Chinese Women: Stars in the Sisters of Charity

One of the exciting pages of my community’s history is the welcoming of Chinese women as members to the community a generation ago. During this current time of roiling prejudice against Asians in America, I immediately thought of the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to our American culture. So, let’s acknowledge our daily American... Continue Reading →

All Heart: Prayer Without Words

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Every-once-in-a-while, I get a spate of questions centering on one topic. I think it’s God’s way of telling me I have something to learn about this topic, whatever it is. Lately, the questions are on the subject of contemplative prayer. I’ve noticed that people shy away from this term - it’s reserved... Continue Reading →

A Wild Turkey, the Human Heart, and Loneliness

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Since late last March a single wild turkey has been canvassing our large backyard and wandering into the adjoining park system and the yards of neighbors as well. The turkey appears, as if on cue, between 6:00 and 6:30 every morning and makes itself heard like an out-of-control rusty alarm clock, ten decibels strong waking everyone along... Continue Reading →

Remember Them Best by Having No More Wars

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer for Americans.  But in the midst of our much-needed change of season and the camaraderie, long overdue for barbecues and potato salad, we cannot lose sight of why we have this holiday.  Memorial Day became an official Federal holiday in 1971 when President Lyndon... Continue Reading →

The Spirituality of Play

Here comes summer.  “It will be summer eventually,” opined Emily Dickinson in one of her poems moving the reader carefully though a “pallid landscape” suddenly brightened into a bouquet of lilacs and red roses, calling summer a “miracle” and a “sacrament.” And what child would not think of summer as a miracle?  I also think it’s a... Continue Reading →

Lessons From the Cowardly Lion

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Remember when you excitedly, but nervously, got onto your first bicycle and said to the adult holding the back of the seat: “Let me go.  I can do it!”  Or, how about when your dad coaxed you from the deep end of the pool as you nervously twisted your toes on the diving board.... Continue Reading →

Bugs, Brooms, and Brood X

All Photo Credit: Pixabay.com We keep our snow shovel at the back door well into April for the spontaneous snowfalls that often appear until May.  (We have several yards to walk to get to our garage.)  This year, however, we have not retired the shovel as we anticipate the Great Storm of Cicadas about to arrive in... Continue Reading →

What Does Compassion Mean For Us

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com One of the differences between the virtues of kindness and compassion is that kindness “gives to” while compassion “identifies with.”  Both are ingredients of charity and we hardly have one without the other.  But compassion struck me the other day when I heard an interview with two writers who have produced an amazing book... Continue Reading →

Wounded and Dead in Our Backyard

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Flannery, SC As we wind down the days of Citizen-Scientist Month, and the many commemorations and reminders and resolutions pertinent to Earth Day, April 22, 2021, I have had occasion to reflect on the critical seriousness of the health of our planet. In late February, we experienced a snowstorm which whipped... Continue Reading →

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