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.

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,