In support of “Just Peace” based on Gospel non-violence

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, are called to be peacemakers, rejecting violence in its multiple forms.

We support the international Non-Violence and Just Peace Conference statement which rejects “just war” language in Catholic teaching and proposes “that the Catholic Church develop and consider shifting to a Just Peace approach based on Gospel non-violence.” Read the complete statement at PaxChristi International.

We invite you also to look at our corporate stands on nonviolence and peacemaking and our 2014 Chapter Direction Statement which calls us “to work to implement a culture of peace and nonviolence."

Join us in prayer to end violence in our world.

A prayer for our earth

Friday, April 22, 2016

All-powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

— Pope Francis, Laudato si'

Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday, April 17, 2016

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17).

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is Sunday, April 17

Thursday, April 14, 2016

by Sister Dorothy Anne Cahill, CSC
“How do you know?”
They ask me
 Looking at me with
 Earnest, questioning eyes.
“How do you know
When God is calling?
 There are no beckoning lights
 Cleaving the skies?”

“How do you know?”
Their words probe deeply,
 Reviving anew the memories
 Of the years;
 Then was the world before me
 For my choosing —
Its beauty, fame, and love —
There were no fears.
 And yet
 The taste of fame that beckoned
 Lost its savor;
 Ambition’s drive seemed suddenly
 To wane;
 And love —
Love grew too large for loving
 Without pain.
“How do you know?”
They ask me.
“How did you know that God
 Was calling you?”
How did I know? I cannot
 I only know
 I knew.

The gift of listening

Monday, April 4, 2016

by Sister Margie Lavonis

Many therapists and counselors would be out of a job or have fewer clients if more of us were better listeners. Unfortunately, active listening is a rarity in today’s world, and yet being a good listener is part of the healing love that Jesus asks of Christians. Oftentimes a person’s dilemma or pain can be lessened or alleviated just by articulating his or her feelings to a loving, caring person.

No doubt most of us have had the experience of feeling much better after sharing a problem or concern with another person who really listened. One of the great benefits of the sacrament of reconciliation is being able to talk with the priest who listens in the name of Christ.

Each of us would participate more fully in the healing mission of Jesus if we brushed up on our active listening skills and tried to really hear with our whole heart and soul the people whose lives touch ours. We also need to develop the skill of listening attentively to God and tune in to the many ways our Lord speaks to us.

Our Garden

Friday, April 1, 2016

by Sister M. Rose Martin (Tragesser), CSC, and Sister Frieda Roth, CSC, Tel√™maco Borba, Paran√°, Brazil

O Sacred Space with
birds, bees and butterflies
and playful sounds and shades
of sun, wind and rain!
We are embraced by a happy
and holy atmosphere of flowers,
fragrance and fantasy;
blessed by an abundance of
naturally ripened fruits of the earth:
bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit,
leeks, kale and onion greens!
We see the sky, breathe in
fresh air, walk on green grass!
Rain or shine, we always have
flowers for our Holy Shrine and
gifts for sharing with our friends!