Bells for Mario  

By Sister Dani Brought, ASC

On a recent Sunday morning in La Labor, Guatemala, I was enjoying my cup of coffee when I heard church bells ringing next door. The bells or dobles in Spanish signify a funeral service for someone who had died two days before.

We had learned on Friday the sad, sad news that young Mario had died.

Mario, the 30-year-old husband of Merli, and father of three, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he waited at a corner store in Guatemala City to buy food for his work crew.

A Syrian Child Cries While We Pick a President

Posted by Talbiseh Media Center
Posted by Talbiseh Media Center

By Sister Krystal Funk, ASC

Like thousands of people around the world, I viewed with deep sadness a video of a terrified and bloodied Syrian girl screaming for her father after a rocket attack on their town, Talbiseh, caused the ceiling of their house to collapse.

Her cries found their way into my soul, the center space in my heart. I teared up.

Photo by photographer and media activist Mahmoud Raslan
Photo by photographer and media activist Mahmoud Raslan

The look in her eyes seems to speak of the same tragedy as that of the boy,

A Precious Encounter with Jesus and Miss Nadine

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

Where have I adored the Blood of Christ today?

As an Adorer, I try to ponder this question each day. Yesterday, I met the precious blood of Jesus in a woman named Miss Nadine.

Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC, and I joined many others in greeting the Nuns on the Bus at Southside Housing Coalition Midtown Center in St. Louis. As we gathered, we met brothers and sisters from all parts of society. Painted on the side of the bus were the words, “reweaving the fabric of society.”

Orlando Weeping

Enjoying the night, relaxing with friends,
In a moment became the beginning of the end.
Hearts racing to music just moments before,
Silenced in an instant by a man who swore,

To condemn those with a life different from his.

We pray for all those who were lost that day,
Their families and friends so grieved today.
Memories of better times, may God bless you.
Lives that meant so much, youth gone too soon.
Blood of Christ in the streets once again.

Be Free With Your Mercy

By Sister Mary Shaw, ASC

Pope Francis recently published his first book as pope, “The Name of God is Mercy,” which offers a practical way to live the environment encyclical that he completed a year ago today.

That encyclical, “Laudato Si,’” (today is the anniversary of its publication date) holds that everything is interconnected, and that we cannot be indifferent to anything. Yet, we tell ourselves that the refugee crisis, climate change and deportation are not our concern.

When our conscience gets pricked a little, we make a donation and stay at a safe distance to avoid encountering those with difficult lives.