For What Do You Thirst?

A stranger approaches Jacob’s Well at high noon. He is tired and thirsty. There he meets a woman who has come to draw water. Something happens between them. . . . The original readers of the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman must have felt themselves on familiar ground. The scene and characters would […]

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Transfigured Before Them

The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus in today’s gospel in one of the stranger stories in any of the Gospels. Jesus had a powerful “religious experience” at some point in his public life, an experience which had a profound effect on him and on the apostles who were with him. In the context of […]

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God Alone

Christians tell the same story over and over even though we know how it ends. We dread the execution even as we anticipate the resurrection. The wisdom of our tradition asserts that our path is not a line but a circle—or a spiral. As we turn from Epi­ph­any to Lent we leave the joy and […]

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From New York to Youngstown – Sister Betty Schuster’s Vocation Story

Sister Betty Schuster, Assistant Director of Beatitude House in Youngstown, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, shares her vocation story, reflecting on her life as an Ursuline Sister. Called from New York to Youngstown I’d had friends who said to me, “You know, you should consider religious life.” And I thought they were […]

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