You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “when one door closes, another door opens.” But what happens when you’re the one who closes the door on others and others await the door’s reopening? Recently, I announced to a group, where I’ve been handling many administrative tasks (budget, grants, publicity, and communications) on a volunteer basis for several years, that I would be stepping down from these roles. Although it is never easy to make such announcements, change and transitions are inevitable in this life and we have to adjust to the seasons of life that come our way. None of us are indispensable but we can leave others with affirmations of their goodness and hopes for renewed growth. I trust and have faith that by listening to the Spirit that guides us, new life can happen. Continue reading →
Has this Lenten season been really intense for you? Has it been soothing and reflective for you? Has it been life-changing? Did you know it was the Lenten season? Well, last chance! This is Holy Week and Lent will soon be over.
You see, we sometimes tend to isolate this time of year and forget that mercy, compassion, repentance and forgiveness are lifetime goals. We don’t just try them out for 40 days.
So next year, when the ashes are placed on your forehead and you hear words like, “Repent and believe the Good News,” you just might be able to say AMEN because it is what you have been doing and will continue to do every day of the year, not just for the 40 days called Lent.
As I reflect on World Water Day today, I am moved by several daunting statistics:
- 1 in 9 people in the world are without access to water;
- half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease;
- every 20 seconds, 1 child dies from a water-related illness;
- the planet needs 200 million liters of water a second to grow food.
During the last few months the nation’s focus has been on the water crisis in Flint, MI, with the predictable nonstop blame game being the most consistent response. As often happens, the catalyst for changing the water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River was the desire to save money. However, the human cost was enormous, with children paying the cost with lead poisoning. Thousands of Flint residents continue to pay a price for a lack of responsible leadership that could only come up with quick fixes such as a boil water advisory. With corroded pipes throughout the city, the cost in money and time will be enormous. Continue reading →
“Good Friday is the Great Valentine’s Day! Believers and unbelievers need to see the cross with all its suffering, pain and death not as a sacrifice-payment to redeem humanity from the punishment of sins, but rather as a cosmically gigantic act of love. ”
– Rev. Edward Hays
OK, so maybe my need to include everyone as often as possible, and to offer as many choices as possible is not always helpful or practical, but I feel a need today to say both Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). I have been told that sometimes in the convent some Sisters of different ethnic groups felt left out when the major ethnic celebration was the “Wearing of the Green.” Continue reading →