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.

HOLD ME CLOSE O GAZING JESUS

Sr. La Donna M. Pinkelman, OSF

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Posted by: San Damiano | November 23, 2017

The Gift of Thanksgiving:A Grateful Heart

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REFLECTION
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

Posted by: San Damiano | October 28, 2017

Be Positive

Be positive, Christ has said.

A positive person is a happy person.

A positive person is “My Delight.”

 

Be positive, Christ has said.

When positive, I am close at hand.

Tied up inside, your vision is clouded.

 

Be positive, Christ has said.

Let my sunshine fill your life.

O Beloved, touch my heart.

 

©2015 Sr. LaDonna M. Pinkelman

 

 

Posted by: San Damiano | October 24, 2017

Cave of My Heart the Chapel Be

 

Where my eyes are open to clearly see;

Where my ears are open to listen to Thee;

Where my mind and heart are calmed by the Triune Three;

Where peace and serenity are offered me;

Where the Divine Heart beckons me to agree;

Where  struggle and love come to be;

Where Holy Spirit sets me free;

Where Life to life comes to me;

Where praise and gratitude goes out to Thee;

Yes, cave of my heart the chapel be.

 

Sister La Donna Pinkelman, OSF   Sylvania, Ohio

Posted by: San Damiano | October 21, 2017

The Quiet Cave

The quiet cave of chapel
Fills my heart with peace.

The quiet cave of chapel
Allows my heart to pray.

The quiet cave of chapel
Brings Christ’s heart to listen.

The quiet cave of chapel
Challenges my heart to change and grow.

The quiet cave of chapel
Draws my heart into intimacy with God.

 


Sister La Donna Pinkelman, OSF   Sylvania, Ohio

Posted by: San Damiano | October 18, 2017

Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Of My Soul

Lead and guide me.
Be my strength and courage.
May I always be Your voice.
Help me always speak the truth.
Illumine me with the Light of Your Spirit.
Give relief whenever hurt.
May I always rest in Your Holy Embrace.
I give myself in loving surrender.
Take over my Life dear Shepherd of my soul. Amen.

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