How Weakness becomes Holiness in God’s Hands

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s mid-week pick-me-up for the “mini-retreat” that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Wow! What an eye opener this statement has become. How often have we prayed, “Give me strength, O Lord. Help me through this situation.”?

How often we want the strength, the grace, the credit, the glory. Continue Reading

Week #3: Finding Strength in Weakness

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s Week #3 of the mini-retreat that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Throughout the past 2 weeks, we’ve been grains of wheat trying to die to self in order to allow new life to happen, and we’ve tried to still our hearts and minds.

Are you wondering if you’re up to this?  Continue Reading

Sitting Still with God

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s mid-week pick-me-up for the “mini-retreat” that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“Be still and know that I am God.”  There it was this morning at Lauds: the verse we are praying in this Lenten retreat.

I was struck with the repeated verse in the psalm, “The Lord of hosts is with us.” Continue Reading

2nd Sunday of Lent: New Prophet, New Law

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By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

As we discussed last week, Scriptures often use geographical sites to convey messages. Last Sunday, for instance, Jesus was tempted with abundant power, prestige and possessions while in the desert where he had nothing at all.

This week, Jesus takes Peter, John and James up to the mountain to pray (Luke 9:28-36). The height of the mountain suggests nearness to God. Continue Reading

Week #2: Be Still and Know I Am God

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s Week #2 of the “mini-retreat” that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Last week I invited you to become a grain of wheat.  This week I’m suggesting we take to heart the words of Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know I am God.” Continue Reading

1st Sunday of Lent: What are Your Temptations?

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By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Scripture uses places – deserts, mountains and villages – to situate Jesus and his ministry. The site is often an image meant to convey an experience between Jesus and God or Jesus and his listeners.

Today’s gospel (Luke 4: 1-13) places Jesus in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. It’s a place of uncertainty, darkness, anxiety, fear … and temptations. Continue Reading

Who is Your Sun, Soil, Rain?

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s mid-week pick-me-up for the “mini-retreat” that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat.”

How are you doing at being a grain of wheat during this first week of Lent?

Have you thought about how dying literally breaks us open, changes us, allows something new to happen in us? Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday: A Big, Red Stop Sign

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By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

I made an appointment at a Moline office at 8:30 on  Wednesday, February 11. Uh-oh.

When I realized it was Ash Wednesday and we would not be finished with Eucharist and the distribution of ashes until about 9:00, I knew I had to change the appointment. It was going to be tough because this office frowned upon appointment changes.

Mustering up my courage, I called, saying I had made an error and could not get to their office until 9:30. I explained why in a weak voice. It’s the beginning of Lent. Continue Reading

Week #1: Be a Grain of Wheat

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By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. (John 12:24)

I don’t much like the idea of dying, in any way, but then, neither do I want to remain the same – to stagnate.

I like the notion of growing and becoming a better me, but l’d rather do it without the cost of “dying to myself.”

I suspect I’m not alone in those feelings. Continue Reading

Springtime for your soul: A Lenten/Easter mini-retreat

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By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Spring is the perfect season for spiritual renewal! This 15-part online mini-retreat is perfect for anytime you need a breath of fresh air … or maybe even a change of mental scenery. Follow the links for the spiritual nourishment you need to take a new look at yourself and the world around you:

Easter: Personal Emmaus/Resurrection Moments

Mid-Week: Let it Shine!

Holy Week: Be the Light

Mid-Week #6: Persevere!

Week #6: What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

Mid-Week #5: Letting Go to Move Forward

Week #5: See, I’m Doing Something New!

Mid-Week #4: Walking WITH God

Week #4: Do Justice! Love Goodness!

Mid-Week#3: How Weakness becomes Holiness in God’s Hands

Week #3: Finding Strength in Weakness

Mid-Week #2: Sitting Still with God

Week #2: Be Still and Know I Am God

Mid-Week #1: Who is Your Sun, Soil, Rain?

Week #1: Be a Grain of Wheat

Sister Mary is a Catholic Benedictine Sister of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL. To learn more about our community, visit www.smmsisters.org. Blessings!