Reflections

Our Missionary Sister Martyrs Remembered

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Memorial of the Martyrs of Charity outside the Adorers’ Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois

Today begins 12 days of remembering our missionary Sisters who died this month, 24 years ago in Liberia, during that African nation’s brutal civil war.

Adorers had been in Liberia since 1970 educating girls, working in health care and doing other ministries. They had come at the invitation of the SMA Fathers, Society of African Missions, based in Tenafly, N.J., who begged the Sisters to come. Many did.

But in the 1980s, as the war heated up,

Focus and Relax the Mind with Zentangle

pic-3 By Sister Diane Tenbrink, ASC

I have done art journaling since I was a young sister, and a friend and I would do it while sharing about our personal challenges in life.

This same friend later told me about something called Zentangle, which I have been doing now for more than 12 years.

Practitioners create Zentangle designs with black ink and pencil on 3.5 square-inch tiles for abstract yet beautiful, intricate patterns. The practice is said to increase focus, reduce anxiety, aid meditation and tap creativity.

It helps me focus and relax and put all of my attention on what I’m doing. 

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,

The Music of Church Bells

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My parish church of St. Vincent de Paul, established in 1844 and the second-oldest church in St. Louis, recently rang its bells for the first time in several years.

Since the supports for the heavy bells were in dire need of repair, we were advised not to ring the bells until they and the church tower could be fixed.

So the bells were silent for too many days.

When we celebrated the feast of St. Vincent on Sept. 25, the parish members gathered on the church steps to hear the bells’ music again.

Saving the Best for Last

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.

It’s been a while since my last blog because I’ve been preparing reflections for a day of prayer at King’s House Retreat Center in Belleville, Ill.

The talks center on living through the darkness into the light and I suppose that my own experience of cancer has been helpful as I prepare my presentations.