Author Archives: Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider

Horizontal Rain

May 30th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Like rain, life generally comes vertically: we get down to work, papers pile up on our desk, we come down with flu, we settle down to a good night’s sleep, we get up and dress up. Life is full of ups and downs.

But sometimes life has its “acrosses” like horizontal rain. Like the more destructive horizontal rain, life’s acrosses can send us reeling or at least step back momentarily off balance. Horizontal rain cannot be dodged easily. We can’t put up an umbrella or stand under an overhang. The choices are limited: stay indoors or take the full brunt.  All or nothing.

Facing God is like facing horizontal rain: all or nothing. When we accept God, we have to accept God’s People: “…just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Mt. 25:40). When we follow Jesus we follow him the whole way: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mk 8:34). We must forgive “seventy times seven times”–always, not just when it’s easy.

Will you face what comes across your path? God, yell “Come” above the winds, and we will follow.

The Universe’s Baby Picture

May 21st, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

God gave birth to the universe in the Big Bang, the first instant in the universe’s baby book. At its birth Baby Universe, perhaps an inch long, probably weighed a thousand tons. There was a lot for Divine Parent to love! And Baby Universe grew rapidly. At about one one-hundredth of a second Baby Universe measured the length of our solar system.

God must have been delighted! Everything was going according to plan, a beautiful birth. Every particle newly born expressed God’s loving spirit. Everything was filled with Love. If only we had the universe’s baby picture, wouldn’t we say, “Looks just like its Father”?

Delight in the photos of God’s Baby! You’ll be caught up in the same loving spirit.

“Lord, Give Me All That I Need Today”

May 14th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

“Lord, give me all that I need to do what you would have me do this day,” Lisa has prayed each morning since October 15, 2004, when the Casualty Operations Desk verified that her son Matthew was listed as VSI (Very Seriously Injured). His tank was attacked inIraq, and all the other soldiers were killed.

Over the years Lisa knows that Matthew’s progress can stop anywhere. Her prayer continues to be, “Lord, give me all that I need to do what you would have me do this day.”

What do you need today? Just ask. God will dive in when we’re drowning in sorrow. God will walk by our side when we need companionship. God will carry us when we can go no farther.

Risen Lord, Creation Rising

May 9th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

 

Spring clean-up at the PC with Sr. Ruth and Tom!

Today I took newspapers for recycling. Ilia Delio in her book Care for Creation claims that we encounter Christ crucified at our hands by pollution and waste. So did I encounter the Risen Lord through recycling? I believe I did. Christ was in the persons who lifted the bundles onto the truck.

Christ’s loving pride in creation—“See what I made!”—was in the people working in their yards to remove the debris of winter, their hands itching to plant.

Christ was in my thoughts as I planned a route with multiple stops to conserve gasoline. May earth’s green gems rising remind us of Jesus risen from the dead.

Muddy Tennis Shoes—and God Saw That It Was Good

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Spring—season of glowing daffodils, pink blossoms—and mud.  Scraping tennis shoes is a ritual of the season. With stick or screwdriver in hand, I focus on every crevice, the sole a labyrinth demanding concentration. Scraped out dirt returns to the earth to take part in the growing of daffodils and pink blossoms. In the beginning God created the cycles and saw that it was very good.

Throughout the day notice the blessings of creations. With God say, “That’s good!”

Promoting God’s Plan

April 29th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Several of us Sisters of Notre Dame, along with other laity and religious sisters, listened this past Saturday to Louis Savary’s presentation on Teilhard de Chardin. Having summarized Teilhard’s ideas on evolution, Savary told how the universe—and all in it—is becoming more conscious of its divine nature. Such consciousness has taken billions of years, but we can move the process along. How? Make connections. Initiate conversation. Reach out in compassion. Deepen friendship. Strengthen your expertise. Be grateful. In all things live the God within. Eventually we’ll all connect.

Then the universe pulsing with God-life will return to God in a grand embrace.

It’s Spring! It’s Baseball! It’s John 3:16!

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Athletic events bring out signs to remind us that “God so loved the world” (John 3:16). The Greek word in Scripture is kosmos. God so loved the cosmos. If we are to love as God loved, then our love must be immense reaching far beyond Planet Earth. And scientists are telling us that the universe is expanding. So my love must expand. What can I do today to expand my love?  Will I remember people living hundreds of miles away in my prayer? Will I be mindful of the closeness of all humanity when I breathe in air that was in China two weeks ago? Will I be careful of earth’s precious resources? If I’ve been too myopic, now’s the time to throw out the first pitch to a new ball game of “Love the Cosmos.”

Mystery of Woundedness

April 15th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

 

Love grows in the mystery of woundedness. All of us carry wounds. That’s OK. After all, Jesus Christ kept his five wounds after the resurrection. Like his, our wounds will be made beautiful some day. Then and now our wounds make us look more like Jesus.

Holding on to positive memories

March 20th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

 The sculptures of Michelangelo; the beauty, climate, and food of Tuscany; the whole experience of Italy: these are the positive memories that brighten the windiest March day. The feelings of appreciation in my heart held there even a short while change me.

Scientifically I know that my heart vibrates at a different frequency, which every cell in my body picks up. Because the electromagnetic field of my heart is about five thousand times more powerful than that of my brain, my brain is less likely to focus on worry and stress and more likely to focus on love and creativity.  I’ve read that my heart’s electromagnetic signal can be measured from six to ten feet away, so anyone near me can probably benefit from my trip to Italy, too.

What if everyone in the world would hold positive memories for a few minutes every day?  Would our world receive the healing it so desperately needs?

Trust in God’s Provident Care

March 12th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

 

Foundresses Sr. Mary Aloysia and Sr. Mary Ignatia

Our founding sister, Sister Maria Aloysia Wolbring, put herself into the hands of the dear God and, whether in Germany or the United States, did whatever needed to be done. Sometimes she was a local superior, sometimes not. She taught school, catechized, took care of the aged, managed a farm, struggled with American climate and language, served as advisor to the Superior General (although never a major superior herself), started many new affiliations, and most importantly prayed. In everything she trusted in God’s provident care.

Where are you being called to trust in God’s provident care?