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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Discerning presidential candidates

Contemplate This - The range of justice issues the church embraces challenges us to exercise our prudential judgement, honed within a well-formed conscience.

Hope in evolutionary time

Contemplate This - So much is happening that points to humanity circling backward with no movement forward. But I have to have faith and hope in who we are becoming. Change is happening.

How are you living the Incarnation?

Contemplate This - At this time of increasing polarization and hatred, we need to take seriously the gift of Incarnation. Christmas is a reminder than we are children of God, and we are to live out of that reality.

Make Thanksgiving special, take time to reflect

Contemplate This - I invite you to use this reflection for yourself and perhaps with those with whom you celebrate.