Joyce Meyer is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and served as executive director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, a grant-making organization supporting the works of Catholic sisters globally, from 1999 through October 2011. She worked for five years as a missionary in Zambia, where she taught English at a secretarial college and served as executive director for the Zambia Association of Sisterhoods, the national conference of women religious. She is on the boards of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Medicines for Humanity and the International Foundation of the Good Shepherd Sisters and has served as international liaison to women religious for Global Sisters Report since January 2014.
We know from Scripture that the God we seek longs to be found, and that we have an innate capacity for genuine, direct experience of God, often called mystical. Reclaiming this connection may take us back to childhood.
There has been much written recently about rising incidents of abuse and violence against women, and through conversations about this, I also learned of another kind of abuse: spiritual / religious abuse.
Doris Reisinger, a former nun, is a clergy sex abuse survivor who has written two books about spiritual and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. She teaches at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
Facing the grief of pandemic stress and pain: sharing notes from a workshop on the psychological impact of COVID-19
GSR Today - When my brother, Roger, died this summer from COVID-19, our family was able to gather virtually to mourn together. It was far from ideal. So, what happens to our grief when it stays buried within, when we are not even aware of it?