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Thursday, Second Week of Easter


Fifteen years ago I pruned two shefferella branches too closely. After three years, one began to show new life, and I felt excited. Thirteen years later, the other put forth a small green shoot. I was awed and amazed . . . 

Remain in me, as I remain in you. (John 15: 4)
 
 

Fifteen years ago I pruned two shefferella branches too closely. After three years, one began to show new life, and I felt excited. Thirteen years later, the other put forth a small green shoot. I was awed and amazed at the new life after thirteen years of dormancy. As I reflected on these two branches, I realized that they had remained on the vine, drawing life from it in ways I couldn’t see. I asked myself:  Do I nurture others who appear cut off from the vine like I continued to water and fertilize those two branches?

Do I remain patient with those who deal with addictions, with myself as I struggle with the same areas of sinfulness? How does Jesus call me to relate to others and to myself? Jesus responds, “Remain in me, as I remain in you.”

Sr. Anna Marie Himmelberg C.PP.S. (O’Fallon)


 



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