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Happy feast of St. Albert, patron saint of scientists and philosophers

15 Nov

We honor St. Albert, born 1200, by with this poem from another scientist and philosopher, St. Hildegard of Bingen, born 1098. As a woman, Hildegard was denied higher education, but she learned about the earth and its healing powers and about God from the nuns of Bingen. Both saints taught us that creation is our first intimation of the beauty and graciousness of God. Find a friend and take turns with the calls to God and the Alleluias. Happy feast day!

You are Fire                                              Alleluia
You are Breath                                         Alleluia
You are Shelter in the storm                 Alleluia
You are Wisdom                                      Alleluia
You are Darkness                                    Alleluia
You are Light                                           Alleluia
You are Friend                                         Alleluia
You are Lover                                          Alleluia
You are Mother                                       Alleluia
You are Earth-body                                Alleluia
You are Energy                                       Alleluia
You are the Rising Sap of Spring        Alleluia
You are Life                                             Alleluia
You are Death Overcome                      Alleluia


 

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Important Feast Days Coming Up!

16 Jul

Two feast days of Gospel women are coming up in the next weeks.

July 22 is the feast day of Mary Magdalene, first witness to Jesus’ resurrection. July 29 is the day that honors Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus. These women are pictured for you in Holy Women of Luke’s Gospel.

Mary Magdalene is first witness to Jesus’ resurrection in all four Gospels. She was among the women from Galilee who follow Jesus and provide for him out of their resources. From early Christianity she has been called “the apostle to the apostle”, the bringer of good news to them and to us all. Click here to pray with Mary for resurrection in your own life.

 

Martha of Bethany and her sister Mary welcomed Jesus into their home. Most women remember Martha for the scolding she got from Jesus. “Martha, Martha, you are busy about many things, but your sister Mary has chosen the better part.” To read her story and an up-to-date interpretation, click here. Pray with Martha to resist the social pressures in your own life.

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Celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation

25 Mar

Sister Joan and Sister Ansgar have created a book celebrating the women of Luke’s Gospel. First among them is Mary of Nazareth, whose visit from the angel Gabriel we celebrate today. Click here to find the pages of prayer and reflection on Mary. The entire book, Holy Women of Luke’s Gospel, will be available in mid-April.

Hail, Mary. Full of grace. Blessed are you among all women.
Pray for us.


 

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

15 Mar


Patrick was kidnapped when he was 16, enslaved until he was 22, became a priest, but not one his bishop appreciated much, and was sent to wild and untamed Ireland to witness to the Gospel. Many of us find a home in the Catholic Church because of Patrick. Pray his breastplate prayer below to celebrate his feast day. Remember, as far back as you can, the hearts of all who love you.
 

Christ be with me, Christ within me


Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger


Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.

(390-461 AD)

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