The Advent and Christmas season is upon us. As you watch this meditation, reflect and share your thoughts below: How are you preparing yourself to be someone who brings love into the world this Advent season? Where are your actions dictated by love?
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Our world is filled with need, but look deeper and you will also see millions of people working to meet those needs. Our Foundress, Cornelia Connelly, described this as “meeting the wants of the age” or in everyday terms, responding to the needs of our time. As we celebrate Thanksgiving later this month, consider these questions: What are you thankful for in your own life? Are there ways you are being called to make a difference in the lives of others? What is your first step to taking action? Share your ideas below our meditation.
As the presidential election reaches the final stretch, we are reminded of the importance of each and every vote. As you make your choices, consider the far-stretching ramifications your choices hold. Think of all those who will be impacted by your choices. Consider the following and share your thoughts below: How do my choices reflect the needs of the common good? What are ways I can respect and be tolerant of the beliefs of others?
As the the 2012 presidential campaign continues, let’s find some balance! Let’s weigh the issues! Let’s be realistic! As you watch this month’s meditation, consider: What influences your choices? How can you open your heart to hear God’s voice each day? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
It seems the 2012 presidential election has gone into full swing here in the U.S. You can’t turn on the TV or radio or hop on the internet without hearing political commentary or seeing a political ad. So this month we are focusing our meditation and reflection on how we find what is right and just–and how we experience God–in the midst of all the political rhetoric. Take a few minutes to reflect and then consider these questions: Where do I feel God is in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign? Where in my life do I see and experience the multifaceted and multicolored issues? How do I let God’s light shine on them? How am I called to bring forth love in these issues? Share your thoughts below in our comments section. We want to hear from you!
We don’t know what the weather is where you are, but here in the Northeast, we’re sweating it out through the dog days of summer! That got us thinking about a cooler time for this month’s meditation–Christmas! After watching, we invite you to reflect and share your thoughts below by clicking here. Here are some questions to get you started: Do you see the reminders of Christmas around you? What are they? How are you able to allow the “Light” into your life? What are the ways you can celebrate Christmas every day of the year?
As you watch our June meditation, ponder the following questions and share your thoughts in the “Leave a Reply” box below. We want to hear from you! How can you open yourself to see the miracles in your everyday life? What are the miracles of life for you? How does God call you to be a light in the lives of others?
Today, we launch our interactive prayer blog and we NEED YOU! Each month, we will post our monthly meditation here, along with a reflection question or two written by Sister Anita Quigley, SHCJ. Watch our meditation and then share your thoughts, reactions, and feelings in the “Leave a Reply” box below. Click here to find the reply box. Share this with your family and friends also!
May 2012 Meditation: As we begin May, we think of Mother’s Day, so hence, mothers are the focus of our meditation this month. How do you live out your vocation as a mother, nurturer, and/or caregiver in today’s hectic world? Have you thanked God for your mother with all of her imperfections? What are your fondest memories of your mother? What impact did or does she have on your life? Share your thoughts in the “Leave a Reply” box below.
Update! In May 2012, we will be launching an interactive prayer blog right here! We will post our monthly meditation, along with a reflection question or two from Sister Anita Quigley, SHCJ. We hope you will watch our meditations and share your thoughts, reactions, and feelings. Be sure to check back and/or subscribe to our blog by signing up in the box on the right. By signing up, you will receive an e-mail when we post the first meditation in May. We hope you will join us, as we work to build a worldwide community of prayer!
“I am so busy.”
“I have too much on my plate.”
“I don’t know if I’m coming or going.”
How often have we uttered these words or heard them spoken by friends and family members? In a world that runs 24/7, it is essential to slow down, take stock, and pray.
Since 2010, the American Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus has created monthly meditations that are posted on our website. Designed to be topical and encourage reflection on modern themes, the meditations have been a source of comfort and strength for many.
In preparing topics for our 2012 meditations, we examined the issues that were grabbing the headlines–poverty, unemployment, war, and more. We understand that these issues have a profound impact on the lives of many. To determine which concerns resonate most with the members of our Holy Child community, we invite all to complete our survey by this Friday, January 6, 2012. It will take less than three minutes to complete and will greatly inform our meditations for 2012. To date, we’ve had close to 400 people respond and share their thoughts. Let your voice be heard too! Complete the survey today!
Based on the survey responses, we will produce three-five minute meditations that can be viewed on our website. We hope the members of the Holy Child Community—and beyond—will use these meditations to find peace in their lives and help in building a worldwide community of prayer.