Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Jan. 1, 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God

by Sister Agnes Fischer

"Mary pondered all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:19)

... God had chosen her for His Mother.
... The Son of God had become human for love of us.
... The first to whom Jesus would manifest himself were the simple people of little value in the eyes of the world.

Mary, help us to ponder all this so that we begin this New Year with a new spirit:
... Remember that Jesus came to give us an example of how to live.
... Consider the poverty of Mary and her Son and disregard the desire to possess more than we need.
... We are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ and of each other because of what occurred that first Christmas.
... Share the love and peace of this season all during the year with those whom the world values little.

Our Lady of Good Memories, help us to return to our work places, as the shepherds did to theirs, praising God with our lips and also by our daily lives.

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Reflection for Dec. 18, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Advent Minute

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Were you ever given a gift but were told first to "Close your eyes and open your hands?" You probably did that, trusting the person would put something special in your hands. In our gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mary opens her heart and soul, saying "yes" to God with total trust and a leap of faith. Her "yes" brought God's greatest gift to her and to our world -- the gift of Jesus!

Mary believed that "nothing was impossible with God" and she was willing to do what God asked even if it seemed difficult or hard to understand. She was open to possibilities and ready to take a journey she hadn't planned on taking.

During this last week of Advent, as the world is filled with busyness, may we find the space and time to close our eyes and open our hearts to welcome the Lord in a new way ... to say "yes" to whatever God asks of us ... to trust in God's grace and promise of everlasting love.

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