Lenten Journey: Caring for Mom

By Sister Toni Longo, ASC

 “I don’t get you. I don’t understand you.
I don’t even like you sometimes.
But I accept you. I accept you.”

I’m not sure where I found this quote, but sometimes I say it to myself while caring for Mom, adding, “But I love you. I love you.”

That sounds pretty sick, doesn’t it, especially from a Catholic sister about her mom, let alone an Adorer of the Blood of Christ who is called to see everyone as the “dear neighbor” and welcome them as she would Christ.

Lenten Journeys: Waiting for Test Results

By Sr. 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. 

Today I am in the waiting zone.  I recently had my CT scan and MRI. I will get results today.  It’s a hard wait so I try to keep myself busy with stuff that I have been putting off like cleaning the bathtub. 

Lenten Journeys: Saying ‘Yes’ to New Adventures

joAnnMarkBy Sister JoAnn Mark, ASC

Over my life as a Catholic sister, I’ve said “yes” to new opportunities and places to serve God with a fair amount of regularity. These decisions come slowly, though, after I’ve asked God, “What is it that you want me to do?”

That question has led me to say “yes” to teaching English to members of religious communities in Bucharest, Romania and to our sisters and candidates in Dodoma, Tanzania; and to refugees in Benito, Texas. It led me to say “yes” to a request to establish and staff the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Omaha,

Lent: Keep it Simple

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Now that Mardi Gras has beaded its way through Soulard, an old St. Louis neighborhood that hosts parades and Mardi Gras festivities that rival those in New Orleans, Lent sobers some of the citizenry into gazing both inward and outward.

But sometimes, there are too many good things. I arranged all the Lenten reflection booklets and pamphlets on a table in the back of my church, sorted through a myriad of materials that the Adorer community had provided, and prepared a list of resources for the adult formation class I teach at the parish.

Consecrated Life & Planting Seeds

1334539_95110203By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

“Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries, the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul.”

These words are taken from the new book, Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays.

Nature is always planting seeds. I saw several fly by my head, you know those large puffy ones, just the other day.

I believe that this is what religious life is about today —