|Regina Haney, NCEA Boards and Councils Department director, presents Sisters Catherine Kamphaus, left, and M. Genevra (Rolf), right, with the 2015 O'Neil D'Amour Award. Courtesy photo/Mark Longe|
Monday, April 27, 2015
Posted by Sisters of the Holy Cross at 10:33 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sister Esther Adjoa Entsiwah turns a shovelful of earth to start the building of Brother Andre High School.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Twelve hundred participants, mostly women religious, attended a congress held in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life. The three-day celebration, which began on March 14, comprised the seven dioceses in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Monterrey. Holy Cross Sisters Patricia Anne Clossey, Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo, Patricia Mary Crane, Areli Cruz Hernández and Joan Mader attended the congress and joined in the celebration.
|Sister M. Kenneth (Regan) reads a card signed by Father William Crumley, seated right.|
|Volunteer Jan Crawford with Maddy, a pet therapy dog|
Posted by Sisters of the Holy Cross at 4:00 PM
Each of us has a unique call — one only we can answer. Discovering our primary call from God isn’t easy and no one can do it for us. It takes hard work to find out the best way to live out our Christian lives. It takes prayer and reflection that includes serious discernment.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that God calls everyone. You have a vocation. You received your most important call at baptism. In that primary sacrament of our faith, you became a member of Christ’s body, the Church, and were called to help bring about the reign of God in this world. It is not a role reserved just for religious brothers and sisters or ordained ministers. Through baptism each Christian shares in the priesthood of Jesus Christ and in his mission to reveal God’s love to the world. The challenge is to discern, or to figure out, how God wants you to help carry out his mission and to best use the gifts he has given you.
There are many ways God’s call is revealed. One primary way is through prayer, taking quality time to actively listen to God. Another way is to take serious notice of what other significant people say to you. For example, maybe several people have asked you if you have ever considered priesthood or religious life, or observed that you would make a wonderful mother or father. Very often those comments plant seeds or confirm what you might already have been thinking and you should take them seriously.
There are some things you can do to make the good choice. One way to start is to list the pros and cons of each option, pray about them, and listen to the ones that speak to you the most and give you a clear sense of peace. During a class in graduate school at Boston College I remember one of my professors saying that the deepest desire of our hearts is usually God’s will for our lives. Listen to what your heart tells you.
My prayer for each of us is that we will discover our best way to live happy, healthy and holy Christian lives as we strive to live the Gospel.
I don’t know about you, but I have often struggled with such phrases as “He has strayed away from the faith” or “She is a woman of faith” or “Do you have the faith?”
Too often we tend to limit faith to believing certain truths or teachings. For me, however, faith is primarily a relationship, a relationship with God through his son, Jesus. Believing what the Church teaches is part of what faith is about, but faith is so much more than belief. Faith is not just what happens in our heads, but it is an ever-growing relationship with the One who loves us and has saved us.
So, how do we develop this primary relationship and make Jesus a personal part of our daily life? It sounds elementary, but for me it boils down to this: We have to communicate with God regularly and spend some of our precious quality time in prayer. Like other relationships we need to be with God. We need to read God’s word in the Bible, talk to God in our own words, and listen to God in the quiet of our own hearts.
In this hectic, fast-moving society, it is crucial that we slow down and spend time with the Lord; otherwise, we will remain mediocre Christians without a strong foundation. Let us accept the challenge to examine our faith, to evaluate our relationship with Jesus and strive to know and love him more deeply. He is always here waiting for us. Connect with him today. Don’t wait until you “have time.”