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Fall 2018

October- Launching Day

As the leaves are changing here in Maine so is Mother Church.  No longer are women remaining silence in society or in the Church.    We need to be bold in our faith and in our life.  This will enable us to be heard in the Church.  In days past the sacred Canons dictated the how and what of religious life.  But now, while not changing in nature, religious life is changing in expression.  Reading about the Beguines of old who dared to create a new form of consecrated life has inspired many to begin again reevaluating  the the current condition of religious life today.  Yes, much is still good but a lot of the baby got thrown out with the water.  Let us be vigilant in our approach to the path that is given, realizing religious today have a voice that is new and courageous.

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

OCT. 4- Feast of Francis

All livestock blessed in keeping with tradition.  A great day!  

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

OCT 9

Cool damp day. Winter is on the way so care is being taken to bring plants in and arrange in limited light.  But when the lamps are lit and the house is warm, the Spirit of the Lord seems alive and well.  

I guess it reflects whats happening in the Church.  There are days when one wonders what Jesus was thinking!  The distrust and pain some feel in the Church reflects what is happening in society, in the cold and damp. As long as we lift our hearts in adoration to our best friend and spouse, we will continue to hope and believe it is the Lord's world and his Church.  The Beguines had a somewhat sensual relationship with the Lord as lover.  We women are called to seek a relationship with Jesus as real and human as well as God.

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

OCT.12

Its been a long day today! A lot of rain this morn and then, all of a sudden sun, glorious sun!  The leaves in the wood were gorgeous and yesterday a screen.  Between yesterday and today they blew off the trees- an amazing display, now the screen is gone and the trees are naked.  What a lusty day!  How fast Mother Earth changes her tune from a symphony  of color to the dirge of sticks. 

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

OCT 19

The livestock are enjoying the falling leaves.  To eat and observe!  They are fun to watch.  The fleece is growing and is getting thick and lush.

I continue to read and study the  remarkable Beguines.  What courageous women!  They had a voice in the Church long before women of today.  Yes, in ways they paid a price, but nothing was off limits speaking of the Church.  Neither money nor power.  History is repeating itself and we pray daily for redemption.

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

NOV 1- ALL SAINTS

In the Company of Saints we are able to see the future of our lives.  We celebrate their glory oftentimes unaware of how they lived.  Their pain, at times despair, and their struggle with hopelessness was real.  Our Holy Mother Church is being brought to her knees which is where she should have been all these years.  So we have hope that we an say that the power of the resurrection, which the saints of old have experienced is with our grasp.  We see, if we look closely, the disappearance of the wealth, power and prestige of the Church diminish.  This will free us up to see the Face of God.

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

NOV 7

I've been thinking a lot about mindfulness.  So much of life is fast and furious!  We are coming upon the holidays soon and there will be a flurry of activity.  Mindfulness helps us to slow down  and remember what life is all about.  The world does not revolve around our axis.  Moving faster is not an answer but rather adds to the confusion in the world.  Take it easy, rest when necessary and above all, be aware of you steps, one at a time.

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

NOV.22

Thanksgiving Day!  The day when perfect prayer exposes all of us to a presence that is never taken away.  To be thankful to the God who is  ​somehow says it all.

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.

DEC 2 Beginning of ADVENT

Waiting is not my favorite thing!  Advent gives waiting meaning which makes it endurable.  I have great admiration for pregnant women who can wait for 9 months to give birth.  For them oit is a fruitful  time even tho' they may be uncomfortable. So says my wonderful mother.  So we sit in silence and hopefully, the Lord gives us stillness and fruitfulness in our time.  Let us be still for peace in our  world and in our hearts.  It will be time well spent. 

And so friends, let us think about what is good and holy and beautiful and fair and then the God of peace will be with us.