May 2017
Reflections of God's Goodness

Mary stood at the foot of the cross, full of pain and sadness. A faithful, loving mother, she continued to hope in the good God. The God who had sent an angel to her. The God who guided her every step, every decision. The God who promised salvation. Mary trusted God.

We live in a messy world! Violence continues to break out in nearly every part of the world, and closer and closer to home. Our culture barely noticed that Easter came and certainly it does not acknowledge the power of Christ’s resurrection. What are we supposed to do? How does the resurrection empower us? Although we are called to see and live our lives in light of the resurrection, we are not sure what that means.

And yet, Scripture proclaims,

Praise be to the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy
He has given us new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead...

(1Peter 1:3)

Living hope! A hope and trust born from our experience of God throughout our lives, but even more than that! “A new birth.”

Not long before His death, Jesus told His followers to wait for the “promise of the Father”, the Holy Spirit, who would remind them of everything He had taught them.

Just as Mary and the disciples waited in the upper room, this time between Easter and Pentecost is our time of waiting, praying and desiring more of God. These next few weeks allow us time to reflect with Mary and the disciples on what now. Pope Francis says,

The living water of the Holy Spirit is a gift from the resurrected Christ who dwells in us, purifies us, renews us, transforms us so that we can share in the life of God who is love.

Our world needs a Savior more than ever. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to spread the Good News. It is His Holy Spirit that will work through us to reach out to our families, friends, and neighbors, sharing faith and hope in the Risen Lord. It is this power of His resurrection that will change us and change the world. Open your heart to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – His promise.

Come Holy Spirit, Come.

Blessings,

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Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
Director of Development 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

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