Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

He Is Risen

Anyone who has ever been to a burial service in a cemetery knows how gaping the six-foot hollow in the earth is. If we peer into the empty space, it seems to go down forever. It is deep, foreboding, not just a little bit frightening. We are much more comfortable when the casket is lowered, […]

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Palm Sunday

Our reflections today are from Diane Bergant:   We see on TV the many times a soldier returns home to surprise his family. It is thrilling, despite the fact that this hero comes home possibly broken. I wonder what the people of Bethphage and Bethany thought as Jesus processed toward Jerusalem. It seems that their […]

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Thank You, Youngstown Foundation!

Many, many thanks to the Youngstown Foundation, which has awarded the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown’s Apartments for Senior Citizens of Limited Income Project a grant of $20,000.   Jan Strasfeld, [at left] executive director of the Foundation, presents to Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior of the Ursuline Sisters, a ceremonial check at the foundation’s offices […]

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Dying to Self

My father was a wine maker. He knew the answer to the question: How much time does it take for grape mash to be fermented into good wine? He always answered: it takes time! But the time involved was less critical than the change this time brought about! My dad’s wine making was real transformation! […]

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Darkness and Light

Confusion. Times we’re clueless. Subjects in which we pray for “enlightenment,” a journey away from “darkness.”   It’s easy to use the analogies of “light” and “darkness” when academic notions are discussed. “Light” is mastery of the subject. “Darkness” is ignorance. However, when we apply these analogies to the faith and morality, we can no […]

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