Category: Spirituality

Angela – Woman of Peace

November 5th, 2016

Indigestion – nightmares – quarrels – bitterness. Stress and division afflict me and most of our country. “What happens on November 9?” No matter who wins the presidency or which way the Senate tilts, we need reconciliation! We Christians look to Jesus, the One who prayed for his killers: “Father, forgive them.” We Americans take […]


September 18th, 2016

Being together – “insieme” – is what St. Angela Merici recommended so strongly to her daughters that one directive to the Company’s leaders uses the word four times: “Take care to have your daughters come together from time to time in the place you think best and most convenient… so that, together like this, they […]

My Heart Is Wrenched

July 16th, 2016

“My heart is wrenched,” St. Angela said. My heart – our hearts – are wrenched. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! (Psalm 130) How many cities, how many lives before these…? Minneapolis – Lord, have mercy! Baton Rouge – Christ, have mercy! Dallas – Lord, have mercy! […]

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? Merciful, 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 […]