Reflections

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God Amidst the Confusion of Our Lives

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

It is customary during this season of Lent to look for a way to come closer to God.

We live in a confusing time, a time when we thought we knew how things should be and those things are just not happening.

It is a good time to remember that God is the source of our life. God is our rock, our strength.

The readings of the liturgical cycle over the 40 days of Lent are very rich.

They call us to look at our lives and be transformed – to be reconciled and holy,

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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,

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Lenten Twist: It’s Not About Me

By Sister Krystal Funk, ASC

As a musician who’s pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy, I naturally turned to music and song for insights into how I might spend my Lent.

In my research, I fell upon the song, “Beautiful Things,” by Gungor, which seems relevant for the Lenten season.

It says, in part:

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change, at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found?

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A Plan for Lent

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

Today, we begin the Season of Lent, a holy time marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These three traditional disciplines are paths to greater balance and wholeness in our spiritual lives.  While thinking about this season, I came across a little reflection by Jerry Welte about these three disciplines.

Here are his thoughts for Lenten practice, first published in “Words of Grace, Daily Reflections & Prayers for Catholics.”

Prayer:

  • Balance your spiritual life by integrating the body, mind and soul in your prayer life.
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My Old Cat, Duke, Helps Me Focus

 

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys.

I had a couple of rough days after my last round of chemotherapy earlier this month.

If I start the week with chemo, I am fine until about Friday,

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In the Midst of Cancer: Feeling the Presence of My God

Kate,Janis,MariamBy Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys.

On Monday, I received news from my oncologist, Dr. Tan, which has sent me reeling. I have needed the past couple days to process it and get my act together in order to write about it.

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The Heart of it All

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

This week, we celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday and Valentine’s Day.  What do these two celebrations have in common?

Lincoln emancipated people. Valentine’s Day invites an emancipation of our hearts.

The Sisters of St Joseph practice something called the “State of the Heart” and “State of the Community.”

They gather with one another and each shares the state of her heart. Then, they broaden the universe and share with one another the state of the heart of the community.

  • How free are we to share our hearts?
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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,

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My Crazy Cancer Journey

Janis YaekelBy Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys.

For the first time in a year, I have had to resume chemotherapy treatments for my pancreatic cancer. The side effects have been minimal this time, but with each subsequent treatment,

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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,