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February 21, 2016: Second Sunday of Lent

St. Joseph's Lake

(Photo: St. Joseph’s Lake on the motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. )

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. (Luke 9:28b-36)


Where are the places in your life that you say, “It feels great to be here; to be in this situation; to be with these people”? Do you want to just settle in and be comfortable? That’s not the way of discipleship. The follower of Jesus keeps moving and spreads his message of love.


Take time this week to find your own quiet “mountaintop” where you can be alone, even for a few minutes, to thank God for your blessings and to ask God for strength to do hard things.

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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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