Remembrance and Celebrating

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Sister Cecilia was with us as we remembered the 60th year anniversary of Poor Clare  community life here in Bloomington, Minnesota.  We were also celebrating the feast day of Sister Cecilia.  Our Franciscan brother,  Anthony Crisitelli,  presided at Eucharist. followed by a lively Community meal.

 

 

Teach Us to Pray

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This night our Community room is open to eighty 15 year olds who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  They want to learn how to pray.  After a presention and Q and A we processed outside through the dark, cold night singing a Taize mantra and into the Chapel, the spiritual fireplace of our monastery. We prayed psalms 95 and 96 antiphonally, listened to a short Scripture reading, then closed our eyes, attending to the Holy Spirit breathing in us and prayed silently for 15 minutes.

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I love the highlighted words from the last letter to all the Poor Clares from Friar Michael Perry:

“Like Jesus, be ‘accessible,’ ready to receive whoever draws close to you.”  And again, “Be a mirror of His mercy so that the meeting with Truth can liberate.”