Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Resurrection is a daily event. When we live with trust and with eyes wide open every day, Jesus, our risen Lord, comes to meet us again and again, yet always unexpectedly and always as if for the first time.

Good Friday

Friday, March 25, 2016

We are called repeatedly to stand in solidarity with those who suffer, to be a compassionate presence amidst the questions and anguish that arise when someone we love is dying or when we contemplate the suffering and death of so many people throughout the world because of poverty and violence. Yet, we must remember that no matter how helpless we may feel, God’s faithful and compassionate love will sustain us.

God's love endures forever

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

by Sister Margie Lavonis

“The crucified one, Jesus of Nazareth, is risen.” These extraordinary words, so familiar to us, are the words of the angel spoken to the women who had come on that Sunday morning to complete the task of preparing the body of Jesus for burial. Finding the tomb empty was the beginning of their journey of faith.

This holy season brings us an invitation from our loving God to be transformed. The ongoing process of transformation is made possible by reflecting on and letting go of comfortable and familiar life choices. We are invited to renew our relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters in love and forgiveness, putting aside any attitudes that blind us to the truth that God’s transforming love endures forever.

As Christians who believe in the Resurrection, we must strive to be models of love and hope. Our good works during Lent must continue throughout the year. We have a mission to make Christ known by our love. Each of us is called to go out to the people in our own little world and proclaim this good news.

We wish each of you a holy and blessed Easter. May this feast bring you peace, joy and hope.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 20, 2016

As we begin this holiest of weeks, let us pray for one another that we may grow in faith and courage to be united with the Messiah.

Thank you, St. Patrick

Thursday, March 17, 2016

“How did I come by this wisdom which was not my own, I who neither knew what was in store for me, nor what it was to relish God? What was the source of the gift I got later, the great and beneficial gift of knowing and loving God, even if it meant leaving my homeland and my relatives?

“I came to the Irish heathens to preach the Good News and to put up with insults from unbelievers. I heard my mission abused, I endured many persecutions even to the extent of chains; I gave up my free-born status for the good of others. Should I be worthy I am ready to give even my life, promptly and gladly, for his name; and it is there that I wish to spend it until I die, if the Lord should graciously allow me.”
— A reading from the Confession of St. Patrick

On March 17 Catholics will celebrate St. Patrick, the fifth century bishop and patron of Ireland, whose life of holiness set the example for many of the Church’s future saints.

St. Patrick is said to have been born around 389 AD in Britain. Captured by Irish raiders when he was about 16, St. Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years as a shepherd before escaping and returning to his home. After making his escape, he wished to become a priest and later was made a bishop for Ireland. He was untiring in preaching the Gospel and converted many to the faith.

We give you thanks, almighty God, for sending St. Patrick to preach your glory to the people of Ireland. Grant that we who are proud to call ourselves Christians may never cease to proclaim to the world the good news of salvation.

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 13, 2016

God works miracles beyond our imagining. 
We must open our hearts and believe.

Who is Jesus for you?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

by Sister Margie Lavonis

It is not uncommon for one to question one’s faith. This is not a bad thing. In fact, those who question what they claim to believe usually end up with a stronger and more meaningful faith. Some characterize it as “owning” one’s faith.

Central to our Christian faith is our belief in Jesus. He is the core of what we profess. I always reflect on this every time I hear the words in the Gospel when Jesus asks Peter and the others, “Who do you say that I am?” To be a Christian, a follower of Jesus, each of us must answer that question for ourselves.

Have you ever taken time to reflect upon your faith and who Jesus is for you? Is Jesus merely a historical figure who lived in the past and has stories written about him in the Bible?

Do you view Jesus primarily as a good person, someone ready to help others, especially the poor and the outcast, or someone to fear?

Maybe you view Jesus as a miracle worker. Is he someone you go to when you are desperate and can’t think of anything else to do, someone you think of last instead of first?

Or, hopefully, Jesus is someone who is there for you in the good times and when life is hard. Does your belief in his loving presence console you when your family is having difficulties or when you are feeling low?

Do you go to Jesus regularly? Is he real to you and a part of your ordinary life? Is Jesus a personal friend or a figure “out there somewhere?” Do you spend time with him? Do you desire to get to know him better and to love him more?

There is a difference between belief and real faith. We can believe everything our Church teaches and obey all the commandments, but we will never grow in faith unless Jesus is at its center. Our faith is empty without him.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Lord opens his arms to accept us even before we turn to meet his welcome, inviting us to forgiveness even before our hearts are softened to repentance. Let us pray for those who suffer, those who are in need, and those who seek reconciliation.

A reading from "Godwit"

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sister Eva Mary (Hooker), a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, shared selections from her latest book of poetry at a reading held March 2 for the sisters. Following is a selection from her book titled “Godwit.”

Of Soul I Keep Margins

utterly free, feet shod
for grievous walking: all

erasable footing, loose sheets of water, white
letters (your mark) in a black field.

I make preparation for the wake of breathing,
costly, perfect spillage & stumbling.

What if beauty is only a settling, a practiced
disruption polished to dangerous gloss?

I set my foot down to keep the index of bruising
tender to its supple edge. Trace

a wing.
Listen for the long hollow cry of the goose.

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Learn more about Sister Eva Mary's book,“Godwit,” at http://bit.ly/1Q5waqG.

Let your light shine

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

by Sister Margie Lavonis
This time of year, especially in northern Indiana, tends to be dark and gloomy — so much so that many people experience depression because of the lack of light. The sun rarely comes out, but when it does, many feel a sense of joy. It is amazing how a person’s attitude can visibly change by a little bit of light.

One of my favorite Scripture passages is the opening of the Gospel of St. John. John tells us that Jesus came to overcome the darkness, to bring and be light to a world filled with sadness and sin.

We, too, are called to be lights of hope in a dark world in need of much healing. The song, “This Little Light of Mine,” has a simple, but profound message: Our lights may be small, but when we let them shine, we can brighten up a dark room and even a dark world.

Our world is in desperate need of light and hope. Thousands around the world die from hunger and disease each day. Wars continue in many countries and daily we hear the news of the senseless deaths of innocent civilians. We frequently hear of suicide bombings, and people live in fear of terrorist attacks. The consequences of global warming are being revealed in storms and natural disasters.

Just thinking about the condition of our world can be overwhelming and bring down even the most optimistic among us. What can we possibly do to carry light and hope in the midst of the challenges of our global reality?

The answer for Christians and all people of good will is to ask God not to let us shut down and become numb to the pain and violence that confronts us each day. We must find ways to let our own lights shine. It doesn’t mean we deny or ignore the present world situation. On the contrary, it is a call to nurture a positive spirit, to appreciate all the good that is in our world, and to contribute to that goodness by the way we try to live.