Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

Seeking To See

When do we find ourselves up a tree? When we are in a difficult situation and can’t seem to find a way out. The idea is to climb down, to find a solution. In this gospel story, Zacchaeus does the opposite. He goes up a tree to solve his problem. What’s not to like about […]

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The Humbled Be Exalted

We might chuckle at five-year-old Noah’s boast that he will grow up to be stronger than Daddy. Or cringe at sixteen-year-old Hannah’s bluster that she can text and drive with no problem. Or wonder at coworkers who brag about how deserving they are of a huge raise because they produce more than anyone else. Only […]

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Pray Always

In this gospel, every character mentioned is seeking justice. Justice as jurisprudence seeks to uphold the rights of all, to balance out differences, to apply uniformly principles of behavior and treatment. In our nation’s justice system, the widow of the gospel would probably be held in contempt of court for pestering the judge. The judge […]

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Overflowing Gratitude

By Sister Nancy Pawlen “The great use of life is to spend it for something which outlasts it.” — William James(1842-1910), Father of American Psychology  As a young Sister working on my B.S. in Elementary Education (from 1965-1970), I was very much drawn to that quote. Reflecting on its meaning, I thought that its truth connected […]

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Heartfelt Gratitude

By Sister Mary Alyce Koval And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’And he replied: ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light […]

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