Posted by: San Damiano | January 29, 2018

Hold Me In Your Love

Hold me in Your love
My Savior, My God
Lift me up when I fall
Ease my tears when I call

Hold me in Your love
When You seem hard to find
When my heart is blind
And You still remain so kind.

Hold me in Your love
My all compassionate One
When discouragement will come
When to fear and anxiety I succumb.

Hold me in Your love
O gracious Spirit Dove
Teach me patience from above
My hope and peace return, O Love.

Hold me in Your love
New life, please impart
Lack of confidence, please depart.
May new life soon start.

Hold me in Your love
May solid faith re-bless my life.
May love cast out strife.
May kindness overcome the knife.

Hold me in Your love
Surrendering to Your will,
Letting go so You can fill
Working in and for You, please fulfill.

Sr. La Donna Pinkelman, OSF


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Posted by: San Damiano | December 3, 2017

Advent Heart

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Anticipation of Christmas, yes, but more—
Readiness for God’s Greatest Light to adore.
Adore as an Infant, born in a manger, poor

But what comes before the “LIGHT” DOWN TO EARTH?
The hustle and bustle all around,
The frenzy-going here and there.

Shopping, gift-buying, wrapping, and decorating,
All a part of this joyful season,
But remember the spiritual time as we prepare.

Do we take time in its midst
To prepare, yes, to prepare for our “GUEST”?
Let’s prepare for birthing Christ anew.

To birth Christ in our hearts and lives,
Brings the greatest joy at Christmas,
For family, friends, community and neighborhood.

Sr. La Donna M. Pinkelman, OSF

Posted by: San Damiano | November 30, 2017

Come Jesus, Come My All

The Holy Family engaged in Work

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Come into my heart, guest of my soul.
Come enflesh, enflesh my being.
Come lead me, lead me into union, union with You.
Come speak to my heart, Loving Friend.
Come use me, use me to bring You to others.
Come bring peace, peace to broken lives.

COME STAR OF DAVID, Star of all.
Come MARANATHA, come Lord Jesus.
Come help of the poor, help of the ill and dying.
Come help of the old and lonely, those who have no hope.
Come compassionate God, come anew in the hearts of mankind.
Come bless my family, all families.
Come help families model after Your Holy Family.
Come with Your gifts of deeper love, filling our longing hearts. Amen.

Sr. La Donna M. Pinkelman, OSF

Posted by: San Damiano | November 27, 2017

Colored Glasses

Dear God, we often find ourselves looking at life through colored glasses. This blocks clear vision and gives a false outlook on all circumstances around us. We ask why and no answer comes. In these times, may we humble ourselves and come to You in prayer and reflection. Help us, through prayer, to discard the colored glasses to see more clearly the lead You are placing before us. Give us insight to see and feel Your helping hand and trust Your care and strength for us, no matter what may be happening in and around us. It is so easy sometimes to grab for the colored glasses and not take the effort to look beyond and call on our loving God to enter into the struggle and confusion with us and together work things through. We need not be in control, having God at our side, nothing is impossible.

Posted by: San Damiano | November 24, 2017

Gazing Jesus: Prayer of the Heart

Gazing Jesus, look deeply in my heart, mind and spirit
Break open wide what’s blocking me.

Gazing Jesus, hear my cry, my longing, my desire, my need to let go and be free.

Gazing Jesus, help me walk on the “waters” of life
At the crossroads at this time.

Gazing Jesus, let me know and feel (as You will),
Your love and healing presence. Let it shine in me.

Gazing Jesus, look into my longing eyes and questioning spirit.
Give answers to this Your doubting child.

Gazing Jesus, fill me with peacefulness and renewed hope and clarity,
So I may be meek and mild. I put my true self in Your loving arms.


Sr. La Donna M. Pinkelman, OSF

Posted by: San Damiano | November 23, 2017

The Gift of Thanksgiving:A Grateful Heart

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Offering of First Fruits in Deuteronomy 26:1-11 /Wikipedia

St. Paul (in one of his letters), told his friends: Never worry about anything, but tell God your desires of every kind in prayer and petition, filled with gratitude and the peace of God which is beyond all understanding will guard your heart.”

In November, we celebrate THANKSGIVING, a time to remember the many gifts given to us by a gracious God who cares for us endlessly. The Scripture passage, above, says so plainly what can happen when we depend upon and thank God for the many gifts of our life. Can you imagine how different this world and our lives could be if we all had a heart filled with praise and gratitude? HAPPY tHANKSGIVING!

Posted by: San Damiano | November 21, 2017

Choose To Proclaim

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Choose, choose, choose, and proclaim.
Proclaim Christ in thought, word and deed.
He leads one to live each day in His LOVE.
What a difference it makes in attitude and action.
Surprises accompany loving hearts.

Choose, choose, choose, and proclaim.
Proclaim with wisdom and actions,
to a hungry world in need of kind hearts.
Working with Christ at the center,
shines further then we may realize.

Choose, choose, choose, and proclaim.
Proclaim Christ’s Goodness to you
by greeting all, with LOVE HIMSELF.
Looking beyond the looks, to the deeper person,
who desires our care and God’s love in us.

Choose, choose, choose, and proclaim.
Seek His love and deeper companionship,
as you pray and simply bring Christ life
to a hungry friend, family, and neighborhood.
He rewards our choice for Him, our desire to be used by Him in a closer walk and outreach.

Sr. La Donna M. Pinkelman, OSF.

Posted by: San Damiano | November 18, 2017

Long-Suffering Rewarded

Father, bless those who have suffered so,
Those who have fought the good fight,
Those who have done everything possible
To get well, but disease took all strength.
When letting go completely in YOU,
YOU gave them their reward.
So, in sadness, we let go and give them back to YOU,
Where they can rejoice with YOU forever.

We celebrate their love and life,
As we remember the joy and care,
Their outstretched, open hands in sharing,
Their faithfulness, their willingness in using the gifts and
Talent graciously given them,
To lighten the hearts of so many
To appreciate God’s beauty everywhere.
Thank YOU Lord for gifting our lives with them.

Posted by: San Damiano | November 16, 2017

Broken, Mended, Loved

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Broken, mended, loved,
Our lives are all three.
Can we accept the first two?
Somedays, yes, somedays, no.
Stay in the now and it is easier–
Easier even more, when Jesus is invited.

Loved: are we truly aware how much?
God’s all-embracing love is always present.
Ask this loving God, to help you be more aware,
– aware enough, to aid in the weak parts of us.
Broken, mended, loved, rejoice and be thankful.

Sr. La Donna M. Pinkelman, OSF

Posted by: San Damiano | November 1, 2017

Joy And Sorrow

Just as one season moves into another, so are there like seasons in our life cycles.  There are times of joy and beauty and times of sorrow and suffering.  They sometimes go hand-in-hand.  They are companions on our journey.

We need to befriend them, not control them.  When we hold on to either or both, we stop growth. We stop God’s work in us.

Spring, summer, fall, winter–each has its beauty and difficulties;  each has its dyings and risings.   We need to let God be God.  We need to depend on God’s strength in each phase of the journey. “Fear not.  I am always with you.”

Sister La Donna Pinkelman, OSF   Sylvania, Ohio

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