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Summer means different things for different people…for students and teachers, it is a time somewhat free from school; it is time for some rest, relaxation, vacation. Can it not also be a time for spiritual refreshment? Summer can be a time for slowing down the pace of life—at least a little. Can we take a few moments more each day to spend with our good God? Each of us, thanks to modern technology, can even access online retreats or prayer helps if we have a computer. I would encourage you to investigate the possibilities and give yourself a few minutes each day, or a longer time on a given day when you can experience an online retreat or just some quiet time for reflection! I think that sometimes we may forget that the Church does keep up with modern technology and that we can use these modern conveniences for our own holy purposes.

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

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There is an old Christian tradition that God sends each person into this world with a special message to deliver, with a special song to sing for others, with a special act of love to bestow. No one else can speak my message, or sing my song, or offer my act of love. These have been entrusted only to me…..so what is my message, my song, my act of love? To whom have I been called to give it? Is God reading in my heart a compassion that wants to serve? Is God calling me to a deeper relationship with him?

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

 

 

“A wise old mystic said this about himself:  ‘I was an idealist when I was young and all my prayer to God was: Lord, give me the energy to change the world.  As I approached middle-age and realized that my life was half-gone without my changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to: Lord, give me the grace to change all those who come into contact with me…just my family and friends…and I shall be satisfied.  Now that I am older and my days are numbered, I have begun to see how foolish I have been.  My one prayer now is: Lord, give me the grace to change myself.  If I had prayed for this, right from the start, I would not have wasted my life.”

 

How willing am I to acknowledge that I need conversion, over and over, in my personal life?  Do I welcome the Holy Spirit’s call to become a better person, day after day?  May the wisdom and courage of the Holy Spirit fill each one of us with the desire to be holy, to be compassionate, to be eager followers of Jesus!

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

 

 

 

Dr. Joseph Matarazzo was head of the Medical Psychology Department of the University of Oregon.  He was in great demand as a psychotherapist and did much to further the science.  On one occasion, however, he is quoted as saying, “that more psychotherapy is accomplished between good friends over cups of coffee at ten o’clock in the morning than all day in doctors’ offices.  He goes on to stress the vital importance of a good talk with a real friend, and he says that this is who is most helpful when things go wrong.

Enjoy time with friends as we move into the summer months!  Be a friend to someone by listening with your heart.  Appreciate the goodness of the people in your life who make a difference with a simple smile, a loving word, a generous action.  Above all, recognize prayer as our communication with our Best Friend…the Lord who loves us beyond all understanding!

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

 

 

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”(Joseph Campbell).  As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, we celebrate the heroes of our country.  These countless men and women dedicated themselves to important values…but they are not alone in this.  Let us not forget the other heroes in our lives…those people who have given themselves “to something bigger” than themselves…these heroes may be those within our own families, in our neighborhoods, in our parish, at our workplace…who do the MORE for others, who serve and do not count the cost?  May we on this Memorial Day remember to pray for those who have lost their lives in times of war and conflict as well as those who are currently serving in the armed forces at home and abroad.  May Our Lady, Queen of Peace, guide and protect them!

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

 

 

“A working man was strongly drawn toward a beautiful vase that he saw in the town market.  He bought the vase and brought it home.  The vase was so beautiful that it made his living room look drab, dull and indeed, plain ugly.  So he got bright paints, and transformed the whole room.  He got colorful curtains to match the paint, a brightly patterned carpet, and he even stripped down and varnished the furniture.  Because of the beauty of the vase, the whole room was totally transformed.”

Each of us is like the drab room…longing for transformation!   Each of us can also be like the vase…so beautiful in God’s grace that we help the transform the world!  On this feast of Pentecost, we are invited to let God’s light (the fire of his love) and the wind of the Spirit  (his breath of new life) so transform us that we will make a difference in our world this week.  What can I do this week…to be an agent of transformation for others?  Can I give a little time to a lonely neighbor?  Can I spend a little more time in prayer for those in need?  Can I give of myself in kindness and tolerance and patience to those who cross my path at work, in the neighborhood, in my family?  This is what Pentecost transformation is all about…living what I believe as a follower of Jesus, giving the Holy Spirit room to act through me, being open to the will of the Father!  May the rooms of our heart be transformed this week as we welcome in a new way the beauty of God’s gift of the Spirit!

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, and all those women who treat everyone they meet with motherly love and compassion!

I encourage all of us on this special day to take a few minutes away from the normal hustle and bustle of life to thank in word or thought our moms and/or women who have been like moms to us, living and deceased, for all that has been possible in our lives because of them.  How much laughter has been shared?  How many tears wiped away?  How many school projects cheered on?  How often did mom “save the day” when all looked dark and grim?  How much time did mom give me, time that could have been spent in so many other ways?  In his book, The Little Prince, Saint Exupery writes: “It’s the time you’ve wasted on your rose that makes your rose so important.”  In one way or another, our moms gave us time, love, and nurturing, treating us as beautiful roses in their personal gardens.  This is important to remember and celebrate.  Even if we do not have a close relationship with our biological moms, Jesus gave us His from the cross:  “Behold your Mother.”  This is perhaps one of the greatest signs of God’s love for us!  Let us ask Mary, our Mother, to guide and protect all mothers on the continuing journey!

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.