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Shopping Cart of Lenten Grace

By Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC

About 60 years ago, my 3rd– and 4th-grade religion class and I were talking about Lent and preparing for Easter. I listed the various extra opportunities we had during Lent to become better acquainted with Jesus. One little third-grader who usually became very interested waved her hand wildly and said, “you mean, it’s like grace is on sale.”

In her young imagination, you could attend a Lenten program and pile up grace in the shopping cart of the soul. Skipping candy equals one grace, staying out of a fight could earn a dozen graces.

Educator and Yankees Fan Dies

Sister Lucille Kerschen, a lifelong teacher and professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 73 years, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the community’s Wichita Center. She was 89.

Sister Lucille, a native of Aleppo, Kansas, was the fourth youngest of 10 children who lost her mother at age seven. She spent her childhood on the family farm. Her older sister Remigia entered the Adorer community before her.

Lucille entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, on September 6, 1943, professing first vows July 1,

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,

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,

Adorers Consider Legal Options

Photo Credit: Dave Perry

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, are profoundly disappointed that the United States Supreme Court decided not to grant the Adorers’ petition for certiorari. The Adorers asked the High Court to review a decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, a private for-profit gas company, could violate in perpetuity the Adorers’ deeply held religious beliefs. At issue was FERC’s decision to authorize the private gas pipeline company to use the Adorers’ own private property,

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,

Our Vocations: Serving in Small Meaningful Ways

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

This weekend marked the feast of the Presentation and the World Day for Consecrated Life, a time to celebrate our vocations.

We are blessed to continue our celebration through today as we celebrate our founder Maria De Mattias’ birthday (February 4).  The gift of life to Maria was certainly a gift of life to each of us and the vocation we have received with her charism.

In her presidential address to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious last summer, Incarnate Word Sister Teresa Maya said:

Sister Helen Panci, ASC Remembered for Her Love of Teaching and Pastoral Care

Sister Helen (Herman Jospeh) Panci, ASC, died on Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Helene’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was 94 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

Sister Helen was born on September 11, 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of six children of the late Joseph Panci and Anna Kubis Panci and the youngest child in a foster family of nine. Sister Helen made her first vows on August 12, 1941 and her final vows on August 12,