Justice

Love drives out fear on this Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

By Sister Diana Rawlings, ASC

It is not a coincidence that the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) occurs during the Easter season.

In the post-Resurrection stories, Jesus’ consistent message is “do not be afraid.” Why this message against fear and not another proclamation?

Jesus knew that people react in fear to something unknown or an idea that crashes their belief system. For example, Jesus’ friends and disciples reacted in fear when he stood before them as proof of his Resurrection.

Phobia is an extreme fear of a particular thing or situation,

Korea’s Division

With Korea very much in the news, we turn to Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC, who worked there from 1977 to 2013, teaching conversational English to children and adults; translating for migrant workers and encouraging them; and working with children.

By Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC

We in the West are accustomed to hearing the terms North and South Korea, a division that occurred at the end of World War II.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Korea was under the control of Japan, which tried to make Korea and Koreans Japanese.

Check Your Sources: The Scripture

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

References to “fake news” and “alternative facts” have littered real news and social media sites for months.

Where is truth? What is truth?

I have been pondering the oxymoron, “alternative facts,” ever since Kellyanne Conway dubbed the phrase in January on Meet the Press in her defense of the White House’s false statement about attendance numbers at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Clarity eluded me until Ash Wednesday when I had the privilege of helping distribute ashes and saying to each person, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

From the perspective of a Catholic,

Official Stance of the Adorers on the Executive Order on Immigration

IMG_0659 (1)The founding sisters of the U.S. Region of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ migrated to the United States in 1870 at a time of religious intolerance in Europe.

As a community of religious women, proud U.S. citizens and faithful voters, we stand with those who must leave their homeland in search of a safe and secure place to live. We believe in the human dignity of all people, including immigrants and refugees, and we support our country’s long tradition of offering them welcome.

We renounce President Trump’s executive order on immigration that temporarily bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Why Catholics Should Care About Refugees

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

On Sunday afternoon, I went for a walk in nearby Tower Grove Park to ponder the powerful and challenging homily our pastor had given about “sheltering the oppressed and homeless,” a phrase from the prophet Isaiah from the first reading for the day.

On my stroll through the park, I encountered a family of immigrants and welcomed them to the United States. One of the teen-age girls understood enough English to tell me that they were from Syria. I watched their eyes as we tried to communicate and saw reactions from fear,

We Are Already One

By Sister Janet McCann, ASC

A number of years ago, my brother, Tim, was standing outside of the building where he works in downtown St. Louis.

Somehow, he struck up a conversation with a guy across the street, who was also standing outside of the building where he worked. They discovered that they had similar jobs and responsibilities, and, as hard as it is to believe, they found out that they both shared the last name of McCann!

Believe me, even I couldn’t make this up!  Damien emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland,

Why We Must March: A Catholic Sister’s Perspective

By Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC

Each year, Adorers celebrate our community’s founding on March 4.

This year, March Forth came early, as many Adorers joined the Women’s March – united in spirit — in Washington, St. Louis, Wichita and elsewhere.

We marched for women’s rights; for health care; for economic, gender and racial equality; for environmental justice; for immigrants and refugees; and for an end to the death penalty, among other issues.

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Adorers, coworkers, and friends all came out to march together in Wichita’s Women’s March

As the world watched,

My Advent with Central American Refugees

 By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

During sabbatical from my education work in Guatemala, I have been volunteering with a group in San Antonio, Texas, that works with immigrants and refugees on the border.

The Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, among other things, provides emergency shelter services to families released from two nearby detention centers for women and children. Those detention centers can hold up to 3,200 refugees who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

foto-bedsEach night, Casa de Raices provides a bed,

Bells for Mario  

By Sister Dani Brought, ASC

On a recent Sunday morning in La Labor, Guatemala, I was enjoying my cup of coffee when I heard church bells ringing next door. The bells or dobles in Spanish signify a funeral service for someone who had died two days before.

We had learned on Friday the sad, sad news that young Mario had died.

Mario, the 30-year-old husband of Merli, and father of three, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he waited at a corner store in Guatemala City to buy food for his work crew.

A Syrian Child Cries While We Pick a President

Posted by Talbiseh Media Center
Posted by Talbiseh Media Center

By Sister Krystal Funk, ASC

Like thousands of people around the world, I viewed with deep sadness a video of a terrified and bloodied Syrian girl screaming for her father after a rocket attack on their town, Talbiseh, caused the ceiling of their house to collapse.

Her cries found their way into my soul, the center space in my heart. I teared up.

Photo by photographer and media activist Mahmoud Raslan
Photo by photographer and media activist Mahmoud Raslan

The look in her eyes seems to speak of the same tragedy as that of the boy,