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Sister Honora Nolty

A first generation Irish New York Catholic, raised in Queens, New York is how Sr. Honora, begins to describe herself, a New Yorker by birth and choice. As a Dominican Sister of Amityville, NY, she ministered in Brooklyn’s inner city, Long Island, Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and Central America. At RENEW, Sr. Honora is responsible for Team and Staff Development and coordinates the activities of RENEW's Presenters, in both English and Spanish.

 

“Have a good day,” “Have a good day,” echoed throughout the hall as each guest was handed a dinner tray by a bright eyed happy little girl of about ten years of age. It was a holiday, and schools were closed. Tina was planning to go to the soup kitchen at St. Ann’s Church in […]

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St. Francis is credited with saying, “When you preach, use words only if necessary”—in more general terms, “Actions speak louder than words.’’   A year ago Pope Francis gave us his extraordinary letter Laudato Si’—Care of Creation. Three parishes that I know have taken that letter and creatively shared its spirit in extraordinary ways not […]

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Earlier this week, the Vatican opened the cause for the canonization of Dom Helder Camara, the “bishop of the poor” and one of the most influential Latin American church leaders of the twentieth century.   I never met an archbishop who was smaller in stature than me. However, his smallness of height was no indication […]

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The Easter Triduum begins on Holy Thursday and concludes with the Eucharist of Easter Sunday. The Easter Vigil, celebrated on Holy Saturday, begins at night with the lighting of the new fire, ideally outdoors, a reminder that we are moving from death to new life! In the early Church it was indeed a vigil; the […]

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“The Church is essentially human and divine, visible but endowed with invisible realities…” Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), 2   The Catholic Church has traditionally relied upon symbols and sensual experience in order to convey the truths of its greatest mysteries including Christ’s Incarnation, his Crucifixion and Resurrection, the resurrection of the faithful […]

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“Lent” is an Old English word for springtime. It is an appropriate word because as the season of spring prepares the earth to break forth into new life the season of Lent is a time to prepare to break forth, spiritually, into new life. As a gardener I love this image. Removing rocks from the […]

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This time of the year many of us make resolutions that we sincerely intend to keep but often put aside rather quickly. We believe that our prayers and intentions make a difference not only to ourselves but to our world. Our intentions, though sincere, are many times forgotten or put aside quickly for something more […]

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A reflection for Catechetical Sunday, September 15, 2013   It was a fun and inspiring visit last Saturday. Two children played on the floor creating funny videos of each other; the adults conversed about everything and anything as the children pretended not to be listening; there was music and TV in the background, and there […]

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In 1958, when I took my first vows, I was given the religious name Sister Thomas Marie; my patron was St. Thomas Aquinas. All I really knew about St. Thomas was that he was a formidable theologian, author of the Summa Theologica, which I had great difficulty reading and even greater difficulty understanding. At that […]

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Last week I attended a funeral that gave me more than the usual pause for thought. It celebrated the life of Florence Gilmartin from Maspeth, NY. Florrie, as I called her, was 70 years old and had lived a full and joy-filled life as a person with Down Syndrome. I grew up with Florrie. It […]

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