Even though she disagreed with Thomas Aquinas at times I am sure she would have agreed with this quote of his shared from the book “However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis” by Annmarie Sanders. “St. Thomas Aquinas was so convinced about the necessity of acting upon one’s conscience that he insisted […]
Below is a link and parts of a beautiful reflection that Louise’s dear friend Deb gave at her memorial service back in April. She captured the heart and spirit of Louise that so many of us are going to miss. Louise Akers’s reflection On Wednesday evening, April 10, the Resurrection Community, a community led by […]
I am also a woman whose life has been grounded in faith, the Christian faith, through the Roman Catholic expression. My faith was strongly influenced by Irish tradition along with an ecumenical upbringing and interfaith friendships at a very early age. My mother was a primary influence in my life.
I love, support and cherish the part of Church that upholds the gospel mission & vision of Jesus. I reject the ‘power over’ patriarchal structure of those within the hierarchical institutional way of being church. I believe in the Vatican II Church that celebrates the people of God and seeks to be the Church in the […]
In her words… “Because of what happened with Pilarczyk, people frequently equate me with the issue of women in the Church, but I am not a one-issue person. For decades I have also been talking about poverty, racism, and war.” From the Sun Magazine interview with Louise
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Louise Akers who died Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in Mother Margaret Hall. Sisters, family and friends will greet guests in the Motherhouse Chapel Saturday, February 17 from 9:30 a.m. until time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
I cite quotes below by two outstanding women religious which stand in stark contrast with the ongoing current crisis erupting from decades of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein followed by continuing revelations about Kevin Spacey, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, ETC., and preempted by the conversation between Billy Bush and then campaigner, now President Donald Trump. […]
Numerous articles have been and are being written related to U.S./North Korean relations and their negative dynamics. See a sampling of articles below. It seems incongruous that in 2017 our world is yet again on the precipice of a potential nuclear exchange! Yet with the above two men – President Donald Trump and Chief of […]
I begin with two responses about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. I believe these two men are basically expressing very similar ideas; at the same time, both their voices are definitive and clear! What happened has no place in our country. We, as a nation, are bigger and better than the extreme manifestations of hate […]
Most of us, whether in opposition to or supportive of Trump, have long ago reached the “end of our rope” when it comes to coverage of Trump world! I recently read an article in THE NATION magazine by **Andrew Bacevich (May 8, 2017). In it, he offered a critique of the news media’s coverage of […]
This month’s blog will be my presentation on the Wealth Gap.
I, Louise Akers, am an educated white woman, a Sister of Charity, a World Citizen who lives an economically comfortable life in a world where at least two-thirds of the people are destitute. I live in an institutional Roman Catholic Church that is ruled by an exclusive male hierarchy that seems to have no limits […]
During the 1960s, while in college, I first became aware of migrant farmworkers. Reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath along with seeing Edward R. Murrow’s documentary, Harvest of Shame, put me in touch with both migrants and immigrants. Steinbeck’s novel was written in the 1940’s. Murrow’s documentary was broadcast the day after Thanksgiving in 1960, CBS […]
When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and the princes …
Please begin by viewing the above youtube (c.5 min.) Incorporate the reflection below into your own thoughts. How does this thought-provoking information and challenge connect with your choices to the upcoming elections and candidates – presidential, senatorial, house reps? This election, as we know is unprecedented in our nation’s history. Much is at stake, especially […]
We, U.S. citizens – and the rest of the world – have experienced months and months of the primary campaigns along with, continued campaigns toward the general election in November 2016. However, at this time we have two major candidates rather than almost twenty! Seems, in theory, like it should be pretty simple, doesn’t it? […]
Dan Berrigan, S.J. dead at the age of 94 – died Saturday, April 30, 2016. Who was he? Priest, prophet, poet, teacher, author, protestor, mentor . . . Many words have already been written about him; many more will come. For those of you not so familiar with his journey of justice I offer the […]
Sunday, February 28, 2016 the New York Times had a number of articles/columns on gender, race and class. One that particularly struck me was “The Faces of American Power, Nearly as White as the Oscar Nominees”. www.nytimes.com/…/race-of-american-poweer.html It graphically illustrates the people of power in U.S. culture, government, education and business. The objective is to […]
When I was about 10 years old, walking down a narrow sidewalk in a small town with my mom, an elderly black man came walking toward us. As he drew closer he tipped his hat and stepped off the sidewalk to allow mom and me to pass. We smiled at him, said hello and thank […]
Yesterday evening a segment of the NEWSHOUR focused on girls’ high school graduation; in fact the first in the small village highlighted within Afghanistan! Another significant event of the past week – the death of Sister of Charity Mary Grafe who spent many years of her ministry in Over-the-Rhine meeting, assisting and talking with high […]