

I have printed out a few of the homilies so far and am reading them slowly, underlining things I particularly want to remember and pray about.  

In response to our Holy Father's plea, let us pray for him each day that God will guide and strengthen him. Let us pray especially for the Synod on the Family which opens on Sunday in Rome.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simon and me

Today’s Gospel (Lk 7:36-50) is about the woman who approached Jesus at a banquet and washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.  It was an act of deep repentance and humility and although she was a sinner, Jesus recognized her sincerity and her deep sorrow for her sins.  

Many times when we reflect on this story, we think about the woman and her generosity of spirit and we pray to be like her in our own lives.  However, today I was taken by Simon, the Pharisee, who hosted the banquet.  He was very critical of the woman and saw only her sin.  Jesus, however, saw into her heart.  I am sometimes like Simon; I have a tendency to be judgmental.  Today I was convicted of my own sin, asking the Lord for the grace to really “see” others as He sees them.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A daily brief reflection

Our Lady of Sorrows - the Pieta
Living close to the city of New York we are often in touch with what is happening there in the Archdiocese.  The head of the Archdiocese, Cardinal Timothy Dolan is very well known, not only in New York but throughout our country as well.  The former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Dolan is very articulate and knowledgeable about many issues and most importantly, he is a holy man - a holy priest.  I recently discovered that the Cardinal has a daily two-minute reflection on the readings and feasts of the day.  His reflection today on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows is very gripping. Cardinal Dolan has been using Pope Francis as an example to all of us as you will see in this daily reflection.  Here is the link:

I have bookmarked this site and when time permits, I check in to hear what Cardinal Dolan has for me to think about at the time.

Friday, September 11, 2015

An historic visit to our country

If you haven't already watched the much-talked-about ABC News video of our Holy Father, Pope Francis' televised meeting with Americans in three cities, here is a link to the program.  It is wonderful!  

Excitement is building for the Holy Father's visit to Cuba, Washington, DC, New York City and Philadelphia.  
Here is a link to EWTN's page on the Papal visit.  The station will be providing full coverage.  

Several of our Sisters will be going to Philadelphia each day for the World Meeting of Families.  They will have an information and vocations display in one of the exhibition sites.  If you see them please say hello!  

Pray for our Holy Father that the Lord will protect him and strengthen him for this historic but arduous visit.  Pray that the people of the United States will have their hearts touched by seeing him and hearing what he has to say.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Have a look

Today I would like to invite you to look in on our community's FACEBOOK page.  Here is the link:

There you will find pictures of our Sisters as well as the Gospel for each day.  Please share the link with others.  We would like to spread the word about Jesus.  He is our hope!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Her birthday

Today the Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The opening antiphon for today's Office of Readings invites us to
"Come, let us celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary, let us worship her Son, Christ the Lord."

As I was praying Morning Prayer I was taken with this antiphon.  The best way to celebrate Mary's birth is to assure her of our love and honor her by worshiping her Son.  Perhaps I have written about this in an earlier post but the antiphon reminds me of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  It is one of my favorite places to visit and to pray.

When you walk through the majestic front door you are confronted by a giant mosaic behind the main altar - an image of Jesus, the Teacher.  Signs of the Blessed Mother are no where in site!  But as you slowly walk down the side aisles you come upon lovely chapels on your left or on your right, dedicated to the Blessed Mother under her various titles.  She is hidden because she wants to draw your attention to her Son.  

Here is a link to the Basilica's web site.    You can find pictures of the chapels under "tour".   If you ever get a chance to visit the Basilica (it is on the campus of Catholic University) I would encourage you to do so.  

In the meantime, find ways to celebrate Mary's birth today.  Here is the closing prayer for Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours: 

Lor    Lord God, the day of our salvation dawned when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to your Son. As we celebrate her own nativity, grant us your grace and your peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Best Buy!

As we have already heard our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared a Year of Mercy  in the Church, a year set to begin on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother.  Dioceses are planning ways that their parishes and people will be able to prayerfully enter into the Year.  The World desperately needs to know and understand the meaning of the Gift of God’s Mercy.  One of the ways our local parish is preparing is by asking the parishioners to consider buying a copy of a wonderful book, The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis – a Vision for the Church published by Loyola Press.  The book will serve later in the Year as material for small group discussions in the parish.

It is a book for busy people!  I have been reading the book a little bit at a time and it is wonderful.  There are 10 parts with 39 short chapters containing talks and homilies given by Pope Francis since he became our Holy Father in 2013.  If you want to get to know Pope Francis I would encourage you to buy the book, especially before he comes to the United States at the end of September!  (see or the website for Loyola Press)

Here is a link to the first chapter in the book.  It is the Holy Father’s homily for the Mass for the Possession of the Chair of the Bishop of Rome, April 7, 2013.  It is copied from the Vatican website.

May your reading be blessed and fruitful.