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Little Gestures Do Matter

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Efforts that help people and that recently have sprung up along the streets of my city show that small acts do matter.

IMG_0708Take for example, the Little Free Library, a worldwide movement of tiny neighborhood “libraries” that is based on the philosophy of “take a book; leave a book.” Each little library box is uniquely designed, placed and tended.  The ones I’ve seen have sprouted up along ordinary residential streets, full of a variety of adult and children’s books.

Although these little libraries are not substitutes for a full-service public branch,

Letters from Liberia

As busy as they were, and as tense as things were during Liberia’s civil war, the Adorer missionaries in that West African coastal country corresponded faithfully by handwritten letter to fellow sisters back home. We share excerpts from two letters Sister Barbara Ann Muttra wrote in what would be her last year of life. She always scribbled a smiley face next to her signature, no matter how tough things got.

Dec.  20, 1991
Ganta Leprosy Center
Monrovia, Liberia

Dear Toni,

Greetings with love for a Blessed Christmas!

Poem: Train Tracks

By Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC

I am Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC and have the privilege of living in Rome for a couple of years, where I have always dreamed of working. At my community’s request, I am learning to speak and translate Italian. Rome for me has been fertile ground for writing. I have all kinds of ideas and scraps of poems and homemade psalms.

Train tracks passed through our little town.
Once in a while a train.
It would blow its horn, but rarely stopped.
We played on the tracks,

Prayer for our World

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

On Sunday, I woke up remembering those gathered on the bridge in Cleveland to show the power of love – a force against any violence that may unfold during this week’s Republican National Convention.

And I was reminded of our desire to bring peace and compassion to the world.

This week, as we remember the violence and grief that have struck our world once again …

  • Fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana
  • Fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas,

The Rains of Grace

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.

Today, a bright blue Indigo Bunting, with its melodic bird sound, has visited me at the feeder. This is most unusual and special. Normally, one only can catch a glimpse of this beautiful bird along a drive down a country road.

Q&A with Ann Fearday

Sister Ann “Anitawa” Fearday, ASC is celebrating big mile-markers this year: her 70th birthday in June and her 50th Jubilee as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in July.

She has spent more than half of her life as a missionary in Bolivia, Guatemala and Puerto Rico – in roles as varied as accompanying threatened indigenous people and bringing pastoral services via boat to people along the Amazon.

We visited with her recently to learn more about her fascinating life and ministry.

Fearday (1)What influenced your decision to become a vowed member of a religious community,

And It Came To Pass

By Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC

I am Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC and have the privilege of living in Rome for a couple of years, where I have always dreamed of working. At my community’s request, I am learning to speak and translate Italian. Rome for me has been fertile ground for writing. I have all kinds of ideas and scraps of poems and homemade psalms. Here’s one of them.

 

And it came to pass…in those days…

And it came

And it passed.

It did come

And then it did pass.

Find God in Moments of Encounter

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.

 

Recent rains haven’t kept the hummingbirds from drinking at the feeder outside my window.

Nothing seems to stop those little characters. Chickadees and cardinals are visiting too,

Sister-Humanitarian

Sister Tarcisia Roths ASC is being honored with the 2016 Humanitarian Award created by Dr. Donna Sweet, an HIV-AIDS specialist. Sr. Tarcisia is being recognized for her teaching and outreach to the community of Wichita, Kan.

Dugan Library

By Sister Tarcisia Roths, ASC

RothsTReceiving the Humanitarian of the Year Award means much to me, as it recognizes those aspects of my life that have been such a part of my years of ministry as an Adorer.  We are called to empower others to live fulfilling lives,

Cancer and the Sweetness of Peaches

By Sr. 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. 

 

It has been a pretty good week so far, if not a great week. Some of the side effects of chemotherapy seem to linger into the second week now,