Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

The readings today speak to us about humility. I believe this virtue is often misunderstood. Humility does not mean thinking less of oneself; true humility recognizes that everything comes from God. Otherwise we can close ourselves off within, failing to see where it is we come from. Some people think there is nothing more important than themselves and their interests, thus losing sight that all has been received from God. But there are also folks who see themselves as worthless, and this also seems to say that anything one has is due to themselves. Both viewpoints deny the truth because they attribute what is good and worthy to themselves. Friends, the truth is God made us in his image and

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Have you ever been asked if you are among the numbered to be saved? Some faith traditions believe in a limited QUOTA of those who will enter into heaven. But thankfully Jesus does not respond in today’s Gospel that it is necessary to reach a certain degree of special holiness to enter heaven; rather, Jesus seems to ignore any number reference but is careful to explain that heaven is not for a chosen few but for EVERYONE. However, Jesus is clear to say that no one should assume he or she is saved simply because of race, position, or any other privilege they may feel they have. It is necessary to strive for salvation, to work for it. What does that mean for us? We are from all different parts

Greetings From Sister Marlita /Saludos de Sister Marlita

We have a tendency to do what is comfortable, to seek what is easy, and unfortunately sometimes we view religion in the same way. We go to Mass on Saturday/Sunday - if there is time - and we are satisfied. Or we choose a messenger who does not challenge us to do things differently because we cannot be bothered, or it doesn’t fit our perspective. It is like throwing Jeremiah (1st reading) into the well: what he said was annoying, so he is simply removed. We need to realize that if we call ourselves Christian, i.e. followers of Jesus, we must strive and work hard. There is no promise that things will be easy. Jesus was nailed to the cross. Would we have it any better? Jesus says today in the G

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

If God came for you at this moment, would God find you prepared to go? Do you think of such a moment with fear or with joy of encountering the friend whom you love? It is healthy to reflect on occasion about those questions. We get so wrapped up in earthly responsibilities, on things of this world, that we often forget that we are made for the life hereafter. We need to be vigilant. If we are true disciples of Jesus, we need to be prepared for His second coming. The center of our life should be to prepare for that coming. We do not know when it will be, so we must be vigilant to respond to situations in a manner that is consistent with the will of God and is responsible so that, as soon as i

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