Aug 3, 2021
Join Franciscan Associate Michele Rosha as she radiates the joy of God’s presence through her storytelling, her generosity of spirit and her accompaniment of others in life’s transitions.
From Michele’s interview: “My grandmother on my mother's side was sickly. She had something with her heart really early on. What I remember most about her is that her bed was in the dining room. It was a hospital bed, and there was a big radio there and she and I would pray the rosary together when we'd come to visit. And so I think of her as my first spiritual director; I just remember that time as being really very special. ….
I don't like conflict, but I have learned that through the challenges we have, we really do learn life's lessons. I've taken a softer view of that. It's like, okay God, this is something that's going to happen in my life, whether I like it or not, so teach me the lesson well. And I believe that God has answered that prayer for me because, we don't want a lesson a second and a third and a fourth time; sometimes that's what's happened. If we don't learn the lesson, we get it over and over again. So I try to learn it when it comes to me the first time…. there are going to be conflicts in life, but that is what makes life beautiful. ….
If you feel like there's something missing in your life, connect with the Franciscan community…. if you feel like there's a hunger there, it can be fed with a Franciscan spirituality, and with getting involved with the Franciscan community because it's certainly has done that for me.”
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Liturgy of the Hours: To learn about this is, see https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgy-of-the-hours.
Novena: To learn more about Novenas, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novena.
Consecration to St. Joseph: For further information, please see https://www.consecrationtostjoseph.org/.
Rosary: For more about the Rosary, see https://catholicstraightanswers.com/what-is-the-rosary-and-how-did-it-originate/.
Divine Mercy chaplet: see https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/chaplet.
Religious Communities: For a simple summary of religious communities development in a Roman Catholic context see: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Roman-Catholicism/Religious-communities. My own community, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is an example of a religious community today.
Holy Spirit: Christians believe in a Triune God, a mystery of three persons in one God. For a broad exploration of the Holy Spirit in Christianity, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Christianity. Note this excerpt from Saint Francis of Assisi’s Later Rule X:8 “Let them pay attention to what they must desire above all else: to have the Spirit of the Lord and Its holy activity.”
“Listening Ministry” by Susan K. Hedahl: Michele quoted an excerpt by Steven Veer:
“To listen a person into discovery and disclosure may be the most important thing you can do for a soul.” This book was published by Fortress Press in 2001, see https://www.amazon.com/Listening-Ministry-Rethinking-Pastoral-Leadership/dp/0800631749.
Hospice: To learn what Hospice is, see https://hospicefoundation.org/Hospice-Care/Hospice-Services. Also, see “Midwife for the Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying” by Kathy Kalina, published by Pauline Books and Media in 2007: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/432444.Midwife_For_Souls.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Referred to in different ways at different times in the Scriptures, see https://www.christianity.com/god/holy-spirit/what-are-the-seven-gifts-of-the-holy-spirit-scripture-meaning.html.
Francis and the pigs story, recorded by Roger of Wendover, between 1225; see verse 6 https://www.franciscantradition.org/francis-of-assisi-early-documents/the-saint/related-documents/other-chronicles-and-references/1044-fa-ed-1-page-597.