Stepping into the Unknown, Together

stef-and-marilyn-ring-in-chapelBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Last Sunday before Mass I read a blog written by Sr. Susan Rose Francois, CSJP, called Mingling.

The last paragraph has stuck with me: “The future will be what God knows it can be, but also because of who we are and where we have been and how we are able to mix and mingle and navigate the twists and turns together… Our stories are mingling as we write the next chapter in this intergenerational tale of love, service, and faith. And that my friends is cause for celebration and praise to the God who calls us together.” Continue Reading

Psalms: A Prayer for Every Feeling

Benedictine-Sisters-Jackie-Walsh-Claudia-Scharf-Catherine-Cleary-Susan-Hutchens-(piano)-Stefanie-MacDonald-at-LaudsSandwiched between Job and Proverbs in the Old Testament, scholars believe the Psalms were written both during King David’s time, and one or two hundred years later, by indeterminate authors.

Jews have been praying them for 2500 years; Christians, since the time of Christ.

But why? What are the Psalms but a collection of hard-to-understand poems from a time utterly different from our own? What gives them their life? Of what importance can they be to us, today? Continue Reading