Emily TeKolste is a temporary professed Sister of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Originally from the Indianapolis area, she developed a passion for justice during her time as a student at Xavier University in Cincinnati and lived in the Indianapolis Catholic Worker community for three years before entering her community. She is the author of the blog So Long Status Quo and ministers as a grassroots mobilization specialist for Network in Washington, D.C.

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Is religious life easy?

"Sisters, is your life easy?" an acquaintance asked. It was relatively easy for me to answer: "Easy? No. Good? Yes." Still, the question has stayed with me.

Living in a world of fear

The sisters I live with in Washington, D.C., are afraid for me to walk alone. I don't fear that; amid news of mass shootings, I fear walking through crowds.