reflection

A Journey of Faith

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

The season of Advent is upon us, time to reflect on the powerful way that the Lord has touched our lives. It is a time of waiting for the rebirth of Jesus in our lives.

This past year, I’ve had to exercise strong faith. While I have been dealing with pancreatic cancer for five years, my discomfort has increased quite a bit over the last few months. I have experienced more issues and suspect that there will be more to come.

How do I face the issues ahead?

We Too Are Blessed by the Ties that Bind Us    

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the ties that bind us, like those so beautifully captured in the historic Baptist hymn, “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.”

We’ve celebrated the 25th anniversary of the deaths of our Sisters killed in Liberia. The ties to them, their families, our five Liberian women, Liberian friends, and other missionaries are strong and enduring.

A CD of reflective music prepared for the occasion links us to so many wonderful musicians and technicians including Carolyn McDade, Rory Cooney, the Newman University Troubadours,

All Souls: Remembering Renee

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Only six weeks ago, our dear Sister and friend, Renee Kirmer, ASC died suddenly.

While we grow accustomed to death as we get older, Sister Renee’s passing was particularly difficult and shocking as she was active at 81 with so much life and so much still to give. We expected her to keep going. Eighty-one is the new 61, right?

Our colleague, Miranda Caulkins, interviewed Sister Renee this past summer in Wichita. We recall that interview in Renee’s memory today, when Christians mark All Souls Day, and people throughout Mexico commemorate the Day of the Dead,

Learning How to Forgive

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

Recently, I met with two people who were trying to understand the way to forgiveness, healing and reconciliation.

One was searching for the meaning of forgiveness. The other was seeking healing and reconciliation.

These encounters made me wonder: As Adorers who are called to be a reconciling presence to the world, how do we bring forgiveness, healing and reconciliation into everyday life?

How do any of us?

  • Do we respond in words and conversations?
  • Outside of ourselves or in our hearts?

Remembering Nallely and other Dreamers

On Tuesday, President Trump rescinded a government program known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Sister Cecilia Marie Hellmann, ASC, who worked with immigrants as coordinator for the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., Office of Hispanic Ministry for 16 years, shares her thoughts.

By Sister Cecilia Marie Hellmann, ASC

On July 29, a young woman who has DACA status shared her story with more than 100 persons gathered at our center in Ruma,

Solar Eclipse: A Totality of Wonder

 

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

I’ve pondered Monday’s solar eclipse all week, after experiencing it with my Sisters and friends at our Center in Ruma, Ill., a vantage point for more than two minutes of totality (the state of total eclipse).

While the national and local hype was almost a deterrent before the actual event, the partially cloudy day gathered people eager for a historic celestial show.  The clouds graciously parted so that we had optimal viewing opportunities.

For a few hours and minutes, the sun and moon and their graceful dance across the continent lifted the nation outside of itself to focus on something so much bigger than we are.

Our One Human Community

By Sister Janet McCann, ASC

“We’re not related at all.”

That was the message from my brother, Tim McCann, after he and Damien McCann received the results of the DNA test they took.

You might recall that Damien and his family have attended my family’s gatherings for quite a few years after he and Tim found out they share the same last name, work across the street from each other in downtown St. Louis, and that our relatives hail from the same county in Ireland.

“We’re not related at all” was not what we expected to hear,

My God is Walking With Me

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.

It has been some time since my last blog, but I haven’t been feeling very well lately. I am dealing with stomach issues and nausea that is probably caused by the fact that my liver is not working as it should.

What does it mean to be Christian? Reflections from a nun.

“How many people continue today in a wayward life because they find no one willing to look at them in a different way, with the eyes — or better yet — with the heart of God, meaning with hope? … Jesus sees the possibility of a resurrection even in those who have made so many wrong choices….I think about so many Catholics who think they are perfect and scorn others. This is sad.” – Pope Francis

By Sister Fran Schumer, ASC

In a recent talk about hope,

Each of Us Can Do Something to Avert Climate Change

 

By Sister JoAnn Mark, ASC

Sister JoAnn is executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice, a coalition of individuals and groups that educate and advocate for justice, oppressed people and Earth.  

It’s been nearly a month since President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which is so important for the life of all of us and of future generations.

The agreement represents the first time in our lifetime that nearly every nation has offered a voluntary plan to help save the planet by cutting carbon and methane emissions.