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Week of October 27th – Come as You Are

On Sunday, October 27th – the Responsorial Psalm proclaims, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor” (Ps 34).  The Gospel ends with the words ” . . .For [those who] exalt [themselves] will be humbled, and [those] who humble [themselves] will be exalted.”

Perhaps to be poor and humble is to come before God with the truth of who we are; to bare our souls before our Creator.  It appears God desires for us to share all our needs, all our weakness; all that reminds us of our dependance on God’s love and mercy.  Rather than trying to prove to God that we deserve God’s love, God wants us to fall into the arms of Jesus, giving him all our cares and needs.  It is our weakness that makes room for God to enter our lives.

This week the Sisters were reminded that God hears the cry of the poor as they

gathered for Eucharistic Liturgy on Monday evening as they do the last Monday of each month.  Each came as they were whether it was from a day of ministry, a week of retreat, or traveling home after a workshop.  We celebrated the gift and presence of God in our lives in our simple gathering.

listened to a presentation about a house of healing for women escaping the horror of Human Trafficking.  We listened to their stories – cries of the poor.  We come before God seeking guidance in our desire to know how to help the thousands of suffering people.

welcomed our elderly Sisters and Residents who celebrated Halloween by donning costumes and distributing homemade treats.  They remind us that age is no reason to stop having fun and bringing joy to others.

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we celebrated All Saints Day which fell on the first Friday of November coinciding with our monthly day of Eucharistic Adoration.  We are reminded that in our very humanity we can come before Jesus and adore along with all the Saints who have gone before us.

as we supported one of our Sisters who offered a evening of Art around a presentation by the Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia.  The evening was a fundraiser for the Sisters’ ministry for women and children experiencing homelessness.  The presentation was all about listening to the needs of communities and responding through art.  We are challenged to share our unique gifts with the needs around us.

435959_origMay you find peace in coming to God just as you are this new week.

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