Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Lent has begun and this liturgical season offers us a time to grow in the life of Jesus. Although we all are created as good, our humanity often goes in the opposite direction, because our Creator gave us the gift of free will. The truth is we often want to do things OUR way, and we get side-tracked. We are reminded in the first reading of our need for God’s grace and help. But Jesus has won victory over sin and death through His Resurrection. This victory empowers us to overcome being cut off from God. It restores our relationship with God, just like God intended in the beginning. Even Jesus was tempted after 40 days in the desert, and the Gospel tells us about that experience for him. But

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Here we are on the last Sunday of Ordinary time for many weeks to come. This week we have Ash Wednesday, and the Lenten season begins anew for 2020. We will only return to Ordinary time after the Easter season. The message of Jesus to us today is: “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Now if that is not a real challenge, I do not know what is. To be perfect is the same as to “be holy.” Holiness means that an individual is undivided in their interior and their exterior lives. Holiness is NOT the attitude that we are better or “holier” than someone else. It is not that we walk around with an imaginary halo above our heads, or that we can do no wrong. Because we are human, the

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Most of us are familiar with the portion of Matthew’s gospel entitled: The Sermon on the Mount…” Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the meek, blessed are those who mourn, etc. But today’s Gospel is the continuation of that special sermon, and Jesus selects the fifth, sixth, and eighth commandments to show us the central message of his new way of life. To choose life in Christ means to pay attention not only to one’s actions, but more importantly, to their roots within our inner being, to the deep-down part of us. Life in Christ implies that our whole being needs transformation, starting within our very depths, and that is often where our bad, and even sinful habits can be found. For

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

I read this quote recently in a church music magazine, and I thought it was worth sharing and reflecting upon with you. “BY ITS VERY NATURE SONGS HAVE BOTH AN INDIVIDUAL AND A COMMUNAL DIMENSION. IT IS NO WONDER THAT SINGING TOGETHER IN CHURCH EXPRESSES SO WELL THE SACRAMENTAL PRESENCE OF GOD TO HIS PEOPLE.” (As stated by Fr. Paul Colloton, OS) Each of us probably enjoys our particular kind of music to listen to, or even to sing along to (esp. in the car/shower when we are alone!) And that is not a surprise. But notice what the words above say…” singing together in church.” Whether we are in the pew or in the choir, whether we have a strong or weak voice, or little voice at all, when we come

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