Penetrating the frontline of healthcare

On April 22, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, the last place I wanted to be was in a hospital. However, I did not have a choice. Having had a syncope episode in the middle of the night and a second one right outside the dining room in Villa Notre Dame during breakfast, I was dressed in a Johnnie coat, a …

News From Theresa House in Ghana, Africa

As the coronavirus pandemic escalated, the Ghana government banned all public gatherings as of March 15, 2020. A few hours later, heads of schools and churches issued directives, to that effect, which prohibited school sessions and church gatherings. However, Sisters in the Theresa House Community (Former African Novitiate) are blessed to still have daily Masses in our private chapel and …

Blessed Theresa’s words of wisdom

Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, wrote thousands of letters during her lifetime, many offering timeless words of wisdom. Sister Judy Best, SSND, reflects on Letter #4050 in the context of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Filmed next to the cemetery at Sancta Maria in Ripa, located in Saint Louis, Missouri.   see …

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What a global catastrophe! COVID-19 is a virus ravaging the lives of many across the globe. The coronavirus, as earlier mentioned, has no favorite, be you from a developed or developing country. We all are affected directly or indirectly. This calls for a more deeper moment of reflection in the world community. We need to re-discern our relationship with each …

A Promise of Tomorrow

Download PDF Although the world is shaken by Coronavirus, You stand firm and hold your ground, telling the world what’s inside of you. Although fear captures many hearts as CNN broadcasts the number of deaths, You fear death, but hold your ground and stand up firm, broadcasting no fear, but the power of love, Although joblessness surprises the closedown of …

Forest bathing – for your health and right relationship with nature

We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. The sound of the wind in the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air – these can give a sense of comfort. They can help us to relax, restore a good mood, refresh and rejuvenate us. But what exactly is this feeling? The Japanese …

Quarantine

There is an invisible enemy lurking among us. It is a silent enemy, it cannot be heard.      The enemy is COVID-19. This enemy welcomes every culture. It welcomes every nation. It welcomes every Faith. It welcomes every nonbeliever. It welcomes every sexual orientation. It welcomes every economic level. It welcomes every politic. It welcomes saints, and it welcomes …

Oración en Tiempo de Coronavirus

Download PDF Querido Dios, En este momento de incertidumbre y miedo, ayúdenos a ser amor, misericordia y paz para nosotros y para los demás al enfrentar el coronavirus en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo. Ayúdanos a mantener cerca de nuestros corazones a los que han muerto y a sus seres queridos que los lloran. o Aquellos que …

The New Abnormal

The new Abnormal. I never want this to be the new normal, that when we are in the greatest need we need the greatest distance. I attended the burial of one of my sisters and friend. This is when we as community are at our best. We come together to celebrate the life, ministry and mission of someone who has …

Give us this day our daily bread

This Lent was not like the ones where we give up chocolate, decide to lose weight, or commit to a regular exercise program during Lent.  Even the usual Fish Fries were not available in many parts of the country. Many of us are working from home. Some of us have lost jobs or been temporarily laid off. Wherever we are …