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.
As my city remembers the fifth anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by a white police officer, as the nation marks 400 years since the start of African slavery, there are disturbing signs that the racial divide in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, continues to escalate.
I cherish the gift religious life has been to me and so many others, a gift kept alive in this sometimes crazy and broken institution we call "church." But as I reflect on identifying myself as Catholic, the words often catch in my throat.
On outdoor porch swing, my "oneness with Creation" provides a morning liturgy like none other: I can only praise a Cosmic Creator whose evolutionary artistry leaves me speechless. This is the context in which I've read a new biography on Thomas Berry.
The ability to imagine a different future takes courage. Where do I go today to see an image that draws my heart into a new vision of what might be coming in the future? Our brother, Pope Francis.