How to Survive the Winter

By Sister Barbara Jean “B.J.” Franklin, ASC

When the cold and snow of February proved that winter was not really over, we faced the things we don’t like about winter: bone-chilling cold, hazardous driving conditions, cabin fever, indoor routines.

The avid gardeners among us have been poring over seed catalogs and the dog-eared pages give testament to the heart’s never-ending longing for Spring. But it’s winter here in the Midwest and we may as well appreciate the gifts that it brings.


Among my favorites are:

  • Bare trees that speak of letting go,

Lighting the Path     

winter-in-the-city-1404394-1279x1705By Sister Regina Siegfried ASC

On the day of Winter Solstice, with the least length of light, I joined my community of new friends and neighbors for a gathering at a striking 1879 landmark home decked out in full Christmas lights and regalia.

The house was built by Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw as a rental property for his workers.

My community of friends and neighbors has been meeting every Tuesday for the last year to discuss crime, social unrest, racism, fear and other thorny issues of urban life.