Easter

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.

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

Easter: The Season for Hope, The Season for Justice

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

Celebrating Easter, with the lilies and the tulips, and singing Alleluia is easy.  Even joyfully energizing!  But, then comes the 50 days season of Easter.  What, you say?   Yes, the season of Lent is 40 days; the Easter season is 50!  For many of us, ‘celebrating joyfully’ for 50 gets as challenging as ‘sacrificing sincerely’ for 40! The sorrows, struggles, injustices and the crosses we bear seem easier to identify with than believing in “something” (justice and truth) and someone (Jesus Christ, Risen) we can’t see.

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Listening for God’s Call

By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

Just before Holy Week, we celebrated the feast of the Annunciation. LCWR Region X met during that time in Dubuque, Iowa, and it was a time of deep listening. Mary Ann Zollman, BVM led us in a reflection on consecrated life and compared it to Mary’s obedient spirit.

What struck me was the meaning of the Latin “obedire.” The literal meaning of “obedience” is to listen. And I heard again the call for us to listen deeply.

We hear God speaking to us in times of quiet,