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Sister Maria Inviolata is a member of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace. Assigned by Bishop Joseph Cistone, DD as the Pastoral Administrator of Ave Maria Parish, she resides with her community in Port Sanilac, at St. Mary's convent. Check back weekly for updates and current happenings at our Parish.

Third Sunday in Lent

Lent225x225Dear Parish Family,

When Moses saw [the burning bush] he wondered at the sight. And, at the command of God, he “incarnates” his wonder by removing his shoes. Wonder is the appropriate response to God. How then do we cultivate wonder? By silence. When Moses encounters God at the burning bush, he had spent an untold number of quiet nights under the stars and quiet days guiding sheep while wandering in the desert. St. Gregory of Nyssa declares, “it is upon us who continue in this quiet and peaceful course of life that the truth will shine, illuminating the eyes of our soul with its own rays.” If we desire to see God, if we desire wonder, we must, so to speak, take off our sandals. We must take off the sandals of noise. We must take off the sandals of distraction. We must enter into the blessed desert of silence that God might speak to our hearts. So how’s our Lent been? In the past three weeks, have we encountered God more or less? This week, has our devotion to our Lenten penances begun to fade? Have we even begun to do penance? Wherever we are is where we are. But it’s not okay to stay there. As we begin the third week of Lent, do we need to “take off our sandals”? What would be if we turned off the radio and said, “God, I just want to be with you right now”? What would be if we only watched the news every other day? Whatever our Lenten penance, what if we committed today to at least five minutes of quiet and peace which allows us to wonder at God? If we want our lives to be transformed—if we want to capture the joy of wonder—we must learn to take off the sandals of our noisy world. For truly, the Kingdom of God is within us. Truly we are temples of the Holy Spirit. Truly we are standing on holy ground because we are the holy ground. Refuse to let something so small as a cell phone distract you from the wonder of who you truly are. Refuse to let something so unimportant as popular music interrupt your listening to God. Refuse to let the noise of life prevent you from being fully human. Among the most important signs of a person’s greatness is the capacity to be comfortable with silence. If you can’t be at home with yourself alone and in silence, you are not yet fully human. Praying demands more listening than speaking. Thinking requires a space free from noise. Friendship demands an intimacy that transcends words. There are those who have no place for inner silence and talk out of compulsion, and there are those who are at home with silence and speak deliberately with serene freedom. While the first leaves you unsettled, the second brings you peace. Take off your sandals. Enter into silence. Live in wonder. ( 

God bless you all!

Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG