Celeste Kennel-Shank Archive

Combating gun violence, first with lament

August 23, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

“This violence needs to stop,” she said. “I don’t even know what to say. This is sad.”

HIV still a threat

June 28, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Waiting for the results of the HIV test offered by a local nonprofit, I prayed for those who have the virus. I imagined how I might feel if I were among them.

Knowing When You’ve Done Enough

May 3, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Cultivating a sense of enough may help us to see life as an interconnected whole rather than a hodgepodge of bits and pieces to swap in or out if given the chance.

First, a time to wait

March 23, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Advent is a gift. It allows us to see the world as it is and glimpse what God wants it to be.

Ready for Vocation of Parenthood

February 28, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

The uneasy part is when the question pops up, as it often does, of whether I am thinking of having children.

Finding Digital Balance

December 27, 2012 Celeste Kennel-Shank

How can we use digital technology without it becoming an obstacle in our relationships with God and with each other?

Culture of Violence

November 29, 2012 Celeste Kennel-Shank

When a loved one dies, we feel the loss both in the shock after we hear the news and in the months and years as the absence continues. In Chicago, more than 300 families this year have borne the pain of having someone taken away from them by homicide. Leaders debate the cause of the high number of murders. Local and national news articles compare our city’s homicide rate to that of New York or Los Angeles, or the total deaths since 2001 to the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghan­istan. Chicago’s figures are worse in all three cases. […]