Called upon to Believe … and to Act upon our Belief

By Sister Catherine Cleary

In Luke’s gospel this week, I had a new understanding of the Holy Spirit’s words to Mary (and to all of us).

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” (Lk 1: 35)

Like Mary, we have all been through “annunciations.” Some have brought good news, such as an engagement, a long waited pregnancy, a new position with a raise. Some have brought bad news: an unexpected broken relationship, a  bleak health report, a sudden economic collapse, a pending divorce.

How different our response  would be if, when we receive the good or bad news, we call to mind this gospel passage. Mary trusted in the presence of the Spirit of God. Though perplexed, she trusted the immense love of God. “Be it done to me according to your will.”

The last week of Advent calls us to believe and really act upon our  belief in the loving presence of a tender, comforting God.

The Thing with Feathers

By Sister Catherine Cleary OSB

The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday because “Rejoice” (Latin word is gaudate) is the theme for the day: Rejoice always. It’s the Sunday we light the pink candle.

In a sarcastic mood we might ask, “What is there to rejoice over?” The economy  is tough, the unemployed are hurting, children still go to bed hungry. What is there to rejoice about? Continue Reading

As God Waits…

By Sister Catherine Cleary

Recently, We prayed a marvelous passage from Isaiah, one  that has been memorized by the four Evangelists and used by Handel in his Messiah: “Prepare you the way, let the mountains be brought low, the crooked ways straight, the rough ways made plain. Make straight a highway for our GOD!” Continue Reading

Gatekeepers of Promise … Hope … Love

By Sister Ruth Ksycki, OSB

Watch!  Wait!  Be Alert!  Be Awake! are the words that usher in Advent. The gospel of Mark (13:33-37) uses the image of the gatekeeper being on watch for the master’s return. What does it mean for us to once again watch, wait, be alert and awake for the Incarnation – God made flesh and Emmanuel – God with us?

As I pondered this, I thought about the gatekeeper who is always looking and scanning the horizon day and night for signs. Continue Reading