While the form it takes is different for each of us, our shared call to discipleship means that whether we like it or not, each of us is a living sign pointing to the reign of God.
In Horizons, younger sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and the future of religious life.
The temptation is to write off goodness and grace in the face of disfunction and discord. That, though, is when the power of communion, the presence of love, and the critical work of celebration are most needed.
How many of us can relate to the desire to undo something, to un-know something, to un-experience something that radically altered the way we perceive either persons or situations?
Horizons - Why aren't children automatically taught to pray outside, to see God's presence in the wonders of creation? Will I ever feel God as present in the sacraments and inside church walls as I do when I am under trees and starlit skies?
Horizons - As I watch images of children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S. border, I have found myself reflecting back to when I was 5 or 6, and my mom and I lost each other at our local department store.
When our group of 12 teachers and pastoral workers from the Cincinnati Archdiocese traveled to a parish in Huispache, Guatemala, we became a bridge between loved ones who had not seen one another in too many years. With each encounter, the globe seemed to shrink un poquito.
Horizons - When does one become "American"? Some believed as soon as an immigrant got citizenship, she could now be named as "Americana." Others said it had to do with English proficiency. Still others said someone born outside the United States could never feel or be fully American.
Horizons - As I sit in discussions about the future we try to live today, questions arise: Can we try something new without the guarantee of success? How free are we to live the mission and not just leave a legacy?
Horizons - In recent months, I've been doing a lot of reflecting on and praying with the call to be experts in communion — to be people who seek encounter and encourage dialogue. As I've reflected on this call, what keeps coming to me is the necessity of metanoia.
Becoming one holy family at Holy Family Parish in Cincinnati is a process. But we — parishioners from both the United States and Guatemala — are getting there, using some formal initiatives and building an intercultural community in small ways every day.
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