Recent Posts by Sister Maria Gemma

A Life with Saint Joseph

The Congregation of Holy Cross holds a very special place in my heart! This religious congregation ran the college that I attended. Sometimes I think it was Holy Cross that prepared me to become a Franciscan! There are many ways that my college years and the spirituality of Holy Cross prepared me to receive the…
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She Pondered These Things in Her Heart

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, mother of Christ and our mother as well! In the Gospel for today, we hear that when the shepherds share with Mary and Joseph the message from the angels, Mary “kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk.2:19). We also hear these words at…
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Do Little Things With Great Love

St. Teresa of Calcutta is known for the heroic love she had for the poor who lived in the streets of  Calcutta. She often said, “Do little things with great love.” This always gave me courage that I, too, could be a saint. Simultaneously, this way of being is the beauty of the life of…
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Keeping Christmas Well

I love Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I find it a beautiful story of conversion, and of what can happen to us when we allow the (Holy) Spirit to work in our lives (reluctant as we sometimes are). We’re told at the tale’s end that Scrooge “knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man…
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