Asmaa Mahfouz & the Video that Helped Spark the Egyptian Uprising

i Sep 26th by
The role of Egyptian women in this revolution and on the media which reported it seems extraordinary. It totally confounds the stereotypes we have of women in that part of the world. Veiled completely, partially veiled, headscarves, no veils at all – the women were there and in some places seemed to be leading.

It was remarkable to witness this and to hear them tell that there was no sexual harassment at all, amid that incredible gathering of thousands and even millions who stood side-by-side in Liberation, Tahrir, Square, for 18, long 24-hour days.

Tonight I looked up on Google to attempt to find the video I found most moving, the one that seemed to spark this vast revolution to free a people oppressed for so long.

May we each have a share of her courage, and stand up for what we believe!

“Enough! the Resurrection … G.M.Hopkins

i Apr 6th by

Here is an image you may enjoy

Mary Magdalene – Apostle to the Apostles

i Mar 26th by

I love this woman, beloved disciple – not wife, but dear friend from all evidence, who stood by the cross and important leader in the early church. She was sent to tell the astounding news of Christ’s rising from death as first born of us all. Click this image below to more clearly read the continuation of the image abvoe.


The Tranfiguration: 2nd Sunday of Lent 2013

i Feb 24th by

On the 2nd Sunday of Lent in 1950 I was led with several others up a winding road to the top of the hill where we had a commanding view of the Little Miami River Valley in Foster, Ohio. My heart was full of wonder and connection between nature and our liturgical year.

The Parable of Two Trees: Jer 17:5-10

i Feb 23rd by

Such contrast between different ways of being in this world! The results make the distinctions clear, but by the time we pay attention it may be too late to change our habitual way of of thinking and sharing. I hope not, since I’m so often like the 1st tree, the one in the desert, who acts like it can live without water, or find its own source.

The Difference Between Sheep and Goats

i Feb 17th by

I was 18, and eager to be trained to a deeper spiritual life. Not wanting to be a nun, I found a place where this could happen within my Catholic tradition, as a laywoman. I wanted to be effective to help change the world that even in 1950 seem to need a sort of spiritual revolution to transform the materialism that was consuming us after the WWII Western victory in 1945.

On Ash Wednesday, as Lent began, I was privileged to go to a small farm on a very steep hill with a group of 15. On the morning of this 1st Monday of Lent I had the job to feed the male goat and male sheep who grazed alone on the lower hill, segregated substantially from the ewes and nannies on the upper hill.


Gratitude from NJ to Texas and vice versa in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy!

i Nov 8th by

A delightful New Jersey – Texas encounter this morning on the corner of Elm Street and Elmwood Avenue!

Finally a crew came to deal with a tree that blocked the street and corner since Sandy. The residents of the corner apartment building and some further toward Bloomfield Avenue were without power for 10 days and it is very cold. (I have been very blessed, only a few hours out of power!)

Egypt – a Revolution in Hope – Not Violence

i Feb 11th by

Insha allah! God willing! In the name of God the merciful and compassionate. Let this revolution of hope be a beacon for the world.

Have you ever seen such rejoicing as the scenes today in Egypt? I haven’t, especially among so many, so uncountably many?

As someone who worked in Egypt and loved the people and was sorrowfully evacuated at the end of the Six-Day War in 1967 these days have been very gripping to me.

Egypt – “Like a Knight in Shining Armour”

i Feb 3rd by

“I don’t worry about the wounds.  When I go up there, which is my intention, the Big Judge will say to me, Where are your wounds?  and if I say I haven’t any, he will say, Was there nothing to fight for?  I couldn‘t face that question.”     Alan Paton, “Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful

These astonishing weeks in Egypt, I think have revealed many knights, females and males, young and old, educated in schools and educated by life. Thinking about this great and peaceful revolution, and the struggle ahead to make it real in the lives of everyone, reminds me of what happened in South Africa. Let’s pray that the resolve to create a democracy in Egypt, that is real for all, succeeds, and shines steadily as a beacon for the world.


Haiti, Prayer, Hope

i Jan 24th by

As the whole world is turned to the tragedy of Haiti, and the poor becoming poorer, wounded or dead – we seek for meaning.

A prayer –

May this people and country be helped to finally live and control their own future.

May help from the outside honor their independence, allow them to raise their own food, mill their own flour, make their own cement, control their own telephone system.

May they have help from true friends and no longer be controled  from those seeking their wealth without respect.

May this tragedy and the outpouring of aid be a hopeful new beginning, making amends for the repression that has been its history.

May God comfort all the wounded and suffering and receive with Compassion those who perished.  Amen