“Living the Faith”
Reflections on Christian Living
by Sister Margie Lavonis, CSC
Mary, an Advent role model
Mary was a very young woman when she received God’s call to be the mother of Jesus. So too does God invite each of us, particularly the young, to discover God’s plan.
Living lives of thanksgiving
As we celebrate our national holiday of Thanksgiving, let us not neglect to thank anyone who has done something for us, especially our God. Let thanksgiving be the attitude of our hearts. Let us strive to make this attitude a way of life.
Satisfy your spiritual hunger
At times it is helpful to look at our lives, reflect upon our own unsatisfied hungers and discover the deepest longing of our hearts. Let us go to God and ask for the daily bread we need and recognize how we can share our bread with others.
Prayer need not be hard
Prayer is meant to nourish our relationship with God and not be limited to a time or place. Think of how you nurture other relationships. Share your feelings. Talk to God anytime.
Dreams for life's journey
Now is a good time to look at our lives and reflect upon what gives us meaning. When our days on this earth are over, how do we want to be known?
When I was growing up we learned about the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. These works were tools for living a good Christian life. They show us how to be loving and compassionate.
Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis declared 2015 to be a Year of Consecrated Life, beginning November 30, 2014, and concluding on February 2, 2016. Consecrated life is “at the heart of the Church,” said Pope Francis. However, many Catholics, especially our children, are not even sure what consecrated love is.
Jesus is born in us
God’s word challenges us to live the Christmas spirit all year long. The spirit of loving, of giving of ourselves, of incarnating God should become a habit for all who call themselves Christian.
What is consecrated life?
Religious life is answering a call to make Jesus the center of one’s life. It is truly about loving God above all. Let us pray that those to whom God is calling will respond with a generous “yes.”
Lent, an opportunity to grow
Lent is an opportunity to slow down and take stock of how we are living our baptismal commitment and how well our actions are in line with the Gospel message of Jesus. Don’t let it be just another 40 days of the year.
Christmas celebrates more than a baby
During this beautiful season, let us reflect on how we will continue to give birth to the God of peace and love throughout the New Year. Try to make a little Christmas every day.