Friends who change our lives: Remembering Bernie

Laura
Thank you for the beautiful spring newsletter. All of you are in my prayers. Thank you for praying for our diocese.
Ginger
Sister Bernardone, was such gift to me, way back in 1963-1964, I was a novice and she was Cook in a large kitchen at Assisi Heights, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester MN.
I remember her very much as you described her. I love her sense of humor and her wonderful of teaching, but not preaching.
I did leave the the Community after 6 years, before she came to the Poor Clares, but I have never forgotten this Beautiful Lady.
I had written her letters a few year ago, and she wrote back such encouraging letters back. I have always felt my presence in my life of prayer, and am sure that will remain for the rest of my life. Thanks for sharing her wonderful life story.
Jean
I just finished reading the newsletter about Sr. Bernie. She was a special gal and always smiling. I thought it was a great article. I will never forget her or any of you.
Noni
I can’t imagine how big a hole Bernie’s departure into the Magnificent WHOLE of God’s fullness has carved into your little community of Saginaw. My love holds each of you and all together in hope that one day all this leave-taking will end and we will be gathered for once and for all in the HOLON of LOVE that is embedded even now in every molecule of our DNA! Think of Broccoli! (Sure!)
Nanc
Your tribute to Bernie and your personal sharing is a gift to me. I join you in my most fervent prayer and remember so well our week at Crawfton so many years ago and Bernie took over that kitchen, showing me how to brine a turkey. I was watching and learning so much.
Donna
Thank You 🙏❤️
Stean
thank you very much for this well written and moving letter about Sister Bernie. Thanks be to God for her holy service in community, praying for all and witnessing God’s love in her life amen. thanks also for teaching me about your lives as 4 sisters in this modern Poor Clare outreach. I think you have been offering a model of sister-life which is sustainable for the future, a holy life that offers personal fulfillment to the sister family group. I wish to support this and encourage your boldness and outreach, the excellent newsletters and the loving support that I felt when you contacted me. In our need we turn to the sisters for strength and comfort, as we turn to Jesus. Mother Mary is united with Jesus in this love. I would like this work to gather sisters from other churches if that were possible, united in a charism of love, to live a holy life of prayer and service together, finding happiness in the sister-group and in the holy service and witness. A Poor Clare charism that arched across the churches and building strength in that way for faith. I pray that you may find younger sisters to join you and continue this good work. God bless you and strengthen you. Happy Easter soon!
RK
The tribute to Bernie is beautiful.
Joe
I’ trying to adopt the just say “Sure” approach of Bernardone (well, most of the time).

An inclusive kingdom of heaven

Emma
Last week I went to a funeral for a 49 year old woman who died of cancer. She had worked at the Diocese but had to quit as the cancer was advancing. Anyway, she was always so cheerful and smiling all the time and yet she had to be hurting. I shared her letters from Facebook with my prayer group and I think she was an inspiration to the ladies. I know that she was to me. Even during her last days she invited people to come to see her before her death. To me she was Jesus for so many. Veronica’s funeral was touching and so many people there. Fr. Frank at St. Joe’s was the celebrant. She was truly a “neighbor” to me and to so many. I am going to try hard to be like her. She was younger than me by a lot, in fact she was in my son’s graduating class at Nouvel. But I feel she had so much to give and I loved her for that.
Nan
Such a really moving reflection,Laura! Folks helping folks…not must in Texas—that’s the kingdom!
Mary
lovely and challenging reflection!
Stean
thank you for helping me to understand the strange spiritual internal-external state “the kingdom of God.” The city flooded with water is a good image. If we do help one another unselfishly, irrespective of who or what we are, perhaps the kingdom is among us, and so we must strive higher to understand more fully the love that is in our neighbour, whoever or whatever they are. I’m thinking of those neighbors in the world community whom we don’t think of as our good neighbours. God bless OSC, amen.

The Canaanite woman spoke for us

Stean
This is beautifully written with clarity and strength and it is very moving. The Christian Mission is here. It is especially strong to women who were considered of low status in the Jewish faith, and to peoples who were despised. Your passage will merit rereading. It is a splendid gift in your outreach. Our upbringing sometimes makes it difficult to recognize our brothers and sisters because of the need to protect our house. Boldly today we must reach out to say I love you and I do love you and I will love you, thank you for your goodness. I am thinking of North Africa. I dream of Christian and Muslim communities living side by side in knowledge of one another, in forgiveness and love and respect. Both with a high level of wisdom and love. He is with us when we love. God bless OSC! God bless you dear sisters!
Nan
Thanks, this is very relevant and timely!
Joe
She spoke for us: thank you for bringing a profound truth to light so clearly.
Joan
We thought your reflection on today’s Gospel was most apt. If only we could see everyone we meet not as stranger but sister and brother. Maybe we would listen to each other less defensively, trust one another more and have a more peaceful society.
I think this Gospel shows us that Jesus learned at he went through life – he learned from his encounters with others. He was open to the other. May we do likewise.
Noni
Thank you for your so timely interpretation of the Gospel!!
Donna
Thank You 🙏❤️

Mother’s Day Reflection

Susan
My 98-year-old mother and I appreciated the beauty and wisdom of Sister Laura’s reflection and are so thankful that you shared it with us. When my father died, here at home on hospice, it was a very sacred time and I am glad to have the opportunity to live with my Mom, so near to “touching the hem of eternity” again, and fully conscious of embracing the journey. My mother nodded thoughtfully when she heard Sister Laura’s mother’s response, “I don’t know.” We talked about the peace of Papa’s passing and she understood so well.
You are mothers to so many souls! May I wish you all the graces that flow through our Blessed Mother on this Mother’s Day.
SmElizabeth
I just read an article by one of your sisters, Laura, I think, and want to thank her for the inspiration and comfort it brought me. I had just finished Lectio Divina and then turned to Global Sisters mail that I receive
Sister’s article was exactly the piece I still needed in my lectio. It will continue to help me very much as I carry the WORD with me this week.
What a gift your community must be there in Saginaw. Be blessed with the the ongoing gifts of the Spirit.
Noni
Thank you for that sensitive, real reflection on our Mom’s. Consoling in its truth!
MaryA
It is so touching and beautiful, but also offers a wonderful teaching on eternal life as experienced by you. I really loved it.
Joe
Great Reflection: Hopefully we can all pass on to new life without fear.