4/01/2020 (A Nun's Life)
The world is full of unique individuals—people with very different personalities, interests, energies, and abilities. I believe that every individual was born with a purpose and particular vocation, yet I’ve not really figured out if we are to find our own vocation or if maybe it’s in search of us.
4/01/2020 (Collaborative Dominican Novitiate)
Life certainly took some unexpected turns this month. At the CDN we’re grateful to be safe and well, and our thoughts and prayers are often focused on those struggling in any way with or because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also are aware of and grateful for our many blessings.
3/31/2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
Today we held our first "virtual staff meeting" with the elementary staff. I was surprised at how powerful it was to see my colleagues smiling faces on our screen.
3/31/2020 (Design Jane, Sister of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart)
This lent has certainly been a whopper like no other. Through listening i'm hearing that children are frightened, adults are stressed, plans are out the window. It seems that we are trying to wrap our heads around what's happening in the world without loosing the plot completely. Sure, with uncertainty we can understand that fear is driving panic buying behaviour.
3/30/2020 (Walking in the Holy Presence)
"You have to write this down, Val."
I was talking to a friend on the phone this morning...about...what else...Covid-19.
We were talking about the complexity of upholding one another while the entire global community is in pain. When we speak of community, we often speak of the gift of the strong upholding the weak, the joyful uplifting the sorrowful, the healthy caring for the unhealthy and how that all balances out over time as we each experience our own highs and lows.
3/30/2020 (Catherine's Cafe)
3/29/2020 (Ursuline Life)
3/28/2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
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3/27/2020 (At the Corner of Susan & St. Joseph)
I was reading the Urbi et Orbi message that Pope Francis gave today in an empty St. Peter’s square. He reflects on this time of Covid-19 in light of the story of the storm in Mark’s Gospel (4:35-41).
3/27/2020 (Messy Jesus Business )
I wasn’t sure what it would look like, or how terrible it would be, but deep in my gut I felt something squirming. An awareness. A knowing. An intuition. I had a feeling that bad days were ahead. I am fairly certain that my intuition that we were heading toward a humanitarian crisis … Continue reading The coronavirus, the cross and our vocation
3/27/2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
I couldn't help it. HAD to pass this on...
3/26/2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
We are all very aware of our first responders and medical personnel being heroes during COVID-19. And, we are all so very grateful.
3/26/2020 (Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph)
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3/26/2020 (A Sister Reflects, Adrian Dominican Sisters)
In both the first reading and the Gospel for today we witness how persistent God is. In Exodus the conversation between God and Moses conveys how disappointed God is with the peoples’ choices which lead them away from him. In the Gospel Jesus is conversing with “the Jews”, that group who are critical of him and his ministry.
3/25/2020 (A Nun's Life)
A wise woman once told me that life is mostly about showing up. “Be present to yourself, to others, and to God” was her advice for a meaningful life. These days, I think about her words in new ways, as the coronavirus challenges me to be present and distant at the same time.
3/25/2020 (Messy Jesus Business )
About four years ago, before any of us had been encouraged to practice social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, I moved to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. My family and friends worried I’d be lonely, but I embraced the peace and quiet and found myself feeling very happy among the trees and lakes. It didn’t … Continue reading Has social distancing put us in a double pandemic?
3/24/2020 (Walking in the Holy Presence)
As many of us have been spending more time on the phone, or FaceTime, or Zoom, or whatever way we connect with technology, people have been asking what it's like in the monastery during these days of necessary distancing. We don't have any guests or visitors right now; nearly all of us usually going out to ministry are staying home; we are seeking new ways to support one another.
Yes, things are different...but they are still very monastic.
So, I decided to take a few photos illustrating some of the ways we are adapting here at Mount Saint Benedict.
3/24/2020 (Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph)
Due to the COVID-19 virus and the mandate for social distancing to keep our Sisters and the public safe, we have decided to reschedule or cancel several of our retreats.
4/9 Lenten Day of Quiet
4/9 Focus on Faith
Women in Prayer –moved to May 1-3 (subject to change)
Praying Your Dreams -moved to June 13
3/24/2020 (Spirit of Charity)
The Feast of the Annunciation celebrates the moment in which Jesus became human and entered the world as one of us. It was, at one time, known as the Feast of the Incarnation because it highlights the humanity which Jesus shares with us.
3/23/2020 (Kateri Initiative - Sisters of the Divine Savior)
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives