Nancy Sylvester is founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. She served in leadership of her own religious community, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan, as well as in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Prior to that, she was national coordinator of Network, the national Catholic social justice lobby. You may be interested in the current Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue program, "Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference." For information, go to

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Imagining moving forward as we face a dual pandemic

Contemplate This - Our country is riddled with holes, silos that go deeply into the ground of our collective psyche. For example, there are holes hiding belief in law and order; survival and fear of the other.

Acting in the midst of grief: how to be during this time

Contemplate This - The grief of lost lives and lost opportunity can be numbing. One can feel helpless. But we cannot let the grief become toxic and disempowering. We need to continue our work with compassionate eyes.

Despair and hope in God's loving embrace

Contemplate This - This pandemic is a moment when the "I" is becoming a "we." It is going to be painful and we will suffer. But how we understand and experience that suffering is critical to how we emerge from this.

'What did you learn from the coronavirus pandemic?'

Contemplate This - It is hard to gain a perspective when you are in the middle of uncertainty like the coronavirus pandemic, to make sense of what is going on and how the future will emerge.