Reflections

Calling out to God in the Dark Moments

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.

The summer heat is upon us and I must say that I do not like it. I am not much of a summer person although I like watching nature in its summer activity around me.

Night Crawlers Get Lost

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Night crawlers, those long, big worms, fascinate me.

You often see them on sidewalks and streets after a rain. Sometimes they’re dead, desiccated, and shriveled. That makes me sad. If I see that they’re still alive, I return them to the grass or dirt so that they can live.

Night crawlers are blind and deaf, so they navigate their earthy home by vibrations. Maybe that’s why a heavy rainstorm drives them above ground. Perhaps the pulsation from the rain causes them to flee the safety of underground existence to dry out on pavement.

The Spirit Stirs Within

By Sister Annette Embrich, ASC

On Saturday, Sister Annette Embrich celebrated 50 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The occasion prompted her to reflect on how it all began, with a nudge from the Holy Spirit, she writes. Since Christians on Sunday celebrated Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter, when the Holy Spirit is said to have descended upon and inspired Jesus’ followers, her writings come at a good time.

Sister Annette spent much of her ministry in education, including with Spanish-speaking adults and children.

Photography as a Window to God

By Sister Joan Shalapin, ASC

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital selected three of Sister Joan Shalapin’s photos – out of 3,000 entries — for a photo gallery display at its new campus in O’Fallon, Ill. Sister Joan took her first photos as a child. More than a hobby, photography is where she meets the Divine.

I was only seven or eight years old when I purchased something that would make an impact on the rest of my life.

In those days, the popular Dubble-Bubble Gum had an offer on its wrapper:

Grateful for the Extra Time

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.

A recent CT scan and MRI, followed by a visit to my oncologist, Dr. Tan, brought great news for me. My tumor remains stable!

My blood tests revealed that my platelet count was still rather low,

The End of Another Life Journey

Sister Ann Fearday has been walking the Camino since Easter Sunday, and finally arrived with “tears in my eyes” at Santiago de Compostela on Day 32 of her pilgrimage.

Her happy words:

By Sister Ann “Anitawa” Fearday, ASC

Today, we walked triumphantly into Santiago with our backpacks. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the spires of the Cathedral. We stood in line at the pilgrim office to receive our “compostela,” the document verifying we had walked the Camino.

I am very proud of this document and will be very happy to show it to you next time I see you.

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,

Back to Liberia

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Five missionaries in their Liberia home

We go in twos to try to understand the impact of the five.

Two Adorers, two ASC Associates and two Newman University students are traveling to Liberia on a pilgrimage that marks the 25th anniversary of the death of our five missionary sisters in October 1992.

Two were ambushed on a road they traveled on Oct. 20 that year. Three others were shot to death three days later in front of their convent.

For long-suffering Liberians,

The Hope of Spring

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.

As I look out the window this morning, I am delighted to see a bluebird jumping into the nesting box. It is always a pleasure to see them fly by and flash that brilliant blue.

Personal Communication Trumps Social Media

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The blog began to flood the Internet in the late 1990s, pre-dating Facebook (2004), Youtube (2005), Twitter (2006), Tumblr (2007), Pinterest (2009), Instagram (2010), Snapchat (2011) and Reddit (2012).

These forms of social media provide highly interactive and often interconnected forms of communicating information and ideas.  Although they are relatively recent phenomena, it seems as though we’ve always been inundated with instant communication.

I have been reading blogs for a number of years and have blogged for our community’s web site for more than a year. I read blogs from other communities of religious women or organizations that relate to the history of women religious and our interests.