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Lenten Reflection: for the Second Friday of Lent

February 22, 2018 · By: Anne Kendall, BVM · 3 Comments

Traditionally, the practices of the season of Lent have been prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

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Lenten Reflection: for the First Friday of Lent

February 16, 2018 · By: Linda Carstens, BVM Associate · 9 Comments

The Gospel for today comes from Matthew 9:10-17 and is related to the notion of Lenten sacrifice.  When the Pharisees complain to Jesus about him sitting with tax collectors and sinners, he says, ”Learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ “  

I grew up in the era of giving things up for Lent.  Even just yesterday, someone asked me what I am going to give up this year. My list of things given up is long and merciless over the years -- no yelling at my brothers, no chocolate, no TV, no movies.  My family all still remembers the year I gave up Diet Coke, and begged never to suffer through that again.  

More recently, I've turned the "giving up" practice into "doing something good" instead.  For example, I'll make a commitment to volunteer at the Food Bank once a week during Lent, or increase my volunteer hours at Assistance League, or help out at a parish activity.  This year, meaningful and critical opportunities for service abound about DACA, immigration, children's health and education.  It seems like the chance to reflect God's mercy in Lent is even more important now when we do not see mercy and justice in the people and institutions that usually provide them.  Giving up chocolate hurt, but it didn't help.  I'm ready to help.

Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day: Fan into Flame the Gift That Is Yours

February 13, 2018 · By: Lori Ritz Director of BVM Life and Mission · 5 Comments

As I sit in front of a blazing fire I am mesmerized by magnificent colors, warmed by its heat and attuned to its crackling sound. The fire is bright, vibrant and energizing.

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Celebrating February Second

February 01, 2018 · By: Vicki Smurlo, BVM · 2 Comments

February 2 had historically been named Candlemas Day, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the history of the BVM Sisters, it had also been time when some Sisters said or renewed their vows.

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National Human Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Awareness Month

January 12, 2018 · By: Mira Mosle, BVM · 1 Comment

This month of January is National Human Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The scope of this violation of basic human rights is staggering.

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2017 · By: Kimberly Emery, BVM Associate · 5 Comments

Most of us live the majority of our lives as part of a nuclear family; all of us live our lives as part of the human family.

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Advent Week Four: Christmas Eve

December 23, 2017 · By: Pat Thalhuber, BVM · 1 Comment

Years ago, I was ministering at Peshawbestown, a reservation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was Christmas Eve.

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Advent Week Three

December 17, 2017 · By: Eileen O'Shea, BVM Associate · 5 Comments

Advent is my favorite season of the Church Year. I love all the Advent Hymns, especially “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2017 · By: Barbara Brooks, BVM · 4 Comments

On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe may we be renewed in our faith and our devotion.

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Advent Week Two

December 10, 2017 · By: Suzie Wright, BVM Associate · 1 Comment

In reading the scripture for today, my soul yearns for the promises of kindness, peace, joy and comfort expressed in the words.

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