The Lamp Is Burning

May 4th, 2016

Someone was missing from the Sanctuary of St. Angela last week in Brescia. And there was something new.

This was my first visit since the death of Maria Teresa Pezzotti. The long-time leader of St. Angela’s Daughters in Brescia had died last December. As we often rediscover a death through an empty space, my expectation of Maria Teresa in the pew behind me fluttered momentarily, then plunged into reality.

Maria Teresa Pezzotti explains the lamp's symbolism to a young Sicilian member of the Company before its installation.

Maria Teresa Pezzotti explains the lamp’s symbolism to a young Sicilian member of the Company before its installation.

The something new was her last project, a highly symbolic lamp. The idea had originated with two elders in the Brescian Company: to represent before St. Angela’s casket her myriad daughters from 1535 till today.

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Small, Smaller, Smallest!

March 31st, 2016

Congo & USA: 7405 miles distant and a mere heartbeat apart.

2007: Kathleen, Marie-Bernadette, Pascaline, Regine in St. Peter's Square, Rome

2007: Kathleen, Marie-Bernadette, Pascaline, Regine in St. Peter’s Square, Rome

“Small world” seems almost trite in this cyber-era. Still, some connections shake us into seeing how closely bound we all are, riding through space together on our small globe.

Our thread is love.

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Our Own Mercy Street

February 25th, 2016

Did PBS have a tip-off from the Vatican about the Jubilee Year of Mercy when its TV series “Mercy Street” went into production for this year?
Mercy StreetMerciful, merciless… they’re all here, in these “inspired-by-history” episodes set in a Civil War hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.

My ears pricked up whenever the characters claimed mercy as their motive: for anesthesia during an amputation or for arms-smuggling to supposedly end the war faster. There’s plenty of opportunity for merciful forgiveness but not much practice of it.

We can all ask ourselves how we take those opportunities: To whom am I merciless? Maybe to myself?

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Welcome To a Conversation!

July 15th, 2015

Do you enjoy the insights of others who take the Gospel seriously? We’ll share ours and invite yours.

Are you pondering contemporary reality? Maybe our consecrated life in the world will offer a fresh perspective.

Are you seeking a wise guide for your own spiritual life? That might be Angela Merici. Through the centuries many women and men have benefitted from her counsel, not only her daughters.

You can participate through commenting below, including suggesting future topics.

Whether you come as an occasional visitor, a regular reader, or a partner in conversation, we hope you’ll enjoy your time here. Look for new posts about once a month and for comments and exchanges in between.