Reflections

Sr. Barb Smith Featured in Global Sisters Report

Sister Barb Smith, ASC says her life and outlook were forever changed by the experience of working among the Navajo for 24 years in northwest New Mexico.

While her own spirituality was already well developed, Sister Barb discovered a rich culture that opened her to discover God in new ways.

“Their love and appreciation of the harmony of all life has found a home within me,” she writes. “It draws my attention to the profound beauty of creation, to the simple things that are so often missed or unappreciated. This sacred rhythm of life is like the heartbeat/drum beat that resonates in my prayer and gratitude for every gift and blessing of life.”

Read the full article here.

Living With and In Mystery

Living With and In Mystery

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

Mysteries have a significant role in our lives. The Easter season calls us to consider one of our most profound mysteries, that death leads to new life.

Some mysteries are meant to be solved and usually we enjoy this challenge whether it is a puzzle, a novel, a movie, or a life event.  We actually spend a lot of time solving mysteries.

Science is designed to solve the mysteries of our universe. Every time scientists solve a mystery,

Redirect Anger to Positive Action and Prayer

By Sister Clare Boehmer, ASC

As I checked my Facebook newsfeed recently, I came across a string of comments reacting to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s position on voter reforms. I don’t know how many people had responded. I stopped counting at 21, not yet near the end of the string.

Some comments were moderate, but the majority expressed anger, outrage, and frustration with McConnell’s attitude and stance, which seemed arrogant and inflammatory and contributed to the already chaotic and divisive atmosphere of politics.

As citizens, we are right to be angry at the divisive words and actions of many of our elected officials and at the corruption that has put them into office.

Salt Melts Ice and Hearts

By Sister Mary Catherine Clark, ASC

Courtney, my neighbor, had spread salt along her sidewalk as a wintry mix of ice and snow fell from the sky in St. Louis. Then, she came over to our home and kindly spread salt on our front porch, steps and sidewalk.

What a quiet, unassuming random act of kindness that I just happened to see by accident as I went to my front window to assess how long it would take me to de-ice my car this wintry morning. I was so touched by her care of “the dear neighbor” for us.

185 Years After Founding, What Do We Celebrate?

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

Tomorrow, on March 4, Adorers of the Blood of Christ will mark the 185th anniversary of our founding by a young woman who later would become a saint. As an Adorer, I find myself pondering, what is it we celebrate? The day marks the time a young woman chose a way of life, a vocation.

When the young Maria De Mattias founded the congregation in 1834, it was in response to a need. She was an ordinary young Italian woman, inviting others into the heart of mission and she set into motion a worldwide web of compassion,