Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

As God sees the world tottering to ruin because of fear,

    God acts unceasingly to bring it back by love,

           To invite it by grace,

                      To hold it by charity,

                           And clasp it firmly with affection.


                                            St. Peter Chrysologus (380-450)

                                            Bishop of Ravenna, Italy


May the Love, Who is Jesus, clasp us with affection this Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fourth Sunday of Advent

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?  For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
                                                                    Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Third Sunday of Advent


John the Baptist lived in the desert and led an ascetical life.

Crowds followed him wherever he went.


The Gospel of Luke reminds us:

"Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah.

 John answered them all, saying,

 "I am baptizing you with water,

 but one mightier than I is coming.

 I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.

 He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

                                                                         (Luke 3: 15-16)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thomas Moore on Care of the Soul and Spirit

Internationally-known author and Jungian psychotherapist, Thomas Moore, gave a weekend retreat at Wisdom House in November. Moore explored with participants the sources of soul and spirit that urge us to dig deep to find where we are at home with our soul and where our spirit urges us to reach out and create a future full of hope. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller, "Care of the Soul" and its companion book, "Soul Mates."

Thomas Moore YouTube Video

Friday, December 7, 2012

Second Sunday of Advent 2012

Hinges make it possible for doors to function -

     The quality and strength of the hinges

           Increase the function of the door.

Advent is the door through which we pass each year to prepare to remember the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

And like all trustworthy doors, Advent rests on sturdy hinges. This door hinges on scriptural reminders of God's promise to Israel to send them a savior.

          God's promise to free them from oppression

              God's promise to be their God

                        And Guide through the ups and downs of life.

Let us hinge our preparation for Christmas on a strong Advent of prayer, generosity, and works of charity and compassion.

Let us also remember the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who once wrote, "It is the beautiful task of Advent to evoke in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."

                                                           ~ Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Band of Sisters at Bantam Cinema

On Saturday, November 17, over 40 people from the tri-state area came to Bantam Cinema in Bantam, CT, to view the new documentary, "Band of Sisters."

Director and  producer Mary Fishman, from Chicago, was present to answer questions from the audience and Sisters Rosemarie Greco and Jo-Ann Iannotti led a Q&A session after the film.

The film dealt with how sisters in the Catholic Church responded to the call for renewal which came from the Second Vatican Council.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Advent Hope

The Advent mystery focuses on the light of faith, upon the very meaning of life, history, humanity, the world, of our very being.

In Advent we celebrate the coming of the presence of Christ in our world.

The fact that the world is other than it might be does not alter the truth that Christ is still present in it...

Our Advent is a celebration of this hope.

                                                               -   Thomas Merton