Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, and the author of Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace, based on her exhibit of photos and interviews. She has also written Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom (Liturgical Press), the first guide book to associate stories about or by Jewish, Christian and Muslim women with over 200 sites in the Middle East (Israel, Palestine, Sinai, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon,  Syria, Greece and Turkey).

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Immigrant children: unending detention

I who have taught a university class, "The Holocaust, Never Again," cringed as I listened to him and the others speaking on a panel sponsored by Project Lifeline. That project is trying to shine a light on the 134,526 refugee and immigrant children who were put in detention centers in 2017, after fleeing danger and hardship and seeking protection in the U.S.

The puppet and the saint seeking truth

Pinocchio, who is on his way to delight my grandniece and nephew in their home in the U.S., has been guiding me in Italy. He is worried that people are forgetting what truth means.

Baptism is our call to care for water

Do we have eyes to see the sacredness of water? May we who have passed through the waters of baptism recognize that as our call to speak and work passionately so all in our global family may have clean water.

The world will be saved by beauty

I had been thinking, "Too much poverty, too much pain, too much pollution, I don't want to look, I don't want to know. How can we go forward with all this?" A trip to Peru taught me to dare to create beauty.