Grateful for Miracles
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Student Leadership Summit Reflection

“Jesus is the soul of our apostolate” and we are “made for mission” are some messages ringing in my mind after participating in the Student Leadership Summit (SLS20) sponsored by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).
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#12
A Baptism Party!
Why is a Franciscan Sister writing about a baptism party on a cold January morning, you might ask. I realize that this title may seem strange to my readers. As a matter of fact...
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#13
http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/pray-for-more-babies
This week, the hearts of many of us are in Washington D.C., with the thousands of pilgrims from around the country (and our own parishes) who are journeying there for the annual March for...
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#14
http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/all-in-the-perspective
This evening, Sister Elaine shared how fast she felt the week was going.  She works in bookkeeping, and has been busy. Among other things, she has to get ready for the board meeting here on Saturday.  The pressure of the deadline probably has something to do with her feeling that week is slipping away from her.  It can be a stressful time for board members here...
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#15
I love your posts and insights. Thank You and God Bless.
"The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; it signifies love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life." -St. Thomas Aquinas

“To be tempted is a sign that the soul is very pleasing to the Lord.” St. Padre Pio
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#16
http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/transitions
Transitions
2/25/2020
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This afternoon, the moment arrived, which had seemed to be looming somewhere in the distance: the time to remove all of the poinsettias from our chapel.

They'd been there for two months, since Christmas, and were still doing alright.  There was no botanical malady causing their demise; flowers are not allowed for church décor during Lent (except for on a few special occasions), so this Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras was slated to be their last day to enjoy the warmth and beautiful home our cha
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#17
http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/beautiful-sounds

This afternoon, I walked over to the convent after a very full afternoon of helping with a big cleaning project. I wanted to change clothes, and maybe do some laundry...
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#18
We Still Have a Candle!

Last night, as we were finishing vespers (Evening Prayer) in our chapel, the burning sanctuary lamp caught my eye. Although it was as simple thing (a candle in a red globe mounted on a wall), it was rich in meaning. The little flame spoke volumes,...
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#19
(12-29-2019, 07:15 PM)osfhank Wrote: http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/the-perfec...-snowstorm
I was reminded this morning how blessed I am in not having to travel on dangerous, wintry roads, since I live so close by (just across the yard, in fact.)

Although this proximity does have its benefits, it also brings...
http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/traditions-with-a-twist
What a Holy Week!

Over the past nine years, I have become accustomed to a very busy, pressured Holy Week as I work to set up and organize for liturgies in our chapel at St. Anne’s.  Our first year of doing this (after Sr. Annella left for health reasons) was especially daunting, as we strove to figure out what...
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#20
Singing Alleluia!
4/18/2020
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This morning, during the Mass live-streamed from the local parish church, my ears delighted on hearing the notes of the "Easter Alleluia," as Sister Elaine calls it.  (This particular musical setting was used at the Easter vigil when she was young.)

Other than at last weekend's Masses, this was the first time I had heard the alleluia sung for several weeks.  (We don't get much of that during Lent, you know.)

It was so beautiful to here this joyful song of praise amidst the turbulent times we are facing. 

Here we were, watching the Mass on a large screen (in a gathering of less than ten people), still singing this age-old canticle of praise.  Long ago, the psalmist sang this ejaculation, lifting up heart and voice in thanksgiving. 

This morning's alleluia was a fitting reminder to me, during a twenty-first century pandemic, that it is truly "right and just" at all times to give thanks and praise!
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