A Radical Change of Heart

Chapter Talks

Pope Francis said: “Let’s consider a big obstacle to change, the existential myopia that allows us defensively to select what we see. Existential myopia is always about holding on to something we’re afraid to let go of” (Let Us Dream, p.18). Repentance is about change, about turning from an attitude or a view that is short-sighted, rigid, filled with fear, that in the Pope’s words ‘allows us to defensively select what we see’…

January 24, 2021 Read More

The Call

Chapter Talks

The theme of ‘call’ is the focus of the readings for this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The ‘call’ of God: how do we ‘know’ God is calling us?  What are the signs and movement of the heart that reveal this call?  We have the story of young Samuel’s call by God.  It seems God is calling simply through the name: ‘Samuel, Samuel, Samuel’ (1 Sam 3:4).  To hear our name being called, out of the silent depths of the heart, is an awakening moment, a divine moment in time, an in-breaking of God, asking us to listen.  Samuel is being educated in listening by Eli, the priest.  The final time the Lord calls Samuel, he follows Eli’s advice and responds: ‘Speak Lord your servant is listening’ (1 Sam 3:9).  Does not God call all the time?  Are we not still learners in having ‘the ear of our heart’ educated, educated in this growing process of listening?  Do we ever hear our name being called in the silence of prayer: ‘Kathy, Kathy’?  Or, ‘Kathy, Kathy, where are you?’  Such ‘calls’ from God are always invitations…invitations to change an attitude, invitations to wake us up, invitations to love more, invitations to change a behavior or a murmuring heart, invitations to deepen our relationship with God.

TAGS

January 17, 2021 Read More

"This is my Son, the Beloved"

Chapter Talks

Jesus descends into the waters of baptism: this descent, this surrender to the will of his Abba, this immense turning of his whole being towards his Abba, towards giving himself over entirely to God, releases the even more immense power of Love, a Love that unites Father to Son, a Love that will never leave Jesus and will become his sustaining Source throughout his whole ministry, his death and Resurrection.

TAGS

January 10, 2021 Read More

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God - New Years 2021

Chapter Talks

‘Here I am the servant of the Lord’, ‘let it be done to me according to your word’ (Lk 1:38): all ways of saying ‘yes’.  Our consent has given us seeds of new life: “Of his fullness we have all received, grace and truth” (Jn 1:16).  We have been gifted with ‘grace and truth’ in and through the birth of Christ.  How do we then live from this gift?  What can help us to not let this gift be ignored, or not believed in, or even killed by the negativity that can assault us in myriad of ways?

January 01, 2021 Read More

"Let it Be to Me According to Your Word"

Chapter Talks

Our ‘yes’ uttered once again: not hesitatingly, not with being able to see what it would ask of us, this ‘yes’ uttered fully with every ounce of love and faith we could muster, following the pattern of her first ‘yes’.  Mary’s ‘virginal yes’, uttered into eternity, a first, pure, whole in its heart’s intention, uttered in response to God’s never before invitation, an invitation to birth forth his Son.  This encounter, a breaking open in history: God’s invitation and the human response. 

December 25, 2020 Read More
Latest Blog
Deep Calls to Deep

Deep Calls to Deep

July 19, 2021

The readings for the Mass today center on the ‘sh...

Daily Lectio

Daily Lectio

April 26, 2020

Click "Read More" to connect to the latest from Sr. Ger...

Monastery Lentils

June 02, 2019

A popular Guest House recipe that is vegan, easy to mak...

Bear and Raccoon

Bear and Raccoon

July 29, 2021

A few nights ago, we had some furry visitors to our gar...

Sign Up For Our Email List

I'm Also Interested In:

Thank you for your love and support!

The Sisters of Redwoods Monastery