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.
McAllen, Texas - More than 2,300 immigrant children have been separated from their parents after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy for border crossers. Though family separation practices have been cancelled through executive order, suffering has not.
The term queer has come to mean unconventional folks who demonstrate how maleness and femaleness are social constructions rather than divinely assigned categories. Believing that one cannot minister with humans we believe to be "other" than ourselves, I began reflecting on how sisters have also challenged the binary.
Given the accomplishments of women religious in educating women, founding schools and creating a health care system, what if, now that we ourselves are largely older, sisters across the country started taking a serious look at aging, if we read and discussed and debunked the stereotypes of old age? We could help create a more age-equitable culture.
Every day there are situations in the news related to violence, racial discrimination, social upheavals, or questions involving immoral and unethical conditions. Keep your head in the game! Is this the way God meant for us to live? I am sure it is not! But that is the way minorities have had to live in the United States in order to survive.
Chicago - Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell: "If you push back against something, you reinforce the very thing you're pushing against. You get stuck because you're both pushing."
Simply Spirit: Vatican statements on women priests are invariably ahistorical and biblically naive. It is embarrassing. Worse, they bear false witness to the Jesus of history and are ultimately destructive to the body of Christ, especially the distaff side.
As early as 1999, Sr. Luisa Derouen became the first woman religious to minister among transgender people. In this interview, she discusses changing attitudes about trans issues, Pope Francis' encounters with transgender Catholics and why she chose to no longer remain anonymous in her ministry.
The Mekong Delta's Soc Trang Province is one of largest Khmer-populated provinces in southern Vietnam. Khmer ethnic people account for over 30 percent of the province's population of 1.3 million, and because of their status, they are generally left out of government-run schools, health care and other opportunities to move out of poverty. Over two decades ago, Sisters of Lovers of the Holy Cross of Can Tho volunteered to educate illiterate Khmer adults at their convent in Soc Trang City to introduce the mostly Buddhist population to Catholicism and help them live better lives.
See for Yourself - "Hello," she hailed. "Are you looking for a gluten-free restaurant? If so, you've come to the right place. I just opened this location about three months ago." Although I actually wasn't looking for a gluten-free restaurant, I sat down in the open café chair next to her.
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