Revised Confluence of Memory

Like Mary, we are called to consider our personal, national and even global experiences in light of God's call to loving service. The first anniversary of George Floyd's death, Memorial Day, and the centenary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, give us ample cause for prayer and reflection A number of states have instituted changes in [...]

By |2021-06-04T12:20:46-04:00June 4th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Revised Confluence of Memory

January 6th Panel

Nearly five months after the January 6th breach of the Capitol, the scene remains vivid in our minds. On the day Vice President Pence was to oversee the certification of the November 2020 election, Capitol police rushed him and members of Congress out of the meeting room and into more secure locations as the crowd [...]

By |2021-05-28T09:00:25-04:00May 28th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on January 6th Panel

Colonial Pipeline Reform

Last week’s ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the largest United States fuel pipeline, demonstrated the need to restore public trust, to strengthen public/private joint endeavors and to evaluate and strengthen cybersecurity.   Lasting about five days, the shutdown caused severe gas shortages along the Eastern coast.  President Biden lifted regulations in order to allow trucks [...]

By |2021-05-21T12:25:04-04:00May 21st, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Colonial Pipeline Reform

Multifaceted Criminal Justice Reform

Seat of Wisdom and Mother of Mercy-- titles of the Blessed Mother-- remind us that reason and mercy are complimentary qualities that should inform the decisions we make as individuals and as a society. Wisdom, reason, and compassion must play a role in our efforts to reform the many parts of the justice system as [...]

By |2021-05-01T10:42:16-04:00May 1st, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Multifaceted Criminal Justice Reform

Caring Infrastructure

As we move through Easter season. we can't help but think of the amazement and overwhelming joy Mary must have felt on Easter. As Simeon had prophesied, Mary experienced some extraordinary sorrows as Mother of the Redeemer, but she must also have experienced the day to day concerns we all experience in our care for [...]

By |2021-04-16T13:07:11-04:00April 16th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Caring Infrastructure

One In Christ

Michelangelo’s Pieta, one of the artist’s most familiar and moving works, depicts Mary holding the broken body of Christ. Although we are still pilgriming through Lent, that image is particularly apt as we remember the anniversary of the pandemic declaration and the loss we have endured. As Mother of the Church, Mary continues to hold [...]

By |2021-03-19T09:32:56-04:00March 19th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on One In Christ

Stimulus Bill and Binary Thinking

After a lengthy, argumentative process, the stimulus bill was passed by the Senate, then sent to the House for final approval and signed by President Biden. The pandemic aid plan is necessarily broad and multifaceted, aiming to restore economic, social, and physical health to individuals, businesses, communities, and the nation.  The passage of the bill [...]

By |2021-03-11T09:39:54-05:00March 12th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Stimulus Bill and Binary Thinking

For the People Voting Rights Reform Act

“We the people,” the often-repeated words that begin our nation’s constitution, remain both foundational and aspirational The Bill of Rights, those fundamental initial amendments define and protect rights and suggest that as circumstances and human experience and insight changes, our laws and policies also develop. Our very existence as a nation demands that we the [...]

By |2021-03-05T11:33:29-05:00March 5th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on For the People Voting Rights Reform Act

Biden First 30 Days, Paris Climate Accord

We are a third of the way through the first hundred days of the Biden administration. On assuming office, President Biden recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement on assuming office. Our renewed partnership in this worldwide effort took effect on February 19th. Over a hundred member countries have committed to achieve carbon [...]

By |2021-02-26T09:19:30-05:00February 26th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Biden First 30 Days, Paris Climate Accord

Post Impeachment

This year the first Sunday of Lent is also the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, the day we remember the exercise of authority and servant leadership to which Pete and all our popes have been called. Witnessing the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, we have reflected on the role of [...]

By |2021-02-19T09:55:52-05:00February 19th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Post Impeachment
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