[Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP] – Last Friday as we celebrated the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sr. Barbara Catalano, OP, reminded us how David, before he was anointed king, defended his sheep from dangerous predators risking his own life to face down both bear and lion. In the gospel for that day, Jesus reveals God’s “Shepherd Heart” that will not rest until the lost have been found and restored to safety – no matter what it takes. In the following blog Associate Carol Lemelin invites us to allow this aspect of God to transform our personal lives:
For someone with a lifelong hearing problem, I am amused by how much I crave silence. I find that silence calms me down and allows me to linger in the warm embrace of God. I am known to turn off my hearing aids not only to silence the noise around me but so that I can enter into that divine space of quiet where God rests within me. This space is the place where I find focus, clarity, peace, and energy for my day’s work.
On the other end of the spectrum, I find instrumental and contemporary Christian music gives me that same moment of peace and inspiration to fuel my day and to soothe my soul. So I guess the mix of silence and music, two opposites, can lead us to the same place of being with our God.
It’s the beginning of June…a time when flowers are in full bloom, birds are chattering every morning and evening and the sun stays up late into the evening. It’s a season of life, sunshine, and joy. But recently, I realized that it’s also a season of dying. Think about the many endings that occur at the end of May and beginning of June:
- Graduations – leaving one beloved institution for the unknown.
- Retirements – ending one stage of one’s life for another.
- Moving – saying goodbye to wonderful neighbors and hello to more.
- Transitions – leaving a job or ministry for whatever reason to find another.
- End of a school year – leaving a well-known teacher for new one.
A number of our sisters lived in Chimbote, Peru during the “years of terrorism” (1980-2000), when nearly 70,000 people were reported as killed or missing. I say “reported” because the number is likely much higher, but unreported for any number of reasons. They were victims of one of the two terrorist groups or of extrajudicial government disappearances and killings. To this day, far too many families still do not know what happened to their loved-ones, and have yet to receive any type of just reparation (which was recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission). Continue reading →
ST. CATHARINE, KY – After numerous meetings of the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees, chairman John Turner announced at a campus-wide faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday, June 1, that the College would be closing as of July 31.
“It is with great sadness that I announce today, after exploring all possible options, the Board of Trustees has determined the challenges facing St. Catharine College are insurmountable and we will be closing the college at the end of July,” Turner said. Continue reading →