Snowflakes & Prayer by Sharonlu Sheridan, OSF

Snowflakes are usually a large part of our lives during January and February. They are the most delicate of objects. Alone they last only seconds here on earth.  But together they can bring an entire city to a standstill.  That surely gives us some idea of how community prayer can be very strong.

Scientists tell us that no two snowflakes are alike.  They are as different as our own fingerprints.  We know each of us is unique. But sometimes we forget that our uniqueness does not stop at our fingerprints.  Each of us is truly one-of-a-kind.   And that includes our relationship with God.  The best way for you to pray is deep down, who you are.

As a child I wanted to BE the Little Flower of Jesus or St. Francis.  I cannot BE them.  I can admire them, but I must be the best Sharon I can because no one else can do that.

To use a theatrical example, there was only one Elvis Presley.  Like him or not, there was only one.  Today there are conventions of Elvis look-alikes, sound-alikes, move-alikes.  Hundreds of people there try to BE Elvis Presley.  It just doesn’t work!

How do you talk to God?  Do you always use someone else’s words? Are you like John Alden, who was speaking sweet words to Priscilla Mullins for his friend, only to have her say to him “Speak for yourself, John”?

Rogers Group, depicting the courtship of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins: "Why Don't You Speak for Yourself, John?" (1885) -- linked from Wikipedia

Open your heart to the One who loves you as if you were the only person on the earth!  Just talk to God.  God is waiting for your unique words.  It doesn’t even have to make sense to anyone.  God knows,  understands and delights in what you say.  And you will grow in knowledge of the love God has for you.  Yes, join others in prayer, but be sure to keep your very personal relationship with God strong by personal prayer.

Peace, joy, & everything good,

Sr. Sharonlu Sheridan, OSF

Sr. Sharonlu Sheridan, OSF has a background in education, child development, and family ministries.  She has worked as a teacher, school administrator, and as Director of Family Life Services for two dioceses.  Sr. Sharonlu has long been an advocate for children and puts her heart into helping parents build and sustain healthy family relationships.  One of her most memorable ministries has been with the people of Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, where her heart still lies.

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Sr. Sharonlu will be presenting a Coffee Talk about Resurrection Mysteries on Sunday, March 11 after 9:30 a.m. Liturgy in the Convent Chapel.  Mark your calendar and come spend a morning of prayer and inspiration at the Burg!  We’ll have coffee and donuts.  There is no fee, but donations are appreciated!  Please do RSVP:  812-933-6437 or center@oldenburgosf.com.

Here’s what the talk is about:

Resurrection Mysteries: New Prayers for the Rosary.  The resurrection of Jesus is sometimes lost from sight during days of bereavement.  We think even less often of the people who were raised from the dead during Jesus’ earthly sojourn.  During this session, we will look at other resurrections and see how they can help us understand the passage of our loved ones to the Heavenly Kingdom.  These resurrections will be presented as an alternative to the other mysteries of the Rosary.

That’s not all!  On Sunday, February 5th, Sr. Patty Campbell will lead a coffee talk about Noticing Our Guardian Angel!  Follow this link for more information on our Coffee Talk Series!

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2 thoughts on “Snowflakes & Prayer by Sharonlu Sheridan, OSF

  1. I hope you keep this up.
    I’m not able to get to Oldenburg rigth now like did before and this keeps me in touch and some thing to think about.

  2. Thank you Sharonlu for your reflection on the Snowflake and for your invitation to pray as we are. Sr Kathleen Mulso

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