reflection

Photography as a Window to God

By Sister Joan Shalapin, ASC

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital selected three of Sister Joan Shalapin’s photos – out of 3,000 entries — for a photo gallery display at its new campus in O’Fallon, Ill. Sister Joan took her first photos as a child. More than a hobby, photography is where she meets the Divine.

I was only seven or eight years old when I purchased something that would make an impact on the rest of my life.

In those days, the popular Dubble-Bubble Gum had an offer on its wrapper:

Grateful for the Extra Time

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 recent CT scan and MRI, followed by a visit to my oncologist, Dr. Tan, brought great news for me. My tumor remains stable!

My blood tests revealed that my platelet count was still rather low,

The End of Another Life Journey

Sister Ann Fearday has been walking the Camino since Easter Sunday, and finally arrived with “tears in my eyes” at Santiago de Compostela on Day 32 of her pilgrimage.

Her happy words:

By Sister Ann “Anitawa” Fearday, ASC

Today, we walked triumphantly into Santiago with our backpacks. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the spires of the Cathedral. We stood in line at the pilgrim office to receive our “compostela,” the document verifying we had walked the Camino.

I am very proud of this document and will be very happy to show it to you next time I see you.

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,

Back to Liberia

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Five missionaries in their Liberia home

We go in twos to try to understand the impact of the five.

Two Adorers, two ASC Associates and two Newman University students are traveling to Liberia on a pilgrimage that marks the 25th anniversary of the death of our five missionary sisters in October 1992.

Two were ambushed on a road they traveled on Oct. 20 that year. Three others were shot to death three days later in front of their convent.

For long-suffering Liberians,

The Hope of Spring

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.

As I look out the window this morning, I am delighted to see a bluebird jumping into the nesting box. It is always a pleasure to see them fly by and flash that brilliant blue.

Personal Communication Trumps Social Media

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The blog began to flood the Internet in the late 1990s, pre-dating Facebook (2004), Youtube (2005), Twitter (2006), Tumblr (2007), Pinterest (2009), Instagram (2010), Snapchat (2011) and Reddit (2012).

These forms of social media provide highly interactive and often interconnected forms of communicating information and ideas.  Although they are relatively recent phenomena, it seems as though we’ve always been inundated with instant communication.

I have been reading blogs for a number of years and have blogged for our community’s web site for more than a year. I read blogs from other communities of religious women or organizations that relate to the history of women religious and our interests.

Close Call, But Spring Prevails

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

It has been a while since I wrote my last blog but I have been dealing with new medical issues that have sidelined me. In mid-March, I had what seemed to be a stroke. For a couple of days, I couldn’t remember anything.

I spent about 10 days in the hospital for tests, which showed that I hadn’t had a stroke after all, but rather, a reaction to medications. Those meds, combined with the fact that my liver was not functioning properly, created the perfect storm.

Our Easter Preparation Doesn’t End with Easter

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

On Holy Thursday morning, I had staked out a spot in the hinterlands of my parish’s parking lot so that I could burn a concoction of cotton balls soaked with the holy oils of the past year.

As the can heated up and the fire licked at the stick I used to poke the cotton balls, one of our parish’s homeless guests heading for the lunch window asked me, “Do the church know what you’re doin’”?

What I was doing wasn’t really all that important. As I tended the fire,

The Pilgrimage Begins

Fearday (1)By Sister Anita (Anitawa) Fearday, ASC

Twenty kilometers a day. 70 years old. Traveling the Way of St. James in Spain. Next week I begin my pilgrimage.

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, together with those to Rome and Jerusalem.

Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.