creation

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.

Life is Full but the Worry is Always There

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 lot of life has been coming at me recently, leaving little time for cancer. For that, I am glad. Cancer the physical disease also can creep into the mind.

Monarchs and the Gardener

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

Gardens are quickly phasing into fall. During the last weeks of August and early September, I quietly and carefully watched the monarch butterflies flit in the butterfly bush and the milkweed plants.

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Plump green-and-black-striped monarch caterpillars soon nibbled and munched their ways through the milkweed leaves, stripping several of them to thin, nubby stalks. I didn’t find any chrysalis but I assume those caterpillars know enough to find a safe place to metamorphose into the next generation of monarchs on their annual flight to Mexico.

Touchy Topic Tuesday: ‘The Imperfect is Our Paradise’

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By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

At this point in the gardening season, I often stand in the backyard to ponder what happened. Was it supposed to evolve this way? Where are the perfect and flawless plants I had envisioned in May? Some milkweed plants have aphids, and rabbits have nibbled the tops off others, along with the orange cosmos stems that they love to munch on. And the butternut squash has dead leaves and fallen-off blossoms; and the squirrels broke off and absconded with all the sunflower heads; and one pot of petunias drowned from all the rain;

Pope Francis’ Encyclical and ‘The Beautiful Order of Things’

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Sr. Alan Wurth, ASC’s arrangement at the Adorers’ Ruma Center in honor of Pope Francis’ encyclical

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on the environment, released today, focuses squarely on ecological justice. “Laudato Si,” or “Praise Be” challenges all of us to re-imagine our potential and responsibility to be one human family, on one planet and in one universe.

Francis has masterfully interwoven a vision of humans and nature living interdependently, in respect and reverence for Earth.

This 184-page papal letter is not an ideological treatise,

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Stirrings Below Ground

by Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

I love elephant ears, those waving, Victorian-age showoffs. The bulbs trumpet the necessity of ritual planting, cutting, and digging up for winter storage.  After I cut back the big leaves in the fall, I have a private funeral procession to the yard waste dumpster.

Those elephant ears, while certainly plants, seem more than plants.  They seem to want to reach into the animal realm. They deserve a little ceremony as they move to the recycling phase of their lives. To ensure new life for next spring, the bulbs need to be dug up and stored in a dry,

Consecrated Life & Planting Seeds

1334539_95110203By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

“Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries, the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul.”

These words are taken from the new book, Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays.

Nature is always planting seeds. I saw several fly by my head, you know those large puffy ones, just the other day.

I believe that this is what religious life is about today —