Five Tips for Gardening Earth & Soul

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I have often looked at myself as a jack of all trades but probably a master of none.  I have been a teacher, a preacher, a spiritual director and ecologist and I have enjoyed all these ministries. But there is one that has really grounded me, literally, and that is gardening.

For eight years, I worked on a three-acre garden helping to provide produce for some 80 families. More recently, I have worked in the garden at the Adorers’ Ruma Center.  Here we grow vegetables for our own kitchen. 

Urban Gardening

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC 

Gardeners are happily digging, planting, seeding and weeding these days. Community garden plots are a particular love of mine because they green our urban landscape in empty lots and pocket parks.

In community gardens, neighbors share small sections or raised beds for their individual tomato, beans, squash, herbs and other plants, all set into soil with hope, anticipation and promise. Such gardens are growing in popularity as a means to provide food for a family.

Community gardening sprang into life for me over the last few weeks when groups of people visited a small back yard I share with others to help get the 6-foot-by-12-foot garden plots prepared and planted.

Mysteries in Cancer and in the Garden

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. 

I’ve learned on this journey with cancer to expect surprises, and received a big one on Easter Monday.

When I went to my appointment that day, I learned I would not be undergoing chemotherapy,