Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

We celebrate the Feast of Pentecost today, and we also celebrate being able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, if we so choose. Actually those two realties are closely connected. The coming of the Holy Spirit for the first time upon the Apostles at Pentecost brought the presence of Jesus again in a real way to those followers of The Way of Jesus. The receiving of Jesus’s Body in the Eucharist brings the presence of Jesus to us who have been deprived of His sacramental presence for several months. We know that the spirit of Jesus is with us through our Baptism, but now we can be nourished anew to bring life to our spiritual life within. The followers of Jesus were dramatically changed with th

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. It recalls that Jesus after his resurrection returned to his Father in heaven, and promised to send the Holy Spirit to his followers to be with them until the end of time. Now that is some promise! We have two different presentations of the Ascension in the New Testament. One in the Gospel of Matthew we heard today and the other is in the Acts of the Apostles, the book that tells stories of the primitive church after the Resurrection of Jesus. This is our first reading today. His followers were still waiting for the restoring of the Kingdom of Israel, not understanding yet what the Kingdom of Jesus truly meant. We feel the same way occasionally. The

Greetings from Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

We are moving along with these Sundays after Easter toward the Ascension of Jesus next weekend, and the coming of the Holy Spirit for the first time upon the Apostles at Pentecost. Jesus continues to remind all of us that His Spirit, the spirit of love and peace for all, was promised to his followers to enable them to go out and share the Word of God with others. We are those followers today, who received the Spirit of God at our Baptism. This same Spirit who brought Jesus back to life at the Resurrection is now the Spirit who inhabits each one of us. I wonder if we realize the beauty of that fact. That same Spirit wants us to be ALIVE in our own faith, and to make a difference in the lives

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Happy Mother’s Day to each of you women who are Mothers, or who have acted as mothers with someone in your lifetime. Many of you who may not have had your own family, have guided and helped form others along the way of life, too. May that role always bring you a bit closer to our loving God, as you share love and care in your unique way. Since we are still in the “sheltering at home” mode, I read with joy the words of Jesus in the Gospel today. He said to his disciples "DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” Along with the message Father Dave gave us at Easter, to not be afraid, I believe this phrase of Jesus is a comfort and a great piece of advic

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