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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,

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,

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,

O The Places You’ll Go (as NOT told by Dr. Seuss)

by Cathy Pankiewicz – originally published in New Wine Press

A few years ago Facebook led me to a lovely post from a woman who wrote about the travels she had anticipated upon the birth of her first child and the one she actually took. Her child was born with Down Syndrome, and the figurative trip to Paris she imagined quickly became one just as lovely, but entirely different. She had fancied a voyage she and baby would take together. It would be one with a mix of blue skies and choppy waters for sure,

My Response to Human Trafficking

By Sister Michelle Woodruff, ASC

This month, we remember those who have been or are kept against their will as part of National Human Trafficking awareness.

What is my response to human trafficking as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ? I think of how our community’s founder, St. Maria de Mattias, always spoke of the importance of loving “our dear neighbor.”

Everyone, of course, is our neighbor, if we believe what Jesus said. As an Adorer then, I must be aware of every person around me and the possibility that he or she might need help.

Atomic Bombs and Police Shootings: An Anniversary

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

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Three events — distant, distinct, and yet somehow related — have converged since Aug. 6, the Catholic feast of the Transfiguration and the 70th anniversary of the day the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Aug. 9 marked the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown, which led to protests, riots, marches and disturbances that rocked Ferguson and the nation.

Except for a violent eruption the night of Aug. 9, the day in Ferguson and St. Louis was more peaceful and reflective than the violence that marred last year.

Pope Francis: Are You Listening? Women Can Give You an Earful

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

In October 1979, in another lifetime and two popes ago, Mercy Sister Theresa Kane publicly addressed Pope John Paul II at the National Shrine in Washington with these powerful and poignant words:

“I urge you to be mindful of the intense suffering and pain which is part of the life of many women in these United States. I call upon you to listen with compassion and to hear the call of women who comprise half of humankind.”

Pope Francis will visit the U.S. in September.

Opinion: More Non-Violence, Fewer Guns

A version of this post was originally published as a letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. To read in original format, click here.

By Sr. Fran Schumer ASC

I am a member of a Catholic community of sisters who values life and non-violence. So it pains me to know of the gun violence that grips St. Louis, to learn of children and young adults caught in the crossfire of our gun madness.

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How many more must die, or innocent bystanders be hurt? How many more parents must bury their 6-,