reflection

Advent Light

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5.

We’ve come to Advent, that season of the Christian church year leading to Christmas. Our waiting for the light of Christ’s birth comes as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience short days and long nights, and, for many of us, too little light.

In this Earthly darkness, my Advent practice will be to see the light, experience the light, be the light.

This time of year,

Settling an Anxious Heart

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.

Cooler weather has finally arrived in southern Illinois, and with it, more activity at the bird feeders that has transfixed my cats, Gracie and Tinker.

I can almost hear them thinking,

Healing the Nation’s Heart

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

On the day of our Presidential Election hangover, as we ponder what the results mean for our country’s future, I direct you to writer and sociologist Parker Palmer’s “Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy.”

In order for American politics to become healthy, we must return to the first home of democracy, the human heart, he writes.

“The heart is where we integrate what we know in our minds with what we know in our bones, the place where our knowledge can become more fully human.”

His five habits for healing the heart of democracy are:

Few Regrets in a Full Life

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 been off the radar for a few weeks while I traveled East to visit friends in Wellesley, Mass., and then to make an eight-day retreat at Eastern Point Retreat Center in Gloucester,

How Can We Respond to the Violence?

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

As autumn leaves swirl around my city’s streets, I ponder eddies of fear, anger, racism, discontent and unrest churning in our hearts and neighborhoods.

Recently, in my community, a young St. Louis County police officer responding to a disturbance was shot and killed by a teenager. We watched his dignified and moving funeral procession that closed major highways, and felt the grief and pride that overwhelmed both family and first responders.

This scene is played out across the country, most recently in this week’s shooting deaths of two Iowa police officers.