reflection

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.

Our Chaos and the Holy Spirit

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

Do you find yourself feeling stressed lately by ordinary daily living, wondering if things will ever stop changing and just settle down?

Welcome to life in what often feels like a time of chaos. It is good for us as people of faith to remember that ultimately God is in charge.

Our faith means that we observe and live the events of each day trusting that God is working. We are at all times and in every situation called to look at our realities in the light of our faith.

The Forgotten Brothers We Knew

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My parish community has witnessed a difficult yet strangely grace-filled Lent at our Saint Vincent de Paul Church in St. Louis, a haven for the homeless and forgotten brothers and sisters of Jesus the Christ.

Three weeks ago, Gary, one of the guests at our meals program, died of a heart attack at the entrance to the church.

Last week, Ben, another regular guest at evening meals, who also receives free clothing and bagged lunches, died of prolonged and acute alcoholism.

Although the local news did not report their deaths,

God Amidst the Confusion of Our Lives

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

It is customary during this season of Lent to look for a way to come closer to God.

We live in a confusing time, a time when we thought we knew how things should be and those things are just not happening.

It is a good time to remember that God is the source of our life. God is our rock, our strength.

The readings of the liturgical cycle over the 40 days of Lent are very rich.

They call us to look at our lives and be transformed – to be reconciled and holy,

Check Your Sources: The Scripture

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

References to “fake news” and “alternative facts” have littered real news and social media sites for months.

Where is truth? What is truth?

I have been pondering the oxymoron, “alternative facts,” ever since Kellyanne Conway dubbed the phrase in January on Meet the Press in her defense of the White House’s false statement about attendance numbers at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Clarity eluded me until Ash Wednesday when I had the privilege of helping distribute ashes and saying to each person, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

From the perspective of a Catholic,

Lenten Twist: It’s Not About Me

By Sister Krystal Funk, ASC

As a musician who’s pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy, I naturally turned to music and song for insights into how I might spend my Lent.

In my research, I fell upon the song, “Beautiful Things,” by Gungor, which seems relevant for the Lenten season.

It says, in part:

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change, at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found?

My Old Cat, Duke, Helps Me Focus

 

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.

I had a couple of rough days after my last round of chemotherapy earlier this month.

If I start the week with chemo, I am fine until about Friday,

In the Midst of Cancer: Feeling the Presence of My God

Kate,Janis,MariamBy 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.

On Monday, I received news from my oncologist, Dr. Tan, which has sent me reeling. I have needed the past couple days to process it and get my act together in order to write about it.

The Heart of it All

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

This week, we celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday and Valentine’s Day.  What do these two celebrations have in common?

Lincoln emancipated people. Valentine’s Day invites an emancipation of our hearts.

The Sisters of St Joseph practice something called the “State of the Heart” and “State of the Community.”

They gather with one another and each shares the state of her heart. Then, they broaden the universe and share with one another the state of the heart of the community.

  • How free are we to share our hearts?