Even Jesus Went On a Tear Once In a While

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“Be still and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:10)

Early in the morning recently, a friend of mine called me gasping for breath and needing to vent her frustration about something going on at work. She was exasperated, hassled and about to burst into tears. Unable to find her center, she rambled on about what appeared to be simple things that got out of hand, or miscommunication that created tension. She needed a safe place to rage against a situation that was making her feel crazy. She had a legitimate gripe and no one and no way to be heard where she worked. So she called me. Continue reading →

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St. Mary’s Dominican High School – First High School in Country with SynDaver™ Surgical Model

DHS-SynDaverArrivalSt. Mary’s Dominican High School welcomed a new addition this week –  the SynDaver™ Surgical Model, becoming the first high school in the United States that has one. The SynDaver™ Surgical Model is an elaborate and sophisticated full-body surgical simulator. The model is a 3D jigsaw body puzzle with every muscle, bone, vascular component and organs removable and replaceable. It is programmable to simulate the circulatory system and will be used in the senior and junior Human Anatomy classes that are taught by science teacher Anjel Guitroz. Continue reading →

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Guns on College Campuses

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

The beginning of any college academic year brings more than a few challenges, but for the University of Texas at Austin, those challenges brought great concern and division. On June 1, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11, the “campus carry” law, which allows students with gun licenses to carry a concealed handgun on campus. President Gregory L. Femes and faculty at the University spoke against this ill-advised law with the state legislators, but to no avail. Ironically, this bill was signed 50 years to the day of the first mass shooting on a college campus, at the University of Texas. Continue reading →

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Autumn’s Call and Changing Colors

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

This past week could not have been a better time for my annual retreat at our retreat house in Waterford, Michigan! The autumn changing colors called forth many an “ooh” and “ahh” from me on my drive there and back to Ohio. And during my walks in the wooded area near Vivian’s Via Rosa Retreat House, I was glad I had brought my phone along and took several pictures as the bright reds, yellows, browns and greens took my breath away and caused me to linger to drink in their beauty. Only later in reviewing my camera album I noticed that I had only taken pictures of what my narrow definition of beauty included – overlooking the broken, dying branches and dead leaves clinging to their  familiar twigs. In my musings autumn seemed to be calling me to embrace not only the brilliant and pleasant changing colors that autumn painted into my landscapes, but also the beauty hidden in the broken, suffering, and aging both within and around me. Continue reading →

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