The Power of One Voice

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

We are all blessed with different talents

There’s something exhilarating about being in a room with people who have put their trust in God and are devoted to doing good.

I experienced that invigoration this past weekend while meeting with our Associates Council. The meeting started on Friday evening and the agenda was packed, so my expectation was to come home exhausted.

Instead, I returned home on Sunday feeling energized and encouraged.

On the drive home, as I reflected on our time together, I was reminded that we have all been blessed with different talents and gifts and unique voices and that we can use those voices, gifts, and talents – individually and collectively – to change the world. Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog, News

Loving Without Counting the Cost

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

A Good Samaritan

I added a new name to my list of Good Samaritans last week: Ian Grillot.

As I watched a television interview with the 24-year-old Kansas man – while he lay in a hospital bed wearing a neck brace and recovering from gunshot wounds to his hand and chest – his words warmed my heart: “I was just doing what anyone should’ve done for another human being.”

Anyone? I don’t know too many people who would stand up against hatred and take a bullet for a stranger. Do you?

Well, Ian Grillot did. According to news reports he is the man who intervened when a gunman opened fire on two men of Indian descent and of the Hindu faith, killing one and injuring the other, inside an Olathe, KS, sports bar. The gunman reportedly thought the two men were of Middle Eastern descent and made bigoted remarks to them (including “get out of my country”) before opening fire. Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog, News

Called to be Holy

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Associate Co-Director Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

Great is Your Holiness, O God, (repeat)
Great is Your Holiness,
Gracious in Righteousness,
Great is Your Holiness,
and we bow to You.

Form us in holiness and truth,
Teach us to live in holy peace.
Sharing Your Godliness,
You fill our emptiness.
Great is Your Holiness,
and we worship You. Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog

Words Matter: Speak Words that are Beacons of Inspiration

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA - Co-Director
Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

Too blessed to be stressed…

A stranger reminded me this weekend to always count my blessings.

The stranger – a security guard who greeted me at the entrance of a grocery store that I had never been inside before – asked the simple question: “How are you today?”

I answered: “Great! How are you?”

He responded: “I’m too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”

Yes, God is! Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog, News

Meeting the Challenge

Overcoming Obstacles

Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick: I’m not a football fan and I had no intention to watch the Super bowl game last evening. But I was ok with having it on as I continued to read my book. Looking up every so often, I followed the score somewhat distractedly until after the half time show. It was only after the Patriots made their first touchdown, that I became engaged and watched with amazement as they fought their way back to tie the game, go into overtime, then actually win! What an example of not losing hope when things seem to be going south! What about us? How does our hope stand up to the daily challenges we meet?

 Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog, News