Palm Sunday's Joys, Sorrows and Calls to Resurrection

Matthew’s Gospel proclaimed for the Eucharist (26:14-27:66)

By Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB

The spirit of Palm Sunday is usually jubilant. The weather, if we are lucky is warm and balmy.  After Mass there is a joyful spirit in the air; people carrying their palm branches greet one another as they walk down the church steps.  “Hosanna to the son of David, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. This is Jesus, the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee” rings in our ears and hearts. But what about the rest of Matthew’s gospel which we also just heard? Continue Reading

A Mirror of Lent

This morning as I looked out my window it occured to me that the view was like a mirror of my Lent.  At the beginning of Lent the trees, lake, and all were in darkness.  With no view of life it all seemed barren.  I felt this barrenness and realized that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert.

In scripture barrenness has always been a time of waiting for God to act, waiting with trust.        Continue Reading

Stability and Our Unconditional Acceptance of God's Love

By Novice Jackie Walsh

There’s very little stability in the world today. The economy, natural disasters and relations in war-torn countries around the world are examples of instability. So is the fact that people change jobs, cities, houses, cars and even spouses more than ever before. Yet, even though we may be considered countercultural by many in our fast-paced, throw-away society, women like me are still being called to religious life and one of the promises we make at the time of our profession is stability. Continue Reading

"I am the Light of the World"

By Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB

The following quotes from the readings of the 4th Sunday of Lent made me stop and think and pray:

“Not as humans see does God see…the Lord looks into the heart.” (1Sam 16:1-13))
“Live as children of light…Try to learn what is pleasing to God.”  (Eph 5:8-14))
“I am the light of the world…Do you believe in the Son of Man?…
the one speaking with you is he…I came into this world…so that those who do not see might see…
Surely, we are not blind also, are we?”(Jn 9:1-41) Continue Reading

Born Blind

By Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB

John’s Gospel (Chapter 9) on the 4th Sunday of Lent tells the story of Jesus healing the blind man. The healing causes a lot of problems to those on the sidelines. The Pharisees want to blame Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. The blind man’s parents refuse to answer their questions about the healing, saying “ask him, he is of age.” Even the neighbors do not recognize the blind man. Continue Reading