Horizons - One Saturday a few years ago, I missed the convent carpool to Mass and opted to go to a funeral Mass at a neighboring parish. Little did I know that God had a message for me there that would last a lifetime.
In Horizons, younger sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and the future of religious life.
Horizons - Our Father. Our daily bread. Forgive us as we forgive. Lead us. Deliver us. In giving us this prayer, I think Jesus is desperately calling us to remember that we, all of us, even those we most vehemently disagree with, are beloved children of God.
Horizons - The summer of 2012, I gave God an ultimatum. I would train to run 26.2 miles and pray all along the way, and by the time I reached the finish line in November, God would answer the question on my heart: Was I being called to religious life?
Horizons - Humility gives us an opportunity to hold the reality of what is without having to make excuses or provide solutions. In that space, we are on the ground floor of what is.
I am uncomfortable when conversations seem to seek replacements for vowed religious life. The truth is, God is still calling people to make lifelong, vowed religious commitments, and people are still saying yes.
Horizons - The heartache of the church's scandals and infighting is dizzying, confusing, painful. I wasn't sure how to be a Franciscan Sister anymore, how to be a public face of the church.
Right here and right now, the broken heart of Christ is evident in the wounded members of his body, most especially the victims of sexual abuse and the victims of abuse of ecclesial power.
Horizons: I finally had the courage to start reading the grand jury report out of Pennsylvania. It rocked my world. It colors the way I listen to the prayers of the liturgy and how I read official church statements or documents. It has shifted the way I speak and think about the church. The crisis is the lens through which I view parish and diocesan life. My mind turns over and over, searching for root causes and trying to reason out solutions. And while I am certainly no expert on this, I keep coming back to one thing: clericalism.
Horizons - "What has been, will be again." The words of Sr. Kathleen Desautels at the closing celebration of the 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago reminded me that when things end, it's not really an ending by an evolution.
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.
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