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As we continue to celebrate the Easter season, we are reminded that as disciples of Jesus we are commissioned to do as he did.  We are to “go and do likewise” in washing one another’s feet, to “do this in memory” of him as we celebrate Eucharist, to forgive as he has forgiven us, to do to the “least of his brothers and sisters” what we would do for him. Let us pray for the gift of compassion so that we might truly be Jesus in our world.  A story illustrates this:

 

“A little girl was sent to the store with specific instructions from her mother to come directly home after her purchases.  She was more than two hours coming home, much to the distress of her anxious mother.  ‘Where have you been?’ scolded the mother.  ‘I’m sorry, mommy.  I know I am late, but Jane broke her doll and I had to stop and help her.’ ‘And how could you help her fix that broken doll?’  In her precious, childlike manner, the girl responded, ‘I really couldn’t, but I sat down with her and helped her cry.’”

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

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I am sure most of us could identify all or most of the Ten Commandments without a problem…but sometimes we need to consider additional rules that should help shape our life and our decisions….

 

A new kind of “ten commandments” to follow in life all the time:

1)  Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel”  that directs the right path throughout.
2)  Why is a Car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.
3)  Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4) All things in life are temporary.  If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
5) Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
6)  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!
7)  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
8)  A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything  worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
9) When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10) WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.
Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech S.N.D.

 

 

 

 

Author Robert Fulgum’s book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten perhaps touches one of the deepest parts of our being…the part that wants that yearns to be a child again.  One of the gifts of being child-like is the ability to be creative in an uninhibited way…without concern for what others may think.  This freedom might allow me to dance on a patch of grass, to sing a song of my youth out loud, to daydream in the middle of a busy day, to take the time to really smell the roses.  God wants this freedom for us; God calls us to use the senses he gives us to enjoy his world, his creation, his many gifts to us!  Martha Graham writes: “There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it.  It is not our business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open….”

 

For us, as followers of Jesus, in this time and in this place, the CHANNEL we want to keep open is the channel of God’s loving grace.  With God all things are possible; with God, we can be our best selves and be instruments of his love and peace to others.  Our lives are richer when we “translate” our dreams into action.  We might say, “I should pray more”—so do it!  We might say, “I could do X or Y to help someone”—so do it.  We might even say, “I need a bit of time to just BE”—so do it!  The foundress of my community, the Sisters of Notre Dame, had as her motto in life Do the Next Thing!  What is God asking me to DO next?  How can I show that I have a child-like trust in the God who calls me?  How can I make the dreams of my heart a reality?

 

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

 

Happy Easter!

May the joy of Christ fill your heart!

 

 

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday…we are in the company of  Jesus on this most triumphant day!  Are we among his disciples, or are we bystanders in the crowd, or are we suspicious observers, wondering who this Jesus is? This week is a most important one in the life of Jesus…we need to consider how we will spend it? We need to plan our week so that it is just not one more ordinary week….what opportunities are being offered in our parishes?  Is there a celebration of Tenebrae?  Are morning prayers/liturgy of the hours offered during the Sacred Triduum?  Do I plan to participate in the Holy Thursday liturgy, the Good Friday services, the Holy Saturday liturgy?  Does my parish have catechumens preparing for Baptism on Holy Saturday night?  Can I pray for these men and women intentionally as part of my gift to them?

How will celebrate (in a spiritual way) the Resurrection?

 

Written by: Sr. Marie Paul Grech SND

 

 

 

 

The time of Lent calls us to renewal and transformation.   C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity, uses a surprising analogy when speaking of transformation:

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.

But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is he up to? The explanation is that he is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.

You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but he is building up a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself.

During the season of Lent, we are supposed to long for transformation!   We know that change is often painful…yet we know it is for our own good.  During these days let us aim to accept the changes and the challenges asked of us…with a joyful heart and a willing spirit!

 

Written By: Sr. Marie Paul Grech SND

An old bumper sticker reads: “Stop the world, I want to get off!”

It echoes the feelings of many people when faced with all the anxieties, troubles, bad news, and exploitation of the poor and vulnerable.  In our life of faith, however, we know that our God is still in control.  In a spirit of hope, we trust that God will take care of us.  In our commitment to love one another, we know that we are God’s voice, and hands, and heart in our sometimes frightening world.  While there are many needs in our global society, there are also many in my neighborhood, in my parish, among my friends and acquaintances.  During these days of Lent, how can I alleviate the pain and worry that another person in my little world experiences?  What am I doing?

 

 

Written By: Sr. Marie Paul Grech SND