Reflections

God’s Holy Women

By Sr. Raphael Ann Drone ASC

Recently, I led a group of women in marking the upcoming nuptials of a young woman who met her husband while both served as missionaries in Liberia. Our weekend together was a different take on the traditional bachelorette party; we didn’t roast and toast the bride-to-be with old girlfriend stories and bottles of wine, but looked at ourselves as “God’s Holy Women” within God’s Great Story of Salvation History.

Rachel, the bride-to-be; Jackie, one of the bridesmaids; and I had lived together in Liberia as lay missionaries with the Society of African Missions from 2010 to 2012. 

Baltimore, Nepal, and Standing Witness

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

This has been a week of human violence and extreme natural disasters, not only in Baltimore and Nepal, but in so many cities and countries. During this Easter season, as believers in the Risen One, we are called to pray and witness to New Life. Hope is the defining virtue, that during these painful and dark situations, gives us hearts, hands and minds to believe in new life, a better day.

Baltimore, from freeimages.com

Though we are not “in” those areas, we are feeling their suffering. Let us,

Earth Day Haiku

We believe Earth Day is everyday. Though the festivities of this week are behind us, one of our Adorer Associates Sue Scott Dolan shares three reflections on the earth in haiku form.

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plants lull on the sill

reviving to Mozart’s airs

sacred life restored

 

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stately soundless trees

nurturing plants by root grid

silently sustain

 

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plant mysteries thrill

scientists note brainpower

God’s beaming design

 

Earth Day: Adorers Reflect

The earth is a way God is experienced and caring for the earth is an issue of justice. In honor of Earth Day, several Adorers contemplate the way the earth intersects with their lives and spirituality.

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Reflections on “Land Ethic”
Written by Sr. Alan Wurth, ASC

Oh land once soft and free

You cry in your prison of asphalt and concrete!

We build high for growth and progress –

rigid and unbending.

Earth Day: Prayer

Photo from freeimages.com

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.
– Pope Francis

Water and blood are basic symbols of our spirituality as Catholic Christians and Adorers. They are symbols reflective of a sacramental understanding of our journey on earth as disciples of the Risen Christ. Water and blood give and sustain life in each of us. Both ‘water and blood,’ wash us clean!

On this Earth Day, we listen,