Read Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from... Read More…
Meet Sister Elizabeth Smoyer
After graduation from Notre Dame High School, Moylan, Pennsylvania and two years of college, Sr. Elizabeth (Betty) Smoyer entered the Sisters of Notre Dame on... Read More…
It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season!
Everybody, stop everything!
Let our tomb - like hearts and systems
be broken open
in lament and compassion.
We weep as we see the bondage
of our cut-off-ness
from the suffering, invisibility and aching of
those marginalized by our busyness:
the hungry of body and spirit,
the immigrants, the refugees, the trafficked,
and the fracked/de-forested/trash-heaped soil, oceans and rivers
of our earth.
All these peoples and places made poor
by systems of race, economics,
or our refusal to look.
We admit our greed and indifference
“the Lord was stirred
to concern for his land
and took pity on his people.”
We allow grace to change us
in this chaotic and painful time.
For this time, we believe, is “very acceptable,”
a time rooted in the generative love that connects all.
We sense a wide and deep conscious connection
under and through
our small ego - size slice of “reality.”
We respond by
creating space in our hearts,
minds and choices:
praying, fasting, giving alms
in ways hidden from others’
approval and recognition.
We step into the mercy that holds all.