5 things to love about Mexico and its paradoxical, enriching embrace

Nov 22, 2019 by Tracey Horan   Spirituality Tracey Horan Mexico 4 CROP.jpg A colorful celebration at our house with Sisters Pina and Engracia and Kino Border Initiative volunteer coordinator Lizzie (Provided photo) “Bring the tequila glasses — we’re celebrating!” my housemate exclaimed. It was just another Wednesday afternoon, but with a three-course meal on the table, including fresh-squeezed juice and bread from scratch, you’d think we were commemorating something monumental, not the fact that two of us were celebrating three months since the day of our arrival. New from NCR: EarthBeat. Reporting from the frontlines of the faith response to … Continue reading 5 things to love about Mexico and its paradoxical, enriching embrace

Lillanna Kopp 1919-2011, 100th Birthday Anniversary

November 25, 1919-November 25, 2010                                                    Lillanna Kopp died April 24, 2011. She was 91. Lillanna Kopp was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Bozeman, Mont. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Portland in 1937 and entered the Convent of the Sisters of Holy Names in Marylhurst and took the name Sister Mary Audrey with her vows. She earned degrees in education and psychology from Marylhurst College and Seattle University. She earned a doctorate degree in sociology from St. Louis University in 1960. She taught at St. Peter, Our Lady of the Lake, and The Madeleine School of the greater … Continue reading Lillanna Kopp 1919-2011, 100th Birthday Anniversary

from Geertje Kuipers in Culemborg: “Raakte je voor je gevoel vreugde en dankbaarheid onderweg kwijt, reik er naar uit en je herwint ze. Het bestaan hééft ons al geaccepteerd, ons alles om niet geschonken. Alomvattend is grace, niet te verliezen. Onuitputtelijk de hoeveelheid ervan. There is only grace. november 2019″ “If you feel you have lost joy and gratitude along the way, you may reach for it again, you will regain it. The ‘existence’ has already accepted us, our everything, for free. All-embracing is grace, not ever to be lost. Inexhaustible in quantity. There is only grace. november 2019” Continue reading

The autumn leaves are falling

The autumn leaves are falling and reminds me the change of the season Each leaf reminds me of each day I am here Of each day I left my home there Of each day I am feeling alone Yet I am not alone for the struggle must go on The autumn leaves are falling and reminds me the change of the season Each leaf reminds me of each person I left there Of each person I held so dear Of each of them I love along Yet I am not alone for the struggle must go on The autumn leaves … Continue reading The autumn leaves are falling

EL UNIVERSO ES UNA COMUNIÓN DE SUJETOS, NO UNA COLECCIÓN DE OBJETOS (T. Berry)

El Universo, con su sabiduría, matriz y patrón de todo lo que existe, nos sigue hablando desde dentro, con voces de científicos místicos y profetas. Somos una comunión de sujetos. Esta afirmación  trastoca los cimientos del edificio social y eclesial, construido sobre bases muy distintas, en muchos casos opuestas. No así el Evangelio. “Las actitudes científicas y los inventos tecnológicos han sustituido la mirada contemplativo-mística de la realidad y la evocación empática de las fuerzas naturales y espirituales a través del ritual y la invocación oracional” (T. Berry) Estamos a las puertas de Adviento. Es ese tiempo del año cuasi … Continue reading EL UNIVERSO ES UNA COMUNIÓN DE SUJETOS, NO UNA COLECCIÓN DE OBJETOS (T. Berry)

Bendita enfermedad

  “Bendita enfermedad” era el título de la conferencia de Conchi, una mujer de 43 años, psicóloga, esposa y madre de un niño de 5 años con ELA: esclerosis lateral amiotrófica, y me llamó tan poderosamente la atención que me dije: ¡no me la pierdo! ¿Qué razones puede tener una persona para llamar bendita a una enfermedad que va paralizando los músculos de su cuerpo, hasta producirle la muerte? Mi único propósito, nos dijo al principio del relato de su experiencia, es que, después de oír lo que os tengo que contar, valoréis vuestra vida, a pesar de  las circunstancias … Continue reading Bendita enfermedad

The cric-cric of the bonfire

When Moses, the rescued of the waters, in full flight of false assurances and the consequences of doing justice in his own way, enters his desert, he does not glimpse his future, … His future lies in the present of what the desert has to offer and is! Nor do we have assurances of the future, if we let the God of the desert be our road companion. An event, an experience in silence, can indicate the way forward. And what seems to us “accidental” becomes a determinant of a presence in us that accompanies us and somehow guides us. … Continue reading The cric-cric of the bonfire