Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

On this day of giving thanks for all the wonderful gifts that have been shared with us we take this opportunity to pray for you and your family! November 28th also marks the Foundation of the Roman Union of the Ursuline Sisters.  May this day be filled with many blessings for all.

I would like to share a Thanksgiving Prayer with you...

Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:  for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise:
to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.

For these and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray.   Amen.

Source: Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts" © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson.

May our loving God shower us all with many blessings and may our hearts always be grateful!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sr. Pat Schifini, OSU & Sr. Jeannie Humphries, OSU

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Wonderful Spirit

I have a friend who has moved to Lake Placid, NY.  It is such a beautiful area.

She just posted on Facebook the following from the front page of their church bulletins for St. Agnes and St. Brendan in Keene, NY.

How welcoming!!

No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church;
No matter what your current family or marital situation;
No matter what your past or present religious affiliation;
No matter what your personal history, age, background, race or color;
No matter what your own self-image or esteem;
You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected at
Saint Agnes and St. Brendan Catholic Churches

I am so touched by this!!

Sr. Jeannie