Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fr Todd

If you've been surfing the Catholic blogosphere, you've probably heard about the untimely death of Fr. Todd Reitmeyer. He was a young priest in his mid-3o's who tragically died last week in a boating accident while on vacation in Texas.

He was ordained about three years ago. God's ways are so mysterious--we just never know when our time here on earth will be up. All the more reason to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. It pays to practice virtue. In light of eternity, so many things I've been concerned about get put in perspective.

Reading for spiritual health

When I finished the 30-day retreat last January, one of the "advices" the retreat director gave was to make time for spiritual reading, every day if possible.
I had gotten away from it for a while, but over the weekend I had some time so I read a little more. It's amazing how it really does make a difference. I read a bit from "The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life," a classic book by Lagrange. He mentioned how it's easy in day-to-day life to get so caught up in things we have to do that we can forget about God. But even a few minutes of reading from a good spiritual book can help us refocus.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Vanishing species?

Last week a couple of the sisters had a bookfair at a nearby Catholic grammar school.
One fourth grade boy, looking quite serious, approached the table and asked the sister there,
"Are you a nun?"

"Yes," she replied.

He pondered this a moment and then replied,
"I didn't think they existed anymore. I saw one once when I was in kindergarten but I thought they were extinct by now."

Friday, May 19, 2006

ABC Meme

Sr. Anne and Lisa tagged me for this meme, so here goes:

Accent: New York, although 20+ years of living in Boston has toned it down a bit.

Chore I Hate
: Sewing.

Dog or Cat
: Dogs, especially German Shephers

Essential Electronics
: Desktop

Favorite Cologne(s): What's cologne?

Gold or Silver: Gold.

Hometown: Elmont, Long Island

Insomnia: No.

Job Title: Main one: Sister Secondary: Editor, Maintenance Supervisor, Treasurer for the community of Boston.

Kids: I was one once.

Living arrangements: Tiny room in convent with paper-thin walls. The architect never heard of soundproofing.

Most admirable trait: Ability to see others' points of view.

Overnight hospital stays: Twice: in 1994 and 1999. Not since then, thank God!

Phobias: Getting stuck somewhere, like on the highway 300 miles from home.

Quote: "Not to go along the way of God is to go back." (St. Thomas)

Religion: Roman Catholic

Siblings: Two brothers and two sisters; one brother is in heaven.

Time I wake up: 5:30 or 6 (AM)

Unusual talent or skill: When I used to work in our shipping department, I could work on three computer screens at the same time. Of course, computers were slower then.

Vegetable I refuse to eat: I'm pretty much OK with them all, except okra is hard to swallow.

Worst habit: Depends who you ask.

X-rays: Mostly dental.

Yummy stuff I cook: Cooking? What's that?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A week of rain

After the post below about the beautiful spring weather, we've had more than a week of solid rain! It's actually causing quite a lot of damage in the area and people are suffering from flooding, etc.

Jaroslav Pelikan, RIP

I just saw the death notice of Jaroslav Pelikan. He was a wonderful scholar of Christian history and a fine theologian. Last year I read his new book on the Bible and right now I'm looking at the wonderful book he did on Mary, called "Mary Through the Centuries." He wrote in that book, "It is impossible to understand the history of Western spirituality and devotion without paying attention to the place of the Virgin Mary."

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mary Queen of Apostles

Bl. James Alberione focused on Mary as Queen of the Apostles. By that he meant that she's the first apostle because she gave Jesus to the world. Like her, we can be apostles by giving Jesus to the world in whatever way we can.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Spring in Boston

We're having beautiful weather these days.

Photo by Sr Ann, FSP

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Marian spirituality

Someone asked in the comments box why I was putting thoughts about Mary from Bl. James Alberione, and not other sources.

Actually, it's not that I want to exclude any others, since there are so many wonderful writers who have said such great things about Mary, like St. Alphonsus and others.

The reason I'm focusing on Bl. James is because he is the Founder of our congregation, and I'd like to do my small part to make his Marian thought better known. His thought was very profound in that he saw Mary as an apostle. He put her very much in the forefront of his entire apostolic work.

This is an aspect of Mary that's less well known but very important.

Mary Radiates Jesus Christ

Every apostolate is a radiating of Jesus Christ.
It is to give something, if we can use the expression,
of Jesus Christ.

Mary gave us the whole Christ,
Way, Truth and Life.
She is the apostle empowered by God.
Blessed James Alberione

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mary and the month of May

During May I'd like to post some thoughts from the writings of Bl. James Alberione on Mary.

"Christ is my life,
and the way to reach him
is Mary."