Response to Sad Times

By Marie Stratford

Fear.  When we are consumed with it we REACT.  Reactions are filled with emotions and actions that we are often sorry for later.

Please Calm.  Become informed.  Sit.

RESPOND with both your heart and mind.

Rage….anger…..hurt……fear as motivators = REACTIONS.  Love……compassion….understanding = RESPONSES.

It’s easy to say this from a small midwest rural community…….harder to say in cities rocked by tragedy.

I pray someone in a large city where hearts are hurting and emotions are bare will hear me……feel my prayers……get comfort from my energy.  I send my RESPONSE with love and focused intention.  May someone hurting hear my prayer…..feel my prayer……feel your prayer…….hear your prayer.

St Teresa of Avila wrote

Christ has no body but yours
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks with compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world,
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, YOU ARE HIS BODY.

Today June 20 is World Refugee Day

by Henrita Frost, SSND

“Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me.

They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced,

and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again.

On this World Refugee Day, let us recall our common humanity,

celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere.”

       – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations’ World Refugee Day commemorates the millions of refugees throughout the world, honoring their strength, courage, and resilience. Let us each reflect on how I can honor refugees.  Follow your heart’s desire. . .

Visit UN Refugee Agency

In Memoriam-Refugees and Migrants Fled-Hoping for New Life!

By Henrita Frost, SSND

The Mandala by Sister Henrita is in honor of all refugees and migrants who lost their lives at sea.

In Memoriam

Refugees and migrants fled

Hoping for new life!

The contemplation of the waters of our Global Community as vessels of drowning for refugees and migrants is indeed heart wrenching.  Yet, it is undeniably our global reality and may even sometimes go unnoticed.  This week the United Nations’ refugee agency released a report stating that more than 2,500 people, women, children and men, have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in rubber dinghies and rusting fishing boats so far this year, as of May 2016.

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Heart Open. . .Feed His Lambs

21973-Use-Your-Head-But-Live-In-Your-HeartBy Marie Stratford

Peter was a disciple of Jesus.

Peter taught us about the power of our faith when he walked on water and the power of doubt when he started to sink.

Peter taught us about deeply believing — deeply committing to having Jesus’ back — and then when challenged he was human and denied even knowing Jesus.

The disciples did not have the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. They lived in a culture that focused on the law — even when following it no longer made sense. As they lived in their heads, Jesus called them to live in their hearts — as he did — focused, motivated and empowered by receiving and giving love.

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Easter Sunday’s Hope: Jesus Face of God’s Mercy Risen Among Us

 

By Henrit027a Frost, SSND

Good Friday night at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross at the Coliseum, Pope Francis recited a prayer that he had written – these words begin each verse of his prayer – “O Cross of Christ today we see you in. . .

The prayer starts with a heart-rending and intense reflection drawing us into an experience of our sisters and brothers, in the Global Community, who are victims of heartless, inhuman and violent suffering, in unbelievable ways. Francis includes the destruction of our “common home” as he prays. As he continues his prayer – “O Cross of Christ today we see you in. . .

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March 22 Is World Water Day: Here are Some Ways to Observe It

 

Learnglass-sparkling-water-3114934Take 3 minutes to learn more about World Water Issues  click here

Reflect:  On the Sacredness of Water with Pope Francis  click here

Enjoy:   A UN exhibit on the meaning of Water:  Water is Work, Water is Art, Water is Change click here

Take an appreciative look at your next glass of water.

 

Offered by Sr. Henrita Frost, SSND and from Arlene Flaherty OP, Director Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation, School Sisters of Notre Dame Atl-midwest Province.

Energy Flares Forth, Our Common Home’s Life Ignites, the Cosmic Walk Begins

 

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By Henrita Frost, SSND

It’s about a week now since the Spiritual Deepening Group V spent a weekend with Sister Delmarie, FSPA and the Big Bang. For days now I have been reading my notes, jotting thoughts, desiring to write.  Although there are many thoughts, words don’t come.  The question that haunts is: What is it that I need to say?

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The Lotus Flower and the Power of Muddy Waters

 

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Many months after reflecting, coloring, shading, – wondering, what does this symbolize to me – a mandala emerges. A pink lotus arises from muddy water, pure and beautiful.

This haiku comes to me:

Mud here, mud everywhere

Resting in my muddy pond

Lotus potential

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Touching Our Innermost Wisdom

by Pastor Pat Siegler

Touching our innermost wisdom is key to emotional understanding. There are no books for this understanding. Simply the fortitude to investigate yourself. To cut back the tricks, charades, and masks is the beginning to touching your wisdom that is most truly your sacred heart. The sacred heart of understanding and compassion.

 

PRAYER FOR AN END TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Prayer composition by Gen Cassini, SSND

Offered by Henrita Frost, SSND

O GOD, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of children and adults deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor because of human greed.

Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are being transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end.

Strengthen the fragile-spirited and broken-hearted. Make real your promises to fill these our sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good and send the exploiters away empty-handed. 

Give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen.

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