Reflections

Prayer to End Global Hunger (Hungry)

Prayer for Migrants
(Immigrants)

Prayer for Those Who Are Homeless (Homeless)

Prayer for Those Who Lack the Opportunity for Education (Education)

Prayer for
Those Seeking Asylum
(For Those Seeking Asylum)

Prayer for Those Denied Basic Human Rights
(HumanRights)

Prayer for Those Adversely Affected by Natural Disasters & Climate Change (NaturalDisasters)

Past Reflections

In Praise of Regifting

In Praise of Regifting

Regifting gets a bad “wrap”—sorry for the terrible pun! During this season when we spend a lot of time and energy thinking about, shopping for, and purchasing presents, I think this practice deserves to be reconsidered. Sure, regifting can be a cheap and relatively thoughtless way of keeping up social conventions, but it doesn’t have to be. 

In Praise of Regifting

Regifting gets a bad “wrap”—sorry for the terrible pun! During this season when we spend a lot of time and energy thinking about, shopping for, and purchasing presents, I think this practice deserves to be reconsidered. Sure, regifting can be a cheap and relatively...

FSOLPH Leadership attends 2022 LCWR Assembly

Our Leadership Team of Sisters Renita Brummer, Rosalie Wisniewski, and Ellen Horn took part in the annual conference of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious held August 9-12, 2022. The theme of the event, which Sister Renita described as an "incredible...

Trying Tenderness

What does the word “tenderness” bring to mind? Is it a young mother gently brushing the hair aside from her sleeping infant’s forehead? The nurse speaking words of reassurance to a scared patient? The gray-haired man spoon-feeding his wife who no longer remembers his...

Wonder-full Love

When we love someone and want to grow closer to them, we try to get to know them better. We wonder about their lives. We observe how they speak; how they act and react. We ask about their families, their occupations. We consider their thoughts, feelings, preferences,...

The heavens are telling…

God is always with us. When the troubles of this world seem so very heavy, I, like many, look to God’s Creation for assurance, to find refuge and to seek balance. “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” -- Psalm 19 How...

Submit & Be Fruitful

Have you ever thought about the word “yield?” If you’re a farmer or you watch the stock market, you’re certainly familiar with the concept of yield as in to produce, or “to give in return for labor or as profit” (see https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/yield.html)....

FSOLPH Leadership attends 2022 LCWR Assembly

FSOLPH Leadership attends 2022 LCWR Assembly

The Franciscan Sisters Leadership Team of Sisters Renita Brummer, Rosalie Wisniewski, and Ellen Horn took part in the annual conference of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious held August 9-12, 2022 in downtown St. Louis, MO.

Trying Tenderness

Trying Tenderness

What does the word “tenderness” bring to mind? Is it a young mother gently brushing the hair aside from her sleeping infant’s forehead? The nurse speaking words of reassurance to a scared patient? The gray-haired man spoon-feeding his wife who no longer remembers his name? The pastor patiently guiding and comforting the struggling adolescent? All of these are reflections—human expressions—of the “tender mercy” of God in whose image and likeness we are made.

Wonder-full Love

Wonder-full Love

When we love someone and want to grow closer to them, we try to get to know them better. We wonder about their lives. We observe how they speak; how they act and react. We ask about their families, their occupations. We consider their thoughts, feelings, preferences, and priorities. As we understand them more, our love for them often grows.

The heavens are telling…

The heavens are telling…

God is always with us. When the troubles of this world seem so very heavy, I, like many, look to God’s Creation for assurance, to find refuge and to seek balance.

Submit & Be Fruitful

Submit & Be Fruitful

Yielding in the sense of submitting isn’t a popular concept in mainstream, secular American culture. Truth be told, it doesn’t seem to be a driving force among most American Christians either. We’re much more interested in the capitalistic/individualistic aspect of yield—getting more or getting our way—than in giving way to God or to others.