Weekly Word

Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.


 

What are your resolutions?

I Plan to Give Up Fear

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

It’s the beginning of a new year and a chance to make new New Year’s resolutions. I always like to look over the past year and see how I might do things differently. Of course, I need to eat fewer calories and walk more steps… spend less time watching NCIS (or Pure Genius, Code Black, etc!) and more time learning Spanish. Continue reading →

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Three Things I Want for Christmas

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

Last Year’s Wish List

Last year at this time, I wrote a blog about three things I wanted for Christmas and, tongue in cheek, one of them was that Donald Trump would drop out of the presidential race. Now I have to reassess and find a way to build a bridge across the divisions that have been exposed in this election.

Back then, I asked for an end to the war in Syria, and we are still horrified over the killing of children and the fog of war our leaders are in. We seem to know a lot more about the repeated attempts to evacuate Aleppo but very little of peace talks, cease fires or any political attempts to bring this horror to an end.

This year, as I contemplate the gift of Jesus Christ, the healer, the reconciler, the Prince of Peace, I realize that I could easily ask for the same gifts, but for different reasons. So I ask again with the confidence that light will come, that Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, will prevail. Continue reading →

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The Advent Word: Yes

The Advent Word

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

Politically, it’s been a long, long year. Elections are over, and Advent comes with its longings, its dreams, its assurances. Peace, comfort, promise of ways made smooth, of rejoicing and gladness. We’ve just celebrated Gaudete Sunday. Rejoice!

Do the liturgical readings ring true for you? Are you able to believe the prophets’ visions? After all the political tumult, the revelation that America’s unity, the “American dream” is a sham, that has shown starkly to us the cracks and the crevices that divide us, the jagged peaks and sinkholes of anger and fear, do you believe in the possibility of healing and wholeness, the testimony of prophets and the Gospel to the unity of humankind? Continue reading →

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Political Correctness: Love It or Leave It

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

Political Correctness

What’s the big deal about political correctness?  The Oxford Dictionary defines political correctness as “the avoidance of forms of expression or actions that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” Isn’t this just common courtesy and concern? Didn’t most of us learn to treat others the way we would like to be treated, including how we talked about them? Continue reading →

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A New Sign for an Old Idea

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

A few years ago I was a residence hall director on a college campus and it was a time of unrest because of stereotypes and misconceptions directed primarily toward the homosexual students on that campus. We ran up against all of the value statements, Catholic church teachings and social mores of the time in order to build a safer environment. Continue reading →

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