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“Prayer: A Reflection” by Andrea Nenzel, CSJP

Prayer is talking with God. Listening. Dancing for joy. Sharing presence with God. Screaming in anguish. Prayer happens in sacred spaces, at home, in nature, anywhere, anytime. Prayer can be shared with those of my faith and prayer can be shared across denominational and faith lines because there is but one God and we are all sisters and brothers.

How my understanding of prayer has changed…

 

Bread making is more of a spiritual experience than it is "cooking." A little yeast, water and flour can create something which is alive, creative and often delicious: a repeatable miracle. It is especially miraculous that one can add any kind of ingredient: rice, lavender blossoms, spinach, juices (there is no end to the possibilities - anything that strikes your fancy) and produce edible,…

Community Day of Thanksgiving

Today is our CSJP Community Day of Thanksgiving. On this day in 1884 our first Sisters professed their vows at St. Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, England.

A Season of Hope – by Sister Margaret Byrne, CSJP

 

As Advent comes to a close and we await the joy of Christmas, we share this reflection from Sister Margaret Byrne, CSJP:

Advent is above all a season of hope.  I cannot but feel it’s the time to hope against the odds – against violence and killing; against hunger in our cities;  against despair in the face of so much that seems irreparable.  We need hope, all humanity…

Meditations for Advent – Rejoice!

Mother Francis Clare, the founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, was a prolific writer in her day. Writing as M.F. Cusack, by 1870 more than 200,000 copies of her works had circulated throughout the world. In 1866 she published Meditations for Advent and Easter. During this Advent Season, we will share some selections from this work here on the CSJP Vocations…

“On Contemplative Prayer” by Sister Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP

 

There are many places throughout the Christian Scriptures exhorting us to prayer, and to different ways of praying. One quotation serves well as a starting point for a few reflections about contemplative prayer: When you pray, go to your room, close your door and pray to your God in private. ...when you pray do not rattle on ... God knows your need before you ask. (Matthew 6:6-8).

Meditations for Advent - 1st Sunday

 

Mother Francis Clare, the founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, was a prolific writer in her day. Writing as M.F. Cusack, by 1870 more than 200,000 copies of her works had circulated throughout the world. In 1866 she published Meditations for Advent and Easter. During this Advent Season, we will share some selections from this work here on the CSJP…

Sister Breda Boyle reflects on how her role as chaplain helps her respond to God's people in need.

In the beginning, when Margaret Anna Cusack, Mother Clare, founded the community in 1884, we were St. Joseph's Sisters of Peace of the Immaculate Conception. Peace was the central concept in that string of names, as our 1884 Rule and Constitutions made clear: "The object of this Institute is, as its name implies, to promote the peace of the Church both by word and work. The very name Sisters of…

October 05, 2016

Prayer for Our Common Home

Prayer for Our Common Home

Our vocation team has created a new prayer card featuring a prayer for our common home by Pope Francis. We invite you to join us as we pray for God’s creation.

"If our role as messengers of God’s good news means anything to us, the chorus of people begging for peace will touch a special place in our hearts. "

Patricia Lynch, CSJP