“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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Remaining Open to an Honest View of Islam

by Dorothy Fuchs, SND on February 10, 2015

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While traveling in Israel in 2007 I rode a camel for a short distance.  I asked the name of the camel and also of the young man who took care of the camel.  Both names sounded like a form of peace.   I looked up the Arabic meaning for Saleem,  the name of the camel.  The […]

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