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Janurary 4, 2020

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Jn 1: 35-42

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” 

They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 

He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

See where your heart’s desire takes you

A friend of mine uses today’s Gospel as the start of his meditation every day. He pictures Jesus asking: “What are you looking for?” His fidelity to Jesus’ invitation “come and see” is an inspiration.

St. Ignatius would invite each of us to be attuned to the desires of our hearts, to articulate that for which we seek, just as my friend does on a daily basis.

Both my friend and today’s saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, understood the meaning of call and response. I have stood at Mother Seton’s grave several times in my life. Just being there filled me with fire for the mandate to proclaim the Good News. A woman with great desire aligned with God’s desire for her, Elizabeth is a model for us as we “come and see” and follow with generous hearts.

Elizabeth Ann Seton, our first native-born American Saint, pray for us!

—Susan Kusz, SND is a Sister of Notre Dame serving as Associate Director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI.

Prayer

God of all goodness, you inspired St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with a burning zeal to find you in all the events of her life as a wife, mother, widow and religious foundress. Because of her, our Church has been blessed with the rich tradition of Catholic schools in America. May we, like Elizabeth, always seek you with diligent love and zealous service. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Notre Dame Prays, the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States


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Janurary 4, 2020

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Jn 1: 35-42

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” 

They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 

He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

See where your heart’s desire takes you

A friend of mine uses today’s Gospel as the start of his meditation every day. He pictures Jesus asking: “What are you looking for?” His fidelity to Jesus’ invitation “come and see” is an inspiration.

St. Ignatius would invite each of us to be attuned to the desires of our hearts, to articulate that for which we seek, just as my friend does on a daily basis.

Both my friend and today’s saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, understood the meaning of call and response. I have stood at Mother Seton’s grave several times in my life. Just being there filled me with fire for the mandate to proclaim the Good News. A woman with great desire aligned with God’s desire for her, Elizabeth is a model for us as we “come and see” and follow with generous hearts.

Elizabeth Ann Seton, our first native-born American Saint, pray for us!

—Susan Kusz, SND is a Sister of Notre Dame serving as Associate Director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI.

Prayer

God of all goodness, you inspired St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with a burning zeal to find you in all the events of her life as a wife, mother, widow and religious foundress. Because of her, our Church has been blessed with the rich tradition of Catholic schools in America. May we, like Elizabeth, always seek you with diligent love and zealous service. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Notre Dame Prays, the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States


Please share the Good Word with your friends!