I'll never forget the moment I first laid eyes on my niece, Lucy. I'd been following the updates all day, and now I was standing before a few-hours-old baby.
See for Yourself - I unwrapped the early Christmas present that was part of a Secret Santa gathering. The gifts were fairly inexpensive because it was just the fun of opening everything that increased the chatter.
During Advent 2015, I was midway through chemotherapy for recurrent ovarian cancer and shared the journey in a Global Sisters Report series called "Inter-Mission." The liturgical season helped me move from fear to hope. It's Advent again
The Souljourners program, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica, is a three-year program for spiritual directors. Ecumenism is key to the program. The experts who instruct students come from all Christian faith backgrounds. The sisters describe the form of direction they teach as "contemplative-evocative."
Facing the realities of the extractive industries' push against pristine public lands and recent actions by the Trump administration to reduce the size of two national monuments that are significant to Native Americans, spiritual leaders believe in miracles and prayer.
In the Middle Ages, the idea of spiritual motherhood was quite popular among both women and men. St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a Cistercian, understood his role as abbot to be "Mother." St. Francis of Assisi described himself as a mother to his brothers, and Meister Eckhart wrote, "We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God always needs to be born."
See for Yourself - "I believe there's a plan of God for each of our lives. ... We don't know what's going on or why and can't explain it, but it's not for nothing."
Given the culture of the time where women did not have many options for support if they were alone, one might ask, what was the adulterous woman to do?
Mohican, a rare red timber wolf, pawed the ground and panted with what appeared to be a smile, sizing up the group as he walked around us. I thought of St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's book Ask the Beasts as Mohican rested among new friends.
GSR Today - In the Philippines, I was surprised by Filipinos' ways of celebrating Christmas, Advent and All Saints' and All Souls' Days. All Souls' Day, which in our Western culture is a solemn time to remember our deceased loved ones, was a festive celebration. I was glad to join in this new experience.
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