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.

Quills and Keyboards

By Sr. Janet McCann, ASC

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Acuto, Italy, where my community, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, was founded by St. Maria De Mattias in 1834. (Learn more about the Adorers’ foundress and history here.)

I was there to help review proposals for funding formation and ministry projects for Adorers throughout the world, and to disburse funding. But I also found time to enjoy the beauty all around those of us gathered at the meeting.

The visit offered lots of contrasting images:

Snitches, Transgender Women and Rachel Dolezal

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

A recent Touchy Topics Tuesday gathering addressed several truly sensitive issues ranging from concern about a restless quadrant of the neighborhood to national newsmakers.  A couple of evenings of gunshots in that twitchy segment of our Shaw neighborhood where the target won’t cooperate with the police had us wondering what causes people to not want to talk to the police.

Is it fear, a refusal to be a snitch, or apprehension about retaliation?  We couldn’t begin to know the thought processes that a target of gunshots must be experiencing.

Coming Together Ready to Listen

Lots of white daisies in Meadow - green FieldBy Sr. Barbara Hudock ASC

June is the beginning of summer, a time to think of warm weather, extra time outside, vacations.  For us Adorers, it is also the time to prepare for our Assembly, the one time each year we gather as a total community to let the Spirit work among us.

We use this time to be open and to listen to how God is calling us.

As we ask to listen to God’s will and ask for the grace to move with it, I am reminded of this quote:

Touchy Topic Tuesday: No Charge, No Easy Solutions

by Sr. Regina Siegfried

On May 18, The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office released its no-charges report for the police officer who shot VonDerrit Myers, a young man in the Shaw Neighborhood, on Oct. 8, 2014.  The verdict was a natural topic for our Touchy Topics Tuesdays gathering.  We began our discussion group as a result of his death and the unrest in Shaw.  Current protests seemed more agitated outside Shaw than within the neighborhood, although small groups congregated peacefully at the site of the memorial.

Who chooses when to take down that sad,

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Seeing Other Viewpoints

By Sister Regina Siegfried ASC  

During a recent Sunday liturgy at my parish in St. Louis, I knew that we were hosting a visitor who professes no religion. The faith of our congregation is often palpable and inspiring, at least to the believers. I tried to enter the mind and heart of a person who is a compassionate, generous and intelligent humanitarian and who was with us because of family ties.  How did it feel to be surrounded by a vibrant, faith-filled community during a lively celebration?


Beyond the obvious knowledge that faith is a treasured gift,

Touchy Topics: Why Do We Meet?

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

Sometimes the topics in my Touchy Topics Tuesdays group get a little prickly, but the tone and mood has of late veered more into the pensive than the argumentative.

1383813_42612206We continue to wonder why we meet. If discussing concerns of our St. Louis neighborhood is the main focus, are we making a difference? Is gathering to drink coffee and chat an hour or two on Tuesday mornings with newly found friends keeping us together?  Can attentive listening solve the sometimes overwhelming issues of the neighborhood, city, and our society? 

Indeed, a Little Touchy

by Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

915558_69460579Two Touchy Topic Tuesdays did get a tad touchy when a few members wanted some meetings devoted to discussions about faith. But what to do when some members are agnostics and atheists? At first the nonbelievers in our group said they might not attend on those Tuesdays, but after our urging – and since we need their perspectives — they agreed to continue coming to the meetings. To complicate matters, interpretations of faith, theology, and Scripture are as divergent as the people gathered around the table.

Although our conversations focus on the city of St.

Earth Day Haiku

We believe Earth Day is everyday. Though the festivities of this week are behind us, one of our Adorer Associates Sue Scott Dolan shares three reflections on the earth in haiku form.


plants lull on the sill

reviving to Mozart’s airs

sacred life restored




stately soundless trees

nurturing plants by root grid

silently sustain




plant mysteries thrill

scientists note brainpower

God’s beaming design