Sister Mary Beth Klingel
Content written by Sister Mary Beth
March 26, 2023: Fifth Sunday of Lent
May the whole world, which God has created in love, flower in faith and good works and so receive new life
March 19, 2023: Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A
May we, the baptized, by the example of our lives, become in Christ the light of the world
March 12, 2023: Third Sunday of Lent
As the catechumens begin their final journey to the water of baptism, they participate in what are called Scrutinies
March 5, 2023: Second Sunday of Lent
I believe more time in prayer is essential to the season of Lent
Moving from darkness to light
Since shopping for Christmas presents could be particularly challenging this year, think about gifting others with these blessings instead, at Christmas and throughout the year
Father’s Day Prayer
Creator and Sustainer of all life,
thank You for my father whose life reflects/reflected
Your abiding love and care.
Reclaim the season of Advent
Advent is my favorite season of the Liturgical Year. I love this quiet time before Christmas.
It isn’t a penitential time like Lent. It is a time of quiet anticipation.
Anticipation is naturally in the air. Children certainly anticipate Santa Claus and time off from school. Adults anticipate a break from work, getting together with family and friends, the chance to kick back and relax from the frenzied pace of life.
Advent is the season of waiting and longing. Our society makes it almost impossible to wait.
I noticed that Christmas TV programming began in early November. Certainly, Christmas advertising and shopping crept in even earlier — before Halloween!
The greatest challenge in Advent is to refrain from celebrating Christmas. Christmas is coming and it will be more than a day. In fact, there are 12 days for celebration, as the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” suggests (Christmas Eve on Dec. 24 through Epiphany on Jan. 6).
Surrounded by the dead
I always think of my maternal grandfather, Alex “Casey” Gutgsell, on Halloween. He was very German and very stern. But he also had a mischievous side.
As kids, we went first to “trick or treat” at my grandparents’ home. Someone always dressed up like a witch and wore a treasured, horrific mask to complete her costume.
Without fail, Grandpa Gutgsell would remove the mask from the little witch, put it on and proceed to scare us. It so delighted him and so annoyed my grandmother.
The season of Advent began yesterday. A period of time leading up to Christmas and parallel to the Lenten season preceding Easter, Advent is a time of hopeful waiting as we look forward to celebrating the in-breaking of God on Earth in the person of Jesus the Christ. Unlike Lent, it is not penitential in…
This week is Halloween. Every store has been jamb-packed with get-ups of various kinds, to accommodate every desire. TV ads have appeared from time-to-time inviting us to haunting events in the area. From a Christian perspective, Halloween signals the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, Nov. 1 and 2. I enjoy going to the…
Sisters of Providence Serving Our Country
Some view Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, though officially it doesn’t begin until later in June. This holiday was designated as such by Gen. John A. Logan on May 5, 1868. It was known for a short while as Decoration Day because of the practice of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with…
A Valiant Woman
People around the world honor mothers. Designating a special day for mothers, as we do in the United States, brings into the consciousness of our nation the wonderful women who bear the name Mother. Of course, our mind goes immediately to our own mother, the woman who gave us birth and nurtured us along the…
Sister Mary Beth is currently ministering as the Guest Services Coordinator in Woodhaven, a Retreat and Guest House. In addition to many liturgical involvements, she also is a volunteer visitor in Providence Health Care. Previously she served for 10 years on the SP leadership team
general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.