January 27, 2020 (Walking in the Holy Presence)
When I was novice we spent time studying and reflecting upon each of the three monastic vows: obedience, conversion of life, and stability.
When asked which I thought would pose the greatest struggle for me, I said stability. Not that I thought obedience and conversion would be easy, but given my generation's generalized love of being non-committal and fear of making decisions, it felt like saying "Yes" to one group, one place, and one way of being was an overall daunting idea.
January 27, 2020 (Show Me A Sign - Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration)
"What would happen if, instead of seeking personal wealth, I chose to work for the good of others?"
Welcome to a place of reflection, inspired by the advice given to Agnes of Prague by St. Clare of Assisi. As a princess transitioning into consecrated life, Agnes wrote to...
January 27, 2020 (Catherine's Cafe)
January 26, 2020 (Ursuline Life)
January 24, 2020 (At the Corner of Susan & St. Joseph)
If you are here on this little blog you may have just read my column about Love in Action in Haiti on Global Sisters Report.
I’d be ever so grateful if you’d consider donating to my online fundraiser to raise $5,000 to build a safe and simple house for a family in need in Haiti. My family already donated, so now its up to friends and strangers to get us to the goal. (Thanks in advance!)
January 23, 2020 (At the Corner of Susan & St. Joseph)
For my friend Susan, who went home to God far too early in life.
When I showed up in nunland, you became my first friend.
You stayed close during my challenging novitiate, even
though you were 3,000 miles away. Your promise that you’d
read my emails and not tell anyone what I wrote (and perhaps
most importantly, not try to fix anything) may have saved me.
January 23, 2020 (Messy Jesus Business )
Stress warning: Content includes suicidal thoughts. What would you say if a friend with no religious affiliation asked you the simple question: How can I find God? This is the scenario posed to the young and the old, the famous and the not-famous and those of a variety of religious preferences who contribute their voices … Continue reading How can I find God?
January 23, 2020 (A Sister Reflects, Adrian Dominican Sisters)
While we have in the Gospel an image of God’s Spirit appearing as a dove at Jesus’ Baptism, we don’t have that as the only image.
January 22, 2020 (Design Jane, Sister of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart)
It is remarkable to think that we are already one month into 2020. I truly hope your year has started well. My journey this year has started with listening to my grateful lungs. Traveling back home to New Zealand and escaping Sydney's apocalyptic smog for three weeks left my lungs performing internal high fives. While there a friend asked me to describe Sydney air, I paused, glanced off into that magical place where thoughts go to form...
January 21, 2020 (Catherine's Cafe)
January 20, 2020 (Ursuline Life)
Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
January 19, 2020 (Walking in the Holy Presence)
As I prepared to travel to the Texas/Mexico border for a week, quite a few people asked me about my expectations and hopes. I didn’t have much to say because I really didn’t know exactly what I had said “Yes” to doing. I didn’t know how many migrants we’d meet with harsher immigration policies in place; I didn’t know what the home looked like where I’d be staying; I’d never been in Texas before; I didn’t know if we’d cross over to Mexico; on and on the list of unknowns went.
January 17, 2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
Warnings of Tornadoes? Check
Warnings of blizzards? Check
Warnings of thunderstorms? Check
Warnings of snow? Check, double check (after all, this IS the tundra!)
But this was a new one:
January 17, 2020 (Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph)
Sister Emerentia Wiesner, 96, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Jan. 17, 2020 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 78th year of religious life. She was a native of Richmond, Kan.
Sister Emerentia was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. She was a wonderful seamstress and craft maker, whose gentleness was displayed in all the creations she made. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Scholastica (now Benedictine College), Atchison, Kan.
January 16, 2020 (Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph)
Ursuline Sister Mary Elizabeth “Mimi” Ballard, director of Casa Ursulina (Dianna Ortiz Ursuline Center for Women) in Chillan, Chile, was home for a visit at Mount Saint Joseph in mid-January 2020. She gave a presentation to the Ursuline Sisters and others who could attend on Jan. 15. The talk was an overview of the Ursuline Sisters’ ministry in Chile, including how their emphasis has changed over the years as the needs have changed. She also announced the transition of Casa Ursulina from an Ursuline-owned property to an independent not-for-profit.
January 16, 2020 (A Nun's Life)
Religious life is full of surprises. The event that I attended last weekend was no exception! It was a “Developing Leaders” workshop with about 50 Catholic sisters from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The event was held at Victory Noll, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Our Lady of Victory, in Huntington, Indiana.
January 16, 2020 (A Sister Reflects, Adrian Dominican Sisters)
I don’t know anyone else who had such a dramatic experience and revelation as Jesus did at his Baptism!
January 15, 2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
... it's probably not wise to use a day off from school to go outside for some photography.
So, instead, I got the ol' tripod set up and played with some macro lenses and lighting effects. I'm not sure these are breathtaking or any such thing... but it was fun to figure out the lenses without freezing off various otherwise necessary body parts.
January 15, 2020 (Messy Jesus Business )
Throughout the United States we will honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a holiday next week. Some of us will attend parades or prayer services to feed our souls with the words of good speakers and the sound of great music. Many will participate in the National Day of Service. … Continue reading Three steps to changes, inspired by Dr. King
January 13, 2020 (One Heart and One Soul: Stories from our Monastic Home)
Greetings, On January 15th Benedictines celebrate two saints mentioned in Book Two of the Dialogues telling about the Life of Saint Benedict. In chapter seven, Saint Gregory the Great tells the story of the monk Maur who runs over the water to save young Placid. Although his actions are amazing, the story’s emphasis isn’t about the miracle, but Maur’s […]