Week of October 6th – Where size doesn’t matter

In response to the disciples’ plea for an increase in faith, Jesus responds, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed you would say to the mulberry tree ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17).

St. Paul reminds us to “stir into flame the gift the God that you have . . .”
(2Timothy 1).  This implies a quietly burning ember that needs a little air to burn brighter.

In both instances the size of faith doesn’t appear to be the issue – but rather how we live from the faith we have; depth not size.

This past week the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer experienced the seed and flame of faith

as we welcomed a woman into the the first step of discernment with the congregation as an Affiliate.  Toni reminds each of us of our own journey and that clarity of one’s vocation comes in taking one step of faith at a time.  She is a sign of faith for us.

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as several Sisters participated in 3 different workshops on Religious Leadership, Ministry and Mission Leadership.  In faith each Sister journeyed to her learning experience to deepen her understanding of the role responsibilities she has been entrusted with as a faithful follower of Christ, our Redeemer.  What a gift to deepen the awareness that our life and work is about revealing the love and mercy of God!

as a local middle school participated in a morning of service in the community garden despite the threat of rain.  Garlic was planted and weeds were pulled in the faith that this ministry has an important role in the health and well-being of the surrounding community.

as we enter more deeply into the year celebrating the 200th birthday of our foundress, Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger.  That a simple woman born in 1814 continues to impact the world surely stands as a sign of faith – a seed that has taken root and steadily grows and flourishes; a fire that started as a small flame still burns.

Nourish the seed and flame of faith as you begin this new week by recalling the gifts of God’s love and mercy throughout your life.