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Love and Unity

Love and Unity

2023-01-2013:38

When we listen to each other and honor the Spirit speaking within each person, we may not agree, but we will come to understand each other. When we understand each other, we remember our common purpose, which is to share the Gospel. Our diversity is beautiful — and a gift. Our call is to love, and in our love we’ll find our unity. You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. Subscribe to the Providence Podcast wherever you get your podcasts: https://availableon.com/theprovidencepodcast  At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky. Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org. By Sister Leslie Keener, CDP
What does God want from you? Service? Obedience? Or, is it something more, something more relational, more intimate? You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. Subscribe to the Providence Podcast wherever you get your podcasts: https://availableon.com/theprovidencepodcast At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here.  God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.   Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org. By Sister Leslie Keener, CDP
Like the Magi, we have each other as travel companions. Community at its best stands together beneath the night sky, gazing at signs from God, and following where they lead. Where shall we go? Let’s discern together. You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. Subscribe to the Providence Podcast wherever you get your podcasts: https://availableon.com/theprovidencepodcast At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here.  God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.   Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org. By Sister Leslie Keener, CDP
On this day, which is so often a time of making resolutions, there’s an invitation to consider God’s call for us too — because Mary of Nazareth is not the last person God invited to do a thing, and God is calling forth a courageous yes in us too. God has continued to call people to bring about God’s kingdom, which upends corrupt power and uplifts the vulnerable, and God is calling us to this great work too. What will your yes be?  You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.  Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org. Happy New Year! 
Shepherds and Angels

Shepherds and Angels

2022-12-2216:43

In our Gospel, the shepherds hasten to the manger to behold the Christ child. It’s a beautiful, idyllic scene. However, we can learn a lot if we reflect on this scene more deeply, making real the image we often see on Christmas cards. How did those shepherds respond to the invitation to go and see the Christ, and how are we called to respond this Christmas as well? You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.  Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org. Merry Christmas!  By Sister Fidelis Tracy, CDP Sr. Fidelis Tracy is a Sister of Divine Providence. She has also served as a high school teacher, a vocation director, a retreat preacher, and Professor of Theology at Thomas More University. She currently offers written and spoken reflections (like this one!) and spiritual programs as well. She likes comic strips in the newspaper because they speak more truth than the other parts. She enjoys reading, counted cross stitch, and music. Someday she will be published in a scholarly journal. She is one sassy sister!
God, Give Us a Sign!

God, Give Us a Sign!

2022-12-1511:39

The birth of the vulnerable, needy Christ child is a profound, important sign that God has given humanity. God became finite and shows us infinite love; God became needy and shows us God’s Providence; God became poor and shows us abundance. You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.  Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org.
Let’s rejoice because the reign of God is near and here, among us and within us and yet to come. Let’s allow ourselves to be moved by the beauty of the earth and to rejoice with it. You can read the reflection and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.  Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org.
If you were to envision a world in which your deepest desires (for yourself, your community and family, humankind, and creation) were manifested, what would it look like? What do your longings tell you about yourself? What do they tell you about God and God’s call for you? You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky. Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org
Come on, everybody! Let’s act right and wake up! God is inviting you and me into this holy, still, gentle, waiting season of Advent. Let’s open ourselves, seeking God in all things because God wants to be found. You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky. Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org
Christ is not invisible. Christ is not high and mighty. Christ is all around us, in each person we meet, and within our very selves. So, let’s allow Christ the vulnerable king to walk closely with us, and when Christ invites each of us into his kingdom, I hope we say yes. You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky. Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org
I find hope in the fact that hard times will come to an end. Nothing is permanent. I wish all the good things would last forever, but one positive aspect of change is that it also brings hard things to a close. God is very deeply with us even as we move through the worst kind of suffering, and resurrection comes and brings hope too. You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky. Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org
Love and Endurance

Love and Endurance

2022-11-0318:44

Anyone who’s truly living their vocation, religious, single, and married people, know both love and endurance. And there’s something about sisters who tend to move toward service. In big and little ways, we keep on keeping on. We align ourselves with discomfort and lean into uncertainty and sometimes even run toward danger. In all that we run to and embrace, endure and uplift, we do it for love of people and love of God. Do you want to learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence? Check out our website here: www.CDPKentucky.org You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. God Space is a ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky.  For reflection: How have endurance and love been a part of your life and faith? Have you ever felt that God was calling you to do something difficult or uncomfortable? How did you discern that call? How did you respond? How was God with you? Who do you look to as a model of faith? What about them inspires you? Do you have a sense of God’s call for you? Have you ever thought about religious life? If so, we're here to help! Email Sister Leslie at vocation@CDPKentucky.org and let's just talk.  What do you need from God to persevere in life and faith? Maybe take a few moments to talk with God about this or about whatever’s in your heart or on your mind. #vocationawarenessWeek ##NVAW #Providence #GodSpace #CatholicSisters
This reading from the Book of Wisdom can take us pretty deep into the mystery of God and the paradox of God — that God is both infinite and intimate. God holds the universe and all things in it; the magnitude of God is unimaginable. And yet, God is within each one of us and knows us personally. God is the Creator of all, and God is knit deeply within each one of us.  You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP Sister Leslie is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
God wants us as we are. No bravado, no chest beating and discarding our own worth. God receives us – all that we are, our past, our present, our brokenness and giftedness — the whole of each of us. God loves us however we show up. And God always shows up for us. For reflection: On a scale of Pharisee to Tax Collector, where do you fall right now? What makes you think so? What do you need from God in this space? What kind of prayer works best for you? Is there something in your life that God is inviting you to reflect on right now, maybe something that you don’t want to look at or haven’t really explored? Let’s just take a few moments to talk with God, and listen to what God might want to say. Or, if you feel called, just sit with God in silence. You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here. by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP Sister Leslie is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
What an image of leadership – Moses so visibly present on the hill with his hands raised and two of his community members on either side offering support. It seems like a lot of us could benefit from this kind of leadership, especially during these times of transition. We’re no longer what we have been, but we don’t know what we’re becoming. How will we get through this? How are our leaders leading, and how do we support each other as community? And where is God in all this? For reflection: Have you ever experienced a liminal space, neither where you have been nor where you’re going? How did you get through this time?  What are some of the challenges of a liminal season? What feelings stir up within you? What are some of the gifts of this time?  What do you need from your leaders?  If you yourself have a leadership role, what support do you need?  Spend a few minutes talking with God about all of this.  You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space, you can come as you are. You belong here.  Here's the book I refer to, and I hope you check it out:  Beaumont, Susan. How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP  Sister Leslie is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
The more that I, and we, live and grow into the fullness of being to which God calls us, the more we belong to God and ourselves. When we belong like that, we’ll find belonging wherever we go. For reflection: Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? What brought about that feeling, and how did you deal with it? When you have that feeling, where is God? Do you feel like you are living fully as God has created you to be? If not, how can you be more open to allowing God to bring you into the fullness of being for which God has created you? And who are the people around you that seem excluded? Is there a call or an invitation to align with them, to make a space for them, to include them in a circle of belonging? As you reflect on belonging, what is stirring in you? Maybe just take a few moments to talk with God about your thoughts and feelings. Some references from the podcast: Scripture reading: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/luke/17?11 Unlocking Us episode"Strong Backs, Soft Fronts, and Wild Hearts": https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-strong-backs-soft-fronts-and-wild-hearts/ Unlocking Us episode "Strong Backs, Soft Fronts, and Wild Hearts": https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-strong-backs-soft-fronts-and-wild-hearts/  Brené Brown's book Braving the Wilderness The Sisters of Divine Providence prayer "Act of Abandonment to Divine Providence" by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP Sister Leslie Keener, CDP is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
Even if we aren’t feeling it and we sort of quiet quit for a minute, God never quiet quits on us — or quiet fire us either. The Holy Spirit will stir things up. It will fuel and fan our fires. Stirring into flame is what the Spirit does.  For Reflection:  How are you doing right now, spiritually speaking?   Have you ever experienced spiritual burnout or dullness or smoldering? Did anything in particular bring it on?   How do you stir up your spiritual life? What helps you to rekindle your faith?  How has God helped you to move through spiritual burnout?   What do you need from God right now?  You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. At God Space,  you can come as you are. You belong here.  by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP  Sister Leslie Keener, CDP is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
Prophets comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and maybe that's what our prophets are doing -- afflicting us until we shift our expectations and attitudes. Attitude shifts are often uncomfortable for me, but that’s okay. A little discomfort never hurt me and, in fact, sometimes it helps me to grow.  For Reflection:  What about you? How do you respond to these readings?  How do you respond to feeling uncomfortable? What are your expectations around feeling comfortable? Have you ever had experiences with economically poor people? Or, have you had experiences of being poor yourself? What was that like? For what are you most grateful? Let’s spend some time reflecting on what’s good in life right now, and maybe we could even share that with God.        You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space,  you can come as you are. You belong here. by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP Sister Leslie Keener, CDP is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
Trust is a risk we take. It can lead to heartbreak, sure, but it also brings about deeper intimacy and connection. When we risk a little vulnerability, we see that someone is trustworthy, and so we can risk again. Eventually, each little moment can add up to a deeper relationship and an abiding trust with other people and with God. Learn more about Brené Brown's Anatomy of Trust here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGpm7efVJcA and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTbrU3icu58 For reflection: What have your experiences of trusting been like? Positive? Hurtful? What have you learned about trust in your relationships with people? What have you learned about trust in your relationship with God? Do you want to trust more deeply? Maybe we could take a little time and talk to God about trust and pray for what we need. Maybe we could take a little time to hold in our prayer all those who are in need of peace and safety. How is God calling you to make this world a little safer for people and creation? You can read the reflection here, and you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com.  At God Space,  you can come as you are. You belong here. by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP Sister Leslie Keener, CDP is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community.
Does prayer make you more compassionate, thoughtful, understanding of other people? Does it help you to remember God’s love in the past and to experience it in the present? It does that for me. When I truly open myself, prayer reminds me of how often God has come to find me when I’ve wandered off. It reminds me of God’s grace and mercy, unasked for but abundantly given, and it makes me extend grace to others a little more freely too. For reflection: How have you experienced prayer in your own life? Have you ever felt lost and found? Have you ever experienced grace and mercy that you didn’t ask for? What was that like? What is God like? What would you like to pray for right now? Maybe you could just take a little bit of time in prayer right now. Here are the Scripture readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091122.cfm Find more content and connect with community at www.GodSpaceCommunity.com. You can sign up for our newsletter on the homepage, and you'll receive weekly reflections, news about events, and other spiritual tidbits. At God Space,  you can come as you are. You belong here. by Sister Leslie Keener, CDP Sister Leslie Keener, CDP is the director of God Space, a community-building spirituality ministry in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She’s a Sister of Divine Providence with a Masters in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University. She directs retreats, meets with people for spiritual direction, and serves as the vocation director for her community. 
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