Seeing the Good in Change

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I have been writing this blog for a year now, and I sometimes wonder where the time has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun, and even when you’re not. The past year certainly has been more pleasant than not.

Out here in the farmland where I live, the corn is high and the ears are showing themselves. Driving down a country road the other day, I saw a doe and fawn that delighted my senses.

This is growing time in nature. Everything is about the process of taking the new life of spring and making it grow to maturity.

Embracing the Change

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

The theme from a recent meeting our congregation held in Acuto, Italy was, “At your Word … embrace transformation.”  In the language of our founder, Saint Maria de Mattias, who was from Acuto, we would say, “Abbraciamo la trasformazione,” or Embrace transformation.

Transformation is hard work. Margaret Wheatley, an American writer and management consultant, tells us: “transformation can lead us into dark nights.”

“In spiritual traditions, this descent into darkness is recognized as the journey into greater meaning. We first have to fall apart before we can figure out how to reorganize ourselves to fit the new environment.

Sex Offenders in the Neighborhood

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My neighbors and I recently learned that three sex offenders live among us on our block, a quiet, well-maintained urban neighborhood in St. Louis.

Of course, it came as a surprise, but it shouldn’t have. Sex offenders, drug dealers, and similar folks may be closer than we imagine. By law, sex offenders must register their address with local authorities, who share it for safety reasons with the public.

We met to discuss this troubling discovery, armed with information from various websites including their names and the nature of their crimes as well as the names of the property owner and landlord who house them.

All Saints Day, All Souls Day

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My favorite season is autumn, with its days of glorious color, harvest, and honey bees humming above the purple asters in the back yard. In his “Ode to Autumn,” the poet, John Keats, writes of a “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” that swells “the gourd and plumps the hazel shells.”  The tender green shades of spring have matured to vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows.

The Catholic Church also celebrates this season of fullness with the Nov. 1 Feast of All Saints and the Nov. 2 Feast of All Souls.

God’s Holy Women

By Sr. Raphael Ann Drone ASC

Recently, I led a group of women in marking the upcoming nuptials of a young woman who met her husband while both served as missionaries in Liberia. Our weekend together was a different take on the traditional bachelorette party; we didn’t roast and toast the bride-to-be with old girlfriend stories and bottles of wine, but looked at ourselves as “God’s Holy Women” within God’s Great Story of Salvation History.

Rachel, the bride-to-be; Jackie, one of the bridesmaids; and I had lived together in Liberia as lay missionaries with the Society of African Missions from 2010 to 2012.