Monday, March 27, 2017

Lent, Take Two

It is hard to believe that we are half way through the Lenten season.  Is it time to revisit our promises or is it time to come up with some new ones to finish the season out.   Either way there is still time to do what we have the power to do.  When I was praying this morning, I came across this little reflection from the prayer guide The Word Among Us.   It seems so appropriate to this day.


“The more space you give God to work, the more refreshed, invigorated, and restored you will feel. So, as you enter into the second half of Lent, let the Lord nourish you. Sit quietly, pondering his word. In prayer, recall all he has done for you already, and praise him for all he still wants to do. Cherish the gift of the Eucharist. Or maybe share God’s blessings with someone in your home. Whatever you do, make it a point to balance out the things you do for God with how much you let him restore you.”

Pat Schifini, OSU

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seeing With the HeartThis morning when I was reading over the first reading from today's Mass, a line in the reading struck me quite strongly... See if it resonates with you too? "Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart." Take a few minutes to reflect on this statement and ask the Lord to help you to see with the heart not looking just at appearance. Perhaps you will be begin to see with God's eyes. Blessings on each of you for the coming week.

This morning when I was reading over the first reading from today's Mass, a line in the reading struck me quite strongly... See if it resonates with you too?


"Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart."  Take a few minutes to reflect on this statement and ask the Lord to help you to see with the heart not looking just at appearance. Perhaps you will be begin to see with God's eyes. Blessings on each of you for the coming week.
KM Donohue, OSU

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Annunciation

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation.  It seems a little odd to have it during the heart of the Lenten Season.  The image of the young Mary being visited by the Angel Gabriel who was sent by God.  Gabriel’s message was probably the last thing Mary ever expected to be hearing.  Yet she responds with great maturity and even greater faith.
Mary did not hesitate to articulate the simple word “yes.”  She knew that all would be okay because she was responding to God’s invitation and that God would never fail her.  We often are faced with responding “yes” or “no” in many different situations.  How easy is it to respond positively when we are uncertain of the outcome?  How often to I say yes to sharing my time and talents with others?  How would I respond if an angel of God were to visit me? 

These are good questions for this Lenten season.  Perhaps it is a good invitation for each of us to reflect on our responses when we are asked to do things.  Let us try and respond with the eyes of faith as Mary did.  Her simple “yes” changed the world forever.
Pat Schifini, OSU

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador was assassinated on March 24, 1980 after he pleaded with government officials to stop the repression of the Salvadoran people.  As we remember Oscar Romero today let us take some time to reflect on his prayer:  It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.  The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.  We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.  No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith.  No confession brings perfection.  No set of goals and objectives includes everything.  This is what we are about.  We plant the seeds that one day will grow.  We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.  We lay foundations that will need further development.  We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.  We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.  We are prophets of a future not our own.

Pat Schifini, OSU

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Listening Heart

Today is a good day to think about praying for a listening heart.  To have a listening heart is to be attuned to the voice of God as He does His work in us.  It is to be attuned to His will as His Spirit is guiding us to live a good life-one which is pleasing to Him.

We can also enhance the gift of listening in our everyday lives as we become more aware of how we respond to our parents and teachers and how we hear what they are saying to us.  Our friends also need us to listen to them.  We all know how much better we feel if we think someone is truly listening to what we are saying.


Listening closely to what is being said to us helps us to examine what is happening in our lives and, in addition, helps us to grow both in our faith lives and our social lives.

KM Donohue, OSU

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Global Change

Today at my school we celebrated our 4th Global Symposium: “Fashioning Global Change” let us reflect on the words of Dorothy Day.  May we bring to life her spirit of compassion and justice for all each day.


“What we would like to do is change the world--make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute--the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words--we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend.”  ― Dorothy Day

Pat Schifini, OSU

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring

Yesterday we celebrated the first day of Spring!  There is something so refreshing to having longer days of sunlight even though the early morning hours are still dark.  I always find this to be a special time of year when there is new life blossoming all around us.  Seeing the return of the robins and even the Canadian geese signal a time of rebirth and renewal.  Each one of us is invited to live these spring days with hearts full of anticipation and challenge.  We are anticipating the warmer weather and the beauty of the sunny days ahead while at the same time we are continuing the challenge of the Lenten days.  As we move through the days ahead let us remember that our God always desires the best for us and that we God’s beloved children.  Let us rejoice in the reality that we are wonderfully made by our God who loves us beyond measure.

Pat Schifini, OSU