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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Wow Young Woman goes from NASA Engineer to Convent - God's creation inspires her to become a Sister!
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"It's more vulnerable to be able to say what you truly desire," she said. "I think it was really hard first to admit to myself I truly desired to do something that was so against the norm, and second, then to admit it to other people." Over the course of two years, Osgood explored the possibility of a religious calling. She said a visit from Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno opened her up to the idea that "science and religion could coexist." "All of this (background) wondering about being a nun, I never let myself feel that, because I liked engineering too much," said Osgood. "All of a sudden, I realized I could be an engineer and I could be a sister. "I don't have to change my life 90 degrees like I think I do. I can keep doing this and just live this much more fully." Since she announced her career change, other scientists of faith have sent her messages of support. Osgood is now embarking on what she calls a two-year "nun bootcamp" in New York as a sister-in-training at the Congregation of Notre Dame. After taking her vows, Osgood hopes to return to Charlottetown teach the word of God and the principles of aerospace design -- but not at the same time. She said her classes at UPEI will remain focused on the science, but in the past, there have been curious overlaps between her two passions. In one course, Osgood gave her students a $20-budget to design a system to walk on water. While the shift from the classroom to the convent may seem drastic, Osgood said her spiritual and scientific studies compliment one another. As she sees it, they are both expressions of God's love. "The reason that we pursued science initially was that we looked at the stars and wondered what that is," Osgood said. "Science and religion is like looking at that view, where you get a much better picture when you work together to try to understand that as opposed to individually." Text edited from CTV Canada
#PopeFrancis "God wants us to be able to dream like Him and with Him, as we walk very carefully through reality." Audience + FULL Video on Creation
At the general audience, Pope Francis speaks of the encounter with Jesus as a source of joy, vocation, and mission. Jesus "appears to ignite hearts." "What youth is a happy youth, without a search for meaning? Young people who are looking for nothing are not young, they age before their time. " "Do not give credence to disappointed and unhappy people." A Message together with Patriarch Bartholomew I to ask everyone to "take a respectful and responsible attitude towards creation" and to the powerful "to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, who are most affected by ecological imbalances.Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "A disciple of the Kingdom of God who is without joy cannot evangelize this world": This is one of the cornerstones of the talk that Pope Francis gave today at the general audience with more than 30,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on the theme "The memory of vocation revives hope".
At the end of the audience, the Pontiff reminded that on the occasion of the Day for the Care of Creation, which is celebrated on 1 September, together with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I he has written a message inviting "everyone to adopt a respectful and responsible attitude toward Creation" and asks "those who occupy influential roles "," to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most from the ecological imbalances ".
The Pope's catechesis is inspired by the account of the first encounter of the disciples with Jesus (John 1,35-51), in which he asks John and Andrew, "What are you looking for?"
"Jesus - he explains - appears in the Gospels as an expert on the human heart. At that moment he had met two young men in search, earnestly restless. In fact, what kind of youth is a happy youth, without questioning the meaning of things? Young people who are looking for nothing are not young, they grow old before their time. And Jesus, through all the Gospel, in all the encounters that happen to him on the road, is an “igniter” of hearts. Hence his question that seeks to bring out the desire for life and happiness that every young man should encounter: "What are you looking for?"
John's and Andrea's vocation thus begins: it is the beginning of a friendship with Jesus so strong to impose a communion of life and passion with Him. The two disciples begin to stand with Jesus and immediately become missionaries: so much so, that their respective brothers - Simone and James - are soon involved in the discipleship. It was such a touching encounter, so happy that the disciples will remember that day that illuminated and directed their youth forever. "
"How do you discover your vocation in this world? It can be discovered in so many ways, but this Gospel passage tells us that the first indicator is the joy of meeting with Jesus. Marriage, Consecrated Life, Priesthood: Every vocation begins with a meeting with Jesus that gives us a joy and a New hope; And leads us, even through trials and difficulties, to an ever-greater encounter with Him and to the fullness of joy.
The Lord does not want ungodly men and women who walk behind him, without the wind of gladness in their heart. Jesus wants people who have experienced that being with Him gives immense happiness that can be renewed every day of life. A disciple of the Kingdom of God who is not joyful does not evangelize this world. He cannot proclaim Jesus with the refined weapons of rhetoric but by keeping alive the flame of true happiness in his eyes.
For this reason, the Christian - like the Virgin Mary - keeps the flame in love. Of course, there are trials in life, there are times when we must move forward despite the cold and the opposing winds. But Christians know the road that leads to that sacred fire that ignited them once and forever. "
" Do not give credence to disappointed and unhappy people; Do not listen to those who cynically recommend that you should not nourish hopes in life; Do not trust those who douse all enthusiasm saying that no enterprise is worth the sacrifice of a lifetime; Do not listen to the 'old' people who stifle youthful euphoria. Instead, we should nourish healthy utopias: God wants us to be able to dream like Him and with Him, as we walk very carefully through reality. Dreaming of a different world. And if a dream dies, go back to dreaming again, hopefully drawing on the memory of its origins.
So here is a fundamental dynamic of Christian life: remembering Jesus, the flame of love with which one day we conceived our life as a project for good, and enliven our hope with this flame."
More than 600,000 hectares of farmland have been partially damaged and in excess of 10,000 hectares have been completely washed away, according to the disaster minister. "Farmers are left with nothing, not event with clean drinking water," said Matthew Marek. In Nepal, 90,000 homes have been destroyed. The UN has called the worst flooding incident in the country in a decade. According to the Red Cross, at least 7.1 million people have been affected in Bangladesh - and around 1.4 million people have been affected in Nepal.
The NY Times reports that 30 people have died as a result of the Hurrican. Hurricane Harvey began in Texas in the USA on Friday, with warnings about rainfall and the potential for severe flooding. The forecast calls for an additional 15 to 31 centimetres of rain through to Friday. On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in an advisory, "Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana." "Isolated storm totals may reach 50 inches (127 centimetres) over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area," NOAA warned. It made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday, where it lingered as a tropical storm before moving briefly offshore. Over 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters — a number that is expected to grow. Officials have also warned that the death toll might rise once floodwaters recede. Harvey leaves thousands of homes and vehicles submerged and destroyed by water. People in Texas are pleading for help and Hurricane Harvey survivors will face health risks even after emergency is over. Please PRAY for the Victims of this storm.