January – February 2018

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

~ Psalm 30:11-12

Things in the universe put up a resistance because each being and each community of beings has its own quantum of value. Things come to be what they are out of their cosmological power of creativity. As manifestations of ultimate meaning and significance, they resist all efforts to reduce their presence in the world. Even at the level of elementary particles we find this irreducible reality of the individual. The universe, in protecting the viability of an elementary particle, works to assure the particle of its place, of its role in the unfolding story.

Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry

~ Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era – A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos

Be seekers of truth and doers of justice.

~ Mary Ward, Foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1586–1645)

Love is the measure by which we shall be judged.

Flowers painted by Marjorie Engcoy, 2015

~ St. John of the Cross, Mystic and Doctor of the Church (1542–1591)

Love Begins by Praying Together

Where does that love begin?
In our families.
And how does it begin?
By praying together.
The family that prays together, stays together.
And if you stay together, you will love one another as Jesus loves each person
in your family.

Make sure that in the beautiful place where you live no child, no man, no woman feels unwanted or unloved. If you find somebody who feels that way, open your doors, open your hearts to them.

~ Mother Teresa, Loving Jesus