Simply Spirit - I was recently re-inspired by some young sisters, who place their confidence not in the human institutions that have served the church in the past but in the God who summons them to serve in new ways in the future.
Simply Spirit: "Every single one of you has a light and a fire inside of you that nobody has the right to put out. Keep in mind when we're marching today that we are leaders and we are all capable of amazing change."
Simply Spirit: Former Irish President Mary McAleese prophetically said that Catholic patriarchalism "acts as a powerful brake on dismantling the architecture of misogyny wherever it is found." She was speaking at the March 8 Voices of Faith event in Rome.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that, current political debacles aside, the whole world isn't going to hell in a hand basket. What we do (and usually take for granted) is a powerful witness for what sisters are all about.
"I hope all those people who want immigrants, take them in themselves. When we run out of welfare and dip more into Social Security what will we all do then?" This is from a Facebook post by a Catholic friend; it sums up what I suspect many people, some Trump supporters, believe about refugees and immigrants.
The answer is a resounding yes. Aside from the usual suspects — laity and nuns — bishops are exercising prophetic leadership in opposing the massive deportation of refugees.
"Interpret everything in its most favorable light." My adherence to this centuries-old maxim of the Sisters of St. Joseph is being severely tested right now.
Simply Spirit - Well, last week was a terrible-awful-no-good-week in Lake Woebegone — my home country.It got so bad that this news junkie just didn't want to watch the news anymore. I had to face up to my fear that we're all going to hell in a hand basket. Decades of coalition work for civil rights, for peace, for justice, for racial harmony, all down the tubes. Our nonviolent ideals totally shot to hell by violence.
To say I was thrilled when the Vatican upgraded the celebration of St. Mary of Magdala to a feast on par with those of the other apostles doesn't nearly begin to cover it.
It is June and every year around this time my thoughts turn to my Dad, who died nine years ago on June 16, (Father's Day weekend) at age 87. What nudges my memory is the Feast of the Sacred Heart, held this year on June 3, but in 2007 it was celebrated on June 15, the eve of Dad's passing. (The feast follows the liturgical year and is always celebrated 19 days after Pentecost.)
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