Give Way

By Sr. Jon Julie Sullivan, SND Give way! What a perfect Easter message … Let all the stones be rolled away. All the locks undone. All the combinations revealed to opening. Give way to life wanting to come to. To energy pushing a two-inch plant up Right through the concrete sidewalk. Give way to the

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Looking Forward

Looking Forward

By Sr. Barbara Thiella, SND This year I invite you to pause before you move into 2014. The Sisters of Notre Dame share a lovely tradition with many other persons of faith: the last three days of the waning year are devoted to asking for forgiveness, expressing gratitude and looking forward with hope.  May your

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All Are Called to Holiness

All Are Called to Holiness

This homily was written by Sister Cathy Waldron, one of the eight Sisters celebrating her Jubilee year, and shared at the Jubilee Mass. So what is a Jubilee? Scripture defines Jubilee as a special year of universal pardon and remission of sins. A Jubilee year occurs every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would

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Vacation Time

Vacation Time

Photo and text by Sr. Jon Julie Sullivan, SND Ahhhh…vacation time! Permission to get off the road and sit still long enough to smell the ocean which is just around the bend. Sometimes, can’t you just taste the salt simply by breathing deeply? These are the days when we are drawn to the shore early

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Day to Day Resurrections

“Do not be afraid.  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here for he has been raised as he said.”  – Matthew 28:5 Day to Day Resurrections Jesus, by your Resurrection you are the unimaginable sign of hope for us. You cut through our darkness, doubt and hopelessness.

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Where Dorothy is Planted

Four years ago after Notre Dame Sister Dorothy Stang was murdered by hired gunmen on a lonely road in the Amazon rainforest, Marlene DeNardo was invited by the Sisters in Brazil to spend a study week with their novices and younger Brazilian Sisters. The invitation was a welcome one for Marlene, who, as an SND,

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Slow Down…

by Sr. Kay McMullen Slow down Stop the hurry. Be still and quiet so the words that tiptoe along the edge, that pause just beyond the horizon of thought, can find you and you can hear them when they tap-tap at the door of your heart.

Lent, Early Spring

Lent, Early Spring

By Sr. Kay McMullen, SND Lent, early spring – a time for quiet growth. It’s time to pay attention to small things – grasses along the path a carpet of miner’s lettuce between road and creek seven deer resting in the shade of redwoods ferns growing in the rock wall at the side of the

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