06 January, 2014
29 December, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013....the Feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph
We, as women, know very well the qualities it takes to be loving spouses, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and members of extended families. As we honor the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph today, let us take the words of the second reading and apply them to our own lives and ministry
Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another ........and whatever you do in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" Reading 2 COL 3: 12-21
25 December, 2013
21 December, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013....4th Sunday of Advent
The fourth candle on the Advent wreath is now burning....a circle of fire, a circle of hope. The waiting is almost over...let us follow the light just as the wise men followed it over two thousands years ago, so that we might find Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus, the Light of the World now waiting for us in the Manger on Christmas Day."Come Lord Jesus. Come and visit Your people. We await Your coming. Come O Lord"
15 December, 2013
December 15, 2013...3rd Sunday of Advent
The third Sunday of Advent makes us realize that the joyful feast of Christmas is coming ever closer. One of todays readings reminds us to be patient. Our knitting also requires patience....dropped stitches, a mistake in the pattern and the time it takes to finish our garments of love are sometimes frustrating! But the wait is well worth it...the outcome is a beautiful shawl filled with God's love and warmth.
"You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand" JAS 5:7-10
07 December, 2013
December 8, 2013...2nd Sunday of Advent
On this, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the sense of waiting and expectation increases. We must take time during this week to take a moment for ourselves, perhaps knitting a few stitches or sipping a cup of tea....letting peacefulness and quiet contemplation into our lives.
"They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40;31
30 November, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013....The first Sunday of Advent
Advent, a time of contemplation, reflection, anticipation
Knitting and crocheting are sometimes called the handwork of contemplation....a wonderful way to step back from the hectic pace of the world and quietly center ourselves while we wait for the wonder that is Christmas.
"I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
16 November, 2013
Week of November 17, 2013
I found this lovely quotation from The Ladies Work Table Book 1845 and thought it was as true today as it was then:
"Useful and ornamental needlework, knitting and netting, are capable of being made not only sources of personal gratification, but of high moral benefit and the means of developing and surpassing loveliness and grace, some of the highest and noblest feelings of the soul." author unknown
02 November, 2013
Week of November 3, 2013
God of all seasons, we thank You for Autumn, we thank You for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy, for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist, for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches, for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls, for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children, for the fall harvest which brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land, for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life, God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit. Amen
Doug Leonhardt, S. J. Marquette University