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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


January 1, 2015 begins a New Year of Grace with the Peace Message of Pope Francis titled: ‘No Longer Slaves, But Brothers And Sisters’ we are challenged to work for the end of this evil of Slavery and Human Trafficking today. Join us in prayer and action.

We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.
(Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery, Dec 2014)

The liberating charism of Blessed Anne Marie urges us to reach out to these dehumanizing situations.  We commit ourselves to fight against slavery in our world promoting the dignity of each person.
(Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny Global Concerns Statement, 2012)
During this new year may we:

Live deeply with purpose
Live wisely, with humility
Live justly, with compassion
Live mindfully with awareness
Live in peace.
Follow this link for Pope Francis's World Day of Peace message:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cluny Sisters in San Pedro CA

As part of their Christmas gift to the parish of Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro, California, several of the sisters helped volunteers present a "Night in Bethlehem" for about 100 children and their parents. The event included five activities: angel greeting cards, angel bags, the angel with Our Lady of Guadalupe on Juan Diego's cloak, a Bethlehem light, and gifts from an angel tree. "Night in Bethlehem" ended with the Nativity story, the singing of carols and a blessing of families and their activities. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Bon Noel, Feliz Natal

A Child is born for us
Wonder Counselor
Prince of Peace

May your Christmas be filled with the awe and wonder of belief and gratitude.  May the Loving Gaze of the Word Become Flesh fill you with Joy.