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My hope is that these reflections about Mary the Mother of Jesus

are ways to open a door to a deeper devotion to the Virgin Mary.

512, 2018

The Immaculate Conception of Mary

By |December 5th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

On Saturday, December 8th, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. We recall God’s care for us from the first moment of creation and God’s call to participate in spreading justice and peace. Last week the Senate voted to open argument on continuing aid to the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. If successful, the United States would cease support for military not targeting al—Qaeda or associated forces. In August, [...]

1611, 2018

Rhetoric of Peace 100th Anniversary WW1

By |November 16th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

Last week world leaders and local communities commemorated the end of World War I at 11 AM on November 11th, 1918. In US ceremonies, we celebrated Veterans’ Day, honoring all who have served in the military; heroic and tragic stories reminded us that peace has not yet triumphed over conflict. Though not an armed conflict, the November 6th mid-term elections revealed sharp divisions within our nation. Election coverage focused on “political [...]

2210, 2018

Violence and the Mid-Term Elections

By |October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

Last week's news was filled with violence and threats of violence. On Wednesday, a white man shot and killed two African Americans, one in a Louisville, Kentucky, grocery store, the other in the parking lot . Addressing a white bystander, the gunman noted that he would not shoot or be shot by the man because “White people don’t shoot white people.” Throughout the week, pipe bombs were delivered to a number [...]

1210, 2018

Temporary Status Injunction

By |October 12th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

                          Last week U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction delaying the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a number of groups. As stated in the October 4th on-line posting by the Center for Public Integrity, “Chen’s order affects the following groups: About 1,050 Sudanese, who were scheduled to [...]

410, 2018

Pope Francis & China

By |October 4th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi whose mission began with a command from Christ to repair the church. Our Holy Father has assumed the name and the task of Saint Francis. As has been widely reported, Pope Francis has been addressing sex abuse within the church, acknowledging the history of neglect and initiating steps to prevent future abuse. The urgency of this task cannot be overestimated, but [...]

2008, 2018

Mother of Sorrows

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

This past week we were shaken by yet another report of sexual abuse within the church, this time coming from the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Detailing decades of abuse and cover-ups in six Pennsylvania dioceses, the report is shocking in reporting the details of abuse, the large number of victims, the number of perpetrators and the failure of many bishops to disclose the allegations to civil authorities and to take appropriate [...]

908, 2018

Death Penalty Catechism

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

As announced last week, the revised text of the Catholic catechism states: “The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.” As noted in the October 11th, 2017, online America posting, Pope Francis called for the revisions because the death penalty’,”... is, of itself, contrary to the Gospel, because it is freely decided to suppress a human life that is always [...]

2007, 2018

Mary, Untier of Knots (Thailand Cave Rescue)

By |July 20th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

For several weeks the world watched the rescue of twelve members of a soccer team and their coach who had been trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. None of the possible rescue scenarios was without danger, as the death of Thailand's former Navy Seal .Saman Kunan demonstrated when after delivering oxygen tanks to the cave, his own oxygen supply ran out. By the time this blog is posted, it is [...]

907, 2018

“Seat of Wisdom Supreme Court?”

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

      Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire from the Supreme Court has caused great speculation and concern about future nominees and has aroused many memories of Kennedy’s position on the court as a Republican appointed by a Republican president who often was the swing vote, siding sometimes with the liberal judges, sometimes with the conservatives. In speeches and in writing formal opinions, Kennedy often expressed the need to begin [...]

507, 2018

Seeking and Witnessing Truth

By |July 5th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

July 4th called us to remember once again the ideals affirmed in our country's founding documents. On Thursday, June 29th, five staff members of the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, were murdered, apparently targeted by a gunman who in 2012 had made an unsuccessful attempt to sue the newspaper group for defamation. In a time when journalists are increasingly under verbal and sometimes physical attack, the tributes to [...]

2806, 2018

US out of Human Rights Council

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

Last week while our attention focused on the heart-wrenching stories and images of crying children, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley explained that human rights violations in countries that hold membership in the council led to the decision. Throughout the years, reports by the media and by independent human rights organizations have confirmed Haley's allegations. Haley also noted [...]

1206, 2018

Olph Model of Comfort

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

Last week’s news told of the deaths of Guatemalan townspeople, victims of a volcanic eruption. Later in the week we learned of the deaths of two celebrities, fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, both of whom died by suicide. Such news can leave us feeling overwhelmed and isolated, but Jesus has promised us that we are never alone. The familiar icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help offers [...]

2205, 2018

World Peace

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

Peace! How often Christ used that single word as gift and greeting to his followers and yet peace seems to elude us. Last week we witnessed yet another school shooting, and the highly anticipated June 12th summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was canceled, although, as of this writing, there is renewed hope that the meeting will take place. When hope of peace wavers, we can [...]

3004, 2018


By |April 30th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

  Ark of the New Covenant-- this title of Mary reminds us that she harbored and enfleshed Jesus, God's Promised One. How different Mary's life must have been after the Annunciation! How different our lives are because,in his great love, God sent his Son to be with us so that we might be one with each other and with God. Recently Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, met with President [...]

2404, 2018


By |April 24th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    Of the many titles of Mary, mother is the most beloved and the most privileged. It is in the mother's womb that God begins to work out the divine design for each of us. As the psalmist prays, “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” (PS. 139: [...]

1604, 2018

In the Darkest Night

By |April 16th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

        Mary's title as Morning Star comes in part from the Song of Songs in which the speaker marvels, “Who is this that comes forth like the dawn,... .(6:10). In the darkest night, Mary joins her prayer to ours, reminding us that her Son has promised to share our burdens. We recently watched in horror as video clips showed infants shaking uncontrollably, men and women lying in the [...]

904, 2018

“I’ve been to the mountaintop”

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    During last week’s services commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, we heard his strong words of vision, hope and possibility “I've been to the mountaintop.” Like Moses looking over the promised land from Mount Nebo, Dr. King looked to a blessed future time when all people would be respected and so would live in peace. This Easter season, all Christians have been to our [...]

304, 2018

Devine Mercy

By |April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    Shaped by the word of God that became incarnate within her, Mary came to know in the most personal way the power, compassion and suffering of Our Lord. This is also our call, for Christ shows to us, as He did to Thomas, the still visible marks of his wounds. In our suffering world, reconciliation and healing can happen when former opponents come together to acknowledge the harm that [...]

2603, 2018

Easter Sunday

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    After that heart-wrenching moment on Calvary when Jesus commended Mary to John's care and named Mary to be mother to John and to all the church, the Gospel makes no mention of Our Lady. Surely her mother's heart was pierced by sorrow as Simeon had prophesied when she brought her infant son to the temple. In those first confusing hours after the death of Jesus, we can imagine that [...]

2003, 2018

Good Friday

By |March 20th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    Good Friday As we approach Holy Week, scripture invites us to stand with Mary at the foot of the cross. How impossibly long that Calvary morning must have seemed to Mary, Mother of Sorrows and model of strength! Two thousand years later, the world still cries out in lamentation. Erected as a safety measure in Miami, Florida, a still unopened pedestrian bridge, collapsed onto a highway, killing some and [...]

203, 2018

Our Lady of Sorrows

By |March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|Comments Off on Our Lady of Sorrows

How hard those last months of Jesus’  life must have been for Mary, knowing that as her son's popularity increased so did the jealousy of people in authority.  With his dying breath,  Jesus commended Mary to John’s care and named her mother of us all.   Mary’s children -- our brothers and sisters -- continue to suffer.  On February 23rd, Russia’s objections delayed voting on a long-argued United Nations proposal that would have [...]

1502, 2018

Mary’s Yes –

By |February 15th, 2018|Categories: Fr. Richard|0 Comments

    Mary's Yes: So little is really known about Mary, yet there are countless poems, hymns, songs, prayers and plays about her. When a person seems larger than life we seems to resort to imagination and symbol. One thing is for certain, however, and that is Mary’s simple “Yes.” Mary chose to say yes to God’s invitation. That “yes” was perhaps the most important choice in human history. Sometimes I [...]

1201, 2018

The Presentation of Christ

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    The Presentation of Christ When Mary and Joseph, presented Jesus at the temple as prescribed by the law, Simeon gave thanks to God for Jesus, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel” and then predicted Mary’s sorrows. Some of the sorrows came early: the flight to Egypt to escape Herod’s lethal jealousy and then the anxious search Mary and Joseph made when at [...]

1201, 2018

Arrival of The Magi

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    The Arrival of The Magi: Mary must have been both pleased and startled at the arrival of the magi. Strangers from a distant land, these astrologers had read in the stars God's good news that a king had been born, and they did not hesitate to undertake the long arduous journey to give homage to this new leader. The contrasts between Mary and her wealthy, learned visitors could not [...]

1201, 2018

Hail Mary

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    Hail Mary: We always have people in our lives who we need to pray for. No doubt you have a list the same as I do. Sometimes it helps me if I think of three specific intentions which become a ritual for me. That way it becomes a discipline. Here is a tradition that I remember from my days as a pastor: We asked everyone to wait until the [...]

1201, 2018

Mary Mother of God

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Sister Fran|0 Comments

    Mary Mother of God: For many non-Catholics the title that we use for Mary “Mother of God” seems impossible. We do not believe that Mary is divine. She is a human being like you and I who needs the grace from God to do everything. The church from its early beginnings has used this title for Mary and reserved for her this special honor. Since Jesus, the Son of [...]

2308, 2016

Our Lady of The Rosary

By |August 23rd, 2016|Categories: Sister Fran|1 Comment

    Our Lady of The Rosary: I am not sure if I am alone in this dilemma but when I try to say the Rosary at night I most often fall asleep. Now when I say the rosary I approach it differently. Now I use each “Hail Mary” for someone in my family or a friar that I lived within the past or perhaps a list of students who were [...]

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