Horizons - I first became aware of the Monks of Tibhirine, as they are commonly known, in the mid-2000s from a friend who was familiar with their story. Most striking to me was their commitment to building bridges between Christianity and Islam and their commitment to understanding the faith, traditions and lives of their neighbors.
In Horizons, younger sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and the future of religious life.
Horizons - This experience of sharing community at the Catholic Worker house with people from different spiritualities, different professions and trades, different races and ages, different gender expressions and personalities: It got under my skin.
Horizons - How do we, as a society, crawl and drag each other out to safety? How do we resist the numbing effect of the never-ending cycle of violence and negative news? How do we wake each other up and remember what really matters?
Most of us carry a longing for belonging. We long to be part of, to create, and to extend something we recognize that far too many in our world lack — authentic community.
Horizons - The last two years, for all the turmoil they have contained, have been clarifying in many ways. While the election results have sure implications for the future, so do the lessons learned during this election season.
Horizons - As I pray with this All Souls' Day morning Scripture for the people killed in our country this week, an image arises in my heart. I imagine an enormous, sustained embrace in heaven. At the center, God is pulling our dear departed brothers and sisters close, holding them to God's eternal heart of love.
Horizons - Solidarity isn't a gentle probing of the spirit or a sweet Christian suggestion when lives are on the line. It's an insistence to get to work. In fact, that's what some of my sisters have done.
Horizons - One Saturday a few years ago, I missed the convent carpool to Mass and opted to go to a funeral Mass at a neighboring parish. Little did I know that God had a message for me there that would last a lifetime.
Horizons - Our Father. Our daily bread. Forgive us as we forgive. Lead us. Deliver us. In giving us this prayer, I think Jesus is desperately calling us to remember that we, all of us, even those we most vehemently disagree with, are beloved children of God.
Horizons - The summer of 2012, I gave God an ultimatum. I would train to run 26.2 miles and pray all along the way, and by the time I reached the finish line in November, God would answer the question on my heart: Was I being called to religious life?
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