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Forty Days and Forty Nights

Posted on: March 27th, 2019

The third week of Lent has arrived, at last, and to paraphrase something I heard Sunday morning, we are in the deep of it now. Indeed, the trudging towards Jerusalem has begun. I wonder if, like the grass outside my window, we are all just waiting to be brushed through into spring, though spring began […]

Ordinary Holiness

Posted on: February 15th, 2019

Recently, January seventeenth to be exact, it was the fourteenth year of the dedication of the Chapel of St. John at the Convent. It is a special day that comes around every year, and just as it is for the Sisters and the community, so it is for me. Five years ago this January seventeenth, […]

A Flickering Light

Posted on: December 21st, 2018

Advent is drawing to a close; Christmas is soon upon us. Time has slowed down and sped up all at once it seems. Only last year was I living at home once again, uncertain, yet hopeful to be accepted as a Companion. What a joy and relief it is to be here over a year […]

A FRESH BEGINNING

Posted on: December 2nd, 2018

  Readings for the First Sunday in Advent: Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.9-13; Luke 21.25-36 Every day I want to make a fresh beginning – and I offer that desire to God every morning. And then every day it seems I make some mistake, I work against my own best intentions, I do not live […]

Holy Cross Day

Posted on: September 14th, 2018

Around the year 325, Emperor Constantine sent his mother Helena to the Holy Land to erect churches on the sites associated with the birth, life, and death of Jesus. The Jerusalem Helena came to bore no resemblance to the city Jesus knew. Even the name “Jerusalem” no longer existed. The Romans had been so angered by […]

Soil for Ministry: A Journey in Two Parts (cont.)

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018

Part 2 The pull to go to the Convent had become consuming. I felt a strong need to be set apart from the world so that the Spirit of God could do its work of sanctification within me. I didn’t know at first if I was physically strong enough to complete the program, but by […]

Soil for Ministry: A Journey in Two Parts

Posted on: August 15th, 2018

Part 1 I believe that the monastic life is soil for ministry. Here I have found fertile soil for the cultivation of the fruits of the Spirit. To be still and to listen. To be. Here I hear the words of the Hymn by Carol Owens: “…freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go […]

Ask, Seek, Find

Posted on: August 7th, 2018

Twenty years ago last January I received an invitation from the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine to be part of a group of women who, for whatever reason, and at whatever age, found themselves at a “Crossroads”, wanting some prayerful time-out to discern what-in-the-world God might be calling them to next. In a way, […]

We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbour

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018

  There is a sign in the grass just outside the front door of St. John’s Convent which proclaims “Wherever you are from we’re glad you’re our neighbour”. It’s an almost childish sentiment but it references the twofold law of love which states we must love God and neighbour and as such, it represents the […]

Rabboni

Posted on: April 1st, 2018

Easter mornings were once filled with joyful greetings such as, “Alleluia, the Lord is Risen”, with the joyful response, “He is Risen indeed, Alleluia”, a word that had not been heard throughout the sombre days of Lent. In my private prayer and devotions through Easter my heart spends hours with the faithful beside the empty […]