My Dear Sisters,
Peace and all good things to each and every one!
I hope you are all enjoying the fall, perhaps spending some time outdoors during our unusually
warm season. Here in Pennsylvania some of the leaves have changed color; it is always a delight to
It was also with great delight that we in Langhorne celebrated our 100th anniversary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.We are grateful for those of you who could join us–if not in body, then in Spirit. We certainly felt your presence among us as we pondered all the graces God has given us during this time.
Another opportunity for celebrating our Poor Clare life together came on October 27 when we held our annual Federation Council meeting. In it we discussed the Poor Clare Enrichment Program at St. Bonaventure University, tentatively planned for 2019, as well as our joint Federation meeting May 14-18, 2018. The input for both of these programs (the former of which is still being planned) seems very interesting and inspiring for our Poor Clare life. Hopefully, some/many of you will be able to join us in 2018 for Fr. Dominic’s topic of the
history of the Poor Clares, including the arrival of Mothers Magdalen and Constance in the U.S.
Also covered during the Council meeting was the status of the Interfederation web directory. Thanks to the hard work of Srs. Marcia Kay (Spokane) and Patricia Anne (Langhorne), it should be ready for viewing/use by the end of the year.
Another idea that surfaced during the Council meeting: the preparation of a collection of short biographies of all the Poor Clare Saints and Blesseds, which could be used as a formation offering for all Sisters. This idea was presented by a Sister from one of our monasteries and would require someone’s time to research and prepare. I ask here if any of you, feeling called by the Spirit, would be interested in working on this – either by yourself or with another Sister. Perhaps some of you already have some information prepared. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at the email address below. May the Holy Spirit inspire you!
Speaking of inspiration, Murray Bodo has written a wonderful article, “Revolution of Tenderness,” found in the October 2017 issue of St. Anthony Messenger. It speaks of Pope Francis and St. Francis as peacemakers, called by God to a life of “seeing”: looking with love and reverence at nature and at one another even when the externals may at first discourage us. St. Francis’ encounter with the leper and subsequent conversion of life is one example. Murray Bodo states, “Crossing borders and overcoming barriers, if done with love, also bring
a new vision of reality that enables us to have a tender reverence for everything that is.” May God bring you such a new vision of reality by inspiring you with His love.
May the Spirit of love and joy fill our hearts as we look towards Advent, preparing for Jesus’ coming in our hearts every day and in all ways.
Gratefully, Your Sister,