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Author Archive: Sr. Christina M. Neumann

Sr. Christina serves at St. Anne's Guest Home, an assisted living-type facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota. There, she helps in a variety of roles, including receptionist, sacristan, activities, and occasional personal care aide. Along with these duties, she also manages the web page for the facility, writes their weekly blog, and edits their resident newsletter. Sr. Christina also authors "Our Franciscan Fiat" , the blog for her religious community of Dillingen Franciscan Sisters in North Dakota. She also finds time for embroidery, baking, biking and liturgical music. Before entering religious life, she received a bachelor of arts in written communication, with some coursework also in graphic arts and theology.

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A Day in the Life of a Religious Sister

October 19, AD2017 0 Comments
A Day in the Life of a Religious Sister

Sister Christina Sister Christina Marie Neumann, a Franciscan sister serving in Grand Forks, North Dakota, works at St. Anne’s Guest Home for the elderly and is an active blogger at Our Franciscan Fiat. She offers a peek into her life: People often wonder what a typical day is like for a religious sister. In the […]

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Singing The Psalms

August 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Singing The Psalms

It’s been going on two years that I’ve been attempting to lead the responsorial psalm for Sunday Mass here at St. Anne’s.  The individual who used to do it is no longer with us.  No one else has stepped up, so “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” I guess I could just […]

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A Devotional: Reflections on the Law

March 30, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Reflections on the Law

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill” ( Matt:5:17). This reading from Matthew reminded me of the lasting endurance of the law, which Christ came “not to abolish, but to fulfill.”  Nonetheless, I’ve heard reflections lately which tend to lay […]

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A Devotional: You Know When I Sit and When I Stand

March 7, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: You Know When I Sit and When I Stand

Psalm 139 says it well: LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand.”  In fact, some beautiful pieces of music have been set using the words of this psalm, which came to mind yesterday afternoon for me. I was preparing to give a little presentation next Sunday to the group of Secular […]

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Christ’s Eucharistic Presence: His Love Endures Forever

January 16, AD2017 5 Comments
Christ’s Eucharistic Presence: His Love Endures Forever

This past Tuesday, I came to Chapel fairly early to allow time to change the altar cloth and ambo covering back to green.  It has been about six weeks since we last had Ordinary Time!  (I serve as sacristan here our care home, St. Anne’s, and it is my responsibility to attend to such things.) […]

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Remembering Thanksgiving

November 21, AD2016 0 Comments
Remembering Thanksgiving

As the American holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded of how important thanksgiving is at every Mass we celebrate. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:   PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 2637 Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church which, in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in […]

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Strength in Joy, Strength in Christ

October 20, AD2016 1 Comment
Strength in Joy, Strength in Christ

  Having typed  and computerized our Franciscan Rule and Constitutions as a postulant and frequently listened to it read in community, I am quite familiar with many of the texts. So it was that recently when making apple muffins with one of our residents, a phrase from there came readily to my mind.   That is: “the […]

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In-Between Sets of Doors

September 22, AD2016 0 Comments
In-Between Sets of Doors

918 From the very beginning of the Church there were men and women who set out to follow Christ with greater liberty, and to imitate him more closely, by practicing the evangelical counsels. They led lives dedicated to God, each in his own way. Catechism of the Catholic Church I just returned from a day […]

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” He Who Sings Prays Twice”

September 5, AD2016 1 Comment
” He Who Sings Prays Twice”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its section on liturgical music, quotes the famous expression of St. Augustine: “He who sings prays twice.” Have you ever stopped to think about that? His assertion is very much in accord with the sentiments expressed in Sacred Scripture, where we find myriads of exhortations to “sing to […]

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Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

August 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

One evening, one of my co-workers came to me with a question.  She was having trouble with someone she works with at another job.  The individual was not showing up for work all the time, and her work ethic left something to be desired. In a nutshell, my co-worker was wondering and asking: “Should I report […]

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“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

July 5, AD2016 4 Comments
“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

“Let us…persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2) Sometimes, it may seem as though I’m running a race, as I hustle from one floor to another, doing aide work in our assisted living-type facility. St. Anne’s Guest Home (where I work) is home to […]

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