Greetings From Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Starting a new year is always a good time “to take stock” of our lives. There is the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions, and although this can be a not-to-serious endeavor for some of us, it can also help us look at our own spiritual lives and evaluate if we are growing and deepening our relationship with God, our loving Creator. We all have heard the phrase: “I don’t go to Mass because I don’t get anything out of it.” Or “The Mass does not feed me sufficiently.” I would like to challenge these or similar words at the start of 2020. Please indulge me a moment. My questions to those who may say these words are these: What do YOU put into the Mass? Do YOU come only out of obligation or

Greetings From Sister Marlita/Saludos de Sister Marlita

Here we are already at the 4th Sunday of Advent. Where did the weeks go so quickly? Maybe some of us put off the preparing of our hearts anew for the birth of Jesus, and so we may be caught short now that it is so near Christmas. Hopefully we have all made some effort to bringing love and joy into peoples’ hearts through our project like the Giving Tree or something similar. Or possibly we have adopted some special individual or family with whom to share the Christmas spirit concretely. Or we could be donating to our favorite charity at this time of the year to help reach out to those who have little or nothing. Christmas time is a time to recall the goodness of our God. God has just one wor

Greetings From Sister Marlita/Saludos de Sister Marlita

Advent calls us to PREPARE. What are we preparing, and what are we preparing for? We are preparing our own hearts, so that during this season and into the Christmas season we can bring more love into this world, just as the birth of Jesus did. Jesus came to this earth to teach us how to love by being loving, and by sharing his love with every intention and action he did. We have been given that love at our own birth. It is our call to help it grow and bring forth fruit. So we are readying our hearts to love more. In the first reading today we are told that the desert will bloom, but it is not said that this will happen overnight and without anyone doing anything. Blooming needs water and/or

Greetings From Sister Marlita/Saludos de Sister Marlita

Most of us are eager to have the roots of our identity and family well secured. Isn’t that why Ancestry and 23 and Me are popular in recent years to help determine our connections? But the reality is that sometimes we feel uprooted, pulled away from our land and our home. A tree can be a good symbol for the desire we have to have roots. The readings today present the image of a tree both as hope and as challenge. John says the tree must have good fruit, or else it will be cut down and thrown into the fire. That image makes us think of hell; it is a logical consequence of leading a life away from what is good. Hell can be described as the state of the decision to be apart from God; and that i

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