The Lord has touched our lives in so many ways. From our families, friends, work to where we are today, the Lord has journeyed with us and showed us His love. He has called us to love and be a witness of His love to others. We hope you enjoy this video, a celebration of God's love in our lives and hope you can say the same for yours! God loves you, Jackie.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
In today's Gospel, we hear about the story of the prodigal son. Three phrases that struck me were:
"...no one offered him anything."
"While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him."
"Your brother has returned..."
As I meditated on this, the Holy Spirit gave me new light: Through this parable, Jesus not only reveals how the Father loves us while we are still sinners and how the Father is waiting for us to come back to Him. Moreover, Jesus also reveals to us, through His life, death and resurrection that unlike the older brother in the parable, He – as our brother – loves us as much as the Father does and He can't just wait for us to come to our senses, He leaves the Father's house to go after us, to find us and show us the way home.
And He calls each of us to do likewise.
"Jesus, Divine Master, our Way, our Truth, and our Life, teach us Your way of truth and holiness."
God bless you, Cheryl
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
As promised, several "decades" ago, here are some pictures from our trip to Texas :-) We really had a blast! We first went to Sr. Rebecca's home town to visit with her parents and family. Then we were off to College Station where we spent a large number of our days. During part of the day, we spent time with the sisters in charge of vocation work around the country. We also participated in or talked at some of the events at the Catholic Center. It was nice to be on a large college campus where faith in Jesus is booming! Peace, Jackie.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
God bless you,
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sr. Mary Joan and I said morning prayer in an alternating chorus of one. Then we went to mass and ate breakfast very quickly. It is AMAZING how fast things go with two people compared to ten. But what to do with the spare time?
Then we manned (or womaned) the bookcenter for the first half of the day until Sr. Noel arrived.
We managed to eat lunch alternating with only one person in the bookcenter at a time - gasp. But we survived.
It is surprisingly lonely without the other postulants. I say surprisingly not because I dislike them but because I like my alone time and thought I would be in heaven just having some quality time with myself, (something I don't get much of living with 10 people).
But then, it is amazing how I am already used to life with 10 people.
Exhibit A - the fact that I was missing the other postulants the moment I woke up this morning and stumbled to the bathroom all by my lonesome.
No Erin padding through the hallways with eyes closed or Cheryl bumping into walls half asleep. And no Laura getting ready at the speed of light (they say that I am the one who gets ready fast but I sleep in the room next to Laura and I say it is her). And no Jackie and Sr. Rebecca waking up at the crack of dawn and beating everyone down to chapel by at least 15 minutes. That is my guess at least, I really do not have hard data to prove this because I rarely am the very first to get to chapel and when I do I am so surprised that I spend a moment considering whether it is possible that the others were abducted by aliens, (but by the time that moment passes someone else comes through the door).
But anyway, back to what to do with my newfound spare time.
Need I say more? Actually I probably do because you most likely do not know me as well as the other sisters I live with.
I love to learn more about other religions and other faiths and I have been learning about the Trinity so I am particularly interested in religions that reject the Trinity, Mormons being one.
So anyway, today I found that Mormon.org has a chat function so I spent some time virtually talking to a Mormon missionary about the Trinity. It was a blast. Until he asked me how God the Father and Jesus could be in two different places at the same time and still be God. Hmmm, I was stumped. Maybe if you know how to answer to that you can comment on this post! Anyway, something new to research.
I blame the other postulants for leaving me alone.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
What a Spirit-filled trip we had at Texas A&M, Rice University and St. Mary's Parish in Tulsa, Ok. More updates to come but just wanted to let you know that we have returned happy, healthy and exhausted.
In a few days Laura, Jackie and Cheryl will be setting off for Denver with Sr. Donna for exhibits there and the Living the Catholic Faith Conference.
And Erin set off for England this morning for her nephew's baptism.
I will be holding down the fort in St. Louis with Sr. Mary Joan. We plan to make lots of trouble :)
I am staying home to lead our book club meeting this Monday. We are reading The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.
So keep all of these endeavors in your prayers and we will be updating you on our various adventures shortly!