GSR Today - The Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in between periods of war in Sudan. The diocesan congregation ministers to those in need through communities in Uganda and South Sudan. The threat of danger is a constant, but so is the sisters' faith in God.
Sisters from the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament came to Pleiku City, Vietnam, in 2000 to serve ethnic minority villagers. Today, they provide care at their convent for children with physical disabilities from poor families. "We believe they are sent to us by God."
A close Gospel reading reveals service as a root metaphor for the Christian life, a life lived in Christ. Service establishes members of the new community. In this light, service also becomes the metaphor for the Christian community.
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.
Brown's death and the subsequent protests forced many white people in the St. Louis area — including women religious and other social justice Catholics — to wrestle with the luxury they had of assuming things weren't that bad. And in the four years since white police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, a black 18-year-old, and then faced no charges for it, dismantling racism has become an integral part of the archdiocese's mission.
Are we not obligated to take on all the needs of the people in the world? Is this not our job, our vocation, our very reason for being as men and women religious in the church and the world?
It was a feeling of utter despair that engulfed José de Araujo and his wife when they learned 15 years ago that one of their two daughters had Down syndrome. She was 3 then and they wondered why their daughter was not like other children the same age.
On a rainy July afternoon in Kermit, a local woman sifted through a table of donated apparel at Christian Help Inc.'s free clothing store. The outreach center was full that day and she was among many seeking help.
Precious Blood Sr. Mary Faye Hellman started a boarding school for girls from indigenous Mayan villages outside Guatemala City. She spoke to GSR about the little girl who inspired her to start the school, how their work prepares the young women to be leaders.
This week, Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner, an immigration lawyer who has lived in four countries, transitions from president-elect to president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. All who spoke to GSR about Wagner stressed her capacity to listen and take in all points of view.
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