Reflections

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.

Sibling Love, My BFFs

By Sister Nylas Moser, ASC

Four years ago this month, my two sisters and I traveled to the Grand Canyon on a memorable “sisters only” vacation.

We used the time to recall the 10th anniversary of our mother’s passing, and to celebrate our still-good health and our turning or about to turn 60.

We were fortunate to be together again this past Labor Day weekend, again telling stories about Mom and Dad.

Having these two dear women in my life is grace. How?

Especially now with both Mom and Dad having passed to eternity,

Uprooting Weeds to Make Room for Grace

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Through the hot, dry, and then wet days of summer, I carefully tended what I thought were milkweed plants. One evening, a person from the neighborhood who has a registered milkweed garden gave me some advice about my efforts to begin a garden for monarch butterflies.

Although I have several bonafide milkweed plants, a few of my vigilantly watched plants are imposters, mere weeds in the garden. So I pulled them up, sorry that they didn’t classify as true milkweed.

Monarch watchers are anxious about those beauties not yet arriving in our area except for a few lonely “flutterbys.”

Where are the monarchs?

What I’ve Gained from Entering Religious Life

By Sister Angela Laquet, ASC

People may wonder why Sisters choose religious life when such a journey involves giving up what others take for granted.

For instance, Sisters cannot accumulate wealth (vow of poverty) or marry (vow of chastity), although in some cases, they may adopt children.

But what religious life takes away, it gives back in spades. I doubt I would be as fully formed a person without the many blessings of religious life.

Here are just some of the things I’ve gained in the process:

  1. Using my Gifts.