An inclusive kingdom of heaven

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.
Such a really moving reflection,Laura! Folks helping folks…not must in Texas—that’s the kingdom!
lovely and challenging reflection!
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

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!
Thanks, this is very relevant and timely!
She spoke for us: thank you for bringing a profound truth to light so clearly.
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.
Thank you for your so timely interpretation of the Gospel!!
Thank You 🙏❤️

Mother’s Day Reflection

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.
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.
Thank you for that sensitive, real reflection on our Mom’s. Consoling in its truth!
It is so touching and beautiful, but also offers a wonderful teaching on eternal life as experienced by you. I really loved it.
Great Reflection: Hopefully we can all pass on to new life without fear.