Linda Romey is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania. She is the community's web developer/designer and does marketing for Monasteries of the Heart, Benetvision and the Erie Benedictines. She is a former marketing and advertising manager for the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company. Prior to entering the Erie Benedictines, she worked seven years in Colombia, partially under the aegis of the Archdiocese of Denver. She holds a BA in Theology from Rockhurst University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.
Teaching our hearts to love is an adult task. It means I am responsible for what I pay attention to, what I teach my heart so that my choices are informed and loving. I recently spent a week on the Texas/Mexico border where my heart had a chance to test what it loves.
How much of the talk about the future of religious life is really about the future of our religious traditions, not the life itself? Vowed members will continue to be as important to the lifeblood of the traditions as non-vowed members are coming to be.
Women can take a place at the table, even when we're not invited or encouraged — and if we're shut out, we need to set up our own tables. We can take the microphone and speak, post the information and share it, open the door and walk in.
As religious communities undergo transition, we can learn from the "open-source" approach to software development to help better shape our communities' futures.