Choosing Your Battles (and Your Best Tools) for Discernment This Lent
By S. Janet Gildea
Have you noticed an unending stream of daily reflection resources flooding your inbox or Facebook feed already, as if you didn’t realize that Ash Wednesday is March 6 and the Forty Days of Lent will soon be ticking off your inner liturgical calendar? For many, if not most sincere spiritual seekers, the old question “What are you giving up for Lent?” has yielded to “What are you doing for Lent?” This change of emphasis has been helped along by Pope Francis’ suggestions about what kind of fasting delights our God who desires to draw near to us this season. He offers his take on the words of Isaiah the prophet:

Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose:
Releasing those bound unjustly,
Untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed,
Breaking off every yoke?
Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry,
bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: “Here I am!” (Isaiah 58: 6-14).

 No matter what you are discerning this Lent, don’t you hope that God will shine some light on your decision and clearly say, “Here I am!” Look for resources that will bring you close to God’s word. Reflections on the daily Scriptures remind you of what those passages you heard proclaimed at Mass or read early in the day. We believe that God’s word is alive and active! It is Real Presence! So among the many resources available to you online and at hand, keep close to the Living Word and trust that God will break through the many offerings that can, at times, be a distraction when you are trying to listen with your heart. Fast from consuming too much, from setting yourself up with first fervor Lenten resolutions. Choose one or two and let them be based in the Word of God. Remember, God isn’t trying to hide from you! Instead, God is offering you this season to reconnect and to recognize that “still small voice” uniquely attuned to the ears of your heart. Try to simplify, not complicate your spiritual discipline for renewal.
Future of Charity Blog:
Fog and Silhouettes
S. Romina Sapinoso shares her thoughts in the latest entry to the Sisters of Charity Federation’s Future of Charity Blog. Read it here: http://futureofcharity.blogspot.com/2019/02/fog-and-silhouettes.html
Journeying Through Scripture
From the CD “Hidden In My Heart, Volume II” comes this lullaby journey through Scripture. Scripture Lullabies offers God’s Word set to beautiful orchestra music meant to bring peace to your home. https://youtu.be/edfwnITsqT0
Celebrating S. Hyeon
The Charity Family came together in February in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the Profession of First Vows of S. Hyeon Lee, Sister of Charity of Seton Hill. Congratulations, S. Hyeon – we will continue our prayers for you during this journey of faith.
Congratulations
S. Montiel Rosenthal, MD, was named as one of the “Best Doctors” in 2019 by Cincy Magazine . S. Montiel ministers as a clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for the University of Cincinnati, and is faculty for The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program.
Community Members Gather at Border for Prayer Service
SC Community members living and volunteering near El Paso, Texas, gathered at the border fence in Anapra, Mexico, in February to attend a border prayer vigil organized by Hope Border Institute and the Diocese of El Paso Commission on Migration. The fence couldn’t stop people from both sides of the border community from coming together for the prayer service and advocating for treating people with respect and insisting on immigration reform!
Share the Journey: A Tale of Two "Caravans"
S. Pat Wittberg takes a look at the recent influx of refugees arriving at the southern border of the United States, and the Catholic Sisters traveling there to help minister to them. READ MORE
Calendar
March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

March 7-10, 2019
Deep Encounter Retreat, San Antonio, Texas       

March 8-14, 2019
National Catholic Sisters Week

March 31-April 5, 2019
2019 Chapter: Venture Deeper into Divine Mystery

April 10, 2019
Explore Your Call, 6-9 p.m., St. Frances de Sales, Lebanon, Ohio

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
S. Whitney Schieltz and Novice Director S. Donna Steffen attended a two-day workshop on the vows with the St. Louis Intercommunity Novitiate last month. The pair will be attending additional workshops on the vows in the coming months as S. Whitney continues this time of discernment and preparation.
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