Manifesting Jesus – Jean Vanier

This morning I woke up to two inspiring things. First, I learned that Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities, had passed away. He is a modern-day saint and a man of radical presence and hospitality. His example of faith, a life lived for Jesus, with the marginalized and vulnerable, displayed an authenticity many of […]

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Christ is Risen

“Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory, let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.” From the Exsultet: The Proclamation of Easter This year I spent the Easter Vigil with the faith community at St. Vincent’s Parish in Albany, New York. It […]

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And so we wait.

Holy Thursday has always been one of my favorite rituals in the Church’s year. Most especially, I love spending time at the altar of repose. It is a peaceful time, a place of waiting, a call to radical presence. Here Christ remains present to us in the fruit of the earth (bread) and in the […]

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Stars and Gifts: A Reflection for the Epiphany

The visit of the magi to the child Jesus has always been my favorite feast in the Church’s year. I love the mystery and symbolism of the epiphany. As life gets back to normal on January 2nd, I always feel Christmastime never really ends until January 6th. As I ponder the mystery of the story, […]

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Lift Up Your Voice

So sadly and tragically, the world woke up a few days ago to hear about another terrorist attack, this time in Manchester, England.  Such news can certainly be disheartening and defeating, but I am forever impressed by the powerful strength of love, goodness, and the human spirit to rise up and be heard. As the […]

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Spring: The Season of Courage

Spring: The Season of Courage Victoria Battell RSM Spring seems to finally be upon us. After some beautiful days at the end of March we were hit with snow and a cold snap! Some of the flower buds which had courageously begun to spring forth were caught by the return of frost. But the fear […]

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