Everyday Stewardship

02-18-2018Stewardship Reflection

It seems fitting that our readings on this First Sunday of Lent begin with the Old Testament Book of Genesis. The book was first called “Genesis” — ΓΕΝΕΣΙΣ — in the Greek Septuagint translation, as it presents both the origin of the world and mankind, and in particular, the Hebrew people. The book in Hebrew was known by its opening expression, “In the beginning.”

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The Lord, the Source of Our Vocation

02-18-2018The Sisters Corner

As a community, almost every year we have our spiritual exercises where we recharge our strength in the Lord and in His love. Sometimes we do it on our own but the majority of the time we participate as a group.

This year, 70 sisters, in all, from different countries had the opportunity for this beautiful encounter with the Lord. This was a very enriching experience for both Sr. Veronica and Sr. Stephanie, who had the opportunity to attend.

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Colluding with Dictators?

02-18-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Our beleaguered leader is really taking it on the chin these days. His election was a surprise to many, and many long for the days of his predecessor. The bureaucracy actively works against him and seems to dog him at every step. He is accused of colluding with the worst kind of dictator and even compromising with a foreign power. In fact, he has been accused of being a dictator himself. Grant it, some of the things he says leave people scratching their heads and his administration running to explain what he said. Every major news outlet from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal has recently editorialized against him and questioned his decisions. Does he deserve to be judged so harshly? I think not, which puts me in the minority position.

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Unshocked

02-11-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The great question to us is whether we are still capable of being truly shocked or whether it is to remain so that we see thousands of things and know that they should not be, and must not be, and that we get hardened to them. How many things have we become used to in the course of the years, of the weeks and months, so that we stand unshocked, unstirred, inwardly unmoved.

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Everyday Stewardship

02-11-2018Stewardship Reflection

Often one of our human weaknesses has to do with us believing or thinking we know better than God in relation to what we do and what we do in relation to others. Of course, part of that has to do with our failure to pray and consult the Lord, or even more to make no effort to understand what God may be telling us.

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Pope Francis in Peru

02-11-2018The Sisters Corner

When Pope Francis, traveled to Peru in early January, I, Sr. Maria Cristina, had the opportunity to go for two weeks to a conference for priests and religious sisters in my hometown.

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Everyday Stewardship

02-04-2018Stewardship Reflection

The fact that today’s Gospel from Mark makes reference to Jesus curing Peter’s mother-in-law would seem to point to the fact that Peter was married. However, the majority of scholars are of the opinion that the wife may have died before Peter was called by Jesus as an Apostle. In fact, there are many misconceptions about St. Peter. For one, although often portrayed as much older, he was probably younger than Jesus. In fact, all 12 Apostles were most likely younger than Jesus.

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Look at This!

02-04-2018The Sisters Corner

As many of you already know, Sr. Maria Gracia and Sr. Alejandra returned to Lima-Peru in order to complete their formation time. They returned with many good experiences and are so thankful for the warm reception and hospitality they received while they were here with us...Thank you all so much for that!! 

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Texting Too Much?

02-04-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

You are probably familiar with the infamous text messages of the two FBI employees that were found, lost, and found again. Reportedly, there were 50,000 messages between November and June. Wow, that’s a lot of texting even for two people having an intramural extra-marital affair. That works out to about 25,000 texts sent and 25,000 responses. That would be, without counting sleep hours, one text and response about every eight or nine minutes, every day for five months.

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