August 2020

Monthly e-newsletter giving witness to our Precious Blood Spirituality, grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel values

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The life-giving power of the blood comes at great price

We have experienced the power of the Precious Blood. It is redeeming power; it is life-giving power; it is healing power; it is cleansing power; it is reconciling power; it is transforming power; it is a forgiving power; it is a sanctifying power; it is a protecting power and above all it is intimate, creative, loving power. This Precious Blood is the dynamic gene of our DNA that dares us to proclaim our mission in every age. Mother Brunner and her contemporaries proclaimed it through hard domestic work, day and night prayer, teaching orphans and caring for seminarians. Read More

A companion on the journey toward healing

Recent events — both the COVID pandemic and the unjust death of George Floyd — have catapulted us to perhaps feel things we never felt before; to have hard conversations with others; and, perhaps, we have evaluated our own beliefs about people of color. Perhaps we had to dig deep. If we have experienced trauma in our lives, that experience may have surfaced and caused more pain. Read More

Who Is Eating in Our Garden?

The Sisters are providing a smorgasbord of sorts for multiple “families,” all within a 5-by-25-foot space next to the administrative building in Dayton. These scientifically grouped families include the organisms that we commonly refer to as pollinators — a large variety of insects and mammals — such as butterflies, moths, skippers, bees, flies, ants and birds.

One third of the foods we eat require pollination. It is critical to most plant reproduction; nearly 90% of flowering plants need this assistance from animals. The transfer of pollen from one flower to another allows for fertilization and the creation of fruit and seeds for the next generation. Favorite foods such as tomatoes, bananas, almonds and chocolate require animal pollinators in order to flourish. Read More

Source and summit

For the past three years, I have worked as communications assistant for the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Before taking on that role, I knew nothing about the Congregation’s foundress, Maria Anna Brunner. I’ve enjoyed learning about her life in 19th century Switzerland: the way her deep faith guided her to tend to her neighbors’ needs, and to lead such a devoted prayer life — particularly in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament — that other women chose to join her in forming a religious community.

I thought of Mother Brunner recently, as my husband and I helped my older son, Thomas, prepare for his First Communion. There were so many things to take care of: purchasing a new suit, sending out the invitations, deciding on a menu for the party. Read More

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