Daily Reflections

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MAKING THINGS BETTER

While we can’t eliminate hunger, we can feed each other. While we can’t eliminate pain, we can hold each other… we can make things better for each other while we’re here.
– Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

VULNERABLE HEARTS

We human beings are all fundamentally the same. We all belong to a common, broken humanity. We all have wounded, vulnerable hearts. Each one of us needs to feel appreciated and understood; we all need help…. …those who are weak and in need have a secret power to touch our hearts and to bring us together in mutual belonging, whatever our religion or culture. – Jean Vanier, Becoming Human

LIFE IS A PILGRIMAGE

Pilgrimage doesn’t mean reaching a particular geographic location. Instead, it refers to reaching a deep interior place. Life itself is a pilgrimage, whether we crisscross the continents visiting great shrines and sacred places or never even cross a state line. We are all on a journey toward God. It is up to us to decide whether that journey will be about simply surviving the daily challenges or becoming a pilgrim on the road to union with our Creator. – Mary DeTurris Poust, Walking Together

COMMUNITY

Let our hands reach across any division to create a community of interdependence where all gifts and talents are honored. -Sister Dorothy Brogan, CBS

Alone With God

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.
Saint Teresa of Avila, Mystic

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Keep in mind that you have your own vineyard. But everyone is joined to your neighbors’vineyard, Without any dividing lines. They are so joined, in fact, that you can not do good or evil for yourself without doing the same for your neighbor. – Saint Catherine of Siena, Mystic

WHO YOU WERE BORN TO BE

Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.” ― Thomas Merton

BEARING OUR PAIN

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Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. -Pope Francis

A GIFT BEYOND MEASURE

A religious vocation is a gift from God, requiring a response in faith. Like a seed whose growth is dependent on the soil and diligent care, a religious vocation depends on the person who receives it, those who guide her, and the Holy Spirit who assures its growth.” – Sisters of Bon Secours Constitutions #59

SEEKING OUR DESTINY

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“For each of us the Lord has a vocation, that place God wants us to live our lives, but we must seek it” – Pope Francis

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