Stressed Much?

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Does the media and new administration stress you out?

Are you still stressing over the new government in America? How many emails, snail mails, Facebook posts have you received telling you, commanding you, to write your Congress people, local government leaders, neighbors and anyone else who make decisions, to end this craziness; to tell Washington you are tired of the lies and the lack of justice. Continue reading →

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When Black Women were Better than White Men

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

Honoring Black History Month

I saw the film Hidden Figures recently. You should go see it too.

The film tells a story about Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who were only a few of the many African-American women who worked at NASA’s space program, making possible the first orbital flight of John Glenn.

It is also a story about how personal humiliation perpetrated by NASA engineers draws out the resilience of the three women – and their resilience leads to a breakthrough by the engineers. Katherine, Dorothy and Mary were employed to do the computations needed for space flight before computers had names like IBM. In fact, they were called “computers.” Continue reading →

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Going Viral

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

Flu – 1, Me – 0

Over this past week, the three of us in our house have fallen, one by one, into the clutches of the stomach flu, some version of the norovirus. As you well know, this is an extremely scrappy little virus, just burgeoning with life, desperately eager to replicate itself and to spread itself, happily leaving in its wake groaning people in pitiable collapse, unable despite all the cautionary and rigorous efforts  to spray and wash and isolate and sterilize, to keep it at bay. So on it goes, romping and jack-hammering its way merrily through the hapless humanity it lives to make miserable, even if only for a day or so. Continue reading →

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The Spirituality of Broadway

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Broadway Shows – More than Just Shows

During my time in New York City, I fell in love with the brilliance of Broadway. Because of the many amazingly talented singers in the city, even church liturgies are cantered by spectacular voices. Talk about praising God! Three of my favorite shows have a spiritual twist that touched my heart. I hope they touch yours as well.  Here they are: Continue reading →

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Active Hope

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

“Do not be afraid”

There is a low grade anxiety in me these days as we get closer to the new political era that is about to begin. Inauguration Day is making me feel like a dark cloud is on the horizon. Do you feel it too? Scripture says so often, “do not be afraid.” But I am worried.

I fear for the undocumented person, those who depend on the Affordable Care Act that will soon be gutted, and I fear for other people who are depending on this new administration to create something better for them. I suspect a great disappointment is coming. Continue reading →

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