Judith Best, SSND, is coordinator of www.sturdyroots.org and gives presentations on the heritage of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She is also exploring evolution as the bridge between science and religion.
The Indianapolis Carmelites co-authored, as a community, what eventually evolved into the 1997 People's Companion to the Breviary, which included women as members of the Catholic Church and beyond.
Remembering the Berlin Wall's fall stirred up vivid memories. I visited fellow sisters in East Berlin, back when the city was divided. The courage of the imprisoned to dream of a different future taught me the power of imagination, and the vitality of organizing for systemic change.
Some Americans who exemplify a possible way to take cutting criticism and angry feelings and turn these "swords" into "plowshares" call to me today.
As an alumna of the choir that accompanied the St. Louis Jesuits in the 1970s, I was honored to be among those invited to sing at their final concert. Memories triggered by songs brought to mind a lifetime of being loved by a God beyond all names.