A surprise to the human race

Across the globe, we have witnessed so much disruption to the normal flow of life that the impetus behind all motions and all human activity has been subjected to a stand still. Humanity is at a point where almost every person is burdened, tempted by anxiety and fear, by the catastrophe that is ravaging our common humanity. Amid living in …

The power of prayer and forgiveness

“We discern as a congregation which urgent and critical global concerns we are called to address and we dare to respond boldly in unsuspected ways.” (YAS, C 17; GD 36-38) The coronavirus pandemic is a global concern for me at this moment since it is affecting the whole world. Hence, we need healing. The action I have taken is to …

Sharing our love and our hope

COVID-19 has brought with it enormous challenges and opportunities in equal measure. I have to admit that I am always tempted to look at the bright side of life. In the midst of a worried and anxious lot, I have found my optimistic spirit handy. Our very core “connectedness” has been put to the test by this virus. However, we …

Hunger pains

In the news of recent days, I don’t see or hear about the long lines at food pantries. As a nation we have moved on to vaccine trials, who is deemed an essential business and the ever-present finger pointing of blame. But in the first days and weeks of our national shut-down, it was the aerial picture of lines of …

As you were

“As you were.” The familiar greeting from the commander to those under his charge may be an invitation to us as we experience little opportunities of opening, of movement from complete isolation to beginnings of social interaction. These carefully planned increments to provide a more comfortable yet safe bit of interaction invite us to different ways to continue living and enjoying our …

Fractured and Torn

Images often speak to me of deeper realities that are touching my soul. I use SoulCollage© to solidify my thoughts and feelings. SoulCollage is a practice I learned to unpack feelings and intuit what is going on in my spiritual life. It is a process of creating a collage from magazine and newspaper photos. Once the image is created I …

The Silver Web

The world in which we live today is caught in the threads of a silver web, a web spun by fear, anxiety, and the unknown. A web which can only be brushed away by the strong awakening hands of awareness. Our future is inextricably tied to our ministry of now. We are creating our new future today; it is, and …

New discovery! New beginning!

This period of coronavirus pandemic has strengthened our belief that God speaks in varying ways using different means. When the lockdown began, we thought it will not last long; however, after one week into the lockdown we realized we needed to adjust our way of living. We told our workers in the house to stop coming to work; we took …

SSND during the time of the “Spanish flu”

We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government officials have ordered people to stay at home, schools have been cancelled, millions of people have lost their jobs and wearing face masks in public is the new normal. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have died from the virus. This feels new and unfamiliar, but this is not the …

Everything is a gift

These are not normal times. “Testing. Testing. Testing. Stay home. Flatten the curve.” We hear words like these so often that they are beginning to sound like clichés. We are keenly aware, even from our self-isolation, of personal and social problems that are exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. We hear about the studies of young people and the extreme loneliness …