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Our charism is rooted in our spirituality. We invite members of the family of Joseph to share their personal reflections about spirituality and mission to inspire, uplift and educate.

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The Call to Radical Love and Eggplant Parmesan

During the Fuel the Body, Fuel the Soul meeting on April 11th, Sister Rosemary Casaleno showed participants her recipe for healthier eggplant parmesan. Following the recipe, Sister Philonise Keithley gave a presentation entitled, “Jesus, Women and the Call to Radical Love.”

Angela Faustina, CSJ

The true meaning of gratitude

As a child, the first components of social etiquette I learned were the “magical” words of please and thank you, generally used to get something I wanted. My realization that gratitude means much more came about just a few years later.

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Accompanying the Dear Neighbor

In this Lent, I am sensitive to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. As a part of this invitation, I am called to be more aware of “my desert”, the reality of life in my neighborhood, my town, my nation.

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Just Be

This Lenten season, I am being asked to do things that I never thought I could do, things that I thought were beyond my strength and ability to do, and a number of other things that I had not planned are happening one after another, but I try to answer “Yes” to these things without saying “I can’t.”

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Oneness in Lent

What shall I give up this Lent? How shall I pray this Lent? Familiar questions, yes, but in these times might these questions need new answers?

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Softening Our Hearts

Lent has a way of bringing us face to face with the “Great If.” There is a choice we make every Lent. A choice to hear the voice of God – or not.

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Pondering Lent

We know that Lent is the season of the church year during which we draw closer to God in preparation for Christ’s resurrection at Easter. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the three pillars of Lent, are intended to increase our reliance on Jesus and open space in our hearts for God to fill.

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Prayer for a Change in Consciousness

We are all called to be contemplatives in action. Our individual lives, our communities and our era in time continue to strain toward or yearn for grounding in the Divine that guides us in action. 

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Table Fellowship and Oatmeal Pancakes

When Fuel the Body, Fuel the Soul met on December 14, Sister Monica Kleffner showed participants her recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes. Following the recipe, Sister Sally Harper gave a presentation entitled, “Jesus, the Host with the Most.”

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Advent: Incarnating Love

I think my favorite line in any Christmas carol is “Fall on your knees!” That’s from “O Holy Night,” a French carol written in 1847. The song can be profoundly prayerful for us whether we are from the most traditional or the most avant-garde strains of spirituality. The essence is profound awe at the love of God.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.

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