Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Package received!

I have just gotten my package from my swap partner in the mystery swap 2.
I love the pink sheep that came with it. I think I am trying some of the nerves in the house with pressing its button to make it baa. So cute! The yarn is all pink and the shawl pattern is for the sheep shawl. The silk yarn I am not sure if I can knit with it because I just like rubbing it across my face.
Thank you so much Jinxsa! An awesome person and also a fellow Canadian. Hope you like the package I sent as much I as I have enjoyed yours!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sermon for Advent 3 Year A

This is a sermon that I just did at one of the Churches here in BC.

There is a commercial on TV that comes on during the hockey games; it is advertising the Hockey cards that you can get a MacDonald’s. The scene starts off with a father and son looking over the boy’s cards over lunch at Macdonald’s and an older man in the next table sitting looking over his cards. The Father leans over and looks at the older man’s cards. "That’s a good one" the father says. "It’s a rare one" says the older man. "My Son needs that one, trade you?" And the banter begins "For what?" questions the older man, What do you want? What do you got? And then the father says "What do you need?"
I smile every time I see this commercial, not because I collect hockey cards or because I love to haggle but because to me I see what I do in my life and in my prayer life. We as humans are always balancing our needs and wants in ourselves and with others. As the old saying goes don’t expect something for nothing or there is no such thing as no strings attached. When we do a favour for someone there is chance that we can call on it when we need help. When I was a child I’m sure my parents were sick of hearing "If I can have a horse, a Barbie dream house or a cell phone for Christmas, I will never ask for another thing again!" when we pray we sometimes use the same tactic bargaining for what we want and hoping we can find something to trade with. "Lord I will give up chocolate for 3 months if only I the lottery, get this good job, we could all fill in the blank of this prayer. But in the readings today we are told that there is no need to bargain, there is no trading or trying to figure out what God "needs". God already knows what we need and our expectations are not just met, but God goes beyond them!
In Matthew we hear John the Baptist asking Jesus if he is the one. In the Message translation the question posed is "Are you the One we’ve been expecting or are we still waiting?" and Jesus answers " the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed. The deaf hear, the dead are raised, the wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side. Is this what you were expecting?" What a wonderful way to put it "Is this what you were expecting?" If I was John, I would most likely be expecting a yes or no answer! But Jesus goes beyond the simple answer and expectations of John and his followers. Not only is there healing going on here, but people are beginning to see that God is on their side, God is with them. The waiting is over! God is here among us and in each one of us. In the Isaiah reading we see the over abundance of God. The whole world is humming with joy; the deserts are blooming, the lame leaping, and the deaf hearing. This is what our future could look like, but I believe that this passage is not just a "could be" but a real possible now, a definite “could be”. If we strengthen our own weak hands and knees, and take heart in "be strong, do not fear here is our God." With radical hospitality and radical love in our hearts, we can start to walk the highway together now. Young and old, able bodied or not, all are welcome on the highway, each one helping the other, no pitfalls or roadblocks. God has promised that no one shall go astray. Not even the people who have no sense of direction. No maps are needed and there is no charge for the journey. The only thing needed is the desire to walk the way and the desire to reach out and listen to those whom we are called to walk. This imagery is best described in the hymn, Sister; let me be your servant. Let me be as Christ to you, pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too. We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travellers on the road, we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. With this hymn on our lips we can only be joyful, we can only be those people that Isaiah speaks of. "They sing as they make their way home to Zion, unfading halos of joy encircling their heads, welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness as all sorrow and sighs scurry away." (Message) Let us welcome each other home, let us be Christ to one another and lets us make those “could bes" happen.
Let us pray
O Lord our God, Wellspring of all that is.

You are the sea on which we float,
You are the wind that fills our sails,
You are the storm that buffets us,
You are the calm that brings us peace.

Open our ears to hear Your word,
Open our eyes to see Your beauty,
Open our hearts to be warmed by Your love.

Free us from our lonely prisons of fear and selfishness,
And make us over, day by day, into bearers of Your peace.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I am deeply loved!

After 3 years of hating EFM (education for ministry check it out) I have come to like it and dare I say enjoy it. I am in my last year and so I am excited about finishing but the 4Th year material is actually interesting. It is about the 18Th century and on so I guess you can call it current events. I am finding myself going deeper in to the material and also going deeper in my reflections. I guess the walls that I was running up against the last 3 years have been broken down. I can feel that I have a deep centre of God within me. A for sure wow moment for me. I find it funny that this feeling would come at this point in my life when I am feeling alone, tired and sad. But somewhere inside me I feel that it will be okay and I know that I am loved! Thank you God.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

National Post

I was interviewed for an article in the National Post and it came out today. They wanted to talk to a younger nun and since I am the youngest in my community I to be in the paper. I am sure I now have used up my 15 mins of fame. I hope it helps the RL a bit and that maybe it will spark someone to think about life in community.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sad goodbyes

I think that one of the hardest things that communities have to deal with is people coming and going. By the time my last year of being a novice came around I was the only one left. I have just found out that one of the community is leaving. I have not lived in the same house as she has and have just meet her a few weeks ago. But I really liked her and I thought that she fit in really well. I know one of the reasons that some people leave is one that I struggle with all the time is loneliness. I do also miss not have a special person in my life. So why am I here and she is leaving? I am not sure it not that my pain is any less. It is a question that I ask myself over and over with no answer is sight except for I need to be here right now. I guess its my call right now to stay and what will be next God only knows!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Back in blogger land/ lets try again!

I know that it has been a long time since I last posted. Things started to get way to busy and I just gave up on blogging.
Since my last post I have been 1st professed in my community. I also have been posted to our branch house in BC. I love BC! I don't know how anyone can leave. I will have one more year and then I am back to Toronto.
I still knit and if I tried to explain all the projects that I have started and finished it would be a very long post indeed. The one project that is always in the background is my journey blanket. I asked the people that I invited to my profession to bring a skein of yarn that represented them. I now am knitting the balls of yarn in to a blanket. I call it a journey blanket because it has all the people that have helped me along my path and have walked with me for a short time or a long time. The problem is that I did not realize how many people have walked with me!

Glad to be back and hope to keep up with blogging this time.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Back from Vacation

I am back from a weeks vacation. Why does time seem to go quicker when you are on vacation?It was nice to come back but I did enjoy the time away. Its amazing what you can get done when you don't have to do anything else! I finished blocking a scarf that was rolling terrible. I also finished up a prayer shawl for a friend. Now I can get to the other projects that are stack up in my room. Then I can buy more yarn. 8)
While I was on vacation I also got my hair cut. Today I was told that the hair cut made me look younger. Which for a women moving close to 30 makes me wonder "how old do I look!??"