By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB
lst Reading Acts 6:8-15; 2nd Reading Rev 5:11-14; Gospel John 21:1-19
The Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter is wonderful, all of it. But let’s focus on one line in particular. The disciples had spent the whole night fishing, to no avail. At dawn they saw a man standing on shore. Although they didn’t recognize the man as Jesus, they did what he advised them: “Cast the net on the other side of the boat.” They caught more fish than they could easily drag to shore.
What did Jesus really tell them? What is he telling us? To “do something new.” (Isaiah 43:19) Continue Reading
Postponed last month because of a blizzard, Sr. Helen Carey’s lecture on Spirituality and Work has been rescheduled for Tues. March 8 at 1:40 pm at St. Ambrose University’s Rogalski Center. “Many people experience a disconnect between the values of their private lives and those of their work or workplaces,” she says. Sister Helen suggests that past wisdom about the nature and needs of the soul can still provide guidance for 21st century efforts to align one’s personal and work lives.
The lecture on Tues. March 8 at 1:40 pm is part of St. Ambrose University’s Ubiquity of Work program, and is free and open to the public. Hope you can make it!!
As Isaiah wrote, “A little child shall lead them.” How true!
Consider the way children treat their artwork. (I watched this for years as a teacher.) You can see just how much they prize it. They get upset if something happens to it or if someone makes fun of it. This is only natural since all true art is self expression. Continue Reading
Preparing for the arrival of a new infant changes people’s lives. Usually, there is an air of Quiet, Gentleness, Joyfulness, Expectation, Excitement, Hope, Prayerfulness, Helpfulness. The Church’s liturgical season of Advent encourages this by setting aside the 4 weeks before Christmas to help us prepare our hearts for the coming of God. Continue Reading
Every Thanksgiving I pray/read the following poem written by a friend and co-worker at Lutheran Social Services. We were both working with difficult cases, she with children of abuse. She was tall, slim, with beautiful laughing, blue eyes and short cropped natural curly hair. Continue Reading
This morning the sunrise was a blaze of beauty.
It brought to mind the prayer of the psalmist:
“At dawn I hold myself in readiness for You.” Continue Reading
During Lauds (Morning Prayer) recently, we prayed the following verse from Psalm 67: “So shall your rule be known upon the earth. Your saving power among all the nations.” It made me think about the Kingdom of God and how Jesus said, “The kingdom is within you.” God’s life and love is in each of us! Continue Reading
This morning as I began my walk through the wooded area that leads down to the lake, I stood for a moment in awe and wonder. I thought, this moment is mine to enjoy. Then it dawned on me that it’s not mine, but ours: the Creator’s, and the woods’, and all that is in the woods. Continue Reading
By Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB
How can you go away and yet stay? But this is exactly what happened to Jesus at Pentecost. Jesus” going to God in his death is not a going away from the disciples but a coming and staying with us in a new way. The new way is symbolized by how Jesus encounters the disciples. After his death even though the doors are locked, Jesus appears in their midst. His new presence is not bound by physical limitation and as Thomas finds out, not properly known by physical inspection. Read more
Spring has Sprung! The flowers in my garden are budding and fresh new leaves are growing on the trees. There is nothing like it! The gradual growth is stunning this time of the year. Some days it appears that the new growth just pops right up without delay. Mostly, though, I see the new growth bud forth over days or even weeks. Continue Reading