Author Archives: Sr. Marilyn Marie

Nurses’ Appreciation Week

May 6th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

As we celebrate Nurses’ Appreciation Week, I am very grateful for the loving service many of our Sister Nurses have provided for us and so many over the years.  One of my first encounters with their loving care as early as my high school years was the attention shown to me by Sister Mary Leo (aka Sr. Mary Leonilde) Furlong.  Sister served in nursing ministry for over 30 years and has shown Christ’s compassionate healing in countless ways.

Sister Mary Camilla Lochotzki is one of our Sister Nurses who continues this healing ministry today in her ministry at Rosary Care Center in Sylvania. At a gathering of our Sisters involved in health care ministry a year ago, they summarized their care as follows:

We, the Sisters of Notre Dame in the ministry of health
care, witness to God’s goodness and provident care
through the healing ministry of Jesus.
We commit ourselves to:
• respect for the dignity of the human person
• the health of the whole person
• universal access to health care
• preference for those who are poor or marginalized
• unity in our internationality
that all may have life and have it to the full.

 Thank you, Sisters, for your loving service!


The Media of Joy

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

It seems that many of my meetings and encounters of these past few days have had a strong emphasis on the importance of social media in sharing our message. A group of Vocation Directors met to discuss effective ways to reach young adults through social media, I just listened to a webinar addressing effective parish websites, I had a conversation with our communication director about our community blog content and how to link it to twitter account. There are so many avenues available and in demand of our time and attention.

I find myself stepping back and wondering just how Jesus would use social media if He was walking in our world today?  What would be the topic of his blog post? Who would He follow on twitter? Would He post a picture of Himself with His apostles? A comment made by one of our Sisters last night reminded me that above all Jesus’ greatest means for conveying His message was His joyful and engaging personality — His deep joy.  Media tools are a tremendous help, but the witness of joy is by far what draws people into the message.

Whose joyful witness has drawn you closer to Jesus?

Love Changes Everything

April 19th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

As I listen to today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles and hear of Saul’s conversion, I’m reminded of the difference one person can make in my life and the choice I have in allowing that change to happen.

Saul certainly knew of Jesus. In fact, he dedicated his life to eradicating anyone who claimed to be a follower of Jesus.  It was only when he encountered the person of Jesus and came to know Him that he came face to face with a choice. Would he remain driven to eliminate Jesus or be drawn to proclaim Jesus and His love to the world?  My deepest fears leave me feeling driven; my deepest desires find expression in my being drawn toward the object of my desire.

Saul chose to respond to the invitation of Jesus to be drawn into the mystery of His love and goodness.  Will I?

Whom Will You Feed Today?

April 12th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

As I listen to today’s Gospel story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, I am challenged again to reflect on who the hungry in my world are. It seems Jesus is calling the apostles to be aware of the hungry right in front of them and do something about their hunger.  I imagine the apostles might feel a bit overwhelmed and inadequate in the face of five thousand (!), but Jesus assures them He can use what they bring to work miracles.

While we all “feed the hungry” in various ways throughout our days, some of our Sisters are directly involved with providing food for those in need.  Sister Mary Susanna  Weaver helps once a week at the local food pantry. She helps to distribute food, clothing and toys to families who are eligible for assistance. Her outreach enables many to eat who might not otherwise be able to do so.

So, who are the hungry ones I will meet today?  How will I allow God to use my gifts to feed them?


Holy Heartburn?

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Isn’t it interesting that commercial after commercial on TV suggests ways for us to rid ourselves of heartburn, let alone multiple other physical maladies and inconveniences?  Yet, the sense in today’s Scripture reading and those throughout this Easter season seems to be that of nurturing the inner flame and fueling the fire!

The disciples on the road to Emmaus are weary, discouraged and ready to quit when suddenly Jesus walks with them and sets their hearts on fire!  Mary Magdalene in the garden is beside herself with grief when Jesus calls her name and reignites her hope and passion.  The apostles in the upper room are in hiding out of fear when the Spirit of Jesus descends on them in tongues of fire, and nothing will keep them from proclaiming the truth of the resurrection!

Perhaps we need to be open to fueling the fire within through Word, Sacrament and the Presence of Jesus in our midst.


Photo ID

March 21st, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

On a recent trip to the airport to fly to  California I, like all the other travelers, needed to produce a photo ID along with my boarding pass.  The security agent studied it carefully to be sure it matched the person he saw standing before him.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus proclaims boldly and without hesitation that His identity is I AM. He knows who He is and is confident that the person others see coincides with that identity.  As a baptized Catholic, I know my identity is to be a beloved child of God and witness of that love to everyone I meet.  Others have a right to expect that the words and actions they experience in my life are a good match to my professed identity.

Would I be able to pass through “security” today if I were checked on my Christian identity?

We Walk with Women

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As I heard the Scripture story of the Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8) read both yesterday and again today at Mass, I was struck by the vulnerability of women and how this has been true throughout the centuries.  Whether or not the woman is actually guilty almost seems secondary; so often she is “used” for the purposes of others.

Coming from Mass this morning and still reflecting on this story, I am heartened to read an email from Sister Mary Jo Toll at the U.N. telling us that she and Sister Mary Pat Dorobek will be together for the Commission on the Status of Women, meeting women and girls from all over the world and listening to NGOs, government Ministers for Women, and other agencies who focus on the issues of women and girls. I am grateful to know that our Congregation is represented in helping to make a difference in the lives of women and girls throughout the world.

So often, I don’t really know the story behind the faces of the women I encounter each day.  I pray that today I may look at each one with the same compassion that marked Jesus’ life and ministry.

God’s Desire

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

I had the opportunity yesterday to read a piece on St. John of the Cross, and while it was about the fourth time I read it, it touched me in a whole new way.

In the book, Impact of God, Iain Matthew writes of God’s intense desire to enter our lives and give Himself to us.  He writes: “John dares to place on the lips of his God the words: ‘I am yours, and for you, and I am pleased to be as I am that I may be yours and give myself to you.'”

My reflection on this passage led me to pray the words of Psalm 63, but to hear them as though God was speaking them to me: “O Marilyn, you are my Marilyn whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary….”  What an amazing God who desires us more than we could ever desire Him!

Is God calling you to recognize in a new way His incredible desire to be part of your life?

True Friendship

March 7th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

As we celebrate today the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, I’m reminded of how grateful I am of the gift of true friendship.  These two women of the early Church had a relationship deeper than owner and slave; they supported one another in a friendship that led to closer union with Christ. Together they lived for Christ and together they died a martyr’s death for Christ.

Our Constitutions as Sisters of Notre Dame remind us that “We appreciate true friendship which has its center in Jesus Christ and unites us in him.”  Only when our friendships are centered in him will they bear fruit.  Our Congregation has a rich tradition and history of friendship from Mary and Elizabeth, Saint Julie Billiart and Francois Blin de Bourdon, to Hilligonde and Elisabeth.  We have been richly blessed by friends who have influenced our desires to grow in our union with Christ and to bring about His kingdom. I thank God today for the friends within the community and outside the community who have influenced my desires.

Who has influenced your desires? For what friends are you most grateful?

Pope Benedict

February 11th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Marilyn Marie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We join with the universal Church this morning as we hear the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation as Holy Father in praying for him and for all Catholics throughout the world.

I’m reminded of the times I’ve been privileged to visit the Vatican and the overwhelming gratitude I felt for the universal bond of faith so tangible there.  Our Church is bigger than nationalities, ideologies and manners of approaching the events of daily life.  We are one, holy, Catholic and apostolic. We are united in our common mission – the mission of Jesus. We are committed to making God’s love tangible and real for all those we meet.

Please join me in praying in gratitude for Pope Benedict’s service to our Church and for wisdom for those who will elect our next Holy Father.