Sunday, September 17, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Today we celebrate the exaltation of the Cross.
The Church is fond of comparing the Cross to a tree, especially the tree of knowledge in paradise. In support of this we may first of all cite the words of the Preface for Mass: "It was Your will that from the wood of the Cross our salvation should go forth. From a tree came death, from a tree also should come forth life. He who triumphed on a tree (i.e., the devil) should also be defeated on a tree. "
There are passages in which the liturgy gives evidence that the Sign of the Cross has sacramental efficacy. the sign of the Cross puts the devil to flight.
from The Church's Year of Grace by Dr. Pius Parsch
Friday, September 8, 2017
Sister Patrice Klausing who is a counselor at Alvernia University in Reading , Pennsylvania spent a week in Retreat here at the Monastery. While meditating on our surroundings ,Sister Patrice did some research on the tree the White Pine and shared it with us.
It is very moving to think that the Native Americans looked on the White Pine as a sign of Peace.
It is very moving to think that the Native Americans looked on the White Pine as a sign of Peace.
We are grateful to her for sharing this article with us.
by Sister Patrice Klausing OSF
THE STORY OF THE WHITE PINE
Someone once described “coincidence” as God choosing to work a miracle and remaining anonymous. I also see it as the Holy Spirit directing discerning hearts and then waiting to reveal the full meaning at another time. Such, I think, is the story of how you came to live on White Pine Road.
The Native Americans of the Iroquois and Algonquin tribes lived, among other places, along the shores and in the woodlands of what is now considered the Eastern half of the United States. An Iroquois man named Dekanawidah began to talk about the concept of peace and for this, he was completely misunderstood and isolated in a culture where war was a way of life. However, he persisted, and in time his people began to embrace the idea that peace had value. Dekanawidah chose the white pine as the symbol of peace, thus making the tree “The Tree of Peace.”
The tree had four symbolic roots, The Great White Roots of peace extending north, south, east, and west. It also encompassed Dekanawidah's three aspects of peace: • The Good Word, which is righteousness in action, bringing justice for all; • Health, which is a sound mind in a sound body, bringing peace on Earth; • Power, which is the establishment of civil authority, bringing with it the increase in spiritual power in keeping with the will of the Master of Life.
Eventually, the Algonquin tribes, which include both the Lenni Lenape and the Delaware who were both native to New Jersey and to this place, adopted the white pine as their peace symbol. I first learned of this when Bari, a Native American woman with a PhD in ethnobotany (the study of how native peoples used all the green, growing things in their environment) was leading a group of us on a tour of our Provincial House and Retreat Center grounds in Connecticut. When she came to the stand of white pines outside our chapel, she asked us to be silent and she knelt on the ground. She then told us that White Pines were sacred; that they were the tallest tree in the eastern half of the United States; that some white pines grow in “Cathedral” formations; and that they were the only place where Algonquins could bury weapons of war. After a tribal war or skirmish, the peace treaty was sealed by literally burying the battle weapons under a white pine tree. Sometimes, they even dug up the tree, placed the weapons in the hole and then replanted the tree directly over the weapons so that the tools of war were literally transformed into symbols of peace. I cannot help but remember the words of Scripture: “They will beat their swords into plowshares” (Isaiah 2: 4).
So, no, I don't think that it's an accident or some random happenstance that you, the daughters and sisters of Clare of Assisi, a woman who created peace in her own day, are now living on a road called “White Pine,” one of the earliest symbols of peace in this land. • Given to the Poor Clares of Chesterfield, New Jersey, whose Monastery is adjacent to a pine tree farm, on September 8, 2017. • Much of this information came from Bari, the woman mentioned above. Details were fleshed out by Googling “white pine symbol of peace” and using information found on Wikipedia that was confirmed by several other highly reliable sources. • “Dekanawidah” is often spelled “Deganawidah.”
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Malia Hamilton, Hawaii - Clare Meland, Pittsburgh, PA - Daniel Pezzola, Central Valley, NY Caherine Rainey Willoughby Hills, OH - Domenico Angerosa, glenville, NY -Jenna Breiner, Lincoln ,NE - Matthew Grothaus , Potuoson, VA
Rachel Jones, Loveland, CO
And Natalia Rincon, Freeport, NY.
When one gets discouraged at our world take a look at these generous , wonderful people. thank You all and prayers for your ministry and your family.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Father Denis also spent time visiting with us and than a visit to our cemetery where his good friend, Sr. Mary McCourt is buried.
Fr. Denis told us many stories of his life with the poor in Columbia.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Friar Timothy from Kenya represented
the first Order of Friar Minors by lighting a candle for the past.
A Third order member lighted a second candle for the present
and our sister Karen lighted a third candle for our future or the Order of Saint Clare
Friar Michael Lorentsen gave a beautiful reflection of the dying of Saint Clare and what we are called to do daily.
The words of Saint Clare as she was dying are beautiful words that we can all use as we approach our death which we do daily.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
John with the newly solemnly professed, sisters Nelia and Karen
John with the communityFather John Gallagher, a Redempotorist priest and Missionary of Campo Grande, Brazil visited us on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6th and as usual gave a very reflective homily. He spoke about how our outside had to match our inside. In other words "You can't give what you don't have."
John works with addicts in Brazil. May god be with him in his ministry.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
LET’S PRAY THAT GOD WOULD MAKE EACH DAY A FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION FOR US
(A biblical reflection on the Feast of THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD – Sunday, 6 August 2017
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1-9
First Reading: Dan 7:9-10.13-14; Psalms: Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9; Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-19
The Scripture Text
And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if You wish, I will make three booths here, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah. He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son,” with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.” (Mat 17:1-9 RSV)
In a scene that sounds very much like the experience of a select few Old Testament prophets, the three apostles saw Jesus suddenly transformed and radiating a heavenly light. And, like the prophets before them, they too were overwhelmed by the vision. Here He was this familiar rabbi, gleaming with the glory of God and talking with Elijah and Moses! They had never seen anything like it before.
The promise of the feast of the Transfiguration is that what only a few prophets were privileged to receive in the Old Testament – what only a few disciples saw while Jesus walked the earth – is now available to each and every member of the body of Christ. We live in the age of the Church, an age of grace and revelation for all the people of God, The barrier of sin has been removed, and heaven can be opened for all of us.
Granted, we may not have visions as dramatic as these three disciples’. Nevertheless, each of us can expect the gift of revelation from God. Each of us can be lifted up above the everyday experiences of life and be filled with “the light of the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:6). All it takes is consistent prayer and an open heart.
Jesus wants to work through us to build His Kingdom here on earth. Like the apostles, we will become able to share in His mission by coming to know Him. Every day, we can enter into the secret place of the Lord’s presence and be filled with His love. Every day, the Holy Spirit wants to shine the light of Christ into our hearts and transform us into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Every day, He wants to fill us with His compassion for the poor and suffering, and His mercy for the sinful. Let us pray that God would make each day a feast of the Transfiguration for us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for the precious gift of Your Holy Spirit. Lift us up into the realm of the Spirit every day so that we can bring Your life to our families and to the world. Amen.
Jakarta, 4 August 2017 [Memoria of St. John Mary Vianney]
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