Thought for the Day

Easter Vigil

April 15th, 2017

Stay with us, Lord;  behold evening is here and our hearts are still too slow to believe that You had to die in order to rise again.

Stay with us Lord.

Christ’s obedience

April 15th, 2017

Christ’s obedience is not just an occasional conformity, so to speak, as ours so often is; but His is a consecrated obedience, the obedience of one who has handed Himself over to God in sacrifice.

Mother Patricia O’Connor, C.D.S.
Founding Superior, Friend and Guide

Faith

April 14th, 2017

Faith is a basic ingredient of the spiritual life.  It is not an escalator which brings us to the top of the mountain.  It is more like a ‘staff’ to lean upon.

Mother Patricia O’Connor, C.D.S.
Founding Superior, Friend and Guide

God’s Plan

April 13th, 2017

God’s plan is perfect because it is divine; but if I am to be included in it I must give my cooperation.  I have to cherish those wonderful gifts of faith, hope and charity which the Holy Spirit infused into my soul.

Judas

April 12th, 2017

Judas was a “watcher,” a “side-liner,” a “critic,” a “non-joiner;” he wanted to be a “VIP.”  His ambition blinded him and he missed Christ.  What tragedy!

Mother Patricia O’Connor, C.D.S.
Founding Superior, Friend, and Guide

The Cross

April 11th, 2017

The Liturgy at this season prompts us to study this God of Love and this Love of God in the shadow of the Crucifix.

The Crucifix will speak to us and it will enkindle in us the fire of divine love.

Mother Patricia O’Connor, CDS
Founding Superior, Friend, and Guide

Fear of the Lord

April 10th, 2017

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear!

Penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set You, my Lord and God, before my face forever.  Help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end.  Amen.

Spiritual life

April 9th, 2017

We must remember that a religious, nay a Christian, is not one who prays, but one who attains the union with Christ needed to live God’s mystery profoundly.

Union with God is not the product of schedules or methods of prayer.  It is very necessary to keep and to live an interior dimension at all times.  Remember this, an interior dimension “betwixt fog and sun.”

Mother Patricia O’Connor, C.D.S.
Founding Superior, Friend, and Guide

Contemplation?

April 1st, 2017

Subconsciously, or otherwise, have we convinced ourselves that there is no space for contemplation in our lives?  Do we emphasize “doing” and the market place?

What is contemplation?  The goal of contemplation is to be constantly conscious of the Presence of Christ.  “As often as you did it to one of these . . .”  Contemplation scares us — we think of it as difficult.

The graces of interior prayer are given to those who walk humbly with their God.

Mother Patricia O’Connor, CDS
Founding Superior, Friend and Guide

Ego Amo Te

March 25th, 2017

You cannot carry on a love affair with God bemoaning lost illusions, dwelling on the past.  We ought really to keep a journal if only to say or to write daily, “Ego Amo Te, Lord.”  — My God I love You.

Mother Patricia O’Connor, C.D.S.
Founding Superior, Friend, & Guide