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My Vocation Story: Part 2

We so enjoyed the train ride, especially through the mountainous area. After visiting with our relatives, we took a bus tour through the mountains. While seeing and enjoying the beauty of the Cascade Mountains, images of the nuns would come back. I did not like that; I thought I was leaving them behind. Because this […]

My Vocation Story: Part 1

My aunt, Sister Petronella, sent me a holy card for my first communion as a second grader. On the cover was a picture of a girl, dressed in a lovely white dress and veil, kneeling by the communion railing to receive her first holy communion. On the reverse side was a prayer for a religious […]

My Philosophy on Aging

I perceive aging as a normal facet of the total process of life. I envision it to have its own distinctive challenges, frustrations and rewards. I believe that the attitude with which one approaches his/her own aging and how one relates to this growth process in others is a significant indicator of how one views […]

No Separation, Here!

Pope Francis never fails to both inspire and challenge me! Recently, I read his short message on faithfulness. He invited his hearers to ask themselves “…how am I faithful? Let us take the question with us to think about during the day: how am I faithful to Christ? Am I able to make my faith […]

We’ve Always Done It This Way

How often have you heard the phrase, “We’ve always done it this way”? I have an idea that the phrase dates back hundreds of years. You may hear it at family gatherings, at work and yes, we do hear it at the monastery. The phrase could actually have multiple meanings. “We’ve always done it this […]

Humor and Health

The month of April is National Humor Month. My experience is that laughter and humor have been essential ingredients in my life and ministry, especially in bringing healing for myself and for others. There is an increasing number of professionals in the medical and psychiatric field who are seeing the value of humor in promoting […]