Reflections

Moving Past Retribution in the Clergy Abuse Crisis

By Sister Clare Boehmer, ASC

I was thinking and praying that something good would come of Pope Francis’ Feb. 21-24 summit on clergy sexual abuse.

Then I read an opinion piece that said the “Wrath of God” will be visited upon perpetrators. Not exactly the compassionate, healing response I had hoped for.

I wanted to hear that summit participants had put in place a process for reconciliation to heal perpetrators, victims, and the Church as a whole. I was hoping we could move beyond retribution to reconciliation.

Retribution is a legitimate and appropriate response to the sex abuse scandal,

Broken Hearts, Compassion and Hope

By Sister Janet McCann, ASC

“My baby brother is a real heartbreaker!”

Beau, a 4-year old buddy of mine, told me this, referring to his newborn brother who had been crying for a while. When I asked him what he meant, Beau sighed and said, “Whenever my baby brother cries, it breaks my heart.”

I doubt that I conveyed that level of compassion when I was Beau’s age, but as an Adorer, I join with my sisters of the U.S. Region in trying to intentionally live our statement to “be a compassionate presence wherever need touches our hearts.”

Heartbreak is rampant these days,

Government Shutdown Meltdown

By Sister Michelle Woodruff, ASC

We who serve the native people of Northwestern New Mexico welcomed the news of a break in the protracted and painful partial government shutdown.

I am not only an Adorer, but a full-time community health nurse employed by the federal Indian Health Service in Crownpoint, New Mexico, in the remote Four Corners region of the U.S., where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet.

I serve the many health needs of the Navajo people who come for care to the Crownpoint Healthcare Facility, run by IHS.

Vietnam Mission

By Sister Janet McCann, ASC

 A number of years ago, several Vietnamese women who had learned about Precious Blood spirituality from the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in Vietnam expressed interest in becoming Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The decision was made that they would receive their formation in the Asia Continental area, which led to them entering the community with the Adorers in South Korea. Now, after 10 years, the first two Vietnamese women have returned to Vietnam to begin an Adorer Mission.

The start of a new year often inspires hope for fresh possibilities. 

Happy New Year!

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

The New Year holiday has become a celebration of transition in our lives, transitions we make each new day, each new week, each new month, and sometimes much more often.

It’s so easy to talk about transitions and how we look forward to a new year, assuming it will be better. I think it does demand some soul searching and honesty, though. What is it in our lives that we would like to be different? What can we do about it? Are we open to changes that will make our lives “better”