Visual Essay, Easter in Yen Bai Province - Holy Week took on particular significance for Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters who helped prepare Hmong ethnic villagers in the mountainous province of Yen Bai in northwestern Vietnam celebrate the holiest time of the year for the first time in decades.
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Contemplate This - Jesus was a teacher. All those who chose to follow him were invited to see things differently. To wake up to what is really there. For me, that is the invitation to contemplation. Holy Week is a solemn time to take time. I'd invite you to make sitting in contemplation a priority during these days leading up to and following Easter.
Lenten reflection - Every time I start thinking I am a pretty good person, I get a little note from the Spirit reminding me I have a long way to go.
I believe that a oneness exists between the sufferings of creation and the sufferings of Christ.
Like dried beans prepared for a stew, do we all need a good soaking by the love and mercy of God? What is the recipe for compassion, empathy, and embracing the DACAmented, and the undocumented among us during this season of Lent?
In Conversation - Global Sisters Report columnist Sr. Nancy Sylvester explains contemplation and leads listeners through the setup for a regular meditative practice.
When we take a loving look at our lives, what might benefit us more: filling the hole in our life, or being in the hole with God?
There is no better way to begin this year's Lent than to show love to our brothers and sisters. God is wise; indeed God is wisdom herself. What better way to begin Lent if not by being charitable to my fellow pilgrims on earth?
Not since 1945 has Valentines' Day and Ash Wednesday fallen on the same day. I found myself intrigued by this. First, I remembered from my childhood how eager I was to see how many valentines I would receive and from whom and the weighty decision as to whom I would ask, "Would you be my Valentine?"
Lent is almost here here. John the Baptist, the locust-eating ascetic dressed in camel hair, stands on the banks of the Jordan to usher us into the Lenten season of repentance and denial on … Valentine's Day, the annual celebration of love, relationship and romance.