Reasons to Smile

by Sr. Hope Therese, O.Carm.

Smile because we have the Father, Spirit, and Son.
Smile because there is some goodness in everyone.
Smile because of gifts you have always possessed.
Smile because you always have been richly blessed.
Smile because it can brighten someone's day.
Smile because it enlightens the Lord's way.
Smile because everything created has a purpose.
Smile because it causes happy feelings to surface.
Smile because everything is a grace.
Smile because Jesus prepared a place.
Smile because the Lord is your guide.
Smile because the Lord will provide.
Smile because a failure is never a loss.
Smile because Jesus died for us on the cross.
Smile because you have a free soul.
Smile because Jesus paid your toll.
Smile because things happen for a reason.
Smile because all bear fruit in due season.
Smile because God gave everyone free will.
Smile because He is here with us all still.
Smile because it could always be worse.
Smile because you are not in a hearse.
Smile because you have people who love you.
Smile because you have angels above you.
Smile because there is always a reason to be glad.
Smile because God will always makes good come from the bad.
Smile because there is nothing to fear.
Smile because the Lord is always near.
Smile because the winter will pass.
Smile because in spring grows the grass.
Smile because all is meant to be.
Smile because God loves you and me.
Smile because it looks good on you.
Smile because God's promise is true.
Smile because friendships have been grown.
Smile because mercy has been shown.
Smile because you have made it this far.
Smile because of how happy you are .
Try to smile even when you are feeling blue,
Someday happiness will be sure to find you.
You are only a loser if you are a quitter,
The trials of life can make you better or bitter.
Sadness is just a state of mind,
While joy is a state of being.
When you frown, you look down and you are blind.
When you smile, all the while you are seeing.


Prayer to Mary

by Sr. Lois Ann Wetzel, O.Carm.

 Photo: Google Image

 Mary, my Mother and sister, how often I have wanted to leave you at a safe distance in stained glass glory and on alabaster pedestals.  Instead you teach me that your life was a simple life of love lived with bread dough on your hands and the dust of Nazareth on your feet.  Let your gospel journey find expression in my own life.  Your beautiful Magnificat sang of your faith in the Almighty and your concern and solidarity with the poor and dispossessed of this world.  Help me to do the same.  I need your Annunciation faith to be able to say as you did, “let it be done to me as You will”.  Give me the compassion that you showed when visiting Elizabeth; the compassion to bring Jesus to the world.  I want your Bethlehem trust to let Jesus be born in my life in whatever circumstances I find myself.  Help me to carry out your Cana invitation to “do whatever He tells you”.  And give me your Calvary courage to stand at the foot of the Cross of our broken world believing that the Spirit who brought Jesus to life in your womb will also bring His life to every place and situation that awaits the fulfillment of His promises.  Be with me Mary on my journey.  Be a mother to the Christ-life in me.  Be my companion and guide.  Amen.


Saint Martha's Day

“Saint Martha’s Day” is a designation given to a day of the month when novice/s plan something for the local community.  This could be in the form of preparing a dish to be shared at meals or planning an activity.

On Sunday, November 13, Sr. Philomena shared her acquired skill at cooking with Spaghetti “pizza” casserole (something she cooked for her family).  Her assistant, Sr. Helena, tried the new bread machine acquired as a gift and baked the pumpkin bread.  See for yourselves!