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Spread the word that Lent is a season of hope!
How can we make our Lenten journey a time of grace, healing and transformation? Perhaps we can begin by reading or listening to the daily readings each morning: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030117.cfm. This simple habit takes only minutes, but feeds us spiritually. To live the gospel, we must listen to it first. Then we can apply it to our everyday lives. Start your day with Jesus!
Join us for dinner, a show and dancing at St. Francis Woods, featuring Frankie J., Elvis Tribute Performer, www.frankiejelvis.com on February 11. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing. $25 per person.
Call Gerry Guzaitis at 815.464.3882 to RSVP. Deadline to RSVP is Feb. 3!
St. Francis Woods Convent is looking for a CNA to work part-time, 3:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. in their Assisted Living Unit. Please call Karen Hannon, RN at 815.464.3860.
We hope this makes you smile, but also makes you think... Are you cultivating trust in God and all that He is doing in your life, even when things seem "out of control"? God is in control.
Dreaming of time away? You don't have to go far. Take a walk at St. Francis Woods where you can slow down and hear yourself think, hear nature all around you and, most importantly, hear God ever more clearly.
The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart are seeking applicants for the following positions in their assisted living center at 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, IL:
Certified Nurse’s Aide to work any shift as needed
Registered Nurse to work one day shift every other week and to work as needed
Candidates may inquire and apply by calling Karen Hannon at 815.464.3860.
Each visit to Brazil where several of our Sisters live and minister is treasured. You can feel the warmth and joy in this image from a recent celebration. Another Sister in Brazil, Sr. Cipriana, wrote the prayer you see below.
In this photo, Sr. Leticia encourages and prays with a patient. Each of us can be the light of Christ to others. Whom have you met today who needs His light?
For Fraternitas tickets, call Gerry Guzaitis at 815.464.3882.
This is a sketch of St. Clare of Assisi by Associate Kathy Ellinger.
Pilgrims to St. Clare’s monastery in Assisi are shown a spot that tradition has called "the garden of St. Clare." One can imagine Clare tending her flowers, praising God, even humming the "Canticle of Creatures which St. Francis composed there." But there was another garden where Clare could be found—the garden of her heart. The Divine gardener cultivated her heart’s soil, which was nourished with St. Francis’ words. She often called herself "the little plant of Francis." She understood his vision of living the Gospel and spent her life sharing this dream with others. May we live and share this dream as well!
Today, let us reflectively pray the Blessing of St. Clare:
Always be lovers of God and your souls, and the souls of all your sisters and brothers; and always be eager to observe what you have promised the Lord. May the Lord be with you always, And wherever you are, may you be with the Lord. Amen.
Listen to this song when God is taking longer than you would like to answer your prayers.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you..." Jeremiah 1:5
Tucked away just outside the southeast door of Queen of Angels Chapel inside the Motherhouse is this peaceful area for prayer.
We don't know what's around the corner in our lives, but we do know God will be there.
In today's first reading, Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28C, we get a glimpse of God's glory. Won't it be amazing to see this for ourselves one day?
Today's society misunderstands what #humility is. Catholic Podcaster Tony Agnesi gives a beautiful definition of what it is -- and is not -- and suggests, "Let's Practice Humility."
The bell in our Motherhouse courtyard originally hung in this bell tower in Gengenbach. It was called the "Poor Sinners Bell" (“Arme Suender Gloecklein”) because it tolled to implore prayers for those being led to execution. It tolled from July 1847 to January 19, 1854, when trial by jury was moved to Offenburg. The bell no longer served its purpose and was purchased by Fr. Berger for his religious community at Tretenhof. In 1876, he gave it to the Sisters to bring with them when they were exiled because of the Kulturkampf and emigrated to America.
The bell is one of our treasures!