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The Holy Night of Christmas


Soon, the Holy Night of Christmas will be upon us. It will bring a night, bearing light and warmth. Truly, this Holy Night wants to find a home within us.

 

Karl Rahner, S.J., tells us that there exists in our heart an inner land where, often enough, we go alone and where only God can find a way. Although Christmas is certainly a time for going out to others, it is also a time for entering that sacred sanctuary deep within us. Rahner even encourages us to sing our own song to God, and to believe that God hears us.

 

In the depth of that Holy Night, we will hear a gentle word of love telling us not to be worried about the future, but to trust the God who is making a path before us.

 

Inspired by K. Rahner, Everyday Faith, Holy Night

From the writings of:

Mary Jo Loebig, O.C.D

   Eldridge, Carmel

 


Thanksgiving - 2017

 

 

 

Much has changed in our country since the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1609. In reading Sr. Margaret Dorgan’s article*, I was struck by the fact that this Joyful celebration followed so close timewise to such tremendous suffering and loss.  Sister reminds us, “A chilling winter with exceptional onslaughts of sleet and snow reduces the 110 Pilgrims and crew to less than 50.” There had to be a lot of tears and a lot of funerals.

This year we also bring to mind the people in the present time that were in the hurricanes (Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico) the fires in California and the numerous shootings that took place in Sutherland Springs, Texas and elsewhere in our country.

Yet, we give thanks and join in prayer with our brothers and sisters acknowledging God’s presence and grace. Like our forefathers and foremothers we rejoice in God’s goodness and love celebrating his presence and peace in the midst of what may be otherwise difficult life circumstances.

Perhaps it is also good to note that Christ appeared to the apostles after His own death and Resurrection and invited them to share a meal of bread and fish.  (Jn 21)

Now as we share in this traditional Holiday meal of turkey and the fixings, we give thanks and praise to God in the presence of our families and friends, both those among us and those that have gone before us into the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Ps 107

 

*Thanksgiving Day by Sr. Margaret Dorgan

photo taken at Kahl Home

Miriam Hogan, O.C.D.


St. Teresa of Jesus

 

 


Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.



Thank you dear St. Teresa of Jesus for this powerful reminder of what is most important in our lives. May we hold fast to your special prayer and secure it deep in our hearts, as we weather the changing circumstances of our modern world. We ask God's special blessing on all people and especially those that are recently afflicted and suffering from both natural and human made disasters. We further ask that those that are trying to help others know the gentle peace of God's presence and love. Truly we embrace you as our sister and St. Teresa of Jesus. Pray for us in our struggles and nudge us ever closer to Jesus.


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Miriam Hogan, O.C.D.


 
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