Sisters of Notre Dame
proclaim God's goodness and provident care. As disciples of Jesus, we:
• create community for mission
• nurture faith through education
• stand in solidarity with those in need
We invite you to enrich your spirituality each day by reading the Sunday Gospel, focusing on one aspect.
Procedure for each day
1) Place yourself in an attitude of receptivity to the word that God wishes to reveal to you at this particular time.
2) Slow your mind, gradually becoming still inside and out. Sit in that stillness for a moment, being aware that God is as present as your every breath.
3) Invite God into your life now.
4) Read the Gospel slowly, preferably audibly.
5) Select a day of the week from the list below.
6) Spend a few prayerful moments with the focus of that day.
After His ascension, evidently Jesus’ friends gathered as a praising and worshipping community.
What seems to have filled their hearts?
Allow Jesus’ friends/followers to be present to you today in your prayer. What fills your heart?
Heritage word—“When we are filled with Christ’s Joy of Hope, we know where our true happiness lies.” (Sister Mary Anselm, 6th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’”
What part of this event strikes you most?
Stay with that and let the Holy Spirit move you to prayer.
Heritage word—“Let us place ourselves quite close to this sweet and precious Spirit, so that we may all be purified.” (St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)
Monday~“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
Place yourself in the room with the scared apostles.
When do you find yourself fearful?
What do you do at those times?
Heritage word—“If we can step off the treadmill of our lives long enough, disengage from the entertainment of electronic devices and still the babble in our hearts, we may come face to face with a ‘culture’ alien to Jesus’ Kingdom.” (Sr. Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)
“Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”
Close your eyes and see Jesus entering the room you are presently in.
What do you notice about Jesus?
Take that image with you and be His peace throughout the day.
Heritage word—“I trust that the Spirit will help each of us to experience the truth and beauty of Mary as Woman of Justice and Peace in way that words cannot necessarily convey.” (Sr. Joan Marie, 9th Provincial of the Toledo Province)
“When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.”
Recall that time 52 days ago when Jesus’ hands were nailed to the cross.
While Jesus’ wounds are still evident today, He tends to others’ needs.
While still with you, wounds in your life need not paralyze you either.
Heritage word—“Let each of us be serious about letting God transform us.” (Sr. Joan Marie, 9th Provincial of the Toledo Province)
“The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.”
In their joy at seeing Jesus, the disciples did not focus on His wounded hands.
What makes you not focus on the woundedness in another person?
Try to see Jesus in the eyes of the persons in front of you today.
Heritage word—“We determine whether or not the Spirit’s power controls us or human limitations enslave us.” (Sr. Joan Marie, 9th Provincial of the Toledo Province)
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”
Hear Jesus saying those words to you, allowing His peace to flood your spirit.
How does it feel to be enveloped in Jesus’ peace?
Walk today as a person of peace, Jesus’ peace.
Heritage word—“Imagining a world of peace and justice is possible because the vision springs from the very heart of God.” (Sr. Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)