Tina Khan is a Companion in Ministry with a religious sister of an Australian congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She lives in a northern suburb in Perth, Western Australia. Theirs is a contemplative-active ministry in the areas of practical-pastoral support, education, relationality including cross-cultural, multi-faith contexts, as well as formation in theology and spirituality in the everyday.
Hymns have not changed; they continue to sing of God's love, peace and all those wonderful things.
The numbers of sisters are dwindling. But can religious life really die, if its beginnings were a response to the God-call to answer God's people's cry?
After I'd achieved a degree of financial comfort, I remember the shock when I first encountered children in a "poorer" area of the country who couldn't afford shoes, even meals. That may have been the first stirrings of the God-seed.