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International Migrants Day and Roses in December

By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU Envio los cielos el rocio de lo alto y las nubes derramen la justicia: Abrase la tierra y brote el Salvador. [Is 45,8] Heavens distill dew from on high and clouds rain down justice: Let Earth open and bud forth the Savior. This year, the familiar Advent antiphon resonated with deeper prophetic urgency as I heard it sung in El Salvador at the site of the martyrdom of the Four Churchwomen on December 2nd, the 42nd anniversary of their death, and under the shadow of the government’s broad dragnet of arrests expedited by a protracted State [...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Who is With Us

By Kathy Williams Ursuline Associate and Director of Communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Right in the middle of Advent, we find two feast days devoted to Mary—the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, which celebrates Mary being born without sin, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrate Mary’s “yes” to God—confused as she was about this turn of events in which she would find herself a pregnant teenager, sans any “relations with a man.” Lk 1:26-38  When the angel appears to her, Mary listens, trying to [...]

Hope

By Sister Barbara Bir, OSU Our present world can seem like the end of time that Matthew tells us about.  “So it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Mt. 24:40-44 This past year the pandemic continues to take lives. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods take homes, loved ones and [...]

The Small Greatness of Advent

I think Advent is perhaps the most underrated season of the liturgical year. It seems that try as we might, Advent with its soft whispers is drowned out by the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Advent with its muted colors of purple and dark blue is overcome with Christmas and its bright colors of red and green. Lent comes in with a bang, with its populist holy day of Ash Wednesday and goes out with a flare of an Easter Vigil. But Advent comes in silently with an evergreen wreath and a few candles—only to go out with the soft strains [...]

When will it end?

When will it end? How will it end? So far this year, there have been 606 mass shootings in our country. There has not been a single week in 2022 without at least four mass shootings in the United States. 67 Americans, including children, died during mass shootings this year. This does not count the number of victims injured, often permanently, the family members left to grieve forever or the emotional trauma of survivors that continues for a long time. And almost 40,000 died from gun violence this year in our country, with over 1,500 of these victims being children. There [...]

November is a Season of Remembrance and Gratitude

The following was a reflection given by Sister Carol Curtis, OSU, at a Mass held in the Motherhouse Chapel on November 1, 2022, All Saints Day with Ursuline Sisters, staff and Sacred Heart Schools administrative staff in attendance. It was the last event for the chapel until the summer of 2023, due to the chapel being closed temporarily for repairs and painting. Our gathering today is itself a convergence of celebration, commemoration, and preparation. Yesterday marked 164 years since Mother Salesia Reitmeier, Sister Pia Schoenhoefer and Sister Maximilian Zwinger arrived from St Ursula Monastery in Straubing, Germany, for this foundation of [...]

Changing the Face of the Mountain

The following is the reflection given by Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU, at the Mass on October 23, to celebrate the Angeline Award given to Joy Green of Cumberland, Maryland, and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel of Callao, Peru.  I would like to share a story. Very possibly you will recall it from some years back. But it bears repeating today. Once upon a time in a very remote unfriendly village that clung to the side of the mountain, there lived an old woman whose habits seemed strange to her neighbors. Since the harsh winters kept people near their families inside their [...]

All Souls

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, at St. William Church in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 2, for All Souls Day. “We die the first time when the last breath leaves our bodies. We die a second time when the last person speaks our name.” —The Lost Book of Friends by Lisa Wingate There is something haunting about that thought, isn’t there. And so here we are—we Catholics—once again meeting, singing, praying for the dead, and actually calling them by name. We don’t want them to die a second time. Is the second time like dying [...]

Joy Green and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel, both Ursuline Associates, receive the 2022 Angeline Award

Every two years, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honor a woman whose life reflects the Ursuline charism that is inspired by Saint Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursulines: "A contemplative love of God resulting in an openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others." On Sunday, October 23, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honored Joy Green and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel, both Ursuline Associates, with the Angeline Award at a Mass in the Motherhouse Chapel, celebrating the feast day of Saint Ursula. Two honorees were chosen due to the hiatus in 2020 from Covid-19 concerns. Ursuline President [...]

A Homecoming for Ursuline Academy Pittsburgh Alumnae October 21-22, 2022

Ursuline Academy Pittsburgh celebrated an All–Class Reunion October 21-22, 2022.   The Academy was established in 1872 as the Ursuline Young Ladies Academy. In 1894, it moved to a former estate bounded by Winebiddle Avenue and Coral and Evaline Streets. In its middle years, Ursuline Academy offered classes from elementary through 12th grade, but later focused on grades 9 through 12 for young women. In 1958 the Ursuline Sisters of Pittsburgh joined with the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky. Decreased enrollment and the opening of Lawrenceville Area Catholic High School in the neighborhood led to the closing of Ursuline [...]

Child’s Play

By Sister Agnes Coveney, OSU Two weeks ago, I saw a photo with a three-year old boy hard at work, mowing the lawn with a play lawnmower. He is turned to face the photographer and it is as if he is saying: Can’t you see, I’m busy! I understand from early childhood experts, my Ursuline Sisters, that children’s play is learning. It’s probably true to say that for children most of their waking and dreaming life is all about learning. Wouldn’t it be something if we grownups also oriented our daily selves largely over to learning from whatever comes along? What [...]

Floods: Ever old, ever new

Sister Janet M. Peterworth shares a reflection  in Global Sisters Report on ministering to and counseling victims of the recent flooding in eastern Kentucky, and looking back on her doing the same in Tug Valley in Mingo County, West Virginia after a 1977 500-year flood. "Victims of disasters need to tell their stories. They need to express their feelings to someone who will listen." On April 2, 1977, a so-called 500-year flood raced through the Tug Valley in Mingo County, West Virginia. Five months after the event, when I went there in September as part of an ecumenical team of “disaster [...]

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