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Why Catholics Should Care About Refugees

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

On Sunday afternoon, I went for a walk in nearby Tower Grove Park to ponder the powerful and challenging homily our pastor had given about “sheltering the oppressed and homeless,” a phrase from the prophet Isaiah from the first reading for the day.

On my stroll through the park, I encountered a family of immigrants and welcomed them to the United States. One of the teen-age girls understood enough English to tell me that they were from Syria. I watched their eyes as we tried to communicate and saw reactions from fear,

My Crazy Cancer Journey

Janis YaekelBy 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.

For the first time in a year, I have had to resume chemotherapy treatments for my pancreatic cancer. The side effects have been minimal this time, but with each subsequent treatment,

We Are Already One

By Sister Janet McCann, ASC

A number of years ago, my brother, Tim, was standing outside of the building where he works in downtown St. Louis.

Somehow, he struck up a conversation with a guy across the street, who was also standing outside of the building where he worked. They discovered that they had similar jobs and responsibilities, and, as hard as it is to believe, they found out that they both shared the last name of McCann!

Believe me, even I couldn’t make this up!  Damien emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland,

Sometimes the News Is Not Great

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.

Since I began this blog more than a year ago, life has been running along rather smoothly. That recently changed. Now I am facing more chemotherapy.

Last week,

Life’s Break-Through Moments

By Sister Janet McCann, ASC

A reading from the Gospel last week has captivated me for a long time. Do you recognize it? Does it move you too?

“When Jesus returned to Capernaum….many gathered together so that there was no longer room…and Jesus preached the word to them.  They came bringing a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying…”

We often hear people say they can recall exactly where they were when they received word of some significant event,

Why I Study Women Religious

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

I have been studying Catholic Sisters since I began teaching in the late 1980s at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

I started teaching the theology of the vows that Sisters, or women religious, make as they progress through their formation. I realized my students needed a companion class on the history of religious life in the United States to provide the context and background for that theology.

My students didn’t understand the history of the role of women religious in the broader Church. Initially, I scrambled to find suitable articles because no text was yet available.

The Peace Possibility

By Cheryl Wittenauer

Pope Francis has said this about the Church’s marking the 50th World Day of Peace on New Year’s Day: His wish that we could see and respect each other as “sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity … and make active nonviolence our way of life.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it, especially when our hearts are brimming with holiday cheer and goodwill toward humankind.

But what happens when regular life resumes, when the New Year’s aspiration for nonviolence is spoiled by a snarky Facebook post, a rude motorist, or crimes and behavior that feed our stereotypes about race,

Our Life’s Pilgrimage

By Sister Anita Fearday, ASC

I often have thought of life as a pilgrimage, especially when I am in touch with a yearning, a hunger, a desire for something more in life.

For 70 years, I have been on the way to a more abundant life, but I have not yet reached the pot of gold of John 10, 10 (“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”)

As I mark my 70 years of life and 50 years as a Sister,

Time for a Reality Check

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.

It’s reality-check time, time to once again look squarely at my physical situation without rose-colored glasses.

Two weeks ago, I was told that my MRI and CT scan were stable,

My Advent with Central American Refugees

 By Sister Kris Schrader, ASC

During sabbatical from my education work in Guatemala, I have been volunteering with a group in San Antonio, Texas, that works with immigrants and refugees on the border.

The Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, among other things, provides emergency shelter services to families released from two nearby detention centers for women and children. Those detention centers can hold up to 3,200 refugees who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

foto-bedsEach night, Casa de Raices provides a bed,