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Creativity & Peacemaking by Sister Alexandra Kovats, CSJP

“In the beginning God created …” The Holy One manifests herself through creating and creativity. This gift of creativity is also embedded in our magnificent Universe.

Planet Earth, our home, also gives witness to creative fertility.  The birthing of molecules and organisms is a never ending process. Creative energies are at constant work and play all around us.

To be human is also…

Our Roots: St. Joseph’s Messenger by Sister Mary Kuiken, CSJP

 

The history of St. Joseph Messenger is a long and memorable one that had its roots in 1886 with the Congregation’s very first publication, “The Dove of Ireland.” It was a little paper issued every year in connection with the Union of Peace and Prayer, a network of prayer for peace in homes and families. Today the prayer network continues as the Pious Union of Prayer, uniting its members…

Easter Meditation by Mother Francis Clare

Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack), the founder of our community, was a prolific writer.  Here is her reflection for Easter Sunday from her 1866 work, Meditations for Advent and Easter.

Consider how we may best worship and glorify the risen Heart of Jesus.

1. Let us run with the holy women to His tomb. There we may contemplate His wonders and adore His power; there…

Vocation Musings – Triduum … by Sister Susan Francois, CSJP

The Church is about to enter the sacred days of Triduum. Triduum is my favorite part of our Catholic liturgical tradition. For those who may not be familiar with the term, Triduum refers to the three holy days of holy week: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.

We come together on these days to tell our story, to remember, to ritualize, and finally to celebrate the hope of the…

The questions of the Paschal Meal enlighten my own.  Perhaps the earliest was Mother de la Salle’s asking me, a Catholic Charities social worker at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:  “Miss Richardson, why don’t you join the Sisters in their work here?  Give me 10 reasons.”  Not one occurred to me and so I entered.

At St. Luke’s High School, my first assignment,…

I have been intrigued by the original title of the Congregation, given to us in 1884 by our founder, Mother Francis Clare–St. Joseph Sisters of Peace of the Immaculate Conception. I am also one who enjoys delving into archival material about our early history where I’ve discovered that in many of the letters and documents that went to and from Rome, most often we were referred to as “Sisters of…

I sit here waiting for the Holy Spirit to tap my shoulder and inspire me to write of my journey over these past 60 years . . . In the beginning, my personal journey into this life as the younger daughter of Jean C. and John L. Durso, and as the baby sister of Joanne was truly blessed. I went all through Public School and was encouraged to investigate life as a Religious Sister by both Mrs. Margaret…

“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.

"It is most important to inspire the young with a great love of peace."

Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack)