The Gaudete Miracle – Paris Summit on Climate Change

by Mary Deborah Carlin, SND on December 22, 2015

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On Gaudete Sunday the world awoke to good news which people may call  a miracle.  Approximately two hundred individual nations listened to one another.  They mirrored ever so surely or tenuously (only time will tell) Pope Francis’ call to listen to one another.  The Paris Summit on Climate Change  “recognized that we are compelled to heed” […]

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The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland in collaboration with John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College, COAR(Community Oscar Arnulfo Romero), and the Interreligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) ask us to join with them on December 2, 2015  to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of the four churchwomen–Maura Clarke, MM;  Ita Ford, […]

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Psalm 136 Revisited for an American Thanksgiving

by Dorothy Fuchs, SND on November 11, 2015

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O give thanks to the Lord for God’s love is everlasting, Who alone has done such great wonders. Who led the Pilgrims to this spacious land, For God’s love is everlasting. Who gave us a nation of freedom and law, For God’s love is everlasting. For trees and rivers, for mountains and meadows, for birds […]

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“As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation.” Pope Francis Pope Francis is inviting all Catholics to participate in an annual World Day […]

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Basic Rights of All People

by Sister Laura Wingert, SND on August 4, 2015

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“We hold these truths to be self- evident that all [people] are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among them are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…”  These words from the Declaration of Independence clearly state the basic rights of all people and are a part of […]

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Is Nature Trying to Get Our Attention?

by Emilia Castelletti, SND on July 20, 2015

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Some years ago, a retreat director, in fact Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND,introduced me to a children’s book entitled Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth.  I got a copy after the retreat and pull it out from time to time.  It includes passages about how nature prays: …trees reach for heaven in prayer, …rocks are still, silent […]

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The Bishop Edward Pevec Peace and Justice Award Aptly Named

by Mary Deborah Carlin, SND on June 24, 2015

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“He wore his vestments lightly.”    These are the words Father Gerald J. Bednar who currently serves as the  Vice Rector of the seminary in the diocese of Cleveland, used to describe Bishop Edward Pevec at the 25th Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner,  May 30, 2015, held at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, […]

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Prison Reform: A Corporal Work of Mercy

by Dorothy Fuchs, SND on May 19, 2015

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Many of us have watched on television or heard of programs involving prisoners being allowed to work with animals.  One program uses prisoners to train service dogs for people with special needs.   Another program allows prisoners to work with abused and neglected horses, helping rehabilitate both horses and people. These opportunities are a “win-win” situation, […]

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Anthropocene – The Age of Us

by Mary Deborah Carlin, SND on April 28, 2015

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The word anthropology has been uppermost in my mind throughout  Lent into EASTER.   It all began with a casual conversation with Sister Mary Karita Ivancic, SND. She was talking about the Christian Anthropology class she teaches at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio.   I wanted to attend the classes and Sister took care that  I could […]

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