Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday July 7 four of our sisters are at St. Bonaventure University at New York near Buffalo . They are taking a workshop on Franciscan Spirituality

Picture of the Library at Saint Bonaventure

Scenic view at St. Bonaventure NY

Chapel at Bonnie's
 President's Prayer

Thursday evening April 12, 1945, radio
stations interrupted all broadcasts to
report that President Franklin Roosevelt
was dead. It was critical time because
World War II was at a critical point.

Vice President. Harry Truman was
sworn in. In his address to Congress
ended dramatically. Lifting his face
and arms upward to heaven, he said:

"I humbly pray Almighty God,
in the words of King Solomon:

"Give me an understanding heart with
which to judge your people. I ask only


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                    gene carmichael, s.J.
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to be a good and faithful servant of my
Lord and my people.''

"Truman words were in keeping with his
faith in God. He said the following prayer regularly throughout his life:


"O
h! Almighty and Everlasting God,
Creator of Heaven, the Earth,
and the Universe.

Help me to be, to think, and to do
what is right, because it is right.

Make me truthful,
honest, and honorable in all things.

Make me intellectually honest,
for the sake of right and honor,
without thought of reward to me.

Give me the ability to be charitable,
forgiving, and patient with my fellowmen.

Help me to understand
their motives and their shortcomings,
even as you understand mine!  Amen
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday July 6 . We also remember Sister Frances Therse OSC that died on this day about 20 years ago

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Daily Dig for July 6

Albert Schweitzer
We live in a time when the good faith of peoples is doubted more than ever before. Expressions throwing doubt on the trustworthiness of each other are bandied back and forth.…We cannot continue in this paralyzing mistrust. If we want to work our way out of the desperate situation in which we find ourselves, another spirit must enter into the people.…We must approach them in the spirit that we are human beings, all of us, and that we feel ourselves fitted to feel with each other; to think and will together in the same way.




Daily Prayer for July 6

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. Romans 8:14–15a, NIV
Dear Father in heaven, open our hearts to the wonder of being able to call you Father, the wonder of being united with you. You are the source of all life and strength. In you is redemption, and we need to be redeemed before we can live rightly. Take from us the pressures forced on us by the flood of events. Make us completely free as people led by your hand, people who may be joyful because everything will be overcome through the power you grant us in Jesus Christ. Protect us from fear and from all evil. Show more and more clearly your good and wonderful goal for all people on earth, so that in expectation they may find happiness even in all the stress of today. Amen.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 5

THEIR EYES OF FAITH WERE CLOSED TO JESUS
(A biblical refection on THE 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – July 5, 2015) 
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:1-6 
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalms: Psalm 123:1-4; Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 
YESUS DI SINAGOGA DI NAZARET - 4The Scripture Text
He went away from there and came to His own country; and His disciples followed Him. And on the Sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to Him? What mighty works are wrought by His hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among His own kin, and in his own house.” And He could do not mighty work there, except that He laid His hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And He marvelled because of their unbelief.
And He went about among the villages teaching. (Mark 6:1-6 RSV) 
The people of Nazareth, though touched by the words of Jesus, questioned where He had acquired the wisdom evident in His words: “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to Him? ...... Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary? (Mark 6:2,3). Their eyes of faith were closed to Jesus whose miracles and words reflected the work of the Messiah to come. His modest and compassionate manner did not fit their concept of and hopes for a Messiah who would free them from domination by foreign oppressors.
YESUS MENGUNJUNGI NAZARETJesus was rejected, as was Ezekiel, a prophet of God. Both were subjected to disbelief and persecution from an “impudent and stubborn” people (Ezekiel 2:4). They were all part of the people who had broken their covenant with God and, as a result, suffered the hardships of exile and captivity. Ezekiel’s message might fail to convince, but they would know that God had indeed spoken to them (Ezekiel 2:5).
In the coming of Jesus, God was revealing the depth of His love and compassion. Jesus, the Word of God, was calling humanity back to the love and tenderness of the Father. How sad that the people of Nazareth failed to recognize Jesus as the fulfilment of God’s words: “To you, O men, I call, and My cry is to the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:4).
Turning a deaf ear to God is as common today as it was during Jesus’ time on earth. Often our knowledge and understanding of Jesus’ mission as God’s incarnate Son among us is limited to what our minds can comprehend. We resist the challenge to go beyond the familiar and accept that God’s marvelous plan for our lives reaches far beyond our own meagre understanding. Perhaps because we are often content to know Jesus in a superficial manner we think we are dutiful enough. But this attitude keeps us from being open to the fullness of God’s divine life and love that He has planned from all eternity to share with us in Jesus (Ephesians 1:17-18).
God’s word to us in the liturgy and in our prayer and scripture reading is an invitation to surrender our lives more completely to His will. Let us set aside our preconceived ideas and the temporary concerns that lock us into a thinking centered on the here and now, and open our minds and hearts to the work God wants to do in us.
Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, come and be with me. Help me to listen to You more closely. Show me the ways I have boxed You in with My own ideas. Heal me with Your love so that I might serve You more fully. Amen. 
Jakarta, 3 July 2015 
A Christian Pilgrim

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday July 4 Happy Birthday USA The Land of the Free


Prayer for Independence Day

Merciful God,
we come to you in thanksgiving
for our nation.
We know that our many blessings --
of freedom, liberty, prosperity,
and other gifts too countless to list --
have come from your hand.
Our nation, and its many freedoms,
are a gift from you.

On this day, as we remember our
nation's independence, we pause to
honor you, to praise you and
to thank you.

Heavenly Father, we pray that you
would forgive us our sins, and lead
us, as a nation, in the way we should
go.
Let us not take for granted the many
gifts and blessings you have given us.
May we always honor you.

Be with us, Lord, as we strive to be a
light and a beacon from you, to the world.
In Jesus holy name, we pray.
Amen.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th Freedom isn't Free

Friday July 3, Feast of Saint Thomas Apostle

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN AND YET BELIEVE (2)BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN AND YET BELIEVE

(A biblical reflection on the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle – Friday, 3 July 2015) 
Gospel Reading: John 20:24-29 
First Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22; Psalms: Psalm 117:1-2 
SANTO THOMAS - 1The Scripture Text
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” 
Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John 20:24-29 RSV) 
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29).
These words may sound like rebuke to Thomas. Yet perhaps they are a blessing for us: Blessed are those who have not actually seen Jesus but believe in Him anyway. Jesus Himself spoke these words as blessing on us, to encourage our faith in Him. Through His Spirit, He has equipped us with the faith we need, and His blessing calls us to exercise that faith, to believe without seeing. He calls us to put our faith in the redemption He won for us when He shed His blood on the cross.
Oh, that we would put our faith in that redemption! God can do so much with us if we surrender our lives to Him. What does that involve? It means doing what Thomas stumbled at – submitting our intellects to the truth God reveals, however He chooses to reveal it. Thomas was so accustomed to seeing Jesus work that he felt uncomfortable believing in Jesus when he couldn’t see Him. We too are accustomed to proceeding on the basis of what we can see; we like to have things make sense to us. But if we are willing to trust Jesus and believe His words, even when we do not understand them, what deliverance from sin we will experience! What comfort from the Father we will know! What reconciliation will spring up between individuals, even nations!
saint-teresa-of-avila-04St. Teresa of Avila one prayed: “In Your majesty You seek all kinds of ways and means by which to show us the love that You have for us; yet we hold this in low esteem, inexperienced as we are in loving You. Through the lack of practice, our thoughts follow their usual pattern, and we do not trouble to ponder the great mysteries to be found in the way the Holy Spirit speaks to us. What more could He do to kindle our love for Him?”
With great anticipation, let’s accept the ways God chooses to show us His love! Let’s surrender our lives to Him, knowing that nothing can be greater than receiving His love!
Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, I love You. I worship You, who have conquered my every sin. In You, all is atoned for, all is forgiven. Glory to You, God of the impossible! Amen.
Jakarta, 2 July 2015 
A Christian Pilgrim
03JUL
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN AND YET BELIEVE (2)
(A biblical reflection on the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle – Friday, 3 July 2015) Gospel Reading: John 20:24-29 
First Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22; Psalms: Psalm 117:1-2 
The Scripture Text
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” 
Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John 20:24-29 RSV) 
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29).

Thursday, July 2, 2015