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First, Happy Feast Day to all who celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius!

The last several days have been a bit unusual for me. I’ve been spending a lot of time with a friend who has been and continues to be a spiritual guide for many people and groups. She’s had some very serious health issues over the past year or so, and it seems that it’s just one thing after another…very difficult to see such frailty in a loved one. Anyway, on my retreat, I spent a little time with one of the documents written by the Jesuit who brought our first 6 sisters together to found the Sisters of St. Joseph. And the last few days staying with my friend during a few acute episodes have brought to mind the following maxim…I’ll have to share it with her to see if it resonates with her… Anyway, please keep B. in your prayers.

The Maxims of Perfection (Jean-Pierre Medaille)

Maxim 5:2
Sufferings accepted well
are like the wood
which serves to kindle the fire of love.
To the extent that you endure faithfully
and make good use of your crosses, you will see
the sacred fire of love grow in your heart.
Souls who have this great love
are usually led through great sufferings.
Grasp this truth and profit from it.
A great fire cannot keep burning unless someone continues to throw wood on it.
Likewise, to sustain a great love of God throughout life
it is necessary to endure great sufferings.

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Greetings, all!

I just returned from my annual retreat today, and thought I’d quickly touch base with you rather than wait until I get unpacked and all that busy stuff that would keep me from you any longer…

This year, I made a kind of private retreat (as opposed to the directed retreats I usually do), but with some other kindred spirits…we gathered in the evenings to share the graces of each day, and formed a little community for the week, holding each other in prayer. I chose to spend most of the rest of the time in silence, just spending time with God without any set agenda. It was wonderful to tend to that “virgin point” deep within myself, as described by Thomas Merton here:

At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is so to speak his name written in us … like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely.

One of the gifts of retreat was the spontaneous prayer of music…I came into the chapel one day as another sister was playing her guitar…I picked up my native flute, and we began to play together without any verbal planning. A third sister came in, and I handed the flute over to her, while I switched to a frame drum. We prayed together that way for a bit…few words were necessary – something profound happens for me in those kinds of settings. It’s like a oneness in heart, mind and spirit, all encountering the same ultimate mystery that I call God.

May you experience your own sacred moments these days!

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In between…

So sorry…it has been woefully long since my last post, and I must confess that it will be more than a week until my next one… You see, I’ve had quite a lot on my plate of late, between jubilee celebrations, moving, a trip last week to Washington DC for the CLC Assembly, and now leaving tomorrow on my way to retreat in Manhasset, NY. And this week, I managed to get almost zero work done…felt like a slug all week…everything feels achy, I feel a need to sleep a lot…etc…so I gave myself permission to do just that. After a week of retreat, if I’m still feeling this way, I’ll make an appointment with my doc.

In the meantime, please don’t give up on me…I am not shutting down the blog…just taking a little break so I can come back to it with something worthwhile to share with you all. I’m still open to having guest bloggers, so if you’d like to author a reflection/conversation starter for our little blog community to talk about, please send it my way, and I’ll get it up as soon as I can…probably after retreat….

Peace and blessings to all!

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Palin out!

Very surprising news…I wonder what is really going on… Can’t imagine that quitting like this would bode well for a future in elected office…I bet she ends up on talk radio or Fox News…

Alaska’s Palin is leaving office this month – Kansas City Star

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska rattled the political world Friday by abruptly announcing that she will resign from office at the end of the month.

However, Palin — a Republican — left open the possibility she would seek a run for the White House in 2012.

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How about another “nunly”  topic?  The traveling exhibit on Catholic Sisters in America is on display in Cincy until the end of August. Here an excerpt from a brochure on the exhibit’s web site:

WOMEN & SPIRIT: Catholic Sisters in America reveals the mystery behind a small group of independent American women who helped shape the nation’s social and cultural landscape. First arriving in America nearly 300 years ago, throughout periods of struggle and controversy, sisters established schools, hospitals, and colleges, and provided other social services that have served millions. Through their enduring legacy and persistent vision, the nation’s promise of equality and opportunity continues to be extended to all Americans, regardless of faith, color, nationality, or economic status.

The exhibit will also be traveling to other cities over the next couple of years, so if you can’t make to Cincinnati before it leaves there, you are not out of luck… I’m thinking it might be a nice stop to break up my trip to North Carolina for vacation next month…if my traveling companion agrees, of course.

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