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Immigration: A Festival of Nations

image from freeimages.comby Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

Tower Grove Park, a city gem of a Victorian walking park, hosts the International Institute’s Festival of Nations every year at the end of August.  The park’s gracefully curving roads are crowded tent-to-tent with food and craft booths from more nations than you can count.  Open grassy areas sprout stages for ethnic dances, drums, and storytelling.  Thousands of people visit to sample excellent food, beautiful arts, and lively music.  Cars constantly troll the neighborhood streets surrounding the park looking for that elusive parking spot while residents’ autos hunker down in that cherished location,

Thank a Teacher

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Cicadas rasp their hymns to the waning days of summer. The big yellow buses rumble on their routes through crowded city streets and winding rural roads to collect students who wonder how the summer days evaporated.

Last week I walked through St. Louis University’s campus before attending part of student orientation at Aquinas Institute where I teach a class to a group of intercommunity novices. It was an adrenaline rush, a deep feeling of being at home, a profound understanding of why I love teaching.

I also recently attended a benefit concert/reunion of a high-school band;

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,

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.

An Everyday God

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 past week has been tough.

Two weeks ago, I had hardly any side effects from the chemo, but this past week has made up for it. 

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;

A Kitten, Hummingbird, God and Me

janisBy 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. 

Monday was the first day of what I like to call my free week, the week with no chemotherapy. By this time, the worst of the side effects of the last chemo treatment has disappeared and I feel more myself again.

Constant: Chemo Symptoms Yet God’s Presence

janisBy 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. 

On Monday, I visited my oncologist, had lab work and chemotherapy.  Dr. Tan seemed to be pleased that I looked so well.  He simply suggested that I keep to the same routine of chemo every two weeks.

Entangled Bank

By Sr. Regina Siegfried ASC

In the preface to her excellent “Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love,” Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ quotes the conclusion of “On the Origin of Species.”

“It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.”

Darwin found his “entangled bank” close to his home south of Downe,

My Journey with Cancer, and God

Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

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. 

In February 2012, I had a bladder infection and my doctor wanted a CAT scan to make sure the kidneys were okay.