May 2022

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

My Octopus Teacher
socially responsible investing
An Asian Woman’s Experience of Racism
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Putting our money where our mouth is: Values-Based Investment

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Sister Linda Pleiman and Sister Edna Hess about the intentional process that the Sisters take to ensure that the Congregation’s investments are consistent with the Congregation’s values. As you can imagine, this is a very complex process. However, there are two guidelines that are helpful: SRI and ESG.

The Congregation’s investment decisions are guided by the concept of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), which Matthew Blume in Harvard Business Review describes simply as “putting your money into causes you care about.” Read More

“My Octopus Teacher”

My Octopus Teacher is an enlightening and moving film currently available on Netflix. It’s a nature documentary that takes the viewer beyond simply observing nature, and offers an invitation to the viewer to deeply contemplate their place in the great interconnectedness of all life. The film follows the development of a unique friendship between a filmmaker and (believe it or not) an octopus — and explores the impact of that relationship on the filmmaker’s whole view of the world and his experience of humanity. Read More

An Asian Woman’s Experience of Racism

Racism was a topic all of us Precious Blood Sisters reflected on during the last year, and the recent Leadership Conference of Women Religious Virtual 2021 Assembly also discussed it. This complex topic continues to need attention, so this short piece continues our conversation about race.

Months ago, I was introduced to a book titled Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a New York Times bestseller. I found the book helps me to understand my inner reality and to name what I have experienced in the U.S. as an adult Asian woman. Although I had read a book about racism before written by an African American woman, I couldn’t resonate much with her experience. Yet on reading Minor Feelings, I recognized that what I have been experiencing is racism. Read More

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