Pope Francis Sex Abuse Summit

As we once again enter into the holy season of Lent, we will be signed with ashes and reminded to repent and believe in the good news of the Gospel. Last week in Rome, Pope Francis and church leaders ended the summit on sex abuse with a penitential Mass, acknowledging the evil of abuse, the [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:27:21-05:00March 1st, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Pope Francis Sex Abuse Summit

State of the Union

As of this posting, the State of the Union address has yet to be delivered; however, there is much to be addressed concerning the union's state. Political speech has been reduced to soundbites and tweets and the rhetorical distinctions between news reports and commentaries are vanishing. Even before last Thursday 's vote on the two [...]

By |2019-01-31T13:13:23-05:00January 31st, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on State of the Union

Hope

This week has called us to hope and action. On Monday we were reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of unity. And today we end the octave of prayer for Christian unity, joining our prayer to Christ's, “That all may be one.” Both Dr. King and Jesus spoke their hopes while expecting to [...]

By |2019-01-25T08:31:30-05:00January 25th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Hope

Baptism of Jesus Resisting Temptation of Isolationism

Last Sunday we celebrated the baptism of Jesus. Immediately after Jesus's baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the desert where after forty days Satan tempted him. At our baptism, we were called to share in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet and king. Given the lengthy government shutdown and divisive political discourse, we may be tempted [...]

By |2019-01-18T10:35:25-05:00January 18th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Baptism of Jesus Resisting Temptation of Isolationism

Nancy Pelosi Dreams

Many readings of the Christmas season feature dreams. In dreams, Joseph was advised to take Mary as his wife, the Magi were warned not to return to Herod and, finally, Joseph was instructed to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. When Jesus began his preaching, He shared God's dream for us, a dream of justice [...]

By |2019-01-10T21:36:54-05:00January 10th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Nancy Pelosi Dreams

migrant crisis Government Shutdown

What a contrast of images and experiences this Christmas season has delivered to us! Nativity scenes have moved us through time and space to Bethlehem and memories and movies have moved us back to childhood moments of opening presents and to more grown-up memories of opening our very selves to new graces and experiences through [...]

By |2019-09-19T13:21:12-04:00January 4th, 2019|Sister Fran|Comments Off on migrant crisis Government Shutdown

The Immaculate Conception of Mary

On Saturday, December 8th, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. We recall God’s care for us from the first moment of creation and God’s call to participate in spreading justice and peace. Last week the Senate voted to open argument on continuing aid to the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. If successful, [...]

By |2018-12-05T14:05:01-05:00December 5th, 2018|Sister Fran|Comments Off on The Immaculate Conception of Mary

Rhetoric of Peace 100th Anniversary WW1

Last week world leaders and local communities commemorated the end of World War I at 11 AM on November 11th, 1918. In US ceremonies, we celebrated Veterans’ Day, honoring all who have served in the military; heroic and tragic stories reminded us that peace has not yet triumphed over conflict. Though not an armed conflict, [...]

By |2018-11-16T13:40:31-05:00November 16th, 2018|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Rhetoric of Peace 100th Anniversary WW1

Violence and the Mid-Term Elections

Last week's news was filled with violence and threats of violence. On Wednesday, a white man shot and killed two African Americans, one in a Louisville, Kentucky, grocery store, the other in the parking lot . Addressing a white bystander, the gunman noted that he would not shoot or be shot by the man because [...]

By |2018-11-02T12:36:09-04:00October 22nd, 2018|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Violence and the Mid-Term Elections

Temporary Status Injunction

                          Last week U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction delaying the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a number of groups. As stated in the October 4th on-line posting by the Center [...]

By |2018-10-12T09:53:25-04:00October 12th, 2018|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Temporary Status Injunction