"They" can be anyone we choose to see in opposition to ourselves. And as soon as I draw a line of demarcation with "them" on one side and "us" on the other, the opportunity to call ourselves brothers and sisters has slipped away.
Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr., and the members of the Jewish Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis have all challenged me to live more deeply in the truth while in the midst of hostility.
Ankur is a home for girls in need, situated on Mira Road in a suburb of Mumbai, India's commercial capital and managed by members of the Spanish Sisters of Charity of St. Anne. Gita Patel and Kalpana Dhile are among hundreds of young women the home has educated to lead a better life over the past 20 years. "We were here for 12 years," said Patel, who left home a few years ago after completing 10th grade. Patel thanks Sr. Primitiva Vela, the home's founder, for "picking me up from the slums and giving me a new life."
GSR Today - The U.N. began marking Oct. 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992. It is not lost on anyone what the price of poverty exacts on people's lives. According to the U.N., close to 800 million live in extreme poverty, and isolation and loneliness are part of that experience.
Political and cultural winds seem to be blowing against them during the Trump presidency. But participants in the most recent "Nuns on the Bus" cross-country odyssey have chosen prayer over panic, hope over fear as they reflect on the people they met on the 2016 tour.
For many women in the United States, Election Day 2016 was a crisis. Almost immediately, women began talking, planning and organizing on Facebook and other social media platforms. It became a movement so widespread that on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, millions of women took to the streets for what would become the largest single-day protest in the nation's history: the Women's March.
• Part of NCR's "A Nation Under Trump" election anniversary series.
A native of Chad, St. Joseph Sr. Jeannette Londadjim was forced to flee her homeland with her family because of the bloody civil war that broke out in the mid-1960s. Her work has taken her throughout Africa, educating young people, working with migrants and refugees, and helping bishops' conferences deal with issues of development, the environment and racism.
Sr. Thresiamma Mathew is a women's rights activist and an advocate of gender equality. She has helped some 2,500 women from economically poor families to become professional masons when it was unthinkable to employ female masons in her home state of Kerala, southern India.
The call to accompaniment continually requires significant inner work. Letting go of ego, opening ourselves up to the other, and most importantly, doing the spiritual work that offers us the great gift of staying grounded in God's love, mercy, and joy demands a discipline and a commitment to prayer and truthfulness.
GSR Today - Opus Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian prizes highlight two organizations quietly going about the business of improving lives: Mercy Beyond Borders in South Sudan and Haiti and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
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