Today, I invite you to turn off your phone, close your door, and spend a few moments reflecting on this “Advent Credo” by Daniel Berrigan. May it help you enter into these final days of preparation with a heart centered and open for God’s love. May each of us be the Face of God’s Mercy and Peace to all those we meet. Peace be with you.
Finding Peace this Holiday Season
Every Advent, it seems, I’m gifted with a song – new or familiar – that provides the background music for my journey through the season. The promise and eager anticipation of Advent have always stirred my soul, and the songs of these weeks often reflect those feelings. But this year feels different. This time, Advent has felt for me like a time of doubt, upset, and confusion, reflecting the mood of our country, no matter on which side of the political fence one sits. Continue reading →
Giving Voice to my Values Post-Election
I’ve spent much of my life afraid to give voice to my values, beliefs and opinions or to even know what they are. By putting myself in teaching situations and speaking engagements, I’ve gained confidence in expressing myself, though it is still a struggle. Writing, however, has always been my safe haven for processing and unraveling my thoughts. But, something in me is starting to change as a result of feeling post-election blues. I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore and be silent. Continue reading →
I was trained in engineering disciplines, doing research for biomedical applications. This ministry is not a common ministry that most people think a Sister should do or be involved in. I have also worked in a non-Catholic environment with people from various faiths who come from different countries including Iran, India, Cuba, and China, who were curious about how my ministry connects with being a religious sister. Even people who grew up in this country, Catholic or non-Catholic, are curious about my religious life and ministry. Continue reading →
Gold ribbons waving through the air accompanied the opening song, Envia tu Espiritu – Send out your Spirit, of the National Religious Vocation Conference’s convocation in Overland Park, KS. The Spirit was indeed alive and flowing throughout the entire gathering of 300 Vocation Ministers from the US and around the world. Sr. Pat Dual, OP, and I attended and were enriched by our time with our fellow vocation ministers, discerners, supporters, presiders and presenters.
On Saturday, we were joined by six young religious who were invited to be panelists for a conversation about religious life today, discernment, thoughts on the present and future realities of their respective congregations and words of wisdom for those discerning a vocation to religious life. I was touched, inspired, challenged and so proud of these men and women who have courageously and selflessly embraced this counter-cultural vocation in today’s world. Continue reading →