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All Souls Day

2 Nov


All Souls Day in a small town meant visiting the cemetery and remembering those in our family who died. Today I am too far away to visit family graves, so I light a candle at the Catholic Relief Services website—crs.org—and select a prayer. I also remember Jesus’ promise, the gospel for November 2nd.

After Jesus told the crowds he was the bread of life, he made this promise. “All that the Father gives me shall come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me. I have come not to do my will but to do the will of the Father who sent me. The Father does not want me to lose anything I have been given. Rather, God wants me to raise up all things on the last day.”

“I tell you the truth. This is the will of my Father: whoever looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. I will raise them up on the last day.”  – John 6.37-40

May you find peace and comfort in these words and this day.

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Poem of the week

2 Jun

Visiting Iowa

Sister Therese is from a small Iowa town just east of Dubuque. When Therese and Joan visited there, they hiked out to the north branch of the Maquoketa River and looked for wildflowers along the way. Joan wrote this poem:

The Maquoketa wanders still
among bluffs it long ago
wore away
muddy veins
slipping now around a bend
over old branches
in soft bottom land
a still point in the churning world
where childhood
always blooms again
purple violets, hepatica,
and shooting stars upright
in compost centuries old
where memories flit
from here to there
on newborn wings
and roots awaken
who we still are.
– Joan Mitchell, CSJ


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