Thanksgiving Traditions for the Sake of the Common Good

I would like to take on some new practices that challenge the racist systems harming the United States, support a sustainable way of living on Earth and promote the common good.

We are endangered species, but Franciscan values could save us

At my new home in Chicago, I can visit the shore of Lake Michigan, and I like to go there to pray. From my spot on a concrete slab, all that is visible to me that is “natural” is water and sky. Everything else — the concrete, the fence, the shoreline — has been constructedContinue reading “We are endangered species, but Franciscan values could save us”

For the Love of Earth

Today is the World Day of Prayer for Creation! This is an ecumenical and global day of prayer.  World-wide, Christians are united in prayer for the healing of this sacred home and our Sister, Mother Earth. Out of love for her, we pray in hope and thanksgiving. Here in La Crosse, Wisconsin we are keepingContinue reading “For the Love of Earth”

On Earth, Heaven

Gospel living is messy. It takes a lot of work, prayer, devotion and love to be God’s instrument and to build God’s reign of peace and justice. This 2-minute video offers a colorful meditation on this Truth. Let us pray that God’s will is done in each of us, on earth while we awake toContinue reading “On Earth, Heaven”

Heaven and Earth: Lessons learned in Assisi

This past summer I had a profound experience that helped me to remember that heaven and earth are one. I was in Assisi, Italy, on pilgrimage. I was there with other Franciscans who were preparing for (or discerning) final vows, and participating in a study pilgrimage sponsored by Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs. As a Franciscan sister,Continue reading “Heaven and Earth: Lessons learned in Assisi”

mercy, children of the earth

Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  –John 20:19b-20a Christ is still showing us His wounds. Christ is the energy of God alive and arisen in our midst. In my life, one of the mostContinue reading “mercy, children of the earth”