Thomas Aquinas

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 […]

Subvert the Dominant Paradigm

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 […]

My mother was a primary influence in my life.

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…

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 […]

Sister Louise Akers

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.

THE SHIFTING PARADIGM. . .

Embed from Getty Images 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, […]

War of Words OR War?!?

Embed from Getty Images 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 […]

Violence in America

Embed from Getty Images 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 […]

Our Nation’s Agenda?

Embed from Getty Images 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 […]

I, Louise Akers

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 […]

Journeying with immigrants, migrants and refugees . . .

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 […]

Did You Know?

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 […]

Election 2016

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.

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 […]

The Challenge

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 […]

Hearing the voices…

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 […]