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As we continue to celebrate the Season of Creation, let’s keep the positive outlook going. I want to focus this issue on something very local to Cincinnati. We’ve talked about the Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub (The Hub) before. I want to give a bit more detail. This amazing place should replicated in every city.

Every day, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are grateful for our ever-growing community of volunteers who join us in making God’s goodness known.

Sister Peggy Linahan, SNDdeN

Sister Peggy Linahan, SNDdeN

September 15, 2022

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Peggy Linahan, SNDdeN who passed away on September 14, 2022

Let’s ask how we can keep our spirits uplifted in light of our current climate reality. It’s a struggle some days… many days. One of the people I go to is St. Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Many times in her life, she wrote of her total faith that God will take care of things. We simply have to do our part.

The Village of Pelende, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is about to get water. This is a big deal. It means better health, it means more children in school, it means hope can once more fill the hearts of its five thousand residents.

September 1 began the Season of Creation! Each year this celebration runs from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. It is an ecumenical season to come together to pray and act on behalf of our planet.

Image of batteries in a landfill, with text that said what should we do with our batteries

As follow-up to the YLBG Plastics Series, we have a new short series on alternatives and the process of ridding (or at least reducing) plastics from your home. My process is to go room-by-room and make changes as my budget allows. This, the last week, your cleaning products.

Sister Antoinette Bergen, SNDdeN

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Antoinette Bergen, SNDdeN who passed away on August 20, 2022

As follow-up to the YLBG Plastics Series, we have a new short series on alternatives and the process of ridding (or at least reducing) plastics from your home. My process is to go room-by-room and make changes as my budget allows. This, the last week, your cleaning products.

As follow-up to the YLBG Plastics Series, we have a new short series on alternatives and the process of ridding (or at least reducing) plastics from your home. My process is to go room-by-room and make changes as my budget allows. This week … your backyard cook-out, picnic, or social occasion. From plates and cutlery to serving utensils, we have many ways we can reduce our use of plastic dinnerware.

Let’s De-Plasticify! As follow-up to the YLBG Plastics Series, we have a new short series on alternatives and the process of ridding (or at least reducing) plastics from your home.

The Beatitudes of Modern Times

Last week I came upon this article in the Global Sisters Report. In it, high school teacher Jane Marie Bradish explains her struggle to find the real application, so easily found in her calculus classes, in her moral theology class. After lessons and classroom conversations on the Beatitudes, her students wrote their own. They are Beatitudes for modern times - a real application for moral theology class.

From the heart...

August 2, 2022

Of all the change St. Julie Billiart wrought in this world, not only in her own time but in the hundreds of years since she walked among us, one change in particular is often overlooked. And it’s understandable why. So many schools have been built, so many children educated, so many missions undertaken, that the headlines in our mind’s eye are of these things.

De-Plasticify! I think I just made up a word. As follow-up to the YLBG Plastics Series, someone suggested I discuss the alternatives and the process of ridding plastics from your home. Sounds like another series is in order. Let’s start in the kitchen. Make changes as budget allows.

Live The Good: Prayer, Service, Community

Over the past two years, volunteers have participated in a wide variety of Live The Good Opportunities. Some are outdoors and others are indoors. Some require manual labor, while some can be done sitting. Most, but not all, are family friendly. We volunteer to prepare lunches for people experiencing food insecurity, and we tend to creation, God’s greatest gift to us.

A quote from Sister Jane Dwyer, SNDdeN

Read the update from Sister Jane Dwyer, SNDdeN in Brazil, as written by the Global Sisters Report

Lately I have been experiencing a lot of climate anxiety. How will we ever make a big enough dent in the damage being done? I worry about the world my children and their children will inherit. I think anyone who knows the reality of climate change worries at least a little. But, giving up, is not an option. How do we stay hopeful when we know it is only getting harder by the day?

Sister Judith Wessels, SNDdeN

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Judith Wessels, SNDdeN who passed away on July 14, 2022

Image of newspaper clippings of July 1942 explosion in downtown Cincinnati

It often happens, while reviewing past oral histories, that we discover a Sister was witness to and recorded local and national events. In the late evening of July 15, 1942, a gasoline explosion occurred in a garage at 511 Sycamore Street, a blast that shook the downtown area.

In a past YLBG, we talked about the importance of bees and other pollinators to the world food supply. Native landscapes help here too. Nature will thrive if given the space to do so.

As we begin Plastic Free July, I offer a prayer for water. Our waterways are clogged with plastic. It floats in our rivers and oceans. Beaches are clogged with tons of it. If, every time we used it, we thought where it might end up, maybe it will help us to commit to going plastic free.

Let’s face it. Being and staying grateful is tough. On good days, I can easily breeze through the hours enjoying whatever is before me, often forgetting to offer a quick thanks to our good God who has blessed me so abundantly. On bad days, well, let’s just say that any thought of gratitude goes right out the window.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Elaine Ballmann, SNDdeN who passed away on June 20, 2022

For the third in the series, we’ll look at #3 plastics. This plastic is called Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). It is a rigid plastic that is resistant to chemicals and weathering. It is most used for building and construction as well as tech applications, such as wires and cable. It’s also widely used in the medical field because it’s impervious to germs, easily disinfected and has single-use applications that reduce infection.