Horizons - This Lent, it seems the invitation for me is to focus on beauty, to add to and look for and create and celebrate beauty amidst the messiness and challenges of life.
In Horizons, younger sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and the future of religious life.
The Lenten season is as much about repentance as it is about renewal. It is more about light than darkness, about lightening our load and reprioritizing our lives. Lent is about being real. And perhaps, that is exactly where we need to be.
Horzons - Blessed are they who mourn — or offer a shoulder to cry on. Because of my parents' age, going to funerals of grandparents, aunts, uncles and the occasional cousin was not uncommon in my young life. In a strange way, I looked forward to these times as a child, and I never knew this, but it was an unusual way to grow up.
Horizons - When I take stock of the multitude of ways that kindnesses are demonstrated, I find myself humbled by the blessings that are showered upon me every day — by so very, very many "regular" people.
Horizons - Although walls of selfishness can block me from being my best self, solitude is an important element in my path to communion with God.
Horizons - As I've been praying my way through the figurative fog, I've been asking myself — how can I project hope, happiness and goodness, rather than succumb to negative thoughts, gloom and despair?
Horizons: In addressing racism, no one is accusing contemporary whites for creating the system. They are pointing out that we are the ones who have benefitted from the system and continue to benefit from it at others' expense.
Horizons - The first weeks of 2019 have been dreary and challenging: How can we keep momentum on a path that appears impossibly bleak and foggy? The answer for a new year is a new, prophetic hope.
I've never been very good at New Year's resolutions, and I know I'm not alone. Like many people, my resolutions tend to be self-serving, fairly unattainable and quickly broken. In an age in which even rest and leisure have become to-do list material, perhaps this is the year to ditch the resolutions.
Horizons - My heart's interest was piqued by the description of the time of Diwali as a celebration of light overcoming darkness, good triumphing over evil, and knowledge usurping ignorance. And now as this new year begins, I can't help but again envision that darkness and light, forces tenderly and tenuously balanced at this time of year: a darkness never dark enough to overtake the light, but also a light that is beyond our knowing.
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