Elections

On the first Sunday of Lent we celebrate the Rite of Election in which we express our affirmation of and prayerful support for those who have been preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Dating back to at least the fifth century, this election seems far removed from our divisive national electoral process, but as Christians [...]

By |2020-02-28T08:30:30-05:00February 28th, 2020|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Elections

Word and Words

The title of Christ, Word of God made flesh, reminds us that by God's loving word we were created and then in Christ we each became a new creation. Our words are also significant, shaping attitudes and actions, so we might reflect on our private and public discourse, holding our leaders and ourselves accountable for [...]

By |2020-02-06T09:23:16-05:00January 17th, 2020|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Word and Words

Baghdad

Last week in anticipation of the feast of the Epiphany, we added the three magi to our nativity sets. However, Thursday's news aired no message of peace and joy; instead, we learned a targeted airstrike in Baghdad had killed General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s military who, according to intelligence reports had been actively [...]

By |2020-01-10T10:40:23-05:00January 10th, 2020|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Baghdad

Wisdom Midst All

As political divisions seem to deepen and the news reports national and international outbreaks of violence and unrest, we pray the O Antiphons during the liturgy. Prayed on the 17th, the first antiphon celebrates Christ as Wisdom and challenges us to exercise wisdom by living in right relationship with our families and friends, with the [...]

By |2019-12-17T11:28:17-05:00December 20th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Wisdom Midst All

Criminal Justice System Reform

Last Friday Rodney Reed was issued an indefinite stay of execution by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, following the recommendation of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Board stated that new evidence had been found that might exonerate Rodney Reed and implicate a previous suspect, the victim’s fiancée, who had been the original suspect. [...]

By |2019-11-22T09:12:47-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Criminal Justice System Reform

Berlin Wall 30th anniversay

Last Saturday marked the thirtieth anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall that had separated communist rules East Germany from West Germany. The crowd remembered the joy of freedom and the suffering and death of the many victims who had suffered violence over the decades when the Soviet-backed Stasi controlled East Germany. During the [...]

By |2019-11-15T10:39:25-05:00November 15th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Berlin Wall 30th anniversay

Kurds And Syria Call For Peace

Last week following the withdrawal of United States troops from northern Syria, images of war and those fleeing from war flashed before us on small and large screens, calling us to stand in solidarity with those who mourn and suffer. While no one would argue against President Trump's stated goal of not engaging in "endless [...]

By |2019-11-05T21:18:58-05:00November 8th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Kurds And Syria Call For Peace

Confronting Terrorism

This month calls us to remember the communion we share with all the living and the deceased to mourn the dead and reflect on the meaning of life. Last Sunday two events converged, reminding us of the fragility of life, the threat of terrorism and the need to be peacemakers. The first anniversary of the [...]

By |2019-10-28T11:08:00-04:00November 1st, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Confronting Terrorism