Retreat: Cosmology, Christ, and Us, with Fr. Ed Kinerk, S.J., STD

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Weekend Retreat:
April 5-7, 2013
7pm Fri – 12 p.m. Sunday
$215 private room
$180 shared room
$130 commuter*
*fee includes program, meals, & materials

Through Him all things came to be.”  This retreat will use the extraordinary findings of modern physics and cosmology to reflect on God’s Word and our place in creation.  We will examine revelation and how Christ’s actions bring all things to fulfillment in God.  Presentations will include non-technical descriptions of modern cosmology, understandings of human freedom, grace, and above all the place of Christ in our world and lives.

PictureFr. Ed is a Jesuit priest, Director of the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Denver, former president of Rockhurst University, and has a passion for physics and spirituality.

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, by S. Pat Bietsch, OSF

Moses and the Burning Bush (Source: Wiki-Commons)

First Reading: Ex. 3:1-8a, 13-15

Second Reading: 1Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Reflection

Moses listened!  If he had not listened he would have ended up being a shepherd the rest of his life, living far away from Egypt.  When we listen and obey we can hear the great “I AM.”  What do you hear when you listen?  Do you hear discernment in your life choices?  Do you hear hope to move forward?  Do you listen to the mercy and compassion for your defects?  “I AM” is always there to remind us that we walk on sacred ground when we listen.  Open your heart and ears and hear the Word.
Prayer
Humbly I come before you O great I AM, please open my ears to hear your word and go forward in your love and mercy.  Never let me get so hardened or hopeless that I miss your presence in my life.  Hear my prayer that I may bring forth your fruit of love and compassion to others.

S. Pat Bietsch, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

Meteorite, by S. Sharonlu Sheridan, OSF

Image linked from The Daily Mail. (Click on picture to see the article).

It happened not too long ago in Russia.  A meteorite flashed through the sky and crashed into a thick ice lake making a crater of great size.  Then we heard of another meteorite in the sky in northern California. These are unusual phenomena, and can speak to us of the power of God.

The flashing fire tail of a meteorite is beautiful, but you would be well not to be in the path of its descent.

Things that happen in space have always been a wonder to me. I do not have any control over what happens there, but the moon and the stars have been fascinating especially.  Meteorites shock me into witnessing the Power of God.   We know God’s power is what keeps all in the universe in order. But knowing it and seeing it are two different things. I did not see the meteorite except on a Facebook or You-tube video, but the power was visible there.

We know the might and power of the meteorite, but not where or when it will descend on earth. Scientists are looking into ways to determine if a meteorite is coming. I cannot imagine what they would tell us to do if they figured that out. Until that time, I figure if it is coming, it is coming, and it is in the hands of God whether we know scientifically just when it will appear.

Things like that happen on a minor scale to all of us. Perhaps not with the same beauty, but with a startling effect. A burst of bacon grease makes a burn spot on your newly waxed floor. It is a very cold wintry day and you have an urgent call that requires your response. You hurry to the car only to find the lock is frozen. Things that you have no control over happen daily on a small or large situation. There is a reason for things happening like that. The reason is not on a billboard, or in the instruction manual.   Those things serve to remind us that God is still in charge.

The power and mystery that is God goes on forever. We will enjoy understanding when we see God face-to-face!

Sharonlu, OSFSisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg