We are called to live in the Power of the Holy Spirit What kind of power is this? This Power is God Him Self. For the Holy Spirit is the third Person Trinity. In the Holy Spirit we see ability over all that we find overwhelming and challenging, When we look upon our lives, … Continue reading Let the Power of the Holy Spirit Burn in Your Hearts. A Pentecostal People must be a People of Hope, Power and Action
This Saturday we begin our celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost. How fitting on this day we also remember co-foundress of the Missionary Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit. She and Saint Arnold founded the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit to work along side the Divine Word Missionaries. It was with great wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit
Mother Josepha Hendrina Stenmanns
Blessed Josepha was born on 28 May 1852, in Issum, Germany, the eldest of seven children. Even as a child she was concerned for the poor and suffering whom she visited with her mother. After leaving school, she contributed to the family income through her work as a silk weaver.
At the age of 19, she joined the Franciscan Third Order which nurtured in her a spirit of simplicity and a deep prayer life. Her wish to consecrate herself to God increased as she absorbed the Franciscan spirit, but the German Kulturkampf (which sought to subject the Roman Catholic Church to State controls) made religious life impossible. When her mother was dying, Hendrina promised to care for her siblings. It began to look as though she would have to renounce the idea of religious life.
Some years later she found her way to Steyl, Holland, where…
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The celebration and commemoration of the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a call to women and men to be "Kingdom People". Like those first apostles many find themselves standing around in wonder. Looking up to the sky as it where, unsure and unclear on what is next. What do we do, … Continue reading “…why are you standing there looking?” “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel”
It's All About Love! As we come to this Day in the Midst of our Easter Joy we pause to remember and to celebrate motherhood. This is truly a day remembering how we experience the love of our mothers. There are probably many memories that run through our minds and thoughts as we think of … Continue reading A Mother’s Love, Brings Joy to the Heart!
This weekend as we come together as a faith community we have a special opportunity to both respond to love and to celebrate the love of God in Jesus Christ. We are reminded more and more each day of that old song that says: "What the Word needs now is Love, Sweet Love." Day in … Continue reading Love is Best Expressed!
Today We see Justice for George, Now we must begin the path to Conversion and healing to bring about Change. My heart turns to a call for conversion, healing and change for our nation. Today’s verdict has the potential to be an opportunity that can lead to change. Although many around the globe find today’s … Continue reading From Justice To Conversion Conversion to Healing, Healing to Change
This message deserves a re-read. speaking to our world today
Pharaoh’s narrative is the powerful extract wealth from the vulnerable by means of cheap labor that are legal (the powerful make the laws!) and that the powerful consider normal and moral. Those that are left behind are left behind because of their own inadequacy or inability. The cycle of Pharaoh’s narrative is: anxiety, scarcity, accumulation, ending in violence.
The narrative is introduced in Genesis when Pharaoh with the help of Joseph, in response to the coming famine, starts to store away food which later, during the famine is sold back to the people, including the Israelites. It is sold first for money, then in exchange for property and land (means of production), and finally in exchange for their enslavement. The Pharaoh is never named in scripture. As Brueggemann states, “if you see one Pharoah, you’ve seen them all.” Pharaoh is a cipher, an icon.
This narrative is the basis for…
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We are now in the thick of it. Three weeks into the celebration of Jesus' resurrection and conquering the power of darkness and death, but church we are in the thick of it. As Christians we have a great opportunity ahead of us. The challenges of the dark world we live in are an opportunity … Continue reading Be a Witness, Proclaim The Kingdom of Justice!
Reflection on Divine Mercy From Creation, God has revealed his nature as love itself, in Sacred Scripture and most perfectly in the life, Passion, death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus. Saints have also borne witness to God’s unfathomable love, e.g., in the writings of Augustine, Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Margaret Mary … Continue reading A Call To Mercy, Is to Act in Love and Stand for Justice
This message rings loud and clear for us today. are we listening to those who are unprotected? Can we hear their cry for justice?
As we reflect this weekend on our faith and life in relationship to God’s Word spoken to us, I am reminded that this is a time for forgiveness and healing. Nineteen Years ago today our nation was attacked, the horror of 911 inflicted a deep wound upon our nation. This wound still has not healed completely, we still remember and we never forget those who perished this day. But what that terrible day did is bring us together as a nation and reminded us that we need one another. People flocked to the churches and houses of worship, hearts and minds turned toward God.
As we remember today those that perished in the attack on our nation, we are also drawn to look again at the tragedies that face us today. The crisis of the pandemic that has brought death, financial challenges…
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