Sharing – March 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

We all need to have some inspiration these days–the following poem was shared with me this morning and I wanted to send it your way too! Be safe and well–Pastor Kathy

Pandemic
—Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
(Lynn Ungar is a Unitarian Minister in San Francisco) 

Sharing–March 22, 2020–Sunday

Good Morning Friends,

Wanted you all to know that Robert and I read the readings and shared my homily this morning as we weren’t able to do it yesterday at this week’s Mass time.  We thought of you who physically are with us often and now can’t be–perhaps some of you shared the readings today too! We held you in our minds’ eyes and prayed for you in the “Prayers of the Faithful” and especially remembered Eric and Katherine who have health issues at present. I invite your prayers for them too.

Today is National Water Day–please consider what a wonderful gift “water” is and think about ways that you can conserve it, realizing that everyone on earth doesn’t have the abundance of it that most of us are blessed with.

I will try and be in contact with as many of you as I can by phone, email and on the web–please, if there is something you need that I can be helpful with, do not hesitate to contact me–even if you just want to talk!  507-429-3616.  krredig@hbci.com.

Peace and love,

Pastor Kathy


 

Sharing

Dear Friends,

For these last nine days of Advent waiting, here are Sr. Joan Chittister’s reflections–enjoy! She does a wonderful job of connecting these ancient reflections to the times in which we live.  –Pastor Kathy

For whom we wait
The O AntiphonsDecember 16: Tomorrow at Vespers the monastic community begins to sing the “O Antiphons,” ancient chants that mark the final days of the last week of Advent. The “O Antiphons” remind us for whom we wait: the Key of David, the Root of Jesse, Radiant Dawn, and more. When you think of Jesus, for whom do you wait: savior, magic-maker, brother? It is an important question. The way we think of Jesus is the way we think of religion. What is religion to you: a guide to life, a pseudo-supernatural trick, or an entree to the spiritual side of life?December 17:  “Come, O Wisdom from above.” Wisdom is the ability to see the world as God sees it. Try reading the newspaper today through the eyes of a God who was born in a stable, counted to be of no account, hounded by society from one place to another.

December 18:  “Come, O Sacred One of Israel.” It’s a shame that we limit the sacred to religious objects or special places. Here we are reminded that the Sacred One is becoming human and, in so doing, breathes sacredness into every human life. Make an inward bow to each person you meet today.

December 19:  “Come, O Flower of Jesse’s Stem.” Jesse is the unknown one, the ancestor of David, from whose line would come the messiah. Jesse is the one who began a great work but did not live to see its end. Jesse is the one who was able to believe and to wait. Point: We must plant seeds of truth, beauty, and peace even though we won’t see the flower.

December 20: “Come, O Key of David.” This antiphon is a searing cry for the kind of Christian commitment that opens doors and breaks down barriers between peoples. It calls us to devote ourselves to bringing unity to a divided world. Try to unlock one door that is keeping someone locked out of your heart.

December 21:  “Come, O Radiant Dawn.” But dawn will not come for most of the people of the world until we ourselves become the kind of people whose lives bring light to the poorest of the poor wherever we go, in whatever we do.

December 22:  “Come, O God of All the Earth.” We wait for the one who will end the anguished waiting for peace by people everywhere. To celebrate Christmas and at the same time to see certain countries or peoples as “enemy” is a contradiction in terms.

December 23:  “Come, O Come Emmanuel.” This evening the monastic community sings the church’s long, last wail of desire that, this time, the Christ will finally be born in us. Pray this antiphon today.

 —from The Monastery Almanac by Joan Chittister

Sharing–A Blessed Thanksgiving–2018

Good Morning Friends, 

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! Certainly you all know of my gratitude to everyone of you for the part you play in the life of the All Are One Catholic community–we all together make our community of faith a vibrant place to be; a place where we can discover the love of our bounteous God. Wherever you are today, near or far, with family or friends; Robert and I wish you peace, love and joy, within which our good God resides! 

I have included below, Sr. Joan Chittister’s reflection for this week of giving thanks–enjoy! Pastor Kathy

Celebrate the good things in life
Life is not meant to be a burden. Life is not a problem to be solved. It is a blessing to be celebrated.Every dimension of life, its gains and its losses, is reason for celebration because each of them brings us closer to wisdom and fullness of understanding.Loss and loneliness, darkness and depression all sear the soul and cleanse it of its sense of self-sufficiency. Suffering directs it to the God of life.

But so do bounty and beauty and abundance. These give us a foretaste of wholeness. These are the palpable manifestations of the goodness of God in our lives. All of these things come unbidden. They are not signs of either our sin or our sinlessness. They are simply signs that the God of life is a living, loving God.

Breath of the Soul by Joan ChittisterLearning to celebrate joy is one of the great practices of the spiritual life. It confirms our trust in God. It affirms the greatness of creation. It seals our dependence on God. It attests to the beauty of the present and asserts our confidence in the beauty of the future. It recognizes the mercy and love of God.

When we celebrate the good things in life, we trace them to the Creator who gives without merit, openhandedly, out of the very goodness of community, love, and support that are by nature at the base of the human condition.

—from The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer by Joan Chittister (Twenty-Third Publications)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What a wonderful time to celebrate the good things in life given by a God who gives openhandedly.
Love,


Sharing –a couple of things

Hello Friends,

I am writing from Utah tonight as we travel to the more southern parts of our country to take in some of the wonderful beauty of fall here and other places before we settle into winter in Minnesota. Today the weather was beautiful getting to 61 degrees after beginning  our day in Colorado at 27 degrees and snow in the mountains. I think we have left the snow now and are looking forward to more sun in the days ahead–tomorrow we will hike around Arches National Park–should be great! One can hardly take in the grandeur of this place–the high red rock peaks, the brilliant yellow Aspens–it’s too much!

Today is All Saint’s Day and I had hoped to get this off to you sooner, but the internet isn’t always available. On this day we usually think of holy people who have lived outstanding lives and that is good to emulate some of them as we are able. But I am here to say that each of you is a “saint” in your own rite.  That is because we have the possibility of living a good and holy life as our God intended. Being a saint is really about God loving us and we loving God in return, trying to do our best to be the best that we are capable of. If we strive each day to do that, we don’t need to be canonized, we simply need to live fully each day! So……

Finally, just a gentle reminder to all that this weekend we need to set our clocks back one  hour to get wherever you/ me may be going on Sunday!  Enjoy!

Pastor Kathy