The Light Within Us

By Prioress Sister Phyllis McMurray, OSB

Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them. (Acts 2:3-4)

In the Old Testament, fire was often a mysterious sign of God’s presence.  God first spoke to Moses from a bush that was burning but not consumed by the fire.  God led the people at night on their journey through the desert with a column of fire. Continue Reading

St. Ambrose Church: Where Sister Claudia is Supposed to Be

Benedictine Sister Claudia Scharf, OSB runs the administrative office at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Milan, Ill.

Although she loves the people and enjoys the variety of tasks the job presents, it wasn’t too long ago that she found herself wondering whether it was the right ministry for her.

“You don’t always get much feedback from people,” she says. “But I got my answer recently when a parishioner who had lost her sister called. Her sister had been ill, and she had cared for her. She just wanted to talk. At the end, she said, ‘Oh, Sr. Claudia, you are so easy to talk to.’ She was crying.

”I got off the phone and cried,” Sr. Claudia says. “I said, ‘Okay, Lord, I guess I’m where you want me to be.’

Here’s an inside look at the place, the job and the Sister who is where she’s supposed to be. Continue Reading

Sister Augustine Rael, OSB 1934-2012

Sister Augustine (Arlinda) Rael O.S.B., 77 of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Saturday May 5, 2012 at the Monastery.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service wiIl be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan is in charge of arrangements. Continue Reading