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Well, back in the swing of things I guess. Sigh. The retreat was very good - I heartily reccomend taking a retreat if you have never done so or its been a long. time. Good to step back and get a different focus on things.
At a retreat conference in the Monastery
On a not so high note... I moved my mom to the new place for her last Monday. We had a nice drive out - she talked and talked. We each got a milkshake to enjoy on our trip. Once there she was very happy, had comments about this and that to everyone.
I went to visit her on Tuesday and she was much more quiet but okay. She looked sad but was cheerful with my visit. On Wednesday I got a call from the nurse to tell me that my mom had fallen during the night on her first night. But she seemed to be okay. Which I agreed she seemed to be - because I had seen her the next day and she seemed fine.
Mom with broken hip but doing pretty good!
I visited my mom again on Wednesday - she was quiet but seemed okay. I visited her on Saturday she seemed Okay. Our retreat started on Monday. On Tuesday things just seemed to be a downer for me. Couldn't put a finger on it.. Just overwhelmed. Later that day I got a call from Mom's surgeon to tell me that the X-ray showed that Mom had broken her hip. The same leg that she had broken. No wonder my mom was sad the next day, huh? Sad.
Because the break was on the same leg - a hip operation had little chance of success. I decided another trip and stay in the hospital was more than either of us was ready for. The doctor agreed that she probably had had enough surgeries for the time. They can make her fairly comfortable with pain medication. He said in a week she could be back up and in a wheelchair. I said she was back up and in the wheelchair the next day, I mean after all we didn't know!
So..... that's the mom situation. I went to see her today - since the retreat was over. She seemed pretty good. Obviously the pain medication makes her a bit more quiet but she was still the same sweet, mom.
Isn't it amazing that life never has a rosy finish... it just is struggle - until we meet Jesus. I do expect to have a happy ending then for heaven's sake!
On a brighter note.. and God always does send us bright notes to counter the sadder ones - the work with the radio seems to be going extra well. Onwards and Upwards!
The elections are getting closer. I for one will be sooooo glad to have something else on the daily agenda. But the election is important and one that requires much prayer. Fr Corapi is asking all "Pro-Life" folks to join in a rosary novena.. from Monday, October 27 till Election day. Here is a pdf to read about it." We will be doing this in the Monastery - hope some of you will too!
Blessings of Peace and All Good,
Sister Patricia and all the Sisters
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Sister Patricia Proctor, OSC
A rose, a tulip, a sunflower?
A lily, a snapdragon, an orchid?
Pick a flower--any one will do--and think about what you like
about that flower. Talk to the flower and tell it what you find special
about it. It's color, its shape? How does it make you feel when you
look at that flower?
Simply enjoy the flower.
That flower is true to its nature. If it's a dandelion you could yell
at it to be a rose, or weep over it to be a lily, or smile at it to be a
sunflower, but you know it is always only going to be the flower that
God made it to be.
Is there anyone in your life you are not happy with being the way
Prayer when time is completed:
thank you for creating
for me to enjoy.
Thank you for the variety
of them all happily blooming
in my special garden.
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His Loved Ones
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
over all the earth be your glory!
That your loved ones may escape,
help us by your right hand, and answer us.
In these few verses we have an ideal approach to prayer. In the first place, we praise God and beg that he "be exalted above the heavens and over all the earth." Thus we acknowledge his majesty and power.
Realizing that we can do nothing of ourselves, we beg him to come to our aid in times of trouble. We do so with confidence since we are his "loved ones." When we experience his saving help, as we are certain to do, we can sing our songs of praise and thanksgiving.
The apostle of love reminds us that we are loved; "See what love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God!" (1 Jn 3:1a)
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On a personal note…
On the Move
Just to let you know that there will probably be no new reflections coming out until after 11th November, as I am to travel to Nigeria on Thursday 23rd October.
The Pontifical Mission Societies helps to support 194,855 schools, 5,246 hospitals, 17,530 dispensaries and 577 leprosy centres and 80,560 social and pastoral projects in the younger Church across the world.
As a result, two representatives from the Scottish office and I are to visit some of the projects in Nigeria that are supported by the people of England, Wales and Scotland.
Many of the places where we’ll be travelling will have electricity only if and when a generator is switched on, usually at night, and will have a slow Internet connection at best. As a result, although there will be the potential for many ‘traveller’s tales’, the possibility of transferring them to the outside world will be very few.
Please pray for us as we travel, that our work might be of great benefit and support to a rapidly-growing and developing Church.
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From today's readings:
“Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.... Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked.... Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath, and a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit....”
See the Light!
What difference does our faith make? Well, practically speaking, faith ought to affect the way we see everything in life! It is the light of faith which causes the virtues to sparkle with the brilliance of diamonds, when those same virtues probably seemed so dull to us before the illumination of faith. And it is the light of faith which exposes the ugliness of vices, though they might seem so appealing to us before faith’s enlightenment.
If we are to walk and live, as Paul urges, as “children of light,” then you and I must examine ourselves, our actions, our choices, our deliberations, and our environment in the light of faith. In fact, a candle is aptly presented at baptism to represent this light of faith. But a candle must be carried properly and prominently to enable one to see in the light! Conversely, the candle can be hidden behind one’s back, or carelessly allowed to be extinguished, or even deliberately discarded.
So it is with faith: when carried properly and prominently, it serves well its purpose of illuminating the darkness of life. But when faith is lugged around as an afterthought, or carelessly allowed to be whiffed out by empty arguments, or even intentionally exchanged for a more worldly luminary, well then, how can that ever light the way to inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God?