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February 2014

Sister Lawler dies at age 100

Servants of Mary Sister Mary Celeste Lawler, whose 55-year education career included teaching and tutoring students in math at Marian High School in Omaha, died Jan. 6 at age 100.

Her funeral and burial were Jan. 10 at the Servants of Mary Cemetery in Omaha.

Born in Ridgway, Ill., Sister Lawler taught at Marian from 1980 to 1989 and tutored students there from 1990-1994, when she retired to a life of prayer and presence at the motherhouse in Omaha.

Sister Lawler also taught in Iowa, Michigan and Colorado.

26 years of service in archdiocese part of 70-year education career

School Sister of St. Francis Bernardus Volpp, a Bloomfield native who served for nearly 70 years in education, including 26 years in the archdiocese, died Feb. 8 in Milwaukee. She was 95.

Her funeral was Feb. 13 at St. Joseph Convent in Campbellsport, Wis., and she was buried at nearby Sisters Cemetery. Her survivors include nieces and nephews.

Special ossuary can hold cremains during funeral

The priest's winter conference on the Rite of Christian Funerals included demonstration of a special container for cremated remains at funerals, lending dignity and grace to the rite, said Brother William Woeger, director of the Office of Divine Worship.

The ossuary can be carried by several people much like a casket, with the urn containing the cremated remains placed inside, he said. The urn would be removed for inurnment, but the ossuary could be owned by a parish and used again.

Dealing with our ongoing struggle for empathy

In our normal, daily lives we are invariably so self-preoccupied we find it difficult to be able to accord others the same reality and value we give to ourselves. In brief, it's difficult for us to live in true empathy because we are forever consumed with our own heartaches and headaches.

It's not surprising that real empathy and genuine generativity are a struggle for us since both are predicated precisely on being able to accord to other peoples' heartaches and headaches the same reality and importance that we give to our own.

Virtue flows from the holiness of Christ

What does it mean to be holy?

"Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy."

I think all of us want to be holy. We pray, we try to help others, we seek God, but how do we know if we have arrived at holiness? Maybe a good place to start with is what holiness is not. Holiness is not perfection. Holiness does not mean we never sin. Even the greatest saints fell. St. Peter denied Christ, St. Paul persecuted the early church.

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