reflection

Following the Spirit’s Lead

By Sister Frances Pytlik, ASC

Advent allows us to connect with our hopes and desires, our longing and yearning for God. But with Advent coming only once every 12 months, I try to be alert to that process year-round.

As I look back over the last years, I am aware of the Spirit’s nagging, prodding and pushing, and my slow and deliberate response to these proddings.

As I responded to calls for ministries and moved from one mission place to another, the decisions and the timing seemed appropriate.

At the beginning of my ninth year in western Kansas,

Traveling Outside My Comfort Zone

By Sister Ann Fearday, ASC

For believers, Advent is a sacred journey of hoping, waiting and preparing, and in my case, more deeply understanding self. Months after I completed a 32-day, 424-mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), I still am savoring the experience and coming to understand my whole life as a sacred journey.

  

Looking for God

I looked for God along the way of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain,

The Road to My Wildest Dreams

By Sister Barb Smith, ASC

Journeys always stir something deep within me. There is something exciting about taking off into the unknown.

Where will this road take me? Who will I encounter?

The Adventure beings

Maybe it is the adventure, the willingness to be challenged, taking a leap of faith or the excitement of discovering something new, but it seems that my whole life has been about being on a journey.

One of these journeys touched my life in a significant way in 1982 when I responded to a call to minister among the Navajo on a reservation in New Mexico.

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,