Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

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Embracing the Easter Mystery

Every year during Lent I have the practice of meditating each morning on a section of the Passion of Christ from one of the four Gospels. Recently, as I was contemplating Jesus dying on the cross, I experienced some intense emotion, and out of nowhere I heard myself say, “I love my vocation.” Read More

Lent: A call to adore

This winter, after the Christmas decorations were removed from our church and we settled into Ordinary Time, something new appeared in the sanctuary. I noticed that the sanctuary lamp, which had previously stood right next to the tabernacle, had been fastened to the wall and now hung slightly higher than the tabernacle. On either side of the tabernacle was a tall, narrow pedestal with an angel mounted on it, bowing in adoration. Read More

Focus and dedication

Last Sunday marked World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life Day, which celebrates the gifts that religious men and women bring to the Church and the world. Over the weekend, as I watched Olympic figure skating I was impressed by the dedication and focus of each skater. What a beautiful sport! The gracious presence of each skater was impressive. I can’t imagine the work involved to get to that level of competition. But I also noticed how many of their skills are necessary for me to have. Read More

A star shall advance

Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ someone looked upon the Jewish people, a small nation influenced by one mighty empire after another, and recognized how precious that people was. “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel.” (Numbers 24:5) This person then predicted that a star would advance from Jacob. These words speak of hope and anticipation. Read More

Why not?

Recently, as I was undergoing some physical therapy treatment, my therapist told me that he had graduated from a Lutheran high school. That led to a conversation about my life and ministry. Read More

To know Christ Jesus

I recently had a wonderful experience with some college students. Sister Laura Zelten, the campus minister from the local university, had invited me to spend a Saturday morning with seven young people who were preparing to lead faith-sharing groups on campus, but had little background in Scripture. Read More

At the foot of the cross

I recently met a woman who hardly knew me, but as soon as I appeared on the scene she began to vent her anger and frustration about many things in the Church and world today. She was assuming that the people who are not attending Mass don’t believe in God and questioned the Church’s closing its doors and presenting the Mass virtually during this time of the pandemic. Read More

Living Ornaments

Last January, as the Christmas season drew to a close, I dismantled our tree and put all my decorations away for another year. A little later, as I looked around my room, I discovered an ornament still hanging from a floor lamp that stands by the chair where I pray each morning. At that moment I was tired and decided just to leave it there. It has been hanging there ever since. It consists of four letters attached to one another, and together they spell the word, “HOPE”. Read More

Jumping out of bed

It was 5:30 a.m. on an icy cold Saturday in February and my alarm clock was ringing. How I wanted to stay in my cozy comfortable bed and get a little more peaceful sleep. However, I quickly called to mind the words that the Jesuit priest Pedro Arrupe had written: ”Love is what makes you get up in the morning.” Read More

Electing a Franciscan campaign

As our country prepares for a presidential election, our neighborhoods are dotted with signs encouraging residents to vote for one candidate or the other. In the midst of all the hype surrounding the election I recently noticed a number of signs around our parish property and on the street where I live. Black and white, and of the same size as the presidential signs, they carry a simple but profound message: “God for a change!” Read More