Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

If You Wish

Living with a chronic illness can frustrate me.  I can be angry, edgy, tormented. With all our modern advances in medi­cine, why can’t researchers and doctors overcome this disease, I ask. I wait interminably for promised breakthroughs; I hope desperately for a miracle, I often pray for healing. Yet I don’t let the illness define […]

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Ready To Make A Difference?

Ready to Make a Difference? You’ve come to the right place! It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are Catholic Nuns who respond together to meet the critical needs of God’s people in Youngstown and northeast Ohio. St. Angela Merici founded […]

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Everyone Is Looking For You

Last week, as I was walking down the main hall of our Motherhouse, several people stopped me and said, “Sister….is looking for you” After the third such greeting, the temptation was to hide so that I could accomplish my list of to dos! However, my service that day was to the call of Christ in […]

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What Makes For Authority?

So what makes for authority? The capacity to look into a person’s heart and make an effective difference to his or her life. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus’ authority is recognised as superior to that of the scribes. These men had position, influence and knowledge but that didn’t give them authority. Playing on the word, […]

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Come!

Last week and this, the Gospel gives us “call stories,” tales of people being called upon to do something. Here is Mark’s take on the familiar story of Jesus calling some fishermen to follow. Many modern commentators speculate that these guys already knew Jesus. They’d heard him teach before, or had mutual friends, or worshiped […]

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