Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Spring In Buffalo

“If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” St. Therese

Here in Buffalo, we know all about the loveliness of spring.  We see those first bright rays of sun and feel a warm breeze and hope is born anew in our hearts!  Winter will not last forever!  As the tulips and daffodils pop out of the ground, we know of the joys of new life and the pains of difficult growth.  We can realize the peace of being who God created us to be, as He created us to be, and that He is faithful.  The work He does in our hearts will be brought to fulfillment, to peace and joy if we open ourselves up to Him.  Here in Buffalo, snow may still come even sometime into May, but whether God chooses to send us sunshine, rain or snow, it all comes with a shower of His grace!

 

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Written by: Kristen

 

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The Sands of Mercy

We have been very busy the last couple of weeks! We apologize for the lack of posts, but we thank you for your continued prayer and support. We drove down to Atlanta, Georgia to put on a women’s day of reflection and to assist with a life teen retreat. It was a wonderful time! We are all back in town now and returning to our normal schedules. Below is our reflection for this week:

The devotion of candle lighting is one that I grew up with. Whenever we heard of a person that was ill or having a difficulty my mother would say ‘We will light a candle for you.’ The next Sunday we would make our way over to the statue of the Blessed Mother and I would ask my mother if I could light the candle.

 One of the reasons I enjoyed this so much was because after you got to find the candle closest to the statue of Our Lady and light it you got to take that wooden stick and put it into the sand and watch the flame die in an instant. Recently I was reflecting on this. The sand is an important part of the votive candle set up on a simple practical level so the wooden sticks do not keep burning and making embers in the church. It protects the church from destruction by fire. Fire is an amazing thing. It provides light, warmth, and the ability to cook food when contained, but when left for wild it only brings destruction and burns uncontrollably until extinguished. The former is beneficial and needed and the latter is devastating and destructive.

We know that Christ ‘is the light of the world’ (John 8:12) and that we have His light within us and that we are called to give that light to the world and not hide it under a bushel (Luke 11:33). The light of Christ within us is much like that votive candle in our churches. Our light is burning brightly within us and it is surrounded by the glass jar(Christ)  to protect it. This fire within us is beneficial and needed. Sometimes we can have another fire burning within us- the fire of selfishness, greed, envy, lust, and vice. This fire is devastating and destructive.

Let us reflect upon our own hearts with the sands of Mercy during this jubilee year and seek the light that shines within us, the fire burning within. If we find a part that is burning wild let the sand of Mercy extend and be poured out upon you to extinguish it in a minute – that we all may be beacons of light to the world so that we may be the face of Christ to all we meet!

Written by Nicolette
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Alleluia!

“We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” –St. Augustine

 

On Easter Sunday we attended Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.  The pastor began his homily by pointing out an image of St. Augustine and spoke the words above. 

“Alleluia” was the proclamation of the Apostles and the song of the first Christians.  It was the heartbeat and breath of the first martyrs – without it they wouldn’t have had a reason to lay down their lives. The simple word, “Alleluia”, gives meaning to our day to day lives – the joy, the sorrow, the love, the pain and suffering, and the peace.

“Alleluia” reminds us, in the words of St. Therese, that “the world is thy ship and not thy home.” It redirects our thoughts and actions towards the Almighty.  Truly understood, it empties us of self and fills us with Love.

My prayer this Easter Season is that we become a living example of the first “Alleluia”. I pray we remember that we don’t live in a perpetual Good Friday; rather, we sing of the glorified wounds of Our Lord and therefore sing of our own glorified wounds.

As the Easter Octave comes to an end this weekend, may we take the joys and blessings of Our Alleluia into the ‘ordinary time’ and routine of our lives.

We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

 

Written by: Alycia

 

 

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