Swords into Sheaths

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/10/2014

in Lent

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion–Lent April 13, 2014 “Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52) Swords into Sheaths Violence begets violence. Non-violence begets non-violence. Even in his last moments of freedom Jesus commands, “Put your sword back into its sheath.” “I […]

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Coming Out

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/03/2014

in Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent–Lent April 6, 2014 Coming Out Jesus calls us as he called Lazarus. “Come out!” Too long have you cocooned yourself, have you lingered in the tomb of pain and suffering. Like Lazarus, Like a hidden butterfly in its chrysalis, it is time to burst the bonds, to unwind those binding cloths. […]

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Masks and Blindfolds: A Letter to the Divine Physician

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/27/2014

in Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent–Lent March 30, 2014 Masks and Blindfolds: A Letter to the Divine Physician Dear Divine Physician of Souls, Minds and Bodies, Thank you for removing my masks and blindfolds. At first, the light was blinding and I groped for sunglasses. Why it took so long for me to reach this point in […]

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Two Thirsts

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/20/2014

in Lent

Third Sunday of Lent–Lent March 23, 2014 “Give me a drink.” (John 4:9) Two Thirsts We have two thirsts—natural and supernatural. Naturally we thirst for: Water, as the Samaritan woman thirsted,  Clean instead of polluted water, Peace not War, Knowledge and truth, Jobs and better wages. Supernaturally, what are our desires? Healthy spirituality, A full, […]

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Tent Dwellers

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/13/2014

in Lent

Second Sunday of Lent–Lent March 16, 2014 “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here…” (Matthew 17:4a) Tent Dwellers Peter, do you remember the overwhelming moment on Mount Tabor? You made your “three tents” suggestion to Jesus. Remember? You had just experienced the Transfiguration of Jesus. […]

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Temptations—Giving-Up And Giving-In

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/06/2014

in Lent

First Sunday of Lent–Lent March 9, 2014 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) Temptations—Giving-Up And Giving-In One year has past. Churches world-wide begin the Springtime of Lent. Traditionally we pray, fast and give alms. We try to give up: time, food and money. […]

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