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Tuesday
Mar182014

Parker’s Wisdom

My brother took his five year old grandson, Parker, to play his hockey game. In the first period, Parker played centre, in the second and third period he played right wing. After the game Parker said “Pa, do you know why I was moved from centre to right wing?” Pa said, “No.” Replied Parker: “So I could be closer to my fans!” Might we have here a future Olympian?

What happens to that healthy ego as we grow older?

This same grandnephew asked during the baptism of his cousin Everly: “How old is God?” I said that God was older than me. Parker’s mouth dropped.

Children’s innocence and honesty teach us so much. Remember, at one time we were each that child – what happened?

There is a wonderful commercial on T.V. these days with the theme “Let’s bring back play” – it suggests outdoor games like: tag, hide go seek, skip rope, red rover, red rover (and imagine it doesn’t cost a cent). Oh and remember the “family meal” there was laughing, sharing the day, occasional disagreements but always together (Get home in time for supper!).

As human beings we are called to communicate in a face to face fashion and I don’t mean “Skype.” “Real honest to goodness face to face” – I have nothing against the modern age toys and gadgets but we were created to be human, interactive, emotional, spiritual – there is a place for modern tech but not at the cost of face to face communication.

Sorry, there must be a balance!

In the “good old days,” there was isolation (down on the farm) – no phone, no television, no computer, no cell phone, maybe the occasional visitors (one extreme); now gadgets at every turn (other extreme) there has to be a balance. How about a game of dodge ball or skating on a homemade rink in the backyard (bumps and all).

One for the money; two for the show; three to get ready and four to go.

“Let’s bring back play!”

Barbara Vaughan, CSJ

 

Monday
Mar172014

Weekly Pause & Ponder

God’s bestowal of grace began with time itself. It is interwoven in our history. Through the work of the Holy spirit, all creation has been pressured from within to evolve. Inert matter evolved, becoming ever more conscious, until, at a particular moment in the concrete history of the world, self-reflective consciousness emerged in a species we call human. The material universe that came into existence and was maintained by grace finally became aware of the grace that had been there all along, the self-communication of the Holy that was at the heart of life.
Field of Compassion: How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life, by Judy Cannato, p. 148.

 

Monday
Mar172014

Weekly Pause & Ponder

God’s bestowal of grace began with time itself. It is interwoven in our history. Through the work of the Holy spirit, all creation has been pressured from within to evolve. Inert matter evolved, becoming ever more conscious, until, at a particular moment in the concrete history of the world, self-reflective consciousness emerged in a species we call human. The material universe that came into existence and was maintained by grace finally became aware of the grace that had been there all along, the self-communication of the Holy that was at the heart of life.
Field of Compassion: How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life, by Judy Cannato, p. 148.

 

Friday
Mar142014

What Savings?

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, at midnight we also sprang forward in time (fall back, spring forward). Losing one hour of sleep but gaining an extra evening hour of light. Oh what we could have done with that hour! Well just what would you have done with that hour?

We often want something that could have been but is now beyond our reach and we can’t get it back. Fickle creatures aren’t we?? We are now into Lent – where are we in our resolve to seek conversion? We begin eagerly but can we keep up the pace on the walk to Jerusalem? We have already lost an hour of the journey!

Daylight Saving Time – what a gift – more sunshine to remind us that the Light of Christ has come into Our World. Let your light shine, let it shine on others.

This hour is like a “savings coupon” – we cash it in for sunlight to help us let our hearts shine.

So much of our world is in darkness – Syria, the Ukraine, the homeless, the unemployed, just to name a few. How do we together and individually make a difference?

In the extra hour of daylight take a moment to energize our world – we may not be able to help the healing physically but there is no excuse not to reach out with spiritual energy.

We haven’t lost an hour but gained light.

“Let it shine

  Let it shine

  Let it shine”

No one else can shine for you!

Barbara Vaughan, CSJ

Thursday
Mar132014

A Retreat : Seeing With New Eyes

“It is the Fire in our midst….. the Spirit of God deep within….. an invitation into a new vision that will transform and energize us.” (Barbara Fiand) Sister Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, will invite and guide retreat participants into Seeing with New Eyes…Embracing Our Faith in Times of Transition during a time of reflection from Friday, May 2, 2014-Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Retreatants will gather at Holy Family Retreat House, Oxley, Ontario on Lake Erie’s North Shore.

What to Expect? “It’s hard to say, but I know this much, Barbara has a way of engaging everyone in the conversation whether you have an extensive theology background or perhaps one or two courses. Her style is invitational and she leaves one with the desire to plumb the issue further whether it be the reality of Hell, A Theology of Eucharist or Seeing the Universe as Expanding in all Directions. Through her passion and depth of personal prayer, qualities which are manifest by her mastery of the material and the sincerity of her words, Barbara is able to stir one’s intellectual abilities and penetrate one’s soul. You will be free to ask questions in her presentations and Barbara may even have open sessions for participants’ questions only.

I have made two retreats with Barbara and because of the soul stretching I experienced on these occasions, Sister Jackie Janisse and I invited her to come to Canada. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage your mind, heart and soul as you listen to Barbara and to the urgings of God’s spirit in your soul.

The environment at Holy Family Retreat House, Oxley Ontario, which is extremely peaceful is conducive to contemplative prayer in a milieu of God’s natural beauty of trees, flowers, Lake Erie, birds and other little fur babies running around the property.

Sign up now! You will return home invigorated, renewed, relaxed and profoundly grateful.

For brochure click HERE. For a flyer click HERE.

Pat Hogan CSJ”

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