Hermitage Reflection for October

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.

~ St. Teresa of Avila

Rufus at the hermitage window.

There will always be challenges and distractions throughout our lives ... much joy and gratitude, too, for sure! But those outer gravitational pulls, attempting to lead us outside the realm of God's peace, need not divert our hearts away from our only source of confidence to persevere ... God.

We learn to live with and through the stresses of life by remaining on God's course; the course that invites us to journey with an unconditional trust, daily listening for divine wisdom. The grace of unconditional trust empowers us to keep on course. No, it's not easy. But we have God's promise to be ever present with us and within us!

Lord, turn my heart to You Who are ever present loving, strengthening, gazing, forgiving, and carrying me through life. I trust in You, and I entrust myself and all whom I love to Your loving care.

"Cast all your cares on Him
because He cares for you."

~ 1 Pt 5: 7


Prayer to Our Lady of Tenderness


Below is a prayer composed by Bishop John W. Flesey to Our Lady of Tenderness. United in heart and mind, let us pray together, that hearts across our globe may open to receive the gift of Christ's peace.

Our Lady

Dear Lady of Tenderness,

We live in an angry and violent world. War and terrorism threaten us on all sides. We respectfully turn to you, O Mother of the Compassionate One. We beg your intercession for us, your suffering sons and daughters. Because of the intimate bond you share with your Son Jesus, our Risen Lord, we know you will hear and heed our prayer for help. Ask your Savior Son to pour forth His Peace into our minds and hearts so that we might become one truly holy family united and guided by His Holy Spirit. Amen.
~ Bishop John W. Flesey




~ Our Lady of Tenderness, pray for us! ~